Is Satan Cast From Heaven At The 5th Or 6th Trumpet?
Welcome to Bible Question and Answer, our bi-weekly series where we provide Bible verses, answers and advice to the questions and concerns you have. During the course of the last two weeks readers have submitted their questions and today we are going to answer one of them.
Question: Good day Brandon,
Satan is cast out to earth at the 6th Trump, 6th Seal and the 6th Vial, as to my understanding. Would you please share your position on Revelation 9:1, where the “star fall from heaven” which indicates Satan as being that “star” at the 5th Trumpet, the first of the three (3) Woes as Revelation 9:12 states.
Revelation 9:1 “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.”
Is this stating that Satan is cast out to earth at the 5th Trumpet rather than the 6th?
Then, it states in Revelation 9:13-14 “And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.
The angels that are currently “bound” as far as I know, is given in Jude verses 6-8…and I take those to mean the 7000 fallen angels which comes to earth with Satan after he is cast out. So, the 7000 should be making their appearance along with Satan, right?
Who then are those “four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates” at the sounding of the 6th Trump? Other souls that follow in the ways of Satan, and are also a part of the Locust Army? Or is it referring to the same 7000 fallen angels?
It would really be spiritually edifying to have this expounded upon in a neat little package for Seed planting and for personal spiritual growth / maturity, IMHO.
I am fully aware that God’s Holy Inspired Word has *no* contradictions…so at which Trumpet is Satan actually cast out de facto…5th or 6th? As in 666 …Satan’s Trump, Seal and Vial appearance.
Truly appreciate and value all that you do in God’s Service Brandon. May God / Christ continue to bless, lead, guide, direct, touch, heal, protect and comfort you as needed, as well as all those that love and serve Him.
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: EyeonGod, thank you for the question and kind words.
We know the number of the Beast who is Satan is certainly 666 from Revelation 13:18. However, Satan does not “appear” during the Sixth Seal or Sixth Vial, only the Sixth Trumpet. The Seals are simply messages that are locked or closed with a “Seal“.
The Seals let us know and provide us with details concerning the final events that will transpire, not that they are transpiring at that moment. Only the Lamb, only Jesus Christ was worthy to open them, (Revelation 5).
On the other hand, the Fifth Vial documents for us that a lot of torment is being unleashed on Satan and his kingdom when he is on earth while the great gathering begins at the Sixth Vial, (Revelation 16:10-16 and see: Seals, Trumpets and Vials).
The Fifth and Sixth Trumpet
Revelation 9:1 and the events given under the Fifth Trumpet can be confusing if we do not place events in their proper order. I believe the Fifth Trumpet covers events from both the Fifth and Sixth Trumpet. It is like a conversation that naturally flows, just remember, not all of the events in Revelation 9:1-12 are apart of the Fifth Trumpet. We discussed this in detail in a past Bible Q&A titled, “Why Do You Say The Antichrist Appears On Earth At The Sixth Trumpet?”.
Please turn your Bible with me to,
1 “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.”
The first thing we should understand is this “star” is not a literal star, most of you understand that. Stars are symbolic for God’s children and typically a reference to them in angelic form, (Job 2:1, 38:7, Isaiah 14:13, Daniel 8:10-11, Revelation 1:20).
Next, what “star” was given the key to the bottomless pit?
Many of you already know. It is Satan, but how do you know that?
By the description given for that “star” and verse 11. Yet, when we read this verse we often think we have been given a time sequence, when we have actually been given a description.
The “star” who was given the key to the bottomless pit is the “star” who had already fallen from the grace of God. That would be Satan, and this symbolic fall occurred when Satan rebelled against our Father during the First Earth Age losing his position within God’s Kingdom, (Isaiah 14:12-17, Ezekiel 28:13-19).
So this verse is simply providing us with a description, it is telling us “what” star specifically was given the key to the bottomless pit and that star is Satan, the star that fell from heaven to earth during the First Earth Age, not that Satan fell during the Fifth Trumpet, (see similar concept: “Why Did Christ Say, “I Beheld Satan As Lightning Fall From Heaven”?“).
Further, we know this “fallen star” is Satan from verse 11, turn there with me,
11 “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.”
“Abaddon” (Strong’s: G3) means “a destroying angel.”
While “Apollyon” (Strong’s: G623) means “a destroyer (that is, Satan).”
Satan is the king of the Locust Army and “the angel“, the “star” of the bottomless pit.
So we see during the Fifth Trumpet a lot of smoke (and mirrors) begin to take place priming the stage for Satan’s grand appearance at the Sixth Trumpet.
7,000 Fallen Angels
When we bring Scripture together as a whole and truly understand the depths of it, when we understand The First Earth Age and truly comprehend Satan’s fall during that time and we understand how “few” stood with God. I think it is beyond fair to say there are far more than 7,000 wicked angels.
The global population today stands at 7 billion souls and historians believe roughly 107 billion people lived before us. If that is true, then God created roughly 114 billion souls.
Think about that.
114 billion souls, and Scripture tells us ‘few will be saved.’ “Few be there that find” and navigate the narrow path to Eternal Life, (Matthew 7:14).
We know during the First Earth Age a third of God’s children willingly, out of their own free will followed Satan and basically, another third followed Satan as they were too weak to stand for God, (Revelation 12:3-4 and see: Satan’s Sin).
What is a third or even two-thirds of 114 billion?
You can do the math and it really makes ones head spin, especially when we consider at the very end of the Millenium, after seeing Christ and all His Glory, Satan gathers up enough of God’s children to turn on Him one more time, “the number of whom is as the sand of the sea,” (Revelation 20:8).
Understanding that and knowing Scripture does not document 7,000 wicked angels appearing with Satan, I would like everyone to recall the account when Christ went to the country of the Gadarenes.
There was a man who walked among the tombs that was possessed by evil spirit(s). Christ told the evil spirit, “Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit,” (Mark 5:8).
9 “And He asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.”
Christ was communicating with the unclean spirit who was not alone…
The evil spirit responds by saying, “we are many” and references a “Legion” which was a military unit within the Roman army.
We should understand a Roman Legion was equivalent to 5,000-6,000 men. This single man was infested with over 5,000 evil spirits!
With that, it should not be hard for us to imagine that during “the time of trouble,” the “great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be” that the world will be filled with wickedness, (Jeremiah 30:7, Daniel 12:1, Matthew 24:21). Filled with the Locust Army and the supernatural portion will be in full force and numbered at 200 million, (Revelation 9:16).
The Four Angels Bound In The River Euphrates
For reference, we have possibly three sets of evil angels who are bound. We have the four of Revelation 9:14, the Locust Army of Revelation 9:1-3 who are unlocked from the bottomless pit and those of Jude 1:6 which we will now read of.
Turn your Bible with me to,
6 “And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.”
These angels who are not numbered became fallen during and after the time of Noah, the angels who came to earth and produced children known as Giants with the daughters of Adam specifically. I know you understand this was done in order to destroy the genealogy of Christ.
I do not believe these fallen angels will appear with Satan on earth during the Sixth Trumpet. The verse tells us these fallen angels are “reserved in everlasting chains” by God until “the judgment of the great day“.
This word “reserved” is G5083 in your Strong’s Concordance and the meanings are very interesting. “Prevent escaping, a fortress or full military lines” are just a few. It then becomes clear, these fallen angels are not going anywhere until the great day of Judgement which is either the “minor” Judgement at the Return of Christ, or the “major” White Throne Judgement that will transpire after the Millenium, (Revelation 11:13, 20:10-11). It seems to me they already had their opportunity to wreak havoc on mankind.
The Four Angels “bound” in the River Euphrates are certainly followers of Satan and tied to the Locust Army. The fact they are “bound” just as the angels of Jude and the Locust Army of the Tribulation document to us they have transgressed God’s Law, otherwise they would not be “bound” or locked in the bottomless pit, (Revelation 9:1-3, 7, 16).
I will add, I do not believe they are literally in the River Euphrates, I believe this is simply a description of the area where they will appear possibly. We also know, this is the general region that is connected with the “minor” Day of Judgement, at the Return of Christ, (Jeremiah 46:4-10).