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. The place that they are from is described as being like a giant furnace with smoke still rising from it. They are like a swarm of locust on the earth with the power to inflict torment like a scorpion’s sting. When they arise, thirty-three percent of the earth, seas, and freshwater sources have been destroyed or contaminated. 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. The faithful few followers of Jesus Christ have that 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. This will be an assault directedly aimed at the government that once operated through the mark of the beast.
The Fifth Plague happens along with the Fifth Trumpet. That fifth plague plunges the power center of the mark of the beast into total darkness. The thing that has power over physiology to endow with heightened intuition, uncanny knowledge, extraordinary skills, physical healings, amazing physical feats and accomplishments etc. is now offline. With the global power structure being rendered powerless, the tormenters arise to bring God’s vengeance on all those who were living by the mark of the beast. The followers of Jesus Christ will be spared that torment.
“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.” It will be near to the very last “42 months” of this global system that governs by the mark of the beast (the “42 months” is mentioned In Revelation 13) This is not too far away from the Day of the Lord, which is the return of Jesus Christ. Jesus returns when the Seventh Trumpet sounds. The whole world will be in torment during this global tribulation, but God’s people will be spared from this particular attack coming from the tormenting swarms. Those who live by the inner presence of the mark will have to endure a tremendous amount of torment. 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 obvious that they do not have guns nor any weapons that are capable of killing. It fits the trend of the world today to disarm citizens around the world. Nations that have no gun rights are held up as an example for other nations to follow, and gun toting nations are considered violent enemies of humanity. The tormenters in this fifth trumpet have a leader called “Destroyer” and “Destruction”, and in the sixth seal “1/3” of the remaining population is killed by those who do have weapons. The sixth seal relates to the sixth plague, which is the battle of Armageddon, which means weapons of global militaries.
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 that is during the last “3 1/2” days before the return 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 tormenting swarms are able to do that because the fifth plague renders the power center of the mark of the beast powerless by plunging it into total darkness. The thing that has power over physiology will be sent off-line, which will usher in the global battle of Armageddon, a war fought the old-fashioned way.
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. Whatever is happening during the day of the swarm of tormenters, it sounds a bit like some type of sophisticated guerilla warfare. But they do no killing and bring severe torment. They are described as locusts being shaped like horses prepared for battle with a crown on their heads, and their faces are recognized as being human. They also have long hair, teeth like lions, and iron breastplates. Again, it appears to be a large group of motorized convoys because the “sound of their wings is like the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle.” That is a lot of collective horsepower, so by the time the fifth seal opens there are many possibilities, maybe a lot of drones flying together, or swarms of flying cars, etc.
“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
While the tormenters are swarming the earth to bring God’s wrath on those who were killing His people, a much larger force arises with weaponry that kills. The Sixth Trumpet corresponds to the Sixth Plague which is the battle of Armageddon. Those with the weapons are the nations that were governing by the mark of the beast, which is now defunct and plunged into darkness. Their military overwhelmingly outnumbers the swarm of tormenters with “two hundred thousand thousand” horsemen. At this point, the world is a vicious, cold, tormented, violent, and deadly place.
The sixth trumpet sounds and global war breaks out. Obviously, the world powers have plenty of weapons to kill with because 1/3 of whatever remains of the population are killed with “smoke, fire, and brimstone.” Still, no one repents of their deeds. 2000 years ago, gun powder was unheard of, and nuclear weapons absolutely unfathomable. To envision people being killed by “smoke, fire, and brimstone” is the foreknowledge of the Holy Spirit describing today’s armed world. The sixth plague paves a way for the global war called Armageddon. The global war happens after the thing that has power over physiology is rendered powerless by the black-out. It no longer has the ability to manipulate thoughts, behaviors, feelings, and emotions. Heightened intuition, uncanny knowledge, and extraordinarily gifted smooth-talk no longer exists. In fact, after the black-out, the powers behind the mark of the beast sound like frogs (demonic frogs) when they talk. The mark of the beast is no longer functioning. The nations around the world are rallied to war to do battle the old-fashioned way. They are rallied by Satan, the beast, and the false prophet who are obviously full of intense ire because of the malfunctioning 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. They continue to deny the existence of God, reject the need for Jesus Christ, and trample on the Holy Spirit. 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, but they have the seal of God on their forehead to seal their Salvation. During the last “3 1/2 days” of the global tribulation, God’s people are blatantly killed, and the world sends gifts to one another to celebrate their death. The Seventh Trumpet sounds next, and that is the Day of the Lord, the return of Jesus Christ.
“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.”