The Bible says, “One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter” (Revelation 9:12). In my last article, “The Silent Pandemic of Mental Illness,” we discussed the first Woe that had its conception in the First Century but was not fully realized until the Sixth Century with the opening of the first mental hospital in Iraq. Today we will discuss the second Woe that also had its beginning in the First Century with a number of heresies coming against the true teachings of our Lord. Like the first Woe, this heresy against the Church would not be fully realized or have its greatest effect upon fallen humanity until the Sixth Century. After the sounding of the sixth trumpet that corresponds with the second Woe, a voice came from the throne of God in heaven directing the angel to, “Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates” (See Revelation 9:13-14). These four bound angels represent four strong powers that would arise and project an even more damaging heresy upon the Christian and Jewish communities. In the sixth century, Christians and Jews at the time lived peacefully in the area of the Euphrates river, also known as the Fertile Crescent, until they were conquered by Muslim invaders. These new converts to Islam in time were prepared for future incursions into the known world to kill and destroy (See Revelation 9:15).
Let’s back up a moment. Let’s be very clear, in the beginning before Mohammad received his prophecy in a cave, he was living in a Judeo-Christian world, where the Church at the time would have seen this new prophecy as just another heresy. In fact, Mohammad was so rejected at the time in Mecca that he moved to Medina to enlarge his following. His early conquest would not only send him back to Mecca and the Arabian Peninsula but as already stated, to the Euphrates river and the Fertile Crescent. This early heresy that eventually turned into the world’s second-largest religion has for many years solidified its position in the Middle East and especially trying to establish or re-establish a caliphate in Turkey, Syria, and Iraq, all along the Euphrates river. The other major country just East of the Euphrates river is the Ancient Persian Empire or modern-day Iran, clearly making it the fourth power (or angel) to be released. God can and has already used the Muslim invaders to bring His Woe upon fallen humanity. This Muslim invasion is a perfect tool in the hands of a righteous God to rebuke the sins of fallen humanity as well as the sins of the Church. The Islamic faith has no greater hate than it does against Israel and the West, and especially the United States whom they see as being worse than Sodom and Gomorrah.
Before going any further, it’s important to understand just how different the teachings of Islam are from the teachings of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Most believers in Christ understand His message of love, going the extra mile, and turning the other cheek. On the other hand, many today have greyed the lines between Christianity and Islam by ignoring what Muslims actually believe from their holy book, the Qur’an. It’s important to mention again, that the early Church Fathers saw Islam as a heresy and later on as coming from the devil himself. Speaking of infidels, the Qur’an says, slay the unbeliever wherever you find them. (2:191) Make war on the infidels living in your neighborhood. (9:1:23) When opportunity arises, kill the infidels wherever you catch them. (9:5) Kill the Jews and Christians if they do not convert to Islam or refuse to pay Jizya tax. (9:29) Do not hanker for peace with the infidels; behead them when you catch them. (47:4) Muslims must not take the infidels as friends. (3:28) Terrorize and behead those who believe in scriptures other than the Qur’an. (8:12) Muslims must muster all weapons to terrorize the infidels. (8:60) This is just a short sampling of the many verses in the Qur’an that teach their followers to kill, maim, crucify, and behead others in the name of their god. Clearly, this is not a message of love from a loving God but one of hate and barbarism.
Take your time now and read through carefully Revelation 9:15-19. In very graphic apocalyptic language, it describes in detail how terrorism has gripped the entire world through bombs, explosives, and perhaps one day by the releasing of an atomic bomb in the heart of the infidel’s homeland by the Muslim invaders. The Bible says, “The four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men” (Revelation 9:15). What’s clear about this verse is that the preparation was incremental not only in the preparation but also in the implementation or the number of men being slain upon the earth. Step by step the new Muslim invaders, whom the early Church Fathers called heretics, would prepare people through a deeper indoctrination of their faith and then how to destroy other men who would not convert. This second Woe has continued for over fifteen hundred years and will only grow much worse in the coming months and even beyond our worst nightmare. Nothing will stop this woe except total and complete repentance, which is difficult to see with fallen humanity who have mostly turned their backs on God after publicly spitting in His eye. Don’t think for a moment that a new deal with Iran, with another planeload of money, will change anything. Remember this was tried by Obama and Biden. Don’t think for a moment that the Pope shaking hands and making a deal with Islam will change anything.
As we examine this apocalyptic language a little bit closer, we see the number of the mounted cavalry is in the millions. If we took those numbers literally the only country that could mount a million-man army, at this point, would be China, which is much further East of the Euphrates river. On the other hand, and more correctly to the text that’s not locked into time, is we can add up the total number of cavalrymen, infantry, soldiers, and terrorists for the entire fifteen hundred years and come up easily with well over a million Muslim invaders going forth to kill and destroy. Furthermore, the apocalyptic vision stresses the importance of the weapons used to kill and destroy a third of mankind. Clearly, the vision sees fire sulfur coming out of either the musket, a rifle, the turret of a tank, or even some kind of advanced weaponry. The Bible says, “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” (Revelation 9:18). We can easily see how explosives and bombs have become the favorite arsenal of the Muslim terrorist. Revelation 9:19 could well represent some form of advanced weaponry unknown by the prophet in the first century. One could easily conjecture that the “tails” could be seen as the launching of multiple short-range missiles from a “Multiple Rocket Launcher” (MRL).
In the following two verses, fallen humanity is still not eager to repent even after these two devastating Woes. Please read Revelation 9:20-21. Let me suggest at least two reasons why fallen humanity refuses to repent of their many sins. First, fallen humanity has explained away the plagues and woes, no longer attributing them to the hand of God meant to lead fallen humanity to repentance. It appears that most people are more interested in sharing some new conspiracy theory or some made up false prophecy rather than sharing the Word of God. Or it’s just easier to follow the crowd and blame everything on Global Warming or poor national or international leadership. Let us pray, that when the Muslim invaders finally make it to our country as they have done so in many countries, including just recently in France, then we must stand up and share the truth of the Gospel. The second reason people are unwilling to repent, is they love their new lifestyle and they greatly enjoy their sins even when you tell them that their sins will lead to death and eternal damnation. Although we know that the Bible says that fallen humanity is blinded by the god of this world (see II Corinthians 4:4), let us continue to pray that the plagues and woes sent by the hand of God will wake them up to their true spiritual condition.
Finally, as already stated, this second Woe will end up bringing us our worst nightmare, especially if we allow Iran to complete its nuclear ambition. They have told us plainly that they hate America and that they will erase Israel from the map. This coming war will no doubt lead to the last great war against the Holy Land of Israel and any country that stands with her. It’s important that we listen to the threats of those who seek to destroy us and not try to appease them with some foolish peace treaty or the promise of more money. Let’s pray that Biden doesn’t go down this same ridiculous path. If we do, it will fail. The prophecy was given over two thousand years ago and is applicable to our present day. If we ignore this prophecy, we do so at our own peril. Let me conclude, by saying it once again, our only option is true repentance and turning back to the one true God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. If we as a people don’t repent, we will stand alone to face the coming horrors. If the news is correct, then we will soon be under a liberal administration opening the door fully to the second Woe and a Muslim invasion. A war is coming!
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