- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence. The
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Revelation 9
After the fifth trumpet blew, two signs showed up; fallen star, wired locusts. They symbolize God’s judgement of plague for the wicked, for those who had not the seal of God on their heads.
“fallen star,” symbolizes one of the fallen angels, Satan himself (v.11).
“locusts,” symbolizes the terrors of evil spirits. They are like war horses equipped for battle, having human faces, women’s hair, lion’s teeth, breastplates like iron, stingers like scorpions, flying with noises like chariot rushing into battle, having power to torment the earth. Their king is Abaddon, meaning destruction. Five months is not literal period of torment but a symbol of intense torture for certain period of time, temporal not permanent.
The sixth trumpet blow brings a voice from the altar of God. Four angels were sent to destroy the one third of people with plagues. “two hundred million,” is a symbolic number of a very large army. Those who don’t have God’s seal should be very afraid. “the horses’ head in verse 17 is similar to the locusts and they are horrible image of the evil forces. “fire, dark blue, and yellow” are three plagues that accompany the blowing of the sixth trumpet.
Hard-hearted are the survivors from these plagues, who continue to do wicked things (20-21)
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.