Verse 3 reads:
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. Revelation 9:3
There are four symbols to keep in mind as we continue. They are:
The smoke came out of the emotional world (bottomless pit) and the locusts came out of the smoke, or indirectly from the pit itself.
The locusts symbolize the destruction and disturbance caused by the release of suppressed or fomenting emotion and guilt. These released negative emotions have power like a mindless scorpion. They hurt but do not kill.
And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. Revelation 9:4
Just as a locust normally goes after anything green to consume even so will a negative emotion attack any aspiring life (green thing) that gets in its way.
In this case, however, the disciple, under the direction of the fifth angel (heart center, spiritual love), has power to direct destructive emotion to a desired end. In this case, he directs the emotion to not mindlessly attack any life that aspires to know God with the mind and common sense, but only those who do not seek to know him, or do not have thoughts of the spiritual path in their minds (foreheads).
Keep in mind that the forehead, or mind and common sense, are emphasized. Those who are vulnerable are not only the godless but the religious ones who do not know God with mind but only seek him through emotional feeling with reason not being a factor.
Negative emotion loses its power when the mind knows God but increases in power when God is only sought through non-thinking emotion.
And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. Revelation 9:5
Negative emotions which are released when truth is presented include fear, jealousy, hurt feelings, hate, anger, worry and most potent of all guilt. These do not kill a person, but torment those who do not seek God for a long time (five months) and guilt especially is like "the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man."
And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them. Revelation 9:6
To him who does not seek God with the mind (seal in the forehead) will come such devastation through negative emotion and guilt that he will desire to die rather than live, but will fear taking his own life so "death will flee from them."
Here are the next verses:
7 And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.
8 And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions.
9 And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle.
10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.
11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.
12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.
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