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200 Million Horsemen
Revelation 9:16

Revelation of prophecy

The number 200 million is mentioned in Revelation 9:16. This number
is expressed in the Greek as 'two myriads of myriads' or in numeric
form, 'two 10,000 of 10,000'.

Greek for, two myriads of myriads
This 200 million is a number applied to the number of horsemen which cross the Euphrates and kill a third of mankind.
There have been many fanciful notions presented by many commentators. Predictions of massive Asian armies invading western countries have been espoused. But, what does Scripture itself indicate. '200 million' represents a very large number and therefore it is not commonly encountered in the history of the people of God. However, it is reflected in the number of silver coins annually paid by the vinedressers who farmed King Solomon's vineyards, (ie, 1,000 x 1,000 x 200). Song 8:11 Solomon had a vineyard at Baal Hamon; he leased the vineyard to keepers; everyone was to bring for its fruit a thousand silver coins. :12 My own vineyard is before me. You, O Solomon, may have a thousand, And those who tend its fruit two hundred. (Quoted from NKJV.) [ NB: This subtly implies the 200 million horsemen are reflecting a group, which are in the end-time, tending the spiritual vineyard of God. ] The books of Revelation and Daniel provide a further indication of the meaning of this number. Rev 5:11 Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, Dan 7:10 A fiery stream issued And came forth from before Him. A thousand thousands ministered to Him; Ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him. The court was seated, And the books were opened. These verses describe two groups present before God; 1) thousands of thousands 2) ten thousands times ten thousands. These two groups, at least those found worthy from these two groups, may be being presented in chapter seven of the book of Revelation as; 1) 144,000 2) great multitude Suggesting the symbolic 144,000 are derived from the thousands of thousands group and the great multitude (at least those who endure the Great Tribulation) are from the ten thousands times ten thousand group. Nevertheless, it still does not clearly identify the horsemen. To establish the identity of the horsemen it is necessary to consider the promises made by God to Abraham. Gen 17:2 And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly. :6 I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. :16 And I will bless her {Sarah} and also give you a son by her; then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples shall be from her. 22:17 blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; ... These promises were later inferred in Scripture. Gen 24:60 And they blessed Rebekah and said to her: "Our sister, may you become The mother of thousands of ten thousands; ... 35:11 Also God said to him {Jacob}: "I am God Almighty. Be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall proceed from you, and kings shall come from your body". [ Note: From the offspring of Jacob would come 'a nation' and 'a company of nations'! Two separate groups! ] 48:19 But his father {Jacob} refused and said, "I know, my son {Joseph}, I know. He {Manasseh} also shall become a people, and he also shall be great; but truly his younger brother {Ephraim} shall be greater than he, and his descendants shall become a multitude of nations." Deut 33:17 ... They are the ten thousands of Ephraim, And they are the thousands of Manasseh. The son's of Joseph, Ephraim and Manasseh, were prophesied to become a company of nations and a nation respectively. These two son's of Joseph symbolically represented the 'ten thousands' of the ten tribed 'house of Israel' and the 'thousands' composing the 'house of Judah'. These two kingdoms, Judah and Israel, in turn became types of the spiritual. The spiritual nation of Judah and the spiritual 'nations' of Israel. In the past, the kingdom of the house of Israel lay to the north and the kingdom of the house of Judah to the south. These two kingdoms came into existence very early in the reign of Rehoboam (son of King Solomon). Following this division there arose military conflict between these two kingdoms. So considering the above information we can infer that the 200 million horsemen represent;
*** endtime workers in the spiritual vineyard of God *** - specifically those of the spiritual house of Israel.
When Scripture indicates they are going to cross over the Euphrates and because of them "a third of mankind was killed", ... it is suggesting they are going to cross over their Southern border and prevail over an endtime form of faith which is being characterised as the spiritual house of Judah.


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