A Study of Revelation - Part Five
(As taught by Andy Neckar at Community Bible Chapel-Hico, TX)
Revelation Part Five
Rev 8:6 And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.
Rev 8:7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.
Rev 8:8-9 And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood; And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.
Rev 8:10-11 And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.
Rev 8:12 And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.
The first four trumpets that follows the voices, thundering, lightening and earthquakes are an intensification of the first four seals judgments. In the fourth seal, slaughter, hunger and death devastated one fourth of the earth, so in the fourth trumpet judgment one third of the earth is affected. Getting worse all the time. In the seal judgments 25% of the earth is affected while in the trumpet judgments 33% of the earth is affected.
At the third trumpet we see pollution coming to the rivers and fountains of water. This is unsafe drinking water. A great star called Wormwood fell from heaven and made the water bitter to drink.
When the Israelites were following after the false prophet Baalim, God had this to say:
Jer 9:15 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will feed them, even this people, with wormwood, and give them water of gall (bitter water) to drink.
The false prophets that opposed Jeremiah were also likened to wormwood and bitter water.
Jer 23:15 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts concerning the prophets; Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, and make them drink the water of gall: for from the prophets of Jerusalem is profaneness gone forth into all the land.
Wormwood also makes life bitter in the sense that under the One World Government and the One World Church there will be no justice.
Amos 5:7 Ye who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth,
Wormwood is defined as an "accursed thing".
At the sounding of the fourth trumpet we see outer space being affected. At creation, God gave man dominion over the EARTH only, not over OUTER SPACE. Man will be judged for taking technology out of his boundary. Advances in technology resulted in the building of the Tower of Babylon. Man was judged in this too. Languages were mixed up and the people were scattered.
Luke 21:25-28 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
Redemption does draw near. Only three more trumpets to sound and here comes the hope of our salvation (1 Thess 5:8) which was promised (1 John 2:25) and believed on in faith. (Gal 5:5)
Rev 8:13 And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!
Rev 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.
This fallen star is none other than Lucifer himself.
Isa 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
He weakens, that is he overthrows and destroys the nations in great wars
Rev 9:2-12 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. 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. 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. ( see comments on the sealing in Rev part four. God sealing ALL of His children on this earth against His coming wrath which begins at the trumpet judgments) 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. And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them. 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. And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. 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. And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. 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. One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.
Abaddon and Apollyon A destroying angel. This star that fell from heaven in Rev 9:1 who was given the key to the bottomless pit is the one who is king over the army's of death and destruction. This is Lucifer himself. He is king over the armies of the earth and king over the demons of the bottomless pit.
The locusts spoken of here in Rev is not the same as the locusts spoken of in Exodus 10:14.
Exod 10:14-15 And the locusts went up over all the land of Egypt, and rested in all the coasts of Egypt: very grievous were they; before them there were no such locusts as they, neither after them shall be such. For they covered the face of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened; and they did eat every herb of the land, and all the fruit of the trees which the hail had left: and there remained not any green thing in the trees, or in the herbs of the field, through all the land of Egypt.
Now compare the locusts in Rev.
Rev 9:3-4 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. 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.
The locusts of Rev are armored flying machines with stings like rockets being fired.
Lucifer, the fallen angel was given the key to the bottomless pit to do his best at this time. He enlists the help of these angels.
Jude 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
The judgment of that great day is at hand.
Rev 9:13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
Rev 9:14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.
These are the four military powers that are restrained up to this point. (See Rev Part Four 7:1-3 with my comments)
Rev 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.
God times the duration of this war out to the very hour. HE is in control of EVERYTHING.
Rev 9:16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.
This is two hundred million men.
Rev 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.
Rev 9:18-19 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. 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.
Rev 9:20-21 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: Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.
In the third trumpet judgment God kills of a third of the creatures. No repentance coming from man so He torments man in the fifth trumpet judgment
Rev 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.
Still no repentance coming from man, so in the sixth trumpet judgment He kills off a third part of man.
Rom 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
1Thes 1:10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
1Thes 5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
This is the sealing of His children during the great tribulation. Just as He protected His people, the Israelites, from His wrath in Egypt, He will also protect His children in the great Tribulation.
REMEMBER-the anti-christ cannot be revealed until the Holy Spirit is taken out of the way, (2 Thess 7-8) and when He goes, we go too, because He lives IN US (1 John 4:13) and God says He will NEVER LEAVE US. (Heb 13:5)
At the close of the sixth trumpet judgment the anti-christ has not yet been revealed.