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.

Biblical Q&A: A Question On 1 Corinthians 6:19-20. How Do We Worship God In Our Body?

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God’s Warrior asks:

In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Paul wants us to glorify God in body and spirit. But what I want to know is, how are we supposed to glorify God in Spirit when we as people only see the body?
Or…
Does glorifying God in the Spirit mean that what we listen, watch or read defines us giving glory to God in the Spirit.

Any help is appreciated to be able to understand this verse.


Thank you for your question, I hope my answer(s) help.

Answer:

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

19 Don’t you know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God in your body.

In Romans 6:13, it reveals how to glorify God in our body which says, Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.

When we are using our bodies for sin especially, in the case of sexual immorality, we are contaminating the temple of the Holy Spirit who dwells in it meaning that God lives inside of us and we are using His home to sin.

God takes His temple (our bodies) very seriously as seen in 1 Corinthians 3:17 which says, 17 If anyone destroys God’s sanctuary, God will destroy him; for God’s sanctuary is holy, and that is what you are.

When we as believers in Jesus Christ are using our bodies for sinful practices we are playing a very dangerous game.

One example of a believer paying with his life for sinning against the Lord is found in Acts 5:1-5 which says, But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property. 2 However, he kept back part of the proceeds with his wife’s knowledge, and brought a portion of it and laid it at the apostles’ feet.
3 Then Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the proceeds from the field? 4 Wasn’t it yours while you possessed it? And after it was sold, wasn’t it at your disposal? Why is it that you planned this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God!” 5 When he heard these words, Ananias dropped dead, and a great fear came on all who heard.

Our bodies to God is precious because we have become one with Christ through the Holy Spirit living in us, making our spiritual man holy.

1 Corinthians 6:15

15 Don’t you know that your bodies are a part of Christ’s body? So should I take a part of Christ’s body and make it part of a prostitute? Absolutely not!

In verse 18 the Scripture declares “run from sexual immorality” because it is so risky to use our bodies in that way knowing full well that God dwells inside of us and the punishment could be death. 

 

Being a Christian doesn’t mean that we are safe and can do whatever we want. To be a follower of Jesus Christ is the best decision you have ever made because you have been rescued from the Lake of Fire and you will be with a loving Father in heaven forever. Saying that as Christians we must take that title very seriously, for God cannot be mocked and every bad decision we make has serious consequences. 


This is for all Christians who are being tempted with an opportunity for or are practicing any sexual immorality.

Next time you are tempted to use your body for sexual immorality like cheating on your wife/husband or are perpetually sleeping with your girlfriend/boyfriend, you better think twice and stop it. God is warning you and His patience has a limit, don’t take it for granted because the last thing you want is God’s rod.

 

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I hope that everyone has a wonderful day.

-SpaniardVIII

Cookie a day: Accountability

For what business is it of mine to judge outsiders? Don’t you judge those who are inside?

1 Corinthians 5:12


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We don’t judge those outside the church who are bankrupt but to those who claim to have the Spirit of the Living God dwelling inside of them are held up to accountability by other Christians. Just like a family is accountable to each other so we as a family of believers in Jesus Christ are as well.

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.