Revelation Scorpion Stings
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Revelation Scorpion Stings (Revelation 9.4-6)

"They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads. They were not allowed to kill them, but only to torture them for five months. And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes. During those days men will seek death, but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them." (Revelation 9.4-6)✞

Locust Plague

Locust PlagueA locust plague was described by the prophet Joel as foreshadowing the Day of the Lord from Joel 2.28-29, "And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people.Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days." Prior to this, we read about an invasion of locusts in Joel 1.4, "What the locust swarm has left the great locusts have eaten; what the great locusts have left the young locusts have eaten; what the young locusts have left other locusts have eaten." In the Old Testament, locusts were symbols of destruction because they devoured the people's crops and food. "Locusts" figured prominently in the eighth and ninth plagues of Egypt. Here the Revelation scorpions torture people who do not believe in God.✞

Very Painful Effect

"Scorpion stings" were well known in Israel with their very painful effect. The limitations placed on locusts which could only torment people for five months indicate that they are still under God's authority.✞

"Revelation Scorpion Stings"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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