Revelation 9 Reading Guide

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Chapter Overview:

Chapter nine actually begins in the last verse of chapter eight, in which a warning is given that the final three trumpets announcing God's judgment will be worse than the first four.

  • v1-11 - The fifth trumpet sounds, and with it a star falls to earth and opens the door to hell (It's likely this star represents Satan, as Jesus describes in Luke 10:18).

  • With all hell literally unleashed, terrible creatures resembling a cross between a locust and a scorpion.

  • Notice they don't kill anybody, but torture those "who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads (v4)," so much so that they "long to die, but death will elude them (v6)."

  • v13-19 - The sixth trumpet releases four angels who've been pent up for all of time until just the right moment.

  • They marshal a massive army riding monster like horses.

  • This army has been "released to kill a third of mankind (v15)." This is a terrible amount, of course, but notice that the destructive power is limited.

  • v20-21 - Even in the midst of the terror meant to warn people of God's impending wrath, people still refuse to repent and turn to their creator for salvation.

Dig Deeper:

The sole purpose of these trumpets has been to announce God's coming judgment. As we saw a few weeks ago when we preached through these chapters (see below), many of these trumpets (especially the first four) have been sounding all through history since Christ ascended into heaven.