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Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

Revelation 9

 

 

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Verses 1-12

The Fifth Trumpet - The sounding of the fifth trumpet describes a great smoke and mankind being judged with stinging locusts.

The Fifth Trumpet Interpreted as the Gulf War- Irvin Baxter suggests this prophecy refers to the 1991Gulf War. When the Iraqi armies fled Kuwait, they set on fire around seven hundred oil wells. The smoke from these oil wells burned for over three months, so that the sun nor the moon were seen in this region for that period of time. He believes the locusts with breastplate of iron may be a description of a helicopter in battle from the eyes of a first-century writer. He also quotes two articles that explain the meaning of Saddam's name as "the destroyer." 78]

78] Irvin Baxter, Jeremiah , Understanding the End Time: Lesson 12 - The Seven Trumpets (Richmond, Indiana: Endtime, Inc, 1986) [on-line]; accessed 1October 2008; available from http://www.endtime.com/Audio.aspx; Internet.


Verses 13-21

The Sixth Trumpet - In the sixth trumpet God releases a vast army of horsemen who are allowed to kill one third of the men upon the earth by fire, smoke and brimstone.

The Sixth Trumpet Interpreted as Nuclear War- Irvin Baxter believes this refers to a nuclear war involving China, and perhaps the United States. 79]

79] Irvin Baxter, Jeremiah , Understanding the End Time: Lesson 12 - The Seven Trumpets (Richmond, Indiana: Endtime, Inc, 1986) [on-line]; accessed 1October 2008; available from http://www.endtime.com/Audio.aspx; Internet.

Revelation 9:16Comments- Irvin Baxter says that Mao Zedong, China's former Communist leader, "boasted" in his diary that he could raise an army of two hundred million men. Therefore, he suggests the army referred to in Revelation 9:16 comes from China. He notes China's tremendous economic growth and military build-up. They have recently absorbed Hong Kong's economy, and have their eyes on Taiwan, with its strong economy. 80]

80] Irvin Baxter, Jeremiah , Understanding the End Time: Lesson 12 - The Seven Trumpets (Richmond, Indiana: Endtime, Inc, 1986) [on-line]; accessed 1October 2008; available from http://www.endtime.com/Audio.aspx; Internet.

Revelation 9:20 — "yet repented not of the works of their hands" - Comments- The purpose of God's judgment is for redemption. Every time God brings chastisement and judgment upon mankind it has been for the purpose of redeeming them. However, the last and final judgment will not be redemptive. Rather, it will be to demonstrate God's holiness and implement final justice to a fallen race.

 


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Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on Revelation 9:4". Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/ghe/revelation-9.html. 2013.

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