-The fifth angle blows his trumpet bringing on the first woe to the earth. A star (more than likely this represents an angel from the Lord) comes down with the key to the bottomless pit and opens the shaft of it releasing smoke that darkens the sun and air. It also releases a locust type creature that has the power of scorpions to sting unbelieving mankind in torment, but not to the point of death. They were not to harm any of the grass of the earth or any green plant or any tree. They only were to harm those who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads. Their torment last for five months with the torment of the scorpion sting. In those days people will seek to die, but will not be able to find it; death will flee from them (Revelation 9:1-6). The tormenting creatures are described more fully in verses 7-11, and the name Abaddon (in Hebrew) and Apollyon (in Greek are given, which denotes destruction (the destroyer).
-The sixth angel brings about the beginning of the second woe upon the earth. In this occurrence, the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates are released to kill a third of mankind. The number of these released mounted troops is heard, which was twice ten thousand times ten thousand (20,000,000). These are further described in verses 17-19. Their power were in their mouths and their tails (the tails are described to be like serpents with heads).
-“The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands nor give up worshiping demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk, nor did they repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality of their thefts (Revelation 9:20-21).” *Application* What an incredible commentary on the condition of the world when the Lord is about to come back and make all things right and new! There will no remorse for sin and no repentance (or turning) to the Lord God Almighty. The resistance is total and unashamed against the Living Lord even in the face of great torment. This reveals the hardness of these hearts. What about you? Will you remain hard towards the power of God and resist His authority? Or will you relent, give in, give up and surrender all to His saving grace and mercy? This is ultimately what He desires and extends to us. Don’t be too stubborn my friend. God will win in the end. Join Him in victory by turning to Jesus in saving faith. This is His desire. You cannot survive on your own strength and power.
Verses to Memorize: Revelation 9:20-21