Today’s Devotional – October 6th (Revelation 9: Locusts)

By admin On September 4th, 2014

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Today’s Devotional – October 6th

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Revelation 9: “Locusts”

To read the companion article to today’s devotional, click here… AUGUST 25 (Revelation 9, Part 2: Scorpions) or you can also read… AUGUST 30 (Revelation 9, Part 3: The Three Woes!)

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Mankind has been plagued by locusts through all of history! Yes, locusts and similar pests have eaten the crops of humans, destroying all the hard labor which farmers invested into their fields!

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Now the Bible sometimes speaks of locusts. And this devotional is focusing particularly on the Book of Revelation, Chapter 9, which speaks of locusts in this manner… “And the fifth angel sounded…And he opened the bottomless pit…And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth…but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months…” Revelation 9:1-5 (condensed)

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So this above passage from Revelation speaks of a composite beast, which arises out of the bottomless pit, and torments men who do not have the seal of God in their foreheads!

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Locust attack – Wikimedia – US Public Domain

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THE SPIRITUAL NATURE OF REVELATION

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Melanoplus_spretusAnnReportAgExpStaUM1902B.jpgThe Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ is just that: the Revelation of Jesus Christ! Yes, the Book of Revelation is the Gospel, written in types and symbols!

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And yet, far too many attempt to understand the Revelation literally, instead of spiritually. The problem is, the natural man cannot fully nor properly discern spiritual things, as is written… “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” 1st Corinthians 2:14

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Yes, as this above verse reveals, the spiritual, allegorical nature of the Bible is foolishness to the carnal heart!

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Locust 1902 – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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LOCUSTS NOT BLACK HELICOPTERS

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And so, more often than not, the Book of Revelation is mangled by those who attempt to look out into the world for the understanding of Revelation!

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After all, it’s much more exotic to look at locusts in Chapter 9, and try to find something out in the world that resembles locusts, such as black helicopters!

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But when the Bible student looks into the Bible, then he or she quickly begins to understand what locusts truly symbolize!

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Listen… “That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpillar eaten.” Joel 1:4

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As this verse reveals, God uses locusts to symbolize the varied ways that God destroys the riches of His disobedient people: both spiritual and material riches!

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black helicopters – Wikimedia – US Army – Public Domain

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LOCUSTS & WILD HONEY! JOHN THE BAPTIST!

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John The Baptist, came eating “locusts and wild honey”. Yes, this was his true, physical diet! Locusts and wild honey! Oh perhaps he ate other things as well.

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You see, locusts and wild honey symbolize the Law and the Prophets! Yes, the law is spoken of as honey in Psalm 19. And of course, the prophets sometimes spoke of locusts as symbolizing God’s various means of eating up the earthly prosperity of His disobedient people!

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And so, that’s what the Old Testament prophets were all about! They were given to destroy any hope in the minds of His chosen people, of seeking for, and acquiring earthly riches and desires! 

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And when John spoke, he spoke as an Old Testament prophet, with fiery words and pointing finger, completely arresting the attention of everyone who heard him!

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John the Baptist by J. Tissot – Wikimedia Commons – US Public Domain

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LOCUSTS EAT OUR SPIRITUALITY

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And isn’t it also true that so often we find that our own spirituality becomes so thin andDavid's sorrow - Wikigallery - Public Domain anemic. Our prayer life wanes. Our Bible study becomes a mere formality. And our thoughts are no longer on Jesus, but become worldly and mundane!

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God does not bring trouble upon us for no good reason! No, in His great love, He wants us to return to Him.

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But we, in our fleshly desires, want the good things of this selfish world! And so, God finally has to remove those things which separate us from a full and rich relationship with Him!

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David’s sorrow – Wikigallery – Public Domain

 

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THE KEYS TO UNLOCKING REVELATION

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Yes, these are just two of the ways in which God tries to get our attention in hopes that we will begin to seek God’s face, and turn from our wicked ways! 

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And so, this is one small example of how we are to uncover the true meaning of the Revelation of Jesus Christ! And this little devotional will hopefully help the Bible student to understand just how the Bible must be studied, if one is going to rightly dissect the Word of Christ!

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Holy Bible – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Lic.

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COMPOSITE BEAST OF REVELATION 9

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Well, locusts are just one aspect of this composite beast of Revelation 9. And yet this https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Christianandapollyon.jpgentire beast is comprised of various spiritual entities which will torment those who have not yet overcome the world: the Number “5”, as in “five months of torment”, the scorpion’s tail, horses, women’s hair, etc., each have spiritual meaning. And as one reads this website, each of these components are discerned in the various articles.

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Christian and Apollyon – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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To read Part 2, click here… AUGUST 25 (Revelation 9, Part 2: Scorpions)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Melanoplus_spretusAnnReportAgExpStaUM1902B.jpg“Dear Lord, Give me a repentant heart that seeks Thy grace. Help me to see the spiritual message of the Bible…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… November 22 – (The Greatest Jig-saw Puzzle Ever!) or you can also read… December 14(Many Wise Counsellors )

 

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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THE HOLY GHOST RIDER CONSTELLATION

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This newest Signs Of Heaven Constellation (Fall, 2013) is by far the faintest of constellations, but is a very incredible and awesome one in a number of ways (which this article will explain).

.Holy-Ghost-Rider in the Western night-sky

It is primarily comprised of the Camelopardalis Constellation (head and upper back), plus about 5 stars from the Cassiopeia Constellation (his leg), plus some random stars. It appears as an outline of a rider. Only the back of his head is detailed. And his back and the back of his legs are also detailed. Both sides of his arm are visible, and his hand is gripping the horses mane, and that is detailed by three stars (which are also part of the horse’s mane). The rider is in a position vaguely similar to a race-horse jockey. The two brightest stars in this constellation, are from the Cassiopeia Constellation, and are part of his leg. All the rest of the stars are very faint, and must be viewed on a very starry night.

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Since this constellation has just been revealed, there may be more to this constellation in the coming months. But if you can locate the Goodly Horse in Battle Constellation, then you shouldn’t have too much trouble locating this Rider Constellation, provided you have excellent star-watching conditions. 

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BIBLE VERSES PICTURED IN THE HEAVENS

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“With the hoofs of his horses shall he tread down all thy streets: he shall slay thy people by the sword, and thy strong garrisons shall go down to the ground.” Ezekiel 26:12

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Holy-Ghost-Rider Constellation

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THIS STAR-CHART: This is a Wikipedia star-chart, in which this site’s editor has sketched in these three constellation (without the Holy-Ghost-Rider Constellation). Notice how the right front hoof is trampling on the tail of the Dragon. Also notice his eye is a star.It’s best seen when in the western half of the sky. It is found in mid-sky traveling from east to west. In January, it is in the west after midnight. As winter progresses, it can be seen earlier and earlier in the evening. a dark sky with good star-visibility is best, but not absolutely necessary to see this constellation. It is found on the opposite side of the Dragon Constellation from Orion. And as already stated, this Goodly Horse Constellation can be seen best in mid-winter when it is in the western side of the sky, and you are looking at it while you are facing west. The nose and head of this horse is partly made from the Perseus Constellation. The tail and rear end is partly of the Cassiopeia ConstellationThe hind-leg is made partly of stars from the Andromeda Constellation.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The Holy-Ghost-Rider Constellation”

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TOMORROW:

“October 7th (Heavenly Mount Zion Constellation)”

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