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Milepost 23: Trumpet Six: The Second Great Woe

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Milepost 23: Trumpet Six: The Second Great Woe

Primary References: Revelation 9:13-20

 

The sixth a trumpet brings the second of the three woe judgments. This woe starts at Revelation 8's golden altar, which contains prayers and incense, as a voice from its horns commands the sixth trumpet's angel to release four angels bound in the Euphrates River. Probably, this voice belongs to the altar's incense, the Holy Spirit and the four angels He commands released are probably fallen angels whose rebellion caused God to incarcerate them just as He did with the last seal's demonic forces. Since the Bible contains no evidence of God binding sin-free creatures, any other potential identification of these angels is difficult; but if they are fallen angels, why are they held in the Euphrates River instead of the bottomless pit? Is this a second holding place fallen angels or, maybe, the location of the bottomless pit's entrance? If it is the bottomless pit's entrance, why did the fallen star in the fifth trumpet not release these angels? For now, the answers to these and similar questions must be left to speculation.

These four angels release and lead a terrible 200 million-man army, serving as its four heads. Only one country is capable of fielding an army of this size, China, which lies east of Israel past the Euphrates River. Today, China is actively arming itself with the latest in military technology through both acquisition and development. The four angels lead this army in rampaging against ancient enemies surrounding them though Revelation does not list any of this army's victims or opponents. Parallels can be drawn between this army's action in the seven-year tribulation and Japan's actions in World War II when Japan conquered and subjugated countries around them for years before attacking the country that would bring their downfall, the United States. In a similar manner, this army attacks their neighbors before turning their attentions to the enemy that is ultimately responsible for their fall, Israel (see sixth vial judgment). This army benefits from the results of the sixth seal where at least one and maybe two major military powers may have been neutralized, allowing them to act with impunity.