When the Real Horror is Unleashed. It says in Rev. 9:3 that these demons sweep across the face of the Earth like a dark, thick plague of locusts. If the terrifying quake of chapter 6 seemed bad, this is so much more terrifying. Like the sound of a locust cloud screeching overhead is this cloud of evil, that envelopes the Earth.
There is nowhere to go, there is no escape because there is no secure room to hide from creatures that transcend any physical barrier.
This is one of the main reasons why the Tribulation is going to be such a terrible time.
Think of all the bound demons of the Pit being turned loose in addition to the ones that are already running all over the earth.
Then, as if these hordes were not bad enough, out of the smoke rising from the Pit in v. 11 emerges the most fearsome monster of all, their king Abaddon the Destroyer. This is the angel of the bottomless pit whose name in the Greek tongue, Apollyon. Both languages capture this creature’s name, it means destroyer. But all these demons are allowed to do is inflict pain, not death. Death is coming, but not quite yet.
The Greatest Massacre Arrives
A world, terrorized for 150 days (9:10), now has something to fear. The searing pain is about to be replaced by horrific death.
In Revelation 9:17, at the sounding of the sixth angel, trumpet, another army rises. Destroying, horse-like creatures and those who sat on them, it says, are riders with breastplates the color of fire and of brimstone; and the heads of the horses are like the heads of lions.
With fire, smoke, and brimstone: a third of mankind is killed. Brimstone is like volcanic lava, which proceeded out of their mouths.
Either this is some kind of graphic figurative description of a great fiery force, or maybe God just opens the earth and turns loose the Earth’s volcanic capacity. In deadly destruction, a third of the world’s inhabitants are plunged into Hades.
But, that’s just a preview, a little taste of what’s coming at the end of the thousand-year Kingdom. Skip over the next 7 chapters of the Beast, False Prophet, and the seven bowls of scorching fire, the blackness of darkness, and Armageddon, and turn with me to Rev. 20:7-9.
Rev. 6-19 is all just a starting point for the final devastation of fire that consumes the whole universe. That’s how it’s going to end.