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The Fifth Trumpet
628 A. D. -- 1449
The Five Months: 27 July, 1299 A. D. -- 1449
"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. 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. 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. 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. 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. And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them. 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. And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. 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. And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. 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. One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter." Revelation 9:1-12.
Star--1. the wicked.
Jude 13, "Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever."
--2. symbol of authority or rule.
Psalm 136:9, "The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth for ever."
The Bottomless Pit
--this term refers to a desolate earth. See Genesis 1:2; Jeremiah 4:19-27; Isaiah 24:1-6.
According to Strong's Number G12, the word translated "bottomless pit" (pronounced abyssos) is defined as follows:
3. the abyss
a) the pit
b) the immeasurable depth
c) of Orcus, a very deep gulf or chasm in the lowest parts of the earth used as the common receptacle of the dead and especially as the abode of demons
Psalm 68:2, "As smoke is driven away, so drive them away: as wax melteth before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God."
Pit--1. the grave
Proverbs 1:12, "Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit." See Matthew 16:18 and the second comment in http://www.seventhdayremnantforum.org/index.php?t=msg&th =362&start=0&.
--2. symbol of evil actions.
Proverbs 26:27, "Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him." (They who dig graves for others to fall into will fall into the grave themselves; those wicked men will be destroyed in hellfire.)
Isaiah 48:10, "Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction."
See Deuteronomy 4:20; 1 Kings 8:51; and Jeremiah 11:4. Egypt is described as a furnace, and in Deuteronomy 8:14 is called the "house of bondage." This is because Israel was afflicted in Egypt (they were enslaved).
The Sun--the truth.
Psalm 84:11, "For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly."
John 14:6, "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." See also Malachi 4:2 (a prophecy relating to the second coming of Jesus). Jesus is God (see Isaiah 9:6; 1 Timothy 3:16; see remnantofgod.org/FatherSonHolyGhost.htm for more), so He is a Sun, and Jesus is truth, so a sun does represent the light of truth.
Ephesians 2:2, "Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience."
Satan's realm is harder to discern because of the smoke of the wicked and their errors. The deceived know not that they are subjects to Satan (see Acts 26:18; 2 Timothy 2:26).
Locusts--armies that have no one king over them.
Proverbs 30:27, "The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands."
Scorpions--grievousness or undesirable things.
2 Chronicles 10:11, "For whereas my father put a heavy yoke upon you, I will put more to your yoke: my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions."
Luke 11:11-13, "If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?"
Horse--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."
Proverbs 21:31, "The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the Lord." (Battles are fought in wars.)
Hair--a symbol of loyalty.
Remember when Samson's long hair was cut off after he repeatedly courted a prostitute? Delilah, the prostitute, betrayed him by cutting his hair off.
Judges 16:20, "And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the Lord was departed from him."
See also Deuteronomy 7:1-5. Also, women are supposed to have long hair. See 1 Corinthians 11:1-16 (especially verses 14 and 15).
A woman is a church (Jeremiah 6:2). So for one to have hair "as [or like]" the hair of women means that one has loyalty like unto the Christian church's loyalty. The hair is so long because it is not cut off due to disobedience.
Teeth--1. swords and knives.
Proverbs 30:14, "There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men."
--2. spears and arrows.
Psalms 57:4, "My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword."
Breastplate--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."
Wings--a symbol of destroying power.
Jeremiah 48:40-42, "For thus saith the LORD; Behold, he shall fly as an eagle, and shall spread his wings over Moab. Kerioth is taken, and the strong holds are surprised, and the mighty men's hearts in Moab at that day shall be as the heart of a woman in her pangs. And Moab shall be destroyed from being a people, because he hath magnified himself against the LORD."
Jeremiah 49:22, "Behold, he shall come up and fly as the eagle, and spread his wings over Bozrah: and at that day shall the heart of the mighty men of Edom be as the heart of a woman in her pangs."
Isaiah 8:8, "And he shall pass through Judah; he shall overflow and go over, he shall reach even to the neck; and the stretching out of his wings shall fill the breadth of thy land, O Immanuel." (Water reaching up to one's neck is a sign that one is very close to drowning while swimming.)
Tail--a false prophet.
Isaiah 9:15, "The ancient and honourable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail."
Angel--1. a symbol of authority and conquest
"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." Exodus 23:20-23.
Daniel and the Revelation (1909), by Uriah Smith
For the sake of the brevity of this post, please see https://egwwritings.org/?ref=en_DAR1909.496.2¶=1297. 2251. Read until it says, "VERSE 12 [when it quotes Revelation 9:12]."
628 A. D. was the year in which Chosroes was overthrown. See the link above for the significance of this.
"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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