[the fifth trumpet*]
Now hear, says the Lord. The scripture says that following the blowing of the fourth trumpet, an angel flies through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice ‘woe, woe, woe, to the inhabitants of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels which are yet to sound.’ (8:13).
This is because of the intensity of turmoil and conflict which comes with the blowing of each succeeding trumpet.
The intensity of the developing world crises is a result of that which is unleashed under the fifth trumpet. Have I not spoken to you concerning this before? (Note: see the separate prophecy in this booklet entitled ‘The Fifth Trumpet’).
Therefore hear that which I have spoken and consider, for I need not repeat that which has already been made known to you. But I shall now give additional details of that which transpires as a result of the blowing of the fifth trumpet.
You shall notice, says the Lord, that the forces unleashed from the pit, even the forces of Satan, arise as smoke to darken the sun and pollute the air (9:2).
Does not this show that Satan and his hosts will work through human agencies to corrupt the truth of Christianity, represented by the sun, by all kinds of error and deceivable doctrines of devils in this day?
Is not this now being fulfilled in the apostasy of liberalism and modernism which has completely destroyed the true gospel in vast segments of the so-called Christian populace?
And is not the pollution of the air a type of the contamination of people’s thoughts with all kinds of filth and perversion?
Even so are the forces of the nether world bringing great darkness upon the earth as they work to subvert the Christian message, and also to pervert the thinking of people into ways of godlessness and unbridled pleasure.
You will also notice, says the Lord, that the forces of the nether world are pictured as locusts with the sting of scorpions, and they were commanded not to hurt the grass or any green thing, neither any tree, but only those men who have not the seal of God in their foreheads (9:3-4).
Now what does this mean? There is a difference between being subverted by these evil spirits and being ‘hurt’ by them. The ‘hurt’ refers to actual physical harm or destruction which will come later (9:10) as the spirits are given the authority and the means to precipitate vast numbers into physical conflict. But first there will be subversion, and the grass and trees, which are a type of peoples of various classes (Judges 9:7-15, Isa. 40:6-8) will not be ‘hurt’ or destroyed in great numbers.
Also the people will not be immediately hurt, in their own thinking, because they will not be able to see the ultimate consequences of coming under the influence of these evil spirits. For the people will be deceived, believing a lie instead of the truth (II Thess. 2:10-11).
They will believe that the doctrines of devils being taught them through a perverted clergy and church systems, and the so-called new liberties which they are experiencing In godless pleasure-living, are to their benefit, and are a part of the glorious new way of life which man is achieving.
Thus the goal of the Satanic spirits is to enmesh the inhabitants of the world in delusion; a sort of intoxication of pleasure-madness and libertine conduct which gives vent to perverted desires and ways. Thus, in the minds of the people, what they are experiencing is not to them a ‘hurt’ but rather a new-found way of life. It is only what this delusion eventuates in that will bring to an abrupt end the pleasure-mad ways of the people.
This is symbolized by the scourge of the locust and the sting of the scorpion. (9:3). People will be tormented, as by a scorpion’s sting, not because they love righteousness and deplore the wickedness which is coming on the earth, but because the conditions in the world will become so desperate and critical that they will not be able to give full vent to their pleasure-seeking ways and their covetous desires.
Thus they will want to escape, not from the wicked delusions of the times, but from the chaotic conditions which will be the inevitable result of unbridled license and lawless living.
The evil spirits will not be able to touch those who have the seal of the living God on their foreheads (9:4). For I will protect my own that they be not subverted by the devices of the enemy. But they shall ‘hurt’ certain men who do not have this seal of protection. (9:4). This is because these certain men are being prepared to precipitate the nations into war; they are men in high positions whose minds have been completely taken captive by the power of Satan.
Through these men shall the evil spirits eventually be able to hurt the masses through destructive warfare (9:10). This is evident in the fact that the evil spirits are seen as both locusts and as horses prepared to battle. (9:7).
The locust was always one of the most terrible of the scourges on the nations of ancient times, bringing great devastation; and the horse has always been a symbol of the power to war. So even though the evil spirits do not immediately ‘hurt’’ the masses of people, but bring them into delusive intoxication unto pleasure-seeking, the people will eventually feel the impact of the ‘hurt’ which is precipitated by evil men in high places, who are used by these same spirits to prepare the intoxicated people for slaughter.
Conditions on earth will get so desperate that many people will seek escape through death, but because of the fear that has gripped them, even death shall flee away from them (9:6).
Therefore, the torment which is inflicted by the scorpion’s sting is primarily that of fear; a fear so great that men will even fear to take their own lives, even though they will wish that they were dead. This will come as a result of the chaotic conditions on the earth and the ugly specter of atomic war which will hang heavily over the inhabitants of the earth.
After the men in high places have been thoroughly prepared by their subverted ambitions for world conquest, then shall the horse, or war aspect, of the symbolism fulfill unto great destruction. Then shall they be ‘crowned’ to go forth unto battle (9:7), for the faces of the locusts are the faces of men (9:7); the very men who have been prepared to ‘hurt’ the inhabitants of the world by their mad conquest for power. The locusts which had faces of men, had also the hair of women and the teeth of lions (9:8).
The hair indicates their complete captivity to their evil desires, for woman is a type of the soul which is the seat of desire; and the teeth of lions indicate their absolute determination to gnash and devour until they have completely conquered the world. Their breastplates of iron indicate that they shall not be turned back from their destructive designs but will persevere to the end (9:9).
In that they make a sound with their wings as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle, it indicates that they shall engulf the world in destructive slaughter. This shall the evil spirits do through those men who have not the seal of God on their foreheads, but whose minds are completely taken captive by Satanic devices.
After the symbolism has progressed to that of horses prepared for battle, you will notice that it is given to the locusts to ‘hurt’ men for five months, whereas previously it was given to them to ‘torment’ for five months (9:5 & 9:10). The torment is primarily through fear of what might come, but the hurt is actual destruction in warfare.
The five months in each case are not literal, but symbolic of the freedom of action allowed the evil spirits to subvert and lead to eventual conflict. Once the conflict unto the ‘hurting’ of the inhabitants of the earth has begun on a global scale, it will not let up until the consummation of all things and the return of the Lord In power and great glory.
At the close of the narrative concerning the fifth trumpet, the scripture says that one woe is past and two are yet to come (9:12). This does not mean that the events visualized under the fifth trumpet have completely run their course.
It means that the forces unleashed by the trumpets sounding are past recall; what is set in motion is as good as accomplished; the results are inevitable. Along with the two woes yet to come, the fifth trumpet or first woe continues to mount in intensity until the end.
THE FIFTH TRUMPET
[from Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord, Vol. III – 1966]
“Where does the world stand now, says the Lord? Is there no one who can reveal that which the Lord would make known to His people concerning those events which are about to break upon the earth? Is there no one to proclaim that the time has come for the hosts of Satan to come swarming out of the pit where they have been confined? (Rev. 9:1-3).
Do you not know that I have limited the activity of the nether world lest man would be corrupted beyond measure?
But do you not realize that I am now going to unleash the forces of the pit in order that man may be tested in a way that has never happened before?
Even now the way is being prepared for the final stages of that which I have purposed to do. Even now I am making ready my heavenly armada to contend with the forces of Satan which are going to be allowed free access to mankind to bring about the final scenes of the age-long battle which has been raging since the time of the fall.
Where in my Word do you find a picture of this unleashing of the Satanic hosts of wickedness which have been restrained heretofore?
For I say, I have limited the number and activity of the evil spirits in times past lest my plan would be subverted. But I am now ready to allow the full number of Satan’s legions to be given full reign on the earth to bring to pass the fullness of iniquity in this day.
And much fear shall grip the inhabitants of the earth as they see the results of this unleashing. For out of the bottomless pit I will allow the hosts of the nether world to come and prey on the inhabitants of the earth.
The wickedness of man shall become great as he succumbs to the subtleties of the enemy, and great shall be the perversions of truth and distortions of righteousness as the nether world makes its final impact on an unsuspecting and unreadied mankind.
Do you not read in my Word that when the fifth trumpet sounds the pit is opened and the invisible hosts of darkness are given freedom to attack the inhabitants of the earth? (Rev. 9:1-11).
And do they not have a king over them who is called Abaddon? (Rev. 9:11), And is not this king a type of Satan who is leading the evil spirits in their warfare? And do you not read that the likeness of those creatures who were released was as the likeness of locusts? (Rev. 9:3).
And do not locusts devastate everything in their path?
And shall not the unleashing of these Satanic hosts bring a great scourge on mankind until there is nothing left of value? (from the strictly human perspective).
I say to you, hear that which I speak to you, for even now is the fifth trumpet blowing, and even now the evil spirits are being released from the pit. They are being released gradually lest that which I purpose be precipitated too soon.
And they shall continue to be released throughout the blowing of the fifth trumpet. For the number five is the number of liberty and freedom. Even so am I giving increased liberty to the forces of Satan to subvert the masses of the world that my plan shall reach its consummation in this time.
Now consider the effects of these tormenting spirits on the inhabitants of the earth. Does the scripture not say that they were tormented five months? (Rev. 9:5).
And is this not again a picture of the liberty of access which the evil spirits shall have over a period of time?
And does not the Word say that those tormented would seek death and not be able to find it? (Rev. 9:6).
Is this not a picture of the great fear which shall grip the inhabitants of the earth, and is not their seeking death symbolic of their desiring to escape these thing but being unable to so?
I say to you, death does not always mean a cessation of physical life, but rather an escape to a realm where the torments of life cannot reach. Even so shall many try to escape in this day from the tormenting effects of the activity of the evil spirits but shall not be able to find a place of hiding, for all the earth shall feel the impact of the unleashing of the Satanic hordes.
Hear my voice, my people. Do you think that you will escape the onslaught of these evil spirits? Do you think that you will be able to stand without my help? Therefore you must look to me and trust in me. You must spend much time seeking my face and studying my Word. For I will uphold you only insofar as you trust me to do so, and as you reach out to receive my strength. For these are fearful times my people, and only those who look to me will be able to keep themselves from falling into the morass of wickedness and ungodliness which will engulf all mankind.
And now what further would I have you know concerning this day?
It is even that the evil hordes of the nether world will whip the masses of the pagan lands into an orgy of bloodshed unprecedented inhuman history. For great shall be the slaughter of human lives as the masses rise up to clamor for their rights and seek to take things into their own hands.
And frenzied mobs will rule many lands and cause all who oppose them to be killed. And many shall perish in riots and revolutions as men seek to demand that which has been withheld from them. None shall be able to stop the surge of the masses as they rise up in this day. And great shall be the fear that shall grip the hearts of the people as they see the chaos and ruin that shall sweep across many lands.
Hear my word my people. Shall not these evil spirits prey on every human weakness and bring out every base instinct in the human race. For the lust and greed of man shall reach a degree to which it has never been before. Perversion shall be great in the earth as the spirits of the nether world torment men with unholy desires and cravings, and as they prod them into avarice and grasping, and as they stir their emotions to fever pitch with envy, hatred, malice and every other sinister feeling.
And now consider the fifth trumpet as it relates to succeeding events. That which is unleashed under the fifth trumpet brings such a spirit of unrest in the earth as multitudes are tormented by every unholy desire and craving, and the resultant chaos will drive men to seek alliances with some kind of all powerful government which will be able to keep order and peace in the earth.
Thus will the groundwork be laid for an all powerful government to emerge which will promise peace and security to all nations coming under its domination.
And thus shall the beast powers of Revelation 13 emerge to control the inhabitants of the earth and to make them give allegiance to the god of materialistic force. For there shall be two beasts arise. The first has already had its inception in the Communistic combine of nations.
The second is to emerge as a coalition of Communist and non-Communist nations who will seek to force a world socialist rule upon the nations, enforced by a world police force. They will try to make all men worship and bow down to that image which they will create, which is in actuality the image of the first beast or world socialism.
Taking advantage of the chaos of the times, the second beast arises to clamp a world socialist dictatorship upon the nations of the earth, holding out before them the image of a planned order and economy which will provide peace and plenty for all.
Because of the desperation of the times, the people will be ready to receive this promise of Utopia and will receive the mark of the beast in their foreheads and in their hands. And thus will they give mental assent to its image or idealism, believing a lie instead of the truth, and they will be forced to work for its realization by giving the power of their hand to it.
After it is too late the nations shall find that they have surrendered their rights and their freedom for something that is but an illusion. But they will be hopelessly trapped in a web of their own making, and they will be unable to extricate themselves. For the beast powers will have the means of enforcing their rule upon all.
Only when conditions reach the point that the land of Palestine is threatened in such a way that world Jewry is alarmed will the yoke begin to be broken.
When those western nations which have become a part of the coalition of the second beast find that their interests in the Middle East are being threatened, then shall world Jewry, into whose power the western nations have largely been delivered, begin to resist the advances of the first beast into the Middle East and Palestine.
Then shall the coalition begin to break up, and the second beast will lose his power to make all men worship the image of the first beast.
The nations will be divided, and conflict shall begin to rage as the western nations, led by the financial powers of world Jewry, begin to fight the communist invasion of Palestine. Then shall a spark of renewed patriotism begin to be fanned in the western nations, and the Spirit of God shall begin to quicken within the hearts of those who have seen the folly of the image of world socialism based on monolithic rule.
The fires of revival which will be burning within the western nations of Christendom will begin to influence those in high places, and the will to resist will rise quickly. The means of stemming the tide of Communist expansion into Palestine will be quickly mustered, and the hearts of the people will be stirred as never before.
The battle of the ages will be on. For is it not written that all nations will be gathered to Jerusalem to battle? (Zechariah 14:2).
Even so shall Palestine be the match which will ignite the flame of conflagration that will envelop the whole world, and there shall be no let up until the final climax when the Lord Himself will be revealed in flaming fire. (II Thess. 1:7-8).
Then shall all that which has been unleashed in Satanic fury reach its consummation and the battle of the ages find its completion. Then shall those hosts which have come from the bottomless pit return to their own realm to torment no more until a thousand years of righteousness has made its impress on the inhabitants of the earth.
So my people, even now are the agencies of the pit beginning to multiply on the earth, and the die is cast for the inhabitants of the earth. None shall be able to stay the hand of the Almighty until the foment of evil has run its course and the fester of iniquity has finished its work. Then shall come deliverance from on high as the hosts of the Almighty come to put down the forces of Satan and cast them into the bottomless pit from whence they came.
And now consider the final picture of that which you read about in my Word. It is even that many months transpire while the forces of the nether world are carrying out their tormenting activities. Even so shall I move by my Spirit during those many months to bring a revival and deliverance in the earth for those who hunger for their God. And mighty shall be the spiritual power which will be in the earth as my specially prepared servants go forth to confront the enemy with the power of their God.
While the world is seething with unrest under the tormenting influence of Satan’s hordes, those who turn to me shall find a great deliverance and a mighty victory in that day. Therefore rejoice that you can know the truth which will set you free from all fear, and give you great confidence and assurance for the days that are ahead.
And now fret not because of that which has been revealed, for I am with you to keep you and to protect you from all harm, says the Lord.”
(end of prophecy.)
The Holy Spirit through J Leland Earls between 1965 and 1991