Saturday, May 12, 2012

Revelation Commentary, From A Handyman? Part 12

Writing about this isn't fun. Living through it won't be a garden party either.
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.

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.

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.

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.

5 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 striketh a man.

6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.

7 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.

8 And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions.

9 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.

10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.

11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.

12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.

13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,

14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.

15 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.

16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.

17 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.

18 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.

19 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.

20 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:

21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries (drug use), nor of their fornication (sexual sin), nor of their thefts.

The "star" IS in this context referring to an angel and this is consistent throughout the Bible. Angels are made out of the same material that stars are, as opposed to human being made from material from the earth. I would hazard a guess that the "star" could be Satan himself being allowed to let out his buddies, but this and the means to deliver this "woe" is open to conjecture. Any way you slice this, it will be horrible. I'll give you my take. I live a in trailer park next to a National Guard base and there are countless helicopter flights over same. There's nothing quiet about a chopper flight and these do look and fly a lot like grasshoppers. This goes double to a man in the first century who had never seen a chopper fly before. These things still get me up and I've been in one. Just take a look at some helicopters, especially the Apache Longbow and the description given. Nerve gases can cause severe agony described in this chapter as well. Google Sarin, Phosgene or Mustard Gas (a blistering agent) and see what I mean.  
The same could be said for the devices that kill one third of the remaining population. Sure, there could very well be demons and other entities that could do everything described in this chapter, but hear me out. With all of the alien abductions and the technology they have to bear, there's no reason why the evil one couldn't use this same technology to torture and kill. To add to this, these very weapons are being brought to bear RIGHT NOW. I don't see how this game plan is going to change much. Either way, I'd rather not be here to find out.

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