They were the demons of death. They were the vilest, most violent demons and they were perfect for the job.
During the time of the sixth trumpet four demons would be allowed to kill two billion people. The sixth trumpet was called the second woe for a reason. It foretold horrendous death and destruction.
Diabolis knew it would be easy to find Iniquity, Depravity, Vicious and Malicious. He could just go to where the biggest battle was taking place and they would be in the center of it. Diabolis sped away to summon the demons of death. He returned with them quickly and proceeded to speak. “We have been laying plans for out final war against God and his kingdom. There is a very important job coming up for the four of you.”
"Then 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 who had the trumpet, 'Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.'" Rev 9:13,14
“First I need to give you some background information. During the 5th trumpet we will be setting up our new world-wide kingdom called Babylon. It will include us and our millions of demons. It will also include all the cities and villages and people in the world – all the people who will consent to worship me. Revelation calls these people by a symbolic name – the great river Euphrates. This is not referring to the literal Euphrates river. It is picturing the seething mass of people on earth as a giant river. Revelation 17:15 says,
'The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues.'
“The Bible calls Babylon (our great kingdom) a harlot. Back in the time of the Old Testament there was a literal city called Babylon and a literal river Euphrates ran right through Babylon. This river provided water for the city. It supported life in Babylon.
“In just a little while the people on earth (the great river Euphrates) will bring life and support to our worldwide kingdom, Babylon.
“Now, back to the four of you. Currently you are not free to kill people. You have to influence evil people to kill each other. In that respect you are in bondage to the people on earth. During the 6th trumpet the four of you will be released from your bondage and will be allowed to kill 1/3 of the people on earth.”
"15 So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released to kill a third of mankind. 16 Now the number of the army of the horsemen was two hundred million; I heard the number of them." Rev 9:15,16
“You will be released at a specific point in time. It will be an appointment like 4:00 on June 22, 2006. That is not the date, but it will be an exact point in time like this is. The best part is, as soon as that time comes the four of you demons will be released to kill 1/3 of the people on earth. You will lead an army of 200,000,000 people who have joined Babylon. These are people that we will recruit during the 5th trumpet. They will combine forces with our millions of demons.”
"17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision: those who sat on them had breastplates of fiery red, hyacinth blue, and sulfur yellow; and the heads of the horses were like the heads of lions; and out of their mouths came fire, smoke, and brimstone. 18 By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed -- by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which came out of their mouths. 19 For their power is in their mouth and in their tails; for their tails are like serpents, having heads; and with them they do harm." Rev 9:17-19
“You and the other demons are pictured as horses going to battle. The riders on these horses are the 200,000,000 warriors who have joined our army. They will wear uniforms made from red, blue and yellow. Since they will be part of a brand new army we will create a new flag to fly and new uniforms to wear. Fire, smoke and brimstone will come out of the mouths of our demons and kill 1/3 of the people on earth.
"We will also have the power of serpents to bite people. This is how we will kill people who worship God. We will kill anyone who refuses to worship my gold serpent image and those who refuse to receive my mark. The army of 200,000,000 people will help us find and murder the people who worship God.
“But we won’t limit ourselves to only killing those who worship the God of heaven. We will also kill any people who appear undecided and those who are weak and vacillating. Many people will be slaughtered just for our enjoyment in watching their torment.”
"20 But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. 21 And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts." Rev 9:20,21
“After our holocaust there will still be billions of people alive. They will be worshiping me. They have persistently refused to repent and worship the God of heaven and they have chosen me as their God. They will continue to worship us – the demons they have chosen.
"They will continue to worship the images that they have made in the shape of serpents. The images that Archimel (Moses) and Mordality (Elijah) told them to make. What stupid people! These images cannot see or hear or walk or help them in any way. But the images will appear to speak, just like the serpent of old appeared to speak. One of our demons will talk through them and make them appear to talk and the foolish people will believe.”
The four demons sat entranced as they listened to Diabolis. They had fiendish delight in the horrible scenes they were to enact. They were the demons of death.
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