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Revelation 9 Commentary - Part 2 (verses 6-12)
By Brother Mike (6-10-14; 55 minutes)  



Verse 6: 

6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them

Now the context of this verse is in those days; that is, in those days during the 5 months, which refers to the days from May 21, 2011 until the end of the world. It is in those days when men shall seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them. Does this mean that people are now ever since May 21, 2011 seeking to physically die, but they are not able? Of course not! If people really wanted to physically die, they could easily do that if they really wanted to, but that is not what is being taught here. What is being taught is that in these days of judgment, people are seeking death in Christ, which is salvation, but they are not able to find it because there is no longer any salvation or death in Christ possible. We read of death having to do with salvation or death in Christ in Romans 6: 

3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death ?
4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life
5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection :
6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin .
7 For he that is dead is freed from sin .
8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him . . .

So, the death that people are seeking for during this time of judgment is the death which comes by death in Christ, but, unfortunately, they cannot find it because, ever since May 21, 2011, salvation has come to an end. Yes, even though there are many who desire salvation in Jesus Christ, it is as though salvation flees from them all, for salvation is nowhere to be found in these days of judgment. We read more about this in Luke 13: 

Luke 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able .
25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door [on May 21, 2011], and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are
26 Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.
27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity .

Here we are told right out that many have been seeking to enter into heaven by knocking at the door, but because the master had risen up and had shut to the door on May 21, 2011, no one has been allowed into the door of heaven ever since. Rather, Christ is saying to them all, I tell you, I know you not whence you are. And, even when they say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets; He says to them, I know you not where you are; depart from me, all you workers of iniquity

Yes, these days are terrible times. People desire salvation, but they can't be saved; it is too late! The Lord had given them plenty of warning as May 21, 2011 drew closer and closer, and He commanded them to come out from their churches because the abomination of desolation had taken up his seat in them ever since May 21, 1988, but they would not take heed. In addition, the whole world heard of the date of Judgment Day, but they did not listen. And, now, after May 21, 2011 dare they seek salvation? They had years and years of warning, and they would not listen. But, now, they want God to listen to them? In response, the Lord says, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. Sorry, but you have no more hope. The day has come, and you have been found naked in your sins. Now, you must pay the consequences of your sin in that you can no longer be saved, and, on the Last Day, you must be annihilated. Justice has finally come!


Verse 7:

7 And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men .  

In this verse, we first read, And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle. The word translated as shapes in the phrase, And the shapes of the locusts simply means likenesses, and so the entire sentence can be translated, 

7 And the likenesses of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle . . .

This is simply revealing what the locusts are like: they are like unto horses prepared unto battle. And, since the locusts are symbolic of the judgment of God, we are being told that the judgment of God is like unto horses prepared unto battle, which means that the judgment of God is being pictured as a battle. We see this also in Revelation 19 where we read, 

Re 19:19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him [Christ] that sat on the horse, and against his army

And, again, we see that Judgment Day is pictured as a battle in Revelation 16: 

Re 16: 13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet .
14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty
15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame .
16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon

Notice that Judgment Day ever since May 21, 2011 is referred to as the battle of that great day of God almighty, and this battle takes place at Armageddon, which means the hill or mount of Megiddo, which, in turn, is all symbolic of the spiritual realm where this battle is taking place. So we can say that the battle of Armageddon has been spiritually taking place ever since May 21, 2011 as all the false gospels spread their pollution and supposed miracles to the whole world while the true gospel brings judgment against them all through the Word of God until when on the Last Day judgment reaches its climax, and Satan and his kingdom are completely and literally annihilated forevermore. 

But, let's now return to our verse, which says, 

7 . . . and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men

It is extremely important to recognize at this point that on the heads of the locusts were as crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. It does not say that on their heads were crowns of gold and their faces were faces of men, but it says that on their heads were as crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. In other words, the locusts are not said to have the attributes of crowns of gold and the faces of men like the elect would have, but they are said to have crowns as crowns like gold and faces as the faces of men, which the elect would not have. Since the attributes of actually having crowns of gold and faces of men can be those of the elect, one might think that these locusts are the elect of God. But, because these locusts are said to only have as crowns like gold and faces as the faces of men, these locusts cannot be the actual elect, but they must only be something similar to, or like, or as the elect. And, what is similar to, or like, or as the elect? Why, it is the very judgment of God itself (see also Who Are The Locusts of Revelation 9?). It is like the elect in that it is the very message that the elect carry with them. No, it can not be only the elect themselves, but it is the very judgment that the elect carry with them, which like an invisible cloud of smoke has now filled the entire world. This is why the judgment of God - the locusts - was said to have come out of the smoke in verse 3 because, like the smoke, it represents the very judgment of God, and it has come to fill the entire world as a swarm of locusts. These locusts could not possibly just be referring to the elect themselves because the elect are far too few compared to the whole to be able to fill the whole earth, but, since the locusts are the very judgment of God itself, and so represent a much broader and bigger category than simply the elect, the judgment of God is able to cover the entire world whereas the elect are not. Yes, the elect are the messengers of the judgment of God, but the judgment of God travels much further, and infiltrates much deeper than the elect themselves.

But now we are told that on the heads of the locusts were as it were crowns like gold. Crowns are normally associated with the elect, because it is they who have become kings through Jesus Christ, and kings wear crowns. And, in that the crowns are gold also identifies with the elect since the elect can be typified by gold as we see in 1Corinthians 3: 

1Co 3:12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones [the elect], wood, hay, stubble [the non-elect] . . .

And, the term, the third part, which is symbolic of the elect, is compared to being like gold in Zechariah 13: 

Zec 13:9 And I will bring the third part [the elect] through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God

So we see, then, that both crowns and gold can be identified with being the elect. But we must remember that the locusts have on their heads as crowns like gold and not actual crowns of gold as the elect would have. This reveals that the locusts - the judgment of God - are not the actual elect, but only in some way like the elect. And, how is the judgment of God like or as the elect? Well, we already answered this question previously, but let's answer it again: the judgment of God - the locusts - is like or as the elect in that the elect carry with them and proclaim the very judgment of God. But, the elect are not the judgment of God, but only associated with, or a part of the judgment of God. The judgment of God is the Word of God which has now ever since May 21, 2011 brought judgment upon the entire world; it has infiltrated every nook and cranny, and judged all unsaved people to everlasting destruction. This all goes far beyond what the elect could do through their proclamation alone, so we see that the locusts - the judgment of God - could not possibly be limited to just being the elect, but must be something much greater, wider, and deeper, which is the Word of God in judgment, which, in spirit, has come to fill the whole world. Nevertheless, the elect are a part of this judgment as they proclaim it so that they cannot be left out when we speak about the judgment of God. 

Now we also read that the faces of the locusts were as the faces of men [humans]. This is revealing that the judgment of God - the locusts - is associated with the faces of humans. Why? Because humans (the elect) are the ones who carry the message of God's judgment. They are not the judgment of God itself in its entirety; therefore, they are not the locusts, but they carry the judgment of God, and so are associated with it, and a part of it. If the faces of the locusts were the faces of men, then we would have to conclude that the locusts are the elect, but since they are only as the faces of men, we know that the locusts - the judgment of God - are not the elect, but only somehow similar to or like the elect. And, the only way in which the locusts - the judgment of God - and the elect are similar is that they are both identified with the judgment of God: one is the very judgment of God itself while the other is simply the carrier of, or part of the judgment of God. So we see that the locusts are a much broader category than just the elect although the elect can be considered a `part of the judgment of God.


Verse 8: 

8 And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions .

In this verse we are first being told that the locusts - the judgment of God - had hair as the hair of women. What can this mean? In order to understand this we must read 1Corinthians 11: 

2 Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you .
3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God
4 Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head .
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But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven .
6 For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered .
7 For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man .
8 For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man .
9 Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man .
10 For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels .
11 Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord
12 For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God .
13 Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered ?
14 Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him ?
15 But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering
16 But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God .

In this passage we learn of the authority structure of the kingdom of God on earth. We read that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. We further read that this authority structure or order should be maintained when it comes to praying and prophesying, namely that Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head. But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head. What this teaches is that a man who covers his head - his head being Christ - while praying or prophesying; that is, he covers over the truths of Christ in the Bible, and, instead prophesies or prays from his own mind, or the mind of others, dishonors his head who is Christ. And, a women who does not cover her head - her head being man - while praying or prophesying; that is, she does not remain under the guidance and authority of man, but does her own thing, sort of speak, dishonors her head who is man. So a man should not pray or prophesy with his head - Christ - covered, but a woman should pray and prophesy with her head - man - covered. And, to show that the woman should be under the authority of man, nature itself has placed on the heads of women longer hair than men in general. This longer hair is meant to be a symbol and a reminder that she is under the authority of man, and should, therefore, pray and prophesy accordingly. 

Now, returning to our verse, we can begin to understand what it means that the locusts had hair as the hair of women: it means that the locusts are under authority. Even as the hair of women is given as a covering to symbolize that women are under authority, so, also, the locusts are under authority. But, whereas women are under the authority of man, the locusts are obviously under the authority of God. So in that the locusts - the judgment of God - are said to have hair as the hair of women, it simply means that the judgment of God is under authority. And, just whose authority the judgment of God is under is obvious: it is under the authority of God; otherwise, it would not be the judgment of God. What's more, since the locusts here are said to have hair as the hair of women, they can be being likened to the elect because the elect could be said to have the hair of women in that they are under the authority of a man, namely Christ. But, because the locusts are said to have hair as the hair of women, and not the very hair of women, the locusts are only being likened to be similar to or like the elect in some way, and, as we have already said, the locusts - the judgment of God - are similar to the elect in that they are under authority even as the elect are under authority. But the locusts are not actually the elect; they are the judgment of God itself, which is only similar to, like, or as the elect in that the judgment of God and the elect are both under authority. 

Next, we are told that the teeth of the locusts were as the teeth of lions. The teeth of lions are normally what are used to devour prey, and in that the locusts represent the judgment of God, this is saying that the judgment of God - the locusts - has the power to devour the unsaved as the teeth of lions. In fact, this is what has been happening ever since May 21, 2011: the unsaved have been being devoured in that there is no more salvation. It is as if they have been cast into the teeth of lions, and are being devoured until when on the Last Day they will be completely eaten and gone, annihilated forevermore. 

Now the teeth of the locusts are said to be as the teeth of lions. They are not the teeth of lions, but only as the teeth of lions. This is why the locusts cannot be the elect, for although the elect might be considered to have the teeth of lions since they are in Christ, and Christ is known as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah; nevertheless, we are not being told that the locusts have the teeth of lions, but we are being told that they have teeth as the teeth of lions. In other words, the locusts are not the elect, but only similar to, like, or as the elect in some way. And, in this case, the way they are alike or similar is that both the locusts - the judgment of God - and the elect are both capable of devouring the unsaved: the judgment of God does so by the removal of salvation, while the elect do so by carrying and proclaiming the message that salvation has come to an end. But, the elect are not the locusts, and the locusts are not just the elect, but they are the very essence of the judgment of God, which is a much broader thing than just being the elect. It is the judgment that has come out of the smoke to devour the entire world. Yes, the elect are a part of this judgment, but they are not the fullness of what the locusts represent. The locusts represent the invisible judgment of God which has come upon the entire world ever since May 21, 2011. It includes the elect as they proclaim the message of judgment, but it is much greater and larger than just being the elect. It not only includes the message of the elect, but it includes all that the judgment of God entails including the hardening of sinners in their sin during this Day of Judgment. 


Verse 9: 

9 And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle .

Now, here, we find that the locusts had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron. A more literal translation reads, And they had breastplates, as breastplates of iron. Now one might think that breastplates are worn by priests, and so this would infer that the locusts are priests who are a representation of the elect because the elect are priests. But, because we are told that the locusts had breastplates as the breastplates of iron, and not the very breastplates of iron that the elect would wear, we must conclude that the locusts are not the elect, but only in some way like or as the elect. And just how is the judgment of God - the locusts - like the elect here? Well, for one thing, both the God of judgment who is Christ and the elect are priests, and this is represented in that the locusts - the judgment of God - have breastplates as the breastplates of iron. In other words, the judgment of God is identified with the priest, Jesus Christ, who, spiritually speaking, wears a breastplate even as the elect, spiritually speaking, wear breastplates because they are priests. 

But, not only is the God of judgment who is identified with the locusts and the elect similar in that they both wear breastplates, which identifies them both with being priests, but they both wear breastplates of iron. Why breastplates of iron? Well, Iron identifies with judgment. For instance, we read in Deuteronomy 28,

Deut. 28:47 Because thou servedst not the LORD thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things ;
48 Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the LORD shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee

And, in Leviticus 26 we read, 

Lev. 26:18 And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins .
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And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass . . . 

In Psalm 2 we read, 

Psalm 2:7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee .
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Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession .
9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel

So we see that iron is clearly associated with judgment. This is why Christ is said to now be ruling during the Day of Judgment ever since May 21, 2011 with a rod of iron as we read in Revelation 19:

Re 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God

So what can we now conclude about the breastplates, as the breastplates of iron that the judgment of God - the locusts - wear? Well, the breastplate identifies the judgment of God as being priestly in that it is a priest, the Lord Jesus Christ, who brings judgment, and it is an iron breastplate because iron is associated with it being the time of judgment, which it has been ever since May 21, 2011. 

But now we read further of the locusts: and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. What could this mean? In order to examine this, we should first realize that the word sound in the phrase and the sound of their wings can be translated as voice, so our verse now reads, and the voice of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. But, what do wings symbolize in the Bible? We find most commonly that wings are associated with God Himself. For example, we read the following about the cherubims who are a representation of God: 

Ex 25:20 And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubims be

And, we continue to read of the cherubims in Exodus 37: 

Ex 37:9 And the cherubims spread out their wings on high, and covered with their wings over the mercy seat, with their faces one to another; even to the mercy seatward were the faces of the cherubims

We also see that the four living creatures that are a representation of God Himself have wings:

Ezekiel 1:5 Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man .
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And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings . . . 

We see that these living creatures are symbolizing God in what we read immediately after the description of the four living creatures: 

Ezekiel 1:28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This [which includes the four living creatures] was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake

Now, we see further that wings are a part of God in many passages in the Bible. For instance, we read in Ruth 2, 

Ru 2:12 The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust

Here we see that the wings are the wings of the Lord God of Israel. We find that to be under the wings of the Lord is to be under His loving care as we read in many of the Psalms in particular: 

Ps 36:7 How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings

Ps 17:8 Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings . . .

Ps 57:1 Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast

Ps 63:7 Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice

Ps 91:4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler

So, in summary, what we have seen is that wings relate to God Himself. Indeed, God is likened to having wings, as we have seen, in many places of the Bible. But, now, let's return to our verse. It says,

9 . . . and the voice of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle

We now can understand that the voice of their wings is giving reference to the voice of God since wings are often representative of God Himself. And, in the context of Judgment Day, this is revealing that it is the voice of God which is doing the battle, and His voice can be likened to the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle because it is the voice of God - the Word of God - that is now judging the unsaved of the world by removing any possibility for salvation from them, and declaring that Judgment Day has come. We even have further confirmation that the sound or voice of wings has to do with the voice of God in Ezekiel 1 and 10:

Eze 1:24 And when they went, I heard the noise [or voice] of their wings, like the noise of great waters, as the voice of the Almighty, the voice of speech, as the noise of an host: when they stood, they let down their wings .

And, we read in Ezekiel 10, 

Eze 10:5 And the sound of the cherubims' wings was heard even to the outer court, as the voice of the Almighty God when he speaketh

So the symbolism of the voice of wings has to do with the very voice, or word, of God. It is the voice of God that is now battling against the world. This is why it is likened to the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle because it is a spiritual battle; it is Armageddon, and the Lord is coming in battle along with all His elect, and they are spiritually destroying the unsaved by the voice of God Almighty, which states, Salvation has come to an end; you have but a short while and you will all be annihilated. Cry, weep, howl and mourn, for the end has come! The world has, indeed, been caught in the snare of the Lord, and as a fowl is snared by surprise, so has the world been judged by surprise without even knowing it when on that Last Day they will no longer say, we are not snared, but they will say, we have been snared; we have been snared, and, now, it is too late, and we must die. 


Verse 10: 

10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months

Now in this verse we read, And they had tails like unto scorpions. We already learned that the term scorpions is symbolic of false prophets or brethren, or demonic powers, but what does the word tails mean? We are given a direct answer to this in Isaiah 9, where we read, 

Isa 9:15 The ancient and honourable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail

So, as we just read, the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail. In simple terms, the false prophet is the tail, and in that the locusts - the judgment of God - had tails like unto scorpions is revealing that the judgment of God is likened to false prophets. And, how can it be that the judgment of God be likened to false prophets? This is because just as the judgment of God brings no more salvation ever since May 21, 2011, so do false prophets bring no more salvation. This is how the judgment of God can be likened to false prophets: once again, just as false prophets bring no salvation, so, also, the judgment of God brings no salvation.  

Now, before moving on in our verse, let me say this: when the scripture says that the locusts - the judgment of God - had tails like unto scorpions, this obviously does not mean that the locusts - the Judgment of God - are scorpions. Similarly, when we had seen that the locusts are as the given attributes of the elect such as they have crowns as crowns like gold, hair as the hair of women, teeth as the teeth of lions, faces as the faces of men, and so on, this obviously does not mean that the locusts are the elect. It only means that the locusts - the judgment of God - are similar to the elect. And, as we have learned, the locusts - the judgment of God - are similar to the elect in that one is the very judgment of God while the other proclaims the judgment of God. Yes, we could say that the elect are a part of the locusts, or a part of the judgment of God, but we cannot say that the locusts are a part of the elect. No, the locusts are a much bigger and broader category than the elect. The locusts are everything that has to do with the judgment of God during these days of judgment: they are the message of judgment; they are what has now removed salvation from the world; they are what has now hardened people in their sin so that they live more according to their lusts; they are like an invisible cloud that has completely engulfed the world in a plague of deep darkness, and which has placed people into an eternal blind stupor. So, we see a difference between the locusts and the elect, and we see a similarity between the locusts and the elect. But the locusts are not the elect even though the elect are a part of the locusts. 

Now, our verse continues: and there were stings in their tails. This is revealing that the judgment of God - the locusts - has stings in its tails. Since tails refers to false prophets, the stings are being likened to that of false prophets. And, what do false prophets do? They speak and teach false things that ultimately cannot save. So what we have being pictured here is the judgment of God being likened to false prophets because what the judgment of God is declaring is no more salvation even as false prophets can only bring no salvation. This message of no more salvation in a sense stings the unsaved people of the world. It harms them because through the message of the judgment of God that there is no more salvation, the unsaved people are condemned to death. There is no eternal hope for them, but only the waiting for the inevitable, which is death forevermore. 

Finally, we are told that the power of the judgment of God - the locusts - was to hurt men five months. As we had already previously learned, the five months is not a literal five months, but it is symbolic of the period of time from May 21, 2011 until the end (see verse 5 of Revelation 9 Part 1 ). This period of time might be 1600 days, which would end on October 6, 2015 (see verse 20 of Revelation 14 Part 3 and Could The End Come On October 6, 2015? ).  


Verse 11:

11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon

In this verse we are told who the king over the judgment of God - the locusts - is. Why it is as we as we are told, the angel of the bottomless pit. Some have thought that this angel to be Satan since he is the one normally associated with the bottomless pit, but this is incorrect because as we read in Revelation 20,  

Re 20:1 And I saw an angel [Christ] come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand

From this verse, we see that the one who has the key to the bottomless pit is not Satan, but Christ Himself, for He is the angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. In other words, the one who has control over the bottomless pit, and is, therefore, the king to the bottomless pit is Jesus Christ who is the Lord, God. We see further support for this in that we are told that His name is Abaddon or Apollyon. Abaddon in Hebrew means destruction while Apollyon in Greek means destroyer. At first thought it might be difficult to accept that Christ can be called destruction or destroyer, but when He comes in judgment, this is exactly what He is. For instance, we read in Exodus 12, 

Ex 12:23 For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer [God himself] to come in unto your houses to smite you

Here we discover that the destroyer is God Himself because it is He who brought destruction upon the Egyptians because they would not let the people of God go into the wilderness to worship their God. So why is Christ having the name of Destruction and Destroyer here in our verse? Well, because He is coming in judgment against the world ever since May 21, 2011. He is destroying the unsaved by having removed any possibility for salvation from them. They have nothing but death to look forward to now; they have no eternal hope. Indeed, they have been brought to destruction by the Destroyer who is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.  


Verse 12: 

2 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter .

Here we are told that one woe is past. This is the woe which is one and the same with the sounding of the 5th trumpet, and it includes everything that we have gone over in Revelation 9 up until this point. But, now, we are told, behold, there come two woes more hereafter. The word behold is a command, and it means to be perceiving or be seeing what is about to follow, which we are told are two woes more hereafter. These two woes refer to the sounding of the 6th and 7th trumpets. The 6th trumpet has to do with things in the rest of Revelation 9 as well as revelation 10 and part of Revelation 11 while the 7th trumpet has to do with things beginning in Revelation 11 verse 14. In our next study we will be discussing the sounding of the 6th trumpet to the end of Revelation 9. This will be the 2nd Woe. 

But, notice that we are told that there come two woes more hereafter. Does this mean that the 2nd and 3rd Woes come in chronological order after the 1st Woe? One gets that impression because we are told that the two Woes come hereafter; that is, after the 1st Woe. But, it is important to realize that the words hereafter literally can be translated after these things, and the word after in after these things might also be translated with these things. Our verse, therefore, can be saying,

12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more with these things

This is revealing that the 2nd and 3rd Woes do not have to come after the 1st Woe in Chronological order, but, rather, that they can come right along with these things; that is, at the same time as the things of the 1st Woe. And, as we begin to go through the 2nd Woe in our next study, we will find that the 2nd Woe can go right along with the things of the 1st Woe so that the best translation would not be to use the words hereafter as the King James Bible translates it, but the best translation would be as follows:  

12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more with these things .

And, since the 1st Woe was all about Judgment Day after May 21, 2011 as we have seen, so will the 2nd and 3rd Woes have to do with Judgment Day because they come right along with these things of the 1st Woe.


Now may the LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

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