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The Sixth Trumpet

July 27, A.D. 1449 -- August 11, 1840

"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. 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: neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts." Revelation 9:13-21.

The Golden Altar
--in Revelation, a reference to the heavenly sanctuary's golden altar.

--The existence of a heavenly sanctuary is one of the plainest but also one of the most neglected doctrines in all Scripture. For proof of the heavenly sanctuary, see Hebrews 8:1-5; 9:1 (the word "also" implies that the second covenant, like the "first," has a sanctuary), 9, 23, 24; Acts 7:44; Revelation 4:5; 8:3; 11:19; Exodus 25:9, 40; Psalm 102:19; etc.

--1. a symbol of authority and conquest.

Exodus 23:20-23, "Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared [to conquer Canaan]. Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him. But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries. For mine Angel shall go before thee, and bring thee in unto the Amorites, and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites: and I will cut them off."

Prophetic Times

An hour: 1/24th of a prophetic day. (15 literal days.)

A day: one literal year. Numbers 14:34; Ezekiel 4:6.

A month: 30 prophetic days. (30 literal years.) Genesis 7:24 says that the flood in Noah's day lasted "an hundred and fifty days." The flood began "in the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month" (Genesis 7:11), and "the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated" when "the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat." Genesis 8:3, 4. Five months was the length of this worldwide flood. Divide 150 days by 5 months, and the result is 30 days per month.

A year: 12 prophetic months. (360 literal years.)

--military power.

Exodus 14:9, "But the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, and overtook them encamping by the sea, beside Pihahiroth, before Baalzephon." See also verses 17, 18, 23, 26, and 28 of the same chapter.

--1. military power.

Psalm 20:7, "Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God."

--2. without understanding.

Psalm 32:9, "Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee."

--3. war.

Proverbs 21:31, "The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the Lord." (Battles are fought in wars.)

--faith and loving devotion.

1 Thessalonians 5:8, "But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation."

--1. destruction

Genesis 19:24 -- "Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven." See 2 Peter 2:6.

Psalms 97:3 -- "A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his enemies round about." See 2 Thessalonians 1:8-10.

Psalms 140:10 -- "Let burning coals fall upon them: let them be cast into the fire; into deep pits, that they rise not up again."

--2. the color red. (Fire is red.)

--the color blue.

--the color yellow. It is also that which God rained down upon Sodom and Gomorrah, so it is a symbol of destruction as well. See Genesis 19.

--1. greediness, especially involving the destruction of something else or someone else.

Psalm 17:12, "Like as a lion that is greedy of his prey, and as it were a young lion lurking in secret places."

--2. "the fear of a king."

Proverbs 20:2, "The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul."

--3. danger.

Proverbs 22:13, "The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets." See also Proverbs 26:13.

--a wonderful thing.

Joel 2:30, "And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke." See Uriah Smith's comments on Revelation 9:17.

--a false prophet.

Isaiah 9:15, "The ancient and honourable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail."

--1. "the ancient and honourable." See Isaiah 9:15.

--2. leaders.

Joshua 19:51, "These are the inheritances, which Eleazar the priest, and Joshua the son of Nun, and the heads of the fathers of the tribes of the children of Israel, divided for an inheritance by lot in Shiloh before the Lord, at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. So they made an end of dividing the country."

Daniel and the Revelation (1909), by Uriah Smith

For the sake of brevity, I did not place Uriah Smith's comments here. Please see 2329 to see his pertinent comments on the sixth trumpet. Read from where it says "VERSE 12" to the end of the chapter.


The word translated "sorceries" in Revelation 9:21 is the Greek word φαρμακεία (pharmakeia), which, as easily noticed, sounds like the English word "pharmacy." This Greek word means, according to Strong's Concordance: "1. the use or the administering of drugs; 2. poisoning; 3. sorcery, magical arts, often found in connection with idolatry and fostered by it; 4. metaph. the deceptions and seductions of idolatry." The first definition is evidently relevant, given that the sixth trumpet ended in 1840, and that pharmaceutical drugs were used after that time, especially in the 20th and 21st centuries. Revelation 18:23 declares that the whore of Babylon was to use these drugs ("sorceries") to deceive the nations of this world, and they have been deceived. To see the evils of the American Medical Association, a foremost administrator of drugs, visit (and if you are not living in the United States, note the facts on that page regardless, because the A.M.A.'s medical practices are those of the majority of the world).

"Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God." Isaiah 50:10.

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