Locusts that went after men only

Revelation Bible Background

12.18.2017 – New Testament: Rev 9.4–6

To read the Bible in a year, read Revelation 9 on December 18, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

Revelation 9 presents an interesting scene. John saw locusts come out of the bottomless pit, reminding us how the Lord has used locusts in the past for judgment, such as in the Book of Joel. John said this of these locusts,

They were commanded not to harm the grass of the earth, or any green thing, or any tree, but only those men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. And they were not given authority to kill them, but to torment them for five months. Their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it strikes a man. In those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will desire to die, and death will flee from them (Revelation 9.4–6).

Therefore, the Lord also used these locusts for judgment, but only upon those who do not have the seal of God written on their foreheads. Ezekiel 9 presents a similar scene of judgment where those with the mark of God are spared His judgment.

What shall we learn from this scene? Walk with the Lord and He shall be with you during troublesome times.


  • Do you walk with the Lord daily?
  • What do you do to guarantee that you shall always remain faithful to Him?

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2 thoughts on “Locusts that went after men only

  1. The physical evidence of sin’s sting bears this scripture to be true. Miserable addictions, miserable hate of others, miserable finances, and on it can go. Many want relief but they are unwilling and incapable of turning away from the actions that create more pain.

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