Notes on the Book of Revelation: Chapter 9

The Angel with the Key to the Bottomless Pit by Albrecht Dürer // Larry Hunt Bible Commentary

The Angel with the Key to the Bottomless Pit by Albrecht Dürer

v. 1: I believe this star is Satan.  My primary reason for believing this is that it “had fallen from heaven to earth,” an action which seems to parallel what happens to Satan in 12:9.[1] Another reason for believing that this is Satan is the fact that he was given the key to the bottomless pit, without which he would not have been able to raise Beast I from the dead (13:1,3; 11:7, and 17:8).

Notice that Satan had fallen before the blowing of this 5th trumpet; therefore, if the falling of this star parallels the events of 12:9, then the events of 12:9 must happen before the blowing of the 5th trumpet.[2] According to my chronology, they happen before the blowing of any of the trumpets.

v. 12: This type of statement makes me think that perhaps the historical events that the trumpet visions signify should be understood to follow one another in time.[3] If the trumpet visions parallel the bowl visions, then I suppose the same is true of the events signified by them.

[1] See also note on 20:1

[2] The verse would make a neater fit with my chronological theory if John had written that the star “had been given the key…” rather than it “was given the key” because then the grammar would indicate that the star was in possession of the key before the blowing of the fifth trumpet.  As it is, since the tense is simple past rather than past perfect, one could interpret the verse to mean that the star was given the key after the blowing of the fifth trumpet, which would mess up my chronology.

[3] See also note on 7:1.


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