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The Revelation

from Jesus Christ

 

Chapter Nine

The religious/political wars

 


 

The first "woe" Note 1

Chapter 9

#5 1 And the fifth angel sounded,

and I saw a star fall from heaven to 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 [people that looked like] locusts upon the earth: and to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. Note 2

Not allowed to hurt God's people

4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. Note 3

A limited time of control

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 strikes 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. Note 4

 

The look of the "locusts"

7 And the shapes of the locusts were like horses prepared to battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. 8 And [yet] they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. 9 And they had breastplates, as it were 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 scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. Note 5

11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of [or in] the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue [or language] is Abaddon [Destruction], but the Greek tongue has his name Apollyon [Destroyer]. Note 6

 

12 One woe is past; and, behold,

there come two woes more after this.

 

 

The second "woe"

 

#6 13 And the sixth angel sounded,

and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar [of incense] which is before God, 14 saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Note 7

Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. Note 8

15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for

Prophetic time

an hour, 1/24th of a day/year .......... 15 days
and a day, ................ 1 day/year
and a month, ............. 30 day/years
and a year, ........... 360 day/years

..

making a total of .... 391 years and 15 days

to slay the third part of men. Note 9

 

The army of the invaders

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 serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt. Note 10

Even these events failed to change men's minds

20 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. 21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts. Note 11

oooOooo

 

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