Revelation:  Things Which Must Be Hereafter
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Rev 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.  EVENT 15-5th Trumpet, 1st Woe, Saracenic Woe, Moham-medan Rise Strong ***** 612 AD to 762 AD 9:1   Elliott simpy regards this as fulfilled between 612 AD and 762 AD by the Islamic armies under Mohammed and successors.  Robert Fleming, however, brings a more complicated version, including, as Elliot does, Islam, but also including the fall of the Popes into apostasy in 606 AD, as he sees that the image of a star, falling from heaven, must refer to a once true Bishop falling from heaven . Elliott, Horae, Vol I, p 431-p 463     AND Robert Fleming, "Rise and Fall of The Papacy", P48 9:1   This is, in my opinion, the second most documented sign in the whole Book of Revelation.  So, if you are filling out your Revelation puzzle, this is the second piece that you fit into place on your chronological time-line, as every single symbol that is given by John has been explained in a very neat and tight fit into the 150 year time-line of the rise of Mohamed and the Saracens.  Revelation Puzzle-Part 2 (Mohammedan Rise-Turkish Woe-2 Witnesses Slain)
Rev 9:2  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.  9:2   Interpreting this smoke from the pit of the abyss as an emanation from the pit of hell :—i. e. as some system of error 2^6. false religion thence originating : originating, it would seem, very suddenly ; and of which the effect would be, almost instantaneously, to darken the moral atmosphere, and dim the imperial sun in the firmamental heaven. Elliott, Horae, Vol I, p 441
Rev 9:3  And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.  9:3    First, and chiefly, the locust, the ground-wort of the symbol, is peculiarly Arabic. So the sacred history of ancient times informs us. " It was the east wind," it says, " which brought the locusts " on Egypt :^ from which the inference arises, that the country they issued from must have been that which, in all its extent, lies east of Egypt, that is Arabia. Elliott, Horae, Vol I, p 433
Rev 9:4  And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.  9:4   Strange as such restriction on the scorpion-locusts must appear, (" it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth,^ neither any green thing, neither any tree,") yet had it its precise counterpart in the Koran, and in the actions of the otherwise destroying Saracens. The often-quoted order of the Caliph Aboubeker, issued to the Saracen hordes on their first invasion of Syria, " Destroy no palm-trees, nor any fields of corn, cut down no fruit-trees, nor do any mischief to cattle," was an order originating not from the individual character of the Caliph, but from the precept of Mahomet.^ Elliott, Horae, Vol I, p 453
Rev 9:5  And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.  9:5   It was said to the Saracen locusts, " that they should not kill," not politically annihil-ate the united Church and State of Christendom, either in the East, or in any one of the kingdoms of the West ;—however scorpion-like they might mutilate the poLItical body, and torment the men, its constituents. In attempting to annihilate them, they exceeded their commission, and were repulsed… 2ndly, that the period intended by the 150 days is, if I am right, 150 years. Elliott, Horae, Vol I, p 456 9:5  Elliott Vol 1, p. 463 lays down the argument for the 150 year fulfillment.  
Rev 9:6  And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.  9:6  The scorpion likeness, that of the men in Roman Christendom," whose lives they spared, they would be the tormentors, even as with a scorpion's poison-sting. Elliott, Horae, Vol I, p 433
Rev 9:7  And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.  9:7  And who know not, if facts so notorious be worth mentioning, that it is Arabia, still Arabia, that is regarded by naturalists' as the original country of the horse and that its wildernesses are the haunts also of the lion...And let me add, in regard to the turban-crown, it happens very singularly that Ezekiel (xxiii. 42) describes the turbans of the Sabaean or Keturite Arabs under this precise appellation ; " Sabeans from the wilderness, which put beautiful crowns upon their heads :" Elliott, Horae, Vol I, p 434-p 437
Rev 9:8  And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions.  9:8  Pliny, St. John's contemporary at the close of the first century, speaks of the Arabs as wearing the turban, having the hair long and uncut, with the moustache on the upper lip, or the beard ;  Elliott, Horae, Vol I, p 437
Rev 9:9  And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle.  Rev. 9:17 9:9   See “Horses” in verse 17 (Elliott's comment)
Rev 9:10  And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.  9:10   The scorpion, the native locality was by the Jews considered the Arabian desert. Witness Moses' own words to the Israelites, on emerging from it after forty years' wandering ; " that great and terrible wilderness wherein were fiery serpents and scorpions." Elliott, Horae, Vol I, p 434 9:10  Elliott's dates fit within 12 days.  Guinness' dates fit within about 3 years
Rev 9:11  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.  9:11   The opener of the pit of the abyss, and chief of destroyers, Satan ;^ or perhaps one of Satan's angels,^ the Spirit of evil that, like the lying Spirit in the mouth of Ahab's prophets, had inspired Mahomet ; and of whom Mahomet, and after him his Caliphs, or Vicars,"^ were but the mouth and instrument. Elliott, Horae, Vol I, p 451
Rev 9:12  One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter. 
Rev 9:13  And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,  EVENT 16-6th Trumpet, 2nd Woe, Turkish Woe Strong **** 1057 AD to 1453 AD AND/OR 1300 AD to 1699 AD 9:13   Fulfilled between 1300 AD and 1699 AD by the Turks, hence the Historicists call this the “Turkish Woe”, Guinness reckons from the rise of Othman (1300) to Peace of Carlowitz (1699)(Victory at Vienna); Elliott reckons it from Jan 18, 1057 (Loosing of the Turko-Moslem power from Baghdad) to May 29, 1453 (Fall of Constantinople)...P490 discusses how earlier historicists had failed to satisfactorily interpret the Turkish woe. Guinness, “History Unveiling Prophecy”, p. 176-p. 179, Elliott, Horae, Vol I, p 480- p532    AND Robert Fleming, "Rise and Fall of The Papacy", P50 9.13  Elliott's dates fit within 12 days.  Guinness dates fit within about 3 years However, there is a strong indication, that the second woe need be fulfilled before the seventh trumpet blows and the vials are poured and they were poured during the French Revolution upon the Beast.  So, if one holds that the chronological flow of Seals, Trumpets and Vials is the Divine intention, this most necessarily must fit for the sixth Trumpet, since the Seventh, with the pouring of the Vials, certainly began to blow and pour with the French Revolution.  The language of the sixth vial seems open to a Turk revival of power in the last days.  Revelation Puzzle-Part 2 (Mohammedan Rise-Turkish Woe-2 Witnesses Slain)
Rev 9:14  Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.  9:14  Bound at the Euphrates since 756 AD, most specifically bound at Baghdad.  The four angels loosed are thought by Elliott to be the 4 angels of the 4 winds, at Revelation 7:1 Elliott, Horae, Vol I, p 491 9.14  This is, in my opinion, the third most well documented sign in the whole Book of Revelation.  So, if you are filling out your Revelation puzzle, this is the third piece that you fit into place on your chronological time-line, as every single symbol that is given by John has been explained in a very neat and tight fit into the 396 year time-line.  For they speak of the Turkish-Moslem horde, after they had been bound for hundreds of years at Baghdad by the Euphrates River.   Revelation Puzzle-Part 3 (2 Witnesses-Everlasting Gospel-4 Angels Bound)
Rev 9:15  And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.  Four Angels Bound and Loosed 9:15  A Year=365 years, A Month=30.42 years, A day=1 year, An Hour=15.21 days for a total of 396.5 years...To slay the third part of man refers, says Elliott, to the Greek, or Easter leg of the Roman Empire Elliott, Horae, Vol I, p 504 9:15    Strong argument is therefore made that the seals and first four trumpets most probably refer to the fall of Imperial Rome prior to 476 AD.   Revelation Puzzle-Part 3 (Rule O The Papacy-2 Witnesses-Everlasting Gospel-4 Angels Bound)
Rev 9:16  And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.  9:16   Gk “Murious”, “Murious”, an unnumbered horde of Myriads of Myriads
Rev 9:17  And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.  9:17   The Moslem Turks were distinguished by their extremely large numbers of horse cavalry, numbered at 700,000 in a reference quoted by Elliott.  Elliott remarks that expositors since Mede have reckoned that the fire, smoke brimstone and sulfur is a picture of the artillery bombardment of Constantinople, gunpowder only having recently been discovered. Elliott, Horae, Vol I, p 506-510
Rev 9:18  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.  9:18   The Turkman Sultan of 1530 called himself Unkiar, the slayer of men Elliott, Horae, Vol I, p 504
Rev 9:19  For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.  9:19    Referencing the horses tails, the Turkish battle ensign had a pole with one, two or three horse-tails (The Turks were the only army in history to carry such an ensign or banner).  The upward turned crescent moon was affixed at the top of the horse tales.  Elliott reckons that the heads seen over these horse tales were rulers or governing authorities. Elliott, Horae, Vol I, p 512
Rev 9:20  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: 
Rev 9:21  Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.