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39. Locust Demon
Revelation 9.1-6

"The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The key to the shaft of the Abyss was given to the star. When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The smoke from the Abyss darkened the sun and sky. Out of the smoke, locusts came down on the earth and given power like scorpions of the earth. 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 9.1-6)✞

Star Falls

Christ of the Abyss"A star" could refer to Satan himself as "a star," which falls from Heaven to open up the underworld. Here Hell is called the "Abyss," which means "bottomless" in Greek. "Abyss" is the same word used by Jesus in Luke 8.31 to refer to the bottomless pit of Hell. "Jesus asked the demon-possessed man, 'What is your name?' 'Legion,' he replied because many demons had gone into him. And they begged Jesus repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss." In Revelation, the star with a key comes and releases the locust demons. The access to the shaft of the Abyss is locked and the key held by God. Here the key is temporarily given to this fifth angel from Heaven. This angelic being is under God's control and authority.

The Abyss

New HeavenHebrews pictures three levels to the Cosmos. The heavens are above, the earth beneath, and the underworld, which contains the locust demons below the surface. The dead without Christ live in hell with the beast and demons. The Abyss is a prison for Satan during the millennium or "one thousand years" and is the locust demon' home. The abyss is a vast underground cavern full of fire, and its only link with the earth is a locked shaft. The Abyss represents the place of the locust demon and Satan, its king. These evil powers are being released at God's command and are in his control to wreak havoc upon the earth.

Locust Plague

Locust PlagueA plague of locusts with scorpion stings torture the people who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. A locust plague was described by the prophet Joel as foreshadowing the Day of the Lord 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." Following this, we read in Joel 2.28-29, of the coming of the Spirit, "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." In the Old Testament, locusts are symbols of destruction because they devour crops and food. "Locusts" figured prominently in the eighth and ninth plagues of Egypt before the Exodus. Here the Revelation scorpion stings torture people who do not believe in God. "Scorpion stings" are well known in Israel for the excruciating pain they inflict. The limitations placed on locusts that can only torment people for five months indicate that they are still under God's authority.

See also Bible study 40 for further details of the Destroyer Locust Demon in Revelation 9.7-11.✞

"Locust Demon"
by Ron Meacock © 2020

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