The Fifth Trumpet/Vial
And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.(Revelation 9:1-3) KJV
And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.(Revelation 16:10-11) KJV
The fifth trumpet/vial involves an army of horse-sized armor-plated locusts which are probably at least as terrifying as the Xenomorphs in the Alien franchise.
We have to conclude that there’s an army of horse-sized armor-plated locusts preparing for battle in the lower parts of the Earth RIGHT NOW. They’re there. Waiting. Probably very angry because it’s so hot. The connection between Revelation 9:1-3 and 16:10-11 may seem tenuous but it becomes stronger as we read further into Revelation chapter 9. The context in which people are gnawing their tongues for pain is because the locusts have scorpion-like venom.
We all have the same evidence. Our choice of paradigm determines what we think it’s evidence of.– Matty’s Razor
And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.(Revelation 9:4-6) KJV
There’s another connection we may make between the 5th trumpet and 5th vial; the seat of the beast. Again we have to read further into Revelation chapter 9 which connects us to where they came from: the seat of the beast and a kingdom full of darkness is sheol, the underworld realm of the dead.
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. And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. 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. And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. 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.(Revelation 9:7-11) KJV
What we can understand is that a star (probably the planet Mercury) falls from heaven which is the key to the bottomless pit. We’ve identified the bottomless pit as the molten core of the Earth. The angel of the bottomless pit is a demonic being who lives in Abraham’s bosom, which was vacated and left empty after the crucifixion. An extra-terrestrial impact causes the crust and mantle to crack open such that a direct route to sheol opens up. At this time the locust army comes pouring out ready for battle. People flee in panic and this connects us to several other passages of scripture which pertain the the plagues of the tribulation. The smoke that arises when the Earth splits open is enough to darken the sun, but there are also changes that are happening to the sun. The sun flares brighter then becomes dim, but it doesn’t go out. To the people on Earth it seems to be black because of the pall of smoke.
Popular Christian Culture Doctrine
Popular culture has taken the prophecy about an army of horse-sized armor-plated locusts who have a King called Apollyon to mean that Satan’s in charge of hell and there’s a wild party going on. Satan isn’t Apollyon simply because Satan isn’t in hell, he won’t be cast in there until after the battle of Armageddon. He definitely won’t be having a party.
Images of what these locusts may look like are surprisingly poor given the detailed description that we have of them. In a bizarre twist, and an example of how Christian teaching in the USA is dictated by Republican party politics, most conservative pastors teach that the locusts are actually black military helicopters that the United Nations is going to use to bring about a world wide government. #facepalm
We realize, of course, that the rationale for this is that horse-sized armor-plated locusts are the best description that an “ignorant Bronze Age goat herder,” could come up with for the supposed black helicopters of the United Nations, but this is the Word of God we’re dealing with. We don’t have to hammer square pegs into round holes. Besides, this comes from the same people who claim that the fact that all humanity shall see the glory of God during the Millennial Kingdom is a prophecy of satellite TV. #facepalm
And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day;(Jude 1:6) NKJV
The point that we want to make is that these creatures exist. Now. They’re a population of some kind of biological entity that’s been in existence for millennia. They’re down in the lower parts of the Earth right now. Waiting. Probably very hot and angry, and really ready to get out onto the surface of the Earth. The identity of these creatures is unknown. It’s pure speculation to attempt to come up with the origin of these beasts, the only clue that we have is the binding of the rebellious angels in the center of the Earth. They’re referred to in Jude 1:6.
The best idea we’ve seen to convey the sense of terror that we ought to have as we contemplate the fulfillment of this prophecy, is that the locusts are similar to the Xenomorphs from the Alien franchise. That should do the trick.
Back to our developing model of the process of the construction of the Millennial Kingdom and there’s more to be said about the impact of the star Wormwood. If the identity of this star is the planet Mercury, then the effect of this impact is what triggers the crust and mantle to split open.
The Fifth Trumpet/Vial Summary
|.. hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains ..|
| .. I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: |
and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit ..
And he opened the bottomless pit;
and there arose a smoke out of the pit ..
And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth ..
And in those days shall men seek death,
and shall not find it; and shall desire to die,
and death shall flee from them.
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.
| .. the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast ..|
.. and they gnawed their tongues for pain ..
|Isaiah 2:10||Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust ..|
|Isaiah 2:17-22||.. they shall go into the holes of the rocks, |
and into the caves of the earth ..
.. go into the clefts of the rocks,
and into the tops of the ragged rocks ..
|Isaiah 5:26-29||.. they shall come with speed swiftly: |
.. None shall be weary nor stumble among them ..
.. their horses’ hoofs shall be counted like flint ..
Their roaring shall be like a lion ..
|Isaiah 24:17, |
| Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon thee, |
O inhabitant of the earth.
.. the LORD shall punish the host of the high ones ..
.. as prisoners are gathered in the pit ..
|Joel 2:1-2||.. let all the inhabitants of the land tremble ..|
A day of darkness and of gloominess ..
.. a great people and a strong ..
|Joel 2:3-9|| The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses ..|
Like the noise of chariots ..
.. a strong people set in battle array.
Before their face the people shall be much pained ..
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