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The 5th Trumpet of Revelation
Rev. 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.

The word "fall" used here should be "fallen" (See note on verse 1 in the Companion Bible). In other words, John now sees a star "which had fallen" from heaven, previously in the world that then was (the age of the dinosaurs), i.e. the first earth age be given the key to the bottomless pit!

Satan is given the key to the bottomless pit!



What is the bottomless pit?  A pit is a something with which everyone is familiar, a hole in ground for instance, that you can look down into. (Keep in mind, however, that there are some who can't tell the difference between their donkey and a hole in the ground. Fortunately, our Father uses many different analogies so that perhaps one will "ring a bell" up there.) However, when you look into the pit described here there is no end in sight, for it is so deep it has no bottom, hence the term "bottomless". This Picture in your mind is to graphically illustrate the depth of the state of degradation to which the one who is in the pit has fallen, i.e. Satan. He has fallen to a depth so far down and isbecome so infinitely low that you cannot get any lower.

 Got it?

Now, let's see what happens when the bottomless pit is opened.

[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.



The first thing out of the pit is so great a cloud of smoke (read deception) that you can't see any truth anywhere.  Everything is dark. And what is causing this humongous smoke screen of deception?
[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.



And arising in the smoke are Satan's fallen angels/locusts and scorpions from the days of Noah.  
 And their tails/ the descendants of Cain, Satan's son from his sexual encounter with Eve in the "Garden of Eden" (Christ called them, snakes and vipers).


LOCUSTS?
You mean insects?

No, now you're off track again! Back to paragraph one of this lesson. "This entire description is the "Picture" that our Father would have us see in our "minds eye" representing the terrible devastation wrought upon the minds and souls of men and women by the "children of disobedience". Understand, you can't "see" a lie. And you can't see it devour someone's chance to see the truth.



So we are talking about the enemies of God and "Seeing" an analogous "Picture" of them. They are like a bunch of insects, i.e. locusts, scorpions, etc. Are they to be feared?

NAW! Jesus Christ has given His own His Two-edged Sword, remember? And along with it, the POWER of it, i.e. the power to wield it! Here's what He has to say about creepy, crawly snakes and insects, i.e. low life creatures, Satan's own.

Luke 10:19
Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Squish! They're gone! Bye!
Actually, you can see you can just tread on these venomous insects with the gospel armour boots and save the Sword for the fire breathing dragon, to cut off his head! "I just can't wait for the opportunity", I say, as I polish my gospel armour. "Let that old dragon out the pit!"

Now, here's another key to remember to help understand "Pictures" more fully, shall we say to a deeper level. The Holy Spirit in giving us these Pictures doesn't just arbitrarily pick the symbols He uses. There is a purpose and a meaning contained in the selection. So if we learn the characteristics of the symbols we can better understand what is being described.

Let's start with the scorpion. Here's a link, one of many, where you can go to learn how the scorpion takes its prey.

http://www.desertusa.com/oct96/du_scorpion.html
You'll learn that scorpions are nocturnal, i.e. creatures of the night. They love darkness. That certainly fits! And here's a paragraph from this website describing the venom which, guess what?, affects the nervous system of its victims. Hmmmmm!
"The venom of scorpions is used for both prey capture and defense. Scorpion venoms are complex mixtures of neurotoxins (toxins which affect the victim's nervous system) and other substances; each species has a unique mixture."
And what of the locusts? We don't even need to research the worldwide web for this one. We can go to the Book of Joel, which we will later, and to Exodus, where God's two witnesses, Moses and Aaron, were sent to Pharaoh. Here we see locusts used in one of the judgments poured out, where we "See" the physical type set forth.

Note: Those locusts were sent by God just as we will read in Joel that these locusts in Revelation are also sent by, controlled by, God. Why? For the same reason the plagues were brought upon Egypt... "So that they may know that the Lord God Almighty doth reign supreme in both heaven and earth".

Joel1:3 Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation.
Tell your generations and their generations until the last generation (of sons and daughters) is here, which is the generation when all these things He has foretold us shall be fulfilled (Mat. 24:34). And He has foretold us all things, the details of which He told us through His prophets: Mark 13:23 "But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things."

Editors Note: (If you have studied the Parable of the Fig Tree (#7009) which Christ commanded us to do in Mat. 24 and Mark 13, then you are one of those who know that "final generation", the one which would not pass away before Christ returns, began on May 15, 1948, when the fig tree was planted in the land of Judea when the UN gave sanction to the State of Israel! Yes, there will be Baby Boomers who shall see all these things fulfilled!)

By the way, if your father or one of your forefathers has broken this commandment of God in Joel 1:3 to tell your children His words contained herein, then YOU get busy studying His Word and learn the truth and restart the process with your children. John 14:15 "If ye love me, keep my commandments."

Joel 1:4
That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpiller eaten.
When our Father uses an analogy of a person, or an animal, or a place, or a thing, we are supposed to understand the characteristics of that person, place, or thing in order to gain a more in-depth understanding of that which He would have us know. Therefore we need to know at least the basics of what locusts are and how they behave and especially how they eat since that is what verse four describes them doing in Four Different Stages. You can learn about locusts from an encyclopedia or by going to credible websites such as: http://daff.gov.au/animal-plant-health/locust/about/australia/biology

Below are some excerpts from the websites listed above:

"What are locusts?

Locusts are insects belonging to the order Orthoptera. They are identical in appearance to grasshoppers with which they share the family Acrididae. The only difference between the two types of insects is that locusts can exist in two different behavioural states (solitary and gregarious) whereas grasshoppers do not. When the population density is low locusts behave as individuals, much like grasshoppers. However, when the population density is high locusts form highly mobile gregariously behaving bands of nymphs or swarms of adults. It is this change from one behavioural state to another, known as phase change, that makes locusts such devastating pests. Phase change may be accompanied by changes in body shape and colour, and in fertility, survival and migratory behaviour. These changes are so dramatic in many species that the swarming and non-swarming forms were once considered to be different species."

Those of you with eyes to see and ears to hear, who understand about the latter day rain, might find the following information of great interest:
"What causes a locust plague? In general, locust plagues occur when widespread areas of inland Australia receive good rainfall in successive seasons. High rainfall stimulates good growth of grass rendering the habitat ideal for locust breeding."
It is the gentle rain that falls from heaven, from God's Word, that gives "life" and makes things "green" as was declared long ago in that great "Song of Moses" which the overcomers of Satan and his locust army will be singing at the victory celebration in Rev. 15:3.
Deut. 32:2
My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass.
Yes, our Father pours out the rain to make the earth bring forth abundantly, but the locusts swarm to consume everything that is "green" before them, leaving nothing but desolation and waste behind them

These insects when they swarmed through the land of Egypt consumed everything in their path. Here's the narrative:

Exodus 10:14-15
And the locusts went up over all the land of Egypt, and rested in all the coasts of Egypt: very grievous were they; before them there were no such locusts as they, neither after them shall be such. [15] For they covered the face of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened; and they did eat every herb of the land, and all the fruit of the trees which the hail had left: and there remained not any green thing in the trees, or in the herbs of the field, through all the land of Egypt.
They licked the platter clean, Jack!

But wait, those were actual locusts that ate every green thing and all the grass and fruit and leaves off the trees, etc. These locusts in Revelation don't eat anything green, no trees, no grass. Of course not! They eat men's brains! Uneducated, unlearned in the Word of God, unsealed brains (which are what is supposed to be in their foreheads)! And they consume any truth found growing and leave behind their poop!

[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.
Do you have the seal of God in your forehead? Then when the devastation comes and is coming, you'll be completely untouched, unharmed, uneaten alive!
Here's a "Picture", a physical enactment, the type set forth, so that we can "see" the spiritual. The Lord God visited Ezekiel. Did you know that? It's right in chapter one of his book. And before He departed He gave these instructions to Ezekiel:
Ezekiel 9:3
And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon He was, to the threshold of the house. And He called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer's inkhorn by his side;

[4] And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.

Who, today, cries out against and sighs for all the abominations going on, even against the abominator that makes desolate? Those people who study "God's Word", of course!
That is while it's still available
(Not hidden by lies and altered versions of the latest bibles now in print) Live Link to- The Famine is Coming
[5] And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity:

[6] Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house.

Those that have the seal of God, His mark, will not be harmed. Those who have the seal of the Beast, his mark, will be destroyed. You already have one or the other!
Oh, and by the way. Notice that the judgment begins at the house of the Lord, His sanctuary (1 Peter 4:17). Preachers beware!
Next we will learn the length of time these locusts will have to swarm the earth. Christ said He would shortened the time of the reign of Satan, pretending to be Christ, else no flesh would be saved alive. Given enough time, the dragon and his locusts would consume everyone.
Don't worry, they won't! Christ will see to it!
We've all seen graphic Hollywood productions both on TV and in the movies depicting the atrocities and bloodshed of war. Worse yet, we've all seen, and even are seeing today, graphic media coverage of the wars of the 20th Century. Those who die in these flesh and blood conflicts lose their physical lives (The Shadow of Real Death) and terminate their tabernacle, their temporary dwelling in the flesh body. It is called the "first death" which happens to ALL human beings, whether violently or peaceably or quickly or slowly or painfully or painlessly. For flesh and blood cannot enter into the Kingdom of God (1 Cor. 15:50).

We have been instructed in the 6th chapter of Ephesians to put on the gospel armour to prepare to stand in battle against the fiery darts of the wicked one and his army. It is spiritual warfare and it is your worst nightmare!

Ephes. 6:12
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
And so we are about to fully engage in the major battles of a war with consequences far more serious and far more lethal than those which merely inflict the "first death". We are about to engage in the greatest "spiritual warfare", the greatest tribulation, of all of humanity, which can cause the "second death", not of the flesh, but of the very "soul". And most people, especially church goers, who are so rapped up in church tradition rather then the "Word of God", won't even realize the tribulation has started and they are already being deceived!  
In this 9th chapter of the Book of Revelation we are seeing the Holy Spirit's advanced coverage of the major battles of this end time war.
 Think about how incredible that is!

In other words we are reading and seeing future news coverage of future events! And of course since we can't see with flesh eyes a "soul" or "spirit" being cut in half with a "tradition of men" or blown up with a deadly "lie bomb" or slowly suffocated with "dragon gas",
He has chosen to illustrate what is actually occurring by using common analogies familiar to man.
So in this 9th chapter we have been reading of Satan's army likened to a swarm of locusts which darken the sky and devour every living thing in their path. And their infliction of lies into the minds of men and women are like the sting of a scorpion, quick and venomous, drugging the nervous system (the mind) of its victims.

So how is "the torment of a scorpion, when it striketh a man?" The first thing to understand is that because a scorpion has no stomach, its digestive process is outside its own body. It grabs hold of the subject, paralysis it, and vomits its digestive juices on the subject. While the subject lies helpless, the juices dissolve the subject's body and then the scorpion sucks that food back into itself. The person "man" that has been struck lies helpless through the entire process, unable to think or defend himself.

Do you remember on Pentecost Day in Acts chapter two when Peter stood up and explained what the Galileans were speaking of in the tongue, meaning language, that was understood by every dialect of every nationality present? He quoted from the Book of Joel concerning the last days, these days and those just ahead, when God would pour out His spirit on His sons and daughters and they would prophesy, meaning teach from the prophets, like Joel, Ezekiel, Daniel, Isaiah, etc.

Well, the Book of Joel gives even greater detail about this locust army and we learn there that though it is Satan and his troops who come against us, God Himself is in complete control of this army and allows it, uses it, as a means of chastisement, of correction, whereby many of His children can be brought to salvation. You must understand the Book of Joel to understand the locust army. Read it today! Live Link to- Joel

Let's pick it up with verse 5 in chapter 9 of Revelation concerning the locusts:

Rev. 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.
The locust army is NOT PERMITTED to kill people. They do not have "first death" rights to kill flesh.
Again, this is spiritual warfare and swarming locusts are not going to eat people
.

Now LOOK! Did you notice there is something in tomorrow's newsreel that is very revealing (what a great title for this book)? Did you notice how long the locust army has to do its thing? Five Months!

Remember in Mark 13:20 and Matthew 24:22 concerning this tribulation period that Jesus said He was going to shortened the length of time, otherwise no flesh would be saved?
Mark 13:20
And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.
Well, by taking the time to read the future's news events in the Book of the Uncovering, we have just learned the length of time Jesus has shortened the great tribulation to! Five months!
Even more remarkable is that the season of actual locusts is always from May to September. Five months! Let's see, that would be from Passover to the Feast of Tabernacles. Hmmmm! Did you know that Jesus Christ was born on the 1st day of the Feast of Tabernacles? (If not, read appendix 179 in the Companion Bible if you are blessed to have one.) Do you think His second advent will be in like manner?

Verse 6:

Rev. 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.
This verse carries forward to just before the day of wrath when Christ returns. Remember we read of this in the sixth seal?
Rev. 6:15-17
And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; [16] And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: [17] For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
It is for the unbearable "shame" they will have knowing that they worshipped the wrong Jesus, who was actually the son of perdition standing in the holy place claiming to be God (2 Thes. 2). They believed him!
 Boom!
Rev. 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.




Another of the characteristics of the locusts is that they are powerful, like horses prepared unto battle. We learned in the first four seals (chapter 6) when we discussed the Four Horses that "horses" are symbolic of power.
 These locusts are powerful men who appear as royalty, Christ's own ministers, i.e. preachers.
And they wear crowns LIKE gold, i.e. they are imitators. Let's call it "fool's gold" for only fools will believe it's real gold, because fools don't care to read the Word of God.
[8] And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions.
Picture in your mind a beautiful woman with long flowing hair. She looks lovely and oh so gentle and sweet. But when you go to kiss her she opens her mouth and shows a set of chompers that would scare Dracula himself! And when she takes those lion's teeth and bites your face, she'll rip and tear and shred you to pieces like lions do to their prey.
Get the PICTURE of what's happening to the "inner man"?

Nice folk, these gentle looking liars of Satan's own, wouldn't you say?

This description tends to make the expression "A wolf in sheep's clothing" seem like a desirable alternative.  
[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.
What's with the breastplates?
Oh my gosh! They're preachers!
Satan's fallen angels, and the breastplates!!!
They're priests, just like Satan was in the first earth age!



Well, as we've discussed many times before, if you've read the rest of the books of the Bible before you get to Revelation then this verse is easy. Go back and read Exodus 28 and the description of the breastplates that were worn by the PRIESTS. These dudes of the locust army will appear as Priests of God, i.e. royalty as we learned in the prior verse. Want documentation that Satan's ministers will appear disguised as Christ's ministers?

 Paul, tell 'em!
2 Cor. 11:13
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.

[14] And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

[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.

The word "transformed" means "disguised"



And by the way, the breastplates that the Levitical Priests wore were made of precious materials with gold rings and chains and inlaid with the 12 precious gems of the 12 Tribes of Israel. The breastplates worn by Satan's priests are made of iron, figuratively of course. 

You get the contrasting Pictures?
One more thing in Rev. 9:9. If you are familiar with the Book of Ezekiel, especially chapters 1, 9 & 10, you'll will know that these "locusts" also have very high-tech transportation. The "world" calls them UFO's because they haven't studied God's Word to learn their identity. Those who have studied Ezekiel call them IFO's, Identified Flying Objects. Live Link to- Ezekiel One
Rev. 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.

Notice again that they can "hurt", albeit spiritually, and not "kill". They can sting for five months the minds of those who have not the seal of God in their foreheads and inject into their victims their deadly poisonous venom (lies).
[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.
Everybody knows that actual locusts don't have kings! It is even written in the Proverbs:

Proverbs 30:27
The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands;
Of course these aren't really locusts, are they? They are men and they have the fallen angel as their king, the one who has fallen even to where the bottomless pit ends, at eternal death. And they march to the command of their king, the rider of the first white horse, who leads the assault on our peoples.

Let's next look up in Strong's Concordance the names Satan is given here.

Abaddon, Greek #3; of Hebrew origin [#11 abaddown]; a destroying angel - Abaddon.

Apollyon, Greek #623; active participle of Greek #622 (appolumi); a destroyer (i.e. Satan) - Appollyon.

Hear ye! Hear ye!
Satan is the "Death Angel", the "Destroyer", the "Desolator".
Here's another interesting fact for those who really want to study in depth. There is an advantage in understanding scripture if you are familiar with the original languages, Hebrew, Greek and Chaldean. That doesn't mean that you need to speak them, but to become familiar with them and how to "break back" the English with a Strong's Concordance. Here's an example why as we look at two more words from two of the most commonly quoted verses in scripture:
John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
The word "perish" is Greek #622 appolumi, which means to "destroy fully". It is the root of Apollyon, i.e. the very base of Satan's name.
2 Thes. 2:3-4
Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; [4] Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
The word "perdition" is Greek #684; also a derivative of #622 appolumi, and means destruction, die, perdition. Don't ever let someone tell you the son of perdition is Judas or anyone else other than Satan himself! Satan is the son who will perish! It is his name!
[12] One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.
Woe, Woe, Woe! Wow, Wow, Wow! Spiritual warfare!
If you have not the seal of God in your forehead it's your worst nightmare!

The 5th Trumpet has sounded and one Woe is past!

 

He'll be here soon enough

At the sounding of the sixth trump!

There are still two woes to go. And remember, these three Woe Trumps are "Woes" to the inhabiters of the earth. Why? The answer is real simple: Because the final generation will confront the "supernatural" face to face. Satan, in person, who was in the garden of Eden and seduced mother Eve, along with his angels who came to earth in Genesis chapter six and seduced the daughters of Adam, are all coming to this generation to "seduce" the entire world. And what a spiritual orgy it will be! The whole world, with few exceptions, will marry the wrong Jesus! Woe to the inhabiters of the earth!

Woe also to "women with child" when the true Bridegroom returns and His bride, who should be a virgin, is found spiritually nursing her's and Satan's baby. She didn't wait! She went to the wrong wedding, the first one! She was taken in the field. Oh how ashamed she will be! Woe, woe, woe!
That is also why Paul says in 1 Cor. 11:10 that women should have the veil of Christ on their heads, His power, i.e. be subject to Him. It is because of these same angels. They are coming, for sure!
1 Cor. 11:10
For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.
Remember in Matthew 24 what Christ said concerning the days of Noah, when "they", those sons of God, angels, took to wife, giving and taking in marriage, the daughters of Adam? He said it's going to just like those days of Noah all over again. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth!
Matthew 24:37-39
But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. [38] For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, [39] And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Note: Noe is Greek for Noah. Also, no gender is intended in these analogies except that it is necessary to illustrate seduction, i.e. what is happening spiritually. They apply to men as well.
Christian: Look around you; At what is happening in the world right now!
In our governments, in our schools, to our economy, and worst of all, in our churches!

 Yesthe FIFTH TRUMPET is already SOUNDING!

God only knows when He will allow the sixth trump to start sounding
!


Watch! Watchmen! Watch!
So in the 5th Trump we were given advanced news coverage of the approaching "locust" army headed by their king, Iwannabegod. We were shown by graphic analogy the gruesome devouring of the souls of men, their inner man, brought on by the fierce onslaught of Satan's wicked followers, who appear as angels of light but devour like locusts and shred their prey as do lions.
Live Links to the Trumpets of Revelation chapter 9.
The "WOE" Trumpets, Five, Six, and Seven, each on their own file.


Live Link to- The 6th Trumpet (The Second WOE)
Live Link to- The 7th Trumpet (The Third WOE)
Live Link back to- The 7 Trumpets of Revelation Introduction
Live Link back to- The first 4 trumpets of Revelation

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