Revelation 9 Part 2
Remember, Revelation 9 is a continuation of the seven trumpet judgments and starts with the first explanation of the three woes. This post may seem a little scattered so I hope you can follow my train of thoughts.
When looking at Revelation so far, have you noticed a pattern? Let’s try to lay this out. The seven sealed book is mentioned in Revelation 5. Chapter six the seals begin to be opened. In chapter six, 6 of the 7 seals are opened and then there is a pause. During the pause God seals 144,000 Jews. God clearly knows what is coming next so he seals to protect these 144,000 Jews.
We know Jewish and Gentile believers are in heaven from Revelation 7 and the 144,000 Jews are on earth according to Revelation 7. The pause between the 6th and 7th seal God used to seal the 144,000. Then the 7th seal was opened. And the opening of the 7th seal brought the 7 trumpet judgments.
The first four trumpet judgments are directed at the earth, the planet.
1st trumpet – one third of earth’s trees are burned up
2nd trumpet – one third of the sea becomes blood, one third of sea creatures die, one third of ships are destroyed
3rd trumpet – one third of rivers and fountains of water are destroyed by a star called wormwood.
4th trumpet – one third of the sun, one third of the stars and one third of the moon are all darkened. So the planet looses one third of her light.
Revelation 9 starts the last three trumpets sounding, aka the three woes mentioned. The last three trumpets bring catastrophic things. But did you notice after trumpets five and six sounded, there is another pause?
Trumpet five opens the bottomless pit and allows those in the bottomless pit to attack every person on earth except for the 144,000 Jews God sealed. We know God tells us these, from the bottomless pit, are devils, demons and they have a leader named Abaddon in Hebrew and in Greek the name would be pronounced Apollyon.
Revelation 9:11 KJV ” 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.”
Just as God has his arch angels and angels that lead other angels, so Satan has his angels and some of those are leaders of Satan’s angels. Scripture records one third of the angels in heaven turned away from God and went with Satan. The angel mentioned here in Revelation 9, Abaddon/Apollyon is one of Satan’s and he is the leader of the demonic angels in the bottomless pit.
So when God sends and angel to open the bottomless pit, God is releasing demonic angels to attack and hurt mankind on earth and that is the first woe. Why would God do this? I thought God loves everybody?
The best way I can think to explain this is think of what Jesus said about the wheat and the tares. One asked Jesus, should we pull out the tares and Jesus said no. Let them grow together because if you pull out the tare, you might injure or damage the wheat. At harvest we will separate.
You see, God created us in his image and planted us here on earth. We have been planted in good soil. We get water, light and nourishment and grow. But while we grow, tares start growing next to us. These tares represent evil, wicked and things in our life that damage or hurt us. God doesn’t remove those hurts or damages but at harvest, God will set the matters right.
Man gets to choose with his free will if he will let the tares overtake him or if he will quit and die. Or, man can decide to stick it out with God. Sometimes plants start to wither because they need water (word of God). But the plant can come back if cared for just as man can repent and turn back to God.
When the sixth trumpet judgment is sounded, the second woe begins. This looses 4 angels that are currently bound – where? In the Euphrates River. Revelation 9 tells us God made these four angels and God bound them. Why? To reserve them for a specific time, a specific day, a specific hour for a specific year. What will these four bound angels do? Kill one third of the remaining population.
Why would God do this?
Revelation 9:20-21 KJV ” 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:
 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.”
God sends a little destruction to get mankind to repent and turn away from their wickedness and turn back to God. If mankind does not repent and turn back, God sends more destruction, turns up the heat so to say. So Revelation 9 shows us God is turning up the heat to get mankind to repent and turn away from their wickedness.
Notice the first of three woes starts in Revelation 9:1 and ends in Revelation 9:12. The second woe starts in Revelation 9:13 but does not end until Revelation 11:14.
Remember I said I watch timelines. When you see what happens in each woe, and you watch with what judgment each event happens, it helps you to be able to say, this happens first, then this, then that and that helps you know if a person or teacher is correct in their doctrine or theology. Next time we will have the Revelation 9 quiz. Until next time.