The Seven Trumpets

The Sixth Trumpet (Second Woe)

Revelation 9:13-16 – And the sixth messenger did sound, and I heard a voice out of the four horns of the altar of gold that is before God, saying to the sixth messenger who had the trumpet, ‘Loose the four messengers who are bound at the great river Euphrates; and loosed were the four messengers, who have been made ready for the hour, and day, and month, and year, and the number of the forces of the horsemen [is] two myriads of myriads, and I heard the number of them. (YLT)

As I mentioned earlier, the sixth trumpet involves judgment on Constantinople; the capital of the once powerful Roman Empire. The four messengers represent the four major cities controlled by the Seljuk and Ottoman Turks near the Euphrates river (Aleppo, Iconium, Damascus, and Baghdad). These four messengers were let loose after a period of an hour, a day, a month, and a year, which is 391 days. Again if we take each prophetic day to be a year, we get 391 years. This time period begins with the death of Togrul in 1063, who was the second ruler of the Seljuk Turks. Togrul took Baghdad in 1055 which was Islam’s capital as we discussed in the fifth trumpet. This shows a transition in God’s judgment from the fifth trumpet through Islam to the sixth trumpet through the Turks. The Turks later became known as the Ottoman Turks under Osman I in the early 14th century.

Revelation 9:17-19 – And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and those sitting upon them, having breastplates of fire, and jacinth and brimstone; and the heads of the horses [are] heads of lions, and out of their mouths proceedeth fire, and smoke, and brimstone; by these three were the third of men killed, from the fire, and from the smoke, and from the brimstone, that is proceeding out of their mouth, for their authorities are in their mouth, and in their tails, for their tails [are] like serpents, having heads, and with them they do injure; (YLT)

Next, Revelation talks about horses that shoot out fire and brimstone from their mouths. These are referring to the cannons that the Ottoman Turks used to conqure Constantinople in 1453, which is the 391st year from the death of Togrul in 1063. Below is a picture of the Dardanelles Gun which was used in this battle. It is currently on display at Fort Nelson in England.


Revelation 9:20-21 – and the rest of men, who were not killed in these plagues, neither did reform from the works of their hands, that they may not bow before the demons, and idols, those of gold, and those of silver, and those of brass, and those of stone, and those of wood, that are neither able to see, nor to hear, nor to walk, yea, they did not reform from their murders, nor from their sorceries, nor from their whoredoms, nor from their thefts. (YLT)

This last passage says that even though many were killed for their sins, the ones that survived did not change their ways. People continued to worship demons, idols, money, commit murder, sorcery, prostitution, and theft. Therefore, more judgment must take place if all is to be restored.

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