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Scorpion Locust Sounds
(Revelation 9.9-11)
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"They (the scorpion locusts) had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the thundering of many horses and chariots rushing into battle. They had tails with stingers like scorpions, and in their tails they had power to torment people for five months. They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is 'Abaddon', and in Greek, 'Apollyon' (that is, Destroyer)." (Revelation 9.9-11)✞

Like a Waterfall

Scorpion LocustsThe scorpion locust sounds have been variously described as "the dashing of waters in a mill-wheel" or the "sound of a great waterfall." It probably sounded like the World's highest uninterrupted waterfall, the Angel Falls at 3,212 foot in Bolivar State, Venezuela. The sound of millions of locusts eating the ground vegetation has also been described by witnesses like "the crackling of a prairie fire." Scorpion locusts on the march sometimes resembled "heavy rain falling on a distant forest."

Locusts Types

TerrorThere were many "locust" types mentioned in the Old Testament. Joel 2.25 listed several Hebrew names for scorpion locusts. Joel wrote, "I will repay you the years that the locusts ["swarming locust"] have eaten, the great locust ["the hopper"], the young locust ["the destroyer"] the other locusts ["the cutter"] and the locust swarm, my great army that I sent among you." The precise meanings of the four Hebrew words used here for locusts were uncertain and translators have sought to differentiate between them. The King James Version of this passage read, "And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you."

Gnawing Locust

Bulrush StemLocusts were named by the characteristics of each one. Strong's Concordance, called one type of locust "gazam" another the "gnawing locust," or the "shearer" which described how it cut down all living vegetation in its path. Another was named "arbel," or the "swarmer" and described the immensity of its numbers. Another was called "hasil," the "finisher", which pictured the utter devastation a swarm left behind it. Some locusts were named "solam," the "swallower" or the "annihilator." "Hargol," meant the "galloper" and described the scorpion locust's rapid progress over the land like a horse. "Tzelatzel," the creeker described the sound that a particular variety made.✞

Abyss Angel Name

Two Different LocustsIn the Book of Revelation however, it was not the vegetation of the earth which the demonic locusts were to attack. Their advance was to be launched against those people who did not have the seal of God upon their foreheads. The king over the locusts was Satan, the angel of the Abyss, whose name was given as "Abaddon" in Hebrew or "Apollyon" in Greek. Both of these meant "The Destroyer, the Place of Destruction or Destruction" and were used several times in the Old Testament to refer to "Hell."

"Scorpion Locust Sounds"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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