Revelation 8:13 “And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!”
An angel’s flying through the middle of heaven saying with a loud voice, so that everyone can hear.
Sam Jones once said, when God says woe, that means stop. Here, God said it 3 times, so that means a lot of trouble. Woe to them because of the other voices of the trumpets. We’re at the fourth one in verse 12. The heaven darkens and everyone is grovelling in the dark and all of a sudden you hear this voice saying, “Woe woe woe, 3 more scary things are about to happen!”
Revelation 9:1 “And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.”
Now we come to the fifth trumpet. Is this falling star the same thing as Wormwood? No, this is something different. This star falls from heaven to the earth, this star is an angel and he has the key to the bottomless pit.
When you look at Revelation 8:10 and Revelation 9:1, this is proof that stars are different from angels and angels can be assimilated with stars. Some people online think that these stars are actually representing angels, they’re not real things, but no, these stars are real objects. Revelation 8:10 is a real object, it isn’t an angel or a person. Revelation 9:1 shows that a star can be assimilated with an angel.
Some people do not believe that fallen angels or angels are represented as morning stars or stars. Revelation 1 and 2 showed that each representation of the church is a star, which is an angel. Job is even plainer where it says the morning stars and sons of God shouted for joy. Why do you think Jesus said in the book of Matthews that we’re going to be like the angels of heaven when we resurrect and 1 Corinthians 15 says when we’re resurrected, we have different brightening stars.
Revelation 9:2 “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 were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.”
What’s going to come out from the centre of the earth? Hell. Hell has smoke. The smoke of their torment ascends up day and night forever and ever in Revelation 14.
The sun and the air are completely darkened by the smoke that comes out of hell.
Revelation 9:3 “And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.”
Look what comes out of hell. Demons. These aren’t your normal locust, they have poison in their tail like scorpions. These are more like monsters coming out of hell, demons.
Revelation 9:4 “And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.”
So these particular locusts do not hurt the vegetation. This is similar to Moses’ plague in Egypt but much more extreme. The locusts ate up all the grassland of Egypt, but during the tribulation, they’re not going to eat up the grassland, they’re going to injure people.
The people whom God did not seal, the unbelievers or lost people, these devils are going to injure them over and over again.
If God is imitating the same things He did with Moses and the plagues of Egypt, you’ll notice that God’s children were not harmed by the plagues. If we’re going by that logic, then when the people could not drink water, this would make sense.
Mark 16:17-18 “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”
For verse 17, charismatics think that this applies to them today but that’s not true. This is applying to tribulation.
In verse 18 when the first trumpet goes off, when the people can’t drink their water, the tribulation saints get away with that. They can drink it and it’s not going to hurt them.
But Mark 16:15 says ‘And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.’, a lot of people are going to say that this is referring to New Testament Christianity.
You’re only looking at a half-truth. The other part of the truth that you’re overlooking is that this is referring to a tribulation application of the gospel of the kingdom being preached all over the world with these Jewish signs and wonders following them. God’s signs were for the Jews, the nation of Israel. Our first sign ever recorded in the Bible was to Moses for the Jews in the book of Exodus. The tribulation is a timeline not for the Christian church but Jewish.
Matthew 24:13-14 “But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.”
Verse 13 above is referring to the tribulation. Notice how this tribulation gospel matches with Mark 16.
Matthew 24:21 “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.”
‘great tribulation’: this is all talking about tribulation right here.