The Sixth Trumpet/Vial
One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.
And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. 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. For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.(Revelation 9:12-19) KJV
And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.
And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.(Revelation 16:12-16) KJV
The first five trumpets and vials are all part of the first of three woes. Blowing the 6th trumpet and pouring out the 6th vial of wrath is described as the second woe.
The First Woe
The broad synopsis of the first 5 trumpets/vials is that the continents have been moved into a contiguous landmass while an increasingly violent storm of debris fell from the heavens. The impact of a meteor the size of a planet caused the earth to crack open all around the circumference of this new super-continent and an army of horse-sized armor-plated locust with scorpion tails came out to torment people with their stings.
We all have the same evidence. Our choice of paradigm determines what we think it’s evidence of.– Matty’s Razor
The Second Woe
The second woe, signaled by blowing the 6th trumpet and pouring out the 6th bowl of wrath, is when the armies of the world assemble to fight the battle of Armageddon. You’ll be told you’re fighting an alien invasion.
This is the battle of Armageddon when Jesus will destroy his enemies before ascending to the throne in Jerusalem to rule and reign for 1,000 years. It is interesting to wonder what could cause all of the kings of the earth to rise up in battle against the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, given that his return has been prophesied and taught around the world for over 2,000 years. If everyone knows that He’s coming, why are they lining up to fight Him?
The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.(2 Thessalonians 2:9-12) ESV
We can understand this because we’ve been told that a strong delusion has been prepared so that the people of the world will believe a lie. The lie is the popular science narrative of godless existence.
Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.(2 Thessalonians 2:3-4) KJV
Practically all education systems around the world teach the popular science narrative of godless existence. Believing in God is permitted as an optional extra but it is not considered to be a causal factor. Most people today regard Biblical prophesy as merely quaint. We’ve also been told that there will be a great falling away as fewer and fewer people attend churches and fewer and fewer churches preach and teach the return of the Lord and the fulfillment of prophecy.
Religious communities often face a choice: Sell off the buildings they can’t afford or find new uses.
Here’s an example of a news article about the great falling away. Then the man of sin will be revealed. This hasn’t happened yet, although it’s probably Donald Trump, and it would seem that a few more things have to fall into place before the tribulation gets underway.
Here’s a scenario for you to consider: the rapture takes place and all Christians are caught up into the clouds to be with the Lord. As far as the people left on Earth are concerned it will seem as if 10% of the Earth’s population disappears. A few people may talk about the rapture, but the media will make a blitz of the story as an alien abduction. Not only that, but they’ll claim to have identified the source of the aliens and a large invasion force. The kings of the Earth will launch a massive mobilization of resources to set up a defense against the coming “alien invasion.”
All talk of the rapture and the fulfillment of prophesy will be forgotten as the world unites in response to the alien threat. The Earth will move and shake, the stars will fall. The continents will move into position, then they’re lifted up, and the man of sin will take credit for all of it as he takes the throne in Jerusalem. This gives us all a couple of choices:
- If you would like to be part of the Earth’s defense against an alien invasion, which is really the return of the Lord Jesus Christ, then simply deny Jesus Christ.
- If you would like to live forever in the light of the Glory of God then put your faith in Jesus Christ.
The Sixth Trumpet/Vial Summary
|.. the great day of his wrath is come; |
and who shall be able to stand?
| Loose the four angels which are bound in |
the great river Euphrates.
.. to slay the third part of men.
.. the number of the army of the horsemen were
two hundred thousand thousand ..
By these three was the third part of men killed ..
| .. the sixth angel poured out his vial upon |
the great river Euphrates ..
.. that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.
And he gathered them together into a place
called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
|Zech 14:1-3||.. the day of the LORD cometh ..|
.. gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle ..
.. Then shall the LORD go forth ..
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