Revelation Chapter 9:5
Revelation 9:5 – 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.
The locusts from the bottomless pit are given authority from God to torment men with the sting of a scorpion for five months. The following medical website describes what the sting of a scorpion feels like and the possible side effects that can follow:
Scorpion stings are painful, and they can be fatal, particularly to children…. In general, the sting usually causes discomfort that slowly decreases over time. The discomfort, described below, usually ranges from moderate to severe.
- A person who has been stung by a scorpion may feel a painful, tingling, burning or numbing sensation at the sting site.
- The reaction at the sting site may appear mild. However, infrequently, a person experiencing a serious reaction may develop severe symptoms throughout the body. Severe symptoms include widespread numbness, difficulty swallowing, a thick tongue, blurred vision, roving eye movements, seizures, salivation, and difficulty breathing. These symptoms constitute a medical emergency. Death may occur.
“Five months”: The normal life cycle of locusts is 5 months, usually from May to September.
Here again, whether this is physical pain and torment from fallout causing sores and torture, or whether this is spiritual and terrible suffering, it is brought on by constant attack from the devil for five months. It is terrible. As at Hiroshima, those who survived the bomb, wished they were dead. Great sores, deformities and torment beyond our comprehension took place. In many cases, it took five months to die. A terrible burn would have the pain of a scorpion’s sting.
At this point, let’s look at something we’ve studied before. Remember the 144,000, where the four angels held back the winds until they had been sealed (in chapter 7:1)?
Not only were the 144,000 sealed but also those who turned to Christ during the Tribulation. Those are the Tribulation Saints and they too were sealed by God just as all true Christians of today have God’s seal on them (see article “144,000”).
Revelation 9:6 “And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.”
“Seek death, and shall not find it”: The tormented will find no relief. Even their unimaginable attempts to end their misery in suicide will be unsuccessful.
Death would be a welcome relief to all this suffering. These forces of evil turned loose (unrestrained), upon the earth, whether physical or spiritual, will be so terrible that men will beg to die but will be unable to during this punishment.
This was the first of the three Woes!
Verses 7-10: The description of the “locusts” indicates that they are demons who are given physical forms in order to manifest their destruction and torment. “Horses” show their warlike character. Their “crowns” depict them as conquerors. Human “faces” show intelligence. Their feminine “hair” perhaps makes them seductive and attractive. The “teeth … of lions” shows them to be destructive and hurtful. “Breastplates of iron” make them indestructible. “Wings” symbolize swiftness. The “stings” in their “tails” give them the “power” to “hurt”. Fortunately for mankind, their period of torment is limited to “five months”. But the next judgment is even worse.
Undoubtedly, the sting from these locusts from the pit of Hell will deliver severe ailments, or John would not have described them as “torment.” Indeed, the torment will likely be the same for those on Earth as it is for the inhabitants of the bottomless pit.
Incidentally, the same Hebrew word for “scorpion” was also used figuratively to describe a scourge or knotted whip with points that would rip into the skin and sting like a strike from a scorpion. This same type of cruel whip is what was likely used when Pilate had Jesus scourged and tortured (Matthew 27:24-26, Mark 15:15, John 19:1):
1 Kings 12:11-14 – “‘And now, whereas my father put a heavy yoke on you, I will add to your yoke; my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scourges!'” So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the third day, as the king had directed, saying, “Come back to me the third day.” Then the king answered the people roughly, and rejected the advice which the elders had given him; and he spoke to them according to the advice of the young men, saying, “My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to your yoke; my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scourges!“
2 Chronicles 10:11-14 – “‘And now, whereas my father put a heavy yoke on you, I will add to your yoke; my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scourges!'” So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day, as the king had directed, saying, “Come back to me the third day.” Then the king answered them roughly. King Rehoboam rejected the advice of the elders, and he spoke to them according to the advice of the young men, saying, “My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to it; my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scourges!“
Recall from Revelation 9:3, the locusts that emerge from the smoke that comes out of the bottomless pit could be the source of the “sting of death.” Indeed, we see in the passages below that not only humans, but spirit beings are also subject to the torments from Hades:
Luke 16:20-28 – But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. “Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’ “Then he said, ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’
Luke 8:27-31 – And when He stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before Him, and with a loud voice said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me!” For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had often seized him, and he was kept under guard, bound with chains and shackles; and he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the wilderness. Jesus asked him, saying, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion,” because many demons had entered him. And they begged Him that He would not command them to go out into the abyss.
The passage above about the demonic horde called “Legion,” shows that the inhabitants of the bottomless pit, or the abyss, experience torment. The current occupants of the bottomless pit are fallen angels, who are being held in chains for committing abhorrent sins against God like the occupants of Sodom and Gomorrah:
2 Peter 2:4 – For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment….
Jude 1:6-7 – And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day; as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
Some read these passages and deduce that these fallen angels are the tormenting locust horde, being reserved for the fifth Trumpet judgment. But note that they are held in “everlasting chains,” not temporary chains. In addition, the demonic group “Legion” indicates that the occupants of the abyss experience torment. I believe this shows that the angels held in everlasting chains are presently tormented by the locusts that the “fallen star” releases on earth in the fifth Trumpet judgment. In other words, the fallen angels are not the locust horde, but are tormented by the horde. In fact, there are at least four different groups of “spirit beings” described in Scripture: cherubs, angels, demons, and spirits of torment:
|Seraphim & Cherubim||Living creatures of two varieties (Ezekiel 10, Revelation 4)
Satan (Ezekiel 28)
|Angels||Holy angels (Matthew 25, Mark 8, Luke 9, Revelation 14 )
Satan’s angels (Matthew 25, Revelation 12 )
|Demons||Unclean spirits that seek a physical body to inhabit (Matthew 12)|
|Spirits of Torment||Locusts from the bottomless pit (Revelation 9)
The possible source of torment on those in the rest of Hades (Luke 16)
Seraphim and Cherubs like Satan appear as a higher order in the angelic host. They manifest in the form of supernatural beasts, like dragons, lions, oxen, and eagles. Many have the face of a man but are still beasts in form. On the other hand, angels appear as men and not beasts in Scripture. The holy angels are messengers of God. The fallen angels have rejected God and follow Satan who is a cherub (Ezekiel 28:14). Some angels left their first abode, sinning greatly against God, and as a result are held in chains in the bottomless pit to await judgment (Jude 1:6). Many believe the great sin of leaving their first abode was that these fallen angels somehow mated with women to produce a hybrid race of giant demigods, called the “Nephilim” in Hebrew, before the flood:
Genesis 6:1-4 – Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose. And the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.
The Hebrew word “Nephilim” translated “giants,” comes from the word “naphal,” which means to fall, so the giants that were born before the flood were the “fallen ones,” which shows that they are irredeemable spirit beings. Yet, the Nephilim had a human body. The following passage supports the notion found in some extra-Scriptural sources that when the Nephilim died, God allowed their spirits to roam the earth to seek a body to inhabit:
Matthew 12:43-45 – “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation.”
These unclean spirits seeking a body are also called demons throughout Scripture. That said, Satan being a cherub also entered a human like a demon (John 13:27), but he did so for a specific purpose to use Judas to betray Jesus, whereas demons inhabit a body to “seek rest” (Matthew 12:43). In other words, demons have an intense hunger to enter a body to gain a sense of peace, but Satan enters a body to further his agenda. Furthermore, Satan does not wander through “dry places” like a demon without a body; he maintains much freedom as the “prince of the power of the air,” with access before the throne of God in Heaven, as discussed in Revelation 8:2, and working in the “sons of disobedience” on Earth as the Lord allows:
Ephesians 2:1-2 – And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience….
The last group of spirit beings found in Scripture are the “spirits of torment.” Demons can and do torment humans on Earth:
Luke 6:17-18 – And He came down with them and stood on a level place with a crowd of His disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem, and from the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear Him and be healed of their diseases, as well as those who were tormented with unclean spirits. And they were healed.
Luke 8:29-30 – For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had often seized him, and he was kept under guard, bound with chains and shackles; and he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the wilderness. Jesus asked him, saying, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion,” because many demons had entered him.
Acts 5:16 – Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed.
However, demons fear the torment that they face in the bottomless pit:
Luke 8:27-28, 31-32 – And when He stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before Him, and with a loud voice said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me….” And they begged Him that He would not command them to go out into the abyss. Now a herd of many swine was feeding there on the mountain. So they begged Him that He would permit them to enter them. And He permitted them.
While it could just be the tormenting fire the demons fear, it might be something more that they fear. Perhaps God created the locusts from the bottomless pit for the specific purpose to torment the inhabitants of the bottomless pit. Consider that in the Law of Moses God deems locust as “kosher,” or clean for Jews to eat:
Leviticus 11:22-24 – These you may eat: the locust after its kind, the destroying locust after its kind, the cricket after its kind, and the grasshopper after its kind. But all other flying insects which have four feet shall be an abomination to you. ‘By these you shall become unclean; whoever touches the carcass of any of them shall be unclean until evening….’
On the other hand demons are always pictured as “unclean”:
Luke 4:33-35 – Now in the synagogue there was a man who had a spirit of an unclean demon. And he cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are – the Holy One of God!” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him in their midst, it came out of him and did not hurt him.
Luke 8:29 – For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had often seized him, and he was kept under guard, bound with chains and shackles; and he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the wilderness.
Luke 9:42 – And as he was still coming, the demon threw him down and convulsed him. Then Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the child, and gave him back to his father.
Scripture depicts these unclean spirits as unclean creatures (Leviticus 11):
Revelation 18:2 – And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!
Isaiah 13:19-22 – And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldeans’ pride, will be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. It will never be inhabited, nor will it be settled from generation to generation; nor will the Arabian pitch tents there, nor will the shepherds make their sheepfolds there. But wild beasts of the desert will lie there, and their houses will be full of owls; ostriches will dwell there, and wild goats [satyrs] will caper there. The hyenas will howl in their citadels, and jackals in their pleasant palaces. Her time is near to come, and her days will not be prolonged.”
Isaiah 34:5, 9-15 – “For My sword shall be bathed in heaven; indeed it shall come down on Edom, and on the people of My curse, for judgment…. Its streams shall be turned into pitch, and its dust into brimstone; its land shall become burning pitch. It shall not be quenched night or day; its smoke shall ascend forever. From generation to generation it shall lie waste; no one shall pass through it forever and ever. But the pelican and the porcupine shall possess it, also the owl and the raven shall dwell in it. And He shall stretch out over it the line of confusion and the stones of emptiness. They shall call its nobles to the kingdom, but none shall be there, and all its princes shall be nothing. And thorns shall come up in its palaces, nettles and brambles in its fortresses; it shall be a habitation of jackals, a courtyard for ostriches. The wild beasts of the desert shall also meet with the jackals, and the wild goat[satyr] shall bleat to its companion; also the night creature shall rest there, and find for herself a place of rest. There the arrow snake shall make her nest and lay eggs and hatch, and gather them under her shadow; there also shall the hawks be gathered, every one with her mate.
In short, demons are unclean and locusts are clean, which suggests the locusts from the bottomless pit are not demons or unclean spirits, but clean spirits made for the purpose of tormenting the unregenerate, including demons.
The “fallen star” will unleash the tormenting locusts on the inhabitants of Earth for five months. Interestingly, the swarming locusts that are prevalent in the Middle East and Asia typically live about five months in ideal conditions (source). It was also five months, or 150 days that the flood waters prevailed on the earth during the days of Noah:
Genesis 7:11, 23-24 – In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened…. So He destroyed all living things which were on the face of the ground: both man and cattle, creeping thing and bird of the air. They were destroyed from the earth. Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark remained alive. And the waters prevailed on the earth one hundred and fifty days.
The deep waters like those in the flood or in an ocean are metaphorically used in the passages below to describe Hell (aka Sheol, or the pit):
Ezekiel 26:19-20 – “For thus says the Lord GOD: ‘When I make you a desolate city, like cities that are not inhabited, when I bring the deep upon you, and great waters cover you, then I will bring you down with those who descend into the Pit, to the people of old, and I will make you dwell in the lowest part of the earth, in places desolate from antiquity, with those who go down to the Pit, so that you may never be inhabited; and I shall establish glory in the land of the living.”
Jonah 2:1-6 – Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from the fish’s belly. And he said: “I cried out to the LORD because of my affliction, and He answered me. “Out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and You heard my voice. For You cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas, and the floods surrounded me; all Your billows and Your waves passed over me. Then I said, ‘I have been cast out of Your sight; yet I will look again toward Your holy temple.’ The waters surrounded me, even to my soul; the deep closed around me; weeds were wrapped around my head. I went down to the moorings of the mountains; the earth with its bars closed behind me forever; yet You have brought up my life from the pit, O LORD, my God.
David’s messianic psalm, describing Jesus’ death and subsequent trip to the heart of the earth, also portrays Hell as deep, flooding waters:
Psalms 69:1-2, 7-9, 14-15, 29-21, 24 – To the Chief Musician. Set to “The Lilies.” A Psalm of David. Save me, O God! For the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing; I have come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me…. Because for Your sake I have borne reproach; shame has covered my face. I have become a stranger to my brothers, and an alien to my mother’s children; because zeal for Your house has eaten me up, and the reproaches of those who reproach You have fallen on me…. Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink; Let me be delivered from those who hate me, and out of the deep waters. Let not the floodwater overflow me, nor let the deep swallow me up; and let not the pit shut its mouth on me…. You know my reproach, my shame, and my dishonor; my adversaries are all before You. Reproach has broken my heart, and I am full of heaviness; I looked for someone to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none. They also gave me gall for my food, and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink…. Pour out Your indignation upon them, and let Your wrathful anger take hold of them.
This passage shows fulfillment of prophecy when the Roman soldiers tried to offer Jesus vinegar to drink while He was on the cross (Matthew 27:48, Mark 15:36, John 19:29-30). We also see in this passage that Jesus would go to the pit in “reproach,” but would not be left there and God will take away His reproach when He pours out His wrath in the Tribulation and destroys His enemies.
It is intriguing that the only other time in Scripture we see a five month period specified is when Elizabeth hides herself after she conceived John the Baptist:
Luke 1:24-26 – Now after those days his wife Elizabeth conceived; and she hid herself five months, saying, “Thus the Lord has dealt with me, in the days when He looked on me, to take away my reproach among people.”
Elizabeth had been barren (Luke 1:36). Barrenness for a woman was a “reproach” or a disgrace in those days. Recall from Zechariah 6:6-7, God warned Israel that they would be a “reproach” among the nations if they did not heed His Word and He would send after them His four severe judgments (sword, famine, pestilence, wild beasts):
Jeremiah 29:18-19 – And I will pursue them with the sword, with famine, and with pestilence; and I will deliver them to trouble among all the kingdoms of the earth – to be a curse, an astonishment, a hissing, and a reproach among all the nations where I have driven them, because they have not heeded My words, says the LORD, which I sent to them by My servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them; neither would you heed, says the LORD.
Ezekiel 5:14-17 – “Moreover I will make you a waste and a reproach among the nations that are all around you, in the sight of all who pass by. ‘So it shall be a reproach, a taunt, a lesson, and an astonishment to the nations that are all around you, when I execute judgments among you in anger and in fury and in furious rebukes. I, the LORD, have spoken. When I send against them the terrible arrows of famine which shall be for destruction, which I will send to destroy you, I will increase the famine upon you and cut off your supply of bread. So I will send against you famine and wild beasts, and they will bereave you. Pestilence and blood shall pass through you, and I will bring the sword against you. I, the LORD, have spoken.'”
God uses these same four severe judgments in the Seal judgments at the beginning of “Daniel’s 70th Week,” or the Tribulation (Zechariah 6:6-7). As mentioned in the last section, it is important to keep in mind that the Tribulation is for the purpose of turning Israel back to God, and for God to pour out His wrath to make “reconciliation for iniquity.” Through the Seal judgments, a believing remnant of Israel will emerge just as a remnant survived after God poured out His four severe judgments before the Babylonian exile:
Ezekiel 14:21-22 – For thus says the Lord GOD: “How much more it shall be when I send My four severe judgments on Jerusalem – the sword and famine and wild beasts and pestilence – to cut off man and beast from it? Yet behold, there shall be left in it a remnant who will be brought out, both sons and daughters; surely they will come out to you, and you will see their ways and their doings. Then you will be comforted concerning the disaster that I have brought upon Jerusalem, all that I have brought upon it.
In the middle of the Tribulation, when the antichrist, or the beast, desecrates the temple, the Jewish remnant will flee to the wilderness (Matthew 24:15, Mark 13:14), where God will protect them supernaturally for the last half of the Tribulation:
Revelation 12:1-6 – Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars. Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth. And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born. She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne. Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days.
Israel brought forth the Messiah. God would have taken Israel’s reproach away when the Messiah came the first time through the virgin birth, but they rejected Him. But a believing remnant of Israel, pictured in the passage above as the woman who gave birth to the Messiah, will accept Him as the Redeemer in the Tribulation. God will then take away their reproach, when He becomes their husband again and gives them their inheritance:
Isaiah 54:1-5 – “Sing, O barren, you who have not borne! Break forth into singing, and cry aloud, you who have not labored with child! For more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married woman,” says the LORD. “Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; do not spare; lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes. For you shall expand to the right and to the left, and your descendants will inherit the nations, and make the desolate cities inhabited. “Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed; neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame; for you will forget the shame of your youth, and will not remember the reproach of your widowhood anymore. For your Maker is your husband, the LORD of hosts is His name; and your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel; He is called the God of the whole earth.
Ezekiel 36:12-15 – “…Yes, I will cause men to walk on you, My people Israel; they shall take possession of you, and you shall be their inheritance; no more shall you bereave them of children.” ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Because they say to you, ‘You devour men and bereave your nation of children,’ therefore you shall devour men no more, nor bereave your nation anymore,” says the Lord GOD. Nor will I let you hear the taunts of the nations anymore, nor bear the reproach of the peoples anymore, nor shall you cause your nation to stumble anymore,” says the Lord GOD.'”
During the Trumpet judgments, Israel’s remnant will be supernaturally protected from Satan:
Revelation 12:14-17 – But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood. But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
As discussed in Revelation 9:1, the evidence strongly points to Satan being the fallen star who is given authority to release the locusts from the bottomless pit. If Satan is the one to release this tormenting horde, then God will protect the Jewish remnant because He promised to protect them from Satan (Revelation 12:14). There is also precedence in Scripture where God has separated His people in times of judgment, shown in the passages below:
Genesis 6:13-14, 17-18 – And God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make yourself an ark of gopherwood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch…. And behold, I Myself am bringing floodwaters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of life; everything that is on the earth shall die. But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall go into the ark – you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you.
Exodus 11:4-7 – Then Moses said, “Thus says the LORD: ‘About midnight I will go out into the midst of Egypt; and all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sits on his throne, even to the firstborn of the female servant who is behind the handmill, and all the firstborn of the animals. Then there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as was not like it before, nor shall be like it again. But against none of the children of Israel shall a dog move its tongue, against man or beast, that you may know that the LORD does make a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.’
Genesis 19:12-13, 16-17 – Then the men said to Lot, “Have you anyone else here? Son-in-law, your sons, your daughters, and whomever you have in the city – take them out of this place! For we will destroy this place, because the outcry against them has grown great before the face of the LORD, and the LORD has sent us to destroy it….” And while he lingered, the men took hold of his hand, his wife’s hand, and the hands of his two daughters, the LORD being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city. So it came to pass, when they had brought them outside, that he said, “Escape for your life! Do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains, lest you be destroyed.”
Genesis 19:20-24 – “See now, this city is near enough to flee to, and it is a little one; please let me escape there (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.” And he said to him, “See, I have favored you concerning this thing also, in that I will not overthrow this city for which you have spoken. Hurry, escape there. For I cannot do anything until you arrive there.” Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar. The sun had risen upon the earth when Lot entered Zoar. Then the LORD rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from the LORD out of the heavens.
The time the locusts are on the earth will literally be five months of Hell on Earth. Since the Jewish remnant will be “hid” in the wilderness from Satan, perhaps God spares them from the tormenting locusts if Satan is the one who releases them as mentioned above. Just like Elizabeth who hid for five months after her barrenness ended and God removed her reproach, Israel will realize that her barrenness has ended and God will take their reproach away and they will be hid from Satan’s wrath. This could include the unleashing of the “deep,” or the “pit,” which covers the earth and the air in smoke and tormenting locusts for five months; much like the waters covered the earth for five months during the flood. In fact, the flood that Satan spews out of his mouth while they are hid in the wilderness might be a picture of the remnant’s protection from the tormenting locusts:
Revelation 12:15-16 – So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood. But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth.
As discussed earlier, flood waters are a picture of the abyss in Scripture, Here we see that God protects His remnant from these waters unleashed by Satan. In other words, the locusts unleashed from the bottomless pit by Satan that come to target the Jewish remnant would get swallowed up by the earth and return to the abyss before they can hurt the protected remnant.
While it is certainly not clear that God spares the Jewish remnant completely from the Trumpet and Bowl judgments, God’s promise to “nourish” them through the second half of the Tribulation and protect them from Satan suggests that God also protects them from the fifth Trumpet judgment, if Satan is the “fallen star” that releases the tormenting locusts (Revelation 12:14).
That said, the clear reading of Revelation 9:5 tells us that only those who have the seal of God on their forehead are exempt, and the only place we see God’s servants sealed on their foreheads is in Revelation 7:3, when the angel seals the 144,000 Jewish servants. While it is possible God seals the Jewish remnant, we are not told this. Therefore, protection for the Jewish remnant from the fifth Trumpet judgment is merely conjecture based on the interpretation that Satan is the “fallen star” that releases the tormenting locusts because God promised to protect His remnant from Satan (Revelation 12:14).
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We are now living in the absolute End Times as per biblical prophecy.
Our Lord Jesus Christ – King of Kings. 2nd Coming and return is IMMENENT!.
Please do not waist another a minute.
No matter what religion you serve, there is only one God.
If, you want to be assured that you will not have to endure the perilous times that will befall you.
Irrespective, of what sins you may have committed at any time of your life. If you humble yourself and ask for God’s forgiveness. He will forgive you and wash them all away and welcome you as his beloved son or daughter with open arms.
If you are not a child of Father God or have not asked Jesus Christ to come into your life yet?
I implore you to do this without delay.
Read this prayer of Salvation and ask God to forgive you now and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour and you will be assured of eternal life.