Revelation of John 9

Then the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star fallen from heaven upon the earth; and to him was given the key to the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit, and out of the pit there went up a smoke like the smoke of a great furnace. And the sun and the air grew dark, because of the smoke out of the pit. And out of the smoke came locusts upon the earth; they were given power like that of scorpions on the earth.. They were told not to hurt the grass of the earth, nor any plant, nor any tree, but only those who have not the seal of God on their foreheads. Yet they were not permitted to kill them, but only to torture them for five months. Their torture was like the torture of a scorpion, when it stings a man. In those days men will seek death, and will not find it; they will long to die, but death ever flees from them. The appearance of the locusts was like horses equipped for battle. On their heads there was something like crowns of gold, and their faces were like men’s faces, and they had hair like the hair of women, and their teeth were like lion’s teeth, and they had breastplates something like breastplates of iron; and the noise of their wings was like the noise of chariots, of many horses rushing into battle. 10 And they have tails like scorpions, and stings, and their power to torture men five months was in their tails. 11 They have a king over them, the angel of the bottomless pit. His name in Hebrew is Abaddon; in Greek he is called Apollyon. 12 "The first woe has passed; and still there are two woes to follow."

13 Then the sixth angel blew his trumpet; and I heard a voice from the horns of the golden altar which is before God, 14 one saying to the sixth angel that had the trumpet, "Loose the four angels which are bound at the great river Euphrates." 15 Then the four angels that were held in readiness for that hour and day and month and year, were let loose, to destroy a third of mankind. 16 The number of the hosts of the horsemen was twice ten thousand times ten thousand. I heard their number; 17 and thus I saw the horses in the vision and their riders. They had breastplates of fire, "red as fire, dark blue as jacinth, and yellow as sulphur." The heads of the horses were like lions’ heads, and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone. 18 By these three plagues a third of mankind were killed; by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which issued from their mouths. 19 For the power of the horses is in their mouths and in their tails. For their tails are like serpents with heads, and with them they work woe. 20 And the rest of mankind who were not killed with these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands. They would not give up the worship of demons and of idols made of gold and silver, and brass, and stone, and wood, which can neither see, nor hear, nor walk. 21 And they did not repent of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their immorality, nor of their thefts.

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