“13And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 14Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. 15And 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. 16And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them. 17And 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. 18By 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. 19For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like to serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt. 20And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: 21Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.” (Revelation 9:13-21)
The last verse surely depicts much of this last generation: “murders” (both of the born and the unborn), sorceries (pharmakaeia – drugs to enhance communication with demons), “fornication” (porneia) , and “thefts”, especially now with 'flash robs'. They love their wicked deeds and will not “repent” (metanoeo – think differently, come to their senses or amend their ways). Verse 15 is where I get 391 days for this war until the “Lion of the tribe of Judah” comes to end it on feast of trumpets in 2012, which gives a start date of August 23, 2011.
The breastplates of the soldiers on the “horses” are fire, jacinth, and brimstone. Fire is red or red-orange. Jacinth is a semi-precious stone and flower that is also known as hyacinth. The flower is blue. The stone jacinth is a lustrous orange-yellow, orange-red, yellow, or yellow-brown; but when it's cut and polished it is blue-white. Brimstone is equated with sulfur. In its natural state, sulfur is yellow; when it's melted, it turns blood red. Sulphur produces a blue flame when it's burned. In 2009 I looked for a flag or uniform with the colors red, blue and yellow; and except for the Olympic flag, did not find one. . . .
Until today, July 9, 2011, when South Sudan declared their independence with their new flag. Sudan means 'black' in Arabic, so the black stripe is on top. Mohammed declared green to be the color of Islam. Red, white, black and green are called pan-Arab colors. But with the addition of the blue triangle and yellow star; it is unique among the nations. When Sudan gained independence from Egypt and Britain on January 1, 1956, they adopted a blue, yellow and green horizontal striped flag; and this may be related. Sudan is the only country I know to have predominant portions of their flag colored red, blue and yellow; and I accept it as a sign that the sixth trumpet is about to sound.
The four angels of destruction are loosed from the Euphrates to slay 1/3 of mankind, but their slaughter may not necessarily be contained within the Middle East, though that and Israel will be the focus. The “horses” had heads like “lions”, fierce and swift in battle (1 Chron. 12:8), and “their mouths [stoma – front edge of weapon] issued [exporeuomai - discharged] fire [pur - lightning] and smoke and brimstone [theion – flashing, like divinity].” This sounds like an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) to me.
“The next shoe dropped in 1998, when Iran tested missiles fired from a barge in the Caspian that exploded a hundred miles above the surface. The Iranians knew about EMP too, and were making plans to menace any nation they could reach from a cargo ship as soon as they had the necessary nuclear warheads. Concerned at last, Congress established a commission in 2001 to examine the potential damage to the United States from an EMP attack. The final report was published in 2008, and the news was not good. Attacked by EMP weapons, the United States infrastructure would suffer catastrophic and irreversible damage—unless defensive preparations were made. The cost for hardening vulnerable things such as electrical power transmission lines, communications, and computer-controlled systems like refineries and water supplies would cost billions of dollars. Speeches were made, but expensive action was left to disappear from congressional agendas.” by Chet Nagle on March 29, 2010 at
But if that doesn't do it, Iran should have a nuclear bomb by 2012. Iran has possibly bought whatever it wanted from Russia and North Korea already. And don't forget that Pakistan has nukes and doesn't like the US very much anymore. Pakistan is also a kingdom of the east.
“Official American and Israeli estimates suggest Iran would not be able to produce a bomb until 2012, or more likely several years after that. In June, Iran declared that it aimed to triple production of nuclear fuel and increase enrichment to 20 percent, a level that would indicate technological progress that experts say would make the weapons-grade level of 90 percent enrichment much closer.” July 9, 2011, updated from June 8, 2011 in The New York Times http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/iran/nuclear_program/index.html
There is also the tails of the "horses" in verse 19 "For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like to serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt." As with the tails of the scorpions who "hurt" men for five months, these horses' tails also "hurt" (adikeo) men for a particular time period. Adikeo is "to be unjust, that is, (actively) do wrong (morally, socially or physically): - hurt, injure, be an offender, be unjust, (do, suffer, take) wrong." These horses' tails were like "serpents"/Ophis, "figuratively (as a type of sly cunning) an artful malicious person, like Satan." These horses' tails were like serpents with heads, which brings to mind the picture of a sperm; so these bombs may carry biological weapons as well. The other serpent with heads in Revelation refers to Satan.
“12And the sixth angel poured out his vial on the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. 13And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. 15Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. 16And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.” (Revelation 16:12-16)
Turkey demonstrated in 2008-2009 that it can use its dams to withhold water in the Euphrates from reaching Iraq. Turkey is also controlling how much electricity they supply Iraq. See http://onedinar.forumotion.net/t31767-minister-of-electricity-an-agreement-on-the-semi-final-import-200-mw-from-turkey-with-the-increase-in-the-euphrates-river
Turkey led the Ottoman Empire, and I think it will also lead the last caliphate.
Messiah's inclusion of a warning of His coming in the midst of the sixth vial assures me that there is only one coming of King Jesus/Yeshua, and that it is after the 391 days of this Armageddon War to which the “whole world” will be enticed. One enticement may be the next Gaza Flotilla. Christ's warning also leads me to think a false messiah will be “working miracles” during the 391 days to entice people to follow Islam or Chrislam. “Miracles” is semeion, from a root for 'mark', meaning “that by which a person or a thing is distinguished from others and is known” according to Thayer.
The only Biblical time-table for the declaration of diety by the “son of perdition” is that it is after the apostasy of “falling away” of many and prior to “that day” of Messiah's return. I speculate that God has given us a pattern of earthquakes in order to prepare us for one on the west coast in the last half of September this year. It may be of such large magnitude that it sets off the supervolcano in Yellowstone (this may be part of the “smoke” which kills people) as well as the New Madrid Fault. (It may be a kindness that the Mississippi was flooded and people had to move away from this fault.) If any of these major disasters take place, the president would initiate martial law. During Katrina they sent in military men to disarm the citizens 'to keep peace'.
I speculate the Mahdi is Muqtada al-Sadr, and that he will reveal himself openly before the end of 2011. After the Mahdi does so, I speculate President Obama will do obeisance to him and declare himself to be Jesus and call people to accept Allah as god either blatantly or subtlely. It may be that unless you accept Allah you will not be able to do banking or be able to receive government assistance. Those who resist will be imprisoned or killed as has been happening in Muslims countries for decades, but moreso the last five months of locusts.
We as followers of our LORD Jesus Christ, are to keep vigilant in our faith and our expectation of His “blessed appearing” and to keep doing whatever good works He tells us to do as we shine His light in the darkness.