Revelation of John 9

* The fifth trumpet is followed by a representation of another

star as falling from heaven and opening the bottomless pit, out

of which come swarms of locusts. (1-12) The sixth trumpet is

followed by the loosing of four angels bound in the great river

Euphrates. (13-21)

1-12 Upon sounding the fifth trumpet, a star fell from heaven

to the earth. Having ceased to be a minister of Christ, he who

is represented by this star becomes the minister of the devil;

and lets loose the powers of hell against the churches of

Christ. On the opening of the bottomless pit, there arose a

great smoke. The devil carries on his designs by blinding the

eyes of men, by putting out light and knowledge, and promoting

ignorance and error. Out of this smoke there came a swarm of

locusts, emblems of the devil's agents, who promote

superstition, idolatry, error, and cruelty. The trees and the

grass, the true believers, whether young or more advanced,

should be untouched. But a secret poison and infection in the

soul, 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 people

from total and final apostacy. The power is limited to a short

season; but it would be very sharp. In such events the faithful

share the common calamity, but from the pestilence of error they

might and would be safe. We collect from Scripture, that such

errors were to try and prove the Christians, #1Co 11:19|. And

early writers plainly refer this to the first great host of

corrupters who overspread the Christian church.
13-21 The sixth angel sounded, and here the power of the Turks

seems the subject. Their time is limited. They not only slew in

war, but brought a poisonous and ruinous religion. The

antichristian generation repented not under these dreadful

judgments. From this sixth trumpet learn that God can make one

enemy of the church a scourge and a plague to another. The

idolatry in the remains of the eastern church and elsewhere, and

the sins of professed Christians, render this prophecy and its

fulfilment more wonderful. And the attentive reader of Scripture

and history, may find his faith and hope strengthened by events,

which in other respects fill his heart with anguish and his eyes

with 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 the

utmost.
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