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PROPHECY BOOTCAMP: Our topic for today is titled “Demons Unleashed (Part 4)” from Dr. Ed Hindson’s book “Revelation: Unlocking the Future.”
— D-Day on Planet Earth
A dramatic shift occurs in Revelation 9. The scene is preceded by three ominous “woes” pronounced by an angel. These set the stage for the last three trumpets that are about to sound. The first four trumpets leave the earth a devastated mess. But the last three trumpets finish it off and bring it to ruin.
Suddenly, a “star” (perhaps an angel) falls (literally, “descends”) from heaven and is given the key to the bottomless pit (abyss). Seven of the nine biblical usages of abyss occur in the Revelation. It is the prison house of fallen angels and demonic spirits — the same place where Satan is later bound for one thousand years. The angel is not likely a fallen angel, but one of God’s angels. Robert Mounce comments, “The star-angel is simply one of the many divine agents who, throughout the book of Revelation, are pictured as carrying out the will of God.”
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 13) based on the parable of the foolish and wise virgins in Matthew 25:1-13. J.C. Ryle writes:
The words of the angels, in the first chapter of Acts, are plain and unmistakable: “This same Jesus who is taken up from you into Heaven, shall so come in like manner as you have seen Him go into Heaven.” So also are the words of the Apostle Peter: “The times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; and He shall send Jesus Christ, who before was preached unto you — whom the heavens must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.”