Revelation 9 Lesson

The final 3 angels sound their trumpets

In chapter 8, we read about the first 4 of 7 angels sounding their trumpets.   With each sounding of the trumpet, different events followed.   Here is a quick summary of those events:

  • Angel #1.   After the trumpet is sounded, “There came hail and fire, mixed with blood, and they were thrown to the earth; and a third of the earth was burned up, and a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.”
  • Angel #2.   After the trumpet is sounded, “Something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea; and a third of the sea became blood, and a third of the creatures which were in the sea and had life, died; and a third of the ships were destroyed.”
  • Angel #3.   After the trumpet is sounded, A great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of waters.  The name of the star is called Wormwood; and a third of the waters became wormwood, and men died from the waters, because they were made bitter.”
  • Angel #4.   After the trumpet is sounded, A third of the sun and a third of the moon and a third of the stars were struck, so that a third of them would be darkened and the day would not shine for a third of it, and the night in the same way.”

Chapter 8 ended with an ominous warning:

  • "Woe, woe, woe to those who dwell on the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!” - Revelation 8:13.

As the final 3 angels sound their trumpets, the events get even more horrific!

  • Angel #5.   After the trumpet is sounded, “I saw a star from heaven which had fallen to the earth; and the key of the bottomless pit was given to him.   He opened the bottomless pit, and smoke went up out of the pit, like the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by the smoke of the pit.    Then out of the smoke came locusts upon the earth, and power was given them, as the scorpions of the earth have power.  They were told not to hurt the grass of the earth, nor any green thing, nor any tree, but only the men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.  And they were not permitted to kill anyone, but to torment for five months; and their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it stings a man.  And in those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will long to die, and death flees from them.” – Revelation 9:1-6.

This is the first woe.   There are 2 more to come.  

How horrific it will be for those that do not have the seal of God on their foreheads (those who are not going to heaven on the Day of Judgement)!   

  • Angel #6. After the trumpet is sounded John says:

  • “I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, one saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.”  And the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released, so that they would kill a third of mankind.  The number of the armies of the horsemen was two hundred million; I heard the number of them. And this is how I saw in the vision the horses and those who sat on them: the riders had breastplates the color of fire and of hyacinth and of brimstone; and the heads of the horses are like the heads of lions; and out of their mouths proceed fire and smoke and brimstone.  A third of mankind was killed by these three plagues, by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which proceeded out of their mouths.  For the power of the horses is in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails are like serpents and have heads, and with them they do harm.   The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, so as not to worship demons, and the idols of gold and of silver and of brass and of stone and of wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk;  and they did not repent of their murders nor of their sorceries nor of their immorality nor of their thefts.” - Revelation 9:13-21.

The book of Revelation, more so than any other book in the Bible, gives us a picture of just how horrifying things will be for those that are not saved.  

Fortunately for us, it is not too late to repent and follow Jesus.

We will end today's lesson with the words of our Savior, from the Gospel of Mathew:

  • “Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is comfortable, and My burden is light.” - Mathew 11:28-30.


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"The carrot and the stick". God is using both tools to try and move our hearts to obey His commandments. But He also gives us freewill, so ultimately the choice is ours to make. Rewards await those who choose God's way. Horrible punishment awaits those that do not.