The fifth trumpet: Another star falls; this star was given the key to a bottomless pit a bottomless pit,
containing smoke and locusts that have the power of scorpions.
The locust/scorpions are told not to "hurt
the grass [How could they? All the grass was killed in 8:7] ... but only those men which have not the seal of God
on their foreheads." The scorpion-torture
goes on for five months. (Since only 144,000 Israelites were marked on their foreheads,
everyone else will get the 5-month scorpion torture.) Those tormented will want to die,
but God won't let them.
What the Bible says about torture and
God's locust/scorpions will look like horses with human heads, women's hair, and lion's teeth.
(9:1) "The fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit."
(9:2) "He opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke ... and the sun and the air were darkened."
(9:3) "There came out of the smoke locusts ... and unto them was given power, as the scorpions."
(9:4) "It was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass ... neither any green thing ... but only those men which have
not the seal of God in their foreheads."
(9:5) "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."
(9:6) "In those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them."
(9:7) "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."
(9:8) "They had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions."
(9:9) "They had breastplates ... of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots."
(9:10) "They had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months."
Sixth trumpet: Four angels with an army of 200 million, kill a third of the earth's population.
(9:13-15) "The sixth angel sounded, and ... 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."
(9:16) "The army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand."
(9:17) "The heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone."
(9:18) "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."
(9:19) "Their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt."
(9:20) "The rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not."