Sunday, December 18, 2016
Trumpet Warnings Series #12 – Part 122 of Riddles, Enigmas & Esoteric Imagery of Revelation
Then out of the smoke locusts came upon the earth…and to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power…Rev. 9:3. When the 5th angel sounded we were left with a lot of esoteric imagery to define in order to find the message conveyed through the symbolism. In the last blog I asked who do the locust symbolize? Maybe if we define the literal locust – the insect – we might obtain insight as to whom they symbolize in this prophecy.
The locust – literal insect – is known to congregate in hordes, too many to count. They are migratory and travel in larges swarms, subduing vegetation with a vengeance. Since they leave a trail of death and devastation when they swarm a targeted area, little vegetation survives – if any at all.
With this description of the literal insect. I think we can see that the metaphorical locust in our text symbolizes a specific migratory group of people, who travel in mobs, subduing their prey, much like a warring army would do, leaving a trail of devastation and death. To them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. The poison in the sting of a scorpion to bring death to the flesh of mankind, has been given to this locust army to poison the hearts and minds of mankind, as well as the flesh.
This locust army resembles the locust insect in the following manner…
1. too numerous to count – migratory
2. attack with ferocity, overwhelm and subdue victim with a vengeance
3. maim or murder victim
4. not much, if any, left to live
The locust army must play a dominate role in this prophecy because we have been provided a very detailed description of them in Rev. 9:7-10. There is a lot of symbolism to define in these verses, so let’s begin with the esoteric imagery in verse 7. 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.
These metaphorical locusts are described as shaped like horses prepared for battle. In ancient times, a battle horse had to be ferocious, swift, fast and determined – always ready to fight and make war. Battle warriors ride battle horses.
Crowns in scripture symbolize royalty – kings and priests – those who rule over kingdoms or empires. A king rules a nation, kingdom or empire, while a priest rules over the religious needs of the empire. On the heads of the locusts are crowns, indicating they are a nation, kingdom or empire. But, there is a qualification to the crown that these locust – kings – wear while they rule, which gives us a hint to their identity. How does their crown identify the locusts?
The color of the crowns on the heads of the locust army is described as…something like gold. Isn’t this an intriguing description, as well as a bit perplexing? But it is a very significant detail. Describing their crowns as something like gold symbolizes that their kingdom or empire is an imitation of a legitimate kingdom or empire. What does this mean?
The kingdom of the locusts army is a counterfeit – an imitation of royalty. Their kingdom is false – not genuine – deliberately deceptive. How do I know this?
The locusts were birthed from the smoke – doctrines of demons – that was released from the bottomless pit (Hell), so they are possessed and empowered by Satan and his demons – serpents/scorpions. The locusts army is a religious empire empowered by Satan himself and set up on the earth to poison – scorpion sting – human beings with wicked religious doctrines.
Their faces were like the faces of men. What does this symbolize? Stay tuned…
God’s sheep question the doctrines of men…sheeple follow without question~~~