The Fifth Trumpet (Revelation #29)

Text: Revelation 9:1-12

This is the fifth trumpet which is also the first woe.  The Lord begins to target people as opposed to targeting creation like he did in the first four trumpets.  The fifth trumpet sounds and is followed by a star, which is a him just like in Revelation 1, that falls from the sky and opens the bottomless pit with the key that’s been given to him.

Bottomless Pit

  • That’s the “pits”
  • These are things that are inside of the earth.
  • Bottomless pit describes:
    • A iron furnace in the earth – Deuteronomy 32:22
    • A hollow place in the earth – Isaiah 14:15
    • An insatiable lust – Proverbs 27:20 and Habakkuk 2:5
    • A prison until the Great White Throne Judgment – Revelation 9:1 (it has a key), bars (Jonah 2:2 & 6)
      • Hell created for the devil and his angels – Matthew 25:41
      • Angels there in 2 Peter 2:4 and Jude 6
      • Devil is there in Revelation 20:1-3
    • 1 Peter 3:18-20 – Fallen angels (Genesis 6:1-4) God watched and allowed to live as men on the earth while the ark was preparing.  Then wiped them out with a flood and locked the spirits in prison.  At his death, the Lord Jesus went and preached to them in prison.  See Ephesians 4:8-9.
    • The fallen angels – sons of God in the OT – who are sent there
      • Were here before Adam (Job 38:4-8)
      • They are connected with Satan (Job 1:6, 2:1)
      • They were formerly angels (Jude 6)
      • They lost their first estate when they joined themselves to women (Jude 6)
      • They are gods but die like men (Psalm 82:6-8)
      • Their offspring are giants (Genesis 6:4, Deuteronomy 2:10-21)
      • They are put into everlasting chains after they sin (Jude 6, 2 Peter 2:4)
      • They were cast down to Hell (2 Peter 2:4)
      • There will be more of them in the Tribulation (Matthew 24:29, Revelation 12:4,7, Revelation 17:12 w/Daniel 2:42-44)
      • They will be judged (Jude 6, 2 Peter 2:4)
      • Church Age Saints will judge them (1 Corinthians 6:3)
    • Connected to Greek Mythology (and other mythologies)

Brutal Locusts

  • Unnatural locusts prepared for this time.
    • They have stingers like scorpions.
    • They do not eat plants.
    • They target the Israelites who are not sealed (Isaiah 33:1-4)
    • They have a lifespan of five months.
    • They are shaped like battle armored horses.
    • They don’t have antennae, but rather something that looks like a crown.
    • They don’t have insect faces, but a man’s face.
    • They don’t have short insect hair, but long hair like a woman.
    • They have teeth like a lion.
    • They have some kind of some kind of armored plate on their thorax.
    • The sound of their wings is a lower pitch so the wings are not moving very fast.
    • They have a king over them (Proverbs 30:27).
  • King named Abaddon and Apollyon
    • Some interpret this as the Devil.
      • This is an angel, but the devil is not an angel.
      • This angel is not named Satan or the Devil, his name is Abaddon or Apollyon.
      • The Devil is not in hell or in the bottomless pit.
    • Similarity to the Palestinian town Aboud for which many Arabs are named.
      • Abud is a town 18 miles north of Jerusalem.
    • Abaddon and Apollyon both mean destroyer.  This may be the same destroyer in other places in the Bible.
      • 1 Corinthians 10:10 and Numbers 14
      • Exodus 12:23

Beginning of the “woes”

  • Revelation 11:14 is the second woe
  • Revelation 12:12 is the third woe
  • The first “Woe” as the Lord calls it.  As a rider on a horse might pull the reigns back and say, “woe”.  The Lord Jesus Christ has put the world on notice that he will be back very soon and if you aren’t right with him then a judgment much worse will be on the world.