• on 10 August 2020

An Army of Insect Soldiers

An Army of Insect Soldiers

Joel 2 is a more complete description of this nation of insects that has overrun Judea, describing the individual soldiers and their actions.

We must read these verses carefully to notice that he is describing the locusts metaphorically to raise the reader’s emotional response.

Joel 2:4 says they have “the appearance of horsemen”; they do not actually look like horses or have horses, but they run as horses do, headlong

and swiftly. This is also a reference to their warlike activity, since the Bible connects horses with war (see Proverbs 21:31). This exact comparison

is made in Revelation 9:7, part of the description of the fifth trumpet plague: “The shape of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle.”

Verse 5 describes their assault as so exceedingly massive and heavy that the beating of their wings sounds like chariots on the move. Two verses later, Joel show their rush toward their prey, writing that they run “like mighty men, . . . every one marches in formation,” up and over the walls.

Nothing stops or hinders them. They are a determined, unstoppable force.

In the King James Version, verse 8 reads, “. . . when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded.” The translators of The Amplified Version

seem to have a better grasp of the situation, rendering this as, “And they burst through and upon the weapons, yet they are not wounded

and do not change their course.” Locusts certainly would not be hurt by landing on a sword, and trying to kill millions of them with ordinary

hand weapons would be a futile endeavor indeed.

The following verse shows them in firm control of every part of the city, running wherever they please. They climb into houses through the

windows and any other opening, covering the walls and roofs, part of the living quarters at the time.

No soldier with actual weapons at the ready would try to climb through a window if a doorway were readily available! Going in through a window

would be an awkward and dangerous way of entering a building. But for locusts, such an entry would be natural.

Finally, in Joel 2:11, God takes responsibility for this “nation” of insect soldiers on the march: “The Lord gives voice before His army, for His camp is very great; for strong is the One who executes His word. For the day of the Lord is great and very terrible; who can endure it?”

He repeats His ownership of this army in verse 25, calling it once again “My great army which I sent among you.” He sent it as punishment for sin and breaking the covenant, and the locusts did their jobs with brutal efficiency.

What happened to God’s vast army of locusts? Joel 2:20 speaks primarily of the future human fulfillment of this, describing a “northern army”

removed into a barren, uninhabited area between the Dead Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, where its soldiers will die and rot with a great stench.

Perhaps a similar thing happened to the horde of locusts.
This is a teaching that we Christians must take t very seriously because its an expression or opinion about something that spiritually should not be overlooked.

The call for repentance { 2;12-13} and the end time(eschatology expectation{2:28-30)

Be blessed.
Pastor Olango C .Arach (UMUCCA


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