Sunday, July 31, 2011

Revelation 9 - The Fifth Trumpet - Summary

Psalm 25:14, “the secret of the Lord is with them and He will show them His covenant”. A secret will only be told to special people we trust and are close to. People who receive God’s secrets are those who fear God (those who are closer to God and not far away). To fear God is really simple, it is just a matter of humiliating yourself in front of His Word and then you will start to practice and obey it and God will see that you fear Him and will start to increase your wisdom.

Revelation 9 is a secret that God wants to give to us tonight.

Revelation 9:1-12, those creatures have a leader who is called Abaddon which means, ‘a destroyer’. There is a time coming when God will destroy the world completely, a time when God will bring everything down to the point where the world will be in trouble.

The star that was given the key to open the abyss is satan (Luke 10:18, ‘I saw satan fall like lightning from heaven’). When Jesus came down He went to the abyss and locked satan in and that is where he is at the moment, that is where the dark angels give him reports because he is unable to move. But on that day he will be given the power to open the abyss. One day Jesus met a man possessed by evil spirits (Luke 8:26) and he told them to leave the man and the spirits told Jesus not to send them back into the abyss because there is torment there. The torment is a place where the power of satan is limited, where satan can’t move at all and evil spirits are afraid to go there. Today when we cast out evil spirits, don’t give them the chance to come back again, send them to the abyss, you have got that power and they will go there and be locked forever – to eternity.

When the abyss is open smoke will come out with obscurities which is a sign of the power of satan who will control the entire world and no one will move or stand against that power. These demons who have been set free know that this is the time to enjoy because soon they will go to judgment and because of that God tells them they are not to kill and can only harm the ones who are not sealed.

The demons have a crown on their heads that looks like gold but it is not pure gold, just fake because they want to give the impression to people they are rich so people will follow them.

Their faces will be like human beings which will distract people and cause them not to be afraid because they will think they are just human beings; so why should we fear them? Satan will use people who look just like you and me to destroy the world. The main thing that will draw attention is their teeth that looks like lion’s which would frighten us but we are now familiar to vampire movies and today people are happy to have power like vampires, especially young people. Satan has been preparing the memory and psychology of the young generation so they can be destroyed at that time.

When they fly we will hear them like horses going into battle so that whenever they move we will fear because we will know a danger is coming and this will make us to humble ourselves and respect them. They will intimidate us to the point where we can’t cast them out or take authority over them.

Joel 1 & 2, to find more about these locusts. Locusts are not good insects, whenever they arrive somewhere there mission is only to destroy, we don’t gain anything from them, we just lose (the 8th plague of Egypt).

These creatures will use their tail to sting people like a scorpion and Jesus wants us to understand what He said in Luke 10:19, ‘Behold, I give to you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you’. The type of scorpions Jesus is referring to is the power of demons. When they appear to us they will look like human beings but after welcoming them they will hurt you from behind, therefore don’t be distracted by the appearance of anyone or anything, you must be sure of what is coming after. Demons have a strategy to give us a good impression so we can be attracted and then later on they will give us pain and harm us. As Christians we will not be attacked but what are we doing for the others, how can we protect them?

When a scorpion stings there is first of all pain like a needle then after 4-5 seconds you will start to feel cramp and the pain will start to increase and will go throughout your whole body and there is no medicine that stops the pain from a scorpion. This will continue for five months and maybe 10, 20, 50 times a day you will be stung. If a scorpion stings you, your entire body is sick and you can stay in hospital for 3-4 days so imagine if this process continues for five months. People will start to ask for death but there is no death. And if everyone is being attacked, who will look after whom? This will happen before Jesus comes back, we will see it. After five months God will come back again and will stop them acting and there will be a short time to pass before going to the 6th trumpet.


Is the abyss a physical place? Yes

Where is it? At the moment it is hidden by God but during that time it will be opened and everybody will know its location. The abyss is not far away from us.

What is Shoal?  A picture of what we call Hell but at the moment the Abyss is only smoke and pain without fire and one day God will add fire and then it will be called Hell. At that time God will take the whole world and throw it into the fire (Rev 20). It will not consume the bodies but will make them suffer for eternity.

The purpose of the fifth trumpet on earth is to bring people back to Him so people can repent and change their ways but unfortunately they will not.

When Satan is given the key will he be released? No, he will be given the power to coordinate and lead his troops for five months.

Will we be here at that time? Yes

So when Satan is unleashed at that time, that means we have the Antichrist?  The antichrist is already here but at that time power will come upon him to lead the world.

Will we be able to see satan with our physical eyes?  We will not see him because we don’t know his face.

Do demons get a second chance? No, they are already condemned.


1. When we cast out evil spirits, send them to the abyss for eternity

2. Don’t be distracted by the appearance of anyone or anything, you must be sure of what is coming after

3. As Christians we will not be attacked but what are we doing for the others, how can we protect them?

4. The purpose of the fifth trumpet on earth is to bring people back to Him so people can repent and change their ways but unfortunately they will not.

Thursday, July 21, 2011


By Hayley Boud

Luke 17:11-19

Jesus Heals Ten Men With Leprosy

“Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosymet him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?  Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” New International Version (NIV)

How many times does God answer our prayers and we forget that we even asked for it, we forget to say thank you, we don’t even think about it. This is why it’s good to keep a prayer journal, to write down our prayers so we can look back on them and be reminded and this will help us to praise God. It important to encourage God otherwise He might not answer our prayers anymore. We would be discouraged very quickly if we were God.

It’s also very important to not take the ordinary for granted. We forget that it’s a grace to breathe fresh air and eat fresh food and drink fresh water and to have water from a tap, especially hot water from a tap. All of these things are a blessing and only 10% of the world’s population have running water from a tap. Only 1% of the world’s population have a computer. So we need to be grateful and remember every day and thank God every morning when we wake up and every night before going to bed.

We can also put this into practise for people, not only God. We could try to remember all the good things and positive things about people and forget the negative things. We could make an effort to remind ourselves of all the things people have done for us. We could also remember to thank God for them and also find the time to say thank you to those people.

Ephesians 5:19-20speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

We need to be grateful to God in every situation. When we are thankful and grateful, we will easily sing out loud and in our hearts. When someone does something for me and it’s really amazing, I feel touched and I can be so joyful and in my heart really sing. For example, if someone gave me a house, I will be full of joy. God gives us the breath of life for free, He gives us abilities, families, friends, gifts, jobs, intelligence, health…all for free. This should push us to be extremely grateful and joyful.

I’ve seen on extreme makeover house edition where people cry with joy, they scream, they laugh…just for a house. How much more valuable is your life? Do you cry with joy because you are alive? What about your children or your husband or someone else close to you? Do you scream and laugh because they have the breath of life? We need to be grateful and not forget God is the reason we have life and everything else that is attached to our lives.

We must give thanks always!!! For ALL Things. This means we have to be grateful for things we don’t like and be thankful and remember God knows why so let’s not complain and be ungrateful. I was sick last week and I was in a LOT of pain but I really praise God because I had a very valuable lesson during that time about how important it is to keep in contact with each other and to ask each other how we are because someone might be seriously sick and we won’t know unless we keep in good contact. So I praise God for being sick and learning that lesson, I’m grateful for this knowledge.

1 Thessalonians 5:18, “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

It’s God’s will that we be thankful in all circumstances in everything we do. So if you want to do God’s will, be grateful. Being thankful prevents us from sinning. If I’m grateful and feeling joy in my heart because of thankfulness, nothing will disturb me. On the wedding day, couples don’t fight because they are so full of joy to be getting married. On the wedding day, almost anything can happen but the couple will not be disturbed or easily annoyed because they are so full of joy. If we keep this attitude, we can also face any problems without being disturbed.

Colossians 1:11-12

“so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you[a] to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.” New International Version (NIV)

If we want to walk in a manner that pleases God (v10) we need to “joyously give thanks to the Father” because He has given us the chance to share in the inheritance of the saints. Would you consider yourself a saint? God does, He’s given you that qualification to be called a saint. What university did you go to, to get that qualification? How much study did you do? How much were your fees? It was all free. Imagine if Oxford gave you an honorary PhD that entitled you to inherit all their riches, without doing any work, without spending any money. Would you joyously give thanks? Or imagine of the queen of England decided to qualify you to be next to the throne to inherit all of her riches. Would you give joyful thanks?

Let’s keep this in our minds every day, God has qualified us to inherit all His riches and we paid nothing for that, we did nothing for that, it is gift from God. Let it help us to be grateful.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Revelations 20:8 being fulfilled

Here is a short video about the UN and Israel...another sign of the times, where in Rev 8:20, it says that all the nations will gather around the beloved city (Israel) for war.  We can see that Christ is coming back soon, let's prepare ourselves and those around us to meet with Him.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


By Odon Bulamba (17th July 2011)

Noah means rest. Noah gives us a sign of the times. If you observe how God was working with Noah, then you will see how God works also in your life. If you want rest in the Lord then you need to read the scripture and compare with what people are telling you because many people are mislead by false prophecies. What is rejected by God, we try to make fashion today and accept among us.

Luke 17:26-30

“And just as it happened in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: they were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. It was the same as happened in the days of Lot: they were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building; but on the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. It will be just the same on the day that the Son of Man is revealed.”

People will eating and drinking which means there will be partying and celebrations. At the time of Noah, people could organise a party almost every day, it was a time of relaxing, a time of rest. When people are partying, they get tired and waste time and their capabilities without realising it. Every party you go to starts out perfectly with the food and decorations in the right place but at the end of the party is a big mess and you will need help to clean it up, it’s a very big job to clean up someone else’s mess and it’s always hard.

Whatever you see in Noah’s time will be a sign of Jesus Christ coming back. This can be read in Genesis 6-9. In Genesis 6, the angels came down because they were attracted to the beauty of women. All of us want to be attractive, we want to rest in beauty, we want to go through operations to remove the fat or make our cheeks bigger or to get larger lips. When I was a child, someone with big lips was mocked but today it is fashion. Today the ladies dress immodestly and want to be seen, they are resting in the wrong things.

In Noah’s time, they were resting in the wrong things and so God went to Noah and He was angry with human beings and He regretted created them. He tells Noah to build an ark in the shape of a cube (not a boat) and God gave him the right measurements; three levels (the temple also has three parts) and it was 15m long (the temple is also 15m long). Noah was told to do the work and then God turned His back and left. Noah worked for 100 years, collecting all the materials and building. There was no river or sea in the area and it never rained where Noah was and the people mocked him, “are you crazy?” Today we sometimes wonder why we trust in Jesus Christ, it’s sometimes hard to believe.

Once Noah completed the work God came back because the ark belonged to God. Everything you have belongs to God. God told Noah, “come in” and you also, can work hard and once you have accomplished your work, God will say, “come in and rest” but if you haven’t prepared your house properly, if you haven’t prepared the bedding or the power or the heating, how will you survive?

God gives you everything you need to be equipped and once you are equipped, it’s time to go to Jesus Christ and rest. Do you want to rest? Jesus gave you life, you belong to Him now, you know the gospel, you know something is coming, you know there is eternal fire, you see the signs, you’ve seen the parties, you’ve seen the beauty, you’ve seen the homosexuals…all the signs are there. It’s time now to move into the ark. You’ve completed everything, you know what love is, you know what patience is, you know the Bible very well, it’s time to come in and rest but don’t go alone, take someone with you. Noah had the chance to take seven people, so you also should find 7 members of your family to enter the ark, to join the big party that is coming but this party is special because there will be no mess to clean up at the end.

Isaiah 55:1-3

“Ho! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters;

And you who have no money come, buy and eat.

Come, buy wine and milk

Wihout money and without cost.

“Why do you spend money for what is not bread,

And your wages for what does not satisfy?

Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good,

And delight yourself in abundance.

“Incline your ear and come to Me.

Listen, that you may live;

And I will make an everlasting covenant with you,

According to the faithful mercies shown to David”.

How many people have you invited to this big ark? If you go alone and you are in heaven and then you see your mum or your brother or your husband or others that you really love in hell, how will you rest? How will you handle it, seeing the person in hell while you are in heaven? For example Lazarus could see the rich man but he couldn’t do anything to intervene. The rich man asked for his help, but there was nothing Lazarus could do. How will you feel when your family members cry out to you for help but you can’t do anything.

There is no hope or rest in our bodies, only in Jesus Christ. Put your rest in the Lord. Our family members have been sick and are suffering and it’s up to us to give them rest, to give them the remedy. You see them in sin, you see how they will die but you don’t intervene. Sometimes we force people to take medicine when they are physically sick but we don’t want to help them spiritually. God is asking you today to prepare your family members.

In every sentence, I can use God’s glory in it, if I want. We can ask those around us if we can pray for the food. It’s easy to joke with our colleagues but it’s difficult to talk about the Word of God, we don’t want to share the coming time, we don’t warn others that for their sins, judgement is coming. We want impress others but we don’t impress God.

There is only one rest. Even when you sleep, your mind is working and sometimes you wake up in the morning and you are tired, you stretch and your body appears to be working all the night. So even sleep isn’t a true rest.

Noah told his family to come in and God shut the door. The door was opened for 100 years but now the door is shut. Remember one day God will also shut the door to grace. Grace is not eternal, it’s only for a short time, the grace to talk to your family members is for a short time only and there will be a time when it will be too late and your family will say, “no, thank you”. Then God will shut the door and then you will hear your family knocking on the door but you can’t open the door once God shuts it.

Naaman (II Kings 5:8) the general of the army of Syria became sick with leprosy, he had money, nice clothes and good friends but he was being destroyed by sickness. One little slave girl told the lady of the house about a prophet who could heal Naaman so that lady told her master (the wife of Naaman; the wife of a general of an army). Imagine a simple slave talking to the wife of the general of an army. Naaman was known and was really famous. Naaman took the advice seriously and sometimes we can come with our small ideas and these small ideas can change the lives of our family members.

Naaman told the king of Syria who sent a letter to the king of Israel asking him to send his servant to heal Naaman. Imagine if you were that king. You will believe the king of Syria just wants to find a way to fight. How can heal leprosy? Elisha (the prophet) was informed and he sent for Naaman who came to his house but instead of seeing Naaman, Elisha stayed inside the house and told him to go to the river Jordan and wash seven times. The Jordan river was soooo dirty but after being encouraged by his servants, he accepted to wash 7x and he was healed.

God has chosen you in the same way He has chosen Elisha. You have everything you need and now it’s your turn to recommend others to the Jordan to clean their lives, to clean their hearts and if they don’t, beg them, force them, push them (like Naaman’s servants). We have the pressure of eternal fire where God is telling us that our family members will be consumed in fire if we don’t act. This is not a time to rest but a time to work, to invite your friends.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Deep Cries Out To Deep

By Hayley Boud

Psalm 42:7
“Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me.”

When you empty a deep dish, the more you empty the dish, the deeper you go into the dish. If you open your Bible, the more you read it, the more you ask questions, the more you meditate on it; the more you will discover the hidden things. Once you go deep, you’ll want to go deeper. This is the positive side of deep cries out to deep, there is also a negative side…

You might have friends you are deep in sin and the closer you go to them, you might also go deeper into sin. We have to be careful. For example, you might have a bottle of alcohol in front of you and you might think to yourself, “I’ll just have one glass, that will be ok, just one glass” but after one glass you take another, and then another and slowly as you go deeper into the bottle, you also go deeper into drunkenness.

It’s like a swimming pool; if I put my foot into the pool, I can choose how deep to let my foot go into it. At any point I can remove my foot. This is the same with sin. For example, if I lie to my mum this morning, I can choose to keep going deeper and deeper into that lie, I can keep lying to cover up the last lie and then another lie to cover that one, or I can choose to pull my foot out of the pool and choose to stop lying.

In this verse it says that deep calls out to deep in the ROAR of the waterfall. The sound of the Word of God goes deeper into our lives and when we share it with others, it goes deep into their spirit and they can feel in their heart, “yes, this is how I should live”, just through the sound of the Word of God.

The sound of a waterfall goes from the top to the bottom and it produces noise that doesn’t stop. When you hear the Word of God with the Holy Spirit, you’ll hear it over and over and it continues in your heart until it becomes a part of your life. When you listen to the waterfall, you won’t hear the voice of others because it’s so powerful and it dominates your mind. Before I became a Christian, God revealed to me that “unless you give up everything, you cannot be a disciple of Christ” Luke 14:33 and this verse really struck me. I understood that I had to give up EVERYTHING, to follow Christ. I wrestled with that verse all night until I finally gave in and said, “yes, Jesus, I give up everything for you.” It was like a waterfall that wouldn’t stop and it completely dominated my mind.

Many people find the waterfall noisey and they don’t like it. This is the same with the Word of God, many people don’t want to know about what it says about sin because they don’t want to change so they go somewhere quiet to get away from it.

It’s hard to imagine that a waterfall as big as Victoria Falls between Zimbabwe and Zambia starts from a simple river. In fact, the waterfall originates from small drops miles away that turns into a very small stream, which turns into the Zambezi river which gets bigger and bigger until it reaches Victoria Falls and it is impressive. The river has a course it has to follow, it passes through solid ground (soil) and God has put a canal that leads the water. The soil doesn’t move with the water, only the water moves. This is the same with the Word of God. One person can say a verse from the Bible and pass that on to one person, who passes it on to the next person, who passes it on and the Word of God keeps moving and it passes from nation to nation without people moving.

Many people can’t hear the water moving in the river, but when the water falls, they can hear and this is the time we are living now, the is the era of change which we are calling the end times. Most people want to go somewhere quiet, away from the noise of the waterfall to listen to the quiet river and so they meditate on the Word of God but they don’t let it go deep and it can’t change their lives. We need to allow the Word of God to penetrate us and to transform us.

We can choose to either go deep into the Word of God (reading it, meditating on it, praying using verses, encouraging others with it, asking questions about it, memorizing scripture) or we can choose to go deep into sin. It’s our choice, either way; deep cries out to deep.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Revelation 9 (Part 5) The fifth Trumpet

By Odon Bulamba (22nd July 2005)


The animals in Rev 9 will be led by their master, their boss, and their supervisor who is called Abaddon, which means the destroyer. If someone who is a destroyer is leading people imagine what will happen to them. How will the people that are lead by a destroyer control themselves? They can’t because they will just be given orders, “Do that!” and they will do it. They will not have pity on people because their master will say, “ Destroy it” and it will be destroyed. It is similar to gangster groups. They have a leader and their leader will say, “Ange do that, Peter do that.” You have to go and do whatever you are asked to do. Gangsters don’t have pity. They don’t think before they act. There is someone who thinks in his or her place. They don’t have the time to stand up and think what shall we do, because someone already thinks in their place. It is similar to the army also. In the army you don’t have to think, your commander will think instead of you and he will just give you the orders. Your response will be “Yes Sir,” although you know it is wrong but you have to just say “Yes Sir.”

The destroyer who has been kept in the Abyss for many years will come out, He will lead a multitude and will say, “I must fight, I must take revenge against people. I have to destroy,” as it is written in John 10:10, satan will destroy seriously. People who drink, smoke or do such and such today, they may think it is a distraction but Satan will show them it is not a distraction, it is death. “I have to punish the world according to my power.”

After the 5 months God will come back again and will stop them acting. There will be a short time to pass before going to the 6th trumpet. This is the story of the 5th trumpet. I’m not sure if there are any questions or not.

“Is this place a physical place?”

“Where would you find the Abyss?”

At the moment it’s hidden by God. But during that time it will be open, everybody will know its location.

I remember once we were praying and people were asking God where can we find it and he didn’t show it to us. Then some people were given a recommendation, they were told to take two white eggs with them and go to the lake. The people went to the lake. Two of them said, “We can go and visit that place.” (The Abyss) Two others said, “No, we can’t go.” Then there was a division among those people. Finally they didn’t go. Later on a lady was selling donuts. She was a Christian lady and we knew her. Next to where she was selling the donuts there was another shop selling donuts too. The other lady could sell all her stock within 2 hours. After a time the first lady found that she was not getting enough money. She was losing. She now visited the second lady (who sold a lot of donuts) and asked, “How come everyday you sell your donuts, although mine are good and taste nicer than yours?” She answered, “There is a secret. I will tell you.”

She took that lady somewhere one morning and that lady disappeared. That lady was one of the wives among the four servants that were praying. Her husband asked her friend, “Where is my wife?” “I don’t know where she is.” Through prayers God revealed to those men again to go and see the Abyss because that is where your wife is. The men thought, who will go there? She was kept there because she went to go and look for a talisman to show her how she could sell her stuff with success and get lots of money.

After a few days of fasting that man was obliged to go there with another brother. They went back to the river again and followed the instructions given to them with the eggs and from the lake there was a way. It was just like the Red Sea with the Israelites. Those two men walked in and the lake came back again. When they went down there, according to their testimony, they saw a big town. But the town was really full of problems and difficulties. But it was really a nice town. Everything they saw around was really perfect but people were seriously suffering. They were asked by someone, “Where are you going because you don’t look like us.” They said they were going to look for someone who disappeared on the earth. When they were there they met with Lucifer. This is not a legend it’s a true story. They were told, “Here he is, this is Lucifer but you have to adore him before you go closer to him.” He was sitting in his chair, he was stuck he couldn’t move. He was shining and was really handsome but his legs were like a goats legs. It was strange. He said, “Why are you looking at my legs?” He was really angry. “Why are you even in my kingdom? You are not supposed to be here.” The man said, “I need my wife.”

He said “I’m sorry I cant give her back because while she was on the earth she used to cast me out, she used to cast out my people and now she is here, she is imprisoned. To take her back will cost the price of someone else. If you want to sacrifice your child or someone from your family, I’ll give her life back in exchange.” They came back home with their testimony and the wife remained there forever.

I’m sure God allowed that to be done so people can at least have an idea about that place. So, the Abyss exists but it is somewhere. Maybe one day we’ll talk about it deeply. So we must understand that Satan is not far away from us in the same way that God is not far away from us. To understand that is to talk about death. If I ask you where is death? Death is everywhere you can just go outside and die, you can be in here right now and just die. If I am sick I can just die. You can be healthy and then just die automatically. Satan is also the same. The Abyss is not far away from us and it physically exists.

“You mentioned that the Abyss is also called Shoal?”

Yes somewhere in the Bible they call Abaddon himself ‘Shoal’ but the Abyss itself is also called Shoal. Shoal is given the picture of what we are calling Hell but in the Abyss at the moment there is no fire, its only smoke and pain, that’s all but one day God will add fire on it and that will be the time it will be called Hell. When that time will arrive as its written in Revelation 20 he will take the entire world like a sheet of paper and throw it in that place, from there the eternal fire will act, it will not consume our bodies but will make us to suffer and suffer for eternity.

The purpose of God bringing the 5th trumpet on the earth is to bring people back to Him, so people can repent and change their ways. Unfortunately they won’t accept. So Shoal is also the name of the Abyss but Shoal will be confirmed when fire will be added to it. That is why when we were learning about the fire that came from the heaven a few weeks ago, it was mixed with hail and didn’t really destroy a lot of things, because the smoke will just stop it. That’s the picture of that.

“At the moment we know Satan is bound, when he is given the key, will he be released to open it up?” No he will not be released. He will be given the power for 5 months to go through the entire world and co ordinate his troops. He will take the leadership of his troops. At the moment Satan and his angels are down there. Some of them who didn’t have the chance to be in the Abyss are outside. They are the ones who lead the evil spirits. If someone dies as a sinner they can use his soul and make it as a demon. But at that time the angry demons that stayed with Satan for years and years down there will come out. They will act for 5 months and then they’ll go back and be stopped by God. Then the time that God will release Satan for 1000 years that will be a disaster. It will be worse than this. This means that Satan will be given the chance to act as leader of his troops for 5 months then he’ll go back so people can have at least the picture of Satan. He will have the picture of a human being. In Revelation 17 we will read that too.

“So at that time, will we (Christians) be here?”
Yes we will be here.

“What about the woman who went to the Abyss?”
She is gone. This means that she was a Christian of man, she did not really believe in Christ. She used her body, she could go to church and pretend to be someone but she didn’t really have Christ in her life.

“In Revelation 9:11 where it’s talking about the angel of the Abyss and his name is Abaddon the destroyer. Is that another name for Satan?”
Yes. That’s Satan himself, as it says, they have hair like women’s I’m not sure if you’ve got that picture.

“So when Satan is unleashed at that time that means we have the Antichrist?”

The Antichrist is already there but the power will now come upon him. Not just to cover him but also to lead the entire world and you will know then that the Antichrist is acting because everything will be dark. There will not be light at all which means that people will hate the Word of God. Now we are talking about the Word of God but if you start to observe in our younger generation, teenagers especially, if we say, “Lets read the Bible,” they will answer, “Oh its boring I don’t like praying, I don’t like Christ.” They try their best to push God and His plans far away from them. Today we can find music CDs that are related to demons. Young people really like them. They prefer to spend their time in places where Satan is acting more than places where God is acting. So that’s where we are going now.

“So if these locusts are something that we can physically see with our eyes does that mean we will also be able to see Satan physically with our eyes or is he more in spirit?” He will be the leader and here the Bible says that he will lead the demons but we will not see him because we don’t know his face but he will be the co coordinator.

“So these locusts will look like this? That’s bizarre.”

It’s not bizarre because God has been preparing us already. You can see someone who gave birth to a child that has got 2 heads.

“So people will think its normal?”

It will be just normal because we are going there slowly. God is taking us there slowly. You will see someone for example who gives birth to a 2 headed child, one head is a human being and the other like a pig head.

“And that’s how we’ll be deceived?”
Exactly and then science will add something. They will take something from somewhere and put it in humans, experiment with it until it produces something that is strange. They will say, “Oh we have discovered something in research. Pete gave birth to a zebra.” Then we’ll start to see these things and become familiar with them. We’ll start to say it is evolution, technology and so on. When those images appear no one will be afraid.

“We won’t be harmed?”
No we won’t be harmed because already we are protected as we read in Luke. They will not have the power to harm us. If really we belong to Christ they will not have the power to harm us. But we’ll have the power to tramp on them and kill them.

“Why did God allow that to happen to that woman?”

God let it happen to teach us that when we commit ourselves to him we have to be serious. Many people are in the church, there can be hundreds but we can find only 20 people who are really Christians, others go to church to please themselves; it might be a habit or they want to gain benefits from the church, they are not really giving their lives to the Creator.

“Are the ones that will come, will they be boys or girls?”

I think if the Bible says they will have hair like women then they are men. Don’t forget we have 2 men in the Bible and in their hair was a secret. Absolom and Samson. To understand the meaning of the hair you have to really understand what was covered in Samson and Absolom’s hair. So because they are demons maybe they will not be women. They’ll be just demons.

“Do demons get a second chance?”

No there is no second chance at all. They are already condemned. They are just waiting for Hell to be opened up for them, that’s all. There is no repentance at all. Because of anger they are trying to destroy us.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Revelation 9 (Part 4) The Fifth Trumpet

By Odon Bulamba (22nd July 2005)

It’s a good story that the church is supposed to know and the world also is supposed to know. In the past we’ve heard about the fear of God and when we talk about it, people think that to fear is to be scared of God, which is untrue. When you are scared of something, you might run away, or hide yourself or protect yourself from that thing. The Bible says to be afraid of God is the beginning of wisdom. If you don’t fear God, you’ll never get wisdom. I don’t want to go deeper in that topic tonight but I just want to give you a picture in Psalm 25.

Psalm 25:14
The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will show them his covenant.

So, let’s talk about this group. All of us have secrets, something we want to keep in our hearts, in our mind or in our house. Who can you tell your secrets to? Would you go in the street and tell people your secrets? Definitely not. To tell your secrets, you will go to someone you trust, someone who is close to you and someone who is your best friend, people we know will keep it as a secret.

It’s the same for us, if God starts to reveal us His secrets, it means we are His best friends. People who receive God’s secrets are people who fear God, so it means we are close to God. Do you fear God? To answer this question ask yourself: ‘Does God really tell me His secrets?” to fear God is to humiliate yourself in front of His Word, then you’ll start to practice it and obey it and God will increase your wisdom.

Tonight God wants to give us a secret about Revelation 9. It’s really a big secret.

Revelation 9:1-3

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.

And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.

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.

In Revelation 9 John received this vision and he saw an angel blowing the trumpet. Then one of the stars in the heaven was given a key. That key was the key of the pit of the Abyss, Hell or Sheol. When the star received the key he was thrown down. The star came down to open Hell or the Abyss. When he came down to open the Abyss, the Bible says that smoke came out from the big hole. The smoke was really thick to the point that it stopped the light of the sun and the air that we breathe. It was a disaster. The smoke covered every space in the world. People didn’t know where to go or what to do because there was smoke everywhere. If this house catches fire, we will run outside otherwise we might suffocate, fall asleep and die.

So, the star opened Hell, and smoke came out. But the smoke didn’t come out by itself, it had monsters in it (let me call them monsters). The monsters were like locusts, which had the face of a human being; they had something on their head that looked like a golden crown., their teeth were like a lion’s teeth; they have hair like a woman’s and they had wings and a tail like a scorpion’s.

Wherever there is smoke, everything is dark and you can’t see. The creatures in that smoke were attacking people. God gave them the power to harm for 5 months only the human beings which don’t have the seal of God on their forehead. He told them to go and attack them, to make their life hard so they can feel that He is Lord and He is doing this to them but he asked them not to touch anyone which has the mark, neither any trees, grass or anything that is green.

The creatures, which came out had a sting in their tails. Their sting is like a scorpion’s sting. They acted for 5 months (Revelation 9:1-12).

The creatures have a leader who is called Abaddon. Abaddon means ‘destroyer’.

So what can we learn from these few verses? The time is coming where God will completely destroy the world, a time when God will bring down everything, to the point that the world will be in trouble. The star that was given the key will know who he is. That star is Satan. Jesus talked about him in the book of Luke.

Luke 10:18

And He said to them, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven”.

1. Satan was thrown down to reign on the earth and given the key to control the Abyss. That place is a big place.

2. When Jesus came down he went to that place and he locked Satan in. Satan is locked in the place that is called the Abyss. That is where he is at the moment, and his angels come to him to give him their reports. He is down there and he can’t move.

3. On that day he will be given the power to open the Abyss.

Let me explain something, when Jesus visited different regions on earth, he met people who were sick and had evil sprits. Once he met a possessed man and commanded the spirit living in him to leave that man’s body. It answered: “Please, we are sorry, forgive us, don’t chase us out because we don’t know where to go. We are afraid of going back to the Abyss because there is torment there. If we go there we will suffer please, allow us to go in the pigs so we can survive.”

The torment is a place where the power of Satan is limited. It’s a place where Satan cannot move at all. Evil spirits or demons are afraid to go there. You can find that story in:

Luke 8:26

Then they sailed to the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. And when He stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before Him, and with a loud voice said, "What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me!" For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had often seized him, and he was kept under guard, bound with chains and shackles; and he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the wilderness. Jesus asked him, saying, "What is your name?" And he said, "Legion," because many demons had entered him. And they begged Him that He would not command them to go out into the abyss.

So these spirits were really strong. People would put chains on this man’s hands and legs but he would just cut them off. How powerful was that man? How powerful were the evil spirits in him? But when they saw Jesus they were afraid because they knew Jesus would send them to prison where they will never move again. They begged Jesus, “Please don’t send us to the Abyss because if we go there, that is it for us.”

Today whenever you cast out evil spirits don’t give them the chance to come back again; send them to the Abyss. Don’t send them to the desert because the people there will be sacrificed, don’t send them to oceans because our children could swim in them tomorrow, don’t send them to the mountains; just send them to the Abyss, you have got that power and they will go there and be locked up forever – to eternity.

The Abyss is a place where spirits cannot move at all. Because Satan was given the power to open the Abyss that day he will unlock it. Think now about the evil spirits that have been living there for years and years. If they see the Abyss open, they will go out with joy and do whatever Satan orders them to do because he gave them freedom. When Satan will unlock the Abyss, the smoke will bring darkness, which is also a sign of the power of Satan, and he will control the entire world. No one will move or stand against that power. The demons will be free and will get into action. They know, their time has come to rejoice because they will go to judgment shortly afterwards. God knows they will be full of anger, so He will tell them not to kill or harm the people who are sealed. They will harm only the ones, which are not sealed, attack them, and make them feel pain.

Let’s go back to the locusts (demons)

1. The demons’ crowns

Although they look like gold, they are actually made of fake gold. They give an impression of richness. Who has a crown of gold among us? It’s easy to have a plastic one from the $2 shop or The Warehouse, but owning a real crown of gold is not common. If you have one you will wonder where to put it because it is a treasure. So, those that will come will claim to be wealthy, to be like kings and queens, they will show off as being attractive. People will follow them.

2. Faces like human beings’

This will distract people and cause them not to be afraid. They will think they are just human beings like us, why should we fear them? They are not monsters at all because they are similar to us. Satan will use people who look like you and me so he can destroy the world.

3. Teeth like lions teeth’

This is the main thing that will attract the people’s attention. People will see their teeth when they speak. It might or it might not give us a fright, as we are familiar with the vampire movies. These movies are actually preparing the psychology of the human being so at that time people will find it normal to see vampires. Today, especially young people find it “cool” to have power like vampires, and to act like vampires. They are proud to be called vampires, to listen to evil music. Satan has been preparing the memory and psychology of the young generation so they can be destroyed at that time.

4. They make a noise that sounds like horses going to battle

When the locusts (the monsters) fly, the Bible says that we will hear their movement, so whenever they will move we will fear, we will feel there is danger coming toward us. This will make us humble ourselves to them and respect them because they have power, they’ll intimidate us to the point where you can’t cast them out or take any authority against them. That will be the first weakness.

Then those animals when they will come out will start to operate. They will attack as many people as they can and make peoples lives so hard. If you want to know about the army of locusts I think it is written in Joel chapter 1 & 2. If you read that at home you will know exactly what they will look like. Locusts are not good insects. Whenever they arrive somewhere their mission is only to destroy. We don’t gain anything from them, we only lose. If they come into your garden today we will not see anything, the garden will be destroyed. The locusts attacked Egypt in the 8th plague, they were everywhere because God wanted to punish Pharaoh so his people could be free.

When it is time for locusts to come they will no longer attack plants and veggies, but they will attack human beings. When they will attack human beings they will not use their teeth that look like lions, they will not use any type of weapons but they will use their tails. They will just sting people. A scorpion is different to a serpent. When you attack a serpent you have to make sure you hit its head to neutralize it but with a scorpion you can hit the head but it will be the tail that will attack you.

Jesus wanted us to understand as he said in the Book of Luke 10:19. “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”

Jesus gave to us the power to trample on serpents and scorpions. This verse doesn’t mean the scorpions that you see in the desert or around the world. The type of scorpions Jesus was referring to was the power of demons. When they will appear to us, they will look like human beings and after welcoming them, some things they will do will come from behind and hurt us. If a scorpion is walking and you stand on its head the tail will easily come and sting you. But if you stand on a serpent’s head the tail will not do anything. Jesus wanted us not to be distracted by the appearance of anyone or anything. Their appearance can easily mislead you. You must be sure of what is coming after this. Look ahead, after this, what will happen.

For example when we are studying at school or university and we know that a test is coming, we will make sure to take the time to prepare for the test. If we don’t have the time to think about it, we will fail. That is the same way with demons.

When demons are attacking us, they don’t show themselves as demons, they try to give us a good impression. For example people who perform magic, they can take sheets of paper and turn them into money. We will see that really they are bank notes. But you will never use them. Magicians are among the poorest in the world. They can make millions out of paper but you’ll see it, appreciate it and that’s all. A magician can swallow an egg and then vomit and gold will appear. They will give you the gold and you’ll take it home but as for the magician he has nothing. Let me take the example of electrician’s who repair TVs, they don’t even have a TV. People who repair shoes don’t have shoes them selves, people who work in banks or who give out money to others, you will find that their salary is really thin. It is almost nothing.

Demons have a strategy to give to us a good impression so we can be attracted and then later on they will give us pain and harm us. The biggest problem is that we who are sealed by God will not go through this but our people who are not sealed by God, what will happen to them? What are our plans for them? Do we think about our church, our people, our nation or even our entire world? If the demons were free today, what would be our role? How can we protect others? Would we really be able to protect them or not? If not, then we need to find a solution.

The Bible says that when the demons are there, they will only work for 5 months and no more. I know how a scorpion stings someone and how painful it is. When a scorpion stings you, first of all it is just like a needle then after 4-5 seconds you will start to feel like someone who has cramp. That pain will start to increase. If you were stung on your toe, the pain will not remain there, slowly it will start to go everywhere, up and up until it controls your entire body.

When we were in Kenya people used to cry because of the pain although they were given an injection, the injection could not stop the pain. There is not any medicine under the sun that can stop the pain from a scorpion. Nothing exists up to now. They can give you anesthetic so you can sleep but whenever you awaken you will feel the pain again.

When scorpions sting they continue on their way and you are left crying. Imagine if this happens for 5 months, maybe 10, 20, 50 times a day you could be stung. If a scorpion stings you, your entire body is sick and you can stay in hospital for 3- 4 days so imagine if this process continues for 5 months. What will your body become?

Unfortunately here God says that those animals don’t have the power to kill. If there is no death what will happen? Here it is written that people started to ask for death. They thought it would be better to die then to continue to lead such a life. Have you already reached a stage in your life when you prefer to die because of pain? If a scorpion stings your daughter, as the mother you will start to cry. You will lose peace, lose joy, you will barely even speak. What will happen?

We have got a brother who really used to talk a lot. He was really like a parrot. He could talk after every second. He knew everything in our group. If you say for example today I’m going to meet with Colleen he will say, “Yes I’m going to meet with Colleen to talk about such and such.” Without knowing what you are going to say he will just continue and complete your sentence. He was the one who could say, “Personally a scorpion could do nothing against me because I am strong and able to defend myself. You people who cry when scorpions sting you are just useless.”

God was so great, one day that man used to do boxing and he was really strong. He had muscles everywhere. That small animal stung him and he was like, “Oh something has happened.” Others told him to keep quiet. But he said, “No it is painful.” People said, “Remember you promised that scorpions can not do anything against you.” Because that man didn’t pay attention he was stung a second time by the scorpion. It was nighttime and there was not any power or electricity where we used to live. We knew that this must be a scorpion. He started to cry. All of us said to him, “No don’t cry, you said that those who cry are just stupid. A simple animal like that could not make you feel pain.” Then it was serious, he couldn’t move at all. We had to take him to the hospital.

He was a very big man and we were unable to lift him up to take him to the hospital. The hospital was about 2 kilometers away from where we used to live so we thought it would be better to use a wheelbarrow to carry him to the hospital. He was crying and crying with pain. We took him to the hospital and for more than 5 days he couldn’t eat, he lost consciousness and couldn’t speak, there was some stuff coming from his mouth. He was half-dead because of the scorpion. That was only for one night. So if the scorpion was to come to this world and attack everyone for 5 months, who will treat you? Who will look after whom? Doctors, scientists, children, everybody who doesn’t believe in Jesus Christ will get in trouble. This will happen before Jesus comes back. We will see it. People will say this is impossible. How could something like that happen? As I told you remember the 8th plague in Egypt were the locusts. This is a picture for us to understand that it can happen again.

So I will tell you my dear sisters and brothers, Gods plan has to be fulfilled, and must be fulfilled. Although people are distracted today, people are pretending, they put God aside and show God that we don’t care about him but God will continue to fulfill his word. We are lucky because we have been revealed what is coming. We are lucky because at some stage God will do something but if we are not prepared what will happen?