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"The Book of Revelation, An Eschatological Study of the Endtimes", by Chad J. McCoy

Here's our ugly grasshopper.(Note: Pictures not available) Next, John says that their faces resemble human faces.

Weird. On their heads they wore something like crowns of gold, so let's add a crown.

Let's add the hair that was like women's hair.

We're starting to get a really strange creature. Next we add the wings.
Then we add the scorpion's tail.
Throw in the lion's teeth.
Then we add the breastplate:
Here is our Locust. One thing that stands out to me about this thing is the wings, hair, crown, and human face.
Looking at only these features reminds me of an angel. But it's an angel grafted onto some nasty kind of hybrid locust. Completely Satanic!

Here's another image, an artist's rendition, of these locusts. [Picture not available] I think it's pretty good too, but I don't see the human face or scorpion tail. Still, it helps you to understand what these creatures will be like (Of course, we won't be around to see them, if we lived in search of the Kingdom of God).

I definitely don't want to tangle with these things.

Notice that these locusts come out of the Abyss, or Hell. We know that there are no people in Hell as of yet. People will not be sent there until the Judgement, and are instead waiting in Hades.
Rev. 20:11-15: Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15 If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
This passage deals with the Day of Judgement, and you can see that the dead are not yet in Hell. They are spoken of as being in Hades. The dead are not thrown into Hell until after they have been judged according to the Books of Deeds.
We can reasonably assume that there are no animals in Hell, and that there are no machines in Hell. Machines are tools of Man. What need does a spirit have of machines?
What then are these locust creatures that are coming out of Hell? They are not animals or machines. I would submit that these are demons.
Think of all the times Jesus and the disciples cast demons out. If they were cast out, then where did they go to?
Think about the demon-possessed man of the Gadarenes. Jesus cast out Legion, which was actually not one demon, but many. Where did they go? They went into the pigs, but only at their own request. What was it they demanded of Jesus?
Matthew 28:29-31: "What do you want with us, Son of God?" they shouted. "Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?" 30 Some distance from them a large herd of pigs was feeding. 31 The demons begged Jesus, "If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs."
They asked if Jesus had come to torture them before the appointed time. What is the appointed time? Obviously the appointed time is the Day of Judgement, when all whose names are not found in the Book of Life are thrown into Hell.
The demons pleaded that if Jesus was going to send them out of the man, that they be allowed to enter into the herd of pigs. It is implied that they asked to be sent into the pigs rather than into the Abyss before the appointed time.
It sounds as if Jesus were planning on casting them out of the man and into the Abyss, and was persuaded to allow them to continue their existence on the earth.
And of all the demons that were ever cast out; again I pose the question: Where did they go?
If Jesus, when he cast out demons, cast them out of the people's bodies only, where they hovered around the person, or town, or over the next hill, what good is that? What is to prevent them from entering the person again, as soon as Jesus leaves the region? So Jesus casts the demons out, leaves, and then the demons re-enter the body they just left. What good is that? What good was done here? Who benefited? No one.
If this is what happened with every demon ever cast out of a person, then what we have here is a huge scam perpetuated by the Son of God himself.
No. The demons had to be sent to a place where they would never harm those people again. They were sent to Hell. And why? Why Hell and not Hades?
Because the angels have no messiah. They have no savior. No one was sent to the angels to redeem them, to forgive them, to die for them, to bring them a plan of salvation. Fallen angels are lost. There is then no need for a waiting period before the time of Judgement. There is no need to "try them according to their deeds". Fallen angels are damned. Bottom line.
So when demons were cast out, they were sent to Hell, as a rule. We know there was at least one exception to this rule, because Jesus allowed Legion to remain on the earth and enter a herd of pigs.
If this exception was allowed, then it follows that there were probably other exceptions. But it seems clear to me that there were some demons that were sent to Hell before the appointed time.
If this were indeed the case, then it makes sense that the Legion demons would have known this. They would have known that being cast out by the authority of Jesus Christ meant going to Hell early. And it makes sense that they would then ask timidly of Christ, "Are you here to torture us ahead of time?", and then plead to be allowed to remain on the earth, even if the only thing they would be allowed to inhabit was a herd of pigs.
I said all that to say this: I believe that some demons have been sent to Hell ahead of schedule. These locusts came out of Hell, and the only thing that should be in Hell before the time of the Judgement are demons.
Therefore, these locusts are actually demons. And the bible says that their King is the angel of the abyss, whose name is Destroyer.
This is no holy angel. Holy angels have names like Michael, Gabriel, and other names which are beyond our comprehension. They don't have names like Destroyer, and they don't rule over other demons.
Now you might be thinking that this could be a holy angel, and is King over them, not as a compatriot or kindred spirit, but as a Master is to his slave. That he is ordering them about by the authority of God.
Can't be true. Destroyer is King over these demons. (Further proof, by the way, that these locusts are indeed demons and not just locust insects. To be King over someone means that you have Lordship over other intelligent beings. It would be pretty embarrassing to have the title "King of the Grasshoppers", be you human or angel, holy or fallen. Can you imagine the demonic joke? "Yeah, that's High-and-Mighty Destroyer Dragonfly, King of the Grasshoppers, heehee!)
So again, Destroyer is King over these angels. Holy angels are not ruling spirits. They are ministering spirits. Yes, they might be capable of causing some destruction when God orders it, but their primary function is not to rule demons, or anything else. They are to serve.
Anytime in the Old Testament that you read of a military conquest, what happens to the King of the conquered people? He is captured, paraded before the people, and then executed. He is a trophy of war. He represents the people he ruled over.
If there is a King over demons, then that King is representative of those he rules. He is a kindred spirit. He is of the same "people" as it were. Those who rule demons must also be demons.
It's common sense. Jesus has mastery over the demons and Satan, but he is not called the King of Demons, or the King of Satan. Remember that when people accused him of casting out demons by demonic power, Jesus denied the charge of being a Prince of the Demons. To be a Prince of Demons would mean that his power came from Satan, and not God.
Matthew 9:34: But the Pharisees said, "It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons."
Matthew 12:24-28: But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, "It is only by Beelzebub, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons."
25 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. 26 If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? 27 And if I drive out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. 28 But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
Moving on… there is an interesting point made:
Locusts do much damage to crops. I would like to include here for your edification, a short story by E.M. Arbaugh, from the website, which does an excellent job of describing a family and town in the Old Testament that is the victim of a locust attack.

The Locust
I was in the field gathering grain, when the crackling, whooshing sound reached my ears. At first I thought that the field must be on fire, but when I straightened up to look, I saw a dark cloud on the horizon. The cloud was moving rapidly toward me. As it did, it blocked the light of the sun. In moments, mid-afternoon became dark. My heart pounded and icy fear slid over me. The strange sound grew louder.....then the locusts descended, devouring the grain, crawling all over me. The noise of their wings and chewing roared in my ears. Screams welled up in my throat. Shuddering, I brushed frantically at the insects that were crawling on my body and whimpered "Please... please... go away. Please.... leave me alone."
I ran to my home trying to escape, but they were already there. A moving mass that covered everything and crunched under my feet as I entered. Across the room, freshly baked loaves of bread, placed on the table to cool, disappeared in seconds. As I watched, rage flooded my body. Shrieking, "No!!... I won't let you do this, "I grabbed the broom and began swinging wildly at the buzzing insects.
I have no idea how long they were there. Terror seems to expand time. It seemed like an eternity. Then, at last, they were gone.
I was standing in the middle of the room, staring blankly at the mess, the broom still in my hand, when my husband and son came running in. Clutching at each other, we made a tight little circle of our bodies, and stood there trembling. Fearful that the locusts would return.
It was the pitiful bleating of the sheep, that brought us out of our stupor. Still clinging to each other, we struggled to the door and looked out. What we saw stunned us. I rubbed my eyes in disbelief. It didn't seem possible. The fields, that had been filled with ripe golden stalks of grain, were bare. The ground looked as if it had just been ploughed. Those horrible insects had even devoured the roots of the plants, churning up the soil as they went. Nothing was left. Not even a morsel for the evening meal. The grain, the vegetables, the fruits, and my beautiful grapes, all of it was gone. As we looked at the barren fields, tears began flowing down our cheeks. In the distance we could hear the dismayed cries of neighbors, as they too surveyed the damage.
Later, in the village, the elders talked of joining together and buying seed from another land. But somehow, we couldn't seem to get organized. Everyone was so distraught. We were overwhelmed by a tidal wave of helplessness. Gradually talk ceased, and plans were dropped.
Someone discovered that the wine skins were still full and undamaged. For a brief time we felt better, but soon the wine skins were empty, and once more, a thick cloud of depression settled over us.
Weeks went by, we didn't even notice that it had not rained. When we discovered that the streams and the wells were drying up, we were shocked. Some of us tried to pray, and others shook their fists at heaven and cursed God.
The weakest of the animals died first, followed by the feeblest of the people. All of them died with bloated bellies and parched lips. We were paralyzed with despair. Everyone thought the end of our nation was very near.
It was during this terrible time, that the prophet Joel, came to our village. He was a welcome diversion, so we all went to hear him. Joel had only been speaking for a few minutes, when the crowd began to mutter. His words angered us. Joel recommended calling a national fast. Hmmm!! Was he blind? What did he think we were doing. When someone shouted, "None of us has eaten a decent meal in weeks." Joel answered calmly, "Being hungry and fasting are not the same thing." Then he added, "You must consider what has brought this calamity upon you, and repent."
That insensitive clod actually had the nerve to say that we had invited this devastation upon ourselves. He said, "The rituals of worship must be mixed with faith. You have taken your bodies to worship Jehovah, but not your hearts." His voice was like thunder, when he said, "It's not meaningless acts, mere rituals, that Jehovah desires of you. It's love." He was pointing his finger, looking right at me, when he shouted, "Your hearts are far from God." I was furious. I felt like shaking my fist and shouting back at him, "How dare you call me a heathen. You know nothing of me or of my family. You know nothing of the sacrifices we have made for Jehovah." But I didn't. Instead, I left, and so did many others.

On the way home, I was so angry that I grumbled out loud to myself. Mister high and mighty, Joel!! Just who does he think he is: Does he fancy himself to be the king.!! He has no right to speak to me like that. While others have slept, I've worked by the dim light of oil lamps, preparing our clothing and food for the Sabbath. Does 'Mister Joel' think I did that because it was fun?" "We always pay our tithe and temple tax at the appointed time, even when it is difficult to do so. Does 'Mister Joel' think we do that because we don't honor God? That man certainly could use a few lessons on how to win friends and influence people."
That night, my pillow was as a stone. I did not sleep well.
I can not explain why, but the next day, I went back to hear him again. This time, Joel began by saying, "Learn a lesson from this disaster. Teach that lesson to your children and to your children's children." When he said that, hope began to rise, in all of us. That sounded like....he didn't think we were all going to die. That sounded like... he thought that we would be around to teach our children... and even our grandchildren. The crowd grew quiet. We paid closer attention to his words. Maybe this man Joel really was hearing from Jehovah and had been sent to help us. Gradually, as Joel spoke to us, our attitudes began to change. What he said didn't make us angry anymore. Now his words warmed our hearts and encouraged us.
When our leaders s

et a date for a national day of mourning and repentance, everyone came. Even the newly married. After we were all assembled, Joel stood up and said, "You must turn your hearts toward Jehovah. You must repent. Then Jehovah will restore all that the locust has eaten." We were united. In one voice, we called upon Jehovah to forgive us. What a marvelous time that was!! Revival raced across our land. New joy and energy filled our nation. The rains came. We laughed, and we sang as we worked.
Now, as I share this with you, it has been a number of years since all these things happened. Just as Joel said, Jehovah restored our land. Healthy animals now graze on lush green pastures. The grain bins and wine vats are full. I am a grandmother. Life is pleasant. Everything looks good. I should be content, but I am uneasy. I am concerned because things are changing. During the restoration of the land, and even after the harvests began, everyone served Jehovah with their whole heart. The Sabbath was anticipated with joy.
Then, little by little, we began to slip back into our old ways. Going to the temple, has replaced coming to God. Worship has become a duty, instead of a delight. I don't understand why it is so... but it is.
Sometimes when I am in the fields watching over the sheep, I lay on the thick green grass, look at the beautiful blue of the heavens and think of these things. I remember how inspired Joel looked when he said, "One day Jehovah will pour out His Spirit upon all flesh." When that day comes, perhaps our love for God will not fade slowly away, but will grow stronger.

Until then, I worry.... I worry, that the locusts will return.
(End of Story)

Locusts were bad news, and they still are. Farmers in particular fear them, as you can readily understand from the preceding story.
Here is a news report out of Mexico, dated Friday, February 18, 2000 at 7:03pm:
Campeche, Mexico, Feb 18, 2000 (EFE via COMTEX) -- A plague of locusts shocked residents in this city Thursday when a swarm of them flew over the city, officials reported Friday.
Fire Chief Justo Ancona told EFE that Campeche residents were surprised by millions of locusts flying over the downtown of the city of 200,000 residents. The insects eventually set down on the trees of San Martin park.
"This is the first time a plague of locusts gets to the city. We Campeche residents were surprised and alarmed because nothing like this had ever happened," he said.
Ancona said that despite warnings from peasants, state agricultural authorities have done nothing to combat the swarm of locusts, and firefighters lack the necessary chemical products to do anything.
Locust swarms normally emerge in the Gulf of Mexico region in late February and early March, but they were ahead of schedule this year and have caused serious damage to corn crops in Campoton and Campeche. EFE

The MSN Encarta Encyclopedia says about locusts… "True locusts damage crops severely wherever they swarm."
Green Muscle Biological Control, a company that deals in products that will exterminate locusts, has this to say: "Locusts and grasshoppers often cause extensive and serious damage to crops in many parts of Africa and Asia. Locusts are well known for their potential of invading cropping areas in swarms of millions of individuals leaving behind devastated fields and plantations."
I also found this quote on the internet regarding locusts: "Locusts travel in huge swarms and cause devastating damage to crops. Many programs such as the Anti-Locust Research Center have been trying to control their population. This does not often work and as long as man lives, so will the almighty locust."

You can verify for yourself how bad a plague of locusts can be. It is commonly known that they do terrible damage to trees, grass, and crops.
The interesting thing here in Revelation is that these particular locusts are told specifically NOT to harm the grass, plants, or trees of the earth.
Their purpose here is to torment the ungodly. The only people safe from this wrath of God are those who have the seal of God in their foreheads. Who has this seal? The 144,000 Jews. Anyone other than these sealed Jews are fair game for the locusts.
They are not given the authority to kill anyone, rather the power in their tails is the power to torment.
The bible says that the pain of these stings will last for five months, and that it will feel just like the sting of a scorpion.
It will be so bad that people will wish they were dead, but unfortunately for them, the stings are not lethal, and death will not come.
A final comment: I do not believe that when the bible says " During those days men will seek death, but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them." that it means people will stab themselves, shoot themselves, and slash their wrists, but will not be able to die. Obviously if a man has his head cut off, and his body sliced into ten pieces, he will die. The individual parts will not continue to live, and the man remain conscious.
It means that people will be in such pain that they will wish that the stings had killed them, but sadly for them the wounds won't be lethal. The power of the locusts is not to kill, but to torture.
Erego, they will seek death but not find it, they will long to die, but death will elude them.
This fifth trumpet judgement is so bad that it is also called the first of three woes. And woe to the people who are still alive, because as well as having to survive the rest of the judgements, they will have to endure two more that are so bad that they are also called woes.

The Sixth Trumpet - After it is sounded, there are three different events that occur. We will deal with them one at a time.

The sixth angel sounded his trumpet, and I heard a voice coming from the horns of the golden altar that is before God. 14 It said to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, "Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates." 15 And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were released to kill a third of mankind. 16 The number of the mounted troops was two hundred million. I heard their number.
17 The horses and riders I saw in my vision looked like this: Their breastplates were fiery red, dark blue, and yellow as sulfur. The heads of the horses resembled the heads of lions, and out of their mouths came fire, smoke and sulfur. 18 A third of mankind was killed by the three plagues of fire, smoke and sulfur that came out of their mouths. 19 The power of the horses was in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails were like snakes, having heads with which they inflict injury.
20 The rest of mankind that were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood-idols that cannot see or hear or walk. 21 Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.
This is the major event of the Sixth Trumpet.
There are four demons that have been bound in the Euphrates River in preparation for this exact event.
They are called angels, but we know they are fallen angels because it says they were "bound". "Bound" means to restrict, to confine. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 3rd Edition, defines it as "1. To tie or secure, as with a rope or cord. 2. To fasten or wrap by encircling, as with a belt or ribbon."
Holy angels are not bound, or tied up. Matthew 16:19 ( I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.") talks about binding things in heaven. What would be bound in heaven, other than demons? For an even clearer view of this, look at Jude 6:And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their own home-these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day.
It's clear then, that these are fallen angels that are bound in the Euphrates.
A voice emanates from the golden altar before the throne of God, and tells the angel of the sixth trumpet to release these four demons. They will be responsible for the deaths of a third of all mankind.
Now here's a little mystery. It says the four demons were released, and then immediately after that says that the number of the mounted troops are two hundred million. Where did these troops come from?
The New Testament In Modern Speech version of the Bible puts it this way: "The number of the squadrons of their cavalry were two hundred million."
The New Testament: A New Translation version of the Bible puts it similarly: "And the number of the troops of their cavalry…"
The Living Bible says "They led an army of 200,000,000 warriors…".
So these soldiers would seem to be either demons or human soldiers under demonic control.
How can we tell which it is?
Well let's see what kind of weaponry they're using. Is it man-made, like bullets, shells, grenades, missiles, etc, or is it more on the line of plagues, or natural disaster (like floods, earthquakes), or supernatural calamity?
It says that from out of their mouths comes fire, smoke, and sulfur. I know what fire and smoke are, and that this could mean actual fire and smoke, or it could mean fire and smoke as in the discharge of a weapon, such as a tank or bazooka. What is sulfur?
According to the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 3rd Edition, sulfur is "A pale yellow nonmetallic element occurring widely in nature in several free and combined allotropic forms. It is used in black gunpowder, rubber vulcanization, the manufacture of insecticides and pharmaceuticals, and in the preparation of sulfur compounds such as hydrogen sulfide and sulfuric acid."
Note that it is used in gunpowder. That seems to indicate that the fire and smoke were from weapon discharges.
The dictionary also has this to say: "Note: It is purified by distillation, and is obtained as a lemon-yellow powder (by sublimation), called flour, or flowers, of sulfur, or in cast sticks called roll sulfur, or brimstone. It burns with a blue flame and a peculiar suffocating odor. It is an ingredient of gunpowder, is used on friction matches, and in medicine (as a laxative and insecticide), but its chief use is in the manufacture of sulfuric acid."
Again, we see that it is used in gunpowder, matches, acid, and other man-made products.
But on the other hand, we know that hell burns with fire and brimstone (which is made of sulfur), and that it follows that there would be smoke there, too.
So they could still be demons from Hell, but I doubt it. It says that they shot fire, smoke, and sulfur from their mouths, it doesn't say that they reeked of fire, smoke, and sulfur, or that it emanated from them. Just because I sit in a sauna for 12 hours doesn't mean that when I leave I will be able to breathe steam.