Revelation 9: Are You At The Golden Altar?
Verse of the Day: (V13) “And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,”
1. Angel (V1-10)
V1 “And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.”
Our holy God reveals to Apostle John that the fifth angel will sound, and a star who is none other than Satan, the Devil, will fall from heaven to earth, and be given the key to the bottomless pit which is fiery hell. Though this event of Satan’s fall had already happened, God still reveals it to John to give him the background so that he can fully understand the future events that are unfolding before him. Today, Satan is on earth deceiving and devouring many but with much restraint as the Holy Spirit is also on earth convicting sinners to repent their sins, and indwelling Christians who believe in Christ. However when the Rapture - which is any time now when all Christians shall be called up by Christ to be with Him in heaven forever, and at the same time God shall restrain His Spirit - takes place, Satan shall have full control of the world to deceive, torment and eventually kill many. The fifth angel will then send out killer locusts to hurt and torment all men, except those who have God’s seal on their foreheads, for five grievous months.
2. Abaddon (V11-12)
V11 “And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.”
These locusts have a king or a demon leader named Abaddon in Hebrew, and Apollyon in Greek, and it means The Destroyer. Indeed, he lives up to his name as he destroys many.
3. Altar (V13-21)
V20 “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:”
The sixth angel sounds the trumpet, and a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, then proclaims to the angel to release four angels that are bound - which are actually four demons - at the great river Euphrates - the place of Satan’s last stand - to slay one third of the world population. The golden altar represents the prayers of all the saints of the Old and New Testaments as they continually pray for all who are going through the Great Tribulation period that they will repent of their sins, and cease their worship of the Devil and his demons, and turn to the holy God, and worship Him.
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to always be at Your golden altar praying to You.