Earlier in Revelation, chapter 7, we learned about a hundred and forty-four thousand people who were sealed to God during the times of the great tribulation. They were not raptured up and won’t be until Christ’s return. These are Jews from each tribe of Israel. We know that they are not caught up to be with Jesus yet in the clouds, for we see them show up in Revelation, chapter 9, when the locusts are coming to the earth during the fifth trumpet. However, the locusts could not hurt them. It is written, “and the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the 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, neither any green thing, neither any tree; 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: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.” (Revelation 9:1-4)
Oh the pain and torment, wicked people will feel in this time. They will hope to die but not be able to. These locusts are not like the locusts we know of, for they stung like scorpions and were prepared to battle like horses. John continued and wrote about their appearance in the next few verses. “And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them. And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon. One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.” (Revelation 9:6-12) We know that Abaddon, which is an angel of the bottomless pit controls them. This will be a trying time, especially for those coming to Jesus, but God comforts them.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that people will make the decision today to follow You. Only one path can lead us to life eternal in heaven and that is through You, Jesus. This straight and narrow path leads to heaven, but everything else will not work out in the long run. We need to come through You if we wish to be saved in this darkened world. You have helped me understand that we are in the times of the tribulation, even if it is the beginning stages. This means that Your coming is soon at hand. Death and destruction are being prepared for the wicked, but safety and security for the righteous. I am safe with You in my life, God. Without You, I have nothing going for me, but only my achievements, family, and wealth in life. All this won’t help me be saved. However, it helps me find a place in hell without You. No matter if I am rich and famous and people remember me on earth, my fame means nothing when I die if I was not saved. We need You in our lives, Jesus, or we have nothing. Real wealth comes from what we can build up in heaven, which only You can do in our lives. People who are rich and enjoy life need You desperately Lord. I am also speaking to those people who live in their sinful lifestyle and also justify it daily. They need Your forgiveness and mercy as You have done so for me. Praying for more people’s salvation. I trust in You. I love You. Amen.