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By John of AllFaith © 9.25.09 (last update: 10.24.2012)
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We pray to HaShem, the Holy One of Israel, to fill our hearts with wisdom and understanding as we continue this study into the Revelation of our chief rabbi, Navi Y'shua.
The Fifth and Sixth Shofarim of Judgement
Let's recall the final verse of the last chapter (Revelation 8:13) to maintain the context of these events: I saw, and I heard an eagle, flying in mid heaven, saying with a loud voice, "Woe! Woe! Woe for those who dwell on the earth, because of the other voices of the shofarim of the three angels, who are yet to sound!"
The Fifth Shofar: The First WoeRemember that while we will likely hear the mighty blasts sounding from these seven shofarim, contextually, in terms our present day experiences, they are better thought of as files that are being opened. Within each of these files or Sealed Scrolls/Shofar blasts are contained the details of what will befall the earth as haMoshiach and his forces wage this holy war against Heylel and his forces. The literalness of these coming events can not be overstated. These things will occur as written, although many of the details remain uncertain to us. With the sounding of the fifth shofar the first of the "woes" or miseries is announced. Our text continues:Revelation 9:1 The fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star from the sky onto the earth. The key to the pit of the abyss was given to him.Sometimes the prophets use the word star (aster) to reference a literal star, a meteorite, an object (like the mound of wormwood that will be cast down to the earth) and sometimes to identify an "angel" or Messenger send to earth with task. The word itself suggests something that has been strewn of thrown across the sky. By itself the word is not specific about what has been strewn. The imagery is not so much to a fixed object like a stable heavenly body but more to a "shooting star" or meteorite that traverses the heavens. In this regard we recall:Luke 10:18 And he [Rebbe Y'shua] said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.When such objects fall to the earth, either literally or symbolically, they appear like 'shooting stars' or flashes of lightning streaking across the sky. As we will discuss in chapter 12 in some detail, at a certain point during the Tribulation Period Heylel (Lucifer) and his non-material associates will be cast down to the earth like streaks of lightning and bound here. It appears that this casting out will be witnessed by all humanity. We'll share more on this later. The point here is the symbolism of "stars" in the skies.
Context often determines what a word means. In this case, the star refers to a specific angelic servant of HaShem, to a general in the army of Melekh Y'shua. Some prophecy teachers incorrectly believe this is a reference to a fallen angel or demon, or even to Lucifer himself, but they are mistaken. This is a Messenger (angel) of God sent forth by haMoshiach as part of his ongoing campaign against Rex Mundi. As we maintain the context of what's happening this is clear. Remember that the seven shofarim are giving insight into the assault being conducted by Y'shua haMelekh and his forces.
The Unnamed Angel
We have seen this angel before in our studies and will see him again! As discussed previously:Revelation 7:2 I saw another angel ascend from the sunrise, having the seal of the living God. He cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was given to harm the earth and the sea,In commenting on these verses we saw that this is the angel of the east who replaced Lucifer after his rebellion. HaShem and His anointed melekh (king) use this unidentified angel in various critical ways.
7:3 saying, "Don't harm the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, until we have sealed the bondservants of our God on their foreheads!"
Recall from Revelation 1:18 that Navi Y'shua tells John: "... I have the keys of Death and of Sheol" [the grave]. These "keys" are now given by Y'shua haMelekh to this angel for his military purposes. We will learn more about how this angel uses of these "keys" a bit later in this study as we discuss the following verses:Revelation 20:1 I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand.
20:2 He seized the dragon, the old serpent, which is the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole inhabited earth, and bound him for a thousand years...
By this point in the End Time time line the angel is already in possession of these keys. Here (at Revelation 9:1) he is given the keys and shown to be a critical soldier in haMoshiach's Kingdom military.Revelation 9:2 He opened the pit of the abyss, and smoke went up out of the pit, like the smoke from a burning furnace. The sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke from the pit.As stated before, if the text makes sense literally take it that way. In this case it does not. We do not have a clear identification of what this "pit of the abyss" (or as the King James Version has it, this "bottomless pit") is in our text. We do however have enough information to identify it from other sources ("rightly dividing the Word of Truth"). This is another important key in correctly interpreting biblical prophecies (and the Holy Scriptures in general). When a prophecy or other text is not clear it is always best to interpret it by calling on the Scriptures rather than by personal opinion. So what is the "bottomless pit?"
Gehenna: The Valley of Slaughter
In ancient times there was a loathsome place known as the Valley of the Son of Hinnom. It still exists today as a modern neighborhood on the outskirts of Jerusalem -- no offense intended to those currently live there :-) . You can see lots of images of the area HERE. Horrific evils were performed in that place by the various Pagans who lived there including sacrificing children to local fire gods. Of this cursed valley, especially its southern end which is near the eastern gate of Jerusalem (according to Jeremiah 19:2), we read:Jeremiah 7:30 For the children of Judah have done that which is evil in my sight, says Adonai: they have set their abominations in the house which is called by my name, to defile it.In this Valley of Slaughter the people openly defecated and did not cover their leavings as commanded in Torah. They left their garbage and unclaimed bodies for the maggots and other loathsome creatures to consume. Continual fires burned throughout the region like a scene from Dante's Inferno. As the prophet said, emboldened by the massive waste and putrescence of the valley carrion birds freely ate of the filth as endless fires burned polluting the sky with smoke and the air with vile odors. The Israeli inhabitants of the area were disgusted by the hideousness of the place and it became a byword for them, a figure of speech. Truly this place was ichabod! A unclean place where the Presence of HaShem was absent. This is the state of the abyss or bottomless pit referenced in this verse.
7:31 They have built the high places of Topheth, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire; which I didn't command, nor did it come into my mind.
7:32 Therefore behold, the days come, says Adonai, that it shall no more be called Topheth, nor the valley of the son of Hinnom, "the Valley of Slaughter:" for they shall bury in Topheth, until there is no place to bury.
7:33 The dead bodies of this people shall be food for the birds of the sky, and for the animals of the earth; and none shall frighten them away.
Hellfire and Damnation?
As was common of his generation, Rebbe Y'shua used this place of death, filth and hopelessness as a metaphor for the spiritual condition of all who reject the love of God so that they might comprehend the seriousness of their misdirection. There is nothing in his use of this simile even suggesting afterlife torture by the God of Mercy and Justice as taught by the Nicene Church. Similarly, when speaking to fishermen our Rebbe used the analogy of a millstone being tied about ones neck and the unrepentant being cast into the sea without hope (Mark 9:42 , Luke 17:3 etc). This nightmarish place is the simile evoked by Rab John in this verse (Revelation 9:2). He is saying that Gehenna, the most vile place imaginable to the the first century mind, will be "opened" and its vileness will spew outwardly, contaminating all the earth! A powerful image! As many rabbis of the day, Rebbe Y'shua and his talmidim used these sorts of metaphors and similes often. As we read at Matthew 13:34:Y'shua spoke all these things in parables to the multitudes; and without a parable, he didn't speak to them.
Under the Roman Pagan established Universal Nicean religion such metaphors and parables were reworked into dogmas empowering "the Church" to terrify generations with threats of Hellfire and Damnation if they failed to comply with its teachings and submit to its authority. It is very important that we understand this transformation of metaphor into coercive mythology and, more importantly, to understand the truth of Torah.
GehennaThe word Gehenna occurs twelve times in the New Testament and is always translated as "hell" in the King James Version. Because the four Gospels share much of the same information we find that the word is actually only used six or seven times uniquely in the New Testament. HaShem is not some evil being who torments people for eternity -- Perish the very thought! For more on this topic see my study: Hell, Gilgul Neshamot and Ibbur Neshamot.
Navi John here is using the same common symbolism in his description. His choice of imagery is completely appropriate because under Rex Mundi, the coming despot, the world will have become like Topheth in the Valley of Slaughter. Even today in countries like the United States supposedly civilized people legally murder their own children and senior citizens by the millions. Today Globalist politicians and financiers ruling practically every country gather together to worship of the same gods with the same rites at the Bohemian Grove in Northern California and elsewhere. The stench of these same evils, like legal testimony presented before the Heavenly Court of HaShem, evidences the undeniable guilt of the modern world. We deserve what is coming! Navi John here (at Revelation 9:2) demonstrates our shared guilt like smoke ascending upward before the Throne of HaShem. This is the meaning here. Like the Valley of Slaughter the modern world stands condemned without excuse before the High Court of the One True God and Judge.
Through these events our shared evils will be made manifest to everyone as the polluted ground literally splits open and vile, noxious plumes of smoke billow forth in nauseating public testimony against us all. Still the people will curse God rather than seek His Mercy!
Although the Valley of Slaughter is specifically referenced here as a location, because it is being employed as metaphor for what will be taking place globally we can be certain that these eruptions will be taking place all around the globe, not just in the Middle East.Revelation 9:3 Then out of the smoke came forth locusts on the earth, and power was given to them, as the scorpions of the earth have power.
In cases such as this there could be symbolic interpretations/fulfillments as well as literal occurrences. We expect both. As we take to heart what the prophet literally says we also consider additional possible meanings.
We are told much by the prophets but we are not told everything. This results in a wide array of interpretations, some harmonious with the overall teachings of the Bible, others not so much. These "private interpretations" can be useful as long as we remain harmonious with what is stated.
Nicene Christian prophecy teacher Hal Lindsey, author of the best selling book The Late Great Planet Earth for instance interpreted these verses as referencing military helicopters that will be used by the global government. Surely someone living in the late first century might describe such aircraft in this way. While such interpretations make complete sense and could be correct, we also want to remember that they are still only interpretations. Such interpretations often have contextual problems. For instance while helicopters would be among the tools of the earthly government these descriptions are in the main referring to the offensive activities of haMelekh's forces (which of course also may use such mundane tools at times). We need to think beyond human invention and technologies however. This is a war of spiritual proportions beyond anything the world has ever known. In my opinion we do best to interpret the next few verses as they are written while secondarily considering various possibilities and applications.Revelation 9:4 They were told that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree, but only those people who don't have God's seal on their foreheads.
We discussed previously that all the grass on earth was burnt up (8:7) but now we read that the angel says to not harm the grass. As stated before, John is describing these events as he beheld them. The percentages of things destroyed and so on are best understood as approximations based on what he beheld. Also remember that the assault referenced here will take place about three and half to four years after the first burning up of the grasses. Much would have grown back by this point. We don't want to get too caught up in the numbers here.
We also recall from Revelation 7:2 that there was a temporary hold placed on the destruction at that point, until the servants of HaShem (i.e. the 144,000 Israelites -- under the leadership of the House of Judah -- and the Great Multitude of Goyim -- also under the leadership of the House of Judah and Y'shua haMelekh) were "sealed." This is what is being referenced here. Those who have been sealed will be immune from these particular attacks. Of course the holy martyrs will be sacrificed throughout the just shy of seven years. Many things will be happening at once all over the beleaguered planet.
Now these locust-like creatures, like demonic scorpion crossbreeds, will go forth attacking their victims with excruciating consequences. They will not be allowed to sting those who have been sealed by HaShem. If we take this description at face value we assume these will be literal creatures utilized by haMelekh to punish his enemies. Might these creatures be genetically engineered mutations? The text seems to suggest this possibility. We know from the accounts of the ancients about crossbreeding and genetic manipulations attempts, some successful, some not.
Once the Rex Mundi and his Novus Ordo Seclorum is firmly in power we expect him to release all sorts of amazing technologies. We also know that the Bavarian Illuminati has focused on genetic manipulations beyond what is publicly known. We also know that by this point the Mark of the Beast will be widely used and that the global government will be persecuting all who refuse to accept it in various ways. Further, as we consider the prophecy of Revelation chapter twelve we will see what sounds like the Jewish remnant being chased and fleeing into the wilderness. Could they be running from such creatures? Again, time will tell. It is both conceivable and textually consistent to hypothesize that the Rex Mundi government will employ such weapons and that haMelekh will usurp and use them against the enemies of Israel.Revelation 9:5 They were given power not to kill them [i.e. the unsealed of God], but to torment them for five months. Their torment was like the torment of a scorpion, when it strikes a person.I take this five month period to be a literal five months. Once stung by the creatures the searing agony will continue unabated for five months regardless of treatment. Still those bitten will not repent nor come to HaShem for salvation and healing. The battle lines will have been set, even though those who have not yet taken the Mark of the Beast could still find mercy if they humble themselves. For those who receive the Mark there will be no remaining hope nor possibility of liberation. We discuss the Mark of the Beast later.
9:6 In those days people will seek death, and will in no way find it. They will desire to die, and death will flee from them.
What John is describing here is the ongoing battle taking place between haMoshiach and Rex Mundi. Throughout the just shy of Seven Years the ever dwindling numbers of the 144,000 and the Great Goyish Multitude, along with the human forces of the Rex Mundi, will all be very active.
This brings us to another of the possible interpretations of these events. Again, this is not what the text directly says but it could be accurate as things play out: Based on what we clearly see the global government doing today through the World Health Organization (WHO) and similar fascistic Novus Ordo Seclorum groups, it is certainly feasible that these "stingers" could also reference the syringes used by the global government to infect people with intentionally contaminated and/or genetically DNA-altering "vaccinations." That WHO, the Department of Homeland Security and similar groups already in power might engage in such activities if deemed needful to accomplish their goals is a matter of history and record. As we discuss the likely pharmaceutical nature of the Mark of Beast later this possibility will be shown to be even more plausible.
By this point in the Tribulation Period HaShem's Elect will know better than to trust such evil organizations and would reject their vaccinations (many who are wise already reject them today!). Again, to be clear, this is conjecture, a possible interpretation of these verses. Each of these prophecies could have multiple fulfillments and warnings and we should need to be cautious and awake.
As explained previously, these seven shofarim "sound" to reveal the messianic assaults on the enemies of Israel. This does not preclude such possibilities. The global government may intend to use such vaccinations, manipulations etc. for its diabolic purposes. As revealed by the Luciferian Georgia Guidestones etc. the globalist Novus Ordo Seclorum intends to extermine 3/4 to 9/10ths of the planet's human population. This will be accomplished, if they are successful, in diverse ways:
All Creation Serves HaShem
HaMoshiach may choose to redirect their diverse plans to further his own for the establishment of the Kingdom and to further frustrate their efforts. What I am sharing here is at best an outline of what is soon coming. We wont fully understand all the details until they are upon us. We do however know enough to be prepared by establishing our faith firmly in HaShem regardless of the details.Revelation 9:7 The shapes of the locusts were like horses prepared for war. On their heads were something like golden crowns, and their faces were like people's faces.
9:8 They had hair like women's hair, and their teeth were like those of lions.
9:9 They had breastplates, like breastplates of iron. The sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots, or of many horses rushing to war.
9:10 They have tails like those of scorpions, and stings. In their tails they have power to harm men for five months.
The reference to their being like horses is probably a reminder of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse discussed previously. These creatures reason! They plot our downfall and torment! They are powerful bringers of doom and woe that will gallop ever forward throughout the planet!
Navi John is presenting a fairly direct presentation here and what he describes is MUCH worse, much more terrifying in its implications than most of the possible interpretations people are considering today! He is describing locust-like beings with human intelligence and near limitless sadistic power! We continue:Revelation 9:11 They have over them as king the angel of the abyss. His name in Hebrew is "Abaddon," but in Greek, he has the name "Apollyon."
Both of these names means "the Destroyer." Abaddon is referenced in the Book of Job as follows:Job 26:6 Sheol ["the grave"] is naked before God,
and Abaddon has no covering.
This tells us a lot!The Nicolaitan belief in the autonomy of humanity is false. HaShem grants limited independence to His creation for His own purposes, however every created being, including Heylel, ultimately serves HaShem's Purpose. The Adversary and his New World Order (Novus Ordo Mundi) has certain limitations that restrict him. Human beings must be convinced to voluntarily join his rebellion without infringing on our free will... until one accepts the Mark of the Beast. Now these hideous beings will be utilized by Y'shua haMelekh! Lucifer and his anointed king the Rex Mundi will have lost control of these forces!
In this light, consider:Proverbs 30:27 The locusts have no king,
yet they advance in ranks.
Locusts have no king but these locust-like enemies of free humanity do as they, like locusts, attack all life on earth as locusts in a field!
Abaddon is one of Lucifer's elite minions and he will lead these intelligent, heavily armored, fierce locust-like creatures in waves of attacks against everyone who has not been sealed by HaShem!
Consider how swarms of locusts go about their destructive exploits. They come in wave after wave like dense clouds destroying everything they come into contact with! This is what these evil creatures will do! After one attack, when the survivors believe themselves safe, then the sky will darken and the attacks will resume afresh! Woe will be upon all those who are without the Presence of HaShem!
Navi Y'shua warned that a house divided against itself can not stand (Mark 3:25). Now haMelekh Y'shua the Anointed of HaShem will be dividing Lucifer's house and humiliating him! As though with 'hooks in their noses' haShiloh will force these demonic beings to turn against the followers of Rex Mundi their master! These minions of darkness will now be forced to attack their own comrades under the controlled direction of the fallen angel Abaddon! How the demons and other rebels will rail against this turn of events! How they will curse haMelekh and all who align with him! How their anger against the Jews will burn white hot! But they will have no choice! Everything and everyone ultimately serves the Will of HaShem! As Navi Isaiah beheld:Isaiah 37:29 Because of your raging against me [i.e. HaShem], and because your arrogance has come up into my ears, therefore will I put my hook in your nose and my bridle in your lips, and I will turn you back by the way by which you came.
The nature of these troops is therefore clear from Scripture. Even though we may expect to see human weapons, helicopters, genetically altered abominations, forced injections of various mind and DNA altering substances, the central fact is that these will be literal embodied demons that will, like locusts, cover the land in wave after wave of unmitigated misery, destroying everything in their path. Like furious giant flying scorpions these creatures will sting and torture all who have not been sealed by HaShem. They will suffer horribly for a full five months and nothing they can do will relieve their agony! Like depraved Valkyries these demons will do their work with demonic intelligence, volition and glee, initially by the command of their globalist King, the Rex Mundi but in reality, they will being doing these horrors by the sovereign Will of HaShem and His anointed Moshiach!
The Adversary: Satan
The famed French poet Baudelaire penned:"My dear brothers, never forget, when you hear the progress of enlightenment vaunted, that the devil's best trick is to persuade you that he doesn't exist!"
Lucifer does exist!
This "trick" has served the Adversary and his New World Order well for many years.
Now, at this point in the final just shy of seven years of the age, there will no longer be any question about his existence as Lucifer's minions devour the Earth and torment his willingly deceived followers!
While these attacks are going on the servants of HaShem will be performing their services as well. They will be publicly condemning the Great Leader and his government. They will be pleading with those who have yet to take the Mark to come to HaShem. They will be working to smuggle food, uncontaminated medicines etc. They will be busy serving HaShem as haMoshiach guides them...
And the doomsday clock will be ticking towards the midnight hour as the planet burns.
And then Navi John is told:Revelation 9:12 The first woe is past. Behold, there are still two woes coming after this.
Next: The Sixth Shofar/Trumpet: The Second Woe
Continue with Chapter Nine of the Revelation of Navi Y'shua
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