Revelation Study # 5 – Chapters 8 & 9 – Randy Thomas

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Revelation chapter 8 a world at war revelation 8 verse 1 when the lamb broke the Seventh Seal There was silence in heaven for about half an hour the seventh seal is loosed silence in heaven this silence is striking some have seen it as breathing space or as the angels being quiet so the prayers of the saints can be heard perhaps the cry of the martyrs of chapter 6 verses 9 through 11 more likely this quiet demonstrates a sober awestruck silence at the judgments to come now that the seals are off and the scroll can be opened a half-hour silence is not long but things seem long or short in their context if the preacher were to stop his sermon and remain silent for 10 minutes it would seem like an eternity the structure of the seals and the trumpets now out of the Seventh Seal there will proceed now seven trumpet judgments sometimes during a fireworks display you will see skyrockets burst open with a big flash and from that there will be a secondary puff just about the time the big one begins to fade the second one comes out of it with another flash well that’s what we have here the Seventh Seal is opened and puff here comes the second series of seven judgments out of the Seventh Seal the seven trumpets now burst out when you get to the seventh trumpet then the seven vials of God’s wrath which complete the plagues will be bursting out and coming forth revelation 8 verse 2 and I saw the seven angels who stand before God and seven trumpets were given to them the seven angels Jewish legends lists seven angels who stand in God’s press in the Old Testament trumpets sounded the alarm for war and through the enemy into a panic or they called for an assembly of God’s people now we know that the cherubim are about the throne of God there are four of them Satan used to be one of the cherubs they seem to be the highest of God’s created beings in angelic form the next highest are the Archangels of which the Bible speaks of – Michael called the greatest prince an archangel and Gabriel when he announced himself to the father of John the Baptist Zacharias he said I am Gabriel who stands in the presence of God that’s found in Luke chapter 1 verse 19 there are seven angels that stand there in the presence of God who are dispatched by God on particular missions revelation 8 verse 3 another angel came and stood at the altar holding a golden censer and much incense was given to him so that he might add it to the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar which was before the throne revelation 8 verse 4 and the smoke of the incense with the prayers of the saints went up before God out of the Angels hand revelation 8 verse 5 then the angel took the censer and filled it with the fire of the altar and threw it to the earth and there followed peals of thunder and sounds and flashes of lightning and an earthquake revelation 8 verse 6 and the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound them the other angel I believe that this other angel is Jesus Christ and we see him now in his work as a mediator there in heaven as our great high priest now you remember on earth the high priests would go in and offer before the Lord the sacrifices for the people and within the temple daily the priests would go in and would take these little incense burners with the coals from the altar and offer them and the smoke of the incense would arise before the altar which was called the mercy seat which was outside of the Holy of Holies daily they would go in and offer this incense now the earthly tabernacle was a model of heaven as we have told you so again now we see the actual scene in heaven of which the earthly tabernacle was the model but we see this angel who as I say I believe to be Jesus with a golden censer offering with much incense the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which is before the throne of which the altar in the tabernacle of the mercy seat was a model it is significant to see that it is the prayers of God’s people which set in motion the coming consummation of history more potent more powerful than all the dark and mighty powers let loose in the world more powerful than anything else is the power of prayer set ablaze by the fire of God and cast upon the earth 2nd Peter chapter 3 verses 10 through 12 indicates that there is a sense in which we can hasten the Lord’s coming by our holy conduct and godliness in the Lord’s coming through prayer even as Daniel asked for a speedy fulfillment of prophecy regarding captive Israel see Daniel chapter 9 we can also pray even so come Lord Jesus revelation 22 verse 20 revelation 8 verse 7 the first sounded and there came hail and fire mixed with blood and they were thrown to the earth and a third of the earth was burned up and a third of the trees were burned up and all the green grass was burned up the first four trumpets the first trumpet is a plague on vegetation now remember the earth has gone through a period of three and a half years drought so all the trees were very dry and all and with this very fiery shower hitting the earth the trees and the dry grasses and all that will be like tinder and a third part of them will go up in smoke here in California where I live we recently experienced great fires that engulfed and devoured thousands of acres of grass trees homes and businesses coupled with the winds what took years to build and grow were burned up in just a few days what about natural explanations like nuclear war fallout pollution meteors and so forth these approaches are interesting even provocative but they should never obscure the essential truth God is bringing judgment he isn’t a passive bystander this is not nature taking its course he may use whatever means he desires but the people on earth know that these happenings are from God and do not think them to be merely natural disasters it is very possible that these trumpet judgments that include flowing blood pelting hail and consuming fire describe what would happen in a nuclear holocaust keep in mind history verifies that weapon systems have never been developed that have not been used therefore it would be an aberration of history if all of the countries that presently have nuclear weapons including Russia France England Israel India China the US and a host of others failed to use them revelation 8 verse 8 the second angel sounded and something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea and a third of the sea became blood revelation 8 verse 9 and a third of the creatures which were in the sea and had life died and a third of the ships were destroyed the second trumpet is like a plague on the sea john carefully says that this is not an actual mountain note the use of like but it is a blazing mass as large as a mountain this disaster is most likely a meteor resulting in great oceanic upheaval with great pollution many scientists say that this sort of phenomena has happened many times in the history of the earth sometimes resulting in great ecological upheaval the sea may be a specific reference to the Mediterranean not a reference to all oceans the ships were probably destroyed by a tidal wave or tsunami that would be created by such an impact the recent earthquake and tidal wave in Sumatra brought tremendous devastation and destruction but this is going to be hundreds of times worse than anyone can imagine revelation 8 verse 10 the third angel sounded and a great star fell from heaven burning like a torch and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of waters revelation eight verse 11 the name of the star is called wormwood and a third of the waters were wormwood and many men died from the waters because they were made bitter the third trumpet is a plague on fresh waters wormwood is a very bitter substance and proverbial for bitterness and sadness again this is probably a meteor or asteroid impacting the earth bringing great ecological catastrophe the word is also translated hemlock it is a bitter poisonous substance revelation 8 verse 12 the fourth angel sounded and a third of the Sun and a third of the moon and a third of the stars were struck so that a third of them would be darkened and the day would not shine for a third of it and the night in the same way revelation 8 verse 13 then I looked and I heard an eagle flying in Midheaven saying with a loud voice woe woe woe to those who dwell on the earth because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who were about to sound the fourth trumpet is a plague on the heavens bringing darkness on the earth this does not describe a one-third lessening of light but one-third of the day and night are plunged into absolute darkness as Jesus said the Sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light Matthew now this word angel here is not the same word that we’ve been dealing with a glose which is messenger but a tous which is also translated eagle and in some of your translations you will find eagle the eagle flying through the midst of heaven but you remember that the cherubim one of the faces was that of an eagle so this could be both an angel and an eagle or one of the cherubim certainly it is not an eagle as we know an eagle they are not able to speak this one flies through the heavens and warns all the inhabitants of the earth so it is orbiting the earth no doubt saying woe woe woe to the inhabitants of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels which are yet to sound in other words you haven’t seen anything yet four angels have sounded and we’ve had some pretty cataclysmic effects but what is to come is even worse woe woe woe to the inhabitants of the earth point to ponder when Mount st.

Helens erupted in 1980 the dust that shot into the air made the sky hazy for weeks can you imagine what would happen if nuclear warheads were being detonated all over the world if a nuclear exchange took place in the summertime scientists tell us that the high temperatures on the west coast of the United States would be 15 degrees obviously crops would not grow and starvation would result thus when scripture talks about a 33% reduction in the light of the Sun Moon and stars it could be speaking of what scientists ominously term nuclear winter observations these first four trumpets reveal the severity of God’s judgment he attacks all the ordinary means of subsistence food and water comfort and knowledge light and regular days man has come to see these aspects of the created order as impersonal perpetual forces God proclaims his lordship through their agonizing disruption we know the great humility that comes upon men in the midst of something like an earthquake because they know that nature is not as reliable as they had thought with these four trumpets that effect will be multiplied greatly the first four trumpets also revealed the mercy of God’s judgment these are partial judgments striking only one-third and are meant to warn and lead a rebellious world to repentance before the final curtain for now God spares more than he smites a good theme knowing the terror of the Lord we persuade men 2nd Corinthians 5 verse 11 may it never be enough for us to know that we will be spared God’s wrath we’ve been delivered from God’s terror and we should want others to have the same deliverance the first four trumpet judgments first four are natural the next two are demonic judgment of the Third’s first trumpet aimed at the earth one-third of trees and grass dies second trumpet aimed at the sea one-third of fish and ships destroyed third trumpet aimed at the water 1/3 part dies a star is called wormwood fourth trumpet aimed at the Sun Moon and stars one-third of the sky is darkened Revelation chapter nine demons unleashed in Chapter nine we are introduced to two demon armies and this is regarded as one of the most difficult passages in the revelation remember the restrainer has been removed it now gets pretty rough revelation 9 verse 1 then the fifth angel sounded and I saw a star from heaven which had fallen to the earth and the key of the bottomless pit was given to him the fifth trumpet brings demonic locusts from the bottomless pit the first four seals and trumpets presented judgments directed against the earth such as the four horsemen bringing tyranny war famine and death on the earth and the ecological destruction of the vegetation seas fresh waters and sky of the trumpets the last three seals focused upon heaven the cry of the martyrs cosmic disturbances and the heavenly prelude to the seven trumpets the last three trumpets will speak of Hell in terms of the demonic in the original Greek text the word fall is in the past tense thus newer translations properly render this verse I saw a star which had fallen to the earth an event that had already taken place who is this star it is Lucifer or Satan who also bears the name shining one when Lucifer fell from heaven Isaiah 14 Ezekiel 28 and Revelation 12 tell us one third of the Angels went with him and became demons the worst of these demons those who left their first estate Jude and had the audacity to have relations with women producing the Nephilim or Giants seen in Genesis and numbers God cast them into the abussos or bottomless pit but now watch what happens as the plot thickens the abyss or abussos in greek which is translated bottomless pit the translation bottomless pit is a correct translation of this word abussos and it is probably right in the heart or the center of the earth because right in the center of the earth you would be constantly falling there would be no end to your fall because as the earth is rotating you would be constantly in a state of falling a bottomless pit then because you would never get to the bottom the thing you would be in the middle if it is always turning around you are continually falling but you are right there in the heart of it we do know that Hades is in the heart of the earth so this is probably one of the compartments of Hades this particular compartment is where God incarcerates demonic spirits it is where the Antichrist has been incarcerated it is where Satan shall be incarcerated for 1,000 years it is where demons are presently incarcerated but are going to be released upon the earth during this period of time it is a place where the demons will later on be incarcerated revelation 9 verse 2 he opened the bottomless pit and smoke went up out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace and the Sun and the air were darkened by the smoke of the pit revelation 9 verse 3 then out of the smoke came locusts upon the earth and the power was given them as the Scorpions of the earth have power revelation 9 verse 4 they were told not to hurt the grass of the earth nor any green thing nor any tree but only the men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads revelation 9 verse 5 and they were not permitted to kill anyone but to torment for five months and their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it stings a man revelation 9 verse 6 and in those days men will seek and will not find it they will long to die and death flees from them locusts from the bottomless pit these are obviously not natural locusts they avoid plants and attack men like scorpions attack they are a visual representation of the hordes of demons loosed upon the earth those who have the seal of God on their foreheads the 144,000 and perhaps more are protected but none other are this is an inescapable judgment of God their purpose and period is expressly governed by God and the purpose of all this is to bring repentance chapter 9 verses 20 and 21 death will offer no escape from this prolonged torture perhaps as the bite of a scorpion though extremely painful is rarely fatal so at this point God is going to start separating those that have his seal in their foreheads from those who do not even as God made a separation in the plagues in Egypt and there was darkness in Egypt but in Israel there was not darkness God made a separation a difference and so he will again these express the same desire as Paul in Philippians 1 verses 21 to 23 but with different reasons and results for Paul death would lead to eternal blessing for these death is a leap from the frying pan of present torment into eternal fire death as an escape is a demonic deception now is the time of repentance to escape from sin and to be restored revelation 9 verse 7 the appearance of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle and on their heads appeared to be crowns like gold and their faces were like the faces of men revelation 9 verse 8 they had hair like the hair of women and their teeth were like the teeth of lions revelation 9 verse 9 they had breastplates like breastplates of iron and the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots of many horses rushing to battle revelation 9 verse 10 they have tails like scorpions and stings and in their tails is the power to hurt men for five months the appearance of these locusts many attempts have been made to show how this is inaccurate the poetic description of natural locusts this approach misses the obvious demonic connection then why are they called locusts among other reasons because focused sour agents of God’s judgment a consistent Old Testament figure in passages like exodus ten verses four through 14 deuteronomy 28 verse 38 first kings 8 verse 37 2nd chronicles 7 verse 13 Joel 1 verse 4 and Amos 4 verse 9 the repetition of like indicates something other than a literal description is intended the total impact of this picture is one of unnatural and awesome cruelty there can be no specific answer to the question of exactly who or what is symbolized by the plague of locusts all we can know for sure is that in the period immediately before the end the wicked will be subjected to a time of unprecedented demonic torment exactly how this will take place will remain unknown until disclosed by history itself revelation 9 verse 11 they have as king over them the Angel of the abyss his name in Hebrew is Abaddon and in the Greek he has the name apollyon the leader of these locusts these locusts like creatures are not literal locusts because they have no king proverbs 30 27 says the locusts have no king yet they all advance in ranks their king is given a name Abaddon or apollyon both have the same thought of destruction or perdition torment and destruction perhaps apollyon is Satan himself or another high-ranking leader of demons as God’s people we can be thankful that Jesus alone holds the keys of hell and death revelation he has his timetable nothing will occur too soon or too late revelation 9 verse 12 the first woe is past behold two woes are still coming after these kings the worst is yet to come the sixth trumpet and army of destruction horses and a chariot of fire separated Elijah from Elijah when Elijah was taken up into heaven 2nd Kings to verse 11 when Dothan was besieged by the army of Syria God opened the eyes of Elijah’s servant and he saw the horses and chariots of fire second Kings 6 verses 13 through 17 revelation 913 then the sixth angel sounded and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God a voice from the altar the golden altar is the altar of incense a representation of the prayers of the saints john is recalling a persistent theme the prayers of God’s people play a large role in the end times drama the horns of the altar were at each corner they are we’re atoning blood was applied revelation 9 verse 14 one saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet released the four angels who are bound at the great river euphrates revelation 9 verse 15 and the four angels who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year were released so that they would kill a third of mankind the angels and their mission these fallen creatures satanic angels so awesomely fierce that God has kept them incarcerated during these six millennia of man’s history but in one hour he’s going to release them they have been held back for this one hour in which they enter the world to accomplish their mission they are prepared for one hour of this particular day of this month of this year to slay a third part of men now in the first four horses of the Apocalypse the four seals 1/4 of the Earth’s population is destroyed and now by these fierce angels loosed out of the river Euphrates another third of the Earth’s population is to be destroyed the sphere of activity of the locusts was limited to torment verse 5 these are given the Express authority to kill on a massive gaile these angels have a specific sphere of activity a third of mankind they execute God’s will in God’s timing why are these angels of judgment connected with the euphrates river the Euphrates was the landmark of ancient Babylon the frontier of Israel’s land as fully promised by God Genesis 15 verses 17 through 21 and the boundary of the old Roman Empire which will be revived under the Antichrist the Euphrates is also associated with the First’s in Genesis chapter 2 verses 10 through 14 the first murder Genesis 4 verse 16 the first organized revolt against God Genesis 11 1 through 9 the first Confederation Genesis 14 verse 1 and the first dictatorship Genesis 10 verses 8 through 10 revelation 9 verse 16 the number of the armies of the horsemen was 200 million I heard the number of them revelation 9 verse 17 and this is how I saw in the vision the horses and those who sat on them the writers had breastplates the color of fire and of hyacinth and of brimstone and the heads of the horses are like the heads of lions and out of their mouths precede fire and smoke and brimstone revelation 9 verse 18 a third of mankind was killed by these plagues by the fire and by the smoke and the brimstone which proceeded out of their mouths revelation 9 verse 19 for the power of the horses is in their mouths and in their tails for their tails are like serpents and have heads and with them they do harm description of the army led by these angels they number 200 million but is the number literal or symbolic it is possible that the number is not to be taken literally but simply suggests an army that is impossible to count and is greater than anything mankind has ever seen they are given a weir grotesque description a powerful picture of horror destruction and demonic association does this speak of a natural or supernatural army is this the army of men or an army of demons if natural then the weird description might speak of modern mechanized warfare but a human army this size has never been seen the total size of all armies at the height of the Second World War was only 70 million China in 1965 claim to have an army and militia of 200 million but this claim was doubled by many even if such an army was assembled and marched towards the West it is hard but not impossible to see it killing a billion or more people a third of mankind perhaps the safest interpretation is to see this as a literal demonic army invading earth revelation 9 verse 20 the rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues did not repent of the works of their hands so as not to worship demons and the idols of gold and of silver and of brass and of stone and of gold which can neither see nor hear nor walk revelation 9 verse 21 and they did not repent of their murders nor of their sorceries nor of their immorality nor of their thefts the response of man in general mankind shows no repentance despite the presence of some pretty overwhelming signs and wonders instead man continues with his worship of idols in a business-as-usual sort of way they continue in their worship of demons wittingly or unwittingly it is amazing to see how quickly things return to normal after some calamity such as an earthquake or 9/11 we are so quick to forget God’s lessons even the lessons that come in judgment the list of sins in verse 21 is a striking accusation against our present age murders sorceries associated with the taking of drugs sexual immorality and thefts certainly characterize our present-day.

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