There is a lot to think about in John’s last words of this chapter. He delivered a sad eulogy concerning the people who survived the six trumpets. As you are no doubt anticipating, commentators have very different ideas about how to understand John’s assessment.
Revelation 9: Homicide, Drugs, Porn, and Robbery
In a sense, God converted the hidden decay and erosion to humankind’s souls by these things, into physical pain and horror. It is the last-recourse effort to shake awake an otherwise dying world.
Revelation 9: Dread Cavalry
Horses with vipers for tails and mouths belching fire, brimstone, and smoke teem across the Euphrates in myriads. What are we to make of this terrifying picture?
Revelation 9: The Sixth Trumpet
It is not clear whether the sixth angel sounded the trumpet before the five months of torment and testing had ended, or whether the swarm of supernatural scorpionesque locusts had completed its mission.
Revelation 9: Strange Locusts
Are these actual monsters that will rise up out of some sepulchral chasm cleaving the mantle of earth? Or is their appearance allegory rich with symbolical meaning?
Revelation 9: The Fifth Trumpet, an Historical View
The fifth trumpet seems either definitely metaphysical or highly allegorical, so how do expositors who take the historical or more specifically preterist views read these verses?
Revelation 9: The Fifth Trumpet
Is this a metaphorical examination of some kind, that brings on spiritual torment (painful conviction of personal sin?), which displays for all to see who is at peace with God and who is still God’s opponent?