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The Trumpets Sound Continued


Rev. 9

 Last week in chapter 8 we read about the opening of the 7th and final seal…and out of this last seal comes 7 trumpets…and we covered the first 4 of those 7 trumpets.

Now keep in mind that trumpets are used to sound the alarm.

But God not only sounds the alarm with each of these trumpets…but He also seems to give us an indication of the means by which He will bring about this fall. (Means or methods that He still uses today…watch for them as we go through this and see if they might apply to this country.)

Now, in chapter 8 when the first trumpet sounded the land…specifically the trees, the vegetation, the crops are attacked.

All of these will have a tremendous effect on the stability and welfare of the Roman Empire and will aid in its fall.

Now, with that…let’s start in chapter 8…the very last verse.

 13 And I looked, and I heard an eagle flying in midheaven, saying with a loud voice, “Woe, woe, woe, to those who dwell on the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!”

And notice also, that there are 3 trumpets of the angels still to sound.

  And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star from heaven which had fallen to the earth; and the key of the bottomless pit was given to him.  2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and smoke went up out of the pit, like the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by the smoke of the pit.

And notice what this “star” does…he opens the bottomless pit…and allows the contents to come forth.

Now, notice what comes up out of the pit and what it does. He says: …and smoke went up out of the pit, like the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by the smoke of the pit.

Sometime read about the history of the Roman Empire and how corrupt the government was.

And you may say, “How would immorality…and corruption…and wickedness aid in the fall of a nation?”

And think about the lawsuits…and the DWI’s.

And let me ask you this…when a politician or a lawmaker is caught in some scandal…some immoral affair…does that affect the confidence that the people have in our government?

And here is something else.

And you already know, some people will do anything for money…even sell out their own country.

So John says that the “sun and the air were darkened by the smoke of the pit.”

 Now verse 3:

3 And out of the smoke came forth locusts upon the earth; and power was given them, as the scorpions of the earth have power. 4 And they were told that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, nor any green thing, nor any tree, but only the men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.

If you look back up in chapter 8 the four trumpets there attack the earth and the environment.

And notice, this affects those who “do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.”

Vs 5:  And they were not permitted to kill anyone, but to torment for five months; and their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it stings a man.

Rev 9:6

6 And in those days men will seek death and will not find it; and they will long to die and death flees from them.

God is turning the tables here on these people.

Rev 9:7-8

And the appearance of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle; and on their heads, as it were, crowns like gold, and their faces were like the faces of men.

Rev 9:8

And they had hair like the hair of women, and their teeth were like the teeth of lions.

Rev 9:9  And they had breastplates like breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots, of many horses rushing to battle.

 And notice the “breast plates of iron.”

Evil wears “breast plates of iron”…and it does so to protect itself.

 10 And they have tails like scorpions, and stings; and in their tails is their power to hurt men for five months.

Rev 9:11

They (the locusts) have as king over them, the angel of the abyss; his name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in the Greek he has the name Apollyon.

Rev 9:12

12 The first woe is past; behold, two woes are still coming after these things.

Now, the 6th trumpet or angel sounds:

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, 14 one saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.”

I think we have seen that in this country.

Rev 9:15-16

15 And the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year,

 And the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released, so that they might kill a third of mankind.(partial judgment).

16 And the number of the armies of the horsemen was two hundred million; I heard the number of them.

Rev 9:17-18

17 And this is how I saw in the vision the horses and those who sat on them: the riders had breastplates the color of fire and of hyacinth and of brimstone; and the heads of the horses are like the heads of lions; and out of their mouths proceed fire and smoke and brimstone.

Rev 9:18-21

8 A third of mankind (not final judgment) was killed by these three plagues, by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone, which proceeded out of their mouths. 19 For the power of the horses is in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails are like serpents and have heads; and with them they do harm.

Now, notice verse 20…this is what is really scary:

20 And the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, so as not to worship demons, and the idols of gold and of silver and of brass and of stone and of wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk; 21 and they did not repent of their murders nor of their sorceries nor of their immorality nor of their thefts.

So, there are a lot of ways to bring a wicked nation down…and God will use them.

Well, once again, God doesn’t like what the wicked do…but He still loves them…and He desires that none should perish but that all would come to repentance.