The Book of Revelation  

Chapter 9

Bible Study-REV-Chapter 9

     Revelation 9:1 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.

     Revelation 9:2 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.

     Revelation 9:3 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. KJV

 

     The Fifth Trump--A Woe Trump

 

 

     Everything that is going to happen during this five-month tribulation of Satan/Antichrist is not only sanctioned by our Father, it is a final part of His Plan for humanity. And our Father knows what the ultimate outcome will be: the spiritual death of Satan and the 7000 angels that have followed him since the great katabole’, that war in the first heaven/earth age, the age that was.

     What’s to be determined, in the meantime, is HOW MANY people/souls will have His seal in their mind when it’s all over. The same seal that will allow the hand of our Father to protect you throughout this entire hour of temptation. The same seal that will provide you with eternal bliss and security.

     If you haven’t prepared yourself mentally for this tribulation, chances are very good that you will be taken in by it all and succumb to the lies and deception of Satan/Antichrist. So, how can you prepare yourself? If you are reading this you are already well on your way.

     The secret to coming through is to have the knowledge in your mind that Satan/Antichrist comes BEFORE the true Messiah. Without this information you will be hopelessly lost. And we’re going to nail down this truth that Satan comes as the false messiah BEFORE the True Messiah later on in this book by going to 2nd Thessalonians, chapter 2, and reading the words that St. Paul was given by the Holy Spirit.

     You cannot wait until the last minute. You can’t pick up the Bible and begin reading it the day before this tribulation begins. It will be too late. Much like the ten virgins. Five of them had enough oil in their lamps, oil meaning spiritual information from our Father, while the other five did not and they were lost.

     They wanted to run back and get more knowledge but there wasn’t time. It was all happening too fast. And if you are not being taught any of this in your church, and you’re not digging it out by yourself at home, maybe you had better take a serious look around you at how fast things are happening in this world.

     There is still time if you begin today. Stop listening to some idiot behind a pulpit that, spiritually, doesn’t know his butt from a hole in the ground. All they talk about is the same worn-out traditional teachings of which ever denomination you are associated with. It’s the same old spiritual junk every Sunday.

 

     Some of you may have a 401K plan for your physical retirement; you need one for your spiritual retirement as well. It’s far more important than the earthly. Find a good preacher/teacher and start studying with him or her. Do it on your own. Time is running out.

     When the third angel blew the third trump in chapter 8:10 a star called wormwood fell from heaven and we found out that it was Satan/Antichrist. This is the same star falling but given here is its purpose. He had the key to the bottomless pit and he was to open it and turn them loose.

     This pit is not Hell, or Hades or Sheol or Tartarus, it is the holding place of Satan’s army and this army is to be released to do what?

     FYI....I just listed the only 4 words throughout the Bible that has any reference to a holding place of some sort. None of them indicate a place of eternal burning punishment. Hell, Hades and Sheol are used by our Lord to indicate a condition of our soul when covered with unrepentant sin. The Lake of Fire is not a holding place. It is a spiritual furnace within which souls enter and never come out, never to live again. Gone. Perished. No remembrance of them by others.

 

     The smoke coming out of this pit was meant to fool you. People that are unlearned of the Scriptures or this book of Revelation will be fooled into thinking that the true Messiah is coming. A lot of smoke coming out, smoke and mirrors.

     We’ll find out soon that these locusts are not some kind of insidious insect but men, sent out by Satan/Antichrist to deceive the spiritually ignorant on this earth. And it will be the whole earth, this is not just happening in America, it’s happening around the world at the same time:

     Revelation 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. KJV

     He will try to deceive ALL THE NATIONS on this earth.

     Revelation 9:4 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. KJV

          Who commanded them not to eat the grass? Our Lord. That should be a clue for you because the natural food for a locust is grass, bushes, trees and all green things but these were not locusts, they appear to be men and men do not eat such things. They will be demonic beings that look just like us.

     And that, in and of itself, is nothing new for they walk among us even today. Just like angels do.

     They will be allowed to tempt men, women and children with their lies and deceptions. How will they do this? Traditional teachings of the church, for one thing. Every untrue thing that ever came out of the mouth of a priest, or preacher or biblical scholar or pastor. And they have been pounding these lies into your brain for many, many years.

     Let’s roll Easter eggs on the front lawn of the church, when they should have been inside for Passover. They’ll tell you that they don’t celebrate Passover, only the Jews do that, but they sure don’t mind celebrating the customs of a pagan ritual to a fertility goddess called Ēastre, which is what the word Easter really means. Oh sure, they include Christ and His crucifixion in it but the other parts of the celebration are pure paganism. Bunny rabbits, eggs, cross-cakes, sunrise services and such.

          Christ told these locusts/men that they could tempt and deceive all the dumb masses they wanted but leave those with the seal of God in their mind alone. Don’t touch them. They belong to Him and they proved it through years of studying His Word and trying to find out the truth of Him. By trying to live their lives according to His Will.

 

     Who else could come from this pit? What about those 7000 angels that stood with Lucifer/Dragon in the first heaven/earth age? They were also the same angels that left their habitation and came down to mix with and marry and have children with the daughters of Adam and the women of the other ethnic races. These children were called giants.

     That situation darn near destroyed the entire human race.

     Ref: Genesis 6:4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. KJV

     I’ll bet that some of you thought I was full of it before I put Genesis 6:4 in there, didn’t you!  There is so much about the Bible that people just don’t know and if they did it might just change the way they think and live, in some or all aspects. I want you to know and be informed so that you don’t get smacked around by Satan when you least expect it. Quit listening to men and start listening to our Father.

     Where are those angels right now? Well, the book of 2nd Peter will tell us where they are:

     Ref: 2nd Peter 2:4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; KJV

     Let’s do a little word study here for a moment. Hell, in the above verse, is Tartaroo and it means the deepest abyss of Hades.

     The word pit, in verse 9:2, is phrear and it means a hole dug for holding water or, figuratively, an abyss (as a prison).

    There’s also another meaning for pit and it is abussos and it means depthless or, specifically, abyss.

     And when we get to chapter 12:9 we’ll find:

     Ref: Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. KJV

     Perhaps I’ve gone a bit far with this but it’s important for you to understand exactly who is going to do the tempting and deceiving with Satan/Antichrist and those 7000 angels ARE in the pit, and will be a part of Satan’s locust army that will be released when he takes the key and opens it.

     Realize too, that those in the pit are in spiritual bodies but they will look, act, speak and walk just as though they were flesh and blood. There’s not all that much difference in the outward appearance of a spiritual body compared to a flesh and blood body.

     Now, with all this talk about pits and locusts and hell and the abyss, it must paint a picture of something horrible coming in the near future. Truth is, it will be quite the opposite for Satan/Antichrist will come peaceably and prosperously.

     Ref: Daniel 11:21 And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries. KJV

     Back to chapter 9:5 of Revelation.

     Revelation 9:5 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. KJV

     Here we have the length of the tribulation period that I’ve mentioned many times: five months. Why five months and not ten months or five years? I’ll get to that in verse 7 coming up.

     Revelation 9:6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them. KJV

     Ever experienced a feeling of dread deep within your stomach that almost made you sick? So strong that it was almost overwhelming? Those without the seal of our Father will eventually see that the apparent savior is a fake and that realization will make them weak with fear and they would rather be dead than experience the future.

     Some of them will have had a strong feeling that this messiah was a fake but they just didn’t have the spiritual knowledge that convinced them to take a stand against him. They almost did, but not quite enough. Too late. Too bad.

     Revelation 9:7 And the shapes of the locusts were like 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. KJV

     Let’s look at these locusts a little closer for a minute and see exactly what that’s all about because there’s symbolism used here so let’s find out what the reality is. Let’s go to Joel.

     Ref: Joel 2:25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. KJV

     This great army that our Father has sent among us is this locust army that will soon come out of this pit here in Revelation. Did you notice who sent it? Was it sent by Satan/Antichrist? Nope. It was sent by our Father. He is in control of all of it. He’s not only allowing this to happen, it’s a part of His Plan.

     Specifically, Joel writes about the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm and that gives us a tremendous amount of information.

     The cankerworm, the caterpiller and the palmerworm are growth stages of the locust and they represent the gnawer, the swarmer, the devourer and the consumer. Throughout these stages of growth whatever one leaves behind the next one will eat. And it’s not green grass.

     It’s a way that our Father uses to explain to us that Satan/Antichrist will spiritually chew at your beliefs and gnaw at you until your defenses are taken away and he can have full access to the thing that he wants most: your soul.

     And if you have listened to preachers lie to you all your church-life you will have few defenses for him to gnaw through.

     It’s the way that our Father chose to explain this to us and we have no choice but to accept it. But here’s the cream of the crop:

  • The length of time for the locust to go through these stages is a five month period.

  • The time of the year for this process is May through September.

  • What happened in May? Our Lord was crucified on the cross.

  • What happened in September? Our Lord was born in the flesh.

  • To sum up what we’ve learned here, the tribulation of Satan/Antichrist will be five months. It will begin on or around the time of His crucifixion and end on His return, at the time of His birth in a flesh body.

     This whole period is bracketed by His birth and His death in the flesh. And now you know the season in which this tribulation will begin and end. Not the year or the exact date but the season of the year.

     My, my, my.

     Back to Revelation 9:8.  

  

     Revelation 9:8 And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. 

     Revelation 9:9 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.

     Revelation 9:10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. KJV

     Our Father gives us another natural metaphor by using a scorpion. When a scorpion kills that which he intends to eat, the poison in the stinger paralyzes the victim. And because the scorpion has no stomach, it regurgitates a fluid onto the victim that dissolves the tissue so that it can be absorbed by the scorpion as food or nutrition. The scorpion uses his victim as his stomach.

     Spiritually speaking, when you are attacked by Satan/Antichrist and his army, he will fill you with his lies and deceptions to the point where you will be too weak, spiritually, to overcome him. His sting has already turned your backbone to mush.

     People can overcome him by having the truth of our Father’s Word in their brain, His seal of truth, and neither Satan/Antichrist, nor his locust army, can touch you, not one hair on your head. You are protected.

     You will notice that He has, again, restated that this period of temptation will last for five months.

     Revelation 9:11 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. KJV

     Who is the angel of the bottomless pit? Satan/Antichrist. He is their leader.

     Our Lord gives us another pair of clues as to who the angel of the bottomless pit really is. Look out, another word study:

  • Abaddon, Hebrew origin [OT:11]; a destroying angel:

  • Apollyon, active participle of NT:622; a destroyer (i.e. Satan):

     Revelation 9:12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.

     Revelation 9:13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, KJV

     Where did this voice come from? The altar of God. Whose voice would be speaking then? That’s right.

     As I mentioned before, horns represents power and this is our Father’s power that we’re talking about here. Let’s go back to the Old Testament and see where these four horns came from originally. Our Father is giving explicit instructions to Moses on how to build the Tabernacle and this is a part of it:

     Ref: Exodus 27:27 And thou shalt make an altar of shittim wood, five cubits long, and five cubits broad; the altar shall be foursquare: and the height thereof shall be three cubits.

     Ref: Exodus 27:2 And thou shalt make the horns of it upon the four corners thereof: his horns shall be of the same: and thou shalt overlay it with brass. KJV

     Just for clarity’s sake, the Tabernacle was a tent, obviously a very large tent that was the House of God during the 40 years that the Israelites wandered through the desert. He wanted to have a place where they could come and communicate with Him.

     Every time these three million plus people moved from one place to another, the tent had to be disassembled and carried there. What a monumental effort that must have been.

     Revelation 9:14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.

     Revelation 9:15 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.

     Revelation 9:16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them. KJV

     The Euphrates River has always been the spiritual boundary between Babylon and our Father’s children. A boundary between two opposing forces: our Father’s and Satan’s.

     These four angels, apart from any other angels mentioned so far in Revelation because these four are bound, are going to be released for a specific and appointed purpose. These four are a part of the 7000 which are now being held in chains, spiritually, in Tartarus, a special holding place specifically for them. We saw earlier that they will be here on earth with Satan/Antichrist during this five-month tribulation.

     The preparation for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year means that they have been waiting specifically for this moment in time, during this tribulation.

     The figure two hundred thousand thousand is a huge number and may be a figure of speech to indicate, to us, a number too large to count. If it’s a true number they would be 200 million strong. Regardless, they are spiritual and not human beings. They are coming out of the pit after Satan/Antichrist opens the gate.

     Revelation 9:17 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. KJV

     There are many self-professed scholars that would have you believe that these are actual men on horseback and the fire and smoke is gunfire and all such nonsense. Why not just believe exactly what our Father has described them to be.

     Spiritual horsemen, under their king, Satan/Antichrist, coming to deceive the spiritual part of His children that do not have His protection on them; deceive and harvest their souls.

     In reality they will be men with white collars and glib tongues. They will be the sons of Cain, the Kenites.

     Revelation 9:18 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.

     Revelation 9:19 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.

     Revelation 9:20 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:

     Revelation 9:21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts. KJV

     These are the people that, even after seeing all of this tribulation, whether they fell for the lies and deception or not, still would not ask for forgiveness of their sins. I guess they didn’t believe in the Father or Satan. Maybe their lives were so full of lies and deception throughout their life that what was happening here didn’t seem all that odd to them.

     There is one truth in these verses that has stood out since the beginning of humanity: it really ticks our Father off when we worship someone or something other than Him.

  • Whether it be a wooden phallic symbol in the Old Testament or being addicted to internet porn today.

  • Whether it was a chariot, fully decked out with beautiful Arabian horses or an Italian Maserati of today.

  • Whether it be a straw hut on the Euphrates or a glass and concrete mansion on a south Pacific island today.

     It could be your business, your job, your family, your church activities or going fishing all the time. Whatever it is that takes your mind and your focus off of our Father, that is idol worship today. And there is so much more in the world today than there was back in those times that worshipping something could almost go unnoticed. Don't get absurd with it...He doesn't expect us to think about Him 24/7. Use common sense.

     We’ve studied nine chapters so far and I want to make some things crystal clear: during these five months the skies are not going to be filled with fire and smoke and brimstone; there will not be hideous horsemen galloping through your neighborhood.

     Much of what has been written so far is symbolism and why would that be?

     Our Father knew that this book, the Bible, the Scriptures, would have to have meaning to billions of people over a time period of thousands of years. And each of the thousands of generations would have to be able to pull relevant meaning from these Texts and relate it to their daily lives, regardless of what era in which they currently lived.

     Although the Old Testament is a history of the Hebrew nation the written accounts of what they did, who they did it to, where they did it and so on, are to be examples of humanity as a whole, even though it was individualized by recording the activities of named people.

     The interworking of our Father with these people would be an example for all of humanity to read, study, and learn the concrete basics of what our Father expected out of His children. Jew and Gentile alike.

     Ref: Philippians 3:17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample. KJV

     Many times symbology can open up a vast number of thoughts and ideas and meanings that wouldn’t be possible with mere descriptive words. Fire and smoke and beasts and brimstone evoke a sense and awareness of events that are special, not ordinary.

     The 7 seals, the 7 trumps and the 7 vials are actually repeats of the plagues that our Father put on the Pharaohs and Egypt in the Old Testament. Some of these plagues involved:

  • Turning water into blood.

  • Killing all the fish in the sea.

  • A plague of frogs.

  • A plague of flies.

  • A plague of lice.

  • Hail for rain.

  • Destruction of vines and fig trees. (Green things)

  • Locusts.

  • Caterpillars.

  • And if that wasn’t enough, Father killed all of the first-born of man and beast at one point in time.

     As our Father gave to us in Daniel 11:21, Satan, as the Antichrist, will come in and control things peaceably and prosperously. His goal is to deceive and convert souls to his way of thinking and although that is in the spiritual realm he will use earthly ways of accomplishing these goals.

     The worse the conditions of this world get and the more the economies of the world decline, the more successful he will be because he is going to correct all of the ills of the world. He’s going to forgive debt, personal and business; he will try to bring in world peace and it will appear that he will be successful but the “wound” of the beast will prevent that from happening.

     Satan/Antichrist is not going to win souls by coming with an army whose swords are dripping with blood. Why?

     Because he is going to look exactly like Jesus Christ. And Jesus Christ never did those things. He was humble and kind and loving and forgiving.

     Satan/Antichrist is going to look, act, speak, walk, and dress just like the real Christ. That’s where the deception will be. He will stand before the television cameras of the world and talk of peace and love. He will be able to cause miracles to happen, make lightning come from the sky on a clear day:

     Ref: Revelation 13:13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, KJV

     St. Paul, in his letters to the Corinthians, gave us an excellent description of what Satan/Antichrist will look like when our Father releases him from heaven:

     Ref: 2nd Corinthians 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

     Ref: 2nd Corinthians 11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. KJV

     Oh no! Another word study:

     The Greek word for transformed is metaschematizo and it means to transfigure or disguise. It’s a derivative of the word schema.

     The same word is used in the next verse to describe his locust army. They come disguised as angels of light and ministers of righteousness, not some hideous beast on a snorting steed.

     We’ll get into that a whole lot deeper when we get to the 13th chapter, which is also called the beast chapter.

     Hang in there, there’s a lot of great stuff yet to come!

 

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5 February 2015

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