The fifth angel blew his trumpet. I saw a star from heaven that had fallen
to the earth. He was given the key to the pit of the abyss.
He opened the
abyss, and smoke went out of it like smoke from a huge furnace. The sun and
the air were darkened by the smoke.
Out of the smoke came locusts on the
earth, and they were given power like that of scorpions.
They were told not
to hurt the earth’s grass or any green plant or any tree, but only the people
who did not have God’s seal on their foreheads.
They were not given permission to kill anyone, but to torture them for five months. The torture
was like that of a scorpion when it stings a person.
During that time people
will seek death, but will not be able to find it; they will want to die, but death
will escape them.
The locusts looked like horses prepared for war. On their heads were
something like golden crowns, and their faces looked like men’s faces.Their
hair was like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth.They had
breastplates looking like iron, and the noise made by their wings sounded like
many horses and chariots charging into battle.
They have tails and stingers
like scorpions, and in their tails is their ability to hurt people for five months.They have as king over them the angel of the abyss, whose name in
Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek, Apollyon.
12 The first disaster is past, but two disasters are still coming after these
 13 The sixth angel blew his trumpet. I heard a single voice coming from the
horns of the golden altar which is before God
14 saying to the sixth angel who
had the trumpet: “Free the four angels who are bound at the great river
Euphrates!” 15 The four angels who had been kept ready for that hour, day,
month and year were freed to kill one third of humanity.
16 The number of
soldiers on horseback was 200 million; I heard their number.
17 This is what
the horses and their riders looked like in the vision: The riders’ breastplates
were fiery red, dark blue and sulfur yellow. The horses’ heads looked like
lions’ heads, and fire, smoke and sulfur came from their mouths.
18 One third
of humanity was killed by these three plagues — by the fire, the smoke and
the sulfur which came out of their mouths.
19 The power of the horses is in
their mouths and in their tails, because their tails are like snakes with heads
which inflict harm.
20 The rest of humanity, who were not killed by these plagues, did not
repent of the works of their hands. They did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood, which cannot see, hear or
21 And they did not repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual
immorality, or their thefts.
A demonic figure. Some demons are currently loose and under the prince of the power of the
air (Eph. 2:2), the sublunar space; others are currently bound in Tartarus (2 Pet. 2:4).
Compare Dan. 2:45: “after these things.”
Demons are supernatural evil personalities responsible for much human suffering. They are
also the authors of “doctrines of demons,” “seducing spirits.” The Satan, or the Devil is their prince and
he is allowed an extensive power as the one now “deceiving the world” (Rev. 12:9). That power will
cease entirely when the Devil will be imprisoned and bound to the millennial period (Rev. 20:2). The
proof that the millennium is in the future is that the Devil cannot be concurrently “deceiving the whole
world” and “not deceiving the world any longer” (Rev. 20:2). Amillennialism is a very great deception,
since it lures believers into thinking that the Devil is currently bound! And the coming of the spirit at
Pentecost “in a few days time” was definitely not the coming of the Kingdom, to be at a time unknown