Revelation 9:17-21

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Rev 9:16  And the number of the army of the horsemen [ were] two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.
Rev 9:17  And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses [ were] as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.
Rev 9:18  By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.
Rev 9:19  For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails [ were] like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.
Rev 9:20  And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:
Rev 9:21  Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

Introduction

We have already established the spiritual significance of every symbol found in these six verses.
1) An army signifies ongoing spiritual warfare within us all.
2) Men on the horses signify the incredible power and intellect of the testimony and doctrines of this vast army which is within us.
3) The number two tells us that these are the myriads of witnesses to those doctrines.
4) The breastplates of fire and of jacinth, and brimstone on the horsemen tell us that we will be judged by the very doctrines we propound to others.
5) The death of “the third part of men” tells us once again, that we are dealing with the process of judgment upon “the inhabiters of the earth,” which is who we are.
6) The fact that the power of these horses is in their mouths, which are “as the mouth of a lion,” instead of coming out of the mouth of the men on the horses, tells us that the horse and his rider are both one and the same beast.
7) “Their power is in their mouth and in their tails” tells us that these are the false doctrines of false prophets with which doctrines we all have been hurt, and from which we are being delivered by the process of judgment which is at this very moment taking place in “the house of God.”
8) “The rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues” tells us that God’s wrath is on all ungodliness, and this is an ongoing, yet incomplete process in which we are “dying daily,” and being “crucified with Christ” daily.
9)”Yet repented not of the works of their hands” signifies the same ongoing judgment which is upon the “worship of devils” and “idols of the heart” with which we struggle for so very long.
10) “Idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood” are these very same false convictions with which we struggle, ranging from the doctrine of salvation through good works, to “turning grace into lasciviousness.”
11) “Which neither see, nor hear, nor walk,” is the perfect spiritual description of these idols of the heart which have taken away our spiritual sight, our spiritual ears and therefore our ability to walk in Christ’s footsteps and live as Christ lived.
12) “Neither repented they of their murders” signifies the doctrine of a “Christian soldier” being blessed as a physical soldier fighting for his country, as well as failing to understand that hatred of one’s fellow man is spiritually the same as murder.
13) “Nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication,” both signify the tenacity of the false doctrines of “another Jesus,” which cling to us, even as we struggle to be free of them, and of him.
14) “Nor of their thefts,” tells us that we have stolen God’s Words and have twisted them, and have perverted them, and have used them in that way to cover the idols of our hearts, and the doctrines of “another Jesus.”
Since we have already given the scriptures for these symbols, we will take each symbol and put with it few verses of scripture which, without comment, will establish the meaning of that symbol.

An army

1) An army signifies the ongoing spiritual warfare within us all.

2Co 10:3  For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
2Co 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare [ are] not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
Eph 6:10  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Eph 6:11  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Eph 6:12  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [ places]. [ Greek, epuranios – the heavens of our hearts and minds]
Eph 6:13  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Rev 19:14  And the armies [ which were] in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

Men on Horses

2) Men on the horses signify the incredible death dealing power and influence of the testimony and doctrines of this vast army which is in the world within.

Isa 43:17  Which bringeth forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power; they shall lie down together, they shall not rise: they are extinct, they are quenched as tow.
Nah 3:3  The horseman lifteth up both the bright sword and the glittering spear: and [ there is] a multitude of slain, and a great number of carcases; and [ there is] none end of [ their] corpses; they stumble upon their corpses:
2Co 11:13  For such [ are] false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
2Co 11:14  And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
2Co 11:15  Therefore [ it is] no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

The number two

3) The number two tells us that these hundreds of millions are the myriads of false witnesses to those false doctrines.

Deu 17:6  At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; [ but] at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death.
Mat 18:16  But if he will not hear [ thee, then] take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.
Mat 23:31  Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.
Mat 26:59  Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death;
Mat 26:60  But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, [ yet] found they none. At the last came two false witnesses,
Rev 11:3  And I will give [ power] unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred [ and] threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

Breastplates of fire and of jacinth, and brimstone on the horsemen

4) The breastplates of fire and of jacinth, and brimstone on the horsemen tell us that we will be judged by the very doctrines we propound to others. ‘Jacinth’ is the color deep blue which signifies the things of the spirit. It may seem strange that the horses which come out of the smoke of the bottomless pit with tails like scorpions, which are specifically designated as “false prophets who prophesy lies”, can have riders whose breastplates are of fire and of jacinth and brimstone.

Isa 9:15  The ancient and honourable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail.

How is this possible? Here is how God uses evil and makes good come of it. Here is how God calls light out of darkness.

Isa 10:5  O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation.
Isa 10:6  I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets.

Assyians are Babylonians. Babylon is located in the land of Assyria and is the rod of God’s anger and indignation. It is while we are spiritually in the bondage of Babylon that God speaks to us these words:

Jer 2:19 Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that [ it is] an evil [ thing] and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear [ is] not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.
Jer 2:29 Wherefore will ye plead with me? ye all have transgressed against me, saith the LORD.
Jer 2:30 In vain have I smitten your children; they received no correction: your own sword hath devoured your prophets, like a destroying lion.
Luk 19:22 And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, [ thou] wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow:
Col 1:21  And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled.

We all have transgressed against our Lord, have refused His correction and denied and destroyed His prophets. This is common to all men, and it is this experience itself that becomes the fuel for the fire and brimstone which will bring us to the jacinth blue at the end of God’s judgments upon our sins and false doctrines.

Isa 26:9  With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments [ are] in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

You and I are “the earth”, the “vessel of clay in the Potter’s hand”, and we are experiencing God’s judgments if we are “His house”.

1Pe 4:17  For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

The third part of men

5) The death of “the third part of men” tells us once again that we are dealing with the process of judgment upon “the inhabiters of the earth”, which ‘third part of men’ and which “inhabiters of the earth” is all the doctrines which inhabit  us. It is instructive that Jeremiah addresses the earth three times in this verse:

Jer 22:29  O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD.
Eze 5:2  Thou shalt burn with fire a third part in the midst of the city, when the days of the siege are fulfilled: and thou shalt take a third part, [ and] smite about it with a knife: and a third part thou shalt scatter in the wind; and I will draw out a sword after them.
Rev 8:10  And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;

As the mouth of a lion

6) The fact that the power of these horses is in their mouths, which are “as the mouth of a lion”, instead of coming out of the mouth of the men on the horses, tells us that the horse and his rider are both one and the same beast with a mouth speaking great blasphemous doctrines which devour us all in our own appointed time.

Ecc 3:18  I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.
2Ti 4:17  Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and [ that] all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.
Rev 13:1  And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
Rev 13:2  And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as [ the feet] of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
Rev 13:5  And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty [ and] two months.
Rev 13:6  And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

Their power is in their mouth and in their tails

7) “Their power is in their mouth and in their tails” tells us that these are the false doctrines of false prophets with which doctrines we all have been hurt, and from which we are being delivered by the process of judgment which is at this very moment taking place in “the house of God”.

Job 16:10  They have gaped upon me with their mouth; they have smitten me upon the cheek reproachfully; they have gathered themselves together against me.
Isa 9:15  The ancient and honourable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail.

The head is our leader. The doctrine of our leaders has led us astray and into Babylon.

Isa 9:16  For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.

The rest of the men

8) “The rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues” tells us that God’s wrath is on all our ungodliness, and this is an ongoing yet incomplete process in which we are “dying daily” and being “crucified with Christ” daily.

Joh 3:36  He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
1Co 15:31  I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.
Gal 2:20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Php 3:12  Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
Php 3:13  Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but [ this] one thing [ I do], forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
Php 3:14  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Yet repented not of the works of their hands

9) “Yet repented not of the works of their hands” signifies the same ongoing judgment which is upon the “worship of devils” and “idols of the heart” with which we struggle for so very long. All of this is leading up to the revelation and the judgment of Babylon within us in chapters 17 and 18. It is we who are admonished to “read, hear, and keep the things written therein”.

Jer 2:30  In vain have I smitten your children; they received no correction: your own sword hath devoured your prophets, like a destroying lion.
Eph 2:2  Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Eph 2:3  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
Col 3:5  Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
Col 3:6  For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
Col 3:7  In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
2Pe 2:22  But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog [ is] turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

Idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood

10) “Idols of gold, silver, brass, stone and wood” are these very same false convictions with which we struggle, ranging from the false doctrine of salvation through good works to “turning grace into lasciviousness”. These are all false doctrines called “idols of the heart.”

Eze 14:1  Then came certain of the elders of Israel unto me, and sat before me.
Eze 14:2  And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Eze 14:3  Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face: should I be enquired of at all by them?
Eze 14:4  Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the LORD will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols;
Eze 16:17  Thou hast also taken thy fair jewels of my gold and of my silver, which I had given thee, and madest to thyself images of men, and didst commit whoredom with them,
Eze 16:18  And tookest thy broidered garments, and coveredst them: and thou hast set mine oil and mine incense before them.
Eze 16:19  My meat also which I gave thee, fine flour, and oil, and honey, [ wherewith] I fed thee, thou hast even set it before them for a sweet savour: and [ thus] it was, saith the Lord GOD.

Which neither see, nor hear, nor walk

11) “Which neither see, nor hear, nor walk” is the perfect spiritual description of these idols of the heart which have taken away our spiritual sight, our spiritual ears, and therefore our ability to walk in Christ’s footsteps and live as Christ lived.

Job 12:25  They grope in the dark without light, and he maketh them to stagger like [ a] drunken [ man].
Isa 59:12  For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions [ are] with us; and [ as for] our iniquities, we know them;
Isa 59:13  In transgressing and lying against the LORD, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.
Isa 59:14  And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.
Isa 59:15  Yea, truth faileth; and he [ that] departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw [ it], and it displeased him that [ there was] no judgment.
Mat 13:10  And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
Mat 13:11  He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
Mat 13:12  For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
Mat 13:13  Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
Mat 13:14  And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
Mat 13:15  For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and [ their] ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with [ their] eyes, and hear with [ their] ears, and should understand with [ their] heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
Mat 13:16  But blessed [ are] your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
Joh 9:39  And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.
Joh 9:40  And [ some] of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?
Joh 9:41  Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth

Neither repented they of their murders

12) “Neither repented they of their murders” signifies both the hatred which is in our hearts for our fellow man, as well as the blasphemous doctrine of a “Christian soldier” being blessed as a physical soldier fighting for his country.

2Co 10:3  For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
2Co 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare [ are] not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
1Jn 3:15  Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

Nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication,

13) “Nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication” both signify the tenacity of the false doctrines of “another Jesus” which cling to us even as we are being judged “in one day” and are struggling to be free of them, and of the influences of “another Jesus”.

Isa 47:9  But these two [ things] shall come to thee in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood: they shall come upon thee in their perfection for the multitude of thy sorceries, [ and] for the great abundance of thine enchantments.
2Co 11:4  For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or [ if] ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with [ him].
Rev 2:14  But I have a few things against thee (Pergamos), because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.
Rev 2:20  Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee (Thyatira), because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.
Rev 14:8  And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.
Rev 18:8  Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong [ is] the Lord God who judgeth her.
Rev 18:23  And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.

14) The gold and silver implements of the temple signify the doctrines and thoughts of our Lord. “Nor of their thefts” tells us that we have stolen God’s Words and have twisted them and have perverted them and have used them in that way to cover the idols of our hearts and the doctrines of “another Jesus”.

Eze 16:17  Thou hast also taken thy fair jewels of my gold and of my silver, which I had given thee, and madest to thyself images of men, and didst commit whoredom with them,
Joe 3:5  Because ye have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried into your temples my goodly pleasant things:

These are not physical idols in either Ezekiel or Revelation. These are idols made of God’s gold and God’s silver are “idols of the heart… images of men” which we have “made to ourselves”, and we commit whoredoms and fornication by believing in and living by those “idols of the heart.”

Summary

Here is what we have just seen in the demonstration of the spirit and of power.

Mat 22:29  Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.
1Co 2:4  And my speech and my preaching [ was] not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
1Co 2:5  That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

1) An army signifies ongoing spiritual warfare within us all.
2) Men on the horses signify the incredible power and inflence of the testimony and doctrines of this vast army which is within us.
3) The number two tells us  that  that there are myriads of false witnesses to those doctrines.
4) The breastplates of fire and of jacinth, and brimstone on the horsemen tell us that we will be judged by the words of our own mouths and by the very doctrines we have been teaching to others.
5) The death of “the third part of men” tells us that we are dealing with the process of judgment upon “the inhabiters of the earth,” upon the house of God first.
6) The fact that the power of these horses is in their mouths, which are “as the mouth of a lion,” instead of coming out of the mouth of the men on the horses, tells us that the horse and his rider are both one and the same beast.
7) “Their power is in their mouth and in their tails” tells us that these are the false doctrines of false prophets with which doctrines we all have been hurt, and from which we are being delivered by the process of judgment which is at this very moment taking place in “the house of God.”
8) “The rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues” tells us that God’s wrath is on all ungodliness, and this is an ongoing, yet incomplete process in which we are “dying daily,” and being “crucified with Christ” daily.
9)”Yet repented not of the works of their hands” signifies the same ongoing judgment which is upon the “worship of devils” and “idols of the heart” with which we struggle for so very long.
10) “Idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood” are these very same false convictions with which we struggle, ranging from the doctrine of salvation through good works, to “turning grace into lasciviousness.”
11) “Which neither see, nor hear, nor walk,” is the perfect spiritual description of these idols of the heart which have taken away our spiritual sight, our spiritual ears, an therefore our ability to walk in Christ’s footsteps and live as Christ lived.
12) “Neither repented they of their murders” signifies the doctrine of a “Christian soldier” being blessed as a physical soldier fighting for God and country, as well as failing to understand that hatred of one’s fellow man is spiritually the same as murder.
13) “Nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication,” both signify the tenacity of the false doctrines of “another Jesus,” which cling to us, even as we struggle to be free of them, and of him.
14) “Nor of their thefts,” tells us that we have stolen God’s Words and have twisted them, and have perverted them, and have used them in that way to cover the idols of our hearts, and the doctrines of “another Jesus.”

Next week, Lord willing, We will consider what is the little book in the hand of Christ, and why it is that we are not given the message contained in the voices of the seven thunders.

Rev 10:1  And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow [ was] upon his head, and his face [ was] as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:
Rev 10:2  And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and [ his] left [ foot] on the earth,
Rev 10:3  And cried with a loud voice, as [ when] a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.
Rev 10:4  And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.
Rev 10:5  And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,
Rev 10:6  And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:
Rev 10:7  But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

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