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

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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. 

 

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

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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.

 

Verse By Verse Through Revelation (9:1-5)

Angel with the key

1 The fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from heaven to earth. The key to the shaft of the abyss was given to him.

The fifth trumpet initiates the opening of the gates of hell (the abyss, Luke 8:31).
The phrase “I saw a star that had fallen from heaven to earth” most likely refers to an angel from the Lord who has the keys to hell and is given the command to open it. We see this illustrated in Revelation 20:1-3 which says, Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven with the key to the abyss and a great chain in his hand. 2 He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for 1,000 years. 3 He threw him into the abyss, closed it, and put a seal on it so that he would no longer deceive the nations until the 1,000 years were completed. After that, he must be released for a short time.


2 He opened the shaft of the abyss, and smoke came up out of the shaft like smoke from a great furnace so that the sun and the air were darkened by the smoke from the shaft.

Here the abyss is being described as a furnace which has to be an enormous fire because of the tremendous smoke coming out of it. A parallel in regards of smoke coming out we see that in Revelation 14:11 where it talks about those who received the mark of the beast will be cast into the Lake of Fire and their smoke will ascend up into the presence of the Lord and His angels. It would be safe to say that the abyss is Hades and the demons that come out of Hades are those that are mentioned in Jude 1:6 which says, and He has kept, with eternal chains in darkness for the judgment of the great day, the angels who did not keep their own position but deserted their proper dwelling.

It also describes them in 2 Peter 2:4 which says, 4 For if God didn’t spare the angels who sinned but threw them down into Tartarus and delivered them to be kept in chains of darkness until judgment;

“Tartarus” is defined in Strong’s number “5020 (tartaróō) is a Greek name for the under-world, especially the abode of the damned – hence to cast into hell” (A-S); to send into the subterranean abyss reserved for demons and the dead.

The angels that fell away is described in Genesis 6:1-4 which was after the rebellion of Lucifer and the one-third of the angels that followed him and were thrown out of heaven.


3 Then locusts came out of the smoke on to the earth, and power was given to them like the power that scorpions have on the earth.

The torment that the demons will inflict will resemble a scorpion’s venom.


4 They were told not to harm the grass of the earth, or any green plant, or any tree, but only people who do not have God’s seal on their foreheads.

These demons/locusts have one purpose and one target, those who don’t have the seal of God on their foreheads to torment them.

The phrase “God’s seal” could be a reference to the Holy Spirit as mentioned in Ephesians 1:13 which says, When you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and when you believed in Him, you were also sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.

It could be that the sign of having the Holy Spirit will be visible on the forehead.

Another possibility of what the seal could be is seen in Revelation 22:4 which says, They will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads.

Whatever that seal is, it will be no question to the demons that you belong to Christ and are protected which will make you off-limits to their sting.


5 They were not permitted to kill them but were to torment them for five months; their torment is like the torment caused by a scorpion when it strikes a man.

Here we see God’s mercy that even though He will punish the unbelievers they will not die. The Lord still gives them an opportunity to repent.

Verse By Verse Through Revelation (8:11-13)

 

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Wormwood hitting the water

 

11 The name of the star is Wormwood, and a third of the waters became wormwood. So, many of the people died from the waters, because they had been made bitter.

A massive meteorite caused the waters to become poisonous and those who drank the water died. Most likely thousands of houses were getting their drinking water from the source that got contaminated.


12 The fourth angel blew his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them were darkened. A third of the day was without light, and the night as well.

The likely scenario that would darken the sun, moon, and stars would be clouds of debris from the impact of the meteorites bombardments which will rise up to the sky and block most of the light from shining on the people.


13 I looked again and heard an eagle flying high overhead, crying out in a loud voice, “Woe! Woe! Woe to those who live on the earth, because of the remaining trumpet blasts that the three angels are about to sound!”

The phrase “heard an eagle flying high overhead” could refer to an angel that has wings and thus calling it an eagle.

Angels are going to participate in spreading the gospel and warning those who have survived their impending doom for most of them. The angel is trying to get them to realize something worse is coming and they need to repent, like now.

Verse By Verse Through Revelation (8:6-10)

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6 And the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to blow them.

The terrifying events are about to start with the blowing of the trumpets that are going to make men’s heart melt in fear.


7 The first angel blew his trumpet, and hail and fire, mixed with blood, were hurled to the earth. So a third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.

The first trumpet is blown and death rains down on humanity. The phrase “hail and fire, mixed with blood” refers to chunks of ice and burning sulfur (Ezekiel 38:22) that comes down and causes great destruction, destroying 1/3 of nature. The blood could refer to the death of countless of people who chose darkness rather than the light (Psalms 11:6).


8 The second angel blew his trumpet, and something like a great mountain ablaze with fire was hurled into the sea. So a third of the sea became blood,

The phrase “great mountain ablaze with fire” may refer to a huge volcano that erupts and half of it breaks off and slides into the sea or a gigantic meteorite comes from space and strikes the sea.


9 a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.

A third of all kinds of fish and creatures in the sea will perish from a poisonous substance that emits from the huge mountain. It will also cause a massive tsunami wave that will destroy any ship that’s out at the time that it hits the water.


10 The third angel blew his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from heaven. It fell on a third of the rivers and springs of water.

Now the third trumpet unleashes a judgment that brings another meteorite but this time it will strike the drinking water for mankind.