Fifth Trumpet: The Locusts from the Bottomless Pit
1Then the fifth angel sounded: #Luke 10:18; Rev. 8:10And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to #Luke 8:31; Rev. 9:2, 11; 17:8the bottomless pit. 2And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. So the #Joel 2:2, 10sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit. 3Then out of the smoke locusts came upon the earth. And to them was given power, #Ex. 10:4; Judg. 7:12as the scorpions of the earth have power. 4They were commanded #Rev. 6:6not to harm #Rev. 8:7the grass of the earth, or any green thing, or any tree, but only those men who do not have #Ex. 12:23; Ezek. 9:4; Rev. 7:2, 3the seal of God on their foreheads. 5And they were not given authority to kill them, #(Rev. 9:10; 11:7)but to torment them for five months. Their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it strikes a man. 6In those days #Job 3:21; 7:15; Is. 2:19; Jer. 8:3; Rev. 6:16men will seek death and will not find it; they will desire to die, and death will flee from them.
7#Joel 2:4The shape of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle. #Nah. 3:17On their heads were crowns of something like gold, #Dan. 7:8and their faces were like the faces of men. 8They had hair like women’s hair, and #Joel 1:6their teeth were like lions’ teeth. 9And they had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was #Jer. 47:3; Joel 2:5–7like the sound of chariots with many horses running into battle. 10They had tails like scorpions, and there were stings in their tails. Their power was to hurt men five months. 11And they had as king over them #Eph. 2:2the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apollyon.
12#Rev. 8:13; 11:14One woe is past. Behold, still two more woes are coming after these things.
Sixth Trumpet: The Angels from the Euphrates
13Then the sixth angel sounded: And I heard a voice from the four horns of the #Rev. 8:3golden altar which is before God, 14saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound #Gen. 15:18; Deut. 1:7; Josh. 1:4; Rev. 16:12at the great river Euphrates.” 15So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released to kill a #Rev. 8:7–9; 9:18third of mankind. 16Now #Ps. 68:17; Dan. 7:10the number of the army #Ezek. 38:4of the horsemen was two hundred million; #Rev. 7:4I heard the number of them. 17And thus I saw the horses in the vision: those who sat on them had breastplates of fiery red, hyacinth blue, and sulfur yellow; #1 Chr. 12:8; Is. 5:28, 29and the heads of the horses were like the heads of lions; and out of their mouths came fire, smoke, and brimstone. 18By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed—by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which came out of their mouths. 19For their power is in their mouth and in their tails; #Is. 9:15for their tails are like serpents, having heads; and with them they do harm.
20But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, #Deut. 31:29did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship #Lev. 17:7; Deut. 32:17; Ps. 106:37; 1 Cor. 10:20demons, #Ps. 115:4–7; 135:15–17; Dan. 5:23and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. 21And they did not repent of their murders #Rev. 21:8; 22:15or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.