Before reading this post, please go back and read previous posts 1-6.

We are studying in the book of Revelation, chapter 9 and on, concerning the Trumpet judgments and Woes. As I have said, if you think things are bad now in this pre – Tribulation ‘funk’ that we are in, you haven’t seen anything yet. “Hold on to your hats.” Frankie.

One woe is past. Behold, still two more woes are coming after these things. Then the sixth angel sounded: And I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” ( Revelation 9: 12-14).

The river Euphrates was little known in the West until Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990. ( I have a personal memory of the day and beginning of Operation Desert Storm; as I was an electromechanical inspector at Unisys Befense Systems in Reston, Va. in their “Electronic Warfare Lab”. Unisys supplied many systems for that effort. Frankie ) Anyway, suddenly, the Euphrates was on every newscast. Many readers of the Bible, however, were aware of the Euphrates well before Operation Desert Storm. When God created man, He also planted a garden where he could live. This was in Eden. Flowing through the garden was a river that kept all the plants and trees lush and fruitful. Once the river exited the garden, it split into four rivers, Pishon, Gihon, Hiddekel, and Euphrates. (Genesis 2: 11-14). Today, the Euphrates River originates in modern day Turkey, flows through Syria, enters Iraq, and empties into the Persian Gulf. What the people who live along the river realize is that God has kept four demonic spirits bound along the waterway. They have been locked there for centuries awaiting their release. At the sixth trumpet, their chains will fall to the ground. Amir Tsarfati

So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released to kill a third of mankind. Now the number of the army of the horsemen was 200 million; I heard the number of them. And thus I saw the horses in the vision: those who set on them had breastplates of fiery red, hyacinth blue, and sulfur yellow; and the heads of the horses were like the heads of lions; and out of their mouths came fire, smoke, and brimstone. By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed – by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which came out of their mouths. For their power is in their mouth and in their tails; for their tails are like serpents, having heads; and with them they do harm. ( Revelation 9: 15-19).

Here we see a demonic army of 200 million troops. This army may be made up of humans or demonically possessed people. It is not too difficult to see modern armor and air warfare in the descriptions. However it is also possible that they are a supernatural force sort of the evil opposite of what was seen by the profit Elisha ( 2 Kings 6: 16-17). Unlike the locusts we do not know the origin of the army, so they’re makeup is dependent upon speculation. Another 1/3 of humanity will be wiped out by this terrible militia that equates to a number in the billions which makes it that much easier to. See the army does not of this world. Suirely, after all the devastation that occurs after the sounding of the six trumpets, humanity would have to be on their knees in repentance, crying out for mercy from God. But that is far from the case. Amir Tsarfati.

But the rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. And they not repent of their murders or their sorceress Or serve. Sexual? Immorality or their thefts ( Revelation 9: 20 – 21).

As believers we all have experienced times in which we do our own thing. We have sin on our mind, and we don’t think about the consequences. Eventually the Lord disciplines us in one way or another and gets our attention. When that happens we have a choice to make. We can ignore His warnings and pay a steep price. Or we can repent of our foolishness. When we repent, He is ready to forgive and restore our relationship with Him. The unbelievers of the tribulation also have the option to turn to God for forgiveness. But through desire for sen outweighs the price they are paying. To them, the perceived benefits is worth the cost. Sadly, with the last trumpet preparing to sound, the window of opportunity for repentance is rapidly closing. Amir Tsarfati, his book REVEALING REVELATON. Read Revelation 11:15 for the Seventh Trumpet. I will go into the seventh trumpet after some interlude periods. Frankie The Earthman. Pick up this study in a soon coming post called The Mighty Angel.

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