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Revelation Chapter 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.

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.

There are a number of spiritual words to study in verse one. When the fifth angel sounds, a star is seen falling from Heaven to earth. The bottomless pit is opened in what appears to be the same time. The question is, is it the same time period? When writing Revelation, the word, “and,” is often used to indicate a different time period.

Star

From Chapter 8 we have seen, a star can represent Christ, an angel, people or Satan and his angels. Since this star is coming from Heaven to earth it may be an angel, or Satan. To accurately answer the question, we must first learn what the bottomless pit represents?

Pit

KJV Psalms 7:14. Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood. 15. He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made.

KJV Psalms 9:15. The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken.

KJV Psalms 57:6. They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah.

One definition of a pit is a (spiritual) trap made by men, which in essence becomes a trap unto themselves.

KJV Isaiah 14:15. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

KJV Revelation 9:11. 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.

KJV Revelation 20:1. And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 3. And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

Of course hell can represent a pit.

KJV Isaiah 38:18. For the grave cannot praise thee, death can not celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth.

KJV Ezekiel 32:23. Whose graves are set in the sides of the pit, and her company is round about her grave: all of them slain, fallen by the sword, which caused terror in the land of the living.

The grave is described as a pit.

We also need to look into the word smoke to see if it will help explain the meaning of this text.

Smoke

KJV Genesis 19:28. And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace.

KJV Psalms 37:20. But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the Lord shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.

KJV Psalms 68:2. As smoke is driven away, so drive them away: as wax melteth before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.

KJV Isaiah 9:18. For wickedness burneth as the fire: it shall devour the briers and thorns, and shall kindle in the thickets of the forest, and they shall mount up like the lifting up of smoke.

According to the Bible, wicked people will be consumed into smoke, there will be nothing left. This is an illustration of how complete the destruction of evil will be, there will not even be ashes left to remember them by. They will be consumed into smoke which will soon disappear from sight. How could the word furnace help explain the meaning of this text?

Furnace

KJV Deuteronomy 4:20. But the Lord hath taken you, and brought you forth out of the iron furnace, even out of Egypt, to be unto him a people of inheritance, as ye are this day.

KJV 1 Kings 8:51. For they be thy people, and thine inheritance, which thou broughtest forth out of Egypt, from the midst of the furnace of iron:

Egypt is spiritually represented as a furnace.

KJV Exodus 9:8. And the Lord said unto Moses and unto Aaron, Take to you handfuls of ashes of the furnace, and let Moses sprinkle it toward the heaven in the sight of Pharaoh. 9. And it shall become small dust in all the land of Egypt, and shall be a boil breaking forth with blains upon man, and upon beast, throughout all the land of Egypt.

Interesting isn’t it? A furnace was instrumental in one of the Egyptian plagues.

KJV Psalms 12:6. The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

KJV Isaiah 48:9. For my name’s sake will I defer mine anger, and for my praise will I refrain for thee, that I cut thee not off. 10. Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction. 11. For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? and I will not give my glory unto another.

KJV Ezekiel 22:22. As silver is melted in the midst of the furnace, so shall ye be melted in the midst thereof; and ye shall know that I the Lord have poured out my fury upon you.

The Bible uses the earth and its trials to illustration a spiritual furnace used to teach and cleanse us.

Sun

We have already seen in chapter 8, the sun can represent a false worship, signs of Christ’s second coming, or call attention to God as the Creator. The next to study is the word air.

Air

KJV Genesis 1:26. And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

KJV Psalms 8:8. The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.

KJV Luke 13:19. It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it.

Throughout the Bible fowls have been associated with air. This brings to mind a new question, what do fowls represent?

Fowl

KJV Psalms 91:3. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

KJV Psalms 124:7. Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped.

KJV Proverbs 6:5. Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.

Fowl are used as a symbol to represent people. Air therefore would be a symbolic representation of where people reside. Now that we have all of the spiritual interpretations in order, we can take a new look at Revelation 9 verses 1 and 2. We could paraphrase the text like this.

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.

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.

1. And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw an angel coming from Heaven to the earth having the key to the pit where Satan was kept. 2. And he opened the bottomless pit, and the judgement of the wicked was seen. Some of the things and places that helped us to worship God were now changed or darkened, made difficult to understand, caused by the judgement Satan brought upon these people.

These verses tell us about Satan’s fall from Heaven, and restriction to earth. There are only a few verses dealing with this subject. When did it actually happen? Was it before or after the resurrection of Christ? Was Satan allowed to go back and forth between Heaven and earth as described in the book of Job? Can Satan still come and go as he pleases?

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.

The first detail found in verse 3 is locusts upon the earth. Often times we see trials and warnings given to Israel, Judah or Jerusalem. It is unusual to see a plague upon the entire world.

We have just learned smoke can be a symbol representing the condemnation of sinners. This may be a good time to investigate a few specific details about those who are condemned by God. When are people actually condemned by God? Is there always a chance of being forgiven while one is still alive? The thief on the cross is one example showing this has occurred. What about angels, who followed Satan in rebellion? Is forgiveness still available to them? What is the penalty fallen angels will face? What could the locusts represent?

Locust

KJV Exodus 10:4. Else, if thou refuse to let my people go, behold, to morrow will I bring the locusts into thy coast:

Locusts were used in one of the Egyptian plagues.

KJV Leviticus 11:22. Even these of them ye may eat; the locust after his kind, and the bald locust after his kind, and the beetle after his kind, and the grasshopper after his kind.

KJV Matthew 3:4. And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.

Hard as this may be to imagine, locust were considered clean, and may be eaten.

KJV Deuteronomy 28:38. Thou shalt carry much seed out into the field, and shalt gather but little in; for the locust shall consume it.

KJV Psalms 78:46. He gave also their increase unto the caterpiller, and their labour unto the locust.

KJV 2 Chronicles 7:13. If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;

There are many texts in the Bible which relate locust to what they are best known for, eating and causing famines.

There is really nothing unexpected in the spiritual interpretation of a locust. It pretty much seems God has made it plain, locusts are an instrument used to send a plague upon the land, eating everything in it’s path, and causing famine. The make up of these locusts requires a detailed study. One of the major differences we see in the locusts of revelation 9, compared to normal locusts, is the fact they have the power of a scorpion.

Scorpion

KJV Deuteronomy 8:15. Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint;

KJV 1 Kings 12:11. And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke: my father hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.

Scorpions have been used to describe trials faced by groups of people.

KJV Ezekiel 2:6. And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.

KJV 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.

The good news is, when you stand with God, He will give you power to over come scorpions. If your heart is with God, there is no reason to fear of any of these plagues. We can now take verse 3, and apply the spiritual meanings of the words we have just studied.

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.

We could paraphrase verse 3 in our own words to read:

3. And there came out a group of condemned beings to eat, or take away all the substance upon the earth. And unto them was given the power to put trials upon the people of earth.

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.

Grass, Tree

In chapter 8 we have seen all flesh is grass, which included both good and bad. Verse 4 continues with a more complete explanation. In chapter 7 we have seen trees also represent people.

Verse 4 agrees with the spiritual meaning found for scorpions. There will be a trial people will face, but scorpions will not have power over those, who have chosen to follow God. We have already seen in Chapter 7, the seal of God is following the word of God, and keeping His commandments. Can this really protect us from a plague of locusts and scorpions?

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.

Verse 5 tells us, people not protected by God will be stung, or touched by these scorpion like locusts, but they will not die. They will suffer for five months. If we look at the day as a year prophesy, “appointed thee each day for a year,KJV Ezekiel 4:6, five months would be 30 days x 5 = 150 days or years. I will not speculate on what this 150 days or years could mean.

The torment of the scorpion has not yet been identified. The answer can be found in the book of Ezekiel 2:3. And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day. 4. For they are impudent children and stiffhearted. I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God. 5. And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them. 6. And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house. 7. And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious. 8. But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; Be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee.

God never wanted us to be rebellious. In order to be inflicted with the curse of locusts, one must be rebellious. What does it mean to be rebellious? How do we rebel against God enough to have Him send down a curse like those described in Revelation 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.

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.

Here is a perfect illustration of a hidden meaning easily identified within the Bible. When we come across a verse in the Bible which makes no sense on the surface, it is telling us to look for the spiritual meaning of the key words. How is it possible for a locust to have the same shape as a horse? It is unlikely, therefore verses 6 and 7 must be pointing to an underlying, or hidden spiritual meaning.

Horse

KJV Psalms 20:7. Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.

KJV Psalms 32:9. Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.

KJV Psalms 33:17. An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength.

KJV Proverbs 21:31. The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the Lord.

KJV Isaiah 31:3. Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses flesh, and not spirit. When the Lord shall stretch out his hand, both he that helpeth shall fall, and he that is holpen shall fall down, and they all shall fail together.

A horse is a symbol of trusting in a false and under qualified earthly power.

Crown

In Chapter 3 we have seen a crown can symbolize glory, knowledge, righteousness, or life. So what could a crown on a horse represent? If a horse represents a false security, wouldn’t its crown represent a false glory, knowledge, or false righteousness?

8. And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions.

Teeth

KJV Psalms 57:4. My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword.

KJV Proverbs 30:14. There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.

From the above verses, we see teeth represent weapons, knives, and swords. In chapter 1 we have learned a sword can represent the word of God. It is clear these creatures are not going to carry the word of God, so their teeth must represent words to draw people away from God.

KJV Lamentations 2:16. All thine enemies have opened their mouth against thee: they hiss and gnash the teeth: they say, We have swallowed her up: certainly this is the day that we looked for; we have found, we have seen it.

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.

Breastplate

KJV Exodus 28:15. And thou shalt make the breastplate of judgment with cunning work; after the work of the ephod thou shalt make it; of gold, of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, and of fine twined linen, shalt thou make it.

KJV Exodus 28:30. And thou shalt put in the breastplate of judgment the Urim and the Thummim; and they shall be upon Aaron’s heart, when he goeth in before the Lord: and Aaron shall bear the judgment of the children of Israel upon his heart before the Lord continually.

The most interesting example of a breastplate referred to in the Bible is worn by the high priest. The instructions for the priest’s breastplate were very explicate. Details for all of the materials were clearly explained. The breastplate consisted of twelve precious stones, one for each tribe of Israel. Plus two onyx stones, each with six of the names of Israel inscribed upon it. These stones were also given names. These two stones bearing names of the tribes of Israel were to be worn over the heart of the high priest.

There were some mysterious powers associated with these two stones. And when Saul inquired of the Lord, the Lord answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets. KJV 1 Samuel 28:6. Here we see evidence Saul believed these stones had power to give him answers he was searching for.

KJV Isaiah 59:17. For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke.

KJV Ephesians 6:14. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

KJV 1 Thessalonians 5:8. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. 9. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

We also see a breastplate can represent righteousness, faith, and love. Now that we have this information, how does this help us solve the mystery of the creatures in Revelation 9? Since all of these examples are based upon God’s instructions for the tabernacle, which was a pattern of the Heavenly sanctuary, the breastplates worn by the locusts must be some type of copy. There is one more word we can look at which may help to explain exactly what the breastplates represent. We need to find out why they are iron breastplates.

Iron

KJV Leviticus 26:19. And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass: 20. And your strength shall be spent in vain: for your land shall not yield her increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits.

KJV Deuteronomy 4:20. But the Lord hath taken you, and brought you forth out of the iron furnace, even out of Egypt, to be unto him a people of inheritance, as ye are this day.

KJV Deuteronomy 28:48. Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the Lord shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee.

KJV Psalms 107:10. Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron;

From the above texts it is abundantly clear, iron is a symbol of affliction. The iron breastplate in verse 9 indicates a form of false worship that commands, or leads through the use of force.

10. And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.

Tail

This is another one of those interesting points which unexpectedly comes to light while studying the Bible. At face value this verse seems to have no meaning below the surface. What is a tail, and what spiritual meaning could be attached to such a simple word?

KJV Exodus 4:4. And the Lord said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand:

Once we compare scripture, we see a tail is the opposite of the head. Here we are told Moses used the tail of the serpent to gain control over it. Also note this was the first sign given to the king of Egypt.

KJV Deuteronomy 28:13. And the Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the Lord thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:

Scripture tells us, if we follow the commandments of God, we are promised, we will be the head and not the tail. The head does the thinking, the tail does the following.

KJV Isaiah 9:113. For the people turneth not unto him that smiteth them, neither do they seek the Lord of hosts. 14. Therefore the Lord will cut off from Israel head and tail, branch and rush, in one day. 15. The ancient and honourable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail. 16. For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.

This is where it all comes together, and we clearly see what the sting in the tail represents. As usual, terms in the Bible, once explained, are like water, clear and simple. The sting in the tail simply represents false prophets in this world who use a mixture of the true word, and their imaginations in an manner to profit themselves, and their interests.

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.

12. One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.

Bottomless Pit

KJV Revelation 20:1. And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 3. And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

As we have seen throughout Revelation 9, these creatures follow Satan, the king of this bottomless pit.

13. And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,

Golden Alter

What does the golden alter before God represent? Before we can answer this question, we must first find out which alter is, ‘before God”. If we look in the Bible for answers to these questions, we find patterns for two alters given to Moses in the book of Exodus.

KJV Exodus 27:1. And thou shalt make an altar of Shittim wood, five cubits long, and five cubits broad; the altar shall be foursquare: and the height thereof shall be three cubits. 2. And thou shalt make the horns of it upon the four corners thereof: his horns shall be of the same: and thou shalt overlay it with brass. 3. And thou shalt make his pans to receive his ashes, and his shovels, and his basons, and his fleshhooks, and his firepans: all the vessels thereof thou shalt make of brass. 4. And thou shalt make for it a grate of network of brass; and upon the net shalt thou make four brasen rings in the four corners thereof. 5. And thou shalt put it under the compass of the altar beneath, that the net may be even to the midst of the altar.

The first alter we find is the sacrificial alter. Notice this alter was covered with brass. The alter in Revelation 9:13 is made of gold. If we look at the location of the brass alter we would also see it is located in the outer court.

Here is the second alter mentioned in Exodus.

KJV Exodus 30:1. And thou shalt make an altar to burn incense upon: of shittim wood shalt thou make it. 2. A cubit shall be the length thereof, and a cubit the breadth thereof; foursquare shall it be: and two cubits shall be the height thereof: the horns thereof shall be of the same. 3. And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, the top thereof, and the sides thereof round about, and the horns thereof; and thou shalt make unto it a crown of gold round about. 4. And two golden rings shalt thou make to it under the crown of it, by the two corners thereof, upon the two sides of it shalt thou make it; and they shall be for places for the staves to bear it withal. 5. And thou shalt make the staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold. 6. And thou shalt put it before the vail that is by the ark of the testimony, before the mercy seat that is over the testimony, where I will meet with thee. 7. And Aaron shall burn thereon sweet incense every morning: when he dresseth the lamps, he shall burn incense upon it. 8. And when Aaron lighteth the lamps at even, he shall burn incense upon it, a perpetual incense before the Lord throughout your generations.

The alter of incense is covered with gold, and this alter is placed “before the mercy seat,” where God says, “I will meet with you”. Based on the Bible we can clearly see, it must be the alter of incense John hears a voice from. To look further into the spiritual significance of this alter, and the voice, we can review the meaning of the words incense, and horn. Incense represents the prayers of the saints. We now need to look at the significance of these horns.

Horn

KJV 2 Samuel 22:3. The God of my rock; in him will I trust: He is my shield, and the Horn Of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.

KJV Psalms 18:2. The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

From the above texts, we are shown the horns may signify salvation. What could it mean when a voice is heard from the alter before God, and does the voice represent salvation? As we look at the remaining text in Revelation 9, we see four angels come out of the river Euphrates. We also see a description of horses which may be a continuation of verses 3 through 10. At first glance it does not make sense to have an angel speak from the alter. Unless you know the alter represents the prayers of the saints, you will not understand how the horns represent the salvation we are guaranteed when offering prayers. When we understand these symbols, we clearly see why God would place a reminder of the salvation He is offering in the middle of an major catastrophe. When we look back at verse 12, we see one woe is past and two more are to come. What better place to place a message of hope.

14. Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.

Euphrates

Many of us remember hearing the river Euphrates mentioned in the Bible, but how many can remember the significant role this river has played?

KJV Genesis 2:14. And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates. 15. And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.

The river Euphrates is mentioned very early in the Bible, in the description on the Garden of Eden.

KJV Genesis 15:18. In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:

KJV Deuteronomy 1:6. The Lord our God spake unto us in Horeb, saying, Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount: 7. Turn you, and take your journey, and go to the mount of the Amorites, and unto all the places nigh thereunto, in the plain, in the hills, and in the vale, and in the south, and by the sea side, to the land of the Canaanites, and unto Lebanon, unto the great river, the river Euphrates. 8. Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give unto them and to their seed after them.

KJV Deuteronomy 11:24. Every place whereon the soles of your feet shall tread shall be yours: from the wilderness and Lebanon, from the river, the river Euphrates, even unto the uttermost sea shall your coast be. 25. There shall no man be able to stand before you: for the Lord your God shall lay the fear of you and the dread of you upon all the land that ye shall tread upon, as he hath said unto you.

KJV Joshua 1:3. Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses. 4. From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast. 5. There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

KJV 2 Samuel 8:3. David smote also Hadadezer, the son of Rehob, king of Zobah, as he went to recover his border at the river Euphrates. 4. And David took from him a thousand chariots, and seven hundred horsemen, and twenty thousand footmen: and David houghed all the chariot horses, but reserved of them for an hundred chariots.

These texts remind us, the Euphrates river was used as one of the borders of the promised land. What significance does this have to the four angels released from a river, allowed to kill a third part of men, which may be a third of the population? If your land was bordered by a river, that border would be determined by one of two lines. It could be the center of the river, or the shore line adjacent to your land. The other side of the line would be your neighbors land. Throughout the Bible is a story about the battle between light and dark, good and bad, God and Satan. If we see the angels coming out of the river Euphrates, we can be fairly certain these angels are coming from the other side of the lot line. From Satan’s domain.

15. And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.

16. And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.

In verses 15 and 16 we see a couple of numbers. The study of numbers is one subject in the Bible, but not a subject I would be willing to tackle. To take an accurate look at the Bible in terms of dates and numbers a person would have to go through the entire Bible studying all the related texts to gain a proper grasp of the relationships between dates and numbers. In the 1830’s and 1840’s William Miller studied date prophesies in the Bible, and discovered Christ began the judgment process in 1844. Since that time there have been a number of studies, and books written about the chronological prophesies found in the Bible.

17. And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.

Fire, Lion

Here again we see the same symbols of smoke, horses and breastplates used in verses 2, 7 and 9. Added to these are the symbols of fire, lion, and brimstone. In chapter 8 we have seen fire is used to accept a sacrifice, as a judgment from God, or used by God to lead His people. How is fire used as a deception from Satan? In chapter 5 we have seen a lion can represent Christ, but more likely would represent Satan. That leaves us with one new word to look into, brimstone.

Brimstone

KJV Genesis 19:24. Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven;

KJV Psalms 11:5. The Lord trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth. 6. Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.

Brimstone has been used by God to enact a judgement upon people.

KJV Revelation 19:20. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

KJV Revelation 21:8. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Just as brimstone has been used to enact a judgement upon the people of Sodom and Gomorrah, brimstone will be used at the last and final judgement upon the beast, Satan, and his followers.

Now we see, these creatures are followers of Satan. They posses features which should make them easy to distinguish as followers of Satan, but these features, the breastplate, and lion are meant to imitate Christ. These creatures most likely will use fire and brimstone to strengthen their deceptive power over people throughout the world. Since fire is often used in connection with a sacrifice, these creatures would be offering a false sacrifice to draw people away from the true sacrifice, Jesus. Brimstone symbolizes judgement both past and future. Satan’s followers will also teach a false view of judgement.

18. By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.

19. For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.

After looking at a number of symbolic words used to describe these creatures, we have discovered, they will be followers of Satan. Verses 18 and 19 verify the army of Satan will use words to destroy people. That should be no great surprise.

Tail

In verse 10 we have seen a tail can represent a person, that is a follower, and speaks lies. There is also a new word introduced. The word serpent seems to be an easy word to figure out. We all know a serpent represents Satan. As we have already learned, the only way to understand the proper meaning of any symbolic word is to study other texts in the Bible.

Serpent

KJV Genesis 3:1. Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 2. And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3. But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

We all remember, Satan had used the form of a serpent to deceive Eve.

KJV Genesis 3:13. And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. 14. And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

Notice the serpent beguiled Eve. What does this word beguile mean?

Strong’s Ref. # 5377 nasha’

a primitive root; to lead astray, i.e. (mentally) to delude, or (morally) to seduce:

So far we see Revelation 9 is a collection of figures warning about deceptions, delusions, and seductions which are a normal part of everyday life. It comes with the territory, life on earth. If it is not us falling for the deceptions, it is others around us, following along Satan’s path, doing strange things which have adverse effects on others around them.

The serpent was cursed by God. This is a verse to look at on your own, and find out what it means for the serpent to eat dust all the days of it’s life.

KJV Exodus 7:9. When Pharaoh shall speak unto you, saying, Shew a miracle for you: then thou shalt say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and cast it before Pharaoh, and it shall become a serpent. 10. And Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and they did so as the Lord had commanded: and Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh, and before his servants, and it became a serpent. 11. Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments. 12. For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods.

Changing a rod into a serpent was one of the miracles the Egyptian magicians were able to imitate.

KJV Numbers 21:6. And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died. 7. Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord, and against thee; pray unto the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people. 8. And the Lord said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. 9. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.

KJV John 3:14. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

A serpent was also used to symbolize Christ.

KJV Revelation 12:9. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

And of course a serpent is used to symbolize Satan. Would it be safe to assume that these horsemen represent followers of Satan?

20. And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:

21. Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

KJV Deuteronomy 30:16. In that I command thee this day to love the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the Lord thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it. 17. But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; 18. I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it. 19. I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: 20. That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

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