THE SIXTH TRUMPET
Revelation 9:13-21 (NKJV)
Sixth Trumpet: The Angels from the Euphrates
13 Then the sixth angel sounded: And I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 14 saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” 15 So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released to kill a third of mankind. 16 Now the number of the army of the horsemen was two hundred million; I heard the number of them. 17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision: those who sat on them had breastplates of fiery red, hyacinth blue, and sulfur yellow; and the heads of the horses were like the heads of lions; and out of their mouths came fire, smoke, and brimstone. 18 By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed—by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which came out of their mouths. 19 For their power is in their mouth and in their tails; for their tails are like serpents, having heads; and with them they do harm.
20 But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. 21 And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.
v.13 The place of mercy becomes the place of greatest judgement. When men reject the love and mercy of God, all they have left is His judgment and wrath. Many people will not believe that God is a God of wrath and judgment. But, this will never change the facts! Deut. 4:24; John 3:18, 36. The saints’ prayer in chapter Rev 6:10 is finally being
I. v.14-15 THE FALLEN ANGELS
A. v.14 They Come From A Distinct Place – Euphrates River. Very prominent in the Bible. It is the place where man, sin, murder, apostacy and religion were all born.
B. v.15 They Come For A Distinct Period Of Time – The were prepared for THE hour. God is running on a precise timetable. He is in control!
C. v.15 They Come For A Distinct Purpose – to slay 1/3 of the human race! (Ill.Demons are over control of world powers – Eph.6:18; Dan. 10. These demon powers will control the world and cause the deaths of billions!
II. v.16-19 THE FEARFUL ARMY
A. The Number Of The Army – 200 million! This was the total population of the world in John’s day! China had an army of 200,000,000 in 1964. Today is much more! This is a column of men 1 mile deep and 87 miles long!
B. The Nature Of This Army – (v.17) Human or Demonic? Human described in symbolic fashion, demonically energized!
1. Breastplates of Fire – fire = red; Jacinth = blue; Brimstone = yellow
2. Heads as Lions – Fierce looking and acting. Perhaps a symbolic way of describing a demonically inspire army.
3. Weapons – Weapons of Hell. (Possibly a description of modern weapon of warfare.) (Ill. The reality of Hell. God allows all the horrors of hell to visit the earth. Still, men will not repent. 1/3 of all people living die!
III. v.20-21 THE FATAL ATTITUDE
A. v.20 The Spiritual Life
1. Demon Worship – Ill. College courses offered in witchcraft; Voodoo; the Occult. (Ill. Three E’s – Entertainment, Enlightenment, Enslavement!)
2. Idolatry – Men will worship the works of the hands. Man is a religious animal. He will worship something. Left alone to himself, he will focus his worship in the wrong direction. If man doesn’t fill the void in his life with Jesus Christ, he will fill it with idols!
B. v.21 The Moral Life – (Ill. 4 biggest problems today!)
1. Murders – (Ill. Oklahoma, O.J., Ted Bundy, Jim Jones, Charlotte, etc.) We live in murderous times! Perilous times!
a. There is no regard for human life.
b. Apart for the grace and mercy of God, we are all capable of murder! (Ill. Jer. 17:9)
Note – Abortion – In one year, more babies die from abortion than the total number of Jews murdered during Hitler’s reign in Germany! Appro. 9,000,000! 1.6 million a year here! 4,300 per day; 180 per hour; 3 per minute. (Ill. This is why we need to be involved, and vote our convictions!) (Ill. Prophets – Jeremiah and John the Baptist!)
2. Sorceries – (Ill. Pharmakon = Pharmacy) The use of drugs will increase. It is possible that government will resort to mind-altering drugs to control the populace. Drugs are preparing the world for Anti-Christ!
3. Fornication – (Ill. Pornia = Pornagraphy) Illicit sexual activity will mark that day ( Adultery; Pre-marital sex, same sex relationships, pornography, etc.) The tribulation will be a sexually free time. We are headed there now!
This displays a disregard for:
1. God’s gift of sex;
2. One’s own body (the temple of the Holy Spirit);
3. The institution of marriage. We are already seeing an increase in sexuality based programming, advertisement and literature. Sex is everywhere! Marriages are falling apart. Single parenting. Confused children in the world. No solid Biblical foundation in marriages.
(Ill. Porn is a 10 US billion dollar industry. 85% goes into the pockets of organized crime. 18,000 outlets exist for the sale of porn. 20% of all new videos are pornographic. There are 350 known child pornography magazines! And, it will get much worse in the coming days! There’s more I could say! (Ill. Computer sex, phone sex, cable sex!)
4. Thefts – Stealing. Property will mean nothing. People will have no personal rights. Whatever shreds of decency and innocence the world has left will be taken away during the Tribulation!
What is the world’s attitude concerning these things? They will not repent, v.20! It is the goodness of God that leads to repentance, Rom. 2:4, not His judgment! If men will not get right under the cross, they will not get right under the whip!
Friends, where do we stand today?