June 4th, 2007
Eliminating poverty in a person’s life requires a lifestyle change, not just a change in the amount of money in the pocket. The person needs to have an ongoing means of generating enough money to stay out of poverty. The person needs to have adequate protection against that money being stolen by bandits or siphoned off in bribes by corrupt officials. The person needs to have access to adequate medical care to ensure that the money is not lost through medical expenses. The person needs to have sufficient motivation to work hard to keep earning money. A lot of conditions all need to change at the same time in order for a person to stop living in poverty…
The Revelation to John — Chapter 9
9:1 The fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star from the sky which had fallen to the earth. The key to the shaft of the abyss was given to it. 9:2 It opened the shaft of the abyss, and smoke billowed out of the pit, like smoke from a burning furnace. The sun and the air turned dark because of the smoke from the pit. 9:3 Locusts came out of the smoke onto the earth, and they were given power to sting like scorpions. 9:4 They were instructed not to damage the grass on the earth or any plant or tree. They were to attack only those people who did not have God’s seal on their foreheads. 9:5 They were to torture them for five months, but not to kill them. Their torture was like the agony induced when a scorpion stings someone.
9:6 In those days people will look for death, but will not be able to find it. They will want to die, but death will elude them. 9:7 The locusts looked like horses ready for war. On their heads were something like golden crowns, and their faces were like people’s faces. 9:8 They had hair like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth. 9:9 They had body armour resembling iron breastplates. The sound of their wings was like the noise of a lot of chariots and horses charging in to battle. 9:10 They had tails and stings like scorpions, and in their tails they had power to hurt people for five months. 9:11 The king which rules over them is the angel of the abyss. His name in Hebrew is “Abaddon,” and his name in Greek is “Apollyon.” 9:12 The first woe has finished, but two more woes are coming after this.
9:13 The sixth angel blew his trumpet. I heard a voice from the horns of the golden altar in front of God, 9:14 saying to the sixth angel who held the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are imprisoned at the great river Euphrates!”
9:15 The four angels were released. They had been prepared for that hour and day and month and year, to kill one third of all humans. 9:16 The number of mounted horsemen was two hundred million. I heard the number. 9:17 In my vision I saw that the horses and their riders had breastplates of fiery red, dark blue, and yellow. The horses’ heads were like lions’ heads, and fire, smoke, and sulphur came out of their mouths. 9:18 One third of humanity was killed by the three plagues of fire, smoke, and sulphur, which came out of their mouths. 9:19 The power of the horses was in their mouths, and in their tails. Their tails resembled snakes, with heads which they used to inflict damage.
9:20 The rest of humanity, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the things that they were doing. They kept worshipping demons, and idols made from gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which cannot see, and cannot hear, and cannot walk. 9:21 They did not repent of their murdering, or witchcraft, or sexual immorality, or stealing.