Sunday, November 3, 2019

The Revelation of Christ – Part 24: The 6th Trumpet (2nd Woe)

The Revelation of Christ – Part 24:
The 6th Trumpet (2nd Woe)
Pastor Bruce A. Shields
House of Faith Church | |

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The Book of Revelation, or the Revelation of Christ, is the most difficult book in the bible.

Because of this fact, many avoid it, or ignore it all together. Some fear lack of understanding, others afraid to misinterpret, which I guess it is better to avoid than dive in and get it completely wrong.

Many times, when a new believer comes to me for direction, they want to jump right into Revelation and find out what’s to come.

This is equivalent to deciding one day to learn Mandarin and sitting down to author a novel in Chinese that very same day.

Or, a kindergartner learning how to count, and then trying to calculate quantum mechanics calculations.

The words in Revelation have caused much debate on rapture, judgement, even some who claim John was writing about the events in his day in code rather than Jesus Christ revealing to him about the coming events and Judgment.

A special blessing is promised to those who read Revelation.

Although it may be a difficult book, we could all use a special blessing, reading this is good for us all, and with the help of the Holy Spirit, we will take the Revelation of Christ in small portions and gain understanding, little by little.


THE THINGS WHICH ARE – The Church Age (Age of Grace)
Part 3 – Ephesus The Backsliding Church

Part 4 – Smyrna The Steadfast Church
Part 5 – Pergamos The Immoral Church
Part 6 – Thyatira The Careless Pagan Church
Part 7 – Sardis The Spiritless Church
Part 8 – Philadelphia The Favored Church
Part 9 – Laodicea The Church God Hates

Part 10 – The Throne of God
Part 11 – The Scroll and Seven Seals
Part 12 – The Lamb is Worthy
Part 13 – The First Seal

Part 14 – The Second Seal
Part 15 – The Third Seal
Part 16 – The Fourth Seal
Part 17 – The Fifth Seal

Part 18 – The Sixth Seal
Part 19 – The 144,000 Sealed
Part 20 – The Great Multitude
Part 21 – The Seventh Seal
Part 22 – Trumpets 1-4
Part 23 – The 5th Trumpet (1st woe)

Part 24 – The 6th Trumpet (2nd woe)

Revelation 9:13-21
13 The sixth angel sounded his trumpet, and I heard a voice coming from the four horns of the golden altar that is before God. 14 It said to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” 15 And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were released to kill a third of mankind. 16 The number of the mounted troops was twice ten thousand times ten thousand. I heard their number.

17 The horses and riders I saw in my vision looked like this: Their breastplates were fiery red, dark blue, and yellow as sulfur. The heads of the horses resembled the heads of lions, and out of their mouths came fire, smoke and sulfur. 18 A third of mankind was killed by the three plagues of fire, smoke and sulfur that came out of their mouths. 19 The power of the horses was in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails were like snakes, having heads with which they inflict injury.

20 The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood—idols that cannot see or hear or walk. 21 Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.

a.   I heard a voice coming from the four horns of the Golden Altar before God

                                     i.   The Golden Altar before God represents Christ’s sacrifice, therefore the voice coming from it must be that of the Lord speaking to the 6th Angel who had received his Trumpet from God.

                                    ii.   This is the altar that an earlier angel scooped fire from in his censer which held the prayers of the saints and cast it to earth.

b.   The voice said to the 6th Angel
                                     i.   Release the 4 angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates

1.   Euphrates is the dividing line between the East and the West
2.   It was the border of the Roman Empire
3.   Here it suggests that these 4 demonic angels which had been BOUND, were now released

c.   The 4 angels had been kept there ready
                                     i.   For this very hour and day and month and year
1.   This shoes that this was ordained by God from the very beginning

2.   Remember what Jesus said to the disciples when they asked about the end times?
a.   “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” – Matthew 24:36

                                    ii.   They were released to kill 1/3 of mankind

                                   iii.   The number of the mounted troops was TWICE 10,000 times 10,000

                                   iv.   John head this number
1.   It appears here that John is seeing these 4 demonic angels released from bondage where they had been kept from demonically influencing the oriental people from invading the West.

2.   The Orient East is notorious for being socialists and communists who publicly and governmentally are atheist, but privately many in the Eastern philosophies worship all sorts of false gods and demons in their culture

3.   Twice 10,000 times 10,000 is 200 Million

4.   Right now in China alone there are 1.4 Billion people, so an army of 200 Million invading the West is very reasonable.

a.   200 million may not have been the number of the literal army though…it may have been the number of demonic armies infiltrating the world under the command of the 4 demonic angels that had been released.

                                    v.   These are LITERAL armies described in FIGURATIVE terms

a.   Their breastplates were fiery red, dark blue and yellow as sulfur
                                     i.   John describing things he did not understand, these colors may have been flags of the various countries of origin of the invading armies.

                                    ii.   The heads of the horses resembled heads of lions
1.   These “heads that resembled lions” may have been mechanical war machines with rockets or machines guns

                                   iii.   Out of their mouths came fire, smoke and sulfur
1.   Flame throwers, missiles, machines guns, all of these can appear as fire from the mouths of mechanical war machines

b.   1/3 of mankind was killed by 3 plagues of fire, smoke and sulfur that came out of their mouths
                                     i.   When the terms “fire, smoke, sulfur (brimstone)” are used, the bible is describing weapons of Hell

                                    ii.   We see this used in 2 Kings 2:11; 6:13-17; Revelation 19:14

                                   iii.   Which may indicate the army is empowered by the demons or the weapons themselves are of evil origins.
1.   i.e. satanic influence of humans to design evil weapons of destruction

c.   The power of the horses was in their mouths and in their tails
                                     i.   Their tails were like snakes, having heads with which they inflicted injury
                                    ii.   Mechanical war machines with missiles and such

a.   STILL did not repent
                                     i.   Of the WORK of their HANDS

                                    ii.   Why would they still not repent????
1.   “So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. 19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.” Ephesians 4:17-19

                                   iii.   The religion and life of the unredeemed man;
1.   “The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.” 1 Timothy 4:1-2

b.   They DID NOT STOP
                                     i.   Worshipping demons
1.   More than likely most false religions got their start through the evil influences of demons

                                    ii.   Worshipping idols made of gold, silver, bronze, stone or wood

                                   iii.   Idols that cannot see, hear or walk
1.   These do not even worship demons, but lifeless objects before the true God

c.   NOR did they repent of their
                                     i.   Murders
                                    ii.   Magical arts
                                   iii.   Sexual immorality
                                   iv.   Or thefts
                                    v.   Repent means to turn away from…so in light of all that has happened so far to the earth and the people in it, they continued to live in their sins, not turning away from them, or asking God for forgiveness.

This Second Woe now past and the Angel with the little scroll is next

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