What do fire, smoke and brimstone symbolize? (Revelation 9:17)


And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.

Revelation 9:17 - King James



⚪ Protestant sermons about hell

Rev. 9:17 [...]
And out of their mouths Issued Are.Sermons full of hell-fire.
And smoke. — See Rev. 9:18.
And brimstone. — O yes, surely; plenty of brimstone, to go with the hell-fire.
9:18. By these [three] PLAGUES was the third part of men.The Protestant third of Christendom.
Killed. — Deprived of reason, manhood and dignity.
By the fire.The sermons full of hell-fire.
And [by] the smoke. — Smoke Is a symbol of confusion. [...]
And [by] the brimstone. — Yes, indeed; plenty of brimstone.
Which Issued out of their mouths. — Especially when as evangelist firm Is in town looking for shekels.
9:19. For [their power] THE POWER OP THE HORSES Is In their mouth. — Assuredly, assuredly; it certainly is not in the Scriptures.

Source : 🇺🇸 1917 - Studies in the Scriptures, Vol 7, The finished mystery, page 165, page 166 + Cover


⚫ The message of the Lord

By the three destructive agencies, 'fire, smoke and brimstone,' many were killed; that is to say, their influence and power to deceive the people was rendered nil. The message of the Lord, following in printed form in the Freedom booklet, went both to the governing powers and to the people. It was not man's message, but God's message taken from his Word, and tells of his destruction of the unrighteous systerns. "The breath of the Lord, like a stream of brimstone, doth kindle it. For Tophet [which is the valley of Hinnom] is ordained of old; yea, for the king [worldly ruling powers] it is prepared: he hath made it deep, and large; the pile thereof is fire and much wood."-Isa. 30; 33.
This work the Lord does when he comes to his temple for judgment; "The Lord is in his holy temple, the Lord's throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men. Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup. II (Ps, 11; 4, 6) That message, spoken by word of mouth, and then thrust into the hands of millions of people, and left behind for them to chew on, left a smarting sensation like the sting of a serpent. God had said: "Behold, I will send serpents, ... which will not be charmed, and they shall bite you, saith the Lord" (Jer. 8:17), and this prophecy was fulfilled.

Source : 🇺🇸 1930 - Light, Vol 1, page 167, page 168 + Cover

There is a second contradiction in this page :

1) It certainly is not in the Scriptures.
2) It was not man's message, but God's message taken from his Word