Revelation of John 9* The fifth trumpet is followed by a representation of anotherstar as falling from heaven and opening the bottomless pit, outof which come swarms of locusts. (1-12) The sixth trumpet isfollowed by the loosing of four angels bound in the great riverEuphrates. (13-21)1-12 Upon sounding the fifth trumpet, a star fell from heavento the earth. Having ceased to be a minister of Christ, he whois represented by this star becomes the minister of the devil;and lets loose the powers of hell against the churches ofChrist. On the opening of the bottomless pit, there arose agreat smoke. The devil carries on his designs by blinding theeyes of men, by putting out light and knowledge, and promotingignorance and error. Out of this smoke there came a swarm oflocusts, emblems of the devil's agents, who promotesuperstition, idolatry, error, and cruelty. The trees and thegrass, the true believers, whether young or more advanced,should be untouched. But a secret poison and infection in thesoul, should rob many others of purity, and afterwards of peace.The locusts had no power to hurt those who had the seal of God.God's all-powerful, distinguishing grace will keep his peoplefrom total and final apostacy. The power is limited to a shortseason; but it would be very sharp. In such events the faithfulshare the common calamity, but from the pestilence of error theymight and would be safe. We collect from Scripture, that sucherrors were to try and prove the Christians, #1Co 11:19|. Andearly writers plainly refer this to the first great host ofcorrupters who overspread the Christian church. 13-21 The sixth angel sounded, and here the power of the Turksseems the subject. Their time is limited. They not only slew inwar, but brought a poisonous and ruinous religion. Theantichristian generation repented not under these dreadfuljudgments. From this sixth trumpet learn that God can make oneenemy of the church a scourge and a plague to another. Theidolatry in the remains of the eastern church and elsewhere, andthe sins of professed Christians, render this prophecy and itsfulfilment more wonderful. And the attentive reader of Scriptureand history, may find his faith and hope strengthened by events,which in other respects fill his heart with anguish and his eyeswith tears, while he sees that men who escape these plagues,repent not of their evil works, but go on with idolatries,wickedness, and cruelty, till wrath comes upon them to theutmost.
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