21 - The Sixth Trumpet
The Sixth Trumpet- Horsemen
Four Angels at the Euphrates
13 Then the sixth angel sounded: And I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is 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 and day and month and year, were released to kill a third of mankind.
Voice: The voice commanding the 6th angel is probably God ordering an angel. This is the 6th of the 7 angels who stand before God’s throne..
Four horns The golden altar is the altar before the throne of God referred to in Revelation 8:3. The coals from the altar were combined with incense which represented the prayers of the saints.
Four angles bound These four angles are part of the host of angels who rebelled against God following the fall of Satan. These are four commanding angels, who will command a demonic force numbering 200,000,000. These fallen angels are no friend of man. They want to take as many men to Hell as possible. Here, they are given the opportunity to do their work, by killing 1/3 of humanity. Angels work on command structure much like the angelic realms.
Euphrates When these angels first rebelled against God at the creation, they were held for the day of judgment. They are finally to be released to take command of demonic force of fallen creatures.
The Euphrates river has always been a very strategic area both militarily and spiritually. Along the “First” Euphrates river, was the Garden of Eden. After the flood, man as one tribe settled near the river and began construction of the tower of Babel, only to be scattered throughout the earth. On the Euphrates river was the greatest city of the ancient world, the city of Babylon. The capital city of the Neo-Babylonian kingdom of Nebuchadnezzer. The Euphrates river was the eastern end of the Roman Empire.
On the Euphrates, in the city of Baghdad, was the was where the Caliphates (Successors) of Islam located the center of their power. And on the Euphrates, the city of Babylon will one day be rebuilt. (Revelation 18).
Third of mankind During the 4 seals ¼ of the Earth population is killed. Many more die before we reach the 6th trumpet. However, the 6th Trumpet judgment alone, kills 1/3 of the earth’s remaining population. If the earth’s population is 7 billion at the start of the 7 years tribulation then one quarter or 1.7 billion die in the opening of the first four seals. Here in the 6th trumpet, another 1.7 billion die from the 200 million forces. These 200 million demonic warriors, must in some way urge humanity toward war. Causing a continuation of hostilities in the first half of the tribulation to continue, leading to 1/3 of humanity death. Daniel indicates the hostility towards the Antichrist will arise from the North and East.
44 "But news from the east and the north shall trouble him; therefore he shall go out with great fury to destroy and annihilate many. 45 "And he shall plant the tents of his palace between the seas and the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and no one will help him. Daniel 11;44-45
200 million Horsemen
16 Now the number of the army of the horsemen was two hundred million; I heard the number of them.
17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision: those who sat 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.
18 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.
19 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.
Army …horsemen Like the question about the Locusts in the 5th trumpet, the question here is the same. Is John describing events in the physical world or spiritual world? The fact these horsemen are headed by four angels bound at the Euphrates river, indicates John is describing events taking place in the spiritual realms.
1. John’s description is what will be taking place in the physical realm.
2. John is describing an event taking place in the spiritual realm.
3. John is describing the demonic influence on the physical world where 1/3 of men are killed
Resulting from the war destruction released as a result of this force of 200,000,000
I saw John is reporting what he saw in the vision.
Plagues The 1/3 of man is killed by the fire, smoke and brimstone. Indicating the potential of another nuclear war, taking place in the earth. Literally the words used in Daniel 11:44, “Great Fury” lwdg Gadowl hmx Chemah meaning with “Great heat” many will be exterminated.
The rest of mankind
20 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.
21 And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.
Rest of mankind If the population of the Earth was 7 billion at the start of the 7 years. At this point the population would range from 3 to 3.5 billion. The people left are given time and opportunity to repent, and turn to Christ. The hardness in the hearts of humanity prevents many from turning from sin to Christ.
Did not repent of …Five specific sins are given that men refused to give up and repent.
1. Idolatry The who did not die up to this time will be forced to submit, the system the Antichrist will set up to control the world economies.
2. Murder…and violence were the same sins where God judged the Earth in Noah’s day
3. Sorceries… (farmakeiva Pharmakeia) The word for pharmacy is derived from this word. Drugs will play a role in spiritual seduction of mankind.
4. Sexual immorality…(porneiva Porneia) The pace of sexual sins is increasing and lines being crossed that were unthinkable 10 years ago. Print, Television, Satellite and the Internet have removed any barriers to limits. Homosexual marriage is fast approaching the nations of the world.
5. Thefts With all the dead there will be an a great quantity to steal