Revelation 9:16: Insights on the 200 Million Horsemen Part 1

Last week I wrote about how China may become a participant in armed conflict soon as it prepares for war in all “strategic directions” within the next five years. A reader commented that China could be a participant in future conflict because they could produce 200 million horsemen, which is a direct reference to Revelation 9:16. This comment got me interested in analyzing the topic of the 200 million horsemen because it reminded me that there is a lot of speculation about the 200 million horsemen…

In the coming days I’ll attempt to provide some analysis about the 200 million horsemen. Today I’ll provide an overview of the sixth trumpet which includes the reference to the 200 million horsemen.

After the sounding of the sixth trumpet four angels bounded at the Euphrates River will be set free to instigate the slaying of a 1/3 of mankind. Apparently, the angels are connected with an army(s) totaling 200 million horsemen...more on this later...

  • Rev 9:13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
  • Rev 9:14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.
  • Rev 9:15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.
  • Rev 9:16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.

The King James Bible uses the word “army” to describe the 200 million horsemen, which initially suggests that every horseman is fighting for the same side. However, the Greek word for “army” (strateuma-meaning “a body of troops”) is used seven times in the New Testament of the King James Bible to mean “army” or “armies” (it’s used to mean “armies” in Matthew 22:7, Revelation 19:14, Revelation 19:19). Therefore, it’s possible that the 200 million horsemen represent the total number of horsemen from different armies rather than the total number of horsemen from a singular army. This is perhaps why other Bible versions like the New American Standard Bible (NASB) uses the word “armies” to describe the horsemen instead of “army” in Revelation 9:16.

  • Note: I am not saying that the NASB is superior to the King James Bible (I believe the King James Bible is the best translation). I’m trying to point out that there is some leeway in how to translate the Greek in Revelation 9:16.

I think the translators of the King James Bible elected to use “army” instead of “armies” in Revelation 9:16 because Revelation 9:17-19 describe the actions of the horsemen collectively. However, I think it’s more likely that the 200 million total horsemen come from different armies than from a single army.

I think the connection between the four angels and the 200 million horsemen is that the angels are responsible for stirring up these horsemen for combat-the reason why they fight is unclear in the passage (I do have a theory about why they fight that I may share in the future). However, it’s not unheard-of for spirits to gather forces for battle. Revelation 16 records that three frog-like spirits travel throughout the world to gather forces for the “battle of that great day of God Almighty”.

  • Rev 16:13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
  • Rev 16:14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

I do not believe these horsemen are associated with the fifth trumpet locusts because these horsemen will be capable of killing men (while the locusts specialize in torture). I think the abstract description of the horsemen is a reflection of John’s difficulty in describing them in terms that people in his time could understand.

In any event, the horsemen will eventually kill 1/3 of the world’s population:

  • Rev 9:17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.
  • Rev 9:18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.
  • Rev 9:19 For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.

Despite the massive loss of life, the followers of Antichrist will not repent any of the crimes or sins they've committed.

  • Rev 9:20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:
  • Rev 9:21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

I’ll answer whether it is possible today for 200 million horsemen to participate in battle in Part 2. If you disagree what my analysis so far I still suggest you checkout Part 2 because I have some very interesting data to present…

17 comments: (+add yours?)

Anonymous said...

200 million horsemen,is this literal?
I didn't think there were that many horse in the world.

Prophecy Proof Insights said...

I think John was describing what he saw in terms that people back in his time could understand or relate to. Imagine trying to describe a piece of technology made 1900 years from now... Some people think what John saw could have been modern day military vehicles. I think 200 million is a literal number in terms of troops involved. Whether actual horses or military weaponry is involved is debatable... However, one estimate I saw has the world horse population at 75,000,000 so that would argue against real horses. But one theory is that the horsemen and horses are spiritual-I might write about that next time

FollowsTheWay said...

All bibles other than the King James bible are from satan.

Do some research on that. It's SIMPLE to see: is a good place to start.

For example: the NASB has Mark 1:2 as:


Wait. "Isaiah the prophet??" Noooo.... it was Malachi. Even the satanic NASB owns itself:

Malachi 3:1 "Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming," says the LORD of hosts. (NASB)

What does the pure word of God (the KJB) have? It does not contain the "Isaiah" error:

Mark 1:2 As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. (KJB)

Don't feel too badly NASB users. Almost ALL the other non-KJB versions have it WRONG in Mark 1:2. The New(age)KJV has it in a footnote though (the whole purpose of the NKJV is to move all those silly, old-fashioned KJB users over to one of the more blatant new age bible versions, like the NASB or NIV).

Can we say, "all non-KJB versions are doctrines of devils?" YES WE CAN! c'mon people.

Prophecy Proof Insights said...

I always consult the King James Bible when doing research. I used to have an NIV Bible but I don't look at it anymore because I don't trust its translation.

Anonymous said...

Very interesting info thank you. The Euphrates will apparently dry up-and the 200 million will be able to move with ease. I think I ve read somewhere that the Euphrates has `dried up` in some areas/ But not 100% sure. 2011 will be very interesting.

Mike said...

We have far better, earlier and more reliable manuscripts from which other tranlations come than the textus receptus from which the the king James Bible was translated. While it is true that some verses miss the mark in other tranlations, this can be saidf of the king James as well. Quit being inflammatory when u have have not done your research. Some of the best textual schaloras such as Daniel Wallace and bruce metzger will tell you this. Get John Ancherburgs king James only debate. He brings the top schalrs from all tranlations, including King James, to debate this issue. The king James only advocates on the show do not present cogent arugments at all. It is clear they are all out done in terms of schalrly research

Prophecy Proof Insights said...

My preference is to use the King James Bible.  People are free to use what Bible translation
they wish.

Connie45 said...

Isaiah 19:14 - "The LORD hath mingled a perverse spirit in the midst thereof: and they
have caused Egypt to ERR in EVERY WORK thereof, as a drunken man
staggereth in his vomit."  The reason the Alexandrian scripts are older is because the Byzantine manuscripts were used so much, they had to be recopied over and over.  The Alexandrian ones were actually found in the trash.  Were you aware of that? There must have been a reason for them being there. Did your scholars tell you that? Did you do your own research or trust what they say?  Maybe God gave us this verse to warn us about what comes out of Egypt.  After all, He doesn't have anything good to say about them in Scripture.  But feel free to read whichever version your prefer.  Personally I, like Prophecy Proof's author, prefer the version that says that Christ thought it not robbery to be equal with God. You can keep your version that says that Christ did not regard equality with God something to be grasped.  That is the difference between Antioch and Alexandria. Do you understand the difference between what the two verses say?  Which one do you think is the truth?

Jay said...

Do you think it means an army of 200,000,000 Islamic terrorists? What would China be doing at the Euphrates river? That sounds more like what the USA is doing. Interestingly enough, the USA came up with the idea of robot soldiers, so it may also be referring to an army of 200,000,000 robot soldiers from the USA. China would not have the technology, incentive, or capability to raise an 200,000,000 soldiers and deploy them to the Middle East, even if they have 1,300,000 people. With robots however, it is quite possible to manufacture 200,000,000.

Jay said...

Do you think it means an army of 200,000,000 Islamic terrorists? What
would China be doing at the Euphrates river? That sounds more like what
the USA is doing. Interestingly enough, the USA came up with the idea of
robot soldiers, so it may also be referring to an army of 200,000,000
robot soldiers from the USA. China would not have the technology,
incentive, or capability to raise an army of 200,000,000 soldiers and deploy
them to the Middle East, even if they have 1,300,000 people. With robots
however, it is quite possible to manufacture 200,000,000.

Prophecy Proof Insights said...

At this point in the end times, there'll only be those who follow the Antichrist and those who don't follow the Antichrist. Therefore, I don't think we can assign a specific religious label to the 200,000,000. I'm working on an article which would cover why there is such great violence taking in the world at that time. For now I can say that it does not appear the Antichrist will go unopposed at that time.

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Graeme said...

Maybe its China...and that China still hasn't forgiven the Anglos for the Opium Wars or the Japanese for the invasion of China (WW2). Down Under we are expecting an invader out-of- Asia in the endtimes. There are many dreams, visions and prophecies about this in the Christian churches of Australia. A classic revelation comes from the 1974 book WHAT WILL BECOME OF AUSTRALIA by Jack Burrell. It's an amazing vision and it's on the net.

Prophecy Proof Insights said...

I would caution you or anyone against believing in visions that people have. Remember, the Bible is the only truly inerrant source of information about what is to come in the future.

CD said...

It surely looks like the US is led today by demons,maybe the Anti christ him/her self? How many more foreign invasions and killing of innocent women and children will the Lord tolerate?

And the people are just apatbetic,no uprising against the evil people running washington. Funny how many in the government with dual citizenship...

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