Revelation 9:13-21 – November 3
God, please give us a fresh revelation of Jesus Christ as we study the book of Revelation!
We’ll be studying Revelation through the end of November. Please feel free to read and journal with us as often as you can, with the goal of getting to daily time at the feet of Jesus. For this study, we are using Beth Moore’s “Here and Now…There and Then” lecture series and study guide on Revelation as a resource, so you may see it referenced occasionally.
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13 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.” 15 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. 16 The number of the mounted troops was twice ten thousand times ten thousand. I heard their number.
17 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. 18 A third of mankind was killed by the three plagues of fire, smoke and sulfur that came out of their mouths. 19 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.
20 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. 21 Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.
Some Serious Judgment | Dyea Rowland
“Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” Romans 12:19 KJV
You go into the specifics of the things that the wicked people are doing wrong, yet they still choose not to change their minds and follow You. Abortion, murder, sorcery, fornication, cohabitation, theft, and drunkenness will still be the way of the world. It blows my mind, all of these “WOES” and they still don’t get it. I guess, if I’m honest with myself, it’s not really the time for reform; it’s time for Your punishment and justice.
Switching gears, I have a pretty good understanding who the four angels may be. In Genesis 2, it speaks of the Euphrates river, and in Genesis 3:24 there were Cherubim that were placed to guard the tree of life. But the flood came, so they could be guarding the tree under the water somewhere (hence the Euphrates). If you have one guarding the north, south, east, and west, there are the four. Take a look at Revelation 16:12 and the great river Euphrates, and the water therefore was dried up. They’ll be the ones playing out the 6th Judgment and the 6th vial, and a third of mankind will be slain.
Because I don’t know, I’m just going to assume that the “horses” in verse 17 are most likely tanks the way it is described. Anyone else get anything different?
You revealed to me that You are truly standing at the door. From the fires, to floods, earthquakes, nuclear (radioactive events – Chernobyl meaning mugwort/wormwood – bitter/poisonous plants), to Fukushima and Arizona’s ongoing situation trying to keep their nuclear waste cool. The world just imploding all around us. I can see the foreshadowing events that will be ascertained when You come back and judge all the wickedness. It makes me so thankful for the love You have for us. What heavy stuff, but Jesus paid it all and to deny that – WHOA! Just so You know I am very thankful for Jesus and all that He has done and that free gift of salvation. Keep revealing more and more of You; let me reveal more and more to others.
Father, what yucky, yucky stuff is about to happen. I pray for all of Yours to turn to You quickly to experience You now, through all of the foreshadowing we are experiencing. I would truly be lost without You, but You are mine and I am Yours, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. In Your just name…Amen