Why Do You Say The Antichrist Appears On Earth At The Sixth 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: Will you please explain why you say the antichrist/satan comes to earth at the sixth trumpet? I do not understand how Satan arrives with the 200 million horsemen.
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Barb, thank you for the question and comment.
The 200 million or “two hundred thousand thousand” horsemen are the supernatural portion of the Locust Army who will appear on earth with Satan. They are those who will be cast from Heaven to earth with Satan at the Sixth Trumpet, (Revelation 12:7-9, 9:16).
We should note, the children of Satan are also a part of the Locust Army, though their role would be better defined as the Captains of the army and their numbers are not among this 200 million.
Satan’s number is six, special reference is made to him and his actions in the Sixth Seal, Trumpet and Vial.
Please turn your Bible with me to,
18 “Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.”
Naturally, Satan is the great imitator, so we should understand Satan will appear on earth claiming to be God, claiming to be our Savior before the True Savior, (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12).
So when does the True Christ appear?
The Seventh Trumpet
At the Seventh Trumpet, let us document that.
5 “And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.”
Not to oversimplify it, but six comes before seven. So Satan must appear before Christ in order to deceive mankind into believing He is God, just as 2 Thessalonians 2 documents for us, (see: The Final Week: They Worshipped The Dragon).
The Fifth And Sixth Trumpet
In order to properly document this in detail we need to start at the Fifth Trumpet and we need to understand the events listed under Trumpet Five do not all belong to the Fifth Trumpet. I will explain.
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.”
2 “And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.”
Essentially, these two verses conclude the events of the Fifth Trumpet. While verses 3-12 offer details of the Sixth and Seventh Trumpet.
How can we be certain of that?
Verse 5 documents once the Locust Army come out of the bottomless pit they only have five months on earth. That five month period is the shortened Tribulation Jesus Christ spoke about (Matthew 24:22).
6 “And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.”
This verse belongs at the very end of the Sixth Trumpet and just before the return of Christ at the Seventh Trumpet. You can read of this event in Revelation 6:15-17 which speaks of the Sixth Seal when “the stars of heaven fell unto the earth,” those “stars” being Satan and his angels, (Revelation 12:7-9).
In Revelation 11:13, the Two Witnesses have just been raised from the dead which essentially marks the return of Christ and finally Matthew 24:30 which documents the tribes of the earth mourn when they see the coming of Christ.
Why do the people of the earth wish for rocks to fall on them and mourn?
They realized at this moment they have been deceived by Satan, they realize they bought into his lies and deception and now have to face the True Jesus Christ.
The King Of The Bottomless Pit
We should understand there is a king of “the bottomless pit“, we read about him in Revelation 9:1-2. Let us document who that king is.
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 means “a destroying angel.” While Apollyon means “a destroyer (that is, Satan).” Satan is the king of the Locust Army and the angel of the bottomless pit.
Please turn your Bible with me to the final events of the Sixth Trumpet. The subject is the Two Witnesses.
7 “And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.”
This is one of the events of the Sixth Trumpet and what happens?
The Beast that came out of the bottomless pit, that is the king of the Locust Army, that is the angel of the bottomless pit, that is Abaddon in the Hebrew and Apollyon in the Greek, that is Satan himself.
Satan kills the Two Witnesses right before the return of the True Jesus Christ absolutely documenting Satan is cast to earth at the Sixth Trumpet.
Christ made it abundantly clear to us in Matthew 24:20-30 that the false one, the false messiah would come right before Christ. That false one is Satan who appears at the Sixth Trumpet.