Sunday, December 4, 2016
Trumpet Warnings Series #10 – Part 120 of Riddles, Enigmas & Esoteric Imagery of Revelation
I am sorry for the three-month hiatus in the middle of this series, but this blog is up and running again. Thank you faithful followers for your patience.
We have been studying the metaphors, enigmas and symbolism of Revelation 8 & 9. When we were last together we were about to examine Rev. 8:13. And I looked, and I heard an angel flying through the midst of Heaven, saying with a loud voice, “Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound.”
The exclamation of grief from the angel in this text is of a desperate nature, since it is expressed loudly three times, so we must pay close attention to the next trumpet warnings, These three woes that are coming will adversely affect everything on the planet – man, animals and vegetation – all life forms. What are the ominous warnings – woes – of the 5th & 6th angels?
Within the sound of the 5th & 6th trumpet warnings, there is a sure and menacing darkness about to cover the whole world, bringing a frightful doom and gloom to all the inhabitants of the earth. This ominous warning begins to manifest at the outset of the Dark Ages. It is during this time in history that nefarious and vile false religious doctrines appeared – abominable and wicked – twisting and perverting the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Then the fifth angel sounded: and I saw a star fallen from Heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless pit…and he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. So the sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit…Rev.9:1-2.
This angel’s warning is an imminent and portentous pronouncement. Who does the star symbolize in this verse? In #7 of this series we defined the star symbolism as Wormwood…see Rev. 8:10-11. The full meaning of wormwood: to curse, poison, make bitter – tyranny. Wormwood symbolizes Satan. It is this star that Jesus was referring to when He said…I saw Satan fall like lightning from Heaven…Luke 10:18. What does this fallen star do against the people of the earth?
Satan is a title, describing an advanced manifestation of the vile character of Lucifer, who is described as the morning star. By defining the symbolism and using confirming scripture, we can easily see that the fallen star is Satan – ruler of the bottomless pit – Hell. But Satan has never needed a key to his home, so the key must have symbolic meaning. What does the key symbolize?
Since the key opens the bottomless pit to let out smoke from the great furnace, we know that the key symbolizes a specific evil that has been waiting to be released upon the earth…at God’s appointed time…Rev. 9:15. God gave the fallen star the key, symbolizing that he is permitted to release the most repugnant and revolting wickedness upon the earth, with a specific designation and a specific time period.
What ominous and malevolent spirits have been reserved in the bottomless pit that will now be allowed to be released upon planet earth, according to the trumpet blast of the 5th angel?
When Satan opened the door of this chamber in the bottomless pit, a hot suffocating smoke burst out, quickly permeating the atmosphere. What does smoke symbolize when it is released from the fiery furnace of Hell? In this reference, smoke symbolizes lies, heresies, evil inclinations, doctrines of demons, and every dark superstitious machinations of Satan himself – intrusive and pervasive – insidiously infiltrating and influencing powerful government leaders – symbolized by darkened sun.
The scripture also says that the Air was darkened. What does this symbolize? Stay tuned…
God’s sheep question the doctrines of men…sheeple follow without question~~