Revelation Chapter 9:8
Revelation 9:8 – They had hair like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth.
John continues to describe the tormenting locusts. He notices that they have hair like a woman. Some believe John is describing long antennae like that of natural locusts, but he could be describing a full head of hair instead. It doesn’t matter either way, as the symbolism is what is important here.
In God’s order of things it is proper for women to have long hair distinguished from the short hair that is proper for a man:
1 Corinthians 11:14-15 – Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him? But if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her; for her hair is given to her for a covering.
The long hair of a woman acts as a covering and symbol of authority over her head:
1 Corinthians 11:6-10 – For if a woman is not covered, let her also be shorn. But if it is shameful for a woman to be shorn or shaved, let her be covered. For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. For man is not from woman, but woman from man. Nor was man created for the woman, but woman for the man. For this reason the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.
Therefore, women’s hair on the locusts shows that they have authority over their heads. Indeed, the tormenting locusts are under authority of a king, as we will see in Revelation 9:11.
John describes the teeth of the locusts like that of a lion. Both have fangs and both devour:
Having “hair as the hair of women” emphasizes their seductiveness. Perhaps to lure unsuspecting unbelievers to come close to them before striking them. (Jeremiah 51:27), refers to locusts having bristles like hair.
Having teeth like the teeth of lions means they will be more fierce, powerful and deadly than lions.
Joel uses the same description of natural locusts to show the destructive power of a locust’s mouth that is able to strip all the vegetation bare:
Joel 1:4-7 – What the chewing locust left, the swarming locust has eaten; what the swarming locust left, the crawling locust has eaten; and what the crawling locust left, the consuming locust has eaten. Awake, you drunkards, and weep; and wail, all you drinkers of wine, because of the new wine, for it has been cut off from your mouth. For a nation has come up against My land, strong, and without number; his teeth are the teeth of a lion, and he has the fangs of a fierce lion. He has laid waste My vine, and ruined My fig tree; he has stripped it bare and thrown it away; its branches are made white.
The locusts in Joel’s day destroyed everything around him in Israel. This was judgment from God, who warned them through Moses all the way back in the wilderness that He would heap disasters on Israel if they forsook Him for idols:
Deuteronomy 32:21-24 – They have provoked Me to jealousy by what is not God; they have moved Me to anger by their foolish idols. But I will provoke them to jealousy by those who are not a nation; I will move them to anger by a foolish nation. For a fire is kindled in My anger, and shall burn to the lowest hell; it shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains. ‘I will heap disasters on them; I will spend My arrows on them. They shall be wasted with hunger, devoured by pestilence and bitter destruction; I will also send against them the teeth of beasts, with the poison of serpents of the dust.’
The prophecy above also extends to the Tribulation period, or the time of Jacob’s trouble, when two-thirds of the Jewish people are devoured because they reject Christ as Messiah, and thus reject God (Zechariah 13:8-9). The word translated as “serpents” in this passage can also be translated “crawling locusts.” While the locusts in Joel’s day did not have venom like a scorpion or a snake, the locusts from the bottomless pit do strike and torment like a scorpion (Revelation 9:5 & 10).
Note that God would also send against Israel the “teeth of beasts” (Deuteronomy 32:24). The lion is the king of the beasts, as discussed in Revelation 5:5. Here again we see destruction involving teeth of a lion or beasts. However, the tormenting locusts from the bottomless pit are not allowed to devour vegetation or their human victims, but only to torment them with their tail. Therefore, the locusts from the bottomless pit having teeth like a lion show that they are capable to devour like their earthly counterparts, but they refrain from doing because of the authority over their heads that prohibits them, symbolized by their hair like that of a woman.
As mentioned in the last section, the tormenting locusts have traits of both humans and non-human creatures like the living creatures, having the face of a man, hair of a woman, teeth of a lion, and tail of a scorpion, with the likeness of a horse prepared for battle. For the most part, John gave descriptions of the tormenting locusts that are not too far off from how we could describe natural locusts, but since they come from the bottomless pit we naturally assume these creatures should look dreadful. Some have even called these creatures “infernal cherubim,” in that they believe they are monstrous and therefore befitting of Hades. Indeed, the similitude descriptions explained elsewhere in Scripture show us that they truly are horrific creatures made to mete out God’s judgment, but they might look more like natural locusts than we might imagine.
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