Revelation 9′s Locusts Are Not Revolution 9′s Beatles – Part 4

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In my previous post I quoted different Scriptures (mostly in the Old Testament) which mentioned locusts/grasshoppers and scorpions.  I made the following observations:

- the locusts of Revelation 9 have a king unlike natural locusts : locusts of Revelation 9 should not be taken literally

- the locusts of Revelation 9 do not destroy vegetation unlike natural locusts : locusts of Revelation 9 should be taken figuratively

- locusts mentioned in the Bible come from THE EAST

- locusts symbolize in the Old Testament a very large army of men inspiring terror and used by God to judge idolaters and wicked peoples

- scorpions are associated with the wilderness where children of Israel spent time (Arabian peninsula)

- scorpions symbolize in the Old Testament wicked men

- a tail symbolizes in the Old Testament a false prophet

I will now quote portions from Philip Mauro’s book “Things Which Must Soon Come to Pass”:

“The era of the fifth trumpet is manifestly one of relatively great importance for the purposes of the Book we are studying.  This appears from the space given to it, and from the character of the symbols.  It seems also that the era here foretold (“those days”, v.6) is one of considerable length.”

My comment : this fifth trumpet judgment is described in 11 verses with a good amount of symbolism while the first four trumpets together are described in a mere 6 verses (Revelation 8:7-12) so this fifth trumpet must be viewed as more important historically than the previous 4 trumpets; this vision is not even half-way in this 22-chapter book so if the Protestant historicist view is correct then it would be plausible to think that this prophecy had fulfillment in the distant past… at least partial fulfillment… probably in the Middle Ages period… and most likely in the East…

“And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.” (Revelation 9:1-2)

Mauro : “The first action that immediately follows the sounding of the trumpet is the fall of a star from heaven to earth.  That this star represents a mighty spirit-being is clear from what has been already explained; and this is confirmed by the next words : “And to HIM [emphasis : mine]” – evidently a PERSON [emphasis : mine] – “was given the key of the bottomless pit.  And he opened the bottomless pit.”  None but a mighty spirit could do that.”

My comment : notice that the description of the fifth trumpet judgment starts in the SPIRITUAL REALM (“angel”, “bottomless pit”)

Mauro : “Out of the pit arose dense smoke, as the smoke of a great furnace… Clearly this smoke is spiritual.  It affects “the sun” (the power of government) and “the air” (the spiritual realm)*.”

* Ephesians 2:2 : “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to THE PRINCE OF THE POWER OF THE AIR [the devil], the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience”

Mauro : “It is found in the last statement in the passage, namely, that these “locusts” have a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in HEBREW [emphasis : mine] and in GREEK [emphasis : mine] signifies “Destroyer”.  Thus it is plainly stated that this great host of locusts is ruled by an invisible king, a mighty one among the evil spirits.”

My comment : it’s possible that this mention of Hebrew and Greek in connection with this “locust” invasion is another prophetic clue that the plague of “locusts” would first (or primarily) affect the Greek-speaking world (Eastern world, Eastern Europe, Byzantine empire) and Jews/Hebrews but I’m just speculating

“And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.” (Revelation 9:3)

Mauro : “In Joel THE ARMIES OF ASSYRIA [emphasis : mine] which were to overrun the land of Israel were FIGURED AS LOCUSTS [emphasis : mine]; and there too, as in the passage before us, it was said, “The appearance of them is as THE APPEARANCE OF HORSEMEN [emphasis : mine]” (Joel 2:4).  So it is plain that the LOCUSTS ARE CONQUERING ARMIES [emphasis : mine], sweeping over the earth in dense ranks.  Furthermore, from Daniel 10:13, 20, it appears that THE GREAT EMPIRES OF THE EARTH HAVE A PRESIDING ANGEL OVER THEM [emphasis : mine]; so that we have warrant for the view that the vision we are studying pictures THE COMING UPON THE SCENE OF A MIGHTY NATION [emphasis : mine], which was to have a supernatural origin, rising up mysteriously out of some obscure region, and which was to pursue a career of conquest, pouring over the earth in DENSE ARMIES, COMPOSED LARGELY OF HORSEMEN [emphasis : mine]; a nation that was to have over them a spiritual head whose name signifies “a destroyer”.”

My comment : battles with horses were more common in past centuries so we should not think of this prophecy of Revelation 9 as still unfulfilled… most likely it happened in past centuries…

Saracen conquerors on horses

Muslim Saracen conquerors on horses

Map of the Islamic Empire

Map of the Islamic Empire

Map of the Ottoman Empire

Map of the Ottoman Empire (Muslim)

Safavid Empire (1501-1722 AD)

Safavid Empire (1501-1722 AD)

Mauro : “But this conquering people was to be unlike the Assyrians, the “locusts” of Joel’s vision, in that it was to have SPIRITUAL POWER [emphasis : mine], as well as, and more prominently than, physical power.  The repeated reference to “scorpions” (vv. 3,5,10) emphasizes this.  Moreover, the statement of verse 10 is illuminating : “And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails”.  This may be read in the light of Isaiah 9:15 as indicating THE DEADLY POWER OF FALSE PROPHECY [emphasis : mine], or some special form of destructive falsehood.  For according to that Scripture “the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail.”

Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Mauro : “Briefly then, the various symbols here presented to our view all point, and in no uncertain way, to that marvel of history, THE EMPIRE FOUNDED BY THE FALSE PROPHET, MOHAMMED, AN EMPIRE OF VAST DIMENSIONS [emphasis : mine] that was established and extended through an unprecedented combination of stupendous military forces and mighty spiritual energies; in which latter was the secret of its amazing potency.”

angry-muslims

Philip Mauro : “a most extraordinary degree of religious fanaticism… without any parallel in the history of mankind”

Mauro : “For Islam is a mystery of the darkest character.  It defies explanation on any natural basis.  Its origin is so utterly unlike that of all the other empires as to leave no alternative but the view that it originated supernaturally; and its career is just as difficult to explain upon natural grounds as its origin.  It is manifestly a designed counterpart of Christianity; for its visible source was in a personal leader, who claims to be the sole representative and prophet of God, and in a book, that is venerated by its adherents as the word of God.  It has, moreover, the SUPERNATURAL POWER TO INSPIRE MULTITUDES [emphasis : mine], even of stern, fierce and bloodthirsty men, with A MOST EXTRAORDINARY DEGREE OF RELIGIOUS FANATICISM [emphasis : mine], rising at times to the pitch of frenzy.  IN THIS PARTICULAR IT IS WITHOUT ANY PARALLEL IN THE HISTORY OF MANKIND [emphasis : mine].”

map_islamic_world

Currently there are 1.2 billion Muslims in the world (22% of the world’s population)

I hope to continue this study in a future post because there is much to say about Revelation 9’s locust prophecy.  My goal is not to denigrate particular individuals because outside of the grace (unmerited favor) of God I would be no better than anyone else. My goal is rather to come to a right understanding (whether it be politically correct or not) of a divinely-inspired prophecy found in God’s Word, the Bible, wherever the clues may lead me.  The Bible condemns all men of all places and races as sinners before God. Sinful in actions.  Sinful in thoughts and desires and motives.  Sinful in speech.  Sinful in omission (not doing what God positively commands).  Men and women everywhere are in need of reconciliation with God and it can only come through a perfect blood atonement (the Death of Jesus Christ, the Son of God) because God is perfectly just and must punish sin without fail.  God cannot excuse sin. Fasting cannot erase sin. Rituals cannot erase sin.  Prayers cannot erase sin. We cannot erase sin through good works (e.g. giving alms) because we already are under obligation to God the Creator to do good works (perfectly without any taint of sin whether in thought/motive or speech or action) for His glory (and not for our own).  We cannot pay our sin debt to God with what we already owe Him (good works). Paying our sin debt to God by ourselves would require suffering eternal torment because we have offended and disobeyed an eternal, infinite, perfectly holy God. But here’s the Good News : Christ, the Son of God, equal with God the Father and co-eternal with God, came on earth out of love and compassion and took upon Himself human flesh to do for sinners what they could not do : 1) perfectly obey God’s law without sin and 2) suffer the judicial equivalent of what sinners would have to suffer for their sins against God and His creation.  By imputation sins were put on Christ (consequence : He suffered in the place of sinners as a sinless substitute) and Christ’s righteousness was put on the account of sinners.  By the shedding of Christ’s blood sinners were judicially made sinless in the eyes of God and by the imputation of Christ’s righteousness sinners are made positively holy/righteous in the eyes of God.  Jesus Christ alone is the Savior of men.  He alone can justify sinners before God. He alone conquered physical death. He alone can give peace to our consciences. Only Christ’s atonement can bring true peace : 1) in the heart of a sinner and 2) between God and a sinner.  Islam like every other false religion out there (modern Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, etc…) provides no atonement for sin and must be rejected not out of a spirit of hatred but out of a love for the truth.  Having read the Quran I found nothing in it that could bring inner peace or certainty about eternal life.  Only Jesus can bring true, lasting peace.  The Jesus of the Bible who died and rose again physically.  Not the Jesus of the Quran.  Christ calls us to repent of our sins and false religious thinking so that we live righteously for His glory and that we would believe in Him (His divine identity, His works and words) as He is revealed in the 66 books of the Holy Bible.  God wants our hearts filled with love, sincerity and truth.  God does not desire religionists who are careful about external rites and rituals but have no true love for Him or other men/women.

See also:

Revelation 9′s Locusts Are Not Revolution 9′s Beatles – Part 1

Revelation 9′s Locusts Are Not Revolution 9′s Beatles – Part 2

Revelation 9′s Locusts Are Not Revolution 9′s Beatles – Part 3

Revelation 9′s Locusts Are Not Revolution 9′s Beatles – Part 5

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