“Yet repented not of the works”
Revelation 9:13-19 says, “And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, saying ot the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared fro an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them. And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone. By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths. For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails; for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.”
This passage is describing more of the great warfare which will take place during the time of the great tribulation. How terrible will be the warefare armies numbering in the millions will come and men numbering in the millions or more will die. Just from this great battle alone 1/3 of the population of the earth will be killed.
Revelation 9:20-21, “And the rest of men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.”
How hard the heart of man can be. Even after all this destruction and war, suffering and death, still these men do not repent of their sins and turn to Jesus. Man has a God given free will. It’s a shame that most men use their free will for evil instead of repenting of their sins and turning to Jesus.
Revelation 10:1-4, “And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire: And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth. And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.”
The angels have their part in the work of this world that centers around the word of God. Most importantly what we learn about this passage is that there are some truth’s which are not revealed nor explained such as what the seven thunders uttered. Many Christians have made the mistake of turning such passages of scripture into doctrine. Doing such can cause great divisions in the church. The apostle John did not make that mistake however. We should learn from the Apostle John and from what the angel said.
Revelation 10:5-7 says, “And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, and sware by Him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer: But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.”
Everything has a beginning and an end. There is a beginning to God’s creation and an end to it. When the end comes the saints of God will rejoice but the lost will mourn. It would be wise to make sure you are on God’s side by putting your faith in Christ Jesus.
Revelation 10:8-11 says, “And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, God and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth. And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter. And he said unto me, thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.”
The little book symbolizes the word of God. The Word of God is sharper than any two edged sword to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit. It can be bitter indeed to hear the truth about one’s own sinfulness. But the words of God are sweet as honey to hear. No book ever written can compare to the Word of God or its poetry and its literary style.
Revelation 11:1-2 says, “And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise,
and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. Bu
the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is
given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and
two months.” 42 months is 3 ½ years. Much of what takes place during the
great tribulation will center around
What a blessing it is that we have these details given about the great tribulation. In the age in which we live there are wars and rumors of wars. But we need not fear because we know that the worst of wars which occurs during the great tribulation is something we will not have to face as Christians.
If you have never turned from your sins to Jesus you can do so today. Don’t be like the men during the great tribulation who refuse to repent of their sins but turn to Jesus today for salvation. You will find He is always ready and willing to accept you with open arms of eternal love and grace.
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