Revelation 9-16. One Third of Mankind are killed. Sixth Trumpet Judgment.
“Then the sixth angel sounded: And I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.”So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, WERE RELEASED TO KILL A THIRD OF MANKIND. Now the number of the army of the horsemen was two hundred million, and I heard the number of them.
And thus I saw the horses in the vision: those who sat on them had breastplates of fiery red, hyacinth blue, and sulfur yellow; and the heads of the horses were like the heads of lions; and out of their mouths came fire, smoke, and brimstone.
BY THESE THREE PLAGUES A THIRD OF MANKIND WAS KILLED – by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which came out of their mouths.
For their power is in their mouth and in their tails; for their tails are like serpents, and having heads; and with them they do harm. But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk; and they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.”
200 million demonic spirits on horseback will begin stampeding across the globe. This one is almost beyond human comprehension as like the last judgment of stinging locusts. In this very severe judgment, demonic angels are released from the Euphrates river to literally kill one third of all mankind.
A Third of Mankind will Perish.
God knows everything about a person, especially that persons heart and it’s condition. Obviously, God has determined that those who perish in this judgment cannot be saved, after all they have witnessed, surviving several earthquakes, starvation, burning meteor attacks, poisoned water, hideous locusts and their stings, and yet, instead of turning to God and calling on the name of Jesus Christ, they continue to live in sin, shaking their fist at God and Christ.
God tells the Prophet Ezekiel: “Do you think that I like to see wicked people die? says the Sovereign Lord. Of course not! I want them to turn from their wicked ways and live.” Ezekiel 18:23.
What does this passage mean. He speaks this to commend God’s mercy to poor sinners, who rather is ready to pardon than to punish, as his long suffering declares, Ezekiel 33:11. Though God in his eternal counsel appointed the death and damnation of the reprobate, yet the end of his counsel was not their death only, but chiefly his own glory. Also because he does not approve sin, therefore it is here said that he would have them turn away from it that they might live. Source: Geneva Study Bible.
If this particular “one third of mankind” would turn from their wicked ways, God proves in the above scripture that there choice to turn back to Him would be pleasing to God, but since they won’t they will have to perish, it’s there own choice but with drastic consequences.
The Four Angels.
What’s interesting about this particular passage is “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” Apparently these four spirits have been present at a specific spot somewhere along the Euphrates river for quite sometime, and having been prepared for the hour and day and month and year are released, just like the locusts commanded by one of Satan’s fallen general, they are given strict instructions only to destroy this particular one third of mankind.
The passage also states: but the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk; and they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.”
Does it sound like God has something planned for the rest of mankind, or is God giving the rest another chance to turn from their sin and call on Christ to be saved.
This last and final trumpet judgment is the final woe. However, it is not really a judgment per se. In this judgment, we are shown that heaven is beginning to rejoice because they know the end is very near.