Revelation Explained

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Sunday, February 26, 2006

Second Woe: Four Demons

"And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men." (Revelation 9:13-15 - King James Version)

Under the second woe, the great fear of modern man comes to pass: Nuclear War. We are not give all the details, just enough to let us envision the horror of this time.

When the sixth trumpet sounds, the Apostle John hears a voice from the golden altar. This altar has already been mentioned twice in Revelation. Both times it is connected with the prayers of the saints.

In chapter six, it is the prayer of the Tribulation martyrs. This prayer is, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?” (Revelation 6:10 – King James Version)

This prayer will be answered fully under the seventh trumpet. However, what happens here under the sixth trumpet is to some extent the beginning of the answer. The events described begin with an act of God, the releasing of four powerful demons.

These four demons are even now bound in the Eurphrates river. We do not know why God imprisoned these demons in this location. God has planed a specific moment at which they will be released. After thousands of years of confinement, they will once again be able to act out their wicked desires. The end result of their freedom will be the destruction of one third of the world's population.

Early in the Tribulation, under the events related to the Fourth Horsemen: Death, we were told that a quarter of the world's population died. The combined effect of just these two elements of the Tribulation will be the death of half of the people on the earth.

We are not told how many die as a result of the other events: the wars, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunami waves, poisoned waters and all the horrors that would accompany such disasters. The Tribulation will be a time when billions of people die. There will be few people left when it is over.


Anonymous jeff said...

Jeremiah 15:3 the four beasts or angels

1:29 AM  

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