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Destroyer Locust Demon
(Revelation 9.7)
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"The locusts looked like horses prepared for battle. On their heads they wore something like crowns of gold, and their faces resembled human faces. (Revelation 9.7)✞

Looked Like Horses

scorpion locustsThe destroyer locust demon was described in vivid detail in Revelation. They looked like a horses for its head was like a war horses' head. Their crowns of gold indicated their power to succeed like kings. Faces may also have refered to their human-like intelligence.✞


Locust SwarmLocusts moved like an army directed by its leader. Someone has written, "People have dug trenches, lit fires, and even fired cannon in an attempt to stop them but without success. They come in a steady column which climbs hills, enters houses and leaves scorched earth behind them. There is no more destructive visitation in the world than a plague of locusts."


Locust DestroyersJohn of Patmos saw the terrible devastation of the destroyer locust demons from the pit. They were different from any earthly insect he may have seen before and far more destructive. The locust demons' leader was called "The Destroyer." In Hebrew, this was "Abaddon" meaning "destruction." The same word in Greek was "Apollyon" but was not the usual word to translate "Abaddon." In Aramaic, "Abaddon" meant "destruction or ruin." This may have been a play on words by John of Patmos to show that those who worshipped the god Apollo, who was one of the most important deities of the Greeks and Romans, worshipped locust demons. The Roman Emperor Domitian (51-96 AD) who believed he was an enlightened despot destined to guide the Roman Empire into a new era of brilliance. He also believed that he was the incarnation of this same god, Apollo. He was however a little mad. The play on the words "Apollyon" and "Apollo" may also have been John of Patmos's way of referring in a subtle way to the terrible evil of the Roman Emperors.✞

"Destroyer Locust Demons"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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