The Sixth Trumpet – Rev 9:13-21

And the sixth angel sounded his trumpet. And I heard one voice from the four horns of the golden altar before God saying to the sixth angel having the trumpet, “Release the four angels having been bound at the great river Euphrates.” And the four angels having been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, that they might kill a third of mankind, were loosed. And the number of the armies of the cavalry was twice ten thousand ten thousands. I heard the number of them.

And thus I saw the horses in my vision and those sitting on them, having fiery, hyacinthine, and brimstone-like breastplates. And the heads of the horses were like heads of lions, out of their mouths proceed fire and smoke and brimstone. By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed, by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone proceeding out of their mouths. Indeed the powers of the horses is in their mouths and in their tails. Indeed their tails are like serpents, having heads, and with them they harm.

And the rest of the men who were not killed by these plagues did not repent of their hand’s works so that they will not worship demons and the golden and silver and bronze and stone and wooden idols, which neither are able to see nor hear nor walk. And they did not repent of their murders nor their sorceries nor their sexual immorality nor of their thefts.

The second woe regards a certain army that comes from the Euphrates. In my own mind, the last trumpet seems to denote the Antichrist’s coming, but this seems to be angelic. The word “angel” is specifically used, but more than that, the context seems to be specifically against the wicked. The general audience, or they who are being affected, seems to span out beyond just Israel at this current trumpet. For the phrase “great river Euphrates”, see Genesis 15:18, Deuteronomy 1:7, and Joshua 1:4.

Who are these angels? Because John is pulling from Joel in the fifth trump, we expect similarly here. We find the later description of the horses does parallel Joel 2:3, but Joel doesn’t record four angels. It is possible that these angels are represented in Zechariah 1:14-21, or even Daniel 8:8, but such connections are quite unlikely. Rather, it seems more plausible that something like Isaiah 27:12 would fit, “In that day the Lord will thresh from the flowing Euphrates to the Wadi of Egypt, and you, O Israelites, will be gathered up one by one.” It could well be that what causes the Antichrist to be concerned in Daniel 11:44 would be the news of these four angels. This, of course, is speculation.

In verse 15, we have a strange way of expressing time. It is uncommon to list hour, day, month, and year like this. However, we do see parallels in Numbers 1:1, Zechariah 1:7, and Haggai 1:15.

Later, in Revelation 16:12, we find that the sixth bowl of wrath is to dry up the Euphrates to make way for the kings of the east. It is possible that there is some connection here.

In verse 16, the number is “twice ten thousand ten thousands”. Compare Psalm 68:17 and Daniel 7:10. In verse 17 we read of John speaking of his vision. Nowhere else in Revelations does John speak of his vision. The colors seem to correspond with what emits from their mouths. Fire, smoke, and sulfur are also found in 14:10, 19:20, 20:10, and 21:8. We find in Ezekiel 23:6 and 14 red and blue signifying Assyria and Babylon, but the chapter also mentions Egypt. It is unlikely, but others have considered a connection here.

The third of mankind is killed (mentioned in verses 15 and 18), which goes back to the fourth trumpet killing “many” instead of a third.

We can compare verse 20 with Jeremiah 1:16 and Deuteronomy 4:28. The idols are a quotation from Daniel 5:4 and 23, and in Deuteronomy 32:11 we read of the foreign gods being called “demons”. For verse 21 we can reference 2 Kings 9:22 and Isaiah 47:9.

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One thought on “The Sixth Trumpet – Rev 9:13-21

  1. Hello again tjustincomer,

    Thank you for the opportunity to comment on some of the contents of your post regarding the sixth trumpet.

    You said:
    “The second woe regards a certain army that comes from the Euphrates.”

    As I am sure that are aware, when reading Scripture it is imperative that we pay close attention to the details, especially here in Revelation. That being said, the four angels are said to be bound at the great river Euphrates for that very hour, day, month and year to kill a third of mankind. And though it is obvious that those four angels gather together those 200 million, Scripture does not mention where this army comes from. My point is, just because these four angels were/are bound at the great river Euphrates, it does not mean that this is where the 200 million troops come from. Based on the fact that the Abyss will have just been opened at the previous trumpet, it would be more likely that these four angels will gather the 200 million from Abyss.

    You said:
    “The general audience, or they who are being affected, seems to span out beyond just Israel at this current trumpet. For the phrase “great river Euphrates”

    The wrath of God, which will be poured out via the seals, trumpets and bowl judgments, is not wrath specifically against Israel, but against all of the inhabitants of the entire earth. Ergo, all of these plagues will affect the whole world and everyone in it. Again, just because the great river Euphrates is mentioned does not infer that the plague is restricted to that area, for that would be to read into the Scripture what is not there. We have to keep in mind that these plagues will be taking place in fulfillment of the statue in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream being smashed to pieces, which represents the dismantling of all human government and the establishment of the Lord’s kingdom on earth, that Rock that will fill the entire earth. The culmination of these plagues will also be in fulfillment of the prophecy in Zephaniah:

    ======================================================
    “I will sweep away everything from the face of the earth,”
    “When I destroy all mankind on the face of the earth,” declares the Lord.

    “I will sweep away both man and beast; I will sweep away the birds in the sky

    and the fish in the sea—and the idols that cause the wicked to stumble.”

    “When I destroy all mankind on the face of the earth,”

    ==========================================================

    The above is not in reference to Israel only, but the entire earth. For example, when it states that a third of mankind is killed at the 6th trumpet/2nd woe, it is not just speaking of a third of Israel and the surrounding area, but a third of the entire population of the earth and that added to the fourth of the earth’s population who will have been killed at the 4th seal, which with just those two alone will be over half the earth’s population. Regarding the wrath of God involving the entire earth, Jesus said the following:

    “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth.”

    You said:
    “Who are these angels? Because John is pulling from Joel in the fifth trump, we expect similarly here.”

    First, these angels are obviously of the fallen variety and that because of the context which says that they are bound/restricted there. If they were holy angels there would be no need for them to be bound. But God has bound them there to carry out this future purpose, which is to have a third of the inhabitants of the earth killed by these four angels and their army. Second, it is important to understand that John is not pulling from Joel in describing the 5th trumpet, nor is he pulling from OT Scriptures regarding the 6th trumpet. Nothing in the narrative is from John’s own consciousness, nor from his own input, or from his own imagination or from his own interpretations. John is doing what the Lord told him to do and that being:

    “Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later.”

    The information that is written is the Revelation of Jesus Christ which God gave to him to show his servants the things that must soon take place. Therefore, the information that we read here in Revelation is from God and not from John. John is basically writing down everything he heard and saw. In other words, John has nothing personally to do with the contents of the narrative.

    You said:
    “In verse 15, we have a strange way of expressing time. It is uncommon to list hour, day, month, and year like this.”

    The reference to “hour, day, month and year,” is to emphasize the fact that those angels were bound there at the Euphrates and are to be released at that specific time and for that specific task of killing a third of mankind.

    You said:
    “Later, in Revelation 16:12, we find that the sixth bowl of wrath is to dry up the Euphrates to make way for the kings of the east. It is possible that there is some connection here.”

    At the 6th trumpet, those angels who are bound at the Euphrates are released. At the 6th bowl judgment, the Euphrates is dried up. Therefore, the only thing in common with these two plagues is the Euphrates river. If we look at the details regarding the 6th trumpet, the context states that these angels were/are kept there to kill a third of mankind, not angels to move mankind against mankind, but those angels and their 200 million mounted troops who I also believe are fallen angels (demons) will directly be the ones who will be doing the killing. It is also important to understand that each seal, trumpet and bowl judgment is independent of each other, that is, they are not the same events, each one takes place at a different time with different consequences and is a separate, independent event. That being said, the angels being bound at the Euphrates has nothing to do with the Euphrates being dried up later in order to make way for the kings of the east to cross over, as they are two separate events.

    You said:
    “The colors seem to correspond with what emits from their mouths. Fire, smoke, and sulfur are also found in 14:10, 19:20, 20:10, and 21:8. We find in Ezekiel 23:6 and 14 red and blue signifying Assyria and Babylon, but the chapter also mentions Egypt. It is unlikely, but others have considered a connection here.”

    Again, these are not human armies, but demonic armies that those four angels will have gathered together as soon as they are released. These horses that John describes from his vision are for all intents and purposes are horses. When John is describing the things of nature such as mountains, lions, horses, snakes, the sea, sun, moon, etc., then John knows what those look like and every generation is on the same page as him. My point is that in his vision, if he sees something that is futuristic, say like a tank, he is not going to call that a horse and that because it looks nothing like a horse and John knows what a horse looks like. Regarding this, John has already demonstrated the ability to make comparisons such as when he says, “something like lions teeth, like women’s hair, something like a huge mountain,” etc. But here in the verse he specifically says, “The horses.” He doesn’t say, “they looked like horses” or “they resembled horse,” but here at the 6th trumpet he says, “the horses.” That being said, the mounts of these 200 million troops are horses with the exception of the heads and tails, which resemble lions heads and tails like snakes which inflict injury. These will be a creature that mankind has obviously never seen. That added to the fact that, they are going to kill a third of mankind with fire, sulfur and smoke which will issue forth from their mouths would demonstrate that these are no doubt demonic beings which those four angels will gather together in order to fulfill their purpose.

    You said:
    “The third of mankind is killed (mentioned in verses 15 and 18), which goes back to the fourth trumpet killing “many” instead of a third.”

    As I previously said, these plagues are independent of one another, ergo, the earthquake mentioned in the 6th seal is not the same as the earthquake that takes place at the 7th bowl judgment. They are both different earthquakes during the time of God’s wrath. It is the same in regards to the waters killing many at the 4th trumpet in comparison with a third of mankind being killed at the 6th trumpet. Again, the 4th trumpet is completely independent of the 6th trumpet. Suffice to say, it wouldn’t make any sense for each plague to be identified with a different in number if they were overlapping as the same event. Another example of this would be the rider on the white horse of the first seal and the rider on the white horse in Revelation 19. Just because they are both riders on white horses does not mean that they are same riders. In fact, after doing a comparison of the context for both riders, it becomes obvious that they are two completely different riders.

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