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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'.

The 200 million is a number applied to the number of horsemen which cross
the Euphrates and kill a third of mankind.

200 million represents a very large number and therefore it is not commonly
encountered in the history of the people of God. However, 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.

[ NB: This implies the 200 million horsemen are reflecting a group
      which have worked tending the spiritual vineyard of God. ]

The books of Revelation, Daniel and Psalms 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.

    Psalm 68:17  The chariots of God are twenty thousand,
                 even thousands of thousands;
                 the Lord is among them as in Sinai,
                 in the Holy Place.

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, 
are presented in chapter seven of the book of Revelation as;

                 1)  144,000
                 2)  great multitude

This implies the great multitude is composed either entirely (or mostly)
of those represented by the 200 million horsemen. Still, it 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

          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 passed down to their descendants.

    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".

          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 son's were to develop
into the ten thousands of Ephraim and the thousands of Manasseh. So it
was that in type developed the house of Judah and the multi-tribe house
of Israel. These being in turn types of the spiritual nation of Judah
and the spiritual nations of Israel.

The tribes of the house of Israel lay to the north and the tribe of the
house of Judah to the south. (When the two houses formed the king of the
house of Israel, Jeroboam, set up idols at the limits of his kingdom;
at Bethel in the south and at Dan in the north. 1Kings 12:26-30.)

So combining the above thoughts we can see that the 200 million horsemen

    "the great multitude of the vineyard workers of spiritual Israel"


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