Revelation 9:1-12

The Fifth Trumpet--the Bottomless Pit

1 Then the 1fifth angel sounded, and I saw a 2star from heaven which had fallen to the earth; and the 3key of the 4bottomless pit was given to him.
2 He opened the bottomless pit, and 5smoke went up out of the pit, like the smoke of a great furnace; and 6the sun and the air were darkened by the smoke of the pit.
3 Then out of the smoke came 7locusts upon the earth, and power was given them, as the 8scorpions of the earth have power.
4 They were told not to 9hurt the 10grass of the earth, nor any green thing, nor any tree, but only * the men who do not have the 11seal of God on their foreheads.
5 And they were not permitted to kill anyone, but to torment for 12five months; and their torment was like the torment of a 13scorpion when it stings a man.
6 And in those days 14men will seek death and will not find it; they will long to die, and death flees from them.
7 The 15appearance of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle; and on their heads appeared to be crowns like gold, and their faces were like the faces of men.
8 They had hair like the hair of women, and their 16teeth were like the teeth of lions.
9 They had breastplates like breastplates of iron; and the 17sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots, of many horses rushing to battle.
10 They have tails like 18scorpions, and stings; and in their 19tails is their power to hurt men for 20five months.
11 They have as king over them, the angel of the 21abyss; his name in 22Hebrew is 23Abaddon, and in the Greek he has the name Apollyon.
12 24The first woe is past; behold, two woes are still coming after these things.

Revelation 9:1-12 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO REVELATION 9

This chapter gives an account of the blowing of the fifth and sixth trumpets, and of the effects following upon them. The fifth angel blows his trumpet, and a star falls; the key of the bottomless pit is given to him, which being opened by it, out of it comes smoke to the darkening of the sun and air, and out of the smoke locusts, who have power like scorpions, Re 9:1-3; whose power is restrained from using it to the hurt of the grass, or any green thing or tree, only of those who had not the seal of God in their foreheads; but are permitted, though not to kill men, yet to torment them five months, which is worse than death unto them, Re 9:4-6. The shapes of these locusts, which are said to be like horses, are described by their heads, faces, hair, teeth, breastplates, wings, and tails, and are said to have a king over them, whose name is mentioned, Re 9:7-11. The blowing of this trumpet brings on one of the woes mentioned in Re 8:13, and the two other follow, Re 9:12. The sixth angel blows his trumpet, and a voice is heard from the horns of the altar, directed to the said angel, ordering him to loose four angels bound in the great river Euphrates, where they were prepared, for a determinate time, to slay the third part of men, and they were loosed accordingly, Re 9:13-15. The number of the army, under these angels, is given, Re 9:16, and the horses and horsemen are described; the riders by their breastplates of fire, jacinth, and brimstone; their horses' heads as heads of lions, fire, smoke, and brimstone, issuing out of their mouths, by which the third part of men are killed, Re 9:17,18. The reason of this slaughter is, because they had power both in their mouth and tails, which latter were like serpents, and had heads, with which they did mischief, Re 9:19; and yet such who were not killed by these plagues, but escaped, did not repent of their idolatry, murders, sorceries, fornication, and theft, Re 9:20,21.

Revelation 9:1-12 In-Context

1 Then the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star from heaven which had fallen to the earth; and the key of the bottomless pit was given to him.
2 He opened the bottomless pit, and smoke went up out of the pit, like the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by the smoke of the pit.
3 Then out of the smoke came locusts upon the earth, and power was given them, as the scorpions of the earth have power.
4 They were told not to hurt the grass of the earth, nor any green thing, nor any tree, but only the men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.
5 And they were not permitted to kill anyone, but to torment for five months; and their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it stings a man.
6 And in those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will long to die, and death flees from them.
7 The appearance of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle; and on their heads appeared to be crowns like gold, and their faces were like the faces of men.
8 They had hair like the hair of women, and their teeth were like the teeth of lions.
9 They had breastplates like breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots, of many horses rushing to battle.
10 They have tails like scorpions, and stings; and in their tails is their power to hurt men for five months.
11 They have as king over them, the angel of the abyss; his name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in the Greek he has the name Apollyon.
12 The first woe is past; behold, two woes are still coming after these things.
13 Then the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
14 one saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, "Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates."
15 And the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released, so that they would kill a third of mankind.
16 The number of the armies of the horsemen was two hundred million ; I heard the number of them.

Cross References 24

  • 1. Revelation 8:2
  • 2. Revelation 8:10
  • 3. Revelation 1:18
  • 4. Luke 8:31; Revelation 9:2, 11
  • 5. Genesis 19:28; Exodus 19:18
  • 6. Joel 2:2, 10
  • 7. Exodus 10:12-15; Revelation 9:7
  • 8. 2 Chronicles 10:11, 14; Ezekiel 2:6; Revelation 9:5, 10
  • 9. Revelation 6:6
  • 10. Revelation 8:7
  • 11. Ezekiel 9:4; Revelation 7:2, 3
  • 12. Revelation 9:10
  • 13. 2 Chronicles 10:11, 14; Ezekiel 2:6; Revelation 9:3, 10
  • 14. Job 3:21; Job 7:15; Jeremiah 8:3; Revelation 6:16
  • 15. Joel 2:4
  • 16. Joel 1:6
  • 17. Jeremiah 47:3; Joel 2:5
  • 18. 2 Chronicles 10:11, 14; Ezekiel 2:6; Revelation 9:3, 5
  • 19. Revelation 9:19
  • 20. Revelation 9:5
  • 21. Luke 8:31; Revelation 9:1, 2
  • 22. John 5:2; Revelation 16:16
  • 23. Job 26:6; Job 28:22; Job 31:12; Ps 88:11 mg; Proverbs 15:11
  • 24. Revelation 8:13; Revelation 11:14

Footnotes 9

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