Insights on the 200 Million of Revelation 9:16

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The 200 million of Revelation 9:16 is a subject of much speculation. Many people are unsure what to make of a force consisting of 200 million troops. In this article, I will provide biblical insight about the 200 million referenced in Revelation 9:16.

Revelation 9:13-15 tells us that four angels bound at the Euphrates River will be released to instigate the slaying of a 1/3 of mankind after the sounding of the sixth trumpet. Revelation 9:16 references an army totaling 200 million horsemen:

“(13) And 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 which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. (15) And 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. (16) And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.” (Revelation 9:13-16)

The King James Bible uses the word “army” to describe the 200 million horsemen, which initially suggests that every horseman is fighting for the same side. However, the Greek word for “army” (strateuma-meaning “a body of troops”) is used seven times in the New Testament of the King James Bible to mean “army” or “armies” (it’s used to mean “armies” in Matthew 22:7, Revelation 19:14, Revelation 19:19). Therefore, it’s possible that the 200 million horsemen represent the total number of horsemen from different armies rather than the total number of horsemen from a singular army. This is perhaps why other Bible versions like the New American Standard Bible (NASB) use the word “armies” to describe the horsemen instead of “army” in Revelation 9:16.

I surmise that the translators of the King James Bible elected to use “army” instead of “armies” in Revelation 9:16 because Revelation 9:17-19 describes the actions of the horsemen collectively. However, I believe it’s more likely that the 200 million total horsemen come from different armies than from a single army.

I believe the connection between the four angels and the 200 million horsemen is that the four angels are responsible for stirring up these horsemen for combat. It’s not unheard-of for spirits to gather forces for battle. Revelation 16 records that three frog-like spirits travel throughout the world to gather leaders and their forces for the “battle of that great day of God Almighty”:

“(13) And 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. (14) For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.” (Revelation 16:13-14)

I do not believe these horsemen are associated with the fifth trumpet locusts because these horsemen will be capable of killing men (while the locusts specialize in torture). Moreover, I believe the participants in the 200 million participants are human beings instead of spiritual beings because there are many passages (i.e. Daniel 11:40-45, Ezekiel 30) in the Bible that describe conflict between nations in the latter part of the end times.

I believe the abstract description of the horsemen is a reflection of John’s difficulty in describing them in terms that people living in his time could understand. John lived in the first century A.D. when motorized vehicles, guns, computers, etc. did not exist. Consequently, John probably faced the difficult task of describing things that people in his era had no conception of. Imagine if you were in John’s position and had to describe technological advances that won’t be around for another 1,900 years.

In any event, the horsemen will eventually kill 1/3 of the world’s population:

“(17) 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. (18) 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. (19) 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 9:17-19)

The extreme death toll could account for the troops and civilians who will die during this time of conflict on Earth. Despite the massive loss of life, the followers of Antichrist will not repent any of the crimes or sins they’ve committed:

“(20) 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: (21) Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.” (Revelation 9:20-21)

In sum, I believe the sixth trumpet will be a time of large-scale conflict on the earth. The 200 million likely represent the total number of human troops involved in the different conflicts that will transpire at that time.

If you want to learn more about the four angels that will be released from the Euphrates River, click this link for my article on the topic.

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R. A.
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R. A.

The Euphrates will apparently dry up to make way to 200 million,
Does the recent earthquack treamurs at himalaya belt with result to destroy himalaya to make further easy way to travel for final war?

RedneckCrackerHillbilly
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RedneckCrackerHillbilly

Good point Jay, Walid Shoebat has some very scripturally sound teaching on an Islamic Anti-Christ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvraicdb2Kk&list=PLZvgKQZ37OeI9m9dtbJWBcJPBn0xCIcVD&index=3

RedneckCrackerHillbilly
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RedneckCrackerHillbilly

I don’t think many Islamic armies use horses anymore, but they do have planes, tanks, and an assortment of military vehicles…

RedneckCrackerHillbilly
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RedneckCrackerHillbilly

Another point is this will probably be a quick event, not drawn out for months, a hungry army will only be unified for so long.

RedneckCrackerHillbilly
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RedneckCrackerHillbilly

Think of the Logistics of feeding and maintaining a 200 million man army! I think that this will be mostly a spontaneous gathering of many armies and individuals with the mindset of destroying Israel, all led by a Charismatic Leader who has the ability to unify, at least temporarily, the Toes of Iron and Clay……

CD
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CD

It surely looks like the US is led today by demons,maybe the Anti christ him/her self? How many more foreign invasions and killing of innocent women and children will the Lord tolerate?

And the people are just apatbetic,no uprising against the evil people running washington. Funny how many in the government with dual citizenship…

Wayne
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I would caution you or anyone against believing in visions that people have. Remember, the Bible is the only truly inerrant source of information about what is to come in the future.

Graeme
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Graeme

Maybe its China…and that China still hasn’t forgiven the Anglos for the Opium Wars or the Japanese for the invasion of China (WW2). Down Under we are expecting an invader out-of- Asia in the endtimes. There are many dreams, visions and prophecies about this in the Christian churches of Australia. A classic revelation comes from the 1974 book WHAT WILL BECOME OF AUSTRALIA by Jack Burrell. It’s an amazing vision and it’s on the net.

Wayne
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At this point in the end times, there’ll only be those who follow the Antichrist and those who don’t follow the Antichrist. Therefore, I don’t think we can assign a specific religious label to the 200,000,000. I’m working on an article which would cover why there is such great violence taking in the world at that time. For now I can say that it does not appear the Antichrist will go unopposed at that time.

Jay
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Jay

Do you think it means an army of 200,000,000 Islamic terrorists? What would China be doing at the Euphrates river? That sounds more like what the USA is doing. Interestingly enough, the USA came up with the idea of robot soldiers, so it may also be referring to an army of 200,000,000 robot soldiers from the USA. China would not have the technology, incentive, or capability to raise an 200,000,000 soldiers and deploy them to the Middle East, even if they have 1,300,000 people. With robots however, it is quite possible to manufacture 200,000,000.

Connie45
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Connie45

Isaiah 19:14 – “The LORD hath mingled a perverse spirit in the midst thereof: and they have caused Egypt to ERR in EVERY WORK thereof, as a drunken man staggereth in his vomit.”  The reason the Alexandrian scripts are older is because the Byzantine manuscripts were used so much, they had to be recopied over and over.  The Alexandrian ones were actually found in the trash.  Were you aware of that? There must have been a reason for them being there. Did your scholars tell you that? Did you do your own research or trust what they say?  Maybe God… Read more »

Wayne
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My preference is to use the King James Bible.  People are free to use what Bible translation they wish.

Mike
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Mike

We have far better, earlier and more reliable manuscripts from which other tranlations come than the textus receptus from which the the king James Bible was translated. While it is true that some verses miss the mark in other tranlations, this can be saidf of the king James as well. Quit being inflammatory when u have have not done your research. Some of the best textual schaloras such as Daniel Wallace and bruce metzger will tell you this. Get John Ancherburgs king James only debate. He brings the top schalrs from all tranlations, including King James, to debate this issue. The king James only advocates… Read more »

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Very interesting info thank you. The Euphrates will apparently dry up-and the 200 million will be able to move with ease. I think I ve read somewhere that the Euphrates has `dried up` in some areas/ But not 100% sure. 2011 will be very interesting.
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melinda

Wayne
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I always consult the King James Bible when doing research. I used to have an NIV Bible but I don’t look at it anymore because I don’t trust its translation.