The Next Two Trumpets of God’s Judgment
(1) When the fifth angel blew his trumpet, I saw a star falling from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the bottomless pit of the dead (the abyss). (2) When the star opened the shaft of the bottomless pit of the dead, smoke rose up from it like the smoke from a large burning furnace. The smoke turned the sun and sky black.
(3) And then locusts flew out of the black smoke onto the earth. They were given the power of the earth’s scorpions to sting. (4) The locusts were told not to damage the earth’s grass, green plants, or trees, but to hurt only those people who did not have God’s seal on their foreheads. (5) They were not allowed to kill them, but only to torment them for five months. Their torment was like the pain of being stung by many poisonous scorpions. (6) During these days people will seek death but they will not be able to find it; they will long to die, but death will flee from them.
(7) The locusts looked like horses prepared for war. On their heads they wore something like crowns of gold, and they had human-like faces. (8) They had long hair like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth. (9) They had chest plates like iron, and their wings sounded like the thundering of many horse-drawn chariots charging into battle. (10) Their tails could sting like scorpions, and in their tails they had the power to torment people for five months.
(11) The locusts had as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit of the dead (the abyss), whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon and in Greek is Apollyon—that is, Destroyer (Satan).
(12) The first terrible woe is over, but there are two more terrible woes yet to come.
(13) When the sixth angel blew his trumpet, I heard a voice coming from the four horns of the gold altar that is before God. (14) The voice said to the sixth angel, “Release the four angels who are stationed at the great Euphrates River.” (15) So the four angels who had been prepared for this hour and day and month and year were released to kill a third of the earth’s population. (16) I heard that the number of the mounted cavalry troops was 200,000,000.
(17) This is what the horses and their riders looked like in my vision: the riders had chest plates that were fiery red, dark blue, and yellow as sulfur, and the horses’ heads looked like lions’ heads, and out of their mouths came fire, smoke, and sulfur. (18) A third of the earth’s population was killed by the three plagues of fire, smoke, and sulfur that came out of their mouths. (19) The power of the horses was in their mouths and tails; because their tails were like poisonous snakes, having heads with which they inflicted harm on people.
(20) The rest of humankind—those who were not killed by these three plagues—still refused to repent of their evil ways. They would not stop worshiping demons, and idols made of gold, silver, bronze, stone, and wood—idols which neither see nor hear nor walk. (21) Nor would they repent of their murders, occult magic practices (sorceries), sexual perversions, or their stealing.