What are the locusts and the two hundred million troops?
After the fifth and sixth angels sound their trumpets the rest of mankind not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands…….(9:20).
The locust of the fifth trumpet are released from the Abyss, they torture those who do not have the seal of God for five months. The locust are demons from the Abyss, a prison for fallen angels and demons.
While the Abyss is still unlocked, the four angels bound at the Euphrates River and their troops kill 1/3 of mankind (15-16). Out of the mouths of the troops came the three plagues of fire, smoke and fire (18).
The two hundred troops are not tanks or the kings from the east (16:12), they are the second plague released from the Abyss. These plagues occur near the end of the great tribulation while the nuclear holocaust is at the beginning of it.
Those commanded to flee from Babylon to avoid the destruction and plagues are God’s people, the Israelites (Jer 50:8; 51:6, 45).