This Revelation Timeline Decoded Bible study focuses on the fifth Trumpet of Revelation 9.
Many Pastors teach that when the end times 5th trumpet of Revelation 9 sounds, a demonic horde will be unleashed to cause torment and suffering amongst the peoples of the world.
In the previous study you learned that the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Trumpets represented our Lord continuing to pour out His Wrath on the Roman Empire, by sending the armies of the Goths, Vandals, Huns and Heruli, to attack them.
In this Bible study you will learn that the true historical fulfillment of the 5th trumpet represents our Lord raising up the Saracen (Muslim) army to attack the Roman Empire for 150 years from 612 – 762 A.D.
Our Lord is exacting vengeance against the Roman Empire because Satan had empowered them to kill millions of Christians, in his attempt to wipe out Christianity.
Part 2 of the historical fulfillment of the fifth trumpet of Revelation.
Part 3 of the historical fulfillment of the fifth trumpet of Revelation.
Revelation 9:1-2, “And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.”
Just as Lucifer fell from heaven, a falling star is a great person or leader, who executes evil plans from the bottomless pit of Satan.
The 5th Trumpet represents the rise of the Islamic Empire, which God used to execute judgment against 1/3rd of the Roman Empire.
Mohammed was a great leader (star) who was used by God to darken the Roman Empire. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad
At his birth, Mohammed’s grandfather possessed the authority of the house of Koreish, the governors of Mecca. Then his father died and his grandfather died, causing the governorship of Mecca to be passed onto someone else.
Mohammed opened the bottomless pit of Satan’s lies, when he stayed in the cave of Hera for three years, and received a vision from an angel in white (no doubt Satan, as 2 Cor. 11:14 says, “And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.”)
Pagan superstition holds that caves serve “as the seats of oracles and sources of inspiration.”
The Koran says that Mohammed was given the power of heaven and the fire below, “I have been given the keys of all the treasures of the earth.”
The smoke that rose up is the false doctrine of the Koran, which says that fighting non-believers is the duty of every Muslim for Allah. And the only way to be certain to go to heaven, is to die fighting for the cause of Allah.
The Koran denies the deity of Jesus and say that he was just a prophet. They deny that he died on the cross and shed his blood for redemption. They say that he fainted or went unconscious on the cross and was brought around at a later date. They deny the inerrancy of scripture.
The Koran promises a paradise that will satisfy every sensual pleasure.
The new religion of Islam darkened the religion of the Sun, the Western part of the remaining Roman Empire.
Revelation 9:3-4, “And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.”
Judges 6:5 and Judges 7:12 defines that locust represent the Arabians.
“For they came up with their cattle and their tents, and they came as grasshoppers (ARBEH / LOCUSTS)… for multitude; for both they and their camels were without number: and they entered into the land to …DESTROY it.”
Judges 7:12 defines that locust represent the Arabians. “Now the Midianites and Amalekites, all the people of the East, were lying in the valley as numerous as locusts; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the seashore in multitude.”
The Hebrew word for locust is ‘arbeh‘, and the Hebrew word for Arab is “arbe“, which is pronounced the same.
In the Arabian romance The Romance of Antar, the LOCUST is introduced as the national emblem of the ISHMAELITES.
Mohammedan tradition speaks of LOCUSTS having dropped into the hands of Mohammed, bearing on their wings this inscription, ‘We are the army of the Great God.‘ (Forster’s Mohammedanism Unveiled 1:217).
When real locust invade a land, all of the vegetation is devoured, so obviously these locust aren’t literal, but symbolic.
During his life, Muhammad gave various injunctions to his forces and adopted practices toward the conduct of war. One of them was “Bring no harm to the trees, nor burn them with fire, especially those which are fruitful.”
This is from Abubeker to the first army of Muhammadans …..
“Remember that you are always in the presence of God, on the verge of death, in the assurance of judgment, and the hope of paradise. Avoid injustice and oppression, consult with your brethren, and study to preserve the love and confidence of your troops. When you fight the battle of the Lord, acquit yourselves like men, without turning your backs; but let not your victory be stained with the blood of women and children. DESTROY NO PALM TREES NOR BURN ANY FIELDS OF CORN. CUT DOWN NO FRUIT TREES, NOR DO ANY MISCHIEF TO CATTLE, only such as you kill to eat. When you make any covenant or article, stand to it, and be as good as your word. As you go on, you will find some religious persons who live retired in monasteries, and propose to themselves to serve God that way: LET THEM ALONE, AND NEITHER KILL THEM NOR BURN THEIR MONASTERIES. And you will find another sort of people, that belong to the synagogue of Satan, who have shaven crowns [Catholics]; be sure you CLEAVE THEIR SKULLS, AND GIVE THEM NO QUARTER till they either turn Mohammedan or pay tribute” (chapter LI, paragraph 10)
That is a perfect match! Unlike the Goths, who burned up everything they conquered, Abubeker (the first Caliph after Mohammed) declared that they should not harm the trees or the fields, so that they could take them over and make them prosperous.
They attacked only the people who were marked by the Roman Church, the idolaters and saint worshipers of the Pagan Roman Empire, who were not sealed with the Holy Spirit.
The Arab tribes issuing from Arabia with their great speed, far ranging and irresistible progress, were fittingly symbolized by the swarms of locust.
The Arab warriors are likened to “horses prepared for battle”. This also is a true picture of the type of military force that was used by the Arabs in their method of attack. Edward Gibbon says,
“I shall here observe what I must often repeat, that the charge of the Arabs was not like that of the Greeks and Romans, the effort of a firm and compact infantry: their military force was chiefly formed of cavalry and archers.” Decline and Fall Of The Roman Empire, Vol V:478-479
Revelation 9:5, “And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.”
Literal locusts come out for 5 months, from April to September.
Muslims attacked for five months, which using the year-for-a-day principle, is 150 years.
( 5 months x 30 days = 150 years)
In 632, Mohammed died and the Arabs moved out of Arabia to conquer other lands.
This was the time of the supremacy of Islamic power, and for 150 years they conquered Arabia, Palestine, Syria, Egypt, Spain and North Africa.
During the 10 years between 634 – 644, they captured 36 cities, destroyed 4000 churches and built 1400 mosques.
But their attempts to overtake the Eastern Roman Empire of Constantinople failed. They tried to conquer them, but ultimately just tormented them.
In 762, caliph Almansor built Bagdad as the future seat of his empire and called it the city of peace. They no longer made such rapid conquests, but only engaged in ordinary wars like other nations.
In 782 they signed the treaty of Constantinople was signed, which brought peace.
So the 5 months, which is 150 prophetic years, was fulfilled from 632 – 782 A.D.
Revelation 9:6, “And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.”
The Arabs were not allowed to just annihilate the apostate Christians of the Papal Church.
They gave them a choice; convert to become a Muslim; or be killed if they decided to challenge them; or they could agree to be second class citizens, and they had to pay tax to the Muslims.
If a Muslim came to their door, they had to bring them in and feed them.
These people were not real Christians, so they didn’t have the spirit of God that caused them to accept martyrdom for their faith.
They chose to become second class citizens who were subservient to the Muslims. They sought death but couldn’t find it, because they had not the guts or nerve to fight either.
Revelation 9:7-8, “And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions”
“The horses prepared unto battle” simply represents that they used horses in battle.
“The crowns of gold” represent the gold and yellow saffron colored turbans that they wore.
“Their faces were as the faces of men“ means that they had beards, which is a sign of their masculinity. Romans and other races shaved their faces, so this would have stood out to John.
“They had hair as the hair of women“ The Muslims had long hair in those days. If they were preparing for battle, they would tie it up under the turbans.
“And their teeth were as the teeth of lions“ means that they were savage and ferocious.
The teeth of the Arabs were as the teeth of a lion. “Break their teeth in their mouth, O God! Break out the fangs of the young lions, O LORD!” Psalm 58:6
Revelation 9:9, “And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle”
“And they had breastplates of iron“ means the Arab army wore chain-mail as they went into battle.
The sounds of their wings represents the rapid conquests of the Saracens, as they moved over countries as swiftly as locust, their many horses causing a great sound.
Revelation 9:10, “And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.”
“They had stings in their tail” indicates their unique ability to fight rearwards, shooting arrows backwards, while riding on horseback.
Revelation 9:11, “And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.”
Their king was Mohammed. Abaddon and Apollyon are words that essentially mean destroyer or one who exterminates, which aptly described the Arabs.
John Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible – Revelation 9:11
And they had a king over them, Which natural locusts have not, Pr 30:27; by whom is meant the false prophet Mahomet, who was at the head of the Saracens, and led them on to commit the outrages they did; and is believed in by the Turks to this day, as the great prophet of God, and by them preferred to all prophets, not only to Moses, but to Jesus Christ; he is the king of the eastern locusts, as the pope of Rome is the king of the western ones; for the Romish antichrist reigns, or at least has reigned, over the kings of the earth, Re 17:17;
whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon; both which signify a “destroyer”; and are very applicable both to Mahomet, who by his imposture has been the cause of the destruction of multitudes of souls, as well as by his wars, and those of the Saracens and Turks, of the lives of millions, and of the ruin of many kingdoms, countries, cities, and towns.
Revelation 9:12, “One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.”
This is the start of the 2nd Woe.
Do you now see how of the 5th trumpet of Revelation 9 has been fulfilled, and it’s not an end-times period where demons torment people nonstop for 5 months?
Now you know that any person who teaches that it is fulfilled in the future, is teaching you false prophecy.
David Nikao Wilcoxson
References For Additional Study:
History Unveiling Prophecy by Henry Grattan Guinness
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