So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released to kill a third of mankind. Revelation 9:15
In the midst of terrible prophecy comes a hope. Jesus has told us previously that no one but God knows the time of the Son's return. However, someone knew the hour, day, month, and year that a certain group of angels will be released to kill a third of mankind. We know it as the second woe in Revelation or the sixth trumpet judgment. One third of mankind killed is a terrible woe, but with that comes that assurance - there is a time and date already prepared for this. That means for us that the return of Jesus is not something that is sliding further away as this or that event doesn't happen when we think it might.
Yes, this is a terrible dark way to recall such a great event, and we are not immune to the judgment ending the lives of 1/3 of mankind. If this were to take place today more than 2 billion people would lose their lives. All the more reason to warn those who still refuse to believe - this event is on a schedule! And God's schedule cannot be changed. The more folks we can get ready for the Rapture, the less people there will be to face death on that terrible hour, day, month, and year when 1/3 of mankind will be slain by the judgment. Maybe we could get so many people believing in Jesus before the Rapture that only the Antichrist, the Beast, and the false prophet would be left for the sixth trumpet. Take 1/3 of that group! Yeah, if only they will believe our testimony before it is too late.
It may seem unlikely, but we must try as we hurtle day by day toward that terrible hour, day, month and year.Have faith in Jesus!