“As the visions beginning in ch. 9 are unveiled the readers are given am ever expanding definition of the extent of God and the Lamb’s sovereignty. God and the Lamb are in ultimate control of Satan’s realm. And the saints are to remember this when the forces of evil direct their wrath against them or self-destructively against their own allies, the followers of the the Antichrist. There is a grand purpose which God is working through it all, which is a basis for hope and encouragement for beleaguered Christians.” (G. K. Beale, The Book of Revelation, p. 463).
“As the sixth seal provided a preview of the traumas that will characterize the dissolution of the first heavens and earth, so the sixth trumpet previews an increase of satanic deception that precipitates growing violence, death, and despair. Such a crumbling of law, order, and safety should shake idolaters confidence in ‘the works of their hands’ and cure their desire to ‘worship demons, and the idols of gold and of silver and of brass and of stone and of wood, which can neither see, nor hear, nor walk’ (Rev. 9:20).” (Dennis E. Johnson, Triumph of the Lamb, p. 152).
Quotes used in the Reflection for Trinity Presbyterian Church, OPC.