Chapter 8 contained 4 severe judgments (trumpets) and ended with an ominous warning of 3 more “woes” to come. Today in chapter 9 we read about the first 2 of those “woes”.
Let’s remember our rule about not getting too bogged down in the figurative language. Revelation 1:2 says when Jesus revealed this things to John “He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John”. To signify means to write in signs. That statement is a “heads up” to us that the book will contain symbolic, figurative language.
To simplify things, there are two “judgments” in chapter 9 – the first by a plague of locusts coming from a bottomless pit and the second by an army of 200 million horsemen.
The locust torment those who do not have the seal of God and this lasts for 5 months.
The army kills one third of mankind.
The chapter closes noting that in spite of these judgments the world did not repent but continued its idolatry and sinful practices. Troublesome times should cause us to think about our relationship with God, and if necessary, to repent of our sins.
Can you think of another event in Bible history where God sent severe judgments but they did not produce repentance?