<1>The real attraction of Maya, or the external world, started after the fifth Angel sounded his trumpet or after the fifth seal was opened. The fifth seal is the fifth sign () in The Greatest Sign. It was revealed in the 1800's, and after that century, humans became so materialistic and more and more they became attracted to the external world rather than to spirituality. <2>Spirituality really became very unimportant in the life of the human. It was the time when intellectual understanding increased and many things were discovered in the world. Humans progressed in materialism so fast that they almost neglected God and His Authority completely (material progress is not bad, but forgetting the Lord as the Creator of this material world is bad). <3>So as we can see again, this Angel came after the fifth seal was revealed. He came to open the bottomless pit, which is the release of the devil or the attraction of Maya (the excess attraction to the external world, illusion of separation from God).
<4>Again here we can see that the sun (spiritual knowledge) was darkened. This means that the great people, the great understanding of higher consciousness and realization, were darkened by the smoke of the bottomless pit. <5>It had already been revealed that this was going to happen, and it should have happened, because religion had become so corrupt that the reality behind it was hidden and no one could understand it. Humans became so crude that they taught people, "Do not worry about this world. Everything is in the next world. Don't progress, do not struggle, but just believe in these dogmas and follow what we tell you. Then you will be saved." Or in other words, the period of intellectual spiritualists had flourished.
<6>That understanding of religion should have been darkened, so that the people would become more attracted to the material world and progress more in material growth, which was necessary for the progress of humanity. <7>With the development of materialism, humans will become more comfortable (physically). With being more comfortable and having more time, they can utilize their energies more for progressing mentally and reaching higher consciousness instead of spending it for obtaining their basic physiological needs. <8>However, until this is understood by humanity, the material world will attract people in such a way that their spiritual parts will almost be forgotten.
<9>These dark-minded people started to create things that sting like scorpions. The materialistic progress has become like a sting to the people. Instead of making them happier, it has made them more unhappy, egoistical, and self-centered, and has caused everyone to be concerned only about their own interests. <10>Religious understanding has been darkened. So this materialistic progress brought stinging power to everything, because humans do not use this progress for reaching higher consciousness but instead for selfish desires.
<11>This verse means, "Hurt only those that are lost in the attraction of Maya, which has been sent to test and find out who will become detached from it and who will get lost in it." <12>So those who do not understand that this universe is neither illusion nor reality, but is a process to reach Pure Consciousness, will be hurt by these tribulations.
<13>Again we can see that these will sting only the people who do not understand the spiritual truth behind this universe but instead pursue the intellectual understanding of it, "they will not have the seal of God in their foreheads." <14>These people just look at the appearance of the universe and take it as truth. When they take these things as truth, they will be lost in their egoistical pursuance and in the power of Maya and the tama guna. <15>They will be stung in any walk of life and become lost, because they will not feel that oneness with the self and the spiritual world. <16>Separation of the individual from the feeling of "I am a part of this universe" will result in lost and egoistical feelings, and that is hell.
<17>These humans will be stung all the time in their lives. These things will not kill them in one day or two, but sting them little by little until their Souls are completely killed (become flesh). They will lose their Souls, by gaining the world, and become completely lost in this dark age which had to come after the fifth seal was opened.
<18>The rate of suicide has increased more and more since the 18th century and especially during the 20th century. If you ask most of the youth or the people whether they have ever considered suicide, 99% of them will answer that they have at least thought about it. They may have decided to do it, but did not go through with it. So they seek death, but death will flee from them. <19>They are so unhappy about everything as they do not know what is going on, what life is all about, what spirituality is, and what the purpose of life is, so they become so lost that they wish for death. But death will flee from them.
<20>These verses are describing symbolically what false prophets and teachers are. It is saying that they look strong and beautiful like humans, and have long hair like women. They look like they have a crown of gold on their heads, and many of them appear to have very strong personalities. They have breastplates of iron, which symbolize their strength. They sounded like the chariots of many horses, which means they sounded very great and willing to battle, as if they really know and understand what they are doing in life. So they look very good. <21>But in their tails, like the scorpion, there are stingers, and they would sting with them. With all these things they were so egoistic that they had only their own interests in their eyes, and they were not concerned for anyone else's welfare. They were here only to hurt humanity more and more. False prophets are those who teach anything else but, "The Goal Of The Life Is To Be(come) Divine and Help Others to Be(come) Divine Also."
<22>Even the king of the bottomless pit, which is the way to destruction, is an angel (tama guna, Lucifer). <23>This means that even great destructions which have been imposed on humanity have occurred with the permission of the Father in order to awaken humans to the realization that following egotistical ways will bring destruction to humanity. The only way to peace, harmony, and happiness is to give up the false ego. <24>That is, by following the desires of the false ego, which is self-gratification or community gratification (false superiority beliefs), humans will create individual or collective samskaras (sins). This brings disasters to individuals and communities, or to humanity in general. <25>That is why most of the people do not understand why suddenly a person comes, gains some power, and imposes so much suffering on humanity. That suffering should have happened to humans, and the power of that person has come from Heaven. Without permission of God, no man has power to do anything, "...A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven" (John 3:27).
<26>We can see that the sixth Angel refers to the sixth seal. As we remember in verse 1 of chapter 7, after the sixth seal was opened, the four Angels were bound, and we can see that these Angels again relate to the sixth seal. Now God demands that the four Angels which have four winds should be released, because those that had to be sealed by the seal of God have already been sealed. They are not going to be hurt by the tribulation (four winds) that is going to come to the earth. The four winds are attraction, desire, attachment, and greed.
<27>Again they have to come to destroy the consciousness and understandings of men.
<28>There were many that were fighting against each other.
<29>This describes the equipment the humans created to kill each other.
<30>This equipment was used to kill each other, causing one-third of the humans to die.
<31>Again this is the description of how they work. Some of them hurt from the back, and some of them from their mouths. Some hurt by their tails, like airplanes with machine-guns in the back, and some of them hurt with their mouths, like tanks, etc.
<32>With all these plagues and all these things that happened to humanity, still they do not repent. They do not understand that all these things are happening to them because of their actions and the reactions of those actions that were created in the world. They should understand that they are one, and should get together and become united. They should create one world government, one country, one language, and if possible, one race, and live together happily. <33>But because they do not understand, they do not repent, and they stay in the illusion of worshipping the false beliefs and psychological attachments which have been imposed on them. Their brains are washed by false teachers and prophets -- those who preach the goal of the life is to gain more material possessions and is not to be(come) Divine. These false prophets and teachers make them unable to see the realities behind this universe.