The Sixth Trumpet

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Author's Bias | Interpretation: conservative | Inclination: promise | Seminary: none

The sixth trumpet

When the sixth trumpet sounds the second woe, an angel next to the golden altar in the heavenly temple of God commands the angel of the sixth trumpet to release of four bound angels at the Euphrates River (Rev 9:13-14).

When the Bible speaks of confined or bound angels, it is always in the context of fallen evil angels (Luke 8:26-31; Matt 8:28-32; 2 Peter 2:4; Jude 1:6-7), and they are not from the abyss.

The four bound angels were limited to kill 1/3 of the population at that time which is at most 50% of the original population of the world before the first seal was broken (Rev 9:15).

They command armies of horsemen numbering two hundred million; however, death is not by the riders. Instead it is by the three plagues that proceed from the horses’ mouths and tails (Rev 9:16-19).

After God's wrath has taken effect, the surviving human beings do not recognize that the supernatural plagues confirm the existence of God and are unrepentant (Rev 9:20-21). This likely indicates that there are no longer any Believers on earth; thus, there is no one left to evangelize and testify of God.

For deeper study:

The Sixth Trumpet

Series: The Doctrine on Eschatology
The Fifth Trumpet

Series: The Doctrine on Eschatology
Interlude: The Two Witnesses

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