The Greatest Story Ever Told About
The Greatest Man That Ever Lived
                                                                    CHAPTER 9

The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star
was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss.  When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the
smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss.  And out
of the smoke locusts came down on the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth.  
They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not
have the seal of God on their foreheads.  They were not allowed to kill them but only to torture them for
five months. And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes.  During
those days people will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them.
The locusts looked like horses prepared for battle. On their heads they wore something like crowns of
gold, and their faces resembled human faces.  Their hair was like women’s hair, and their teeth were
like lions’ teeth.  They had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like
the thundering of many horses and chariots rushing into battle.  They had tails with stingers, like
scorpions, and in their tails they had power to torment people for five months.  They had as king over
them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon and in Greek is Apollyon (that is,
Destroyer).  The first woe is past; two other woes are yet to come.

What is described here is something that we have never seen.  The star that fell from the sky to the
earth must be an angelic being because he was able to open the abyss with a key.  Because we don’t
know anything about the Abyss; what it is or where it is, we can only accept what is said about it as
being what John saw.   John describes the “locusts” that came out of it and what they will look like.  
They obviously have a very painful sting which will be so painful that people will want to die when
they are stung or feel like they are going to die.  The only people that are not stung by these
“locusts” are the 144,000 who have the seal of God on their foreheads.  At least these are the only
people that have received the seal of God on their foreheads according to Chapter 7.   This is the first
of the severe judgments and it affects most of the people.   It is also a supernatural event which we
have never seen before.  Fortunately it will only last for 5 months.  God in his mercy is trying to get
people’s attention in the hope that they will repent and turn to him.

The sixth angel sounded his trumpet, and I heard a voice coming from the four horns of the golden altar
that is before God. 14 It said to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are
bound at the great river Euphrates.”  And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour
and day and month and year were released to kill a third of mankind.  The number of the mounted
troops was two hundred million. I heard their number.  The horses and riders I saw in my vision looked
like this: Their breastplates were fiery red, dark blue, and yellow as sulfur. The heads of the horses
resembled the heads of lions, and out of their mouths came fire, smoke and sulfur.  A third of mankind
was killed by the three plagues of fire, smoke and sulfur that came out of their mouths.  The power of
the horses was in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails were like snakes, having heads with
which they inflict injury.   The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent
of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone
and wood idols that cannot see or hear or walk.  Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts,
their sexual immorality or their thefts.

This judgment is not only more severe, it’s absolutely devastating.  What we do know is that it will
happen near the Euphrates river.  It is interesting to see how accurate God’s timetable is when he
says that these angels were kept ready for this very hour, day, month, and year.  These angels will
kill a third of mankind.  Using today’s population of 7 billion, minus 1.75 billion that are raptured, and
those that are killed by the 4th horseman, and those killed in the earthquakes and who died from
bitter water, we are down to about 5 billion people.  These angels directing the army of 200 million
will kill another 1/3 of the population bringing the amount of people left to about 3.5 billion people.  
So in just a few years the population of the earth has been cut in half.

What John saw he described as horses and riders.  But what he describes right after that does not
sound like it can be done by horses and riders.  Because horses can’t breath out fire, smoke and
sulphur to kill people.  So we will have to wait and see what this huge army will look like and what
their weapons of warfare will be.  One of the mysteries here is where will this army of 200 million
come from?  The only countries that could raise an army of that size would be China or India and that
would only be by conscription.  Otherwise it would have to be an alliance of nations.  And for what
purpose?   Who are they going to fight that requires an army of that size.  Again we are not told, but
the Ezekiel 38 and 39 wars against Israel could fit this because Ezekiel 38: 9 the Bible says
You and all
your allies a vast and awesome army will roll down on them like a storm and cover the land like a  
cloud.
 This could refer to this army of 200 million made up of an alliance of nations.

So even after ½ of earth’s population is killed, those that remain will still refuse to repent and worship
God.
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