Things were not serious enough, but they are about to get VERY serious as the sound of the FIFTH TRUMPET ushers in the first of what the Scripture calls ''THE THREE WOES."

In spite of the terrible destruction that has rained upon the earth, men are still praying to their false gods and idols. They are clinging to their false religions. They have explained away the first four trumpets as natural things.  Now the demon locusts are released.

Rev. 9:1 "And the FIFTH ANGEL sounded, and I saw a great star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key to the bottomless pit."

This 'star' is an angelic being because the Scripture states that the key was given to him.  The key is to 'the bottomless pit'. The bottomless is the place where Satan will be confined during the 1000 year reign - 'THE MILLENNIAL REIGN' of Jesus Christ.

Rev. 9:2 "And he opened the bottomless pit, 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."

Mankind will be quick to explain away the darkening of the sun and the air. They will say that volcanic activity somewhere on earth has released a great smokey cloud.

Rev. 9:3 "And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth; and unto them was given power as the scorpions of the earth have power."

Rev. 9:4 "And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any tree;  but only those who had not the seal of GOD in their foreheads."

The 'seal' of God is the Holy Spirit.  Those who have come into a deep inner relationship with the Living Word of God - JESUS CHRIST - and have received the Holy Spirit into the depths of their souls, only these will be spared the excruciating pain of the bite of these locusts. Also, it would appear from this Scripture that those who are in the Body of Christ - His Church - will still be on the earth at the time of this event.

Rev. 9:5 "And to them (the locusts) it was given (decreed by GOD THE FATHER) that they should not kill them (those without the HOLY SPIRIT), but that they shall be tormented five months; and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man."

Scorpions strike quickly with a painful stab as they inject deadly venom into their victims. The pain travels to and attacks a man's central nervous system. The end is usually death after a great deal of pain.

Rev. 9:6 "And in those days, man shall seek death,  and shall not find it.  and shall desire to die and death shall flee from them."

The extreme pain caused by the bite of these locust will be so horrible that men will prefer death to the suffering that these locust inflict. So horrible will be the pain that death itself will fear to come near to them.

Rev. 9:7 "And the shapes of the locusts were like those of horses prepared unto battle: on their heads were as it were, crowns of gold, and their faces were as the faces of men."

Rev. 9:8 "And they had hair as the hair of women and their teeth were as the teeth of lions."

Rev. 9:9 "And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of many chariots running into battle."

Rev. 9:10 "And they had tails like unto a scorpions and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months."

Man's explanation?  A secret biological warfare experiment gone wrong.  So again they will seek 'natural' explanations and will refuse to acknowledge this as a judgment of the ALMIGHTY GOD.