Run Locust Run
Just today I read another article promoting the idea one of the Trumpets of Judgment were simply a metaphor and not to be taken literal. Why? Why must we always reduce everything spiritual to the mundane things of our world? God sends angels; I know, I’ve seen one and you can’t explain away an angel once you’re seen the “Real McCoy.” When God says He will send locust to torment humanity people immediately run to mechanical beasts or simple metaphors. Here, check out this article written by Prophecy News Watch:
Did the Lord not tell John the Apostle He would send strange creatures shaped like locust? I understand the potential for a metaphor; however, the description of the entire event is rather specific. Let’s check out this scripture:
Then the fifth angel sounded:
And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless pit. 2 And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. So the sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit. 3 Then out of the smoke locusts came upon the earth. And to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. 4 They were commanded not to harm the grass of the earth, or any green thing, or any tree, but only those men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. 5 And they were not given authority to kill them, but to torment them for five months. Their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it strikes a man. 6 In those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will desire to die, and death will flee from them. The shape of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle. On their heads were crowns of something like gold, and their faces were like the faces of men. 8 They had hair like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth. 9 And they had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots with many horses running into battle. 10 They had tails like scorpions, and there were stings in their tails. Their power was to hurt men five months. (Revelation 9:1-10 NKJV)
After all, when God said He would:
- In the fullness of time send forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law (Galatians 4:4) did He not do just as He had said.
- Before God caused Mary to conceive did He not say through Isaiah that His son would be born of a virgin? (Isaiah 7:14)
- Did the Lord not also declare His Messiah would be born in Bethlehem Ephratah (Micah 5:2); Bethlehem meaning (the house of bread) and Ephratah representing (the house of fruitfulness).
- And Jesus, as we know represents a holy communion (the Bread and Wine/blood) between the Saints and God thereby requiring Christians to eat the bread of His flesh and drink the blood or fruitfulness of His body in covenant.
Why then do we not consider the locust of Revelation 9 to be literal and unique locust created by God specifically for the Judgment of God during God’s Wrath; after all, the Seven Trumpets of Judgment found in Revelation chapters eight thru eleven speak of many supernatural and amazing things and events.
Here is an excerpt from “This Side of the Whirlwind,” chapter 13, page 240 section The Fifth Trumpet.
The Fifth Trumpet
(Revelation 9:1–12 paraphrased)
With the sounding of the fifth trumpet, an angel streaks from the heavens toward the earth, looking much like a burning star. The angel carries with him a key for the bottomless pit. When the angel arrives, he takes the key and opens the bottomless pit, thereby releasing great quantities of black smoke. The smoke from the pit is so dark and cloudlike it is as if it bellows soot from a great and mighty furnace. The quantity of smoke billowing out from the pit and covering the earth is so great it causes the sun and air to become darkened. From out of the smoke and out of the darkness, locusts emerge, invading all areas of the earth. These are not simple or ordinary locusts. Rather, these are locusts fashioned from the bottomless pit where Satan will be chained for his wickedness for a period of one thousand years. These are the locusts that will torment humanity for the next five months. They will attack anyone who does not have the seal of God on his or her forehead. For these five months, the locusts will torture the unrepentant of the earth. During the period of their torment, as the locusts plague the unrepentant, many will attempt to commit suicide or seek out death, but none will succeed. The people of the world will desire to die, but death will not find them. The locusts are of God’s Wrath, the living justice of God performing their duties and reaping judgment on a shameless and unremorseful people. As previously stated, the time of the locusts will be five months, during which time no one will be able to find death, for death has been deferred (Revelation 9:1–11).
At the end of the fifth trumpet, one woe has passed with two more woes yet to follow. The angel cries out, “Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth” (Revelation 8:13 and 9:12).
Here is yet another excerpt taken from “This Side of the Whirlwind,” chapter 15, pages 281-283, titled, Joel 2 Verses and Commentary.
Joel 2 Verses and Commentary
Joel 2 is presented through the New International Version of the Bible (NIV). The events in chapter 2 take place during the Day of the Lord, also known as the Wrath of God, which is the final judgment over the world during the Time of the Gentiles.
“Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming. It is close at hand—” (Joel 2:1).
- At this point in the Great Consummation, the Tribulation Period either is or nearly is at its end.
- The Rapture is calculated to take place just before the Day of the Lord begins, approximately two and a half years into the Great Consummation.
- Israel is now under siege or soon will be.
“A day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness. Like dawn spreading across the mountains a large and mighty army comes, such as never was in ancient times nor ever will be in ages to come” (Joel 2:2).
The locusts of Revelation attack.
- Joel 2:2 parallels the beginning of the fifth trumpet opening the bottomless pit and releasing clouds so thick they obscure the sun and sky.
- An unnatural locust attack spreads across the landscape like a mighty army.
“Before them fire devours, behind them a flame blazes. Before them the land is like the garden of Eden, behind them, a desert waste—nothing escapes them” (Joel 2:3).
The first trumpet of judgment falls with hail and fire mingled with blood, cast over a third of all trees and all green grass (Revelation 8:7).
- As the judgment of supernatural locusts push forward, they punish the nonbelieving world for five months.
- During this brutal process, the first four trumpets of judgment set one-third of the earth on fire and destroy the majority of all potable waters.
They [the locusts] have the appearance of horses; they gallop along like cavalry. with a noise like that of chariots they leap over the mountaintops, like a crackling fire consuming stubble, like a mighty army drawn up for battle. At the sight of them, nations are in anguish; every face turns pale. They charge like warriors; they scale walls like soldiers. They all march in line, not swerving from their course. They do not jostle each other; each marches straight ahead. They plunge through defenses without breaking ranks. they rush upon the city; they run along the wall. They climb into the houses; like thieves they enter through the windows. Before them the earth shakes, the sky trembles, the sun and moon are darkened, and the stars no longer shine. (Joel 2:4–10 NIV)
- The fourth trumpet brings a type of darkness upon the earth, blotting out a portion of the sun, moon, and stars for a third of the day and the night.
- This passage parallels Revelation 8:12 as the light is diminished.
“The LORD thunders at the head of his army; his forces are beyond number, and mighty are those who obey his command. The day of the Lord is great; it is dreadful. Who can endure it? (Joel 2:11).
The locust attack described in Joel 2:1–11 is also paralleled in Revelation 9:1–11.
- The Day of the Lord is not a single day but instead an interval that covers an extended period.
- “The LORD thunders at the head of his army” relates to Jesus returning with the saints during the Second Advent.
As the Lord finishes his prophetic warning for the Latter Days, He reaches out to His countrymen with this petition:
“Even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God. For he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. Who knows? He may turn and have pity and leave behind a blessing—grain offerings and drink offerings for the LORD your God. (Joel 2:12–14).
- Joel 2:12–14 is attached to the first eleven verses and relates to the fulfillment of Deuteronomy 4:25–40. One of the great and mighty promises of God is the Lord returning Israel to their former greatness and to their rightful place in God’s grace during the Latter Days.
- Verse 14 is indicative of the Lord offering salvation to the Israelites.
- The grain and drink offerings represent salvation through Jesus Christ.
- Romans 11:25–29 also relates to the fulfillment of this promise when Jesus returns with the Body of Christ to assume His rightful place on the throne of David and deliver Israel from great calamity and sinfulness.
One of the key elements related to these sections on the 5th Trumpet is the supernatural deferral of death.
If you would like to learn more on the subject of the Latter Days and the coming apocalypse of the Great Consummation acquire your copy of “This Side of the Whirlwind” at a store near you.
In fact, if you’d like to do me a favor, then call a local bookstore near you and simply ask if they carry a copy of “This Side of the Whirlwind” in stock and on their shelves.
I can’t wait to see the response; what a hoot! 🙂
Until next time:
Danger Willie Robertson, danger Willie Robertson your beard is on fire, your beard is on fire.
Just thought I’d modernize the “Lost in Space” the 1965-1968 series cliché.
Didn’t really work for me, so here is the original:
Danger Will Robertson, danger! Doctor Smith is up to no good again!
Yeah, that sounds better.