Locusts from the Bottomless Pit

Swarms of locusts can migrate great distances and have even been observed twelve hundred miles at sea. The swarms can reach great sizes: a swarm across the Red Sea in 1889 was estimated to cover two thousand square miles. A swarm is estimated to contain up to 120 million insects … More

Punishment

As we read this we must remember that the Christians have been raptured out of the world before this time. These are the things that will happen during the great tribulation period. The last three trumpet judgments are generally associated with the last three and one-half years of the seventieth week of Daniel. These will be the blackest, darkest days in human history.

  1. The fifth trumpet and first woe judgment is directed from Satan against the ungodly in Israel. A star is said to fall from heaven (v. 1). Based on Isaiah 14:12, some Bible scholars say this fallen star or angel seems to be Satan himself. The bottomless pit appears to be the place where evil spirits and demons are kept (v. 2). These locust-like demons, from this deep pit will be sent to inflict unbearable punishment upon the ungodly (vv. 3-6). These locusts are not the kind that were able to eat up all the green vegetation but had the power to torment people for five months. Their demonic control over people was such that even when the victims tried to commit suicide, they could not do so. Eight descriptions are given:
    1. They are like horses prepared for battle and eager to destroy (v. 7).
    2. They will have heads that look like they are crowned with gold (v. 7).
    3. They will appear to have the faces like men which could be intelligent beings (v. 7).
    4. They will have hair like the hair of women which emphasis deceitfulness (v. 8).
    5. They will have breastplates made of iron which is indestructible (v.9).
    6. They will have wings that sound like many chariots (v. 9).
    7. They will have stinging tails like scorpions to torture (v. 10).

Application

I am no match for Satan so should never try to take him on in my own strength or I will lose.

Revelation 9:1-12 (English Standard Version)

And the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star fallen from heaven to earth, and he was given the key to the shaft of the bottomless pit. He opened the shaft of the bottomless pit, and from the shaft rose smoke like the smoke of a great furnace, and the sun and the air were darkened with the smoke from the shaft. Then from the smoke came locusts on the earth, and they were given power like the power of scorpions of the earth. They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any green plant or any tree, but only those people who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. They were allowed to torment them for five months, but not to kill them, and their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it stings someone. And in those days people will seek death and will not find it. They will long to die, but death will flee from them. In appearance the locusts were like horses prepared for battle: on their heads were what looked like crowns of gold; their faces were like human faces, their hair like women's hair, and their teeth like lions' teeth; they had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the noise of their wings was like the noise of many chariots with horses rushing into battle. They have tails and stings like scorpions, and their power to hurt people for five months is in their tails. They have as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit. His name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek he is called Apollyon. The first woe has passed; behold, two woes are still to come.

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