Judgment but no repentance?
Hi good friends out there in internet land. I have reviewed the first eight chapters in the book of Revelation in a very detailed way giving the readers many cross references to each verse but due to time and the fact that I must move on to other writing projects in the Bible the remaining chapters (Revelation chapters 9-22) will be completely quoted with some comments at the end of the chapter. I really do desire to cross reference every verse in these chapters but this would take me way to long thus leaving out other vital biblical studies that are also needed and desired to people that are very hungry for the word of God. There will still be many interesting insights after the chapter is quoted so please enjoy the rest of the study in this fascinating last book of the Bible.
(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 tree; but only those men which have not the seal of Godin 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 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 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. (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 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: 1 - 21.
These are trumpet judgments and the first four are directed toward the earth but the last three judgments are meant for man. Remember all these judgments are in forms of seven. They get progressively worse as the wrath of God continues in a forward motion. Woe means sorrow, calamity and affliction. As we can read most will not repent. There are three "Woes" in this passage. The first is found in Revelation 9: 1 - 12. This is the fifth trumpet judgment. The second woe is found in Revelation 9: 13 - 21. This is the sixth trumpet judgment. The third woe is found in Revelation chapters 11 and 16. These chapters have not been quoted at this point. This will be the seventh trumpet judgment.
The star is probably a person as opposed to a star because "He" is given the key to the bottomless pit. It is probably Satan himself because there is a cross reference found in Isaiah 14:2. He is referred to as the son of the morning. More than likely these are fierce fallen angels bound since the days of Noah as mentioned in 1 Peter 2: 4 - 5. If only people in that future day will heed the judgments but the Bible is very clear this will not happen.
The locusts are probably possessed by the fallen angels that were just released on planet earth. Their king is "The destroyer "who obviously ruled over the abyss. This is a very rare situation because Proverbs 30:27 says that locusts have no king. Their stingers are extremely painful and this will last for five months. Very strong men in history past could take pain but not the bite of scorpions. They will torment but not kill. They will not be able to torment the new believers in Christ. Every once in a while a person will believe this is a Cobra helicopter that sprays nerve gas from the back of the machine but this seems to be a rare opinion.
Verse thirteen begins the second woe or the sixth judgment. There will be four fallen angels released to kill a third of the remaining population on mankind. One forth was already killed in Revelation 6:8. They seem to be confined to the River Euphrates probably because the first sin was committed at this area in the Garden of Eden. I could go on and on but this area has much biblical history. I am amazed at how exact God measures a situation. These angels will mobilize an army of 200 million soldiers east of the Euphrates. Revelation chapter sixteen writes about this in far more detail. Notice in this passage God is going to give mankind another chance to repent but their hearts seem to get more hardened. The seventh trumpet includes the final seven judgments called vial or bowl judgments. These judgments seem to be postponed until Revelation chapter sixteen. There are many interlude chapters after Revelation chapter nine to Revelation chapter sixteen. It does not surprise me that in general people will not repent because as pleasurable or miserable transgressions against God are people feel comfortable in their sins. It is hard to repent and forsake our sins because this takes courage but it is easy to be bad even in the middle of horror.
There are four sins mentioned in verse twenty one which are (1) murders (2) sorceries (3) fornication and (4) thefts. I see this now so how much more in the day of the Lord. I guess sin, violence and deception is more important than Jesus Christ Himself according to these people.
If you are picking up some of these biblical truths isn't doing it God's way the wise path to take for our life and eternity. God does want us to accept His Son in our hearts. He wants us to repent and forsake our sins. He wants us to abide in His Son Jesus Christ. He wants us to have the presence of the Holy Spirit. He wants us to do His will. We need a proactive conviction to follow Jesus Christ. These future people in the day of the Lord (unless you are reading this article on the other side) will be the recipients of the judgment of God and will have the response of hardening their hearts. Of course there will be a remnant that will repent and stand strong for Jesus Christ. If you are reading this article on this side of the rapture you need to make sure you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord but you also need to make sure that you are a wise virgin. It is so clear in Matthew chapter 25: 1 - 13 that the rapture is only for those that are living for Jesus Christ, living pure and guided by the Holy Spirit. The foolish virgins had their lamps (salvation) but not their oil. What is this oil? This is the endowment power of the Holy Spirit as we live our lives. The foolish virgins were living in sin, not really caring to allow Jesus Christ to be their Lord. I hope many people make the right decision concerning this matter because, "Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of Man cometh." Matthew 25:13. God bless you Bob D.