200 Million Chinese Horsemen Predicted in Revelation Chapter 9? – Part 1

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“And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. 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. 16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them. 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. 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. 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.” (Revelation 9:13-19)

As I have attempted to show in my “Revelation 9’s Locusts Are Not Revolution 9’s Beatles” series of blog posts the events of Revelation chapter 9 are not still future and are not to be fulfilled in a short period of time (e.g. within 7 years or 3.5 years). Neither did the prophesied events symbolized happen in or prior to 70 AD. The prophesied woes properly interpreted are SYMBOLICALLY associated with Islam. The first phase of its growth (fifth trumpet) and then in its Ottoman Empire phase (sixth trumpet). The Islam of the Middle Ages. This is what many Baptists and Protestants of the past believed. I’m not advocating anything new or arbitrary. As a new believer who was “dispensationally-inclined” (and consequently “hermeneutically challenged”) I used to think that the sixth trumpet pointed toward something still future : a massive army of 200 million Chinese soldiers riding on horses. I thank the Lord that my prophetic thinking has improved over the years.

As I have done for the fifth trumpet I will quote some paragraphs from Philip Mauro’s commentary on Revelation, “Things Which Must Soon Come to Pass”:

“One extraordinary fact in the history of Islam calls for special notice because, to my mind, it lends strong support to the view herein adopted.  That fact is that its career has been in two distinct stages.  Its rise was in the Saracenic form, and is dated from the “Hegira” (the flight of Mahomet) in A.D. 622.  The Caliph Omar led his conquering armies of Saracens into Syria in 632; the Roman armies were annihilated; and in 637 Jerusalem was captured. But the spread of Mohammedanism was arrested by Charles Martel at the Battle of Tours, A. D. 732, after which ensued a long period of stagnation. But it had a marvellous recrudescence, under the ferocious Ottoman Turks. These strangely enough, were not Mohammedans at all, but began their conquering career against the Mohammedans. Later, however, for political advantage, they formally embraced Mohammedanism, much as the emperor Constantine had formally embraced Christianity, and in A. D. 1076, Jerusalem was captured by the Turks, and an era of cruel oppression was begun, “which filled all Christendom with sorrow and indignation” (Green’s Church History). This led to the Crusades.”

“In marked agreement with this division of the career of Islam is the two-fold picture presented by the fifth and sixth trumpet visions, which are connected closely together, while being separated from the preceding group of four trumpets, and also from the seventh which stands by itself.”

“The origin of this [sixth trumpet] “woe” was in the region beyond “the great river Euphrates”. It was from that quarter of the world that the Turks made their appearance, and even until now there is a mystery as to the precise part of the East from which they came.”

“I have already referred, as corresponding to this vision, tho the astonishing revival of Islamism after centuries of stagnation, resulting in the Ottoman Empire, which has continued to our own time* to be the inveterate foe of the gospel, and a curse to all the nations that have been blessed, in the character of their civilization, from the gospel’s beneficent influences.”

* the author wrote his commentary around the 1920s

“Briefly, the important facts concerning the Ottoman Empire are these:

The Ottoman Turks came originally from the region of the Altai mountains in Central Asia… In the 13th century they appeared as the allies of the Seljukian Turks against the Mongols, and for their aid received a grant of lands from the sultan of Iconium, in Asia Minor. Their leader, Othman, became the most powerful Emir in Western Asia. In the year 1300 he proclaimed himself Sultan. Thus was founded the Empire of the Osman or Ottoman Turks in Asia. Osman’s successors, princes of great courage and enterprise, who were animated moreover by religious fanaticism, and a passion for military glory, raised it to the rank of the first military power in both Europe and Asia (1300-1566). In the reign of Soliman II, the Magnificent, 1519-1566, the Ottoman Empire reached the highest pitch of power and splendor. From his time the race of Osman degenerated, and the power of the Porte has declined. (The Standard Dictionary of Facts)

“To this I would add that Constantinople was taken by the Turks in 1453, which date is marked in history as the last end of the old Roman Empire.”

“The description of verses 17-19 puts before us the conquering power of lions, the swiftness and fearlessness of horses, the destructive agencies of fire, smoke, and brimstone (whereby “the third part of men” were killed), and the poison of serpents in their tails. This is so largely a repetition of the symbols of the fifth trumpet as to assure us that the same people are again brought to view, but with differences which indicate that the identity is not complete. This judgment was not to be final, for it was to affect fatally only “a third part.”

“Verses, 20, 21, show that this woe had a remedial object, that it was a call to repentance to “the rest of the men that were not killed by these plagues”. But they profited not by the warning; for it is twice stated that they “repented not”.  And to this agrees the voice of history, which shows that the nations which suffered under the Saracenic and Ottoman scourges did not repent of their evil works, their idolatries and their worse than Pagan practices.”

See also:

Revelation 9’s Locusts Are Not Revolution 9’s Beatles – Part 1

Revelation 9’s Locusts Are Not Revolution 9’s Beatles – Part 2

Revelation 9’s Locusts Are Not Revolution 9’s Beatles – Part 3

Revelation 9’s Locusts Are Not Revolution 9’s Beatles – Part 4

Revelation 9’s Locusts Are Not Revolution 9’s Beatles – Part 5

Revelation 9’s Locusts Are Not Revolution 9’s Beatles – Part 6

Revelation 9’s Locusts Are Not Revolution 9’s Beatles – Part 7

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