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“Revelation 9:16-21”
by Art Sadlier   
November 2nd, 2008

Last week we saw the second woe begin. We saw four angels which had been bound in the Euphrates river loosed. They had a mission, to slay a third of the earth's population. God uses satan at times to bring judgment on men. Satan goes about his work not knowing that God is using him to accomplish His purposes.

The command is given in verse 15, to loose the four angels, these four angels are wicked angels, demons. Their release turns loose a tide of destruction on the earth.

We read in verse 16, "And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: (200 million). This is a supernatural army but it is not of God! This is an army of demons!

This is a terrifying scene, a scene of destruction that is yet to come and may not be very far away. Verse 17:,"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". Verse 18 says, "By these three (fire-brimstone-smoke) the third part of men were killed". We can hardly imagine that awful scene, one out of every three alive on earth will be killed in this savage attack.

As we read verse 18: we can not add to the scene, this a horror story that is above and beyond anything we can imagine, and yet it is soon to unfold!

What we are told in verses 20 and 21 give us an understanding as to why hell is forever. It is only by the power of God's Spirit that men and women are enlightened, and have the opportunity to repent and turn from their sin and be saved. When they reject the opportunity to repent and turn to Christ, at some the Spirit of God withdraws the enlightenment and the possibility of salvation is gone forever. This shows that fear alone is not enough to drive a person to God. The word of God says, "Behold now is the day of salvation". My unsaved friend, if God's Spirit is drawing you to Christ, do not delay, come to Christ now.

After the pleasures of life are o'er, After you stand, face to the shore

Of the dim land of evermore, Careless soul, what then?

After the pulses shall cease to beat, When at the throne of the Lord you meet,

Waiting your doom at the judgment seat, Careless soul, what then?

After your heart is hushed and still, After the death-dews, damp and chill,

Over your frame of mortality thrill, Carless soul what then?

After the trumpet's awful blast, After the judgment shall be past,

When you have come to your doom at last, Careless soul what then?

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