9 Revelation

Author

Mark Ramirez

Scripture

Revelation 9:1-21

Observations

  • John is continuing to see what happens as each of the seven angels blows their trumpet after the seventh seal has been broken. The last three seals (5,6,7) are the three terrors.
  • Then John heard the 5th trumpet and saw a star that had fallen to earth from the sky, given the key to the bottomless pit.
  • When the pit was opened, smoke poured out like a furnace and the sunlight and air turned dark because of the smoke.
  • Out of the smoke come locusts who have been given the power to sting like scorpions.
  • Instead of eating plant life, they only harm people who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.
  • The locusts would not kill people, only give them scorpion sting-like pain for five months.
  • People will seek death but not find it, they will long to die but death will flee from them.
  • The locusts look like horses prepared for battle. They have faces like humans and have what appear to be golden crowns on their head. They have hair like that of a woman and teeth like a lion. They wear iron armor and the sound of their wings is like an army of chariots rushing into battle.
  • The king of these locusts is the angel from the bottomless pit, in Hebrew he is called Abaddon and in Greek he is called Apollyon, which means the Destroyer.
  • The first terror is complete, two more are coming.
  • As the 6th trumpet sounds, John hears a voice speaking from the four horns of the gold altar that stands in the presence of God.
  • The voice tells the sixth angel to release the four angels that are bound at the great Euphrates River.
  • These four angels have been prepared to be released for this specific hour, day, month, and year. Their purpose is to kill one-third of all the people on the earth.
  • These four angels command an army of 200 million mounted troops.
  • John then gets a close-up view of the horses and their riders.
  • The riders wore armor that was fiery red, dark blue, and yellow.
  • The horses had heads like lions, and fire, smoke, and burning sulfur billowed from their mouths. Their tails had heads like a snake, with the power to injure people.
  • It was by the fire, smoke, and sulfur from the mouths of the horses that 1/3 of the population would be killed.
  • But even with all of these terrors and plagues, those who survived still refused to repent of their evil deeds and turn to God.
  • These people continue to worship demons and false idols made by man.
  • They would not repent of their murders, witchcraft, sexual immorality, and thefts.

Application

I am fascinated and greatly saddened at the anger and resentment it must take to not turn to God at the darkest of times. Here people will be going through some of the darkest/hardest points in human history, and yet they will refuse to turn from their self-fulfillment/desires and turn to God.

Am I warning of the dark times to come? Am I sharing the hope of salvation for all who will believe?

In my own life, what has to happen for me to turn to God? When I’m not going His way, am I as stubborn to repent and turn back? I’m reminded of in Hebrews when the author says, “we are not like those who shrink back”. We are the ones who believe, persevere, and see that these terrors are not reserved for us. We have been sealed and have protection. And even when death may come for us, we will stand before the God who will wipe away every tear.

Prayer

Jesus, I read these words and I almost don’t know how to react. So much death and terror will reign down on humanity, but most will continue in their sin and rejection of you. While on a smaller scale, events like this happen every year and people continue in their sin and rejection of you. Help me to be a light that shows people the hope that is found in you. That they can experience true life now and for eternity. I pray your glory would be shown throughout the earth and this Bay Area, amen.

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