Asian Giant Hornet and Revelation 9

July 26, 2011 at 3:25 PM

I was flipping channels last night after an exhausting day of packing, moving things, getting rid of things and the lot.  I stopped on a show called “1,000 Ways to Die.”  It’s a poorly done schlock fest that allegedly shows ways in which people have died, everything from being cut in half to being decapitated while driving.  I know, hard to believe.

At any rate, what caught my eye was a death that occurred in Thailand while a man was in one thousands of existing brothels.  While visiting a prostitute, the man was annoyed by the sound of buzzing that came from the wall.  The prostitute, in a hurry to complete the job, went over to the wall, kicked the electrical socket, then pulled the broken outlet from the wall to see what was behind it, possibly causing the buzzing.

All of a sudden, out flew a large hornet – an Asian Giant Hornet.  The woman fled the room, but the hornet went immediately over to her customer and stung him on the chest, just below the throat.  The man screamed in pain, grabbed the hornet and threw it on the floor.  By this time, other hornets had gained access to the room and within seconds had stung the man several dozen times, killing him.

From a scientific point of view, this particular hornet – one I had not heard about prior to this – has a type of venom that can actually melt skin and muscle!  Once the hornet stings the first time, the odor of the venom actually attracts other hornets in the vicinity to the same victim.

The medical doctor they interviewed after showing the incident, described the bite as horrific, literally melting fibers, muscles and other tissues from the inside out.  Apparently, this process can begin in mere moments.  The sting is painful enough, but the hornet also has a mandible that can crush.

In Japan, “the human death toll caused by Asian giant hornet stings exceeds that of all other venomous and non-venomous wild animals combined, including wild bears and venomous snakes.” [1]

It amazes me when I read Scripture because I routinely come across animals, beasts, and even insects that I have never heard about in this life.  Because of the context, in most cases, it seems clear that the beasts in view are demonic hordes, come to earth for the sole purpose of creating pain and havoc through one of God’s judgments.

In Revelation 9, we read of locusts that at first glance, seem to be an odd combination of insects, including scorpions.  Some commentators believe that these entities are simply some type of terrible insect.  However, a good reading of Revelation 9 points to something else entirely.

In verse three, we are told that these things have “power.”  They were not allowed to hurt the grass, the trees, or any green thing.  Verse five tells us that they were not allowed to kill anyone, but merely to inflict pain, and lots of it.  The paint will become so bad that people will want to die, but will not be able to do so.  Imagine, trying to commit suicide and not being successful at it, no matter how hard you try or how many different ways you attempt it.

This entire event is referred to as the “first woe,” (cf. Revelation 9:12).  But let’s look at how these things are described for us.  “The appearance of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle; and on their heads appeared to be crowns like gold, and their faces were like the faces of men. They had hair like the hair of women, and their teeth were like the teeth of lions. They had breastplates like breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots, of many horses rushing to battle. They have tails like scorpions, and stings; and in their tails is their power to hurt men for five months. They have as king over them, the angel of the abyss; his name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in the Greek he has the name Apollyon,” (Revelation 9:7-11).

That’s an interesting description, isn’t it?  Notice John (the writer of Revelation under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit), uses the word “like” numerous times.  He means that what he sees is reminiscent of other things, not that they are those other things.  He likens these locusts to:

  • horses prepared for battle
  • heads appeared to be crowns like gold
  • having mens’ faces
  • having women’s hair
  • having teeth like lions
  • breastplates of iron
  • the noise from the wings was like the sound of many chariots
  • tails like scorpions with stingers
  • their tails inflict pain

John is not saying that these locusts were horses or had mens’ faces.  He saying these attributes remind him or make him think of those things.  The fact that they come from the bottomless pit and there are so many of them that the combination of their numbers and the smoke itself from that pit darkens the sky.  The fact that they can differentiate between grass, trees, and other green things is remarkable.  Most locusts eat these things, but these are told not to do so.

The fact that these locusts are given power to simply hurt men, but not kill is also an interesting fact.  They are not allowed to kill any human being.  What animal or insect that is able to kill, can knowingly only inflict pain without killing?  It would be by luck if that were to happen.

My wife and I are were on our evening fast walk not long ago and we came to a place in the neighborhood where it appeared that a thick piece of rope was just laying in the road.  As we got closer, we realized it was a snake!  Closer still and we learned that it was a rattlesnake.  At first, we thought it had been run over by a car because it was very still, stretched out from the curb toward the other side of the street.  As we moved closer to pass it, we noticed that it had not been run over and was merely being still.  We also noted that though it was not curled up in a striking position, the very end of its rattle was just off the ground and it was ready to rattle it at any moment, should we prove to be a threat to it.

Fortunately, it stayed where it was and we hurried to move past it.  Had it bitten one of us, unless we got to a hospital on time, it would have killed us.  Young rattlesnakes are worse because they will bite and keep injecting the wound with venom because they don’t know when to stop.  Without medical attention, most people die from poisonous snake bites.

In Revelation 9, we read that these whatever-they-are inflict pain, but not death.  There is no mention of people being treated with medical attention.  It simply paints a picture of people being bitten or stung and not dying from that bite or sting.  This is – as the text states – the creatures are not permitted to kill human beings.

One other thing is interesting.  In the same verse that tells us that they cannot hurt the grass, trees, or other green things (v. 3), we also learn that they are not permitted to bother anyone with God’s seal on their foreheads.  What we are talking about here are creatures that have intelligence and can hear and follow orders or parameters.  In the end then, these are not locusts or insects at all, but their shape and image reminds John of this type of insect.  It seems clear that the creatures in Revelation 9 are demons, sent here by God to attack and inflict pain on those who have – up to that point – rejected Him repeatedly.

I’ve never seen a demon, as far as I know.  I know that Satan has the capacity to be seen as an angel of light, transforming himself into something inspiring and beautiful.  I’m sure his demons can pull the same trick.  If I saw a demon, unless it was some ugly being that one would see in a Hollywood horror flick, I might not even know what to expect.  John may not have seen a demon either, though because he was with Jesus during Jesus’ ministry, John saw the evidence of demons.

There are some very mysterious creatures in this world that can and do kill human beings, often painfully.  Yet, that doesn’t seem to compare to the type of creature that God will send on this earth during the Tribulation to inflict pain and judgment on a humanity that wants nothing to do with God.

So what is the purpose of this type of judgment sent from God?  Is God merely a Christian version of Allah, who seemingly yearns for the blood of those who reject him?  Allah seems to me to be a cruel taskmaster, demanding the blood of those who reject Islam.  Is the Christian God the same way?

Hardly.  We learn in verses 20 and 21 of Revelation 9 that God’s reason has to do with a desire to see repentance.  “The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, so as not to worship demons, and the idols of gold and of silver and of brass and of stone and of wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk; and they did not repent of their murders nor of their sorceries nor of their immorality nor of their thefts.”  The point seems simple enough.  In spite of the judgments that God sends on those who are rejecting Him, it does not get their attention.  They continue to rebel and reject God.  It does not matter if God shows the world love or anger.  Both cause people to reject Him out of hand.

So what about you?  God has shown His love by becoming fully human (while retaining His deity) in order to fulfill the Law that neither you or I could fulfill.  Because He did everything perfectly, He was found worthy – worthy – to offer Himself as atonement for your sin and mine.  That was His love at work.  Have you received or rejected it?

In the future, God will send judgments to this earth and people will still continue to reject God.  It does not seem to matter what He does because people will find a way to reject Him.  If it were not for the fact that He has called some, no one would receive Him.  It is because at every turn, free will always rejects authority and ultimately, that authority is God Himself.


[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asian_giant_hornet

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