Today, we will review Apocalypse 9, using primarily “The Apocalypse of St. John” by Father Sylvester Berry and “The Book of Destiny” by Father Herman Bernard Kramer. Fr. Berry identifies this passage as “one of the most important in the whole Apocalypse. It foretells the first woe announced by the flying eagle (of the previous chapter) – the conditions and events destined to usher in the reign of the Antichrist.” Chapter 8 was covered in “Fatima, Vatican II and the Chastisement 2“.
Apocalypse Chapter 9, v. 1-12
 And the fifth angel sounded the trumpet, and I saw a star fall from heaven upon the earth, and there was given to him the key of the bottomless pit.  And he opened the bottomless pit: and the smoke of the pit arose, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened with the smoke of the pit.  And from the smoke of the pit there came out locusts upon the earth. And power was given to them, as the scorpions of the earth have power:  And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, nor any green thing, nor any tree: but only the men who have not the sign of God on their foreheads.  And it was given unto them that they should not kill them; but that they should torment them five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion when he striketh a man.
 And in those days men shall seek death, and shall not find it: and they shall desire to die, and death shall fly from them.  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.  And they had hair as the hair of women; and their teeth were as lions:  And they had breastplates as breastplates of iron, and the noise of their wings was as the noise of chariots and many horses running to battle.  And they had tails like to scorpions, and there were stings in their tails; and their power was to hurt men five months. And they had over them  A king, the angel of the bottomless pit; whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek Apollyon; in Latin Exterminans,  One woe is past, and behold there come yet two woes more hereafter.
After noting that the Fallen Star of Chapter 9 is “an apostate bishop or priest”, Fr. Kramer remarks that the key given to him indicates a divinely given power to open the pit, releasing the smoke and the locusts. The definite article used in this passage means that there is but one key, therefore this key to release what is in the pit is only given to the Fallen Star. In this regard, recall our earlier post, “Malachi Martin on the Apostasy of the Faith“, we said: