13Then the sixth angel blew his trumpet, and I heard a voice coming from the horns on the golden altar that is before God. 14The voice said to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Free the four angels who are tied at the great river Euphrates.” 15And they let loose the four angels who had been kept ready for this hour and day and month and year so they could kill a third of all people on the earth. 16I heard how many troops on horses were in their army— two hundred million. 17The horses and their riders I saw in the vision looked like this: They had breastplates that were fiery red, dark blue, and yellow like sulfur. The heads of the horses looked like heads of lions, with fire, smoke, and sulfur coming out of their mouths. 18A third of all the people on earth were killed by these three terrible disasters coming out of the horses’ mouths: the fire, the smoke, and the sulfur. 19The horses’ power was in their mouths and in their tails; their tails were like snakes with heads, and with them they hurt people. 20The other people who were not killed by these terrible disasters still did not change their hearts and turn away from what they had made with their own hands. They did not stop worshiping demons and idols made of gold, silver, bronze, stone, and wood— things that cannot see or hear or walk. 21These people did not change their hearts and turn away from murder or evil magic, from their sexual sins or stealing.
The sixth trumpet has many aspects to it, and will cover at least two postings. War will be covered in this post, and then we will look at the Mark of the Beast and touch upon the transformation of the lamblike beast, and elimination of Babylon.
By now, there are a lot of very unhappy and angry people, after suffering torture to the point of death for the past 5 months, and Babylon is feeling very inspired by having their system promoted by this lamb like beast, masquerading as God. Some in the non religious rebel group most likely have moved into the camp with the 144,000 and the saved, but more than likely, the majority continue to have a ‘rebel’s heart’, and despise both forces. Due to the hardness of their hearts, this group plans on resisting this supernatural being.
There has been some debate as to the nature of the four angels chained at the Euphrates. One must be clear that they cannot be holy angels, as there is nowhere in scripture that states God had chained any of his holy angels. These are demonic angels, and know they have a mission to accomplish. Note some of the similarities in the descriptions of the horses and soldiers, compared to the fifth trumpet scorpion like creatures. This is going to be a war fought by supernatural beings, and one third of the population at that time is again 1.75 billion people, and they will be killed.
This battle is going to be the most lopsided, one sided battle in cosmic history. Human forces, no matter what weapons they use, cannot defeat angelic beings. The descriptions in scripture of the means of death may very well point to a nuclear exchange of some sort, but remember, the lamb like beast also has the ability to call fire down from the heavens, and may eliminate millions by this method. Either way, this war will not last long, and will be the bloodiest in man’s history.
During this time, the lamb like beast begins his transformation into the ‘stern faced king’ and the man of lawlessness discussed by Paul. As the rebels are being eliminated, so are many of those with the mark of the living God, and the wholesale slaughter of the 144,000 begins in earnest. The lamblike beast will take many of the saved and the remaining of the 144,000 prisoners, because he has a very special ‘event’ planned in the near future, and wants to guarantee participation by all surviving people.
In the mean time, Babylon and its leaders continue on in their deluded state, thinking they are in good stead with the lamb like beast, and like the first four trumpets, do not see what is ready to happen to them. They have given this lamb like beast all their authority and resources, and have watched the near annihilation of their enemies, without considering that they may, and will be next. The head that was mortally wounded, but was healed of this wound, has been the affirmed head of Babylon by the lamblike beast, and is now set for the greatest of counterfeit displays in the history of the universe.
The lamblike beast allows for prisoners, because he wants to demonstrate to those in Babylon, that he will not tolerate any opposition. There will be plenty of the rebels who will be executed in public for their denial of acknowledging the lamb like beast as god, and those marked with the seal of the Living God, and the remnants of the 144,000, for calling the lamb like beast a fraud, and father of lies. This show will require that all living at that time will have to make a decision which will be eternal in nature.
To this point, none of those in Babylon has had any mark placed upon them, and as of this time, can still choose the seal of the Living God. And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that you be not partakers of her sins, and that you receive not of her plagues. Rev. 18:4. God, in his desire to save the most, will send an Angel to plead for those remaining in Babylon to leave prior to the introduction of the mark. Most likely, this will fall on deaf ears, but it proves beyond a shadow of a doubt, God’s great love for his creation, and not wanting to see anyone perish. But people are given free will, and can choose death if they so desire