EVIL SPIRITS – JUDGMENT

REVELATION 9:1-12

Previously we studied about hell and touched on the fact that demons will be released from hell to attack unsaved folks who are living in the Tribulation Age.  This is a scary picture, but the Christian of today, and those who are saved during the Tribulation Age, can have confidence that God will take care of them and protect them.

Let’s be reminded of the truth that the “Church Is Delivered From the Hour of Testing.”  God promised to keep the church [saved people] from the “hour of trial” (the Tribulation).  How do we know this?  John wrote to the faithful church of Philadelphia:

“Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will ALSO KEEP YOU FROM THE HOUR OF TRIAL [Tribulation Age] THAT IS GOING TO COME on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth” (Revelation 3:10, NIV).

Notice some things:

  1. God did not say He would keep the church THROUGH the Tribulation.
  2. Notice the word KEEP – one can hardly be kept from something he is already enduring.
  3. This is likewise supported by the use of EK in verses unrelated to the Tribulation. When New Testament believers are asked to keep themselves “from” offensive practices in Acts 15:29, they clearly are not to participate at all (see James 5:20; John 17:15).
  1. In addition the word HOUR supports the idea since the only way to be kept from a section of time, such as an hour, is not to go through any of it.
  2. The promise is not merely to keep them from the TRIALS but also from the TIME in which the trials occur. And the only way to be kept from an hour is not to be in any part of the hour.

Aren’t you happy, as a Christian, that you will be removed from earth to heaven before the Tribulation Age begins? (See I Thessalonians 4:13-18, THE RAPTURE).   You will never have to see God’s judgment upon earth as the unsaved of the of the world will. That is, if you know God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior – John 3:16.

NOW LET’S DIG FURTHER INTO OUR STUDY FOR TODAY – REVELATION 9:3-6, EVIL SPIRITS – JUDGMENT:  There will be the locust-like demons from the abyss to contend with for unsaved people on the earth.  The demons will be sent to inflict UNBEARABLE punishment upon the UNGODLY during the Tribulation Age.

Good Question:  “Why are these demons, from the pit, called locusts?  Because locusts are a symbol of God’s anger against the ungodly and evil of the world (Exodus 10:13; Joel 1:4).

Note some facts about the judgment of these locust-like demons:

  • The locust-like demons will be given scorpion-like power (Revelations 9:3).  The scorpion strikes its victim with its tail; its sting is in its tail.  It has a poisonous fluid that it injects into the wound of its victim.

NOTE:  THE STING IS NOT FATAL, BUT IT CAUSES TERRIBLE SUFFERING.

  • What is being said is this: in the great tribulation demons with scorpion-like power will be set loose from the bottomless pit.
  • Remember: the world and the laws of nature are being affected as natural disaster after natural disaster will be occurring all over the world.
  • There will be a shortage of food, water, and the basic essentials of life.  Not only humans, but animals as well, will be running around frantically searching for food.
  • There is the possibility of some bizarre animal mutation resulting from all the natural changes and scientific experimentation in the latter days.  The point is this:  we know better than to laugh at such prospects today because of what science is doing with the genes and basic elements of life.  Indescribable monstrosities are very possible, even today.

NOTE:  This is a judgment of God.  It is not something man brings on himself.  God may allow the evil spirits to use something man has developed, but God’s judgment will be behind it all.

Evil spirits, the demons from the bottomless pit, will be loosed and given scorpion-like power to afflict only people who do not have the seal of God (Revelation 9:4).

NOTE:  These scorpions do not kill human beings, they only afflict and torment people.  The demons will torment everyone without God’s seal.

  • God will seal His people during the great tribulation.  His people will be protected from suffering the judgments cast upon the ungodly and evil of this world.

The locust-like demons will be restrained from damaging nature (v. 4).  This shows that they will not be real earthly locusts, for locusts feed upon vegetation.

NOTE:  Many believers will be afflicted and die at the hands of the Antichrist, but not a single believer will be touched by the judgments of God.  God’s wrath falls only upon unbelievers. This has always been true and will always will be see Revelation 7:2-3; 8:13.

  • Again, the locust-like demons will not kill people, only torment them (v. 5).  This is critical to note.  This fact alone seems to point to the demonic force being some locust-like animal that actually sweeps across the earth, an animal that stings people with venom that torments but does not kill its victims.

This may seem cruel, but we must always keep in mind what is happening; the ungodly and evil of the last days will launch a holocaust upon the world far beyond anything anyone could have ever imagined.  They will literally torment and slaughter millions of people.  Therefore, as God has always said, a man reaps what he sows.  Consequently, the ungodly and evil of the end times will be punished with an equal judgment, a torment equal to the torment they have inflicted see John 12:39-41; Romans 1:24.

NOTE:  THAT THE TORMENT IS TO LAST FIVE MONTHS.  The idea is a continuous attack; the locust-like demons are to continuously attack the ungodly for five long months.  But even during this awful judgment God shows mercy and is going to give man a chance to repent (Revelation 9:20-21).   As always, most people will refuse, but God will still offer His mercy because He loves and longs for man to be saved and to know the glories of heaven and eternal life.

  • The result of the torment upon people will be so agonizing and the sting so excruciating that people will beg for death (v. 6).  But they will not die.  Remember: most people lack the courage to commit suicide.  They wish to die, but they do not have the courage TO GO AHEAD AND TAKE THEIR OWN LIVES.

The scene of the last days is that people will be so afflicted with torment that they will wish to die, but they cannot.  The affliction is not strong enough to kill them, and they are unable to gather up enough courage to kill themselves.  Death is out of their reach.  They must suffer the torment of God’s judgment.

+Jeremiah predicted that men would suffer so much that they would crave death.

“And death shall be chosen rather than life by all the residue [rest] of them that remain of this evil family, which remain in all the places whither I have driven them, saith the LORD of hosts” (Jeremiah 8:3).

  • Other Scriptures talk about the despair and hopelessness of men in affliction.

“Which long for death, but it cometh not; and dig for it more than for hid treasures;” (Job 3:21).

“Then thou scarest me with dreams, and terrifiest me through visions: so that my soul chooseth strangling, and death rather than my life” (Job 7:14-15).

“My soul is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint upon myself; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul” (Job 10:1).

“Thou broughtest us into the net; thou laidst affliction upon our loins”  (Psalm 66:11).  

“For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled” (Psalm 90:7).

“For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping, because of thine indignation and thy wrath: for thou hast lifted me up, and cast me down”  (Psalm 102:9-10).

“The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites.  Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?” (Isaiah 33:14).

(Revelation 9:7-10) Evil Spirits – Judgment: there will be the appearance and power of the locust-like demons.  Eight descriptions are given.  The point being made is the terrifying appearance and power of the demonic forces of the end time.  Man must beware and prepare.  He must prepare by receiving Jesus Christ as his Savior so that he may escape the demonic hoard that is to come in the last days.

  1. The demonic locusts are like horses prepared for battle: posed and ready to attack. This could also mean that they will be larger than the average size locusts (Joel 2:4).
  2. The demonic locusts will have heads that look like they are crowned with gold: this symbolizes that they will have authority to afflict men. They will be as CONQUERORS and be successful in their attacks.
  3. The demonic locusts will appear to have the faces of men: this symbolizes the determination and intelligence of men. Their faces will be set like flint in their attacks and have the intelligence to attack and inflict damage with their scorpion-like poison.
  4. The demonic locusts will have hair like the hair of women: beauty to seduce and ensnare, to help them to seem innocent and harmless at first. This may mean long antenna to help them in their attack and escape.
  5. The demonic locusts will have teeth as a lion: ferocious, fierce, devouring and cruel (Joel 1:6).
  6. The demonic locusts will have breastplates as of iron: indestructible, protected, and defended. People will be helpless in killing them.
  7. The demonic locusts will have wings that sound like many chariots rushing into battle: frightening and overwhelming.  There will be sense of hopelessness in defending against them (Joel 2:4-5).
  8. The demonic locusts will have stinging tails like scorpions: demonic torture.

When the end of the world approaches, there will be far more demonic forces at work than ever before.   The intensification staggers the human mind.  But God loves us and wants us to escape the fangs of the devil and the demonic hordes.

Therefore, He warns us about what is coming.  We must escape the coming judgments which are to be blasted against the ungodly and evil of the last days.  God has made a way for us to escape.  What is the way?  The Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God Himself.  We must receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, casting ourselves totally upon Him. (John 3:16; Romans 10:9-13).

“How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;” (Hebrews 2:3).

“For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape” (I Thessalonians 5:3).

“Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered” (Proverbs 11:21).

“Therefore thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil upon them, which they shall not be able to escape; and though they shall cry unto me, I will not hearken unto them”  (Jeremiah 11:11). 

“Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! TO WHAT END IS IT FOR YOU?  THE DAY OF THE LORD IS DARKNESS, AND NOT LIGHT.  As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him” (Amos 5:18-19).

CHALLENGE/APPLICATION

Remember, there can be a deadly enemy within the church today.  Routine is the way of life in the church.  What will happen next Sunday can be easily predicted.  Is it not true also in most Christian lives?

  • Nothing unusual is expected from God and things will be pretty much as they were last Sunday and the Sunday before that one and so on.  The only thing that really changes in the Sunday bulletin is the hymn numbers.
  • As it is within the church it is about the same in the lives of the church members.  Good question:  “How can we as church members say that we are working wisely for God when nothing changes in the church and in our personal lives?”

The challenge for Christians as co-workers in Christ is to walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16), reject the works of the flesh (Galatians 5:16-21), and produce the fruit of the Spirit in our lives (Galatians 5:22-26).  Also we are to carry out God’s commands (Matthew 28:18-21, Acts 1:8) and to love each other (I John 4:21), while expecting the return of Christ at any moment.  This means we will live a life purifying ourselves, even as he is pure (I John 3:3,9), recognizing ourselves as co-workers with Christ (I Corinthians 3:9; Romans 16:3-4; Philippians 4:3).

But none of the above can happen until we are saved (John 3:16; Romans 10:9-13).  Examine yourselves, whether you are truly in the faith, if you are truly in Christ (see 2 Corinthians 13:5). Jesus said that there are two gates, one is wide that leads to hell and one is narrow that leads to heaven.  Which one are you walking on through life?  (Matthew 7:13-14).

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