This Revelation Timeline Decoded Bible study focuses on the sixth Trumpet of Revelation 9.
Many Pastors teach that when the end times 6th trumpet of Revelation is blown, four angels who have been bound near the Euphrates River until the Day of Wrath, will lead an army of 200 million to kill a third of the world.
This study will give you a biblical, historical explanation, so that you can see the truth of our Lord’s fulfillment.
In the previous study, you learned that the 5th Trumpet of Revelation 9 represented our Lord raising up the Saracen (Muslim) army to attack the Roman Empire for 150 years from 612 – 762 A.D.
In this study you will learn that the true historical fulfillment of the 6th trumpet is our Elohim causing the Turks to cross the Euphrates River, to attack the Eastern Roman Empire for 391 years, which ended in them knocking down the thick protective walls of Constantinople with large cannons.
Elohim is exacting vengeance against the Roman Empire because Satan had empowered them to kill millions of Christians, in his attempt to wipe out Christianity.
So let’s look at the historical fulfillment of the 6th Revelation trumpet.
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Revelation 9:13-14, “And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.”
The 6th Trumpet represents the rise of the Turkish Empire, which God used to subjugate the remaining “third part” of the area of Pagan Roman Empire.
The Turks (also known as the Tartars and Turkomans) had moved into the area East of the Euphrates, but for two generations the river prevented (bound them) them from moving towards the West.
Revelation 9:15 “So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released to kill a third of mankind.”
Finally in 1062 A.D., they were able to cross the Euphrates and surge against the eastern Roman Empire.
Alp Arslan was the leader who led the Turks across the river, but he died in battle, and was succeeded by Malek Shah, whose divided the kingdom under his four sons.
These four sons would seem to represent the four angels, as they were the leaders who were released to from the Euphrates to execute God’s will.
An angel (Strong’s 32 aggelo) may be a human messenger or a messenger of God. In this context, they are the four Turkish sultans who were released to attack the Eastern Roman Empire
“who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year” When you apply the “day for a year principle” of prophecy, 1 year = 360 years, 1 month = 30 years,
1 day = 1 year, an hour = approx 2 months, for a total of just over 391 years.
For 391 years they conquered the remaining third part of the territory which belonged to Pagan Rome.
In 1453 A.D. they captured the prized capital city of Constantinople, the headquarters of the Eastern Roman Empire.
That’s a perfect fulfillment of the time period that John gave us.
The third part of men, or the Roman empire then represented by the Constantinople monarchy, is to be slain, and not merely tormented.
Recall that during the 5th Trumpet of Revelation 9 the Muslims attacked Constantinople, but their attempts to overtake it failed, as the wall was impregnable, so they merely tormented the people.
Revelation 9:16, “Now the number of the army of the horsemen was two hundred million; I heard the number of them.”
Instead of being translated as “two hundred million“, the language should read “two myriads of myriads.”
A myriad means “ten thousand“, so John’s vision represented groups of ten thousand.
The Turks fulfilled this, as they organized their armies in units of ten thousand.
Revelation 9:17, “And thus I saw the horses in the vision: those who sat on them had breastplates of fiery red, hyacinth blue, and sulfur yellow; and the heads of the horses were like the heads of lions; and out of their mouths came fire, smoke, and brimstone.”
“They had breastplates of fiery red, hyacinth blue, and sulfur yellow“ – The Turks uniforms were red, blue and yellow.
“The heads of horses were like the heads like lions”
Alp Arsion, their leader, was known as the “Valiant Lion“, and many others had names like the brace lion, the heroic lion, etc.
They were known for their ferocity, even more than the Arabs.
The Turkish tribes carried a horse-like tail, instead of banners, as they rode into battle.
They wore them on their Fez’s (hats), as seen above. The more horse tails, the more important you were.
Revelation 9:18-19, “By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed–by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which came out of their mouths. For their power is in their mouth and in their tails; for their tails are like serpents, having heads; and with them they do harm.”
When it says “a third of mankind” its referring to a third of the Roman Empire, and these attacks by the Turks came against the Eastern part of the Roman Empire, based in Constantinople.
Constantinople was almost an impregnable fortress because of her strong walls.
“Fire and the smoke and the brimstone which came out of their mouths”
The Turks used muskets which fired metal balls that shot out with the gunpowder blast appearing near the head of the horses.
Here’s a picture of the Dardanelles Gun, which was cast in 1464 A.D. and based on the Orban bombard that was used for the Ottoman besiegers of Constantinople in 1453.
So the “fire, smoke, brimstone” is a manifest allusion to artillery and gunpowder; which were the main engines used by the Turks.
“For their power is in their mouth and in their tails” – The cannons shot forth with fire and smoke, to take down cavalry, and battle the walls of fortified cities.
They lit the fuse at the tail of the cannon, to ignite the gunpowder, which is the power which propelled the huge balls from the mouth of the cannon.
They surrounded Constantinople and by cannon fire the city fell. This was the first recorded time that a city fell because of superior artillery.
Do you know see how the sixth trumpet of Revelation has been fulfilled already, and it does not apply to the end-times when four angels who have been bound near the Euphrates River until the Day of Wrath, lead an army of 200 million to kill a third of the world?
Can you now see the Biblical, historical fulfillment of the Sixth Trumpet of Revelation?
Now you know that any person who teaches that it is fulfilled in the future, is teaching you false prophecy.
Quotes about the fulfillment of the 6th Trumpet by the Turks:
“The myriads of Turkish horse overspread a frontier of 600 miles from Tauris to Erzeroum, and the blood of 130,000 (Orthodox) Christians was a grateful sacrifice to the Arabian prophet.” Edward Gibbon
The story of the Turks in Eastern Europe is that of a succession of dreadful massacres without a parallel in the history of the world. With the capture of Constantinople, when Constantine XIV, the last Christian Emperor of the East fell and was “buried under a mountain of the slain,” Gibbon terminates his history of “the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.” (History Unveiling Prophecy, Henry Grattan Guinness)
Goodwin (1639) says of the sixth trumpet, or Euphratean woe, “No prophecy doth or can more punctually describe any nation or event than this doth the Turks, and their irruption upon Eastern Europe, who when they came first out of their native country, about the year 1040 after Christ, did seat themselves first by the River Euphrates, and were divided into four several governments or kingdoms” etc., and completed their conquest of the Roman Empire “in the year 1453, which is 186 years since, who possess that whole Eastern Empire unto this day.”
There is perhaps no point on which historical interpreters of the Apocalypse from Mede to Goodwin onwards are more agreed than in the application of the fifth and sixth trumpets to the overthrow of the corrupt and apostate Eastern Empire by the Saracens and Turks. (History Unveiling Prophecy, Henry Grattan Guinness)
David Nikao Wilcoxson
References for additional study:
History Unveiling Prophecy by Henry Grattan Guinness
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