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New American Standard Version of the BibleAnd the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 14one saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, "Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates." Revelation 9:13-14 (NAS)

When the sixth angel blew his trumpet, there were four angels released from their bonds at the river Euphrates.

We continue to add below the things that John saw and heard when each trumpet sounded:

The Angels and the Trumpets
"And the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound them." Revelation 8:6


What John Saw and Heard

The first Angel Sounds His Trumpet

Revelation 8:7 -  And the first sounded, and there came hail and fire, mixed with blood, and they were thrown to the earth; and a third of the earth was burned up, and a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up." (NAS) 

The 2nd Angel Sounds His Trumpet

Revelation 8:8-9 - And the second angel sounded, and something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea; and a third of the sea became blood; 9and a third of the creatures, which were in the sea and had life, died; and a third of the ships were destroyed. (NAS)

The 3rd Angel Sounds His Trumpet

Revelation 8:10-11 - And the third angel sounded, and a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of waters; 11and the name of the star is called Wormwood; and a third of the waters became wormwood; and many men died from the waters, because they were made bitter. (NAS)

The 4th Angel Sounds His Trumpet

Revelation 8:12 - And the fourth angel sounded, and a third of the sun and a third of the moon and a third of the stars were smitten, so that a third of them might be darkened and the day might not shine for a third of it, and the night in the same way. (NAS)

In Revelation 8:13, the angel warns of the
three woes.

The First Woe: Torment
(to those who are not the bond-servants of God)


The 5th Angel Sounds His Trumpet

The star and the pit (Revelation 9:1-2):

And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star from heaven which had fallen to the earth; and the key of the bottomless pit was given to him. 2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and smoke went up out of the pit, like the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by the smoke of the pit. (NAS)

The locusts (Revelation 9:3-10):

3And out of the smoke came forth locusts upon the earth; and power was given them, as the scorpions of the earth have power. 4And they were told that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, nor any green thing, nor any tree, but only the men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.

  • Power to torment:

6And they were not permitted to kill anyone, but to torment for five months; and their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it stings a man. 6And in those days men will seek death and will not find it; and they will long to die and death flees from them. (NAS)

  • Physical appearance in vision:

7And the appearance of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle; and on their heads, as it were, crowns like gold, and their faces were like the faces of men. 8And they had hair like the hair of women, and their teeth were like the teeth of lions. 9And they had breastplates like breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots, of many horses rushing to battle. 10And they have tails like scorpions, and stings; and in their tails is their power to hurt men for five months. (NAS)

The king of the locusts (Revelation 9:11):

11They 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.

* Abaddon is the Hebrew word for "the place of death".  Apollyon in the Greek means "destroyer."

The First Woe is Past (Revelation 9:12):

12The first woe is past; behold, two woes are still coming after these things. (NAS)

The Second Woe: Death to 1/3
(to those who are not the bond-servants of God)


The 6th Angel Sounds His Trumpet.

John hears a voice (9:13-15):

13And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 14one saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, "Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates."  (NAS)

The four angels and their armies are released (Revelation 9:15-18):

15And the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released, so that they might kill a third of mankind. 16And the number of the armies of the horsemen was two hundred million; I heard the number of them. (NAS)

Riders and horses in the angels' armies (Revelation 9:17-19):

And this is how I saw in the vision the horses and those who sat on them:

  • 17the 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. 18A third of mankind was killed by these three plagues, by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone, which proceeded out of their mouths. 19For 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. (NAS)

Those that were not killed by the angels and their armies (Revelation 9:20-21):

John then describes the remaining 2/3 of mankind (those that were not the bond-servants of God):

20And 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. (NAS)

As you read through the lesson, how important is it that you make sure that you are a true bond-servant of God and Christ?  How important is it to you to wash your robes in the blood of the have the seal of God on your forehead?

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