Revelation 9:1-6 (ESV)
The Seven Trumpets
the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star fallen from heaven to earth, and he was given the key to the shaft of the bottomless pit. 2He opened the shaft of the bottomless pit, and from the shaft rose smoke like the smoke
of a great furnace, and the sun and the air were darkened with the smoke from the shaft. 3Then from the smoke came locusts on the earth, and they were given power like the power of scorpions of the earth. 4They
were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any green plant or any tree, but only those people who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. 5They were allowed to torment them for five months, but not to kill them, and
their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it stings someone. 6And in those days people will seek death and will not find it. They will long to die, but death will flee from them.
The fifth angel blew his trumpet and “I saw a star fallen from heaven to earth, and he was given the key to the
shaft of the bottomless pit. The fallen star is Satan. The bottomless pit is Hell. In this day and age, many deny the existence of Hell. Well, many even deny heaven, or even God. On the last day, there will be no unbelievers,
“Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess, that Jesus Christ is Lord.” The problem is… it will be too late. In today’s reading, there is a plague of locusts which is reminiscent of one of the plagues in Exodus.
Moses wrote: “For if you refuse to let my people go, behold, tomorrow I will bring locusts into your country, 5and they shall cover the face of the land, so that no one can see the land. And
they shall eat what is left to you after the hail, and they shall eat every tree of yours that grows in the field, 6and they shall fill your houses and the houses of all your servants and of all the Egyptians,
as neither your fathers nor your grandfathers have seen, from the day they came on earth to this day.’” Then he turned and went out from Pharaoh.”
John writes in todays reading that
people will want to die because of the plagues. “6And in those days people will seek death and will not find it. They will long to die, but death will flee from them.”
I pray: O Lord, you are the way, the truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me [Jesus Christ]. Help me to keep my eyes focused on you and to walk according to your ways… trusting
in the faith you have given me. Amen.