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Chapter 09 - Revelation Commentary

Chapter 09 - Revelation Commentary

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Published by Sandra Crosnoe
Chapter 9 - The Revelation of Jesus Christ, A Layman's Commentary

The fifth and sixth angels sound and the "locusts" are released from the bottomless pit, and the four angels bound in the Euphrates river are released .

Commentary written by Jesse C. Jones (shared by Sandra Crosnoe on Scribd upon the author's request and with his permission).
Chapter 9 - The Revelation of Jesus Christ, A Layman's Commentary

The fifth and sixth angels sound and the "locusts" are released from the bottomless pit, and the four angels bound in the Euphrates river are released .

Commentary written by Jesse C. Jones (shared by Sandra Crosnoe on Scribd upon the author's request and with his permission).

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Chapter 9
The Fifth Angel Sounds
Revelation Chapter 9 continues to announce catastrophes as the fifth andsixth angels sound their trumpets. There is an important difference here how-ever, for the plagues of the last three trumpets are identified as “woes” inverse 12. Moulton’s Analytical Greek Lexicon identifies the Greek word inter-preted “woe” as a “calamity”. It is hard to escape the impression that somegreater significance applies to these last three trumpets.
“And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto tothe earth, and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit [pit of theabyss]. 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 weredarkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. And there came out of thesmoke locusts upon the earth; and unto them was given power, as thescorpions of the earth have power. And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, nei-ther any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God intheir foreheads. And it was given to them that they should not kill them,but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment wasas the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. And in those110
 
days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die,and death shall flee from them. And the shapes of the locusts were likeunto horses prepared unto battle; and upon their heads were as werecrowns 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 thesound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses run-ning to battle. And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there werestings in their tails:; and their power was to hurt men five months. Andthey 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 tonguehath his name Apollyon” ( 
Re. 9:1-11). The first questions that arise from this passage of scripture are: who is thisthat has fallen from heaven and has been given the keys to the bottomless pit(abyss), and exactly what is the abyss? There is scriptural evidence (Ro. 10:7GNT) that the abyss is just another name for the abode of the dead, a part of hell, or Hades (Sheol in the OT). The Greek word interpreted “abyss” is alsooften interpreted as “hell”, and the Hebrew word “Gehenna” is also interpretedas “hell” in most versions of the bible. If the abyss is a region of hell wherethe dead reside, then the keys that Christ had in Revelation 1:18 undoubtedlyinclude the key to the abyss.Another scripture pertinent to this discussion is 2 Peter 2:4, which indicatesthat God chained angels who sinned in the abyss. Could these fallen angels
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take the form of 
locusts
and emerge from their prison to attack men who donot have the seal of God in their foreheads? We note at the end of this pas-sage that these “
locusts” 
have a king over them who is the angel of the bot-tomless pit. Could the one who was given the keys and who opened the abyssbe the same angel whose name in Greek is “
 Apollyon
”, which means destroy-er? The wording in the GNT for this scripture implies that this “
star 
” (or angel)was originally in heaven, but at some time in the past had fallen to the earth(been cast out of heaven). Contrast this with Revelation 20:1, in which it isrecorded that John saw an angel come down (descending) from heaven withthe key to the abyss. There is clearly a difference in the wording describingthese two angels who were given the key. The angel in Revelation 20:1 is oneof God’s holy angels, for he comes from heaven with the key to the abyss, anda chain to bind Satan for a thousand years. The angel in Revelation 9:1(above) apparently
fell” from heaven at some previous time, and he (or “it” inthe GNT) receives the key while on earth. He was thus a
fallen angel
with con-siderable authority, for God identified him by name in both the Hebrew andGreek languages. It seems pretty obvious that this “
king
” in verse 11 is the
star 
” referred to in verse 1, and many expositors have proposed that this
fall-en angel
is none other than Satan himself. He does have great authority,which makes this suggestion believable, and Satan was likened to a “star” fall-ing from heaven previously in Isaiah 14:12 and Luke 10:18. There is certainlyno question that this was either Satan, or one of the important fallen angelsunder his command. Notice that he was
given
” the key, so we know that
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