The Sounding of the Sixth Trumpet
The Sounding of the Sixth Trumpet - Rev. 9:12-21
The Voice of this Judgment.
"I heard a voice."
The location of the voice-
"From the four horns of the golden altar."
The place of intercession, prayer, petition and mercy. (Rev. 8:3-5; 1 Kings 1:50-53 )
"Which is before God."
This is a Divine judgment. As it comes from the presence of God, it has His sanction.
Who the Voice Adresses
"To the sixth angel" - vs. 14 The Sixth Angel sounds and The Voice responds.
What the Voice was Saying.
Revelation 9:14 -- …Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.
The Release of the Angels.
The Nature of the Angels.
They are fallen and bound angels. (2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6)
2 Peter 2:4 -- For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
They are high ranking angels. They were over others.
Ephesians 6:2 -- For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
The Purpose of the Release.
To carry out judgment.
"To slay the third part of men." vs. 15
Isaiah 4:1 -- And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man…
To give men what they desired.
They worshipped devils - vs. 20. God lets devils destroy them.
The Time of their Release.
Prepared for a specific hour, day, month, and year. For example: 9:00 am, 12th day of April 2014.
The Vision of Horses and Horsemen - vs. 17.
"I saw the horses in the vision and them that sat on them."
Their Number (vs. 16)
200,000 x 1,000 = 200,000,000. Two hundred million.
To place the size of this host in perspective consider the size of the worlds armies today. In 2013, The top five countries with the largest armies were China (2,285,000), United States of America (1,458,219), India (1,325,000), North Korea (1,106,000), and Russia (1,027,000).
These are no ordinary horses, but are executers of these four fallen Angels. These horses fulfill the will of these four fallen Angels and act on their behalf.
Their Description- vs. 17.
"Having Breastplates of Fire." In Ephesians Breastplates of Righteousness -Here breastplates of fire—a symbol of Judgment
"Having breastplates of Jacinth" According to Elliott, the jacinth color, is the dark purple or blue the color of smoke.
"Having Breastplates of Brimstone."
Brimstone is sulphur. A horrible burning.
"Their heads were as the heads of Lions" - Heads speak of Authority or Rule - Lions speak of Power.
"Out of their mouth issued fire and smoke and brimstone." vs. 17.
"By these three was the third part of men killed"
The Place of their Power- vs. 19.
"Their power is in their mouth and in their tails."
The Condition of the World -
Unrepentant - vs. 20.
And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not.
Worshipers of Demons.
That they should not worship devils.
Idolatrous - Idolatry in various forms: Idols of gold, silver, stone and wood.The world Church at this time is still flourishing, however she shall be destroyed by the ten kings that reign with the Anti-christ.
Wholesale Murders - vs. 21. Murderers will run Rampant.
Neither repented they of their murders. [plural].
Feticide - Abortions - Murder of unborn.
Infanticide - Abortions - Murder of new born.
Homicide - manslaughter - Murder of h4ving.
Suicide - manslaughter - Murder of ones self.
Fratricide - manslaughter - Murder of ones brother.
Matricide - manslaughter - Murder of ones mother.
Parricide - manslaughter - Murder of ones parent.
Euthanasia - manslaughter - Murder of the feeble - Mercy kilh4ng. Murder" -"phonos" - to slay - slaughter.
Practice of Sorceries
Foreseeing or Foretelh3ng of the future events by the aid of evil spirits; witchcraft, magic, enchantments. Impure practices with evil agencies, and particulary with poisonous drugs. "Sorcery" - "pharmakcia" - medication - "pharmacy" - Magic - sorcery -witchcraft -drugs.
Practice of Fornication
"Porneia" - Harlotry - adultery - incest Unlawful lust of either sex. Homosexuals -Similar tothe word swinish. While fornication is being h3censed by the opinion of Churchmen, God still hates it, and will judge it.
Practice of Thievery
"Theffs" - "Klemma" - Kepto - (maniac)Wholesale Robbery.