1 Then the fifth angel sounded [blew his trumpet], and I saw a star from heaven which had fallen to the earth [Satan, Luke 10:18]; and the key of the bottomless pit [the Abyss, no limit to evil] was given to him.
2 He opened the bottomless pit, and smoke [lies and deception that mask the truth] went up out of the pit, like the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun [truth and light of God] and the air [Spirit of God] were darkened by the smoke of the pit [Mohammad received his “revelation” from within a cave].
3 Then out of the smoke came locusts [locusts come from the desert; the Muslims emerged from Arabia upon the inhabited lands around the Mediterranean; locusts are fast, like Arabian horsemen] upon the earth, and power was given them, as the scorpions of the earth have power [the Muslim triumphed nearly everywhere they went].
4 They were told not to hurt the grass of the earth, nor any green thing [so they can’t be literal locusts; green is color of Islam], nor any tree [those who are spiritually alive; we are to be “oaks of righteousness”; the tree planted by streams of water, Psm 1; also, invading Muslims were told not to harm vegetation or crops], but only the men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads [true believers; even if a believer was killed by the Muslim armies he would not be “hurt”; Muslim armies were instructed by the Caliph Abu Bakr, Muhammad’s successor, to not kill the humble, pious Christians who lived in monasteries].
5 And they were not permitted to kill anyone, but to torment for five months [year for a day, 5 x about 30 days/mo = about 150 years]; and their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it stings a man [Islam tormented the church and western nations for about 1-1/2 centuries from about 620 – 770 AD, when it turned inward toward the arts and literature; Baghdad was founded in 762 and it grew into an important center of Islam]
6 And in those days men will seek death and will not find it [tribulation and terror under Islamic domination]; they will long to die, and death flees from them [it would seem better to some to die rather than continue under it].
7 The appearance of the locusts [Muslim armies] was like horses [they were on horseback (remember the ‘Arabian’ horse) and were excellent horsemen; they were “one” with their horse] prepared for battle; and on their heads appeared to be crowns like gold [the Arabs wore yellow or golden turbans], and their faces were like the faces of men [because they were].
8 They had hair like the hair of women [they had long hair and beards, braided or loose], and their teeth were like the teeth of lions [they were fierce in battle].
9 They had breastplates like breastplates of iron [Qur’an 21:80: “And We taught him the fashioning of coats of armor to protect you from your enemy in battle”]; and the sound of their wings [they did not march in ranks, but swarmed like insects on horseback] was like the sound of chariots, of many horses rushing to battle.
10 They have tails like scorpions, and stings [false teachings that follow them]; and in their tails [Isa 9:15, “the prophet who teaches falsehood is the tail“] is their power to hurt men for five months [year for a day, 5 x 30 days/mo = 150 years, from about 620 AD, the start of Islamic expansion, to about 770, when it paused].
11, 12 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. [Islam is a Satanic counterfeit Christianity] The first woe is past; behold, two woes are still coming after these things.
The 6th Trumpet, 9th – 15th Centuries
13 Then the sixth angel sounded [blew his trumpet], 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 [fallen angels or demons, possibly heading four divisions of the Islamic invaders, or four Islamic principalities near the Euphrates River, perhaps Iconium, Aleppo, Damascus and Baghdad] who are bound at the great river Euphrates [the Turks were held east of the river for many decades by the Byzantine or Eastern Roman Empire (ERE) before finally advancing].”
15 And the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour [two weeks] and day [year] and month [30 years] and year [360 years, added together, 391 years – several periods have been proposed, one ending with the fall of Constantinople in 1453], were released, so that they would kill a third of mankind [overcame the 2nd third of the Roman Empire, the Eastern (ERE) portion or Byzantine Empire].
16 The number of the armies of the horsemen was two hundred million [Greek, “myrios”, G3461/G3463, first meaning “innumerable” rather than “10,000”; this may what is intended, not literally 200 million which is derived from “twice 10,000 x 10,000”. Many thousands of Ottoman Turk horseman laid waste to the ERE]; I heard the number of them.
17 And this is how I saw in the vision the horses and those who sat on them: the riders had breastplates the color of fire and of hyacinth and of brimstone [the exact colors the Ottomans wore – scarlet, blue and yellow]; and the heads of the horses are like the heads of lions; and out of their mouths proceed fire and smoke and brimstone [first significant use of cannon in history was by the Ottomans during their siege of Constantinople; some cannons were cast to have heads like lions].
18 A third of mankind [overcame the 2nd third of the Roman Empire, the “mankind” of John’s day] was killed by these three plagues, by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which proceeded out of their mouths [the mouths of the cannons].
19 For the power of the horses [literal and pictographic description again of the cannons; they were also cast in the shape of horses] is in their mouths and in their tails [head is where the shot issues forth, the tail is where the fuse is lit]; for their tails are like serpents and have heads [see photo at right], and with them they do harm.
20 The rest of mankind, [the western remnants of the Roman Empire] who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, so as not to worship demons, and the idols of gold and of silver and of brass and of stone and of wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk [idolatry in the Roman Catholic and other churches];
21 and they did not repent of their murders [the church murdered millions of “heretics” and Jews] nor of their sorceries nor of their immorality [all levels of clergy, up to and including the Pope] nor of their thefts.
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