Summary: Final descriptors of the coming locusts, plus an extraordinary 2015 article about some military locusts that are already here!
Final descriptors of the locusts of Revelation
v. 9. Breastplates like iron. Takes us back to the helicopter/machine description. A steel – plated vehicle impenetrable by normal weapons. Have we not seen all this on the movies of horror? No not really, but we get a little inkling from them. Martians. Machines. War of the Worlds. It’s coming. Really coming here.
v. 10. The scorpion-like “tails” of these monsters are undoubtedly weapons like we have seen jutting out from helicopters, planes, tanks. Guns, loaded with perhaps biological weapons, that spread a virus from one community to another, sickening but not yet killing, all in their pathway.
They operate, not only in the air and in the typical battlefield, but in the city, running across city walls. They even climb into people’s houses through the windows. Horror!
I get the helicopter thing. But these are land creatures too. We’ve seen vehicles that can operate equally well on land and in water. Now we shall see an air/land hybrid.
Perhaps a drone?* No human contact, totally controlled remotely? War games in the most literal of senses? Are there thousands upon thousands of these being manufactured secretly and stored underground in a common location, to be released when God says release?
In Joel again:
Joel’s verse 10 is helpful for those who still may be hung up about the fact that it is not the locusts who bring the fire before and after their own destruction (2:3). Here in 2:10 we suddenly see an earthquake, and signs in the heavens. These things too are not caused by the locusts, but happen at a very close time to them.
We have only now to see who (Who) is in charge of all this.
Verse 11 in both chapters gives an answer.
Joel: This is the Lord’s army! This is the Lord executing His Word, fulfilling His promises, judging evil that righteousness will prevail! “The day of the Lord is great and very terrible…”
John – or his accompanying angel - prefers to tell us the name of the “angel of the abyss”, the one who was called down from the heavenlies to open the bottomless pit. He is their head, their king, we are told. This leads us to believe that when 9:1 speaks of an angel “falling” to the earth, we are to take literally that fall, as in Satan’s fall from his glory.
Nevertheless, I do not believe this angel, this king of the monsters, is Satan himself, who is occupied on the earth filling up the man “antichrist”. Satan is not omnipresent. Rather, one who has been appointed by Satan to destroy is before us. He is given a name here. It is not Satan, or the serpent, or the devil, or Lucifer, names we would readily have identified with our mortal enemy. No, his name is Abaddon (Hebrew “destruction”) or Apollyon (Greek, “destroyer”). As head of an army of locusts that destroy people’s health, their homes, and who knows what else, it is an apt title.
I am about finished. A bit exhausted, in fact, in seeing these horrible things up close. Imagine Joel or John having received even more first-hand the information I have presented to you. Joel lived through the destruction of grasshopper-locusts, and saw their evolution into a creature of end-time horror. John was escorted by an angel practically into their faces. His description is terrifying, but builds on the original given to the prophet of Judah.