The Sixth Trumpet/Vial
The first horror is over; after this there are still two more horrors to come.
Then the sixth angel blew his trumpet. I heard a voice coming from the four corners of the gold altar standing before God. The voice said to the sixth angel, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great Euphrates River!” The four angels were released; for this very hour of this very day of this very month and year they had been kept ready to kill a third of all the human race. I was told the number of the mounted troops: it was two hundred million. And in my vision I saw the horses and their riders: they had breastplates red as fire, blue as sapphire, and yellow as sulfur. The horses’ heads were like lions’ heads, and from their mouths came out fire, smoke, and sulfur. A third of the human race was killed by those three plagues: the fire, the smoke, and the sulfur coming out of the horses’ mouths. For the power of the horses is in their mouths and also in their tails. Their tails are like snakes with heads, and they use them to hurt people.(Revelation 9:12-19) Good News Translation
Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great Euphrates River. The river dried up, to provide a way for the kings who come from the east. Then I saw three unclean spirits that looked like frogs. They were coming out of the mouth of the dragon, the mouth of the beast, and the mouth of the false prophet. They are the spirits of demons that perform miracles. These three spirits go out to all the kings of the world, to bring them together for the battle on the great Day of Almighty God.(Revelation 16:12-16) Good News Translation
The first five trumpets and vials are all part of the first of three woes. Blowing the sixth trumpet and pouring out the sixth vial of wrath is described as the second woe. The seventh trumpet/vial is the third woe.
The First Woe
The broad synopsis of the first 5 trumpets/vials is that the continents have moved into a contiguous landmass while an increasingly violent storm of debris fell from the heavens. The impact of a meteor the size of a planet causes the Earth to crack open all around the circumference of this new super-continent, and an army of horse-sized armor-plated locust with scorpion tails came out to torment people with their stings. The sun is darkened by smoke pouring out of the rifts in the Earth.
The Second Woe
The second woe, signaled by blowing the sixth trumpet and pouring out the sixth bowl of wrath, is when the armies of the world assemble around Jerusalem to fight the battle of Armageddon. You’ll be told that you’re fighting an alien invasion.
We’ve been told that there’ll be a great falling away as fewer and fewer people attend churches and fewer and fewer churches preach and teach the fulfillment of prophecy and the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. Atheist science trolls at the now-defunct Twitter used to coo with delight about the great falling away. They clearly missed the part about the end times revival.
The Sixth Trumpet/Vial Summary
|.. the great day of his wrath is come; |
and who shall be able to stand?
| Loose the four angels which are bound in |
the great river Euphrates.
.. to slay the third part of men.
.. the number of the army of the horsemen were
two hundred thousand thousand ..
By these three was the third part of men killed ..
| .. the sixth angel poured out his vial upon |
the great river Euphrates ..
.. that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.
And he gathered them together into a place
called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
|Zech 14:1-3||.. the day of the LORD cometh ..|
.. gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle ..
.. Then shall the LORD go forth ..
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