In this brief series I am providing “talking points” in answer to common questions. I hope these are helpful.
Who are the 200,000,000 mounted troops?
(1) I would respond, first, with: How could anyone possibly project these events 2000 years into the future, when John strongly asserts their temporal proximity? And since the book deals with the trials of the first century church?
(2) We must remember, also, that Revelation is extremely symbolic and based on OT imagery:
(3) The one-third of men killed in Rev 9, is one-third of those in “the earth/land” (9:1,3), Israel. You really need to read Josephus, Wars of the Jews books 4-6, for a gruesome report of the devastation. Josephus records deaths of 1.1 million in Israel.
(4) The 200 million is a symbolic figure portraying the enormous opposition against Israel. Her doom is sure. The figure is no more literal than “the sand of the seashore” (Rev 20:8:). “Sand” is often used of large, but not exact numbers: The Canaanite army opposing Israel (Josh 11:4), the Midianite army (Jdgs 7:12), the Philistines (1 Sam 13:5).
The Climax of the Book of Revelation (Rev 19-22)
Six lectures on six DVDs that introduce Revelation as a whole,
then focuses on its glorious conclusion.
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