Revelation Chapter 9
The "seven seals" (see The Seven Seals for a summary of each of them as they are recorded in Revelation chapters 6, 8, 9 and 16) increase in power, by an exponent of seven, as The Return Of Jesus Christ approaches. The seventh seal is composed of seven trumpets. The fifth trumpet, described in this chapter, is called the first woe. The sixth trumpet is called the second woe. The seventh trumpet is called the third woe. The seventh trumpet is further composed of seven "vials" (King James Version) or "bowls" (RSV).
The fifth trumpet portrays war with modern-day aircraft; the "locusts" are obviously not mere grasshoppers because insects don't have "breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. 9:10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months" (Revelation 9:9-10 KJV).
"9:1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. 9:2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. 9:3 And there came out of the smoke Locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. 9:4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. 9:5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. 9:6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.
9:7 And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. 9:8 And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. 9:9 And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. 9:10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. 9:11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.
9:12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter." (Revelation 9:1-12 KJV)
The sixth trumpet, also called the second woe, also describes great war power, in this trumpet an army of 200 million troops, not necessarily from a single nation, from east of the Euphrates River i.e. east of Iraq (see Mesopotamia). Modern-day war "horses" refer to mechanized cavalry and "chariots" of tanks and/or transport vehicles. "Horses" don't spew "fire and smoke and brimstone."
"9:13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 9:14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates [see The Tigris-Euphrates Valley]. 9:15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. 9:16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.
9:17 "And thus I saw the Horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone [brimstone is an old name for sulfur; see Fire and Brimstone]. 9:18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths. 9:19 For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.
9:20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship Devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: 9:21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts [i.e. all of which are direct violations of God's Ten Commandments]" (Revelation 9:13-21 KJV)
Revelation Chapter 10
Angels are going to be very active in the time prior to Christ's return. Good angels will be delivering much of The Lord's wrath upon the world, while evil angels (see Devils) will be responsible for much of the misleading of humans e.g. "16:13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon [i.e. Satan - see Satan's Throne and Dragons], and out of the mouth of the beast [i.e. the great European military dictator described in Revelation 13 - see Emperor], and out of the mouth of the false prophet [i.e. the Papacy - see Emperors and Popes and The Little Big Horn]" (Revelation 16:13 KJV).
"10:1 And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud [see also The Clouds of Heaven]: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire: 10:2 And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,
10:3 And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. 10:4 And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.
10:5 And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, 10:6 And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein [see Christ The Creator], that there should be time no longer: 10:7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the Mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the Prophets.
10:8 And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.
10:9 And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. 10:10 And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter. 10:11 And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings." (Revelation 10:1-11 KJV)
Revelation Chapter 11
While the Holy Bible has a great amount to say about The Return Of Jesus Christ, it does not provide a specific date for that event. No one knows when Christ is going to return. The Scriptures do however plainly state that the Messiah will return right after the completion of the miraculous 3½ year / 42 month / 1,260 day ministry of His "two witnesses." When they first appear "with power," Christ's return will be 3 years and 6 months away. Those who recognize the two witnesses as the two witnesses (as stated in the Scriptures below, a great many people in every nation on earth are not going to recognize them for what they are) will then know that their Judgment is at hand (see When Will You Be Judged?). Those two prophets will be martyred, and resurrected, in Jerusalem; Christ's return will occur not long afterward.
"11:1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. 11:2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months [see also Never Before, Never Again].
11:3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, Clothed In Sackcloth. 11:4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. 11:5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. 11:6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood [see Smoke On The Water, Fire In The Sky], and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.
11:7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them [i.e. at the end of their prescribed ministry, The Lord will allow them to be killed - so that they may receive their reward of eternal life]. 11:8 And their dead bodies [see What Happens When You Die?] shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified [i.e. The Lord refers to Jerusalem as Sodom and Egypt].
11:9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves [see also Sheol and Hades]. 11:10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.
11:11 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them [see The Quick and The Dead and Through The Gates Of Hell], and they stood upon their feet [see Resurrections]; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. 11:12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.
11:13 And the same hour was there a great Earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.
11:14 The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly." (Revelation 11:1-14 KJV)
The seventh trumpet (see also Christ's Feast of Trumpets and listen to the Sermons The Feast of Trumpets and The Feast of Trumpets: Birthday Of The Church from our sermons page) will mark the time of the The Return Of Jesus Christ - after the rebellious world has had the last ounce of evil forged out of it by the remaining events of the seventh trumpet.
"11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever [see The Coming World Dictator].
11:16 And the four and twenty elders [see The Twenty Four Elders], which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, 11:17 Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty [see also The Ancient of Days], which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. 11:18 And the nations were angry [see War With The Lamb], and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged [see When Will You Be Judged?], and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth [see A Reward For Everyone].
11:19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament [see How Does The Ark Get To Heaven?]: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail." (Revelation 11:11-19 KJV)
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