Verse By Verse Through Revelation (9:11-15)

Apollyon

11 They had as their king the angel of the abyss; his name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek, he has the name Apollyon.

The Hebrew word for “Abaddon” means destruction and the Greek word for “Apollyon” means destroyer

The king of the demons from the abyss or hell is focused on destroying people’s lives by tormenting them with intense pain for 5 months. For an example of the demons’ destructive behavior, we see this in Matthew 17:15-18 which says, 15 “Lord,” he said, “have mercy on my son, because he has seizures and suffers severely. He often falls into the fire and often into the water. 16 I brought him to Your disciples, but they couldn’t heal him.” 17 Jesus replied, “You unbelieving and rebellious generation! How long will I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring him here to Me.” 18 Then Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and from that moment the boy was healed.


12 The first woe has passed. There are still two more woes to come after this.

The word “woe” is an expression of grief (Strong’s 3759) and reveals that more grief and sorrow which will intensify is on its way.


13 The sixth angel blew his trumpet. From the four horns of the gold altar that is before God, I heard a voice

The phrase “I heard a voice” refers to a command that went out.


14 say to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels bound at the great river Euphrates.”

The command was given to release the four angels which most likely refers to demonic spirits because of what they are about to do.


15 So the four angels who were prepared for the hour, day, month, and year were released to kill a third of the human race.

These four angels mirror Apollyon and his hordes who are released to cause havoc by destroying a third or 2.3 billion people on earth. Probably a nuclear detonation which would make the most sense for the high casualties. 

 

Cookie a day: Satan’s Strategy

5 Then the Devil took Him to the holy city, had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written:

He will give His angels orders concerning you,
and they will support you with their hands
so that you will not strike
your foot against a stone.”
7 Jesus told him, “It is also written: Do not test the Lord your God.”

Matthew 4:5-7


cookieThe Devil attempts to blindside Christians by making them believe an incorrect interpretation of scripture. Once you believe a topic of Scripture wrongly, you will base your spiritual life on that interpretation which in reality is killing your faith. The best way to combat this demonic strategy is to make a habit of reading the whole Bible at least once a year and incorporate topical studies through deep prayers, asking the Lord for understanding. Your best defense against deception is to know the scripture very well so that you cannot be sideswiped. The way Jesus used the scripture is a model for us today. When you read some material or if someone gives you an interpretation, make sure that it does not contradict another verse that’s connected to that theme. If it does contradict, then reject that interpretation.

Cookie a day: Our True Enemy

12 For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.

Ephesians 6:12


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Christians cannot get this verse backward, as some have done and have plunged into spiritual ruin. Some Christians purposely ignore this verse and believe that we don’t fight against evil spirits but only against people who teach false doctrine. When we do this we will analyze the person’s motives and mental stability which will redirect us away from the demon’s purpose. The reality is that behind every false teacher is a demon (2 Timothy 2:26) trying to make you abandon God. When we truly understand our true enemy, we will be better equipped mentally by having the right scripture in our mind to guard us against deception and to help the one deceived to come to the truth found only in Jesus Christ.

Verse By Verse Through Revelation (9:6-10)

locusts

6 In those days people will seek death and will not find it; they will long to die, but death will flee from them.

The sting from the demonic locusts will be so painful that the people who are being tormented would rather die than continue to live.

The phrase “but death will flee from them.” might refer to the willingness of the sufferer to die or commit suicide but the severe pain will handicap them from performing it, for lack of strength and being in constant anguish.


7 The appearance of the locusts was like horses equipped for battle. Something like gold crowns was on their heads; their faces were like men’s faces;

These locusts/demons will come as an army and will be given instruction on how to best execute ultimate pain.

They are not low-class demons but are high ranking since they come wearing crowns. They will have human characteristics as well.


8 they had hair like women’s hair; their teeth were like lions’ teeth;

Women’s hair can refer to their appearance. They are not going to look like monsters but with the face of a man and a gold crown on their long hair will make them look attractive.

Even though they might look attractive the phrase “lion’s teeth” clearly shows that they are coming to tear you to pieces.


9 they had chests like iron breastplates; the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots with many horses rushing into battle;

They will be armored-up showing their strength and being impenetrable meaning that they cannot be defeated by those being attacked.

Keywords: wings, chariots, horses all refer to a massive army which they won’t only be on the ground but also in the air. This will be a ground and air attack, nowhere to run or hide.


10 and they had tails with stingers like scorpions, so that with their tails they had the power to harm people for five months.

It seems that they will resemble from the waist up men and from the waist down some type of creature. The severe pain will last for 152 days with no rest in between.

 

Cookie a day: We Need To Remain In Christ

4 Remain in Me, and I in you. Just as a branch is unable to produce fruit by itself unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in Me.

John 15:4


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A person that has been capsized into the ocean and does not remain with his life saver will drown. In the same way, on earth, we need to abide in Christ who keeps our faith afloat. We need to put Him on every day or else we endanger ourselves by drowning our faith which will weaken it and make us useless in producing fruit for the Lord.