Revelation 9:12-21

Sunday, May 10th, 2015

Text: Revelation of Jesus Christ 9:12-21

TRUMPET JUDGMENT SIX

INTRODUCTION:

In Revelation of Jesus Christ 8:1 we saw the opening of the seventh seal. The seventh seal is the seven trumpet judgments and includes all the trumpet judgments on the earth up to the second coming of Christ.

We have seen the opening of the first four trumpet judgments in Revelation of Jesus Christ 8 .

In this message as we consider Revelation of Jesus Christ 9:12-21 , we want to consider the sixth trumpet judgment.

We have already seen -

I. THE FIFTH TRUMPET - 9:1-11

We have seen -

1. The fallen star and the opening of the abyss - 9:1-2

Revelation of Jesus Christ 9:1-2 - (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.

We have identified this fallen angel who was given the key to the bottomless pit as Satan.

We have also seen -

2. A demonic horde loosed upon the earth described as locusts - 9:3-6

Revelation of Jesus Christ 9:3-6 - (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.

We have seen -

3. The locusts described - 9:7-11

Revelation of Jesus Christ 9:7-11 - (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.

That these were not ordinary locusts is evident not only from their activity but also from their description.

We move on to consider -

II. THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF TWO MORE WOES - 9:12

Revelation of Jesus Christ 9:12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.

In 8:13 we read,

Revelation of Jesus Christ 8:13 - (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!

These three woes referred to trumpet judgments five, six, and seven.

Now in Revelation of Jesus Christ 9:12 it is announced, One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.

One woe is past. This woe that is past is the fifth trumpet judgment which is detailed in verses 1-11. It is now over.

Behold is lo and is used to heighten the reader's attention.

There come two woes more hereafter. By two woes more is meant the sixth and seventh trumpet judgments which will encompass Revelation of Jesus Christ 9:13-19:21 .

Hereafter is after these things. It is the same term used in 1:19, 4:1, and 7:1.

Revelation of Jesus Christ 1:19 - Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter.

Revelation of Jesus Christ 4:1 - After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.

Revelation of Jesus Christ 7:1 - And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.

These uses of the term translated hereafter or after these things indicates a logical progression throughout the book of Revelation.

We see next -

III. THE SIXTH TRUMPET - 9:13-21

1. The loosing of the four angels - 9:13-15

Revelation of Jesus Christ 9:13-15 - (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.

Sounded is sounded the trumpet.

John describes what happened next by I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God.

I heard means that John heard.

What John heard was a voice or literally one voice.

From [i.e. out of] the four horns of the golden altar, which refers to the horn-shaped corners of the altar, indicates that the source of the voice is the golden altar itself. What this voice said is recorded in the next verse.

Which is before God refers to the golden altar and indicates the location of the golden altar.

It is before God, i.e. it is in the presence of God or in the sight of God.

Revelation of Jesus Christ 9:14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.

The sixth angel is the same angel which blew its trumpet in the previous verse. He is the sixth of seven angels which had trumpets to blow.

What this voice said was, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.

The tense of loose indicates that the four angels are to be loosed at once and without delay.

Which are bound is the ones who have been bound, the ones who are bound, or the bound ones. Four angels had been previously bound. At the time of the speaking of this voice, they are in a state of having been bound. We have no way of knowing when they were bound or how long they had been bound when this voice spoke.

In the great river Euphrates is at the great river Euphrates or near the great river Euphrates.

Revelation of Jesus Christ 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.

The four angels were loosed in accordance with the command which was issued in verse 14 to loose them.

Which were prepared is the ones who have been prepared or the ones who have been made ready. It does not say who had prepared them, but it would apparently be God Who had prepared them for this.

For an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year indicates the time of the ministry for which they had been prepared. Although it was not translated in the English text, the appears before hour in the Greek text and is also understood with day, with month, and with year. This implies that it was for this particular time, i.e. for this particular hour, on this particular day, in this particular month, in this particular year for which these four angels had been prepared. It does not mean that the length of their ministry would be an hour, a day, a month, and a year. In other words, God's timetable was right on schedule.

For to slay the third part of men indicates the purpose of their having been prepared to act at this time.

For to slay is in order that they might slay or in order that they might kill.

The third part of men is one third of men. Men is the generic term for human beings and includes females as well as males. One third of all humanity alive at the time of this judgment will be killed.

2. The army of two hundred million - 9:16-19

Revelation of Jesus Christ 9:16-19 - (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.

The number of the army of the horsemen is the number of the troops of the cavalry. This is a military force from the east, that is, from east of the Euphrates River.

Two hundred thousand thousand is literally two myriads of myriads or two ten thousands of ten thousands. In other words, it was two hundred million. Now this is a good-sized cavalry.

And I heard the number of them. One can believe that John was absolutely astonished by the number. It refers to a very large military force coming from the east.

Revelation of Jesus Christ 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.

I saw is I beheld and refers to John.

What John saw was the horses . . . and them that sat on them, i.e. the horses of the two-hundred-million-man cavalry and their riders.

In the vision indicates how John saw these horses and their riders. It was in or by means of a particular vision which he had.

The horses in the vision are described as having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone.

Breastplates of fire are protective devices which cover the horses' chests, and they are fiery or the color of fire which would be a red or reddish-orange.

And of jacinth is and hyacinth-colored, i.e. dark-blue or, perhaps, dark-red.

And brimstone is and sulphurous and would suggest a yellow color.

And the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions. The heads of the horses appeared as heads of lions or looked like heads of lions.

And out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.

Out of their mouths means out of the mouths of these horses and indicates the source of the fire and smoke and brimstone which will result in the deaths of so many people in the next verse.

Brimstone is sulphur.

Revelation of Jesus Christ 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.

By these three is by these three (things). These three (things) are then specified as (1) by the fire, (2) and by the smoke, and (3) by the brimstone.

Was the third part of men killed. The same idea was stated in verse 15 where the purpose of the four angels was to slay the third part of men.

The third part of men is one third of humanity. Men is the generic term for human beings and includes females as well as males.

One third of all humanity alive at the time of this judgment were killed by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone.

Which issued out of their mouths refers to the fire, the smoke, and the brimstone, all of which came out of the mouths of the horses.

Revelation of Jesus Christ 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.

For introduces the reason one third of all humanity died.

Their power refers to the ability, the capability, or the might of the horses.

In their mouth, and in their tails indicates where these horses get their power or ability. It is in the destruction brought about by their might, by what is in their mouths, i.e. by the fire, by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which results in one third of all humanity dying.

And in their tails introduces another place where their power or ability is found.

For their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt is the reason their power or their capability is in their tails.

Their tails refers to the horses' tails.

Like unto serpents is similar to snakes.

And had heads is simply having heads.

And with them suggests and with these heads on their tails or by means of these heads on their tails.

They do hurt refers to the horses, and do hurt suggests they injure or they damage.

That these are not ordinary war horses is evident from the description of verse 18 of the fire, . . . the smoke, and . . . the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths by which one third of those living prior to this plague were killed. It is also evident from the description in this verse of their tails being like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt. They would seem to represent John's best description of modern warfare.

3. Man is still unrepentant - 9:20-21

Revelation of Jesus Christ 9:20-21 - (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.

The rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues refers to the two-thirds of the human beings who were still alive after one third of them died as a result of the fire, smoke, and brimstone coming out of the horses' mouths.

The rest of the men is the remaining men, where men is once again the generic term for human beings and includes females as well as males. It refers to the sum total of all humanity still living.

Which were not killed by these plagues is who were not killed in these plagues or who were not killed by means of these plagues.

Yet repented not of the works of their hands is did not repent of the works of their hands or did not change their minds about the works of their hands.

The works of their hands in this context suggests the idols that they had made with their hands. They were involved in idol worship, and did not change their minds and come out of their idol worship.

That they should not worship expresses either purpose, intended result, or result. If expressing purpose, that is understood in the sense of in order that or for the purpose that. If expressing intended result or result, that is understood in the sense of with the result that.

They refers to those human beings who are still alive.

Should not worship is should not fall down and worship or should not do obeisance to, which means that they would not stop worshiping demons and idols but that they would continue worshiping them.

What they continued to worship was devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood.

Devils are demons, i.e. fallen angels.

Not only would they continue to worship devils, but they would also continue to worship idols, i.e. images or objects of worship. The connection between devils and idols is interesting and suggests that when a person bows down to an idol or image, he is actually engaging in worshiping the demon whom the image or idol represents.

These idols are made of various materials: of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood.

These idols are further described by which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk. They are inanimate objects. They are not able to see, to hear, or to walk around. They are not alive and can do nothing to help those who worship them. They are not able to meet their needs or to save them.

Revelation of Jesus Christ 9:21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

Neither repented they is and they did not change their minds.

Of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts indicates what they did not change their minds about doing.

Their murders indicates that they had murdered in the past and that they would continue murdering.

Nor of their sorceries indicates that they also did not repent of the magical arts they had practiced in the past and that they would continue practicing them.

Nor of their fornication indicates that they would continue their immoral practices.

Fornication is a broad term and includes all kinds of unlawful sexual intercourse.

Nor of their thefts indicates that they had stolen in the past and that they would continue stealing.