Revelation 9:1-11: The fifth angel sounded his trumpet

The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss. When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss. And out of the smoke locusts came down on the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth. They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads. They were not allowed to kill them but only to torture them for five months. And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes.During those days people will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them.

The locusts looked like horses prepared for battle. On their heads they wore something like crowns of gold, and their faces resembled human faces. Their hair was like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth. They had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the thundering of many horses and chariots rushing into battle. 10 They had tails with stingers, like scorpions, and in their tails they had power to torment people for five months. 11 They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon and in Greek is Apollyon (that is, Destroyer).  Revelation 9:1-11

When the fifth angel blows the trumpet an angel is given the key to the abyss.  Out of the abyss flies what looks like locust but their sole purpose is to torment those who do not have the seal of God.  They will seek death as they are stung by these demonic locust but they will not be allowed to die.

We must remember when examining the 21 judgments found in the book of Revelation that they take place during the seven year tribulation that is explained in the book of Daniel.  Those who are part of the bride of Christ now who have given their whole hearts to Jesus Christ will not be on the earth during the time of these twenty one judgments.  It is our calling now to plant seeds and faithfully pray each day that hearts would be softened and opened to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The judgments coming upon the earth are terrifying and they are coming because of the wickedness of man.  As we look around the world today we can see the wickedness of man but during this time of the church upon the earth it is restrained.  But there is coming a day when the restrainer will be moved out of the way and the lawlessness will rule the earth.

There is a might harvest before us and the judgments we read of found in the book of Revelation should drive us to share the gospel with those around us.  Where ever we find ourselves in the world is our mission field.  We don’t need the Lord to send us anywhere because He has planted us where we are called to be.  Every person that lives around us is our mission field and we must follow the leading of the Holy Spirit as it pertains to prayer and sharing the gospel.  There are multiple ways to share the gospel, let us be faithful as the Holy Spirit leads.


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