The Events in Revelation are God’s Truth, they are not Fictional.
Truth can be far more fascinating than fiction. So much entertainment of all forms centers around fiction because reality is often mundane and boring. As we get to Revelation 9, everything mundane or boring evaporates. Just to stay alive takes much of most people’s effort. Retrace in your minds what we have seen so far in Revelation chapters 6,7 & 8:
Just breathing will be hard as most of the world will have some form of respiratory damage from the smoke, ash, and violent weather changes.
Water deprivation, food scarcity, and the constant sights of death and destruction have all become familiar, common, and the “new normal” to the daily lives of earth’s survivors.
1/4th + 1/3rd = 58%
Remember, God has already told us that 1/4th of humanity has perished (that was in Rev. 6:8). Now God tells us that in Rev. 9:18 that 1/3rd more will perish. If you add 25% + 33%, that makes just shy of 60%. That means death is staggeringly common.
But life this side of Hell will never get as unpleasant as we will see it becomes in this chapter. Again we must ask: what is the purpose of all this? Why would God share such a bleak, stark, and horrific record about the future?
One answer is clearly to show a contrast between two: Stark Choices between Christ & Satan. Remember how Jesus explained that He came to give abundant life (John 10:10); but the Devil came to kill, steal, and to destroy. That contrast is so evident here in Rev. 9.
God has always offered humans a way out of their sin. Here, again He does the same, and here again, humans refuse to repent.
A Summary of Revelation 9’s Biblical Lessons
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