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Scorpion's Tail Sting (Revelation 9.11)

"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.'" (Revelation 9.11)✞

Five Months Torment

ScorpionThe ordinary locust devastated vegetation and crops but thankfully it was not harmful to human beings. The Revelation demonic locusts however had the power of scorpions added to them and "scorpion's tail stings which tormented people for five months." The scorpion's sting is still one of the scourges of Palestine. The scorpion is like a small lobster, with claws to clutch its prey. Unlike the lobster, it has a long tail, which curves up over its back and its head. At the end of the tail there is a curved claw and stinger which is called a "telson" which when it has injecting its poison paralyzes its captive. The claw of the scorpion is also found in lobsters, shrimps, prawns and horseshoe crabs.✞

Death Stalker

Brown ScorpionWith this claw the scorpion strikes and secretes poison as the blow is delivered into its victim. Scorpions in Palestine can be up to six inches in length. They live in cracks in walls and literally under almost every stone. Campers in the Near East lift up and examine the underside of every rock before a tent is pitched in case a "death stalker scorpion" otherwise called "the Palestine Yellow Scorpion" is beneath it. A scorpion's sting is worse than the sting of a hornet. It is not necessarily fatal, but it can kill a human being. Of the almost 1,500 species of scorpion around the World only two are known to have venom capable of killing an adult human being, one in Israel and the other in Brazil.

Demonic Locusts

LocustsThe scorpion attack in Revelation lasted for five months which is almost the same as the total life-span of a "locust" from birth, through the larva stage, to death. It was as if one whole generation of demonic locusts was launched upon the earth all at once. Such would be the terrible suffering caused by the scorpion's sting that men and women will long for death but will not be able to find it.✞

Wish to Die

DeathThe prophet Job spoke in Job 3.21 of the supreme misery of those "who long for death that does not come, who search for it more than for hidden treasure." Jeremiah 8.3 also speaks of the day when people "will prefer death to life." A Roman poet and orator called Cornelius Gallus in BC 70-26 added, "Worse than any wound is to wish to die and yet not be able to do so."

"Scorpion's Tail Sting"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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