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PROPHECY BOOTCAMP: Our topic for today is titled “The World at War (Part 8)” from Dr. Ed Hindson’s book “Revelation: Unlocking the Future.”
The fifth trumpet precedes a demon invasion.
The plagues of locusts described in the Apocalypse represent a demonic invasion of earth. The creatures are depicted as having been imprisoned in the abyss. They are released by divine permission and torment unbelievers — those who do not have the “seal of God”. Whether these demonic creatures inhabit human bodies is not fully clear. The reference to the “shapes of the locusts” seems to indicate some kind of weaponry.
The locusts are personalized as a military-like force led by one called Abaddon (in Hebrew meaning “destroyer”). To make sure his readers understand, John adds the Greek equivalent: Apollyon. Both names carry the same designation: “one who destroys.” He is symbolically depicted as the leader of fallen angels in the bottomless pit.
OCCUPY TILL I COME: We are continuing our journey through the book, “Coming Events and Present Duties,” by J.C. Ryle. This section is titled, “Watch” (Part 8) based on the parable of the foolish and wise virgins in Matthew 25:1-13. J.C. Ryle writes:
Learn, secondly, that the visible Church is always in danger of neglecting the doctrine of Christ’s second advent.
I draw this truth from that solemn verse in the parable, “While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.” I am quite aware that many good men explain these words in a different way. But I dare not call any man master. I feel that I am set for the proclamation of that which my own conscience tells me is true, and I cannot be bound by the opinions of others. There are such things as erroneous interpretations received by tradition, as well as false doctrines received by tradition — and against both I think we ought to be on our guard.