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200 Million Troops
(Revelation 9.12-17)
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"The first woe is past, two other woes are yet to come. The sixth angel sounded his trumpet, and I heard a voice coming from the horns of the golden altar that is before God. It said to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, 'Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.' And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were released to kill a third of humankind. The number was 200 million troops mounted. I heard their number. The horses and riders I saw in my vision looked like this, 'Their breastplates were fiery red, dark blue, and yellow as sulphur. The heads of the horses resembled the heads of lions, and out of their mouths came fire, smoke and sulphur.'" (Revelation 9.12-17)✞

Mighty Force

Chinese armiesThere then came in Revelation a series of destructions upon the earth by a mighty force of 200 million troops. The American Standard Version translated this verse, "The number of the armies of the horsemen was twice ten thousand times ten thousand." In the Greek, this number was expressed as two myriads of myriads or two hundred million, which by any estimation was an exceedingly large number and frightening military force.✞

Other Troop Movements

DemonsIn John of Patmos' day, millions of troops in an army was almost inconceivable, although the greatest army assembled in ancient times was likely that by the fourth king of Persia, King Xerxes 1 (BC 519-465) when he invaded Greece. King Xerxes was possibly identified as "Ahasuerus" or "Artaxerxes" in the Book of Esther. The Greek historian, Herodotus, says that Xerxes brought two and a half million men. We may compare that with the "one hundred and fifty six thousand American, British, Canadian and other allied troops who landed at Normandy on D-Day during the Second World War. And in more recent times, the thirty four nation coalition that liberated Kuwait deployed roughly one million troops."

Demon Leaders

Armies on March in CompaniesBy some accounts, an army of 200 million mounted soldiers would cover an area one mile wide and eighty five miles deep. Today, however, there are countries, like China or India that could gather this many soldiers. This huge army, led by the four demons, was to be sent out to destroy one third of the mankind.

Mankind Destroyed

AngelBut the judgment was still not complete, for four angels appeared and were exceedingly destructive. They did not however have the power themselves to release their evil work on earth. They were held back by God and would be released only at a specific date and time, doing only what God allowed them to do and only when he wanted them to act. Here, one third of all of humankind have been destroyed. "A third of mankind was killed by the three plagues of fire, smoke and sulphur." In earlier chapters, one fourth of mankind had been killed. Thus, over one half of the population of the world have been killed during God's great judgments. Even more would have been destroyed if God had not set the limits.✞

"200 Million Troops"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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