The sixth trumpet is one of the most interesting future events described in the Book of Revelation. The passage concerning the sixth trumpet describes the slaying of a third of mankind by 200 million horsemen after four angels are released from the Euphrates River:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 wrote a couple of articles earlier this year about Revelation 9:16, the sixth trumpet verse which mentions the 200 million horsemen. These articles focused more on whether it is possible for 200 million human troops to engage in war, and can be found at the following links
Today I share with you something that has been on my mind for awhile regarding the sixth trumpet. What I share with you is still only in theory stage, but I am comfortable enough to share it with you now.
- Jer 25:18 To wit, Jerusalem, and the cities of Judah, and the kings thereof, and the princes thereof, to make them a desolation, an astonishment, an hissing, and a curse; as it is this day;
- Jer 25:19 Pharaoh king of Egypt, and his servants, and his princes, and all his people;
- Jer 25:22 And all the kings of Tyrus, and all the kings of Zidon, and the kings of the isles which are beyond the sea,
- Jer 25:23 Dedan, and Tema, and Buz, and all that are in the utmost corners,
- Jer 25:24 And all the kings of Arabia, and all the kings of the mingled people that dwell in the desert,
- Jer 25:25 And all the kings of Zimri, and all the kings of Elam, and all the kings of the Medes,
- Jer 25:26 And all the kings of the north, far and near, one with another, and all the kingdoms of the world, which are upon the face of the earth: and the king of Sheshach shall drink after them.
Similarly, Zechariah 2 mentions several locations which will be punished during the Day of the Lord. Interestingly, there is some overlap between Jeremiah 25 and Zephaniah 2. The following tables show locations which are named in both Jeremiah 25 and Zephaniah 2.
Jer 25:20 And all the mingled people, and all the kings of the land of Uz, and all the kings of the land of the Philistines, and Ashkelon, and Azzah, and Ekron, and the remnant of Ashdod,
Zep 2:4 For Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation: they shall drive out Ashdod at the noon day, and Ekron shall be rooted up.
Zep 2:5 Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coast, the nation of the Cherethites! the word of the LORD is against you; O Canaan, the land of the Philistines, I will even destroy thee, that there shall be no inhabitant.
Jer 25:21 Edom, and Moab, and the children of Ammon,
Zep 2:8 I have heard the reproach of Moab, and the revilings of the children of Ammon, whereby they have reproached my people, and magnified themselves against their border.
Zep 2:9 Therefore as I live, saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Surely Moab shall be as Sodom, and the children of Ammon as Gomorrah, even the breeding of nettles, and saltpits, and a perpetual desolation: the residue of my people shall spoil them, and the remnant of my people shall possess them.
The Theory: The various Middle East locations mentioned in several Bible prophecy verses, passages, and chapters may begin to be under assault in a large-scale war after the sounding of the sixth trumpet.
- The passage concerning the sixth trumpet describes the impact that 200 million horsemen have on mankind; primarily the slaying of a third of mankind. It may be possible that the two hundred million horsemen slay this many people as participants in a large-scale war.
Jeremiah 25:31-33 is a passage which may suggest that a large-scale war could be waged during the latter portion of the End Times. The passage mentions that “evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth”:
- Jer 25:31 A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the LORD hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the LORD.
- Jer 25:32 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth.
- Jer 25:33 And the slain of the LORD shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground.
Isaiah 66:15 may provide some clarity about what a “whirlwind” represents in Jeremiah 25:32. The verse suggests that the Lord will send chariots (military force) "like a whirlwind”.
Jer 25:32 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth.
Isa 66:15 For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.
Isa 66:16 For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many.
An example of a battle which could potentially be waged during this period of war could be the clash between Babylon and Egypt & its allies described in Ezekiel 30:1-9 and Jeremiah 46:1-10.
Eze 30:3 For the day is near, even the day of the LORD is near, a cloudy day; it shall be the time of the heathen.
Eze 30:4 And the sword shall come upon Egypt, and great pain shall be in Ethiopia, when the slain shall fall in Egypt, and they shall take away her multitude, and her foundations shall be broken down.
Eze 30:5 Ethiopia, and Libya, and Lydia, and all the mingled people, and Chub, and the men of the land that is in league, shall fall with them by the sword.
Eze 30:6 Thus saith the LORD; They also that uphold Egypt shall fall; and the pride of her power shall come down: from the tower of Syene shall they fall in it by the sword, saith the Lord GOD.
Jer 46:8 Egypt riseth up like a flood, and his waters are moved like the rivers; and he saith, I will go up, and will cover the earth; I will destroy the city and the inhabitants thereof.
Jer 46:9 Come up, ye horses; and rage, ye chariots; and let the mighty men come forth; the Ethiopians and the Libyans, that handle the shield; and the Lydians, that handle and bend the bow.
Jer 46:10 For this is the day of the Lord GOD of hosts, a day of vengeance, that he may avenge him of his adversaries: and the sword shall devour, and it shall be satiate and made drunk with their blood: for the Lord GOD of hosts hath a sacrifice in the north country by the river Euphrates.
The theory I’ve presented today concerning the sixth trumpet needs more work and refinement before it can become a truly viable theory. For instance, one important thing that needs to be demonstrated is that there are multiple sides waging war with one another during the latter portion of the End Times as there cannot be a war if there are not at least two opposing sides. I am building a case to show that there may be multiple sides waging war with one another, but I am not ready to share all the evidence yet...
Why Does This Matter?
Some may wonder why attempting to understand what happens after the sounding of the sixth trumpet and beyond matters. Without going into a lot of details, my ongoing studies of Ezekiel 38 & Ezekiel 39, the prophecies concerning Libya & Egypt, Revelation 17:16, etc. are all impacted by the viability of the theory I present today.
- Again, I use the analogy that Bible prophecy is the ultimate puzzle where every puzzle piece matters. The sixth trumpet and the many Bible prophecy verses, passages, and chapters which this theory may be able to account for represent several significant pieces of the puzzle. If this theory becomes a viable one, I could be able to account for several significant pieces of the puzzle and be in a better position to find out when Ezekiel 38 & Ezekiel 39, Revelation 17:16, and the prophecies concerning Libya & Egypt will be fulfilled.
In addition, the theory may be able to explain the context that so many locations mentioned in Bible prophecy are impacted.
I hope the theory I present today makes some sense and is a reasonable one. It’s only a theory at this point, so there is a chance that it can be disproved.