18 By [hupo] these [touton] three [treis] was [apokteino] the third part [tritos] of men [anthropos] killed, [apokteino] by [ek] the fire, [pur] and [kai] by [ek] the smoke, [kapnos] and [kai] by [ek] the brimstone, [theion] which [ho] issued [ekporeuomai] out of [ek] their [autos] mouths. [stoma]KJV-Interlinear
18 A third of mankind was killed by these three plagues, by the
fire and the smoke and the brimstone, which proceeded out of their mouths. NASB
‘These three,’ refers to
the descriptive picture of judgment which God allows to fall upon the unbelieving
Fire, smoke and brimstone
is a collective phrase which describes judgment, and to this point in the
Tribulation, this is the greatest judgment thus far as one-third of the human
race will be ravaged and murdered.
Note too, that these
demons do not destroy property or things.They only sweep across the planet with lightning speed, in massive
numbers, and they kill people (unbelievers – wicked folks), with great pleasure.
Now if this were to occur
in our current day, then we would have to assume that believers would be gone,
that one-fourth of humanity has already died due to human failure and that would
leave perhaps a few billion people left alive.That means the number of the dead would number beyond a billion.
If this is to occur in
the future when the population is perhaps thirty or forty or fifty billion
people, or whatever, then the carnage and death toll will be unbelievable.
Remember the tsunami that
occurred several years ago, or the massive earthquake that occurred in Haiti,
where the death toll was around 200,000? In the tsunami, most of the dead were never
found.People just came up missing
permanently.In the earthquake many were
simply scooped up with construction equipment and hauled off to huge pits for
But in this devastation
yet to come, the cleanup will be near impossible as the disaster will be
worldwide, there will be no unaffected country to come help, and most everyone
will be among the dead. Not a pleasant picture.
And to make matters
worse, nearly every economy will be rendered virtually inoperable – no farming,
no transportation, no manufacturing and so forth. And these things (famine,
hunger, inflation, crime, etc.) we have not even yet studied.
The two recent disasters
were witnessed across the world via television and various media outlets.So how did it affect you? How did it change you?How was your life affected by them in the
immediate aftermath, and in the distant aftermath?How many of you have forgotten them until
reminded just now?How many of you have
changed your attitude and daily approach to life?
I would venture to guess
that not many have made any significant changes in their lives.And so it will be, even after the world is
turned upside down in this future judgment.Hummm!What principle does that