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Trumpet 5:  First Woe


Revelation 9:1-9 The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss. When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss. And out of the smoke locusts came down upon the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth. They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads. They were not given power to kill them, but only to torture them for five months. And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes a man. During those days men will seek death, but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them. The locusts looked like horses prepared for battle. On their heads they wore something like crowns of gold, and their faces resembled human faces. Their hair was like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth. They had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the thundering of many horses and chariots rushing into battle. They had tails and stings like scorpions, and in their tails they had power to torment people for five months. They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek, Apollyon.

The fallen star

Rev 9:1 And the fifth agent sounded, and I saw a star fallen from the sky to the earth. And the key of the pit of the abyss was given to him.

Please note ‘fallen’ is not a verb. The star fell before John’s vision in the 1st century. A fallen angel named Abaddon who once stood at God’s throne. That angel receives the key from Jesus who reclaimed it after crucifixion.

Rev 1:18 I am (Jesus) he that lives, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for ever more, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

Smoke and locusts from the abyss

Rev 9: 2-3 And he opened the pit of the abyss, and smoke ascended out of the pit, like smoke of a burning furnace. And the sun and the air were darkened from the smoke of the pit. And locusts came forth out of the smoke upon the earth, and power was given to them, like the scorpions of the earth have power.

The locusts are not insects, helicopters, etc. They are Teraphim the lowest class of the fallen angels. The Hebrew word locusts is translated from is ‘arbeh’ also means to lay in an ambush. The word is related to arbah which means pit, chimney or smoke hole. It’s also related to the word Nephilim.

Jeremiah 51:14 “The LORD Almighty has sworn by himself: I will surely fill you with men, as with a swarm of locusts, and they will shout in triumph over you.”

Locusts are symbolic for a huge (swarm) invading army.

Rev 9:7-9 And the likeness of the locusts was similar to horses prepared for battle. And upon their heads were like golden crowns, and their faces were as men's faces. And they had hair like the hair of women, and their teeth were as of lions. And they had breastplates like iron breastplates. And the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots of many horses running into battle.

Beside that the ‘locusts’ have human features like angels they wear iron breastplates which is symbolic for angelic activity on earth.

Psalm 18:8 Smoke rose from his nostrils; consuming fire came from his mouth, burning coals blazed out of it.

This verse is smoke rising from God's nostrils during His anger. Likely the smoke from the abyss signifies the anger of evil spirits that are now released.

Five months of torment by scorpions

Rev 9:5 And it was given them that they would not kill them, but that they would be tormented five months. And their torment was as the torment of a scorpion when it strikes a man. 6 And in those days men will seek death, and will, no, not find it. And they will long to die, and death will flee from them.

1Thess 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction comes on them, as travail on a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

Rev 12:2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.

In the above verse pain is translated from the same Greek word. In Hebrew counterpart also carries the meaning of labor pains. Rev 12:2 also links the Greek word to giving birth. So Rev 9:5 is about labor pains

Jude 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness to the judgment of the great day.

The angels that married human women were chained and will be released in Rev. 9:2

Matt 24:37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall be the coming of the Son of man. 38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, till the day in which Noah entered the ark, 39 and knew not, till the flood came and took them all away: so shall be the coming of the Son of man

Who are “they”? A mistranslation from “Baal Nashim” = “Devil women” is claimed. So the devils and women eat, drink, etc. Noah lived in a valley with many Nephilim. Nephilim are the offspring of human females and fallen Teraphim. The symbol or angels is iron; that of humans is clay. Mix and the result is the return of the Nephilim.

Dan 2:43 And whereas you saw iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not join one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.

Dan 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the middle of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured on the desolate.

He = Abaddon. Many = devils/Teraphim released from the abyss.

The “sacrifice and the oblation” obviously are the Temple sacrifices; but how can that be if there is no Temple? The Red horseman of the 2nd seal started an Edomite/Arab war which the Arabs lost. It seems the Arab forces will be totally wiped out in that war and Israel will live in peace and build the 3rd Temple. Let’s examine a few verses supporting that view.

Ezek 38:1-6 And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, Son of man, set your face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, And say, Thus said the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn you back, and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you forth, and all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armor, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with you.  

The above verses are about the 2nd Seal war.

Ezek 38:7-8 Be you prepared, and prepare for yourself, you, and all your company that are assembled to you, and be you a guard to them. After many days you shall be visited: in the latter years you shall come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.  

Israel is living in a period of peace. That statement is repeated in verse 11 below. In this period of peace the 3rd Temple can be rebuild and the sacrifices start again. This would mean an extended period of peace because recovering from a large scale war and rebuilding the Temple will take a lot of time. To me it seems very unlikely all those events (letters, seals, trumpets, etc) will fit in the so often claimed 7 years. And at this point we are hardly halfway of God’s judgments.

Ezek 38:9-12 You shall ascend and come like a storm, you shall be like a cloud to cover the land, you, and all your bands, and many people with you. Thus said the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into your mind, and you shall think an evil thought: And you shall say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates, To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn your hand on the desolate places that are now inhabited, and on the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the middle of the land.

Another war will be started. This can’s be the war that ended in 70AD when the 2nd Temple got destroyed by the Romans because Israel wasn’t at peace. It was occupied by Roman forces. In 132 AD the final war between the occupied Jews and Romans took place. In fact the last Jewish war for 18 centuries because there was no longer a Jewish nation until after WW2.

This is woe is bad because of the torments of the unbelievers but nobody dies. Somehow satan, the angels and locusts are under God's control because they are not allowed to kill. It seems to me they would love to kill (all of Israel).