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The Army of the Supernatural Horsemen in the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ

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The Army of the Supernatural Horsemen in the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ

The Army of the Supernatural Horsemen in the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ

Old Paths Baptist Mission © 2021 Richard St.James

The Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ - Chapter Nine, Verse Sixteen

Verse sixteen: “And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.” [Revelation 9:16]

The Number

The number is two hundred thousand-thousand.

Two hundred thousand-thousand is equal to two hundred million! 

This army of two hundred million horsemen will cross over the Euphrates on dry ground, which will enable the rendezvous at the designated meeting place for the grand finale at the end of the Great Tribulation.

Verse seventeen: “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.” [Revelation 9:17]

“I saw the horses in the vision…”

John in the spirit sees the horses, and their riders, through a vision

This ability to see the horses is just as he was able to see a throne, and the one who sat on the throne in Revelation chapter four, verse two:

“And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.” [Revelation 4:2]

A vision [or a revelation] is a supernatural view of a future event.

He sees [in the vision] the breastplates on the riders of those horses.  Notice here: The breastplates of these supernatural horsemen are that of fire, of jacinth, and of brimstone. 

First: There is fire in the breastplates.

Fire devours.  It consumes.  This fire comes from the LORD out from Heaven. [For this reference see Genesis 19:24]

The Horsemen of the Kings of the East

Then, second: There is jacinth in the breastplates.  

Jacinth is a crystal with a distinct form of a four-sided prism.  Its prevailing color is a hyacinth red, which the red is more, or less tinged with yellow, or brown.  It is also sometimes transparent, and is sometimes only translucent.

The Horsemen of the Kings of the East

Now consider this:

In the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, chapter twenty-one, in verse ten, we see a city: “And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,” [Revelation 21:10].

The foundation of this city has its eleventh foundation … jacinth.

Now, look down to verse twenty to see this: “The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.” [Revelation 21:20]

Then, lastly, there is brimstone in those breastplates.  Brimstone?  Just what is brimstone?

According to Webster’s dictionary: BRIM'STONE, n.

Brimstone, or Sulphur, is a hard, brittle, inflammable substance, of a lemon yellow color, which has no smell, unless heated, and which becomes negatively electric by heat and friction. It is found, in great quantities in the neighborhood of volcanoes. 

Brimstone has its origins from deep within the earth, and presents a sign of desolating destruction.

The land of Israel from A.D. 70 to A.D. 1948 was just in such a state. 

Why was this so?

Well, THE LORD promised that if His people Israel turned from Him, then the land would be cursed with a curse.   The very presence of brimstone in the land of Israel shows the fulfillment of this prophecy.

This prophecy is found the fifth book of Moses called Deuteronomy, chapter twenty-nine, verse twenty-three:

And that the whole land thereof is brimstone and salt, and burning, that it is not sown, nor beareth, nor any grass groweth therein, like the overthrow of Sodom, and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboim, which the LORD overthrew in his anger, and in his wrath:” [Deuteronomy 29:23].

The Horsemen of the Kings of the East

Back to verse seventeen:

“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.” [Revelation 9:17]

Heads of Lions

Now, let’s look at all these horsemen a little bit closer.  These horsemen [here in the book of Revelation] are both literal, and yet, they are supernatural.  These horsemen are a confluence of literal men from the peoples of the east with the supernatural locusts currently being held in the bottomless pit.

What is more than that, these supernatural locusts are devils.

Remember this from our earlier description of these creatures.  We will list them again:

1.       These locust horsemen have been infused with the power of scorpions, and are likened to horses with crowns on their heads. 

2.       These locust horsemen have faces that appear to have the faces of men with the hair of women.

3.       These locust horsemen have teeth as the teeth of lions.

4.       These locust horsemen have been equipped with breastplates.

5.       These locust horsemen have wings.  They can fly!

6.       These locust horsemen have tails like a scorpion with stingers!

7.       These locust horsemen … are for warfare.

8.       These locust horsemen were angels before they fell.

Therefore, these locust horsemen are devils.

Now, these devils in the pit will go into these 200 million men from the peoples of the east

These men will literally be possessed by the wicked spirits from this bottomless pit, and will be driven to their very destruction in the place called Armageddon … in similitude to the swine that were destroyed, which is shown by the record in the BIBLE [in the Gospels of Jesus Christ].

For one of these Gospel records, we will turn to the Gospel according to Mark, chapter five, and read from verses eleven through sixteen:

“Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding.

 And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.

And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.

And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done.

And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine.” [Mark 5:11-16]

The Scripture very clearly here, illustrates this phenomenon that will happen to the peoples of the kings of the east.  These hordes of the east will be amalgamation of men and devils.  

In short, these devils will come up out of the bottomless pit, and will enter into the men that are traveling west from eastern Asia, as they pass over this opening to the bottomless pit.

The Horsemen of the Kings of the East


Verse eighteen: “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.” [Revelation 9:18]

“By these three…”

By the fire, by the smoke, and by brimstone, they were killed. 

Can it even be possible to comprehend with the human mind of so many people dying from the fire, the smoke, and the brimstone, that shoots forth out the mouths of these creatures? 

Thus, we give pause here to a sober thought.  A third of the inhabitants of the earth … die horrible deaths … all at once.

“…the third part…”

This phrase “the third part” appears seven times in the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. 

1.       “…of trees burnt up…”

Early in the Trumpet Judgments the third part of the trees on the earth were burnt up:

Revelation 8:7: “The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.”

2.       “…the sea became blood.” 

Next, in the Trumpet Judgments, the third part of the sea became blood:

Revelation 8:8: “And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;”

3.       “…creatures in the sea died…”  “…ships destroyed…” 

Then next, in the Trumpet Judgments, the third part of the creatures in the sea died, and the third part of the ships in the sea were destroyed. 

Revelation 8:9: “And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.”

4.       “…the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters”

Again, in the Trumpet Judgments the third part of the rivers, and the sources of water were smashed by a fallen star:

Revelation 8:10: “And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;”

5.       “…the waters became wormwood”

Continuing in the Trumpet Judgments, the third part of these waters were poisoned:

Revelation 8:11: “And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.”

6.       “…the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars”

Again continuing in the Trumpet Judgments, the third part of the sun, the moon and the stars were all smitten:

Revelation 8:12: “And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.”

“The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches”

The dragon, who is THE DEVIL, who is Satan, casts the third part of the stars of heaven to the earth. 

Now these stars are angels according to the book of Revelation, chapter one, verse twenty:

“The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.” [Revelation 1:20]

The seven stars are the angels!

Revelation 12:4: “And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.”

Massive carnage and total destruction are in store for the inhabitants of this world.  Woe to the earth!  Woe to the earth!  Woe to the earth!  Consider it, if you can handle it:

1.       1/3 of the trees are burnt up.

2.       1/3 of the sea turns to blood.

3.       1/3 of the creatures in the sea die.

4.       1/3 of the ships are destroyed.

5.       1/3 of the rivers [including the sources of water] are obliterated by a fallen star.

6.       1/3 of the waters on the earth are poisoned.

7.       1/3 of the sun is smitten.

8.       1/3 of the moon is smitten.

9.       1/3 of the stars are smitten.

10.    1/3 of the angels [devils] flung down to the earth.

This whole thing involves a mind-goggling devastation such is beyond human comprehension.

By the time we get to the very last day, of the very last month, of the forty-two months of the Great tribulation only one third of the Jewish nation will be left to enter into millennial reign of Jesus Christ here on this earth.   Read for this in the book Zechariah, the prophet, in chapter thirteen, verse seven through nine:

“Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.

And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.

And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.” [Zechariah 13:7-9]

1/3 saved!

This will be Jacob’s trial!

Jeremiah 30:7: “Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.”

Verse nineteen: “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 9:19]

The two sources of the power in these locust horsemen is in their mouth and in their tails.    First, they have a mouth full of massive teeth as the teeth of lions.  Second, they have tails like a scorpion, or as a serpent, with stinging stingers in their tails!

“…and with them they do hurt.”

To hurt someone is to harm someone, and to commit injury to someone’s body, to someone’s reputation, or to someone’s property.

The law of first mention takes us to the first book of Moses called Genesis, chapter four, verse twenty-three:

“And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt.” [Genesis 4:23]

Now, killing a person obviously hurts the person.  Their life is now gone.  SIN HURTS!  Lamech had committed sin both to God, and to man.  Lamech committed the ultimate wrong to someone else.  He took a life … a SOUL.   The LORD God said:  

 “Thou shalt not kill.” [Exodus 20:13]

But that is not the only hurt that had occurred.  Lamech also, hurt himself!  What can we learn from here?

Lesson: Killing an innocent man is doing wrong, it will only wound, or bring hurt.   It hurts to be hurt, no matter if it’s you, or if it is somebody else. 

However, the situation here, in the book of Revelation, chapter nine, is the hurt is going to put on the inhabitants of this earth.  These supernatural horsemen are going to put the hurt on men in slow degrees even their death.

Verse twenty: “And 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:” [Revelation 9:20]

Modern man worships the work of their own hands, and, or devils.  It has been this way for nearly six thousand years.

Man ought to worship God ONLY.

 “…repented not”

A man has his own will.  Every man has a free will.  This is so basic, and so obvious a truth, to see, that all men have their own will to exercise as they see fit.

God HIMSELF recognizes this so basic truth: Man has a will! 

Now, open your Bible to the third book of Moses called Leviticus, chapter nineteen, and read verse five: “And if ye offer a sacrifice of peace offerings unto the LORD, ye shall offer it at your own will.” [Leviticus 19:5]

Do you think this [man has a free will] is consistent through the entire Bible?  Well, what about this one?  Turn now to the Epistle of First Corinthians, chapter seven, verse thirty-seven:

“Nevertheless he that standeth stedfast in his heart, having no necessity, but hath power over his own will, and hath so decreed in his heart that he will keep his virgin, doeth well.” [1 Corinthians 7:37]

It is a FACT!  All men have power over their own will.

And therefore, since men have a free will, they are also responsible for what they decide to do while they exercise their will.

“…that they should not worship.”

Now, mankind was created to worship God.  And the command to the nation of Israel was inviolate: “For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:” [Exodus 34:14].

Israel was not to worship devils or idols!   It does not go well for Israel, or for any nation, or for any person, to reject God, and the words of God, and turn to idolatry.   Woe to that person, or to that nation!

Verse twenty-one: “Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.” [Revelation 9:21]


Forty-eight years ago … in 1973 … I was a sailor in the United States Navy. 

Little did I know … or even sense at the time … the direction my life was moving in.

 I did not know what time it was in God’s clock, nor where I was going in this life, or for that matter, in eternity

Now, what was my true state?  According to the BOOK of God I was a servant of sin, DEAD in my sins, and was heading to HELL.  I was in a free fall to my destruction.

Then the Spirit of GOD interrupted my life, and sent his MESSAGE to me by his Messenger.  

He used a man … a Bible BELIEVER who SOWED the MESSAGE of his GOSPEL of the GOOD NEWS that Jesus Christ died in my place for my sins, and that I needed to REPENT, and put my TRUST in the shed BLOOD of the SON of GOD for SALVATION from the WRATH of God that is soon to be revealed.    Faith in the Son of God, WHO is Jesus Christ, changed my life … by giving me ETERNAL life. 

This whole scenario of what happened to me is accurately described in the Bible in the Epistle of Paul to the Ephesians, chapter two, verses one through seven:

“And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,

Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.” [Ephesians 2:1-7]

Now, repentance and faith are integral, and is like a coin having heads on one side of the coin and tails on the other side of the coin.

The Horsemen of the Kings of the East

True repentance is always realized through the presence of a godly sorrow.  This is not a sorrow likeI got caught”, but is rather a sorrow:I offended God”.   This truth is found in the Second Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians, chapter seven, in verse ten:

“For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.” [2 Corinthians 7:10]

I experienced true sorrow, which brought forth true repentance to salvation and faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

What happened to me, needs to happen to all men everywhere on face of this planet.

But men everywhere are moving presently in the wrong direction.   They are hardening:

Proverbs 21:29: “A wicked man hardeneth his face: but as for the upright, he directeth his way.”

Observation: This current, or spirit, working within the inhabitants of this world is moving them further away from repentance toward God, and therefore, leaves them stone-cold to the salvation that is in Jesus Christ. 

Sad, but true!

“Neither repented they of their murders…”

They will not REPENT!

They are hardened by their sin through the judgments in the Tribulation just as Pharaoh's heart was hardened by sin in his dealings with Hebrews: [See this story in the book of Exodus chapter seven.].

So, as God rolls out these future judgments in the seven-year Tribulation, that is surely coming to this planet Earth, men increasingly will only get harder, and harder in their hearts against God, and HIS Son, Jesus Christ:

1.       This phenomena: [of the hearts hardening] is seen in the seven Seal judgments found in the book of Revelation chapters five and six.

2.       This phenomena: [of the hearts hardening] is seen in the seven Trumpet judgments found in the book of Revelation chapters eight and eleven.

3.       This phenomena: [of the hearts hardening] is seen in the seven Vial judgments found in the book of Revelation chapters fifteen and nineteen.

To sum this up, the rest of the men that survived these judgments have now refused of their own free will to repent, and would rather give the thumbs down to Almighty God, and to Lamb of God, Jesus Christ.

It is, as the BOOK says it is, in the book of Zechariah chapter seven, in verse twelve:

 “Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the LORD of hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former prophets: therefore came a great wrath from the LORD of hosts.” [Zechariah 7:12]

So, onward we go!  The inhabitants of the earth [the rest of the men that survived] just grit their teeth, and stand their ground against the God of Heaven. 

 We will now read of this standoff from the book of Psalm Two.

“Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,

Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.

Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.” [Psalm 2:1-5]

Here we are.  The first six trumpets [of the Trumpet judgment] have already sounded by the time we get to the end of the ninth chapter of the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. 

Now, for the book of Revelation, chapter ten. 

Here, the seventh angel is ready to come into the scene.   Now, the number seven is the number of completion, and here we have the voice of the seventh angel.

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