This study gives a brief review of the first eight chapters.
The following two “woes” compose the contents of the sixth and seventh trumpets.*
“One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter. And 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 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 for 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. And the rest of the 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.” (Revelation 9:12-21).
The detailed description of these creatures has a symbolic significance, as does that of the Son of Man who stands amid the seven candlesticks. Read again verses 17-19 for that description. We have not found any commentator to give the significance of these details.
A Review of Revelation Chapter 1-8:6
I. Introduction- Chapters 1. John gives the preliminaries to the Revelation. In it we discover that John was physically on the isle of Patmos. We see how he was carried forward into the Day of the Lord, and we see the Son of Man in the midst of the seven churches.
II. Vision on Earth-Chapters 2-3. In these chapters we see the seven churches. In them, the churches receive letters of rebuke, letters of warning, letters of admonition, letters of encouragement to overcome, and letters of commendation.
III. Vision in Heaven-Chapters 4-5. Here we see the rainbow-circled throne, the seventy elders, the four living creatures, the seven-sealed book, and the Lamb that was slain who was the only one worthy to open the book.
IV. Vision on Earth- Chapters 6:1-7:8. Here we have the opening of the six seals and the sealing of the 144,000. These six seals take the reader completely through the Day of the Lord. The sealing of the 144,000 takes the reader back just prior to the opening of the first seal.
V. Vision in Heaven-Chapters 7:9-8:6. These chapters consist of the great multitude and the seventh seal. The great multitude consists of converts saved during the Great Tribulation. They stand before God’s throne and serve in His temple in the new heaven and new earth.
Pastor Ken Blue was born in Boswell, Ark. In 1955 he accepted Christ as his Savior. He and his wife Joyce were married in 1955. They have 5 children. He graduated from Midwestern Baptist Bible College in 1969 and started the Open Door Baptist Church in Lynnwood, Wa. where he pastored for 39 years. Because of health issues (ALS) he was forced to resign as pastor. It is his desire to continue to be used of God to help pastors and believers through this ministry.