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The Revelation of Jesus Christ Part 7

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Heaven Unleashes Hell on Earth.

Revelation 9:1–5 ESV
1 And the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star fallen from heaven to earth, and he was given the key to the shaft of the bottomless pit. 2 He opened the shaft of the bottomless pit, and from the shaft rose smoke like the smoke of a great furnace, and the sun and the air were darkened with the smoke from the shaft. 3 Then from the smoke came locusts on the earth, and they were given power like the power of scorpions of the earth. 4 They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any green plant or any tree, but only those people who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. 5 They were allowed to torment them for five months, but not to kill them, and their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it stings someone.

God is sovereign even when evil produces unspeakable human suffering.

verse 1 - “He was given”
verse 3 - “they were given”
verse 4 - “they were told”
verse 5 - “they were allowed”
Who gave, who told, who allowed - these things?

The bible never pictures evil as independent from the authority of God.

Locusts in the Bible are an image of terror and the destruction and are agents of God’s judgment against a rebellious nation.

Plague 8 - Locusts
Exodus 10:4 ESV
4 For if you refuse to let my people go, behold, tomorrow I will bring locusts into your country,

God protects His people from evil.

Exod
Revelation 9:4 ESV
4 They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any green plant or any tree, but only those people who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.
Revelation 8:4 ESV
4 and the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel.
Revelation 8:4 ESV
4 and the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel.
Revelation 8:5 ESV
5 Then the angel took the censer and filled it with fire from the altar and threw it on the earth, and there were peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning, and an earthquake.
God’s people are kept!
John 17:15 ESV
15 I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.
John 17
Don’t take they out but keep them! That is the paradigm for Jesus prayer.

Sinners will not escape suffering at the hands of evil.

Revelation 9:5–6 ESV
5 They were allowed to torment them for five months, but not to kill them, and their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it stings someone. 6 And in those days people will seek death and will not find it. They will long to die, but death will flee from them.

Evil isn’t beautiful it is horrible.

God unmasks evil and it is shocking!
Revelation 9:7–10 ESV
7 In appearance the locusts were like horses prepared for battle: on their heads were what looked like crowns of gold; their faces were like human faces, 8 their hair like women’s hair, and their teeth like lions’ teeth; 9 they had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the noise of their wings was like the noise of many chariots with horses rushing into battle. 10 They have tails and stings like scorpions, and their power to hurt people for five months is in their tails.
This is the preparation for the end!

Evil is deadly but God restrains its effects.

Revelation 9:12–19 ESV
12 The first woe has passed; behold, two woes are still to come. 13 Then the sixth angel blew his trumpet, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar before God, 14 saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” 15 So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour, the day, the month, and the year, were released to kill a third of mankind. 16 The number of mounted troops was twice ten thousand times ten thousand; I heard their number. 17 And this is how I saw the horses in my vision and those who rode them: they wore breastplates the color of fire and of sapphire and of sulfur, and the heads of the horses were like lions’ heads, and fire and smoke and sulfur came out of their mouths. 18 By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed, by the fire and smoke and sulfur coming out of their mouths. 19 For the power of the horses is in their mouths and in their tails, for their tails are like serpents with heads, and by means of them they wound.
Rev 9:
The four angels, however, command no human army but a terrifying demonic force, invading not the promised land but the godless world. 15 Nothing in the programme of God is accidental. The precise moment of this invasion is fixed. 16 The number of the mounted troops is given as two hundred million. This and other computations like it are inspired by (the number of the chariots of God as he came from Sinai) and (the number of angels who come with God for judgment). The demonic army as truly serves the purpose of God as the angelic company.
George R. Beasley-Murray, “Revelation,” in New Bible Commentary: 21st Century Edition, ed. D. A. Carson et al., 4th ed. (Leicester, England; Downers Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity Press, 1994), 1438–1439.

Despite judgment sinners persist in their sin.

Luke 10:18–19 ESV
And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.
Revelation not only reveals to us Christ but also shows us what evil really looks like.
Revelation 9:20–21 ESV
20 The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands nor give up worshiping demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk, 21 nor did they repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.
We need to feel the evil of sin, so that we will be convinced that God’s commands are good.
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James M. Hamilton Jr., Preaching the Word: Revelation—The Spirit Speaks to the Churches, ed. R. Kent Hughes (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2012), 210.
God’s judgment is unmistakable.
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