Revelation 9

The Seven Trumpets

1 And the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and q I saw a star fallen from heaven to earth, and he was given r the key to the shaft of s the bottomless pit. 1 2 He opened the shaft of the bottomless pit, and from the shaft t rose smoke like the smoke of a great furnace, and u the sun and the air were darkened with the smoke from the shaft. 3 Then from the smoke came v locusts on the earth, and they were given power like the power of scorpions of the earth. 4 They were told w not to harm x the grass of the earth or any green plant or any tree, but only those people who do not have y the seal of God on their foreheads. 5 They were allowed to torment them z for five months, but not to kill them, and their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it stings someone. 6 And in those days a people will seek death and will not find it. They will long to die, but death will flee from them.

7 b In appearance the locusts were like horses prepared for battle: c on their heads were what looked like crowns of gold; their faces were d like human faces, 8 their hair like women's hair, and e their teeth like lions' teeth; 9 they had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the noise of their wings was f like the noise of many chariots with g horses rushing into battle. 10 They have tails and stings like scorpions, and their power to hurt people h for five months is in their tails. 11 They have i as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit. His name in Hebrew is j Abaddon, and in Greek he is called Apollyon. 2

12 k The first woe has passed; behold, two woes are still to come.

13 Then the sixth angel blew his trumpet, and I heard a voice from l the four horns of the golden altar before God, 14 saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, "Release m the four angels who are bound at n the great river Euphrates." 15 So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour, the day, the month, and the year, were released o to kill a third of mankind. 16 The number of p mounted troops was q twice ten thousand times ten thousand; r I heard their number. 17 And this is how I saw the horses in my vision and those who rode them: they wore breastplates the color of fire and of sapphire 3 and of sulfur, and the heads of the horses were s like lions' heads, and fire and smoke and sulfur came out of their mouths. 18 By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed, by the fire and smoke and sulfur coming out of their mouths. 19 For the power of the horses is in their mouths and in their tails, for their tails are like serpents with heads, and by means of them they wound.

20 The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, t did not repent of u the works of their hands nor give up worshiping v demons w and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk, 21 nor did they repent of their murders or their x sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.

  1. Cross References
    Revelation 8:10
    The third angel blew his trumpet, and a great star fell from heaven, blazing like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water.
    Revelation 12:9
    And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world - he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.
    Luke 10:18
    And he said to them, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.
  2. Cross References
    Revelation 1:18
    And the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.
  3. Cross References
    Revelation 9:2
    He opened the shaft of the bottomless pit, and ...
    Revelation 9:11
    They have as king over them the angel of the bo...
    Revelation 11:7
    And when they have finished their testimony, th...
    Revelation 17:8
    The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is ...
    Revelation 20:1
    Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, ho...
    Revelation 20:3
    And threw him into the pit, and shut it and sea...
    Luke 8:31
    And they begged him not to command them to depa...
    Romans 10:7
    Or "'Who will descend into the abyss?'" (that i...
  4. Cross References
    Genesis 19:28
    And he looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah and toward all the land of the valley, and he looked and, behold, the smoke of the land went up like the smoke of a furnace.
    Isaiah 34:10
    Night and day it shall not be quenched; its smoke shall go up forever. From generation to generation it shall lie waste; none shall pass through it forever and ever.
  5. Cross References
    Joel 2:10
    The earth quakes before them; the heavens tremble. The sun and the moon are darkened, and the stars withdraw their shining.
  6. Cross References
    Exodus 10:4
    For if you refuse to let my people go, behold, tomorrow I will bring locusts into your country.
  7. Cross References
    Revelation 6:6
    And I heard what seemed to be a voice in the midst of the four living creatures, saying, "A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius, and do not harm the oil and wine!
    Revelation 7:3
    Saying, "Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, until we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.
  8. Cross References
    Revelation 8:7
    The first angel blew his trumpet, and there followed hail and fire, mixed with blood, and these were thrown upon the earth. And a third of the earth was burned up, and a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up.
  9. Cross References
    Revelation 7:2 - 3
    Then I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, with the seal of the living God, and he called with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm earth and sea.
  10. Cross References
    Revelation 9:10
    They have tails and stings like scorpions, and their power to hurt people for five months is in their tails.
  11. Cross References
    Job 3:21
    Who long for death, but it comes not, and dig for it more than for hidden treasures.
    Job 7:15 - 16
    So that I would choose strangling and death rather than my bones.
    Jeremiah 8:3
    Death shall be preferred to life by all the remnant that remains of this evil family in all the places where I have driven them, declares the Lord of hosts.
  12. Cross References
    Joel 2:4
    Their appearance is like the appearance of horses, and like war horses they run.
  13. Cross References
    Nahum 3:17
    Your princes are like grasshoppers, your scribes like clouds of locusts settling on the fences in a day of cold - when the sun rises, they fly away; no one knows where they are.
  14. Cross References
    Daniel 7:8
    I considered the horns, and behold, there came up among them another horn, a little one, before which three of the first horns were plucked up by the roots. And behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking great things.
  15. Cross References
    Joel 1:6
    For a nation has come up against my land, powerful and beyond number; its teeth are lions' teeth, and it has the fangs of a lioness.
  16. Cross References
    Joel 2:5
    As with the rumbling of chariots, they leap on the tops of the mountains, like the crackling of a flame of fire devouring the stubble, like a powerful army drawn up for battle.
  17. Cross References
    Jeremiah 8:6
    I have paid attention and listened, but they have not spoken rightly; no man relents of his evil, saying, 'What have I done?' Everyone turns to his own course, like a horse plunging headlong into battle.
    Job 39:21 - 25
    He paws in the valley and exults in his strength; he goes out to meet the weapons.
  18. Cross References
    Revelation 9:5
    They were allowed to torment them for five months, but not to kill them, and their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it stings someone.
  19. Cross References
    Job 18:14
    He is torn from the tent in which he trusted and is brought to the king of terrors.
    Proverbs 30:27
    The locusts have no king, yet all of them march in rank.
    Ephesians 2:2
    In which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience -
  20. Cross References
    Job 26:6
    Sheol is naked before God, and Abaddon has no covering.
  21. Cross References
    Revelation 8:13
    Then I looked, and I heard an eagle crying with a loud voice as it flew directly overhead, "Woe, woe, woe to those who dwell on the earth, at the blasts of the other trumpets that the three angels are about to blow!
    Revelation 11:14
    The second woe has passed; behold, the third woe is soon to come.
  22. Cross References
    Exodus 30:3
    You shall overlay it with pure gold, its top and around its sides and its horns. And you shall make a molding of gold around it.
  23. Cross References
    Revelation 7:1
    After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, that no wind might blow on earth or sea or against any tree.
  24. Cross References
    Revelation 16:12
    The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, to prepare the way for the kings from the east.
  25. Cross References
    Revelation 8:7
    The first angel blew his trumpet, and there followed hail and fire, mixed with blood, and these were thrown upon the earth. And a third of the earth was burned up, and a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up.
  26. Cross References
    Ezekiel 38:4
    And I will turn you about and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you out, and all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed in full armor, a great host, all of them with buckler and shield, wielding swords.
  27. Cross References
    Psalms 68:17
    The chariots of God are twice ten thousand, thousands upon thousands; the Lord is among them; Sinai is now in the sanctuary.
    Daniel 7:10
    A stream of fire issued and came out from before him; a thousand thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him; the court sat in judgment, and the books were opened.
  28. Cross References
    Revelation 7:4
    And I heard the number of the sealed, 144,000, sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel:
  29. Cross References
    1 Chronicles 12:8
    From the Gadites there went over to David at the stronghold in the wilderness mighty and experienced warriors, expert with shield and spear, whose faces were like the faces of lions and who were swift as gazelles upon the mountains:
    Isaiah 5:28 - 29
    Their arrows are sharp, all their bows bent, their horses' hoofs seem like flint, and their wheels like the whirlwind.
  30. Cross References
    Revelation 2:21
    I gave her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her sexual immorality.
  31. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 31:29
    For I know that after my death you will surely act corruptly and turn aside from the way that I have commanded you. And in the days to come evil will befall you, because you will do what is evil in the sight of the Lord, provoking him to anger through the work of your hands.
    Jeremiah 1:16
    And I will declare my judgments against them, for all their evil in forsaking me. They have made offerings to other gods and worshiped the works of their own hands.
    Jeremiah 25:14
    For many nations and great kings shall make slaves even of them, and I will recompense them according to their deeds and the work of their hands.
  32. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 10:20
    No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be participants with demons.
  33. Cross References
    Psalms 115:4 - 7
    Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands.
    Psalms 135:15 - 17
    The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of human hands.
    Daniel 5:23
    But you have lifted up yourself against the Lord of heaven. And the vessels of his house have been brought in before you, and you and your lords, your wives, and your concubines have drunk wine from them. And you have praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood, and stone, which do not see or hear or know, but the God in whose hand is your breath, and whose are all your ways, you have not honored.
  34. Cross References
    Revelation 21:8
    But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.
    Revelation 22:15
    Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
    Galatians 5:20
    Idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions.
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