Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Revelation Chapter Nine

   The meaning of this chapter of Revelation is of the greatest importance right now, to the chosen ones. Why? Because it has already begun fulfillment. What it contains can enlighten these chosen ones, concerning the most urgent of questions posed to them right now... How may I become sealed?
We see that this chapter is essentially divided into two parts.
The first part has already been undergoing fulfillment. The second has also begun for many. The dividing line between these two parts is where each chosen one must take action, and manifest their choice to be sealed conquerors (Rev.12:11; 6:9,11).

Of course there are many interpretations of Revelation. Most assume that these signs will be fulfilled within the visible world around us (2 Cor 5:7). Yet, as we know, this world is totally controlled by Satan (1 John 5:19; John12:31) Knowing that his main occupation is deception (Rev 12:9; John8:44), and that this effort is especially directed toward the Chosen (Rev. 12:15,17; 16:13; Matt.24:24; 2Thess.2:9; 2Cor.11:14,15), would we really be surprised if he maneuvered the Nations totally within his power, to emulate a counterfeit fulfillment
(2Thess.2:9,2; 2Cor.11:3; Rev.12:15; 16:14; 1Tim.4:1; Eph.6:12)? (http://pearl-anillustration.blogspot.com/)

  Since the genuine spiritual fulfillment is already upon us 
(see pearl-sign.blogspot.com ), I hope you will examine the evidence of this. Compare this fresh view of Revelation with the spiritual realities around us, and see if you recognize what is, the truthful interpretation.

Revelation, chapter 9:
Verse 1: "And a fifth angel blew his trumpet. And I saw a star that had fallen from heaven to the earth"
Who is this star?

         [This star has this same description in the previous chapter Rev. 8:10]. It was one who had been enrolled in the heavens (Heb. 12:23; Rev. 1:20; Gen.26:4; Eph.2:6) as an illuminary (Matt.5:14,15,16; Phil.2:15; Dan.12:3; Luke12:25). But it is now described as "fallen" (Rev.8:10; 2:5; Eze.28:17; Hosea 4:6; Amos 5:2,5,6,7; Luke 13:26,27; Zeph. 3:1; Isa. 14:12; 2Pet.3:17; 1Cor.10:12). All hope of this heavenly position has been lost (Heb.6:4,5,6). Why? Because this star, "Wormwood", has defiled the living water of truth (Rev. 8:11; Zeph. 3:4; Jer.23: 1,2,15,16). The results are that a third (a significant part, but not most) of it's teachings, are false. How could this be "Christendom", if these were in Covenant with Jehovah, and only one third of the "waters" are impure?
  You heard it said that these waters are people, not teachings. However, by a careful study of the following scriptures, the real meaning of the words, "rivers" and "fountains of waters", as used in chapter 8, are made clear. (see John 4:14; 7:38)  Note: the "streams" recorded here are "rivers" in the original Greek) (Rev. 7:17; 22:1)  note: "Wormwood" falls on living waters of truth, not people.This adulterating of the clear "waters of truth", naturally results in truth being beclouded, and the darkening of spiritual light (Rev. 8:12). This chapter ends with an angel declaring that there will now be woe to the "earth", resulting from the truth having been adulterated (Isa.1:2,4; Jer.6:17,19,8,9,14).

Verse 1 continues: "and the key of the pit of the abyss was given it" (Prov.28:10; Jer.18:22; Lam.4:20). The Greek word for abyss, literally means, "the deep". An Abyss is so deep, that eventually, descending light ends, and it's depth becomes pure darkness. This is in harmony with the rest of the Greek meaning...that of the sea. The death and deception stemming from Satan, is compared to the deep ocean/pit/abyss. The deeper one goes into the teachings of Satan, the darker one's understanding becomes in the knowledge of bad (Rev.2:24). So too, the descent into death (Ps.9:15,17; 30:2,3). Therefore, according to the meaning of "Abyss", this is the dark pit of death, over which Satan rules (Rom.10:7). Satan received this power (key) over death in the Garden of Eden. He has authority to send there, any who sin (Heb.2:14b). He can bring forth according to his design, clever machinations to cause death (1Pet.5:8; Eph.6:11). He is the Ruler over all darkness (Eph.6:12), and can prevent spiritual light from shining through (2Cor.4:4).
(However, we now see that he is willing to share this authority (key) with Wormwood, the fallen star.)
  By accepting this key, Wormwood has "concluded a Covenant with death" (Isa.28:15-19). She has accepted power over spiritual darkness and the death that results from it (Eze.13:17,18,21,22,23). She now believes that she has the God-given power to deceive and kill, anyone she wishes (Rev.17:6; 18:23,24). 

Drunk with power, she has grossly forgotten her proper place before God. By using this key (power to deceive and kill), she will cause the death of many (Rev.8:11; 18:5; 17:15).

    At Romans 10:7, this abyss (deep darkness, pit) is equated with the first death, from which there can be a resurrection.(see also Eze.28:8)
An Abyss is bottomless. In harmony with this, Proverbs 30:15,16 says that Sheol is never full or satisfied. And in Proverbs 27:20, we learn that Sheol is, the "place of destruction" (This is the meaning of Apollyon, the King of the Abyss. Rev.9:11).
Hebrews 2:14 shows that Satan has been given "the means to cause death" (key to Abyss).  He acquired that in Eden. At Rev.11:7, the murderous "Wild Beast" that "kills" God's chosen ones, also comes from this abyss. Jesus would not send forth a beast to kill his chosen ones. The "Angel/King" over it, then, is not Our Lord Jesus Christ.

  When we are told that the fallen star of this abyss is given the key, how can we be certain that the original owner is Satan, and the star receiving the key from him, is fallen Wormwood? Some believe that this is Jesus, being handed the key by Jehovah. Jesus is never described as fallen from heaven, but rather, as one who steps down out of heaven. Authority over heaven and earth has already been given him, and no one can take this position away Matt.28:18. He therefore, can not "fall from heaven" (Phil.2:9,10).
  Those who are cast into this abyss of death, can be restored to life (Romans 10:7). On the other hand, Jehovah holds the power of Gehenna, the "second death" (Rev.20:14; Luke 12:4,5). This first death that originated with Satan (in the Garden of Eden), is an enemy to Jehovah. Jehovah views this abyss, and it's key, as contemptible and valueless (Matt.10:28; Eze.33:11). He has determined that it be "brought to nothing" (1Cor.15:26). Jesus was willing to suffer and die to accomplish the acquisition of the Keys to Death and Hades. Once Jesus conquered Satan's world by dying faithful to God, he received authority over death (Rev.1:18) by paying the ransom. Once the Kingdom administration of 144,000 is finally completed, Jesus will arrest this authority over death, from Satan; and imprison him within this Abyss of death that Satan himself designed.

  The only righteous use of this key, is for the restraint of Satan during the Thousand Years. He deserves the same cup he himself has measured out (Matt.7:2; Ezekiel 11:21). Only then will Jesus make use of this key, to bind it's original owner (Rev.20:1-3). This will end the power of Satan's Abyss  to deceive the Nations for the duration of Judgement Day (Rev.20:3). Jesus' past "victory over death" will result in the abyss of death being cast into Gehenna, to be destroyed forever (Rev.20:14; 2Tim.1:10).

  We are also told that the angel who is over what is born from this deep, death-dealing darkness, is called Abaddon and Apollyon. Both these names are rendered "Destroyer". The fact that this name is given in both Hebrew and Greek, shows that this role as "destroyer" has been consistent throughout the history of God's people [Heb.11:28; Exo.12:12,23 (Job1:11,12)...As we see from Job...Jehovah is attributed with what he allows Satan to do.]. This one is king over deception, death, Sheol, and the "place of destruction" (see Prov.27:20). Satan and his Sons have always been associated with death and destruction, exercising their power to kill (represented by the key) the prophets, and even the Son of Man (Gen.3:15; John14:30). Satan has also targeted Jesus' anointed disciples throughout the centuries. (Gen.3:15; 1Cor.4:9)
But according to scripture, this granted authority to kill will be removed from him (Heb.2:14). Through the ransom, Jesus earned authority over death (1Cor.15:57). He will use his authority and power to release from this abyss of death (Rev.20:13), anyone God remembers, during the resurrection. 1John3:8 says that Jesus will "break up the works of the Devil". At that time, Jesus will forcefully take ownership of this key, bringing to nothing Satan's power to cause spiritual darkness and death (Hebrews 2:14; Hosea 13:14; Matt.13:43).
This key then, is not always held by the same identity.
In Rev. 20:1-3, Jesus is seen as stepping down out of heaven with the key to the abyss. [He and his brothers are never seen as  fallen. Even while dying faithful, they are seen as victorious. (1Cor.15:57)]
Jesus will bind this powerful wicked spirit with a "great chain"; casting him into the pit of this first death, until his resurrection (Rev. 20:3,7). After the final test (Rev.20:8,9), he will be cast into the "Lake of Fire", the "second death", never to be seen again (Rev 20:10).

We are told of Jesus, "The last Adam became a life-giving spirit" (1Cor. 15:45). And Jesus said, "As long as I am in the world, I am the world's light"! John 9:5. What Jesus is primarily known for, is certainly not in harmony with what "Abaddon" is consistently known for in both Hebrew and Greek; death, darkness, deception, and destruction.

        If we accept the premise that the fallen star of this abyss, "Wormwood", has entered into a covenant with, and is now a servant of; the King of Deception and Death, Satan; it is of great interest how the rest of this chapter unfolds.

Why would Satan choose to hand his Key (authority) over to a fallen anointed one(s), who was a "great star burning as a lamp" (Rev.8:10)?
Remember, his aim is to reach "the remaining ones of her seed". Perhaps this former "great lamp" is in a better position to reach them. Satan...the one who originally worked through a snake, is more than happy to work through a more acceptable form (offspring of vipers) to reach his target. What does this "fallen star" who has access to the anointed, choose to do with this Key of deception that she has been handed?

Verse 2: "And it opened the pit of the abyss, and smoke ascended out of the pit as the smoke of a great furnace, and the sun was darkened, also the air, by the smoke of the "pit".

           This confirms that the Abyss has nothing to do with Christ or Jehovah God. At 1John 1:5 we read, "God is light, and there is no darkness at all in union with him."
We are again taken back to the previous chapter 8, verse 12. (Rev.8:10,11,12 *)
This "smoke" conceals spiritual light, and darkens the other heavenly illuminaries.  Ascending from the pit of death, this smoke goes forth to do the will of the original holder of the key, Satan. It is his will that spiritual light be beclouded by this death-dealing smoke. Satan has authority over the "air", and chooses to darken it (Eph.2:2)  This dark stream of deception coming from Satan's Abyss (sea- Eze.28:8), is the very same river that Satan disgorges from his "mouth" (Rev.12:15; Isa.28:15). The Abyss IS the an equivalent to Satan's mouth. This mouth is never satisfied with souls he drinks down (1Pet.5:8;Rev.12:4). This mouth always spews forth his dark, lethal lies (John 8:44; Rev.12:15).This fallen star Wormwood, has accepted this powerful "key" from Satan, cooperating fully with "Apollyon". She will unlock and use the power of the Abyss. As we will see, Wormwood also chooses to share her new-found deceptive powers...by unleashing and empowering with authority, those who submit to her and her deceptions...

Verse 3: "And out of the smoke locusts came forth upon the earth; and authority was given them"...

            Those who accept and promote these deceptions, are seen as creatures that emerge from within this "smoke". These are born from, and given power through, the beclouding of truth. They are in the midst of the "darkness" (Eph.4:18) and are alienated from God's light. Light is not in these ones (John 11:10; Prov.2:13). These swarm forth into the vicinity of the "earth". This dark smoke/river from which these creatures swarm, defiles and darkens all the air (Lam.3:6). They are not from Christ. 1John1:6 reads, "If we go on walking in the darkness, we are lying and are not practicing the truth." This dark spawn, has been given great authority and power over God's people, 
by Wormwood.

  When God's word calls this swarm, scorpions; what is the interpretation of that name, according to God?
To know, we need the Bible's definition. We learn who they are, in the Bible's other references to them...
Deut.8:15; Eze.2:6; Luke 10:19. They are never seen in a good light....at least, not by God himself.
These ones are numerous and ravenous, as signified by their locust attributes (Jer.8:14,15,16; 46:23,28; Isa.33:1,4; Joel1:4,6,7,8; 2:25; Amos7:1,2; Nahum3:15,16,17)

Verse 3 continues: "...the same authority as the scorpions of the earth have.". What authority do scorpions have? Scorpions sting 70% of the time, in the hands. They also sting the feet. They cause great pain, and usually paralysis. And so, these ones have the authority to cause great pain and inactivity, effecting both the deeds (hands) and progress (feet) of others. At whom do they aim their "sting"?

Verse 4: "And they were told to harm no vegetation of the earth nor any green thing nor any tree, but only those men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads".

            These "living" things are of lower station than men, yet, in Jehovah's eyes, though fragile in form, they have the potential for spiritual life. These are not the main target of these locust/scorpions. Their target is a higher form of life...men who are as yet, unsealed.
  At first glance this may seem to be describing men who are alienated from God. But, at Rev. 7:3, the earth and trees are only protected from harm, until the "slaves of God" are finished being sealed. Therefore, while this vegetation of the earth remains safe and "unharmed" by these locusts, there are still slaves of God who are as yet, unsealed. The "sealing" work is not yet finished. These as yet, unsealed ones, are the ones who are targeted by these Locust/Scorpions. They are in a precarious situation indeed. These prospective Kingdom Heirs will be tested as Job was, before they prove worthy. Satan has demanded it! (see Luke 22:31) Satan and his deceptions are stinging them! How do these "unsealed" men fare?

Verse 5: "And it was granted the Locusts, not to kill them, but that these should be tormented five months, and the torment upon them was as torment by a scorpion when it strikes a man.


            Take note! Once again Satan is limited in his testing of God's servants.
 At Job 2:6 we read, "Accordingly Jehovah said to Satan: "There he (Job) is in your hand! Only watch out for his soul itself!"
So, as with Job, Jehovah "grants" the testing of these unsealed ones, but also as with Job, he does not grant these Locust/Scorpions to go as far as killing them previous to their being sealed.

Yet, as was also the case with Job, Jehovah does allow these unsealed ones to be tormented. This is the same word used to describe Lot's torment over the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah. We know that in the original Greek, this torment is also associated with being jailed. This connects well with the paralysis that would be caused by the sting of a scorpion. During this time of torment, pain, inactivity, and bondage; these unsealed ones suffer greatly. They are being prevented from fulfilling their God-given potential. Yet we see there is a limit to this bondage.

  Five months. This is the lifespan of the Locust. Yet these locusts/scorpions are on earth and have influence over these unsealed ones. They are therefore, literally human. Therefore, this "lifetime" may be the lifetime of a literal human. Why depict these sinful men as having an insect's lifespan? Because that is how long Jehovah views the life expectancy of these hideous sinful creatures who persecute Christ's brothers. He will not grant these eternal life. For, they have given their loyalty to Wormwood, and not to Jehovah. In contrast, these unsealed "men" are seen as having more potential for life. Once sealed, their future life is secured (2Tim.4:7,8; Rev.20:6; 1Cor.15:53).
Yet, what is meant by this 5 month period (locust lifespan) of torment? Let us translate the literal human lifespan of these "locust/scorpions". The Bible tells us how long this is. At Psalm 90:10 we read, "In themselves the days of our years are seventy years; And if because of special mightiness they are eighty years, Yet their insistence is on trouble and hurtful things; For it must quickly pass by, and away we fly". This period of 70-80 years, has been fulfilled on target.

  We are told that during this lifespan of 70-80 years, that these unsealed ones would be under the power of these locust/scorpions. They would be dominated and tormented as if stung by a scorpion. How may this have been fulfilled?
  In 1935, a man-made doctrine became a decree. All those chosen by Christ himself were not accepted and welcomed as authentic anointed ones. Since that year, these ones being collected together by Christ were discouraged from coming forward and partaking. These "children" were being "hindered" (see Matt.19:14). But even more serious, they were being fully denied their rightful commission. They were prevented from feeding Christ's sheep. They were being shut out from their rightful place within the Body of  the Christ.
Being humble and in subjection according to their nature, they submitted to those whom they believed had  authority over them. These unsealed ones were successfully restrained; being disrespected, dominated, denied, hindered,  and unrecognized, beginning in 1935.
 But recall, this paralyzed state was to have a time limit. 70-80 years. If we count ahead 70 years, we arrive at 2005. Have these past 5 years seen a change in the bondage of the invited ones? Yes. Especially clear this past year (2010)...With the major public release of a new man-made doctrine, it has been decreed that these newly emerging anointed, should be allowed to partake unhindered, and not be judged by others. This release occurs at the midpoint between 70&80 years. But these references to accepting the new anointed, started trickling forth, in 2005, at the fulfillment of 70 years.
Why 70-80 years, and not a definite moment? Because this prophecy involves many individuals. Each one will grasp the realities and respond according to their own maturation. By the end of this decade, the issues will be glaring. Within that climate, a chosen one will either be loyal and side with Jehovah, or, with Wormwood (by remaining in submission to her locust/scorpions).

  However, the enlightenment that really sets these unsealed ones free at this time, comes from outside the realm of the abyss.(Joel 2:32;3:1) Their awakening liberation does not stem from or depend upon doctrines of Wormwood, who held them captive. This fallen star's hand was forced to release a new decree, when these chosen ones were moved by spirit to defy the "smoke", proving Wormwood and Satan, liars. Those breaking free of darkness, have been divinely released from Satan's river (Rev.9:14).Their defiance initiates the second half of Chapter 9, which we will reach at verse 13.

  Yet, Rev. chapter 9 is not finished telling us what those years leading up to their release (70-80 year duration) would be like for these unsealed men. Let us continue in verse 6.

Verse 6: "And in those days the men will seek death but will by no means find it, and they will desire to die but death keeps fleeing from them." 

(see Job3:21,22; Jer.8:3)

           We may think that torture is only for those whom God hates, but let us return to the account of Job. At
Job 14:13 we read, "O that in Sheol you would conceal me, That you would keep me secret until your anger turns back, That you would set a time limit for me and remember me!"
Job also sought death as an escape from his torture.
  Job believed that God was at the source of his suffering. Humble Job concluded that God was perhaps rightfully angry with him. The unsealed chosen ones would also be confused, believing that Jehovah sanctioned the treatment they suffered. After all, this was occurring within His so-called "house".
These unsealed ones would not yet be educated to understand that Jesus himself warned of a "drunken steward" at the head of his anointed household, who would be "beating his fellow slaves". For a long 70-80 years, these unsealed ones would be in pain and bondage. This test though, is not originating with God. He is allowing Satan, as He did with Job, to test his servants before they are sealed (La.3:33,19-21,31-33,55-57).Yet, death would keep fleeing from them, because the future held Jehovah's purpose for them, for which they needed to spiritually survive (Isa38:16).

A righteous sacrificial death also flees from them, because knowledge of how to fulfill this requirement, is withheld.
(Rev.9:6; Job3:21; 7:15; Jer.8:3) (Mark8:35; Amos8:12,11; Rev.6:5,6; Micah2:7; Rev.11:2; Hosea4:6)

Rev. Chapter 9 continues with a closer description of these tormentors.

Verse 7: "And the likenesses of the locusts resembled horses prepared for battle; and upon their heads were what seemed to be crowns like gold"

            These ones who come forth from the abyss of untruth, are prepared to be offensive against those chosen by Christ. 
(Jer.6:23; Isa.5:30). They will defend the untruths. Their loyalty is with the fallen star, and not with Jehovah God.

 They are in the midst of the emerging smoke, so we can assume they are fully overcome by it's deceptive powers. They, like Doeg the servant of Saul, would kill anyone to keep his position and favor with the current power. (see 1Sam.21:7; 22:16,18)
Therefore, it is no surprise that those more interested in the favor of the powerful men of Wormwood (a great star burning as a lamp Rev.8:10,11), would be willing to ignorantly obey; even if it resulted in the suppression of God's chosen ones.
How could these Locust/Scorpions really dominate over chosen ones?

Notice, that they have upon their heads, what    seems like    crowns of gold. 
Yes, they do exercise authority, as if God-given. But this authority is not what it seems. After Wormwood's hidden fall from God's favor, the real authority over these creatures still under her, is now Satan.

The wearers of these crowns cannot compare to those truly chosen by Holy Spirit. They have in fact, stolen authority from the true heirs. This injustice will not last indefinitely. These so-called princes will have their proud counterfeit crowns removed.
(For more information about elders being appointed by Holy Spirit, see the article, "Are Elders Spirit-Appointed?"

Verse 8: "but they had hair as women's hair" (1Cor.11:15)

            Although possessing crowns like sovereigns, the long-haired locust/scorpions power is backed by the fallen star. All muscle flexed by these hideous creatures, is in total subjection...not only to the fallen star and Satan, but also to the smoke-like deceptions that propel this disgraceful army forth. (1Cor.11:14)

Verse 8 continues: "And their teeth were as those of lions"  Yes, while in full subjection to Satan, (the roaring lion seeking to devour the chosen), their hurtfulness resembles the hunger of an uncontrolled wild beast. (see 1Cor. 15:30-34,32*; Joel 1:6-8; Eze. 22:25-29; Zeph3:2) Their mouths do not hold back bringing forth the tearing of flesh. Their words that are rooted in man-made lies, do not seem to harm the green vegetation of the earth; for now.
But to the chosen ones, the sound of death-dealing untruths is like being tormented with the greatest pains. These scorpions have the authority to falsely accuse and expel the faithful (John 16:2). It hurts no less than having ones flesh ripped apart and wishing for death. Why?
The hearts of these as yet, unsealed ones, are postured to become as those sealed conquerers described at Rev.14:5;
"and no falsehood was found in their mouths; they are without blemish."
How tormented they are to witness God's people being mislead by these empowered ones! How tortured they are to be subjected to their injustices, even personally! These are grieved to see what has befallen Jehovah's named people! (Eze.9:4; Isa.28:7,8)
If these chosen ones were to speak up and humbly beg for reasonableness from these Locust/scorpions, even based upon scripture; how may these creatures react? We are given a clue in verse 9.

Verse 9: "And they had breastplates like iron breastplates"

           Yes, the hearts of these deceived creatures are beyond reach. Even if approached with tears, their hardheartedness is impenetrable. They render merciless decrees against the Chosen, because they are in unbreakable subjection to the "fallen star", Wormwood, whom they have come to worship. They have been given the power, authority and position that their heart desires. They do not desire to be a true slave of God, which requires humility, inferiority, love, and subjection to Christ. They have no desire to honor the chosen Holy Ones..."the least of Christ's brothers" (Matt.25:40). They deserve the future consequences for their error. Jesus clearly forewarned those who would mistreat the least (not the greatest) of his brothers.

Verse 9 continues:  "And the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running into battle."
How could a meek brother of Christ singlehandedly deflect such a force? As their Queen, Wormwood, continues to direct the strategies and campaigns of these false "princes" with "crowns", no human will be able to deter them.(Rev.13:7,4)

Verse 10: "Also, they have tails and stings like scorpions; and in their tails is their authority to hurt the men five months."

             Here we are given a critical additional detail. This paralysis and pain that goes on for 70-80 years, is called "hurt".
This original Greek word means, "to treat unrighteously".
Are we to believe that these are servants of God?    They are acting "unrighteously"!(see Romans 6:13; Ps. 92:15; 1John 5:17)
The definition of "unrighteous" is:
Sinful, unjust, unmerited, wicked, intolerable interference.
According to Rev.19:11, Jesus carries on war "in righteousness"!
 Are we still to believe that the unrighteous treatment these hideous creatures unleash upon the unsealed, comes from Christ; the righteous and true One (1Pet.2:22)? Is he their King? Verse 11 tells us.

Verse 11: "They have over them a king, the angel of the abyss. In Hebrew his name is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apollyon."

             This fact tells us that the king above Wormwood, is the ultimate holder of the Key. This "Angel of the Abyss" is the ultimate leader of these hurtful creatures (Rev.9:11). He is known predominantly as Destroyer or Destruction (Isa.33:1; Heb.11:28; Ex.12:23; John10:10). Judas Iscariot was called "the son of destruction", though previously, an apostle (John17:12). We are also told that "Satan entered into him" to impel Judas into action against Christ (John13:27; Luke22:3). If Judas then became the "son" of "Destruction" by doing the Devil's will, then according to Jesus himself...those who do the will of Satan, are his sons. John 8:44 reads, "You are from your father the Devil, and you wish to do the desires of your father". Therefore, if Judas became the son of the "Devil" when he did that one's will, and he is also called the "son of 'Destruction'", then Satan can also be called, Destruction, or, Destroyer.

The other son of the Destroyer mentioned in scripture, is the "man of lawlessness / sin" (2Thess.2:3).
  If a former apostle was used by Satan to betray Jesus 
up to be killed, then we are not surprised that Satan would similarly use a former chosen one, "Wormwood", and her minions, to destroy Jesus' remnant of brothers.

 In speaking of Satan and his destructive persona, Jesus continued, "That one was a manslayer when he began, and he did not stand fast in the truth...he is a liar and the father of the lie". Since the "Destroyer"'s name is given to us in both Hebrew and Greek, we are being told that his destructive role as the destroyer has been consistent throughout the history of God's people and prophets, just as Jesus here described him to be. ("a manslayer when he began", and continues to be so to the end of the scriptures).(Romans 5:14) Although Jesus will determine God's judgment of life and death (Rev.13:8; John5:22; Rom.2:16; 1Cor.4:5; Heb.4:12,13; John12:48), he has not been a constant destroyer of life, nor a murdering executioner (John10:10).
  So certainly, Satan could be the King of a death pit that spews forth lies and murderous hatred for both Christ and his "brothers"(Rev.11:7). The identity of this King, "Destroyer",  is clear. He is the "King of the Abyss"....the King and Originator of Death/Sin/Deceptive Lies/the Abyss (Sea/Deep) pearl-Leviathan.blogspot.com.

Now that this woe has been fully exposed by Revelation; verse 12 concludes, "The one woe is past. Look! Two more woes are coming after these things".
The 70-80 year bondage of the unsealed ones is completed. They have before them a new purpose. How will they take it up?

Verse 13: "And the sixth angel blew his trumpet. And I heard one voice out of the horns of the golden altar that is before God".

             The source of this woe stands out in stark contrast to the previous one. This woe is initiated from a clean ("before God") power ("horn"), coming from God's true worship arrangement ("altar"). It arises from the free will, power, courage, and integrity (horn) of one ("one voice") who is rendering clean sacrifice (altar) that Jehovah finds pleasing (before God).
The voice commands:..

Verse 14: "Untie the four angels that are bound at the great river Euphrates"!
  While under the effects of spiritual darkness and paralysis, the "unsealed men" were under the delusion that they were obliged to submit to the locust/scorpions. They need to awaken and arise to the scriptures which state,
"Do you not know that if you keep presenting yourselves to anyone as slaves to obey him, you are slaves of him because you obey him...?"
"You were bought with a price; stop becoming slaves of men."
"If I were yet pleasing men, I would not be Christ's slave."
"Slave for the master, Christ."
"No one can slave for two masters."
(Rom.6:16; 1Cor.7:23; Gal.1:10; Matt.6:24; Col.3:24)
These scriptures clearly call the chosen to arise out of submission to men, and remember that they have been called by Jehovah. The time for intimidation is over. Arise and be men for their Master, Christ. "We must obey God as ruler, rather than men"! Have men been holding you back from obeying Jehovah? Have you let them stop you from being baptized or from partaking, even though you are clear that this is what God requires of you?

If so, heed the command given in Rev.9:14. If you desire to be a sealed "angel" of God, Be Untied!
You do not depend on the permission of men in order to obey God!

verse 14: "Untie the four angels that are bound at the great river Euphrates".

              "Four" stands for universal, as in the four corners of the earth. "Angels" are messengers, and the anointed are called angels as well (Rev.2:1).
Who would tie up and bind Jehovah's angels? Certainly not those obeying Jehovah. Could this be the same "torment", or, jailing of the anointed we just finished seeing in verse 5? We know that the paralysis of the unsealed men just ended with the completion of five months. They are then set free from subjection to the smoke-spawned locust/scorpions. They are saved from Satan's river of lies (Rev.12:16; 9:14).The lies that paralyzed them, no longer cloud their spiritual vision, keeping them "bound". Jehovah has limited their time of ignorant darkness. (1Pet.2:9,10; Jer.28:2; Isa.51:21,22,23; 52:1,2)
    These angels are about to have the same experience, being "untied". Their new found freedom carries with it a commission. Should they fulfill it, they would be fully identified as God's angels ("messengers"), or sealed ones. To be sure that these "angels" are the transformed unsealed men, it may help to reveal what the "great river Euphrates" is that these angels are about to be released from.

                                                         CONTINUATION   I

Let me take you back one verse, to verse 13. Spirit directs that the identity of this voice be unveiled. Insight into the identity of this voice, is given us in scripture.
This is not the first time Jehovah has sent out a call to direct the faithful. This call, as the others before it, Heralds a threshold of great spiritual change, vital direction, and precedes the execution of Jehovah's judgments. It is given in harmony with Jehovah's mercy and justice. It is given through whom Jehovah chooses and enables; whom he cleanses for this task. By identifying the past Heralds, we are given insight into how we may fully appreciate this announcement, as well as the spiritual identity of this "voice". The role of this voice, has been fulfilled by a number of individuals. But the message these voices have carried, has always been the same:
   "Clear up the way of Jehovah you people! Make His way straight!" This declaration carries with it a command for action; a work by God's faithful, to show ready by doing his will. It precedes Jehovah's arrival. It calls for repentance on the part of those who identify themselves as God's people! Rev. 9:13 is the final Fulfillment of all these voices. It is the culmination of which all the previous heralds, foreshadowed!
  The first of these voices, is found at Isaiah, chapter 40. This whole chapter is harmonious with the unfolding events of Rev. 9. In the initial verses, it brings out a similar situation to what we read in Rev.ch 9. It is there declared, that the discipline given "Jerusalem" is fulfilled, and her error, paid. This corresponds well, to the years of "torment" permitted to be given the "unsealed men" (Zech.7:5). This discipline resulted from their obedience to men, rather than God. But now they have paid the "full amount" for this sin. They have repented and have turned to Jehovah for direction, rather than men. Jehovah now views them as ready for their commission...that of fulfilling the final role of the voice of the Herald that precedes the arrival of Jehovah.
  The second account of this voice, was that of John the baptist.(Matt.3:3) Note that both voices come from the "wilderness"...a place outside the formal worship of God. At Luke 3:9, he makes clear that repentance is necessary for all who hope to survive God's imminent inspection and wrath. Regarding John's message (described at Luke 3:10-17), directions were given on how to prepare and please Jehovah. We can use these words of John, in principle.
  To the crowds who asked John for direction, he advised being generous with provisions. This calls for a sharing of spiritual food. If someone has received of the spirit, this should be liberally offered to others in need. In verses 12&13, we learn not to add any unnecessary or personal thoughts to such contributions; and to those in "formal" service to Jehovah, verse 14 shows that we should not impose our deeds as a standard for others, but instead, be satisfied with what work Jehovah has blessed us with.
  He then declares that the one to soon follow him (Christ) is going to make an inspection, gathering "his wheat into his storehouse" and the chaff "he will burn up with fire". Although men's response to Jesus' teachings in the first century, did result in the judgement of many; the final fulfillment of this judgment, following this "voice", will be earth wide.

 (According to this illustration, the farmer gathers the wheat into the storehouse, and burns up the leftover chaff, only after the wheat has been threshed, and the separating of grain from chaff is done. The act of this threshing, is literally embodied in the word, "tribulation". This word "tribulation" comes from the French verb, "tribulare", which means to thresh wheat. The tool used to do this is a "tribulum" The "Great Tribulation" will be the greatest segregation of wheat from chaff, that has ever occurred among Christians. As the term implies, this separating will be accomplished through a severe test, as if by repeated blows, brought on by the wicked Ruler of the World, who according to Jesus, has "demanded to sift you (the Chosen) as wheat."! Once these Chosen are divided into "sealed faithful" and unsealed wicked, the faithful will be "gathered into the storehouse"/wedding feast; and the unfaithful will be burned up with fire as unfit.)This gathering into the storehouse, is done after the wheat is threshed. That threshing is called, tribulation.

   Jesus had much to say about this voice of the Herald that went ahead of him. At Luke 7:24-35, we can learn much about the final fulfillment of this "voice". Jesus revealed that the proud religious leaders did not receive the cleansing and repentance (baptism) offered through the Herald, John. Their critical, self-righteous hearts found fault with everything they heard. Yet Jesus concludes, "All the same, wisdom is proved righteous by all its children". The righteous results of John's preaching would someday be manifested. So too, with the final call of the Herald.

  John identified himself, as "the friend of the bridegroom" John 3:29. This fact is especially important in helping us to connect his voice to the one to come, the final role of this preparatory Herald. To see this connection to the final arrival of Christ; turn to Matthew chapter 25. Here we find the illustration of the ten virgins. We understand this to apply to the anointed (Rev.14:4) at the time of Jesus final arrival. It is then that he passes judgment upon the Chosen ones, who are present on earth at the time of the end. This judgment finishes the sealing of the last of the 144,000. Our attention narrows to verse 6. Here we see the final appearance of the voice of the Herald.
  According to the custom of the time, the "friend of the bridegroom" (today seen as the "best man"), would go ahead of the bridegroom; announcing to all his arrival. In this way, residents of the land could come out and view his procession with his new bride, thereby establishing his choice of wife. This public demonstration was the legal bind of marriage at the time.  And so, this illustration serves to establish, who the wise virgins are that enter the feast with him, and therefore, who Christ has chosen as faithful attendants to his Bride/Covenant.  Yet we see that just before these sealed ones enter the marriage feast, the "friend of the bridegroom"...the voice which heralds his imminent arrival, sounds forth to the virgins "Here is the Bridegroom! Be on your way out to meet him." This was an indication for them to "put their lamps in order".

  Clearly, this is a call to all Chosen ones, to prove ready for the Christ. How? By making certain that their personal "lamp" is burning brightly, based upon the rich supply of oil (spirit) that they have reserved in their receptacles. This "light" would be all the spiritual food Jehovah has blessed them with.

Only those virgins who......

    *Accepted God's own leadings and timetable and did not go ahead of spirit. (started out by taking
      a receptacle, and therefore did not expect the bridegroom at a certain time.)
    *Put their lamps in order, and not under a measuring basket. (brought their insight out for all to view)
    *Did not give their oil away to the foolish virgins. (did not lose spirit (oil) by compromising the shedding
      of light due to fear of man.)(stopped sending letters of understanding to those who are partaking of
      the table of demons)
    *Do not "go out into the darkness to BUY". (do not rely on their own thinking, or the thinking of others
      as to what they shine forth, nor do they get their beliefs from "Wormwood".)
    (It is also noteworthy that the "Wild Beast" that comes from the same Abyss that Wormwood is over,
     will  oversee "BUYING" and "selling"(Rev.13:17; 17:8). So these
     foolish virgins may go to IT, for oil. 

According to Isaiah 55:2; Eze.7:12,13,19... this buying and selling that the Wild Beast
     oversees, is for Spiritual food! Therefore, the virgins who shine forth doctrines that have this source,
     will not be shining true light. But rather, darkness from Wormwood's Abyss.)

......will receive entry into the marriage feast.

  Yet we see that all the virgins were asleep at the time that this Herald cries out. All ten are not alert in expectation at the time that this herald arrives. We are told that it is "the middle of the night". This is the darkest spiritual period in Jehovah God's sight. During this time of sleep, the wise virgins were not awake to be responsible illuminators (Matt.5:14-16). Yet, this voice serves to awaken them to be released and unbound from their slumber and inactivity...just as the heralding voice in Rev. 9:14, calls for release of these messengers ("angels"). The voice of Rev. 9:13 is heard by the angels that are in "bondage". As verse 15 shows, they respond to the Herald. Yes, this release is echoed in the virgin illustration. They too are being called to wakefulness, that they may dispel the darkness from Satan that effects them all and keeps them asleep. The Herald calls them to arise to the activity that will join them to their bridegroom (John8:12), illuminating his path, preparing his way and making it straight. Faithful Virgins.....Get up! Go out to meet your bridegroom with your lamp in order! If you do, you will be admitted into the "Marriage Feast" of spiritual food, where Christ himself will minister to you (Luke12:37) by keeping your lamp bright (Luke 12:35). Yet, this will be your reward, only if you are first found faithful (Luke 17:7-9).

    [Regarding the foolish virgins who ran low on oil (spirit) and went off into the darkness to buy, they were not admitted into the feast. When the foolish virgins finally arrive and beg the bridegroom for admittance, he tells them he does not recognize them. For, it is not their faces that are strange to him. It is the light they have burning in their lamps. He does not recognize the spirit that fuels their light. For Jesus said, "The lamp of the body is the eye (spiritual insight). If then, your eye is simple (humbly and completely guided by spirit), your whole body (body of understanding) will be bright (accurate and true); but if your eye (lamp of spiritual insight) is wicked (arrogant, prideful, vain), your whole body will be dark(understanding based on death-dealing lies). If in reality the light that is in you is darkness, how great that darkness is!" Matt.6:22. Jesus certainly identifies the darkness burning in the foolish virgin's lamps. He knows for a certainty they did not receive it from him. He therefore does not recognize them as those he will welcome into the "wedding feast" (the copious banquet of spiritual food, about to ensue for all those who are now sealed.).

  What then is the identity of this final Herald? At Matt. 9:15, Jesus said, "The friends of the bridegroom have no reason to mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, do they?" These friends of the bridegroom are identified in verse 14, as the first handful of Jesus' anointed disciples. (In this account, these disciples were the first ones he gathered; the very first ones who responded to and recognized him). So this heralding voice (this friend of the bridegroom), will have it's source amidst the first anointed ones on earth that respond (just previous to the bridegroom's final arrival), recognizing his arrival, while the rest still slumber in darkness.
  Those who respond to the Herald, get their lamp in order, and continue to be guided by spirit; are about to enjoy the many spiritual blessings and insights that come from the bridegroom. 

In turn, they will continue to shine their lamps according to what spirit directs within their perception, for all those who come to feed (Isa.41:17-20; Matt.24:28; 1Cor.10:17). The lamps of these ones should be joined together to fully illuminate the path of the arriving bridegroom with truth. For those faithful virgins admitted into the wedding feast; this dark night will end in the greatest of joy; that of seeing dawn arrive to Creation, and being resurrected into heaven (Matt.24:31; 1Thess.4:16) to receive their immortality and adoption by Jehovah (1Cor.15:51,52,53; Romans8:23,25). This "wedding" and consummation of Christ with his Covenant Bride, will result in a fullness of blessing...
 First to the anointed Sons of that Covenant (Gal.4:23,24,26), and then to all creation, when these Sons are revealed. The blessings of that Bride/Covenant/City New Jerusalem, will then come down to the earth, directly from the throne of God in heaven (Rev.22:3,4).Those Sons will be representatives of that Kingdom Covenant (Rev.22:1,17;1Cor.2:9; Heb.1:7,14; 2:16), by which the "Nations" will be "healed" (Rev.22:2).

Rev. 9:14 continues:  As a result of the prayerful request of the Herald, he asks the angel empowered to sound out Jehovah's declarations (blow a trumpet), to "Untie the four angels that are bound at the great river Euphrates". What "great river" (this is the common ancient name of this river) are these angels being released from?
  The Euphrates river was known to have its main flow right down the middle of the great city of Babylon. This river gave life and protection to the entire city. This is also the same river Abraham had to cross, in order to receive his inheritance from Jehovah. In fact, the nickname the Gentiles gave Abraham, "Hebrew". literally meant, "Crosser of the Great River". We know that even the anointed followers of the first century, acknowledged their identity as Abraham's seed; and the need to also become "river crossers". These are described at Romans 2:29, as those having a circumcision of the heart, by spirit. So in some fashion, all spiritual Jews are to cross this "Euphrates". It borders their inheritance (Gen.15:18)

  We know from history, that the protection the Euphrates afforded Babylon, was "dried up" to PREPARE for the arrival of Cyrus. Just before Jesus' arrival, this great river will also be weakened (Rev.16:12). In the time of the fulfillment of Revelation, we receive more information about how this river binds these unsealed men prior to their release. What is the source of this river, according to Revelation?
  "And the serpent disgorged water like a river from its mouth after the woman, to cause her to be drowned by the river". (Rev.12:15) We see here that Satan finds a way to attack the "woman" with a flood. Would this be literal water? No. What then comes forth from Satan's "mouth", in his attempt to "drown" the "woman", effectively killing her spiritually so that she is inactivated? Remember. We were just told in chapter 9, verses 2,3,5. This "flood" that issues forth from Satan's mouth, are the very same deceptions that come forth from the Abyss (Hebrews 13:9). Those smoke-like deceptions are also aimed at the "woman", or unsealed men. These lies did hold them captive for a time (Jer. 51:34,35). They must be released from this disabling threat of deception (Isa.49:9). At Rev. 12:16, we are told that due to the "earth" swallowing this river of deception in place of the woman, she is sobered and awoken, thereby being "helped" to become separate from the force of the river's power.
  We know too, that when Cyrus came upon Babylon, his forces contended with this great river Euphrates. They removed the protection it gave Babylon, by diverting it; causing it's waters to recede. Those who accompany the greater Cyrus, Christ (Rev.16:12), will also divert Satan's river of deceptions; thereby weakening the doctrines that protect the greater Babylon. This countermeasure against Satan's propaganda, will "prepare the way" for the arrival of Jehovah and Christ. The final role of the Herald, and those who respond to his urgings, will be fulfilled.
  Satan's river tactic against the woman, fails. God is the One who afforded this insight to the woman, enabling her to be saved from Satan's river; this Euphrates of Babylon (Rev.12:14a;16:12; Jer.51:16,36). Infuriated, Satan regroups his strategy, and wages war with this escaped woman who has defused the power of his deceptions. (see Rev.12:17, 14) Satan's propaganda, and his minion locust/scorpions no longer bind this "woman". At Rev.12:14 we read, "But the two wings of the great eagle (great insight) were given the woman (the Chosen), that she might fly into the wilderness (a place of protection and safety) (the place from which the Herald comes forth) to her place; there is where she is fed..." (Eze.28:25) The spiritual insight she is given there will equip her to counter Satan's river, now diverted to the "earth".
  So we see, that it is Jehovah who releases these "four angels that are bound at the great river Euphrates". He is the only one who can empower imperfect humans (four angels/unsealed men/the woman) to escape the deceptions of the powerful spirit creature Satan (Isa.42:6,9; 41:13).
Only Jehovah can rescue his Chosen from;
 *the paralyzing power of the Abyss of death,
 *Wormwood who sits on the Abyss that gives birth to false wormwood waters/smoke,
 *Satan's river of deceptive lies (through Wormwood and the Abyss)
 *The great river Euphrates (false doctrines protecting "Babylon")
 *the locust/scorpion spawn (Jer. 51:13,14,6,33).
We see here, clear parallels or possible evolutions of identity:
  Wormwood/Babylon's Harlots
  Wormwood's defiled waters/Smoke of the Abyss/Euphrates/Satan's river
  Covenant with, and power over death/Key to the Abyss

Those who implement and enforce these false doctrines are seen as the Locust/Scorpion Spawn.
Those targeted are those in line to be sealed.
Those who are effected by these false doctrines include the "earth" (who swallows the river in place of the "woman").

Satan is determined to use all in his power to be the "Destroyer" of the "woman".
But he is no match for Jehovah.

Verse 15 reads: "And the four angels were untied". Yes, these virgins were awakened to get their lamps in order. They face the imminence of the moment, with all it entails. "the hour and day and month and year".
Verse 15 concludes by saying that the release of the unsealed angels, has a purpose...."to kill a third of the men."
  We have seen before that the "men" are considered unsealed anointed ones. Yet, we see that Jehovah is now going to allow a third of them to be "killed" in his eyes. These foolish virgins no longer receive his protection from the locust/scorpions, nor protection from these newly sealed ones. They will be considered by him, as spiritually dead, with no further prospects. A third. Once again...a significant part, but not most.
  For these invited "men" who choose not to be released from this river, but rather stick by these false teachings (foolish virgins with dark lamps of men's doctrines), these ones are judged as worthy of death (Hebrews 12:27; Isa 41:25,15,16; Jer.51:25; Rev. 8:8). We see the Newly Sealed Ones will have a hand in this judgement.
  All these unsealed men have now been distinctly separated, into two groups. Those going forward according to Jehovah's purpose for them (Zech 8:1-13); and those who cling to this Wormwood identity. This is the "earthquake in the soil of Israel" that causes it to "split" down the middle Zech.14:4-8
(Rev.6:12-14 is the 6th angel, as is 16:12 see also Isa 34:4; Heb.12:27)
After this distinction occurs; those on Jehovah's side become His messengers (angels), and those who fully leave Jehovah undergo a different change. These "mighty men", who do not become sealed due to their remaining with Wormwood, now take on an evolved identity as well...(Jer.51:30,33). They are now designated as "her", the "daughter of Babylon" She will endure "a little while", until the "time of the harvest must come for her". 

These unfaithful virgins fall into two groups. 
1. Fallen Wormwood who rules over the Abyss/locust scorpions/Wild Beast, are now the Harlot daughters of their mother, Babylon the Great (Rev.17:5). They represent their mother, the Covenant with Death. They demand the Death of the prophets, whose blood is found in her (Rev.17:6). 

2. . Those Kings who commit fornication with the Covenant of death (Rev.17:2), are anointed Kings who betray the "New Covenant" of Life (Dan.11:30). They commit fornication with the "Mother of the Harlots". These anointed Kings give their Kingdom hope away to the Harlot's Wild Beast, to rule "one 
hour" with it (Rev.17:12,13).

[During the time that the anointed are protected from death (Rev.9:5), the spawn of the abyss is the locust/scorpions. After the {released/sealed men/two witnesses} are "finished with the word of their witnessing" (Rev.11:7)...the locust/scorpions collectively become the Wild Beast, who then "kill the two witnesses". Both the locust/scorpions and the wild beast, are products of the Abyss. They are the same identity, at different times...1.before, and 2.after, the sealing of the final, faithful anointed]

Let us return to the time when the faithful anointed are released from Satan's river of deceptions coming through the Abyss and it's agents.... 
  How will these released angels accomplish killing "a third of the men"? By the adherents of Wormwood, wickedly ignoring Jehovah's warning being proclaimed by these messengers, (preferring the waters of Satan), these ones will receive Jehovah's judgment.   (Just as it was in the Garden of Eden)
In dramatic symbolism, this is described for us, starting in verse 16.

(to be continued)