Revelation Chapter 9:7
Revelation 9:7 – 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.
In the next few verses, John describes what the tormenting locusts literally look like in terms he was familiar with. These similitude descriptions each have significance interpreted elsewhere in Scripture.
The shape of the tormenting locusts is like “horses prepared for battle.” John shows us in a few verses what this looks like:
Revelation 9:9 – And they had breastplates like breastplates of iron….
Until the modern age of technology, horses were the main vehicle of warfare. Often horses were clad with a protective metal called “barding.” Notice that both the breastplate and head of the armored horse resembles that of a natural locust:
Here John describes the locusts (demons), as he gives a detailed description of their appearance in his vision. They are described as locusts as they will bring massive and devastating judgment from God.
This demon host will be virtually unstoppable and man will have no weapon that can harm them or cure for the terrible torment they will inflict.
Their “faces of men” is probably a reference to these demonic creatures as rational, intelligent beings, not insects.
As an interesting side note, the German language recognizes the similar appearance between horses and an insect similar to the locust. This insect is a variety of cricket in Germany called the “grünes heu pferd,” which literally translates to “green hay horse.”
John continues to describe the tormenting locusts as having a crown on their head that looks like gold. Recall from Revelation 1:13, gold represents holiness and purity, as it retains all of its qualities when tested in fire. This supports the notion discussed in Revelation 9:5, that the locusts are clean spirits created for the purpose of tormenting both lost souls of men and unclean spirits.
The word translated crown is “stephanos,” or a victor’s crown, the same type of crown worn by the twenty-four elders in Revelation 4:4 and the rider of the white horse in Revelation 6:2. The locusts wearing the victor’s crown shows they are victorious in their mission.
John describes the faces of the tormenting locusts as that of men. Both kinds of living creatures, the cherubim and seraphim, had faces of men:
Ezekiel 1:5, 10 – Also from within it came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance: they had the likeness of a man…. As for the likeness of their faces, each had the face of a man; each of the four had the face of a lion on the right side, each of the four had the face of an ox on the left side, and each of the four had the face of an eagle.
Revelation 4:7 – The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle.
The locusts having human and non-human features show that these spirit beings are closer to the genre of the cherubim and seraphim than angels who are always described in Scripture as being in the likeness of men.
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