1: And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star (= Lucifer = Satan, the symbol of him who had already become "fallen" before John "saw". Cp. Luke 10:18. Isa. 14:12.) fallen from heaven to the earth: and to him was given the key of the pit of the abyss (place of holding for evil spirits, demonic forces, the army of correction).
2: And he opened the pit of the abyss; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit (a fake phenomena, using magic, i.e. smoke and mirrors).
3: And there came out of the smoke locusts (= Kenites = the sons of Cain, not real locusts, see next verse) upon the earth ; and to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power (locusts destroy food for the year, this food is the truth, see Amos 8:11).
4: And it was commanded them that they not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which do not have the seal of God (= the Word of God) in their foreheads (These wander off into the traditions of men. Cp. Matt. 18:8,9. Ezek. 9:4-6. Deception is planted in your forehead if you allow it. The seal of God protects you from Antichrist [= Satan] and his locust army [= the Kenites = the sons of Cain]. Only the two witnesses will be harmed, and they wont mind. The seal is the Holy Spirit within you. The seal is your protector. Remember, the seal of God is available to both the elect and those with free will; however, God expects more of the elect. Make Him proud.)
5: And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months (The period of the locust is from May-September. Time shortened from 3 1/2 years, see Matt. 24:22); and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion when he strikes a man. (Tormented. Gr. basanizo, lit. to test [metals] by the touchstone, then to torture [not a physical torture but a mental one. See 11:10; 12:2 [pained]; 14;10; 20:10. See Matt. 8:29. Mark 5:7. Luke 8:28. "Torment" is specially connected with demons.)
6: And in those days shall men seek death (they realize they have been mislead and are ashamed), and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death flees from them.
7: And the likeness of the locusts were like horses (horses always symbolic of power) prepared to battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, an their faces were like faces of men.
8: And they had hair as the hair of a woman (i.e. gentle in appearance. See Joel 1:6), and their teeth were as teeth of lions (they talk sweet but what they teach will tear your heart out).
9: And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron (looked religious but hard and unfriendly); and the sound of their wings (cp. 4:8) was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle (There will be a great number of them. Compare with real locust, i.e. the sound they make when swarming in flight).
10: And they have tails like scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and there power was to hurt men five months. (How does the scorpion eat its food? it stings its victim to immobilize it. Then it regurgitates its digestive juices onto the victim because it has no stomach. Then the juices turn the victim into mush including their BACKBONE. Then and only then it eats its victim. A little graphic perhaps but I think it gets the point across. Satan's armies and lies will do this to you if you do not have God's truth in your forehead. He will cause you to wander to the point of perishing.)
11: And they had a king over them, which is the angel (the Destroying angel, the son of perdition - the only entity at this time which has been judged to perish [death] by God. See Ezek. 28 especially v.28 there) of the pit of the abyss, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon (translated means - wander away to perish: destruction. The "destruction" of Job 26:6; 28:22; 31:12. Ps. 88:11. Prov. 15:11; 27:20. Here personified as Abaddon and Apolyon, the "destroyer". Cp. Isa. 16:4. Jer. 4:7; 6:26. Dan. 8:24,25; 9:26; 11:44), but in the Greek tongue has a name Apolyon (= a destroyer. i.e to destroy fully [reflex. to perish, or lose], lit. or fig.)
12: One woe is past; and behold, there come two woes yet hereafter.
13: and the sixth angel sounded, and I heard one voice (see 8:13) from the four horns (= God's power) of the golden altar which is before God. (God is in control)
14: Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, "Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates." (Boundary between Babylon & God's children)
15: And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for the hour, and a day, and a month, and a year (= one split second, a fixed point of time, not a period of duration. The four notes of time being under one article and one preposition show that the occasion is one particular moment appointed by God.), in order to slay the third part of men. (Does this seam unfair? See Luke 10:18. What are you afraid of?)
16: And the number of the army of horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand (lit. myriads of myriads, a literal number which John heard and recorded. Cp. 7:4): I heard the number of them.
17: And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone (not the stones of the breastplate of the High Priest Christ): and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone. (These are impostors. Remember that symbology is being used here, these are not literal creatures)
18: By these three plagues was the third part of men killed (= spiritually dead, not physically), by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.
(= lies, deception, delusion)
19: For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails (tall tales?): for their tails were like serpents, and had heads; and with them do hurt. (These are the Kenites = the sons of Cain)
20: And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues, yet repented not of the works of their hands (they are ignorant, they don't know any better), that they should not worship demons (A worship which is widespread over the whole world even at this hour, despite the Divine warnings. Distinguished from worship of idols), and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood (6 items here): which, can neither see, nor hear, nor walk:
21: Neither repented they of their murders, nor their sorceries (Gr. pharmakeia, where we get our "pharmacy" We are not taking about good drugs which God gives us for healing. Its the ones that poison your mind [you want to fry your brain?] Satan and his workers will also poison your mind with lies. See 18:23. Gal. 5:20 [witchcraft]), nor of their fornication's, nor of their thefts.