1) And the fifth angel sounds, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.
2) And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.
3) And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.
4) And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither and tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
5) And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.
6) And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.
7) And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.
8) And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions.
9) And they had breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle.
10) And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.
11) And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.
12) One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.
13) And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
14) Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.
15) And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.
16) And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.
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.
18) By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.
19) For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.
20) And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:
21) Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.
9:1 Unlike other stars, this one is translated as an angelic being (to him), Bottomless pit- referred to 7 times as a place demons are incarcerated. Jesus has the keys(Rev 1:18) so this angel, who was obviously given the key, is on God's side.
9:2 An already darkened earth is further darkened.
9:3 out of the smoke comes swarms so thick they obscure vision. The power is to harm the inhabitants of the earth.
9:4 , Not normal locusts but demons indwelling locust type creatures, These hordes, although evil, are being used by God to punish those who reject him. They will not harm vegetation like normal locusts do. but instead inflict a painful, agonizing sting to all who are unrepentant. the 144,000 evangelists from chapter 7 and their converts, however, will be supernaturally protected.
9:5 Scorpion's sting has been known to envoke rolling in agony while foaming at the mouth. 5 months:The earthly lifespan of a normal locust swarm.
9:6 Even suicide will be unsuccessful , as God wants all to repent of their sins and does not wish any would perish before coming to him, again proving his love for mankind.
9: 7-10 John uses the term "like" 9 times in his description of the locusts, obviously he has trouble describing what he is seeing, which is like nothing he has ever seen before, hinting toward the spiritual/demonic make up of these beings, creatures that cannot be killed or stopped. Basically, mini horses with long hair and big teeth with human characteristics. Scary stuff.
9:11 Again, Jesus has the keys to the pit so this angel has been given the key by the Lord, He's obviously a good guy. (Rev 1:18, 20:1) All translation of this in Greek means "destroyer" Job 26:6, 28:22, 31:12, Ps 88:11, Pr 18:11, 27:20, Mt 7:13, Ph 3:19, 2 Pe 3:16, all translate to Appolyon in Greek and Abbaddon in Hebrew. This Angel is not only obviously good but it can't be Satan or his minions because Satan cannot harm himself. (Mk 3:22-26)
9:12 Can you imagine the knowledge that 2 more things as bad or worse than this are ahead for mankind.
9:13 commanding pronouncement captivating all attention, God himself.
9:14 Never are God's angels restrained or bound. These are obviously fallen angels part of Satan's minions (Gen 3:24) released at this pre-determined time in our history to do God's will N, E, S, W- turned every way. Flood buried Eden and these were bound.
9:15 Specific time known only by God.
9:16 Specific number of warriors unleashed to wreak havoc.
9:17 Although John says that he saw a "vision", indicating a figurative and not literal army, he none the less says he saw them. Unlike the locusts, he only uses the term "like" 2 times, (again illustrating that he has no idea what he was looking at, using descriptive terms he was familiar with) further lending to the speculation that this army is not figurative and they are literal beings, although spiritual and demonic in nature.The fact that 1/3 of mankind is killed reveals the fierceness of this judgment.
9:18 either modern weaponry or lit. horses, frightening in either case
9:19 death comes from both ends of these beasts/machines.
9:20 Although the judgments are becoming more fierce, hearts are being hardened to the point that even if some wanted to repent, they might not be able to because they have reached the point of no return. They will continue to pray to their false gods and idols (God made to fit their own image rather than the one true God)
9:21 4 lesser sins than idolatry, the biggest sin.