Summary: This sermon shows that in spite of horrible judgments released by God upon unrepentant sinners, they refuse to accept Jesus as their Savior.
A Time Of Torment Continues
12One woe is past. Behold, still two more woes are coming after these things.
13Then the sixth angel sounded: And I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
14saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, "Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates."
15So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released to kill a third of mankind.
16Now the number of the army of the horsemen was two hundred million; I heard the number of them.
17And thus I saw the horses in the vision: those who sat on them had breastplates of fiery red, hyacinth blue, and sulfur yellow; and the heads of the horses were like the heads of lions; and out of their mouths came fire, smoke, and brimstone.
18By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed--by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which came out of their mouths.
19For their power is in their mouth and in their tails; for their tails are like serpents, having heads; and with them they do harm.
20But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk.
21And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.
We resume our look at Revelation.
So far we have seen the first 5 trumpet judgments.
We have seen 1/3 of the vegetation of the earth destroyed,
1/3 of the seas turned to blood,
and 1/3 of freshwater on earth turned bitter.
Last week, we read about the opening of the bottomless pit.
Out came demon locusts led by their destroyer king.
These demons seek out the unsaved and sting them
and torture them for 5 months.
People will try to kill themselves because of the misery,
but they cannot die.
Now the 6th trumpet is going to sound
and another horde of demons comes forth.
These are military demons and they come to kill.
An enormous number of the ungodly and evil of the world
will die under this judgment.
Verse 12 One woe is past. Behold, still two more woes are coming after these things.
If you think what we read about last week was terrible enough,
there are 2 more woes to come.
A woe is a terrible disaster.
Verses 13 and 14 Then the sixth angel sounded: And I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 14 saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, "Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates."
As I’ve stated before, the place of worship
used in the Old Testament by the Hebrew people
was a copy of an altar in heaven.
God told the prophet Ezekiel how to construct an altar.
You can read all about that in Ezekiel 43:13-19.
This "golden altar" here in Verse 13 is the heavenly altar.
The altar of mercy now becomes an altar of judgment
as the voice speaking from the 4 horns of the golden altar speaks.
The time for mercy will have passed.
Those who wish to continue in their wickedness against Jesus
will receive their judgment.
This is the altar of incense
where the prayers of God’s people are kept.
God launches this judgment to vindicate the millions
who will be slaughtered for turning to Jesus for salvation.
Their prayers at the golden altar
cry out for the name of God to be vindicated
against those who laughed, mocked, and rejected God.
The angel blows the 6th Trumpet and 4 angels are released.
These 4 angels had been bound at the great river Euphrates.
The Euphrates was the eastern boundary of the Promised Land,
but also is the site of many events in Biblical history.
This is one of the rivers in the Garden of Eden
where Satan first tempted man and the first murder committed.
It flows through the area where the Tower of Babel was built
where the first organized rebellion against God took place.
It’s where Babylon was built,
the central location of three world powers that oppressed Israel:
Assyria, Babylon, and Medo-Persia.
It was on the banks of the Euphrates
that the people of Israel endured 70 years of captivity.
It is the river over which the enemies of God will cross
to engage in the battle of Armageddon.
That these demonic angels are bound at this location
makes a lot of sense.
The angels are fallen angels bound up in the Euphrates.