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Scorpion Locust Sounds (Revelation 9.9-11)

"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 are variously described like "the dashing of waters in a mill-wheel" or the "sound of a great waterfall" as in 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 resemble "heavy rain falling on a distant forest."

Types of Locusts

TerrorThere are many types of "locust" mentioned in the Old Testament. Joel 2.25 lists several Hebrew names for scorpion locusts. Joel writes, "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 [The precise meaning of the four Hebrew words used here for locusts is uncertain] my great army that I sent among you." The King James Version of this passage reads, "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."

The Grawing Locust

Bulrush StemOne type of locust are called , "gazam", the "gnawing locust," or "shearer" describing how it cuts down all living vegetation in its path in Strong's Concordance. Another is named "arbel," or the "swarmer" describing the immensity of its numbers. Another is called "hasil," the "finisher", which pictures the devastation a swarm leaves behind. Some locusts are named "solam," the "swallower" or the "annihilator." "Hargol," meaning the "galloper" and describes the scorpion locust's rapid progress over the land like a horse. "Tzelatzel," the creeker tells us the sound that particular variety makes.✞

Abyss Angel Name

Two Different LocustsIn the Book of Revelation however, it is not the vegetation of the earth which the demonic locusts are to attack. Their advance is to be launched against those people who do not have the seal of God upon their foreheads. The king over the locusts is the angel of the Abyss, whose name is given as "Abaddon" in Hebrew or "Apollyon" in Greek both of which mean "Destroyer."

"Scorpion Locust Sounds"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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