The fifth, sixth, and seventh trumpets are very bad for everyone living on the planet. This is what is written about those trumpets in chapter eight verse thirteen of the Revelation,
“As I watched, I heard an eagle that was flying in midair call out in a loud voice:
“Woe! Woe! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth,
because of the trumpet blasts about to be sounded by the other three angels!”
- Tormenters Arise Against those without God’s Seal….5th Trumpet
- Tormenters are not to Kill Only to Torment
- Description of the Armies of the Uprising
- One Third of Population Killed……..6th Trumpet
- Still No Repentance from the Survivors
Tormenters Arise Against those without God’s Seal …….5th Trumpet
The tormenters arise from the aftermath of the destruction that will happen under the first four trumpets. Thirty-three percent of the earth, seas, and freshwater sources are destroyed. There is total economic upheaval, and a collapse of the global economy. Inflation is enormous and prices of everything are absolutely outrageous. Then comes the blackout of the sun, moon, and stars that took away about four hours from the daylight. So, instead of getting dark at 8:00pm, now it will get dark at 4:00pm. The tormenters are operating in that chaos, and they are told to torment those who do not have God’s seal on their forehead. Which means that those living by the inner presence of the mark of the beast are in the crosshairs of their attack.
The tormenters are given specific instructions to torment those who do not have God’s seal on their forehead. This will be an assault directedly aimed at the government that operates through the mark of the beast. The tormenters come from a place that would be similar to the multitudes of people that suffer under the ungodly global government. They come from a place that is like a giant furnace with smoke still rising from it. From that place there is no sunshine shining, no light of day, just darkness. They are like swarm of locusts invading the earth with the added feature of having the power of scorpions. Those swarms of locusts that had the power of scorpions were given the order to attack those living by the mark of the beast.
“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.”
Tormenters are not to Kill Only to Torment
The torment against those who live for the mark of the beast will last for “five months.” The system that governs by the mark of the beast exists for a total of “42 months (In Revelation 13)” That is a lot of pain and suffering that those who live by the inner presence of the mark will have to endure. The pain is so severe that those hurt by them wish that they were dead, but death never comes. The tormenters are told not to kill but only to torment. It’s pure torture. That is a big problem for the global government who rules by the mark of beast. For a big chunk of their existence their people are tormented. After the “5 months” of torment, a severe and great tribulation occurs just before Christ’s return, and it occurs at the hands of the global government.
The beast from the abyss in this chapter also reappears in Revelation chapter 11. In chapter 11 it is bringing doom and destruction to the faithful witnesses of Jesus Christ.
“And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months:
and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he strikes a man.
And in those days shall men seek death and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.” and “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 9:5-6 and 11
Description of the Armies of the Tormenters
I think we all know that there are not going to be mutant locusts roaming the earth with tails like scorpions torturing people. But everyone knows that locusts come in swarms by the thousands and the sting of a scorpion is extremely sickening. It’s describing a great multitude of people that will come against those who live by the inner presence of the mark of the beast. The idea that they succeed for “five months” reveals that they are very resourceful, survivors, and not easily put down. After all, the inner government that they are opposing only exists for “42 months.”
When I see huge motorcycle formations, hear the thunderous sounds of the motors, see the riders with long hair, and they have a socially rebellious attitude, I think of these Bible verses. But these verses are referring to something that is more militarized. Whatever happens beyond this year of 2022 sounds a bit like some type of sophisticated guerilla warfare. They are prepared for battle with something on their heads, their faces are the only part recognized as being human, they have iron teeth like lions, and they have breastplates. Their bodies are well protected like a modern combat soldier of today, and they are viciously ferocious. At the same time, they are not intending to kill, but only to torment to the point that it makes people wish that they were dead. I think of what it would be like to be peppered sprayed day in and day out, or to be shot with rock salt continuously. But the torment that this army is dishing out goes well beyond that. They seem to be equipped with motorized flying equipment, “the sound of their wings was the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle.” There is a lot of horsepower in that battle equipment.
“And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle;
and on their heads were as it were crowns 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 the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle.
And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails:
and their power was to hurt men five months.”
One Third of Population Killed……..6th Trumpet
The tormenters come to an end after “five months” and are replaced by those bringing death. So much death that 1/3 of the world’s population are killed. This is definitely major, major tribulation on a global scale. Today, that would be almost 3 billion people killed by fire, smoke, and brimstone. That is definitely the work of equipment on a military level. They overwhelmingly outnumber the swarm of tormenters with “two hundred thousand thousand” horsemen. At this point, the world is a vicious, cold, tormented, violent, and deadly place. This is a world under the government that operates through the inner presence of the mark of the beast.
“And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year,
for to slay the third part of men.
And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them. And thus, I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth,
and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions;
and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.
By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone,
which issued out of their mouths.”
Still No Repentance from the Survivors
After all the torment, massive death, and global upheaval, the survivors of the world’s population refuse to quit what they are doing. World leaders continue to govern by the mark of the beast, and the people continue to live by the inner presence of the mark of the beast. The world continued on in atrocities and horrors. Meanwhile, those who live for Jesus Christ are in the midst of it all, in the midst of a world filled with hate towards God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. They have the seal of God on their forehead.
“And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands,
that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood:
which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:
Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.”