Chapter 9 – The Abyss

“The fifth angel sounded his shofar; and I saw a star that had fallen out of heaven onto the earth, and he was given the key to the shaft leading down to the Abyss” (Revelation 9:1).

When the fifth messenger blows his shofar, a fallen star is given a key to the shaft leading down to the Abyss. The only ‘star’ to have fallen out of heaven onto the earth is called ‘the morning star.’

“How did you come to fall from the heavens, morning star, son of the dawn? How did you come to be cut to the ground, conqueror of nations?” (Isaiah 14:12).

This ‘star’ wanted to raise its throne above God’s stars, sit on the Mount of Assembly, rise past the tops of the clouds and make itself like the Most High. Instead, this ‘star’ is brought down to Sh’ol, the uttermost depths of the pit. Though there are many ideas as to who or what this ‘star’ is, Yeshua reveals its identity to his disciples:

“Yeshua said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven” (Luke 10:18).

From the time the Adversary fell from heaven, he still had the ability to move around the realms. He enters the heavenly throne room with the ‘sons of God’ and challenges Elohim regarding Job after going ‘to and fro’ on the earth. However, at this time in Revelation, the Adversary will no longer have access to the heavenly realm. He is given the key to the Abyss where many of his cohorts have been “bound with everlasting chains for the Judgment of the Great Day.” The ‘great day’ has arrived and he is given the key to release his demonic armies.

He opened the shaft of the Abyss, and there went up smoke from the shaft like the smoke of a huge furnace; the sun was darkened, and the sky too, by the smoke from the shaft. Then out of the smoke onto the earth came locusts, and they were given power like the power scorpions have on earth” (Revelation 9:2-3).

Thick smoke rises from the shaft that is so thick it darkens the sun and the sky. According to the prophet Isaiah, “wickedness burns like fire, it devours briars and thorns; it sets the forest underbrush ablaze, with clouds of smoke whirling upward” (Isaiah 9:17). This is the shaft of great wickedness, the shaft where those spirits ‘under the earth’ will come forth for their last ‘hurrah.’ These will be the final days for the Adversary and his power will be great, so great that he will deceive millions. However, his power will also be restrained.

When studying about the locusts, riders and horses, it is important to remember that the spiritual realm will become a reality in our physical world. Those things that have been unseen and hidden will be revealed in a very specific way (Luke 8:17). How that happens remains to be literally seen. What follows is just my interpretation from what I know of Scripture.

From the smoke comes a swarm of locusts. When green plants are plentiful, locusts begin to breed and gather together into ravenous swarms that can be larger than 450 square miles. The desert locust is found in Africa, the Middle East and Asia and can cover one-fifth of the earth’s’ land surface affecting 1/10 of the world’s population. They devastate crops creating famine that leads to starvation. Just like in the days of Pharaoh, there will be a plague of locusts, but they will be supernatural creatures, an army from the Abyss and they will have a different appetite.

They were instructed not to harm the grass on the earth, any green plant or any tree, but only the people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads. The locusts were not allowed to kill them, only to inflict pain on them for five months; and the pain they caused was like the pain of a scorpion sting. In those days people will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them”

These locusts will be instructed not to harm grass or any green plant or tree, but only to inflict pain on those people who do not have the seal of Elohim on their forehead – the seal on the men who grieve over the abominations done in the city of Jerusalem, the seal of the 144,000. Their powerful stinging spree is limited to five months. So, for five months, everyone on earth except the sealed of Elohim will be tortured by this army from the Abyss.

Now these locusts looked like horses outfitted for battle. On their heads were what looked like crowns of gold, and their faces were like human faces. They had hair like women’s hair, and their teeth were like those of lions. Their chests were like iron breastplates, and the sound their wings made was like the roar of many horses and chariots rushing into battle. They had tails like those of scorpions, with stings; and in their tails was their power to hurt people for five months. They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is “Abaddon” and in our language, “Destroyer” (Revelation 9:7-11).

Yochanan describes the locusts as warriors ready for battle. They had golden crowns with human faces suggesting they men with great authority. Their hair is long and flowing like a woman’s. In 2 Corinthians 13:14, Sha’ul states that a man with long hair degrades himself because long hair is given to a woman for her glory. Thus these masculine warriors have chosen to look like women.

Rather than devouring green grass, their teeth tear at human flesh like a carnivorous animal. Eating flesh can be literal which would add to the horrible pain or what happens with their scorpion-like sting.

At the time I am writing this, I am in Las Vegas visiting my son. Up until two days ago I had actually never seen a real, live scorpion, but one was spotted on the baseboard of his bathroom. I was amazed at how tiny it was.

Scorpions are feared because they have a venomous bite, however most stings are not lethal to humans. The percent that are lethal only cause serious problems where there is limited access to medical treatment. Scorpions are actually part of the spider family. They like rotting logs and leaves for hiding, snack on other insects especially cock roaches, are always looking for something to drink, and love darkness. Scorpions also glow in the dark – in the darkness of the Day of Elohim, these demonic creatures will be ‘lit.’

The power of these locust-warriors is their scorpion-like sting. Their sting doesn’t cause death, but brings tremendous pain that those stung will want to die, but won’t be able to. They will only writhe in pain.

I have read commentary that these locusts teach false doctrines and deceive the masses, but that is deception. False doctrines do not cause people to writhe in pain, however a severe sickness might and could become a plague.

“Adonai will strike all the peoples who made war against Yerushalayim with a plague in which their flesh rots away while they are standing on their feet, their eyes rot away in their sockets, and their tongues rot away in their mouths.  When that day comes, there will be among them great panic, sent by Adonai, so that everyone lays hands on his neighbor, who in turn attacks him” (Zechariah 14:12-13).

These demonic warriors have wings and move like swarm of locusts. Whether or not these wings are actual locust wings or they have some sort of flying machine, they move quickly wherever they want to go.

The sound of the warriors’ wings roars like horses with chariots rushing into battle. Could these demonic warriors use drones to seek out those who need to be stung? Not long ago, drones were being flown over western parts of the United States with no one taking responsibility, most especially the U.S. military. Then suddenly, at the outbreak of the Wuhan virus in the U.S., they disappeared. Whatever is happening with these warriors from the Abyss, Elohim allows the sting and the ensuing plague to create a great panic that will cause everyone to attack each other.

Until recently, I would never thought about these creatures apart from being a demonic presence on earth that exert extraordinary pain over people. With the recent pestilence (COVID-19), I began to see the sting as the purpose of the demonic presence. These warriors do not carry a sword into battle, but a sting.

There are many world leaders whose evil intentions come from the ‘pit of hell’ – the Abyss. They believe that in order to maintain global health, there needs to be a universal vaccine – the sting of a needle. As they rush to prepare some sort of vaccine, there will be few, if any real studies and humans will become guinea pigs. I heard one doctor comment about a vaccine that was created in 1976 that paralyzed nearly everyone who received it. Could it be the demonic warriors that come out of the Abyss will swarm around the world like a police brigade forcing injections into people with a concoction that doesn’t cause them to die, but to be tormented with pain such that they wish they could die? All at the bidding of demonically-possessed leaders?

The demon warriors have chests like iron. For those who body build, this means they have ‘abs.’ I believe their iron chests suggest they have no heart or are hard-hearted. They operate without any compassion because they are inhuman and cruel.

Now I am in Alaska and I’m reading about the presidents unveiling of a vaccine by the end of the year. There will be several hundred million vials manufactured so that the entire United States population can be vaccinated. He is not only working with the CDC and the NIH. This vaccine for Covid-19 will be administered by the army, the military, warriors.

‘Demonic’, along with resembling and having the characteristic of evil, also means ‘fiercely energetic or frenzied.’ The plan for unraveling this several million doses of vaccine is called “Operation Warp Speed.” Even the name suggests a ‘demonic’ side to this ‘operation.’ Putting a vaccine into the hands of warriors who ‘become fiercely frenzied’ with making sure every person in the United States is ‘stung’ could be come a very wild ride for those who refuse to receive the ‘sting.’ The only way to avoid receiving the ‘sting’ is to have the mark of Elohim. In these days of uncertainty, believers should be praying for the revelation of that mark on their foreheads – a completely different mark from the ‘mark of the beast.’

The warrior demons have a king whose name is in Hebrew Abbadon meaning ‘doom’ or the ‘place of destruction’ or ‘realm of the dead.’ In Greek Abbadon is Apollyon who is not a place, but the angel of the bottomless pit, This fallen angel represents spiritual oppression and the desire for self-beauty that is so valued by the world. Some believe Apollyon is the devil himself or his representation in the anti-messiah.

The ‘Destroyer’ is the leader over the locust-type warriors who bring forth months of torment and horror like never before in the history of the world.

Blow the shofar in Tziyon! Sound an alarm on my holy mountain!” Let all living in the land tremble, for the Day of Adonai is coming! It’s upon us! — a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick fog; a great and mighty horde is spreading like blackness over the mountains. There has never been anything like it, nor will there ever be again, not even after the years of many generations. Ahead of them a fire devours, behind them a flame consumes; ahead the land is like Gan-‘Eden, behind them a desert waste. From them there is no escape. They look like horses, and like cavalry they charge. With a rumble like that of chariots they leap over the mountaintops, like crackling flames devouring stubble, like a mighty horde in battle array. At their presence the peoples writhe in anguish, every face is drained of color. Like warriors they charge, they scale the wall like soldiers. Each one keeps to his own course, without getting in the other’s way. They don’t jostle each other, but stay on their own paths; they burst through defenses unharmed, without even breaking rank. They rush into the city, they run along the wall, they climb up into the houses, entering like a thief through the windows. At their advance the earth quakes, and the sky shakes, the sun and moon turn black, and the stars stop shining” (Joel 2:1-10).

“The first woe has passed, but there are still two woes to come” (Revelation 9:12)

“The sixth angel sounded his shofar, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the gold altar before God, saying to the sixth angel, the one with the shofar, “Release the four angels that are bound at the great river Euphrates!” And they were released. These four angels had been kept ready for this moment, for this day and month and year, to kill a third of mankind; and the number of cavalry soldiers was two hundred million! — I heard the number” (Revelation 9:13-16).

When the sixth messenger blows his shofar, a voice from the four horns of the golden altar speaks. The Altar of Sacrifice in the earthly Tabernacle was made of bronze, not gold, but the purpose of the four horns would be the same: to tie the sacrifice to the altar. With the release of four angels bound at the Euphrates River, one third of mankind was going to be ‘sacrificed.’

These angels have been bound for this moment in time – this specific day, month and year. The Hebrew word is zaman and means ‘fixed time’, not mo’ed for ‘appointed time. Because there are ‘times’ for everything under heaven, this zaman is no different. Some suggest that this ‘time’ is Passover because it is a specific month (first), day (14) and time (midnight). I am going to suggest that if this is a reference to a specific time on Elohim’s calendar, it would not be a spring ‘time,’ but one in the fall.

Yom Teruah is also a specific day: the first day of the seventh month, on the New Moon festival. This Feast of Trumpets is commemorated by blowing the shofar to remember something that has yet to happen. For the ten days between Yom Teruah and the Day of Atonement, the shofar is blown. As these judgments are shofar blasts, I lean toward these ‘ten days of awe’ for the specific month and day.

The ‘ten days of awe’ are also known as the ‘ten days of repentance.’ This is a time not only for individual repentance, but for corporate and national repentance. In the days of these six shofar blasts, there is a time of great testing and still mankind refuses to repent. Though it would not be a specific ‘appointed time,’ the ‘ten days of awe,’ could be the moment.

Though the number 200 million is translated for the number of cavalry soldiers, the actual Greek words are myriads and myriads suggesting the number is too great to count. The same words are used for the number of angels in heaven in Revelation 5:11 – a number too vast to count. These mounted horsemen are sent out to kill 2.5 billion more people as 2.5 billion were already killed by plague, famine and wild animals. With a population of nearly 8 billion, losing 5 billion is a massive number of people who die.

The Hebrew word for ‘bound’ means ‘chained’ or ‘banned.’ These beings who were ‘chained’ are the disobedient, fallen angels referred to in Jude 6:

“And the angels that did not keep within their original authority, but abandoned their proper sphere, he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for the Judgment of the Great Day.”

These demonic beings have been ‘chained’ by the Euphrates River which runs though Babylon. It is from Babylon where the economic, political and religious global system will be centralized. Babylon is specifically modern-day Iraq. In ancient times the area between the Euphrates and Tigris Rivers was known as Mesopotamia. Avraham was living in Ur, the city of Sumer in southern Mesopotamia when Elohim called him to leave and go to a ‘land he would be shown.’

In Isaiah 14, there is the account of the ‘fall of the morning star.’ In order to understand the spiritual war that occurred in heaven, a type and shadow of the Adversary is revealed through the King of Babylon. Modern-day Babylon is steeped in a religious system that is always at war with Isra’el. Though it has a similar foundation in Abraham, its lineage follows the descendants of Ishma’el, not Yitz’ak. Its eschatology is the opposite of Biblical eschatology; its ‘deliverer’ is the antithesis of Messiah or anti-messiah.

“Here is how the horses looked in the vision: the riders had breastplates that were fire-red, iris-blue and sulfur-yellow; the horses’ heads were like lions’ heads; and from their mouths issued fire, smoke and sulfur. It was these three plagues that killed a third of mankind — the fire, smoke and sulfur issuing from the horses’ mouths. For the power of the horses was in their mouths — and also in their tails, for their tails were like snakes with heads, and with them they could cause injury” (Revelation 9:17-19)

The multitude of this cavalry will come from the east, not the Far East as some suggest, but the Middle East. They will have the power to kill another 2 billion people. With only 8 billion people and already a loss of 5, this will leave only 1 billion people alive unless some of these events happen simultaneously. While Elohim declares the ‘beginning from the end’ (Isaiah 46:10) and can see multi-levels of events at the same time, Yochanan can only witnesses these spiritual end time events through his limited understanding.

These riders wear breastplates of heavy armor like ‘chainmail’ that are multi-colored of red, purple, and yellow, or in the Greek ‘fire and jacinth, and brimstone.’ Fire not only suggests the color red, but being led by demonic spirits, their chainmail could literally be on fire. The jacinth is a deep blue or purple and was one of the stones in the breastplate of the High Priest representing the Tribe of Gad meaning ‘troops.’ The final color is ‘brimstone’ which is bright, clear yellow like sulfur. Sulfur is used to ignite matches which start fires. It was ‘fire and brimstone’ that rained down on Sodom and Gomorrah as a judgment, now it seems these ‘troops’ have the same power to judge the world.

It is through their horses’ mouths that fire, smoke and sulfur come. With heads like lions and tails like snakes with venomous heads, these ‘troops’ have the power or to ignite fires and kill another third of mankind. When I looked up the Hebrew for ‘power,’ several other meanings appeared, euthanasia and ‘gassing in a killing facility.’ This adds another dimension to the authority given to these horses and their riders.

“The rest of mankind, those who were not killed by these plagues, even then did not turn from what they had made with their own hands — they did not stop worshipping demons and idols made of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk. Nor did they turn from their murdering, their involvement with the occult and with drugs, their sexual immorality or their stealing” (Revelation 9:20-21).

Using the Hebrew in this verse, the remaining population not killed by ‘infectious epidemics’ – perhaps only one billion people – ‘were still unwilling to make teshuvah or ‘repent,’ be ‘born again,’ and serve the LORD.’ They will continue to worship ‘demons’ by ‘setting up idols’ made of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood. They are reprobate and corrupt. They even continue to ‘murder, kill, assassinate,’ ‘steal,’ ‘whoring and prostitution,’ and ‘practice witchcraft.’

The Greek translation uses ‘sorcery’ for ‘witchcraft.’ This Greek word is pharmakos and means ‘poisoner.’ From pharmakos comes pharmacon and means ‘drug.’ This is from where we get the word pharmacy. A sorcerer literally ‘poisons people with drugs.’ This word also means “to drug people into living by their illusions – like having supernatural powers to manipulate God into giving them more temporal possessions” (Strongs 5333.). With today’s culture of legalized drugs known as pharmaceuticals, it stands to reason that this practice will continue without ‘repentance’ and a return to Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh as The Healer. These people will live by the illusions given to them by the drugs whether it’s hallucinations or the false sense of security of their physical health.

Chapter 10 – The Little Scroll

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