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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 8 And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. 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. 10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. 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. 12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter. Revelation 9:1-12 (KJV)
And lo! Confusion ran rampant.
Here’s the source of the cunfusion – people not believing the Bible, or not accepting the word of God as the literal word of God.
Are these helicopters? I hear that one all the time – the “primitive man” theory. “Ya see, John the Apostle had never seen helicopters, so he couldn’t understand what he was a’seein… so…”
Well, I categorically reject that interpretation. The Bible says they are locusts, but very odd ones at that. They sting like scorpions (locusts don’t have stingers…), they don’t eat all the plants they encounter,they only attack men not bearing the mark of the believer. They’re shaped like horses, have men’s faces and long hair, and crowns.
Have you ever seen a locust like that? I never have.
Have you ever seen a helicopter with long hair? A man’s face? a Crown? And the helicopters only target men not sealed by God, attack with the sting of a scorpion, cause intense pain to men who cannot kill themselves somehow… and have a king…
Nope. Not helicopters. Sounds silly when put that way, doesn’t it? And before you start talking about US helicopters, the attack helicopters look like dragonflies, not locusts. There’s a difference.
Ok, how about a tank? Tanks sometimes have netting on their sides… Nope. You’ve been watching Rat Patrol again. Modern tanks don’t string any kind of netting on the sides. They have reactive armor, which means if you shoot at them, the armor explodes in the direction of the attack, diffusing the attack of the enemy. And tanks that don’t destroy any vegetation when they shoot… yeah. That’s not happening even in the desert. Tanks just tend to create destruction. Tanks don’t have long hair or men’s faces. Tanks don’t sting or have kings.
Maybe we should try believing the Bible! If it says some kind of bizarre monster locust, maybe we could assume they’re bizarre monster locusts! And we can safely derive from the text that if the king is called the Destroyer and is the angel of the bottomless pit…. um… they’re devils. These are not natural animals, mindlessly attacking. Nor are they prehistoric monsters awakened in the Japanese Islands by atomic testing! “We must stop the locusts before they reach Tokyo!!!”
They’re devils. Demons, to you modern Bible translation readers.
It’s not a naturally occurring plague. Tell me plainly how something can stop the power of death temporarily! “I got stung by a jellyfish, and now I can’t die!” nope. not happening. It’s little annoying little devils. Annoying for Christians, not so much for the unSaved. This is going to be terrifying. Little flying monsters coming at you, stinging you, and suffering painfully. No painkiller can stop the pain. And you are so desperate for the agony to stop, you try to kill yourself. And nothing happens. You live with those wounds or poison or whatever.
People do resume dying after this judgment, so probably those that try jumping from buildings or shooting themselves all will die at the end of several months. But during the duration of the agony of the sting, it will not be possible for them to die.
Can anyone remember the last time this ever happened? “It’s never happened.” So… then Preterism is a heresy, isn’t it? If we read the Bible and believe it, we understand this has never happened before, was not fulfilled in 70 AD, and has yet to happen. Then why are there Preterists? Simple. They don’t believe the word of God as He wrote it. They have to symbolize it, allegorize it, etc. Which is a slippery slope, because once you start down that road, you can symbolize EVERYTHING! Including salvation. “why, all you have to do is get water sprinkled on you as a baby!”
If that’s your understanding of salvation, then no wonder you don’t believe in the Rapture – you’re not going up in it. I’d print these pages out, so you know what to expect in a few years. Plus I have an entire website I’m working on to help you survive the Tribulation. You don’t believe in a future Great Tribulation yet.
You will soon enough. Hint – when they ask you to take a mark…three sixes… I highly recommend you say, “no thanks.” Oh, and make sure you get Biblically saved as soon as possible. because that sprinkling on water droplets as a baby… that’s not Biblical, and it’s not salvation. And if that’s your profession of faith… “I got wet as a baby…” you may possibly see a puff of steam from your forehead the first few seconds in Hell. That’s all that will do for you, if you’re still wet from the baby baptism.
Sorry, being sarcastic again. I really repent of that. But I’m hopping my harsh words will be like a cold splash of reality. If you refuse to get saved, you won’t be going to heaven. Bottom line.
13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. 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. 16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them. 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. 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. 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. 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: 21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts. Revelation 9:13-21 (KJV)
Another hint. There has never been a cavalry attack numbering 200 million horsemen ever. Yes, i’m aware the Chinese army claims the ability to launch a cavalry attack of that many. Understand that number is their entire army… and I seriously doubt they have a horse for every last one of them. What’ are their paratroopers going to land on US soil on horseback? Yeah, get THAT horse to jump out of a plane. I dare you.
Next, you have to find 200 million horses who breathe fire and sulfur. “Um…” yeah, I saw that problem too. Apparently the Chinese government under Chairman Mao never read the entire passage in the Bible when they had that propaganda.
Oh, and your genetically modified dragon-horses also have tails that are serpent heads… and bite! So if you jump out of the way of the horsemen, you still run the risk of getting bitten.
When was the last time this happened in history? Never. Okay. Again, Preterism is dismissed once and for all as “Not Biblical.” Thanks.
How many people just died in this one?
1,300,000,000 people died at the hands of the diabolical horsemen. Yes, demons.
total left on the earth… 2,670,000,000
We went from six billion people at the Rapture to just over two and a half billion left on the earth. In other words, we’ve lost about 66% of the people on the earth.
1 And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire: 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, 3 And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. 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. 5 And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, 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, that there should be time no longer: 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. 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. 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 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. 11 And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings. Revelation 10:1-11 (KJV)
What’s the seven thunders say? I have no idea.
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. 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. 3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. 4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. 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. 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, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will. 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. 8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. 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. 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 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. 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. 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. 14 The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly. 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. 16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, 17 Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. 18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should 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. 19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail. Revelation 11:1-19 (KJV)
This was the end of the halfway point of the tribulation, the death and resurrection of Moses and Elijah.
So! We come to the last of the seven trumpets. lightnings, voices, thunder, and earthquake, and hail. And almost four and a half billion people have died. If you want steady work in the tribulation, apply for a job at a funeral home. You’ll be VERY busy.