Revelation 9:13-21

The Sixth Trumpet--Army from the East

13 Then the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four 1horns of the 2golden altar which is before God,
14 one saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, "Release the 3four angels who are bound at the 4great river Euphrates."
15 And the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were 5released, so that they would kill a 6third of mankind.
16 The number of the armies of the horsemen was 7two * hundred * million *; 8I heard the number of them.
17 And this is how I saw 9in the vision the horses and those who sat on them: the riders had breastplates the color of fire and of hyacinth and of 10brimstone; and the heads of the horses are like the heads of lions; and 11out of their mouths proceed fire and smoke and 12brimstone.
18 A 13third of mankind was killed by these three plagues, by the 14fire and the smoke and the brimstone which proceeded out of their mouths.
19 For the power of the horses is in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails are like serpents and have heads, and with them they do harm.
20 The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, 15did not repent of 16the works of their hands, so as not to 17worship demons, and 18the idols of gold and of silver and of brass and of stone and of wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk;
21 and they 19did not repent of their murders nor of their 20sorceries nor of their 21immorality nor of their thefts.

Revelation 9:13-21 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO REVELATION 9

This chapter gives an account of the blowing of the fifth and sixth trumpets, and of the effects following upon them. The fifth angel blows his trumpet, and a star falls; the key of the bottomless pit is given to him, which being opened by it, out of it comes smoke to the darkening of the sun and air, and out of the smoke locusts, who have power like scorpions, Re 9:1-3; whose power is restrained from using it to the hurt of the grass, or any green thing or tree, only of those who had not the seal of God in their foreheads; but are permitted, though not to kill men, yet to torment them five months, which is worse than death unto them, Re 9:4-6. The shapes of these locusts, which are said to be like horses, are described by their heads, faces, hair, teeth, breastplates, wings, and tails, and are said to have a king over them, whose name is mentioned, Re 9:7-11. The blowing of this trumpet brings on one of the woes mentioned in Re 8:13, and the two other follow, Re 9:12. The sixth angel blows his trumpet, and a voice is heard from the horns of the altar, directed to the said angel, ordering him to loose four angels bound in the great river Euphrates, where they were prepared, for a determinate time, to slay the third part of men, and they were loosed accordingly, Re 9:13-15. The number of the army, under these angels, is given, Re 9:16, and the horses and horsemen are described; the riders by their breastplates of fire, jacinth, and brimstone; their horses' heads as heads of lions, fire, smoke, and brimstone, issuing out of their mouths, by which the third part of men are killed, Re 9:17,18. The reason of this slaughter is, because they had power both in their mouth and tails, which latter were like serpents, and had heads, with which they did mischief, Re 9:19; and yet such who were not killed by these plagues, but escaped, did not repent of their idolatry, murders, sorceries, fornication, and theft, Re 9:20,21.

Revelation 9:13-21 In-Context

11 They have as king over them, the angel of the abyss; his name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in the Greek he has the name Apollyon.
12 The first woe is past; behold, two woes are still coming after these things.
13 Then the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
14 one saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, "Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates."
15 And the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released, so that they would kill a third of mankind.
16 The number of the armies of the horsemen was two hundred million ; I heard the number of them.
17 And this is how I saw in the vision the horses and those who sat on them: the riders had breastplates the color of fire and of hyacinth and of brimstone; and the heads of the horses are like the heads of lions; and out of their mouths proceed fire and smoke and brimstone.
18 A third of mankind was killed by these three plagues, by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which proceeded out of their mouths.
19 For the power of the horses is in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails are like serpents and have heads, and with them they do harm.
20 The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, so as not to worship demons, and the idols of gold and of silver and of brass and of stone and of wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk;
21 and they did not repent of their murders nor of their sorceries nor of their immorality nor of their thefts.

Cross References 21

  • 1. Ex 30:2f, 10
  • 2. Revelation 8:3
  • 3. Revelation 7:1
  • 4. Genesis 15:18; Deuteronomy 1:7; Joshua 1:4; Revelation 16:12
  • 5. Revelation 20:7
  • 6. Revelation 8:7; Revelation 9:18
  • 7. Revelation 5:11
  • 8. Revelation 7:4
  • 9. Daniel 8:2; Daniel 9:21
  • 10. Revelation 9:18; Revelation 14:10; Revelation 19:20; Revelation 20:10; Revelation 21:8
  • 11. Revelation 11:5
  • 12. Revelation 9:18; Revelation 14:10; Revelation 19:20; Revelation 20:10; Revelation 21:8
  • 13. Revelation 8:7; Revelation 9:15
  • 14. Revelation 9:17
  • 15. Revelation 2:21
  • 16. Deuteronomy 4:28; Jeremiah 1:16; Micah 5:13; Acts 7:41
  • 17. 1 Corinthians 10:20
  • 18. Psalms 115:4-7; Psalms 135:15-17; Daniel 5:23
  • 19. Revelation 9:20
  • 20. Isaiah 47:9, 12; Revelation 18:23
  • 21. Rev 17:2, 4, 5

Footnotes 9

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