The Sixth Trumpet – The Battle of Armageddon
The sixth seal, trumpet and bowl of wrath all refer to the great battle prophesied in Daniel 11:40-45, and Ezekiel 38-39.
Nowhere in these trumpets is another war prophesied. For, as Isaiah said, in the last days, the nations will beat their weapons into plowshares (Isa 2:4). But when all men are saying “peace and safety” (1Thes 5:3), the end will come with an army of 200 million men.
Release the four angels bound at the great river Euphrates – in Rev 16:12, we are told that the sixth Angel actually dries up the river Euphrates to make way for the kings from the East. Many have noted that the Euphrates river is already drying up, allowing the way for this great battle.
prepared for the hour, and day, and month and year – prepared by God, who alone “knows the day and hour” Matt 24:36
200 million horsemen – in John’s time, this number was impossible. 200 years ago, this prophecy was also impossible. In 1800, there were only 1 billion people in the world. But today, a 200 million man army is completely possible.
kill a third of mankind – this battle is not the end of man’s existence. The final destruction of man takes place when fire from heaven is sent down to destroy the earth. Here, the estimate of 1/3 is likely because the war takes place in a limited region of the world.
out of their mouths proceeds fire and brimstone – John’s description seems to resemble modern tanks, with their guns.
their tails are like serpents and have heads – possibly the rear gun of a tank or other military equipment
they did not repent – John calls these trumpets “plagues” and says that the people still would not repent, just as the Pharaoh of Egypt, would not repent. In spite of these plagues, the people continued their immorality. Here, we can really compare the deliverance of God’s people from Egypt to the final deliverance of His people from this world.