Summary: This sermon shows the torment God allows Satan's demons to inflict on mankind during Tribulation for their refusal to accept Jesus as their savior..
A Time Of Torment
1 Then the fifth angel sounded: And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless pit.
2And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. So the sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit.
3Then out of the smoke locusts came upon the earth. And to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.
4They were commanded not to harm the grass of the earth, or any green thing, or any tree, but only those men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.
5And they were not given authority to kill them, but to torment them for five months. Their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it strikes a man.
6In those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will desire to die, and death will flee from them.
7The shape of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle. On their heads were crowns of something like gold, and their faces were like the faces of men.
8They had hair like women's hair, and their teeth were like lions' teeth.
9And they had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots with many horses running into battle. 10They had tails like scorpions, and there were stings in their tails. Their power was to hurt men five months.
11And they had as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apollyon.
Today we resume our sermon series on the book of Revelation.
In chapter 8, we saw the terrible things happening on earth
when angels blew 4 trumpets ushering in God’s judgment.
In chapter 9, the 5th and 6th trumpets are described.
The 5th trumpet brings a 5-month period of torment
on the unbelievers of the earth.
In the first 12 verses,
John uses the image of a pit 7 times to describe hell.
Each time the pit is closely associated with demons.
This image of hell suggests darkness and imprisonment.
Years ago, some friends of mine told me they heard a preacher say,
“Well, whose to says there really is a hell?”
Obviously, that preacher didn’t know the Bible very well.
In Matthew 25:41 we read the words of Jesus:
Then He will also say to those on the left hand, 'Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:
So there really is a place called hell.
Those who go to hell choose to spend eternity with Satan
rather than with Jesus.
One day two boys were picking up pecans that had fallen to the ground beneath a pecan tree in the cemetery. After they had filled a bucket, they sat down and started to divide the pecans, saying, "one for you, one for me..." one for you, one for me..." and continuing in like manner. As they divided up the contents of the bucket, a couple of the pecans dropped to the ground and rolled down the slope towards a large wooden fence. On his way home, another boy pedaled his bicycle by the tall wooden fence that enclosed the cemetery and heard the boys speaking, "one for you one for me..." one for you, one for me..." Terrified by what he believed was happening; the boy quickly rode his bike away from the cemetery. The first person he met was an old man. He told him, "Jesus and the devil are down by the wooden fence dividing all the souls in the cemetery!" The old man was highly skeptical, but decided to follow the boy back to the cemetery. As they reached the cemetery fence, they heard the voices of the two boys dividing up the pecans. The old man, deciding the boy was right, said to him, "I always wanted to see the devil, lets go take a look." Just then one voice said, "That's all of them, now lets go get those two nuts down by the fence.” The old man outran the boy on the bicycle in their frantic efforts to get away from the cemetery.