Today we get into some of the symbols we discover in Revelation 9 today. These are manifestations of demonic powers that John is trying to describe while watching in the realm of the Spirit and we need to keep that in mind. During that time, people will not be seeing these freakish monsters walking down the street like in some bad movie. However, invisibly in the spirit realm this portion of scripture tells us that men are going to be tormented on earth by these demons that attack that sting, bite and inflict pain. Men are going to have such pain that it will be unquenchable for five months by virtue of these demonic powers. Remember that they have been given authority not to kill the mortals but to inflict pain upon them. The Bible says it will be like when a scorpion strikes a man, and sometimes you have to flick them off, because that hook-like needle in their tail gets stuck in the skin. You then get a fiery burn from the sting before the poison follows with their chemicals to debilitate a person. This is really going to happen.
You might be able to pick up some modern day translation and people are simply going to say that its all symbolic and so is the pain. John is saying, it is like when a scorpion stings somebody. He is trying to describe a real event using human things we can understand and relate to. Revelation 9 alone has more symbols than in any other chapter in the Bible. Remember John is trying to describe what he says and he is saying to himself, "How do I tell people what I am seeing? What's that like? It's like this!" But the pain and horror of it all is very real.
To truly suffer, is to suffer without God's grace. Remember what is coming to the earth is for those that have rejected Jesus and God's offer of salvation. We don't have to be here when that happens.
Revelation 9:5-6 ~ " They were not given power 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 a man. During those days men will seek death, but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them."
Ever been stung before? By a bee, a scorpion, spider or even bitten by a poisonous snake? Imagine being stung or bitten repeatedly for five months? Or even for those of you that fear getting a shot at the doctors? Imagine getting a shot around the clock for five months? One of the things about suffering is the hope that in the morning you might feel better. When you suffer all night long and you long for the morning, when you will feel better? Oh Lord bring mercy in the morning. There is hope in the morning! Not here, it lasts every single minute of the day for five months. These people are tormented by this demonic manifestation of things that operate in a swarm like locusts but they sting like scorpions. Whenever you read the word "as" or "like" it means it is not what it is saying, it is symbolizing or trying to explain something worse than what is being depicted. They are worse than locusts and scorpions.
Revelation 9:7-10 ~ "The locusts looked like horses prepared for battle. On their heads they wore something like crowns of gold, and their faces resembled human faces. Their hair was like women's hair, and their teeth were like lions' teeth. They 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 and stings like scorpions, and in their tails they had power to torment people for five months."
The Bible talks about Hell, but have you ever really thought about it. What is means to be sent to hell? This is such a painful and terrible experience. That men and women will succeed at suicide, but will not be able to die. It's horrible to imagine that! Death "can be" a release to the tormented. "Just let me die!" But this is just a precursor to hell itself. It goes by a variety of names if you compile scriptures. If it makes you uncomfortable, there is a reason for it. The nature of hell is (1) never being able to die, (2) forever falling, (3) total darkness, (4) continues burning, (5) treading water in the lake of fire, (6) worm-like things that bite, (7) unquenchable thirst, (8) constant weeping, (9) breaking of teeth, (10) timeless, and (11) alone, absolutely. You will see no one from life. You are forever alive while dying. You will suffer a second death, a physical decay and a spiritual dying.
William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army said he was given a vision of hell that forever changed his life. He saw an ocean of flame, and there were men and women doing their best to tread water in a ocean of flame, and their mouths were just above the water as they were trying to breathe, constantly trying to tread water, and neither one of them were trying to rescue the other or hurt the other, for they were not aware of the presence of the other. A lake of fire that puts out no light.
By the way, hell was created long before man was ever created and before Adam and Eve ever sinned. It was created for Satan and his punishment. Not for you. It was created to punish Satan, but for those that reject Jesus. You might argue that that is coercion, but let me ask you this, are you getting younger or older? You are older today than you were yesterday, that is a physical law. You are getting older. Can't change it. Doctor's are working on it. Good luck! You will still die. You might die good looking, but you're going to die. It's a law you can't change.
Matthew 25:41 ~ "Then he will say to those in his left, "Depart from me; you who are cused, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels."
When hell meets earth, demons will manifest themselves on earth, and no earthly power can save it. Do you remember when Jesus left his disciples alone for the day?
Matthew 17:21 ~ "But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting." Ephesians 6:11-18 ~ "Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all of the saints."
No earthly power will be effective. No "Voo-Doo Garlic-Flavored Holy Water" will matter. No positive thinking, Tony Roberts, "Let's Make a Deal" act will work. When hell meets the earth, Satan himself will command the events and his anger will be vented on humanity.
Revelation 9:11-12 ~ "They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew
is Abaddon, and in Greek, Apollyon. The first woe is past; two other
woes are yet to come."
These "locusts" are demonic and they have a king.
Proverbs 30:27 ~ "The locusts have no king, yet they all advance in ranks." Revelation 9:11 ~ "They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew
is Abaddon, and in Greek, Apollyon."
Abaddon and Apollyon mean destroyer of worlds. Satan is Abaddon and he is Apollyon. The destroyer of peoples lives, of peoples and nations. Satan hates you completely. Satan will be the devil that he is. Revelation 9:12 ~ " The first woe is past; two other
woes are yet to come."
No wonder why Jesus said in Matthew 24:21 ~ " For then their will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor shall ever be." Satan has a "no deposit," and "no return" stamped on him. He is terrified of hell. He will be tormented forever there. He cannot be redeemed. He cannot repent of his sin. There's no warranty with angels. When they sin, they are expelled from heaven forever, never to return. But remember Satan is a defeated foe for a Christian. It is past tense by the way.
You have a choice. You can accept Jesus and know life, or you can choose to not accept Jesus or any other form of god and you will have no life. Eternal judgment await Satan and his demons and angels and also those who reject Christ. There is no other way.
Put your faith in Jesus. Trust Him. Receive Him. If you haven't done this today, what are you waiting for?
Jesus says that you have to be born again. Our flesh may attempt to get in the way, but it is a defeated foe. There is freedom in having a relationship in Christ. You might think you are free because you have the choice to do whatever you want, but that isn't freedom. True freedom can only be found when you realize you have the freedom not to do those things anymore. God is the only one who can give you that freedom and power if your life and you can tell when it's Him doing those things in your life. Do you want that kind of freedom? Simply say this prayer"
Jesus come into my heart. Wash my sins away by your precious blood. I confess today that I am a sinner, and I want to be Your child. I want to be made new. I want my life not repaired but renewed. Lord, I want to start my life all over again. I believe what the Bible says, that You died on the cross, and rose again to save me. I give You my life from this time on. You take control. In Jesus Name ~ AMEN!!!
Father, I come to You, confessing my sin and asking for Your forgiveness. I thank you, Lord, for You have promised that if I will confess my sins, You will be faithful to forgive me and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I want to turn from my sins and live in Your will. I ask that You give me the power through Your Holy Spirit to live the right way.
I thank You that Jesus Christ died on the cross, paying the price for my sins, and then rose from the dead. I accept Him now as my Savior, my Lord, and my Friend. Thank You for giving me new life in Christ. I surrender myself to You; make me what You want me to be. In Jesus' name. Amen!
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