ANOTHER OF GOD’S WRATH THAT WILL BE POURED OUT ON THE EARTH, WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION (APOCALYPSIS) IS THE UNLEASHING OF DEMONIC FORCES FROM THE ABYSS. THEY LOOK LIKE LOCUSTS WITH TAILS AND STING LIKE SCORPIONS. THEY WERE TOLD NOT TO HARM THE TREES OR ANY PLANT OF THE EARTH. THEY WERE NOT GIVEN POWER TO KILL MEN, BUT ONLY TO TORTURE THEM FOR FIVE MONTHS. 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.
THIS IS JUST A PORTION OF GOD’S WRATH AND THERE IS MORE TO COME.
(Rev 9:1) The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss.
(Rev 9:2) When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss.
(Rev 9:3) And out of the smoke locusts came down upon the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth.
(Rev 9:4) They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads.
(Rev 9:5) 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.
(Rev 9:6) During those days men will seek death, but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them.
(Rev 9:7) The locusts looked like horses prepared for battle. On their heads they wore something like crowns of gold, and their faces resembled human faces.
(Rev 9:8) Their hair was like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth.
(Rev 9:9) 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.
(Rev 9:10) They had tails and stings like scorpions, and in their tails they had power to torment people for five months.
(Rev 9:11) They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek, Apollyon.
(Rev 9:12) The first woe is past; two other woes are yet to come.
BUT FOR THOSE WHO ARE IN CHRIST, BEFORE THAT EVENT HAPPENS, CHRIST WILL TAKE US OUT OF THIS WORLD AND SO WE WILL BE WITH HIM FOREVER AND EVER.
(1Thes 4:16-18) “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words.”
IN CHRIST, WE ARE SO SURE THAT WE WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE SO CALLED “RAPTURE” OF THE CHURCH BECAUSE GOD HAS SET HIS SEAL OF OWNERSHIP IN US THAT GUARANTEE WHAT IS TO COME; EVEN THE RAPTURE.
(2Cor 1:21) “Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.”
FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, THAT WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM SHOULD NOT PERISH BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE.
(John 3:16) For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
“HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM IS NOT CONDEMNED; BUT HE WHO DOES NOT BELIEVE IS CONDEMNED ALREADY, BECAUSE HE HAS NOT BELIEVED IN THE NAME OF THE ONLY BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD.” (JOHN 3:18)