Four-fold Reference to Angels Proclaiming “Woe”:
- … “And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound.” (Rev. 9:13). (Emphasis added).
- … “One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.” (Rev. 9:12). (Emphasis added).
- … “The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe commeth quickly.” (Rev. 11:14). (Emphasis added).
- … “Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath a but a short time.” (Rev. 12:12). (Emphasis added).
Commentary: Three (3) woes, three (3) angels, three (3) voices, three (3) trumpets (four groups of three!). Angels are exclaiming or proclaiming woe to men. Woe; a condition of deep suffering from misfortune, affliction or grief, ruinous trouble, calamity, sorrow, anguish, woe, regret means distress of mind. Sorrow implies a sense of loss or a sense of guilt and remorse. Grief implies poignant sorrow for an immediate cause. Anguish suggests torturing grief or dread. Woe is deep or inconsolable grief or misery. Regret implies pain caused by deep disappointment, fruitless longing, or unavailing remorse, nagging regret for missed opportunities. These are strong words that explain the woe that comes upon mankind during the Tribulation. Woe One is described as demonic locusts/creatures (Rev. 9:1-11). Woe Two is described as a great earthquake killing 7,000 men after the two witnesses complete their testimony of Jesus Christ. (Rev. 11:3-13). Woe Three is described as the great wrath that the devil has when he is cast down to earth from heaven. (Rev. 12:9-12). The heavens are rejoicing because the devil has finally been kicked out of the country club for continuously causing discord of accusations. The devil has been doing this continuously for millennia and addressing the resident owner of the country club (God) about everyone he is accusing. The angel flying through heaven saying, “Woe, woe, woe” is providing both a warning and a prophecy. He is in effect saying ‘look out mankind, I know what’s coming your way and you are not going to like it.’ As is usually the case throughout Revelation, trumpets are used to get attention and make announcements.
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