Animals and critters are commonly compared to people in the Bible…what about…
Acts 10:11-13 …and saw the heavens opened and something like a great sheet descending, being let down by its four
corners upon the earth. 12 In it were all kinds of animals and reptiles and birds of the air. 13 And there came a voice to
him: “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.”
Acts 10: 28-29 …Peter says …And he said to them, “You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a Jew to associate
with or to visit anyone of another nation, but God has shown me that I should not call any person common or unclean.
29 So when I was sent for, I came without objection. I ask then why you sent for me.”
The Lord here in Acts makes a clear comparison of animals to people to Peter.
Now…let’s look up some scripture of how the LORD describes locusts and their function…
It’s very important that you read these scriptures!
Isaiah 33:1-4…destroyers, loud, self exalting, dividers
Jer. 46:23… an enemy with out number.
Jer. 51:27… Compares locusts to a plague on Babylon sent to destroy it.
Joel 1: 1-12 … Sums up the result of locusts.
Amos 7:1- … Locusts as Destroyers
Nahum 3:17… Locusts are referred to as “leaders”. Or Mis-guiding leaders.
Matt 3:3 For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said, “The voice of one crying in the
wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; make his paths straight.’”
Who made it crooked?
It’s an interesting thought on why John the Baptist ate locusts in Mark 1:6.
Luke 3:16 …John answered them all, saying, “I baptize you with water, but he who is mightier than I is coming, the
strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
John set the classic prophet example by living in the wilderness in faith that God would provide for him. He wore a
camel hair coat, not the most comfortable thing to wear. Even the Pharisees regarded him as a prophet sent from God.
John, in gaining their respect, let them knew that the “Christ” was at hand…John’s words to the Pharisees, for the most
part, were unheeded. They were deaf to what he told them. By John’s fair warning to them, they were now accountable.
John eats and destroys the locust like the deaf and blind Pharisees by the Word of God!
So, in a sense, could we say he “devoured” the locusts to make the way straight for our Savior?
As per the scriptures above, Locusts are noisy, without number and devour everything. Are False prophets and teachers a
liken to locusts?
Read Revelation 9:3-11 Read Joel 1:5-6 again. You see the parallel? These prophets give out “sweet” and cause
“drunkenness or impaired vision”, “candy coating” and “cherry picking” only prophecies and teachings that are sweet.
They do not adhere to the WHOLE gospel, therefore devouring and deceiving God’s people by being partial in their
instruction.. Read Jer. 28 about how Hannaniah prophesies and how he “sugar coated” the people of Israel and how
Jeremiah responds. Very intense!!!
Are the plagues of “locusts” ONLY literal in the prophecies of Revelation? The “keys” to these critical warnings to us
are in the Old Testament’s use of this common pest, as a liken to false teachers and false prophets who mislead and give
half truths and or lies resulting in their potential, possible and likely fall from grace. God Bless!
See Jeremiah 12:5
“If you have raced with men on foot, and they have wearied you, how will you compete with horses? And if in a safe
land you are so trusting, what will you do in the thicket of the Jordan?
Men = Evil people of the world.
Horses = False teachers.