1-2 Note well: God’s
Judgment Day is on the way:
“Plunder will be piled high and handed out.
I’m bringing all the godless nations
to war against Jerusalem—
Half the city taken into exile,
the other half left behind.”
then God will march out
against the godless nations and fight—a great war! That’s the Day he’ll take
his stand on the Mount of Olives, facing Jerusalem from the east. The Mount of
Olives will be split right down the middle, from east to west, leaving a wide
valley. Half the mountain will shift north, the other half south. Then you will
run for your lives down the valley, your escape route that will take you all
the way to Azal. You’ll run for your lives, just as you ran on the day of the
great earthquake in the days of Uzziah, king of Judah. Then my God will arrive and all the holy
angels with him. – Zechariah 14:1-5, MSG
A White Horse and Its Rider
11-16 Then I saw Heaven open wide—and oh! a
white horse and its Rider. The Rider, named Faithful and True, judges and makes
war in pure righteousness. His eyes are a blaze of fire, on his head many
crowns. He has a Name inscribed that’s known only to himself. He is dressed in
a robe soaked with blood, and he is addressed as “Word of God.” The armies of
Heaven, mounted on white horses and dressed in dazzling white linen, follow
him. A sharp sword comes out of his mouth so he can subdue the nations, then
rule them with a rod of iron. He treads the winepress of the raging wrath of
God, the Sovereign-Strong. On his robe and thigh is written, King of kings, Lord of lords. – Revelation
51-52 But let me tell you
something wonderful, a mystery I’ll probably never fully understand. We’re not
all going to die—but we are all going to be changed. You hear a blast to end
all blasts from a trumpet, and in the time that you look up and blink your
eyes—it’s over. On signal from that trumpet from heaven, the dead will be up
and out of their graves, beyond the reach of death, never to die again. At the
same moment and in the same way, we’ll all be changed. – 1 Corinthians15:51-52, MSG
15-18 And then this: We can tell you with complete confidence—we
have the Master’s word on it—that when the Master comes again to get us, those
of us who are still alive will not get a jump on the dead and leave them
behind. In actual fact, they’ll be ahead of us. The Master himself will give
the command. Archangel thunder! God’s trumpet blast! He’ll come down from
heaven and the dead in Christ will rise—they’ll go first. Then the rest of us
who are still alive at the time will be caught up with them into the clouds to
meet the Master. Oh, we’ll be walking on air! And then there will be one huge
family reunion with the Master. So reassure one another with these words.
Thessalonians 4:15-18, MSG
1-3 I don’t think, friends, that I need to deal with the question of when all this is going to happen. You know as well as I that the day of the Master’s coming can’t be posted on our calendars. He won’t call ahead and make an appointment any more than a burglar would. About the time everybody’s walking around complacently, congratulating each other—“We’ve sure got it made! Now we can take it easy!”—suddenly everything will fall apart. It’s going to come as suddenly and inescapably as birth pangs to a pregnant woman. – 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3, MSG
after three and a half days, the Living Spirit of God will enter them—they’re
on their feet!—and all those gloating spectators will be scared to death.”
12I heard a
strong voice out of Heaven calling, “Come up here!” and up they went to Heaven,
wrapped in a cloud, their enemies watching it all. – Revelation
6 “In the
middle of the night someone yelled out, ‘He’s here! The bride-groom’s here! Go
out and greet him!’
7-8 “The ten
virgins got up and got their lamps ready. The silly virgins said to the smart
ones, ‘Our lamps are going out; lend us some of your oil.’
answered, ‘There might not be enough to go around; go buy your own.’
10 “They did, but while they were out buying oil, the bridegroom arrived. When everyone who was there to greet him had gone into the wedding feast, the door was locked. – Matthew 25:6-10, MSG
Recently, I have been reading several Facebook postings in which some “Christians” declare that the prophesied pre-Tribulation (pre-Trib) Rapture of Christ’s saints (the Bride of Christ) will not be done secretly. These “Christians” claim that every eye will see this Rapture. Now, while many people in the Tribulation may see the mid-Tribulation (mid-Trib) Rapture of the two witnesses who were killed and resurrected from the dead (see Revelation 11:11-12), the mid-Trib Rapture is neither the same as the pre-Trib Rapture of Christ’s Bride (the overcomers/saints) nor the Second Advent (Christ’s prophesied Second Coming).
Christ’s Second Advent (His
Second Coming) happens when His feet touch down on the Mount of Olives and it
splits (see Zechariah 14:4). Every eye will see Him, as Christ returns
to earth with His saints/overcomers (see Revelation 1:7, Revelation
19:11-16). He comes back to bring judgment – God’s poured out Wrath – for those
who have rejected Him (Christ) as their Savior.
This Second-Coming event is
NOT the same as the pre-Trib Rapture of Christ’s Bride (saints/overcomers)
event. Scripture clearly states that during the pre-Trib Rapture – when the
Bride is caught up/taken up in the air (raptured) – Christ (the Bridegroom)
meets His Bride in the air and on a cloud (see 1 Corinthians 15:51-52,
Thessalonians 4:15-18, Matthew 25:6-10).
This pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Bride of Christ (when the dead in Christ
and those who are alive at the time the Bridegroom comes for His Bride are
removed off this earth) is imminent – can happen at any time – and it will happen
in secret because He will come for them like a thief in the night (see 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3). In contrast, His Second
Advent (Christ’s Second Coming) happens near the end of the seven-year
Tribulation, and every person who is alive on earth at the time of Christ’s second
bodily return will see Him coming with His Host of saints.
Once again, The pre-Trib Rapture is the event in which Christ returns to the earth but stays in the air and on a cloud. He will return, at that time and in that manner, because He will be fulfilling God’s Promise to remove all His saints/overcomers from the earth before Father God’s Wrath (the Tribulation Period) begins to pour out on the earth. The Second Coming (the Second Advent) is the event in which Christ returns to the earth (with the clouds – with His Host of raptured saints/the armies of Heaven). Christ will return to earth, at that time and in that manner, because He will be fulling God’s Promise to send the Lion of Judah to the Hebrews/Jewish people. Christ, as the Lion of Judah, will be bringing the Tribulation Period to an end by defeating the Antichrist and his evil world empire in the Battle of Armageddon.
Selah (pause and calmly
think about that). Shalom . . . .
…Satan…uses all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs, spurious wonders, and every form of evil deception in order to deceive those who are perishing because they rejected the love of the truth that would lead them to being saved.Because of this, God sends them a powerful delusion that leads them to believe what is false. So then all who found their pleasure in unrighteousness and did not believe the truth will be judged. – 2 Thessalonians 2:9b-12, TPT
THE POWERFUL DELUSION
Many followers of Christ believe that the powerful or strong delusion apostle Paul writes about in 2 Thessalonians 2:11 is the ungodly belief that the sudden disappearances of countless saints will not be because their disappearances were the fulfillment of the prophesied Rapture of the Bride (Body of Christ) but rather the saints’ disappearances will be because they were abducted by aliens. That’s right! An unbelievable number of left behinders will find it easier to buy into the lie that the followers of Christ were beamed up into UFOs than it is for them to believe these saints were truly caught up to meet the Lord in the air (1 Corinthians 15:52, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
this alien abduction belief has been a powerful/strong delusion for centuries.
Indeed, many who believe there are aliens “out there” are considered
to be members of a UFO religion – “any religion in which the existence of
extraterrestrial (ET) entities operating unidentified flying objects (UFOs) is
an element of [people’s] belief.” Moreover, several “adherents
believe that the arrival or rediscovery of alien civilizations, technologies and
spirituality will enable humans to overcome current
ecological, spiritual and social problems. Issues such as hatred, war, bigotry,
poverty and so on are said to be resolvable through the use of superior alien
technology and spiritual abilities. Such belief systems are also described as
millenarian in their outlook.”
A powerful delusion, indeed! Moreover, it appears that God will strengthen the left behinders’ ungodly beliefs and trust in aliens and alien abductions. The HolyBible indisputably describes horrific fifth and sixth trumpet events in Revelation that obviously happen during the Tribulation Period. Please keep in mind that the Book ofRevelation is definitely not written in chronological order.
To some biblical end-times prophecy interpreters, there are two separate invasions. These same biblical end-times prophecy interpreters say that the first invasion involves the LOCUSTS that come out of the pit of Hell, and these same biblical end-times prophecy interpreters say the second invasion involves the HORSES and their RIDERS that appear near the Euphrates River.
it is in Revelation chapter 9 that John describes God’s Divine Judgments
that look somewhat like scenes from science fictions’ alien invasion movies.
The Divine Judgments that are associated with the fifth and sixth trumpets are explained
as follows: 1. an opening that exposes a long vertical passage that sinks into
the earth and leads to the bottomless pit (abyss or pit of Hell) out of which
comes smoke and LOCUSTS (vv. 1-10); 2. a release of demonic invaders against
the earth and its inhabitants who are to the East of the Euphrates River (vv.
13-19). In the sited verses, John gives a detailed – and frightening –
description of these demonic invaders.
Unlike said biblical end-times prophecy interpreters, I don’t believe that the LOCUSTS and the HORSES and their RIDERS are two separate armies that face each other. I believe there is only one demonic invasion and that it is in two phases. I also believe the demonic forces of LOCUSTS and the HORSES and their RIDERS are the bulk of the third of angels that fell with Satan. Satan, thus, is another name for the leader of the LOCUSTS, whom John calls, in Hebrew, Abaddon, which means “destruction”; and who is, in Greek, called Apollyon, which means “destroyer-king” (Revelation 9:11). The reference to the bottomless pit is futuristic in nature, because in Revelation 20:1 John tells us that Satan will be chained in the bottomless pit. This chaining happens after the Tribulation Period but before Christ begins His millennial reign. After 1,000 years of Christ Jesus’ peaceful reign, Satan is released for a short time (Revelation 20:7), and then he is thrown in the Lake of Fire where the Beast or Antichrist and his False Prophet were thrown at the end of the Tribulation Period (Revelation 20:10).
That said, looking again at the HORSES and their RIDERS that John describes, it
is evident to me that they symbolize an incalculable portion of the FALLEN ANGELS Satan
had assigned to the revived Islamic/Ottoman Empire’s
region located to the East of Israel. Moreover, biblically speaking, the
Euphrates River – which always has been connected to Babylon – is the farthest eastern physical and spiritual boundary
of the land God promised to Israel.
Therefore, the four released FALLEN ANGELS that were previously chained in the
Euphrates River, no doubt, will divide this his huge demonic army into four
parts, and each one of these four released FALLEN ANGELS will lead its portion
of demons as they kill a third of humanity, from the four corners of the world,
via breathing out three plagues/weapons (fire, smoke, sulfur).
At one time, Satan (Abaddon or Apollyon) also ruled over these four FALLEN ANGELS, whose evildoings aren’t related to the FALLEN ANGELS who slept with the daughters of Adam; yet, their deeds were evil enough that these four FALLEN ANGELS were BOUND until it was time to release them during the Tribulation Period. However, it is important to also note here that by the time the sixth trumpet blows, the Antichrist will have become Satan incarnate. Perhaps this is the reason why God releases the four FALLEN ANGELS. They help the satanic Antichrist destroy as many lives as he can so that Christ Jesus cannot claim them.
according to John, the demonic LOCUSTS have “…the appearance of horses
equipped for battle. On their heads were what seemed like golden crowns. And
their faces were like human faces. 8 Their hair was long, like women’s hair,
and their teeth like lion’s teeth. 9 They wore breastplates that seemed like
iron, and their wings made a sound like the noise of horses and chariots rushing
into battle. 10 They had tails and stingers like scorpions, with power to
injure people for five months.” – Revelation
9:7-10, TPT (fifth trumpet)
John describes the demonic HORSES and their RIDERS that come from the East as
“…twice ten thousand
times ten thousand…horses with
riders wearing breastplates of fire and of sapphire and of sulfur. The horses
had lions’ heads breathing out fire and smoke and sulfur. 18 They killed a
third of humanity by these three plagues—the fire, the smoke, and the sulfur
that came from their mouths. 19 For the lethal power of the horses was in their
mouths and their tails, and their tails had snakes’ heads that inflict
injuries.” – Revelation 9:16-19, TPT (sixth trumpet)
I said earlier, in Revelation chapter 9, John is describing God’s Tribulation
Wrath or Divine Judgments. Clearly, John’s LOCUSTS
and the HORSES and their RIDERS’
descriptions come close to the descriptions of some of the aliens that are in many
sci-fi alien invasion movies. However, God’s Divine Judgments are not carried
out by aliens. In Revelation chapter 9, His Wrath is carried out by FALLEN ANGELS!
The FALLEN ANGELS are those angels who followed Lucifer in the Great Rebellion in Heaven. Not only did their consciousness fall to lower levels of awareness but also Archangel Michael and his legions of good angels cast these rebellious angels down to earth.
The FALLEN ANGELS are known by many names. Most of those names are as follows: the fallen ones, Luciferians, Watchers, Nephilim, giants in the earth, Satanists, Serpents, sons of Belial, etc. In the Book of Enoch chapters 6–10, the Book of Jubilees chapter 5, and the Dead Sea Scrolls (The Book of Giants), the FALLEN ANGELS left their heavenly estate to have sexual relations with the daughters of Adam.
In Noah’s day, God put the evilest of FALLEN ANGELS who created offspring with the daughters of Adam in chains and BOUND them in Tartarus (the deepest pit of gloom), where they had to wait for their final judgment. In the Holy Bible, specifically 2 Peter 2:4, the Greek term Tartarusis used to describe this deepest pit of gloom. Tartarus is a Hellenistic mythical term for the subterranean underworld, the lowest pit of Hell.
Now, in Hebraic legends/traditions, the evilest demon or evil spirit to whom, in the ancient rite of Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), a scapegoat was sent bearing the sins of the Hebrews, was called Azazel (see Leviticus 16:8-10). The Book ofLeviticus also reveals that Azazel is the legendary seed of the Serpent, which is why Azazel’s role in the Yom Kippur ceremony identifies him as the Messiah’s rival.
In the Holy Bible, God cursed the Serpent so that its seed would bruise the heel of Eve’s promised seed (Messiah). In the end-times, Eve’s seed, in turn, would crush the head of the Serpent’s child and destroy His seed who, according to Kabbalistic literature, is also Lilith’s child, Azazel. In Hebraic traditions, Azazel is presented as the one that plays the foil in the Yom Kippur ceremony – the second goat (the scapegoat).
Also according to Kabbalistic literature, in particular, The Zohar, Lilith is an evil, immoral, demonic figure working with Satan – often described as
Satan’s wife. Lilith also is described as the first female who existed before
Eve (see Genesis 1:27; initially, male and female were created at the
same time). Now, Lilith was supposedly Adam’s first wife who had a fallen out
with Adam and subsequently, after she allegedly spoke the secret name of God, she
vanished from the Garden of Eden. After that, Kabbalists say God then created
What most Holy Bible
readers either miss or have never heard of is that Azazel was
no ordinary Nephilim. Once again, Azazel was the offspring of Lilith who mated
with Semjaza, the leader of the Watchers (FALLEN ANGELS). Therefore,
Azazel was less human than all the other Nephilim, and the most
powerful. He was even more powerful than his father, Semjaza.
The prophet Isaiah expounds
further upon the Genesis prophecy about Eve’s seed crushing the head of
the Serpent’s child and destroying His seed. Isaiah 34:14 conveys that
in the end time, the slaying of the Serpent’s seed on Yom Kippur would result
in the spirit of Lilith being cast into the desert or wilderness of Edom. In
other words, it is God’s curse upon the Serpent and its seed (Lilith’s son,
Azazel) that becomes the basis of the symbolisms in the Yom Kippur ceremony in Leviticus
16 – a ceremony that actually foretells God’s final judgment of mankind.
Moreover, it is possible that the evil spirit Lilith is connected to Revelation’s Great Whore of Babylon. In the Book of Zohar, there is a “woman of whoredom,” who is called Isheth Zenunim (1:5a, 1:5b). Isheth Zenuim also is known as the evil demon called Lilith who also is known in Hebraic legends as the “screech owl,” and who is described in Isaiah 34:14 as living “in the wilderness.” This well-favored harlot known as Lilith or Lilitu, in Kabbalists’ legends, is the one who returned to Eden disguised as the Serpent who tempted Eve with the Fruit of the Tree of Knowledge. Her whorish relationship to the nations – as the one who sells nations through her whoredoms and families through her witchcraft – is found in Nahum 3:1-4. This evil spirit that is being described as a woman in the wilderness (desert) who is drunk from the blood of those who fell prey to her lies and sorceries (those who were slain) is very similar to the female end-time spirit John describes in Revelation 18:1-6. Selah . . . pause and calmly think about that.
FIRST BOOK OF ENOCH
1 And it came to pass when the children of men had multiplied that in those days were born unto 2 them beautiful and comely daughters. And the angels, the children of the heaven, saw and lusted after them, and said to one another: ‘Come, let us choose us wives from among the children of men 3 and beget us children.’ And Semjaza, who was their leader, said unto them: ‘I fear ye will not 4 indeed agree to do this deed, and I alone shall have to pay the penalty of a great sin.’ And they all answered him and said: ‘Let us all swear an oath, and all bind ourselves by mutual imprecations 5 not to abandon this plan but to do this thing.’ Then sware they all together and bound themselves 6 by mutual imprecations upon it. And they were in all two hundred; who descended in the days of Jared on the summit of Mount Hermon, and they called it Mount Hermon, because they had sworn 7 and bound themselves by mutual imprecations upon it. And these are the names of their leaders: Samjazaz, their leader, Araklba, Rameel, Kokablel, Tamlel, Ramlel, Danel, Ezeqeel, Baraqijal, 8 Asael, Armaros, Batarel, Ananel, Zaqiel, Samsapeel, Satarel, Turel, Jomjael, Sariel. These are their chiefs of tens. – 1Enoch 6
…And they have gone to the daughters of men upon the earth, and have slept with the 9 women, and have defiled themselves, and revealed to them all kinds of sins. And the women have 10 borne giants, and the whole earth has thereby been filled with blood and unrighteousness. And now, behold, the souls of those who have died are crying and making their suit to the gates of heaven, and their lamentations have ascended: and cannot cease because of the lawless deeds which are 11 wrought on the earth. And Thou knowest all things before they come to pass, and Thou seest these things and Thou dost suffer them, and Thou dost not say to us what we are to do to them in regard to these.’ – 1Enoch 9:8b-11
1 Then said the Most High, the Holy and Great One spake, and sent Uriel to the son of Lamech, 2 and said to him: ‘Go to Noah and tell him in my name “Hide thyself!” and reveal to him the end that is approaching: that the whole earth will be destroyed, and a deluge is about to come 3 upon the whole earth, and will destroy all that is on it. And now instruct him that he may escape 4 and his seed may be preserved for all the generations of the world.’ And again the Lord said to Raphael: ‘Bind Azazel hand and foot, and cast him into the darkness: and make an opening 5 in the desert, which is in Dudael, and cast him therein. And place upon him rough and jagged rocks, and cover him with darkness, and let him abide there for ever, and cover his face that he may 6,7 not see light. And on the day of the great judgement he shall be cast into the fire. And heal the earth which the angels have corrupted, and proclaim the healing of the earth, that they may heal the plague, and that all the children of men may not perish through all the secret things that the 8 Watchers have disclosed and have taught their sons. And the whole earth has been corrupted 9 through the works that were taught by Azazel: to him ascribe all sin.’ … – 1 Enoch 10:1-9a
BIBLE VERSES ABOUT FALLEN ANGELS AND THEIR OFFSPRING
4 The Nephilim were
on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to
the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. Those
were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown. – Genesis 6:4, NASB
8 Then Aharon is to cast lots for the two goats,
one lot for Adonai and the other for ‘Az’azel. 9 Aharon is to present the goat whose lot fell
to Adonai and offer it as a sin offering. 10 But the goat whose lot fell to ‘Az’azel is to be
presented alive to Adonai to be used for making atonement over it by
sending it away into the desert for ‘Az’azel. – Leviticus 16:8-10, CJB
8 And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats: one lot for Jehovah,
and the other lot for Azazel.
9 And Aaron shall present the goat upon which the lot fell for
Jehovah, and offer it [as] a sin-offering.
10 And the goat upon which the lot fell for Azazel shall be set alive
before Jehovah, to make atonement with it, to send it away as Azazel into the
wilderness. – Leviticus 16:8-10, DARBY
8 And Aaron shall cast
lots over the two goats, one lot for the Lord and
the other lot for Azazel. 9 And Aaron shall present
the goat on which the lot fell for the Lord and
use it as a sin offering, 10 but the goat on which
the lot fell for Azazel shall be presented alive before the Lord to make atonement over it,
that it may be sent away into the wilderness to Azazel. –
Leviticus 16:8-10, ESV
creatures of the desert will encounter jackals
the hairy goat will call to its kind;
(night demon) will settle there
herself a place of rest. – Isaiah 34:14,
Wildcats and hyenas will meet there;
and billy-goats call to each other;
Lilit [the night monster] will lurk there
and find herself a place to rest. – Isaiah 34:14,
14 And there shall the
beasts of the desert meet with the jackals, and the wild goat shall cry to his
fellow; the lilith also shall settle there, and find for herself a place of
rest. – Isaiah 34:14, DARBY
4 Now, don’t forget, God had no pity for the angels when they sinned but threw them into the lowest, darkest dungeon of gloom and locked them in chains, where they are firmly held until the judgment of torment. – 2 Peter 2:4, TPT
6 In the same way, there were heavenly messengers in
rebellion who went outside their rightful domain of authority and
abandoned their appointed realms. God bound them in everlasting chains and
is keeping them in the dark abyss of the netherworld until the
judgment of the great day.
7 In a similar way, the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and nearby
towns gave themselves to sexual immorality and the unnatural desire of
different flesh. Now they all serve as examples of those who experience
the punishment of eternal fire. – Jude vv. 6-7, TPT
Then the fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I
saw a star that fell from heaven to earth, and he was handed the key to the
shaft leading down to the pit of the deep. 2 He opened the shaft of the bottomless pit and
a blanket of smoke began to rise out of it, like the smoke of
a giant furnace. The sun and the atmosphere were darkened with the smoke rising
from the shaft.
3 And out of smoke appeared locusts swarming onto the earth, and they were given authority like that of scorpions to inflict pain. 4 They were told not to harm the grass, or any green growth or any tree, but only to afflict those who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads. 5 The locusts were given authority to torment them for five months, but not to kill them. Their painful torment is like the scorpion’s sting, 6 and during that time people will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die but death will elude them.
7 The locusts had the appearance of horses equipped for battle. On
their heads were what seemed like golden crowns. And their faces were like
human faces. 8 Their hair was long, like women’s hair, and their
teeth like lion’s teeth. 9 They wore breastplates that seemed like iron, and their wings made
a sound like the noise of horses and chariots rushing into battle. 10 They had tails and stingers like scorpions, with power to
injure people for five months. 11 The angel of the bottomless pit was king over them, and his name
in Hebrew is Destruction and in Greek Destroyer. – Revelation 9:1-11,
13 Then the sixth angel sounded his trumpet, and
I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar before God, 14 responding to the
sixth angel, who blew his trumpet, “Set free the four angels who are confined
at the great river Euphrates.”
15 So the four angels were released, who had
been prepared for the right hour, day, month, and year, to kill a third of
16 I heard the number of soldiers on
horseback—it was twice ten thousand times ten thousand. 17 And in my vision I
saw the horses with riders wearing breastplates of fire and of sapphire[m] and
of sulfur. The horses had lions’ heads breathing out fire and smoke and
sulfur. 18 They
killed a third of humanity by these three plagues—the fire, the smoke, and the
sulfur that came from their mouths. 19 For the lethal power of the horses was in
their mouths and their tails, and their tails had snakes’ heads that inflict
20 Those not killed by these plagues did not
repent of their deeds so that they would stop worshiping demons and idols of
gold, silver, bronze, stone, and wood—blind and mute idols that have to be
carried around. 21 And
they did not repent of their murders or their sorceriesor their
thefts or their immorality. – Revelation 9:12-21, TPT
The Dragon Defeated
a terrible war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against
the great dragon. The dragon and his angels fought back. 8 But the dragon did not have
the power to win and they could not regain their place in heaven. 9 So the great dragon was
thrown down once and for all. He was the serpent, the ancient snake called the
devil, and Satan, who deceives the whole earth. He was cast down into
the earth and his angels along with him. – Revelation 12:7-9, TPT
Then I saw a mighty angel
descending from the heavenly realm, holding a heavy chain and a key—the key of
the deep. 2 He
seized the dragon, that ancient serpent known as the devil and Satan, and bound
him for a thousand years. 3 The
mighty angel threw him into the pit, locked it, and sealed it so that he could
no longer deceive the nations until the thousand years were over. (After that
he must be loosed for a brief time.) – Revelation 20:1-3, TPT
From all the above-listed Book of Enoch and Holy Bible verses, it should be clear that God’s powerful delusion will be something that supports so many people’s current beliefs in aliens and alien abductions. Apparently, God will strengthen their ungodly beliefs with His alien-like Divine Judgments (His Wrath) – the LOCUSTS and the HORSES and their RIDERS – that He pours out on the earth during the Tribulation Period. A word to the wise should be sufficient.
THE PASSION TRANSLATION
9:1 [the pit of the deep] Or
“the well of the abyss.” This is the same Greek word found throughout the
Septuagint for “the deep.” …Jesus is the one who holds the keys of death and
Hades (Rev. 1:18), for he unlocked both and walked out triumphantly in
resurrection power. Many things are opened in Revelation (heaven, doors, books)
with the purpose of releasing a new understanding or revelation. There is a
deep place in the human heart, like a pit, that Jesus opens so that we can see
what has been there inside us.
9:3 Locusts emerged from the smoke. The smoke of the abyss is a picture
of deception. The lies of the enemy are a “smoke screen.” The locusts are a
picture of the words, actions, and lies of the religious system that dominates
and intimidates others (Nah. 3:17). It causes others to feel inferior, like
“grasshoppers” (or “locusts”)….
Revelation 9:4 The forehead is a metaphor for our thoughts, our minds. We must have the seal of sonship on our thoughts, the seal of God as our Father, or we will be tormented in our minds over our true identity in Christ.
Revelation 9:5 The Greek word used for “torment” (basanizo) is derived from the word touchstone, or “to examine and test” (the purity of gold and silver). Our thoughts must be examined and made pure in the truth of our sonship and identity before God, which gives us power over the “locusts” that sting like scorpions (demonic power).
9:6 As believers, we don’t seek to die, for we have already been
crucified with Christ (Gal. 2:20). This is difficult to interpret literally.
How strange it would be if those with mangled bodies still lived after trying
to kill themselves. This is a picture of believers who try to put themselves to
death, not recognizing that God has done so already through our co-crucifixion
with Christ. Many today still suffer the sting of a scorpion (erroneous
concepts of God and tormenting thoughts of self-hatred) until they see the
glory of Christ’s empty tomb and the resurrection life that is available to us.
9:7 These are not literal horses wearing literal crowns. The
words like, as, and appearing as are
found nine times in the Greek text in vv. 7-8. They come appearing as battle
horses to intimidate with counterfeit crowns, looking like they are on a
mission from God, but they are not genuine. They have what appears to be human
faces, pointing to the fact that they are false teachers and false apostles
with their fake crowns of gold. With hair like that of women and teeth like
those of a lion, they will seduce and tear apart those who come into their
9:10 See Isa. 9:14-15. The tail is a symbol of false teaching, the lies
of the enemy.
9:10 The life span of a locust in the region of Israel is about
five months. And there are five months from the last day of Passover to the
first day of the Feast of Tabernacles. Noah’s ark floated upon the floodwaters
for five months.
9:11 Or “Abaddon,” which means “destruction.”
9:11 Or “Apollyon,” which means “destroyer.” The Aramaic has “in
Hebrew, ‘Servant,’ and in Aramaic, ‘Prince.’” The devil holds no keys, for
Christ has destroyed the works of the devil and holds the keys of every realm,
including death and hell. Christ is the “angel” referred to in this passage. .
Revelation 9:14 “The great river Euphrates” is referred to over and over in Scripture as the boundary of Israel’s inheritance (Gen. 15:18; Josh. 1:4; 1 Kings 4:21). It becomes a symbol for us of the boundary of our spiritual inheritance, that which separates our “promised land” and religious “Babylon.” Many believers are “bound” at the boundary and living in less than what they are called to, but they will be loosed in the last days to enter their full inheritance (Eph. 1:10-11).
9:16 [twice ten thousand times ten thousand] Or “two myriads of myriads,” a symbolic
number, an incalculable number of enormous proportions. The Aramaic and some
Greek manuscripts have “twice ten thousand” or “twenty thousand.” It is clear
by reading vv. 14-16 that the four messengers become the myriad of
horsemen. They are the overcoming ones who are ready to wage war for the Lamb.
The locust army and the army of horsemen are two armies facing each other and
both are prepared for battle. See Joel 1:4; 2:1-3, 11.
Revelation 9:17 [sapphire] Or “hyacinth.”
9:17 The Greek word for “sulfur,” theiōdēs, comes
from the word theios, which means “divine in character” or
“godlike.” The verb form of this word is theioo and means “to
hallow,” “to make divine,” or “to dedicate to a god.”
9:18 That is, their burning words carried great power and authority.
9:20 [have to be carried around] Or “cannot walk about.”
9:21 The Greek word pharmakeia implies drug usage.”