Revelation 9:6–12 (NKJV)

John continues his description of the locusts which terrorize the earth. He lifts up mankind’s response and the detailed appearance of the creatures of pain.

6 In those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will desire to die, and death will flee from them.
7 The shape of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle. On their heads were crowns of something like gold, and their faces were like the faces of men. 8 They had hair like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth. 9 And they had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots with many horses running into battle. 10 They had tails like scorpions, and there were stings in their tails. Their power was to hurt men five months. 11 And they had as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apollyon.
12 One woe is past. Behold, still two more woes are coming after these things.

Revelation 9:6-12

The response of men and women to the terrifying image of the locusts and the pain associated with their scorpion-like sting is nothing short of horror. They actually look to die, perhaps attempting suicide, but cannot die. They consider death less painful than living with the torment of these creatures, yet death escapes them. These are not ordinary locusts. They are shaped like horses prepared for battle. They wore crowns on their heads and appeared like men in their facial features. They had hair, long like a woman, and their teeth resembled those of a lion. They wore armor, of which the breastplate was like one of iron. The sound of their wings as they flew was like an army of chariots going to battle. Their tails were like the tails of a scorpion, and they stung with those ominous tails. They were given a finite period of five months in which to hurt men.

Their king and ruler was the angel of the bottomless pit, who was called Abaddon in Hebrew, but Apollyon in Greek. These names are often translated as “destroyer,” and refer to the ruler of the locusts. The “angel” designation has many possible meanings, but it is not out of the question to identify this king of the locusts as Satan himself. He is a destroyer, and is called the “prince of darkness” in much literature. Therefore, it is safe to believe that this scene describes Satan’s mocking punishment of those who were duped by the antichrist into selling their souls for a morsel of bread. To do business, they took the mark of the beast, counting food and other staples as a reasonable price for their souls. This elevation of the flesh over the spirit of man is telling of their priorities. Give me bread whether I live eternally or not. Then, the terror of the Apocalypse comes upon them, and the see the foolishness of their decision. Unfortunately, it is too late, and the horror goes on for five months as the locusts of Satan roam the earth, inflicting pain and punishment on every hand. One woe is past, but two more are coming. Know and understand that Satan will woo you, but then He will punish you. He never changes his modus operandi. He is a smooth talker with a dagger behind his back, waiting to harm and kill at his first opportunity. Be aware, and do not be deceived!

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