By Sharlene R
Vision #45 – The Locusts of Revelation 9
I was walking in the corridor or area that I believe is below the Throne Room in my perspective- that large expanse area that I always see from the top of the stairs. I walk past the magnificent tall pillars and everything is still the same colour and brightness- white. I meet my friend on the way and we walk to the vision area together. There are others there in white robes waiting for the vision to start as well.
It opened up with what looked like a swarm of locusts over a town or city. I didn’t see the expanse, just the swarm over buildings. The picture changed to a close up of the insect – but it wasn’t an insect! They had a locust body but their faces looked like little evil demons! They also had tails with stingers on them. They reminded me of a short scorpion tails. I would say they were about 3 inches or so in length. They had small wings which had a funny metallic sound as they flew and I could hear a strange, evil voice coming from them. It was like out of a sci-fi horror movie. Wow and weird.
The scene changed as I saw these ugly creatures attack people walking in a park, on the sidewalk and while sitting in stands watching some kind of sporting event. They could sting right through their clothing. As the creatures stung the people, these horrid creatures would laugh an evil sounding laugh. I saw people screaming and running in pain. I saw one man get stung on the left side of his neck.
The scene changed to a park. I was watching a couple holding hands walking by a pond on a path and the creatures ignored them. I saw the people were slightly illuminated or maybe it was their foreheads that were slightly illuminated. I saw them from the behind and to their right sides but then I moved so I could see their faces and I saw a mark on their foreheads. I didn’t see the detail of the mark but it was definitely there. I understood that no one else could see these marks except the creatures. I asked Jesus if this was from the Book of Revelation? And He replied “Yes, and it is to come.”
The scene changed to show people moaning and groaning in pain. Some were in beds, others were just sitting and not knowing what to do. There was a lot of despair as I understood that there was no relief for them. I asked if this occurs before or after the rapture and He replied “It’s not for you to figure that out. People need to stop obsessing about when the rapture will occur. They need to focus more on being ready, praying for the lost to repent and working for My kingdom- doing Kingdom work.”
I looked up Rev 9:3-6 “And out of the smoke locusts came down on the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth. They were told not 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. They were not allowed 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. During those days people will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them.”
Hope here – I followed up with Sharlene about this, particularly about the tone of Jesus while He was speaking the second time. Sharlene said “He was firm, like a light rebuke. He wasn’t angry. My impression was that He was reminding us Believers that some are far too focused on trying to figure out a date of the rapture and/or when it will occur and debate it. He wants the Bride of Christ focused on kingdom work. My own take is that it’s one thing for us to try and place the rapture in scripture and study it but it’s another when we become obsessed with it and the focus on what we are called to do is lost. Matt 28:16-20 came to mind – Jesus’ Great Commission. He was firm but not condemning me. I didn’t feel like I was being belittled or shamed. And I also knew what He said was not directed at me. I don’t obsess anymore over the rapture. I use to and He convicted me of that. I don’t even know why I asked. I just did but now I understand as there is an important message to get out.