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The Fifth and Sixth Trumpets of Revelation 9 (Scary Stuff?) August 23, 2007

Posted by roberttalley in Eschatology, Judgment, Religion, Revelation of Jesus Christ, Seven Trumpets of Revelation.
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Answers will be provided sometime after Sunday evening when we will be discussing this chapter. Update:  Answers are now available here.

  1. What is the primary difference between the first four trumpet judgments in Revelation 8 and the second two here in Revelation 9?

  2. Who will not be hurt by this judgment (compare with Revelation 7:3)?

  3. What similarities does this army of locust have with the army described in Joel 2:1-11 (See also Joel 1:1-7 for the context of Joel 2)? Could they be the same? Why or why not?

  4. Which is more likely (keep in mind the nature of apocalyptic literature):  these are literal locusts, this is a symbolic vision of a terrible plague, this is a description of something literal that John could not adequately describe? What challenges are presented by each view?

  5. Why is it generally believed that the army out of the bottomless pit is demonic (Luke 8:31, Revelation 11:7, 17:8)?

  6. What era is being ushered in by the three woes (Revelation 8:13, 9:12, 11:14, 15:1)?

  7. What is the significance of the altar in the book of Revelation (6:9, 8:3-6, 9:13, 14:18, 16:17)?

  8. What seems to be the basis of the reoccurrence of the number four in the book of Revelation (four living creatures, four horsemen found in both Revelation and Zechariah, four prepared angels in both 7:1 and 9:14)?

  9. What does this trumpet judgment have in common with the first four?

  10. In what ways are the locusts and the horses in this chapter similar? How are they different?

  11. How do you think the church at Thyratira should have understood verses 20-21?

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