THE FIFTH TRUMPET
It has been about 2.5 years give or take a few months, an as difficult as it may seem to believe, conditions have improved somewhat. The first four trumpets, which were directed at the environment, have stopped. The sea has calmed down, and shipping products and food (albeit limited) has resumed, the sky has cleared somewhat and daylight is getting back to what it was prior to the trumpets. Babylon is gaining traction in its message that the planet can be rebuilt, and the harsh laws it put into place appear to be working. Likewise the 144,000 continue to preach their message about the end of time and the second coming of Christ, but are also warning about the incredible judgments to come through the next three trumpets.
A third group of people has begun to form, and is beginning to challenge Babylon, and this could be considered the ‘non religious’ rebels. This group is made up of the people who want to have nothing to do with Babylon and its false religions, as this group has watched Babylon enforce religion with extreme measures onto the population. This group also despises the 144,000 and their message, as they see the destruction of the trumpets, and do not accept the idea of a ‘Loving God’ sending this much death and destruction. This group wants to be left alone, and have nothing to do with either camp.
The effectiveness of the 144,000 has slowed considerably due to the conditions improving, and their message of the horrors soon to come are contrary to what mankind is observing, what Babylon preaching, and the fact that the Gospel has been heard by nearly all. Also, the population is now conditioned for survival mode, and those who made a decision for Christ are being mocked, persecuted and imprisoned for not following the laws of Babylon. It is difficult to say if martyrdom is wide spread at this point, but it would seem the 144,000 have not lost any of their numbers yet, as Jesus is not finished in using the 144,000 to get out his message, and the miracle working powers of these people are more than likely keeping the very human Babylon at bay.
This is all about to change….
Revelation 9:1-11, "Then the Fifth Trumpet angel sounded, and I saw a star having fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless pit. And 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 by reason of the smoke of the pit."
"Then out of the smoke locusts came upon the earth. And to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. They 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 in their foreheads. And they were not authorized to kill them, but to torment them for five months: and their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it strikes a man. In those days men will seek death, and will not find it; and they will desire to die, and death will flee from them."
"The 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. They had hair like women's hair, and their teeth were like lions' teeth. And they had breastplates, like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots of many horses running into battle."
"They had tails like scorpions, and there were stings in their tails. Their power was to hurt men five months. And they had as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek his name is Apollo."
"One woe is past. Behold, two more woes are coming hereafter".
Satan will majestically appear in the clouds, escorted by millions of angels, and mimic the second coming. God allows Satan to physically appear, and take the form of a man, as Jesus was allowed to do. This delusion is sent, as to complete the decision making process that has now stalled. There is a large group of humanity that has yet to decide, and it is most likely that this group will be targeted by this evil ‘Angel king”, and Lamb like Beast. Simultaneously, millions of demonic angels will be allowed to torture those without the seal of the Living God, and the verses state this torture is like that of a scorpion yet will not kill. There will be some perplexity, as this lamb like being will be claiming to be God, and appearing to perform astounding and positive miracles, while allowing for extreme torture of those not following the 144,000.
Due to the fact Satan is not omnipresent, he will have to mimic the second coming in various places around the world, by descending from the heavens multiple times, or use what infrastructure of communications that is left. This also fulfills Jesus warning in Matt 24:26-27 "Iftherefore they say to you, 'Behold, He is in the wilderness,' do not go forth, or, 'Behold, He is in the inner rooms,' do not believe them. For just as the lightning comes from the east, and flashes even to the west, so shall the coming of the Son of Man be." What is occurring with Satan is similar to what scriptures state, but not exactly as they state, and sensationalism will reign over purity of the word, and many will be caught up in this deception. After all, never in world history has such an event occurred, or such a brilliant being descended onto humanity. Listening to the Word of God, and to the 144,000 will be a challenge to the senses, as one will have to use faith to overcome what one sees.
Satan also goes along with Babylon, affirming their positions that the Judgments need to stop, the world needs to be rebuilt, and the laws imposed by Babylon need to be enforced to a degree that they have not been able to accomplish up to this point. Satan will validate the need for swift punishment, and have the supernatural ability to combat the 144,000 and their miracle working power. Satan will directly blame the 144,000, and their ‘demonic influence’ over the earth as the reason for the scorpion like creatures torturing those in Babylon. After the 5 months of torture are up, Satan will direct his wrath, and Babylon’s wrath at the 144,000 and their followers, stating that judgments cannot end until these people are eliminated. It is easy to say, that after experiencing pain and suffering up to the point of death, that the inhabitants of Babylon, and the non religious rebels, will be very angry at the 144,000 and want revenge.
Up to this point, the 144,000 and their followers, as well as the increased numbers joining the non religious Rebels had at least some semblance of safety, due to the fact they had been dealing with human forces. Angels are superior beings in every fashion, and with their freedom from the abyss, there is in effect ‘no where to hide’ for anyone. The angelic demons who went around the world ‘stinging’ those not marked with the seal of the Living God, also would have noted where everyone is. The moment of truth is now upon all of humanity, and the stage is set for the sixth trumpet. Babylon still believes this ‘lamb like’ beast is god, and they will ultimately and freely hand over their resources and authority to Satan.