“Looked Like Horses”
These demonic locusts are compared to “horses”
in their appearance, since angels were sometimes portrayed this way in prophecy. We can look to the ‘Four Horsemen‘ of the Revelation or the similar colored horses of Zechariah chapter 1 to get the idea. However, even Jesus is portrayed as a half-man, half-horse (Sagittarius) in the Mazzeroth, with the horse representing His angelic nature (the ‘Angel of the Lord‘), and the man representing his mortal nature. And these disembodied Nephilim spirits are half angel as well, as explained in the last few posts, so they also take on this symbolism.
They appear prepared for battle because the game of the ages will be at hand, where they will be rising up against mankind one final time, eventually battling with God for their very survival. Every angel that follows Satan knows that they must eventually defeat God if they wish to maintain their freedom. They know their destiny is the lake of fire, and they will attempt to rise up against God in a great spiritual war in order to avoid that end. “Something Like Crowns”
The fact that they wear “something like crowns”
of gold tell us that they were once royalty, or at least highly esteemed. And the Bible confirms that the Nephilim giants were royalty when it speaks of their former status on the earth;“The Nephilim were on the earth in those days - and also afterward - when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.”
Not only were they the “heroes of old”
, but they were the kings and rulers of old as well. Many cultures around the world have preserved this tradition, from the legends of giant demi-god rulers throughout the Mediterranean, to the giant Pharaohs of Egypt, to the Native American tales of large giants that ruled the Americas. Also, many ancient reliefs depict very large men on thrones while much smaller subjects served them. Since the Bible describes some of these giant men, such as the giant King Og of Bashan who was close to 15 feet tall, or the Philistine champion Goliath, who was around 11 feet tall, then it seems we should accept this royalty as the reason for the crowns on these demi-god demonic locusts.
We should also understand that the reason their faces “resembled human faces”
is that the Nephilim were half human. So in the symbolism of this chapter, horses portray their angelic half, while their resemblance to human faces portrays their human half. And given the amazingly bizarre appearance of some of the ancient skulls that have been found around the world, it seems rather appropriate that these demons would only ‘resemble’ humans in their likeness. If the readers wishes to pursue that angle further, I highly recommend L.A. Marzulli's recent 'Watcher's 6' DVD, which examines ancient skeletal remains.“Their Hair”
Despite what is depicted in the movies, in ancient Israel it was a disgrace to a man to have long hair. But it was a virtual requirement for a women. This notion is represented in Paul’s statement to those in Corinth;“Does not the very nature of things teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a disgrace to him, but that if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For long hair is given to her as a covering.”
But the idea of hair length is not just from Paul, it has also been pronounced by God, as with this following passage from Ezekiel, where God is speaking of the men who will serve him as priests;“They must not shave their heads or let their hair grow long, but they are to keep the hair of their heads trimmed.”
Together, these passages would suggest that these Nephilim have been disgraced, since God is portraying them with long hair, the very symbol of disgrace for a man. And indeed the Nephilim have been a disgrace to God. He destroyed the world with a flood due to their presence and their evil influence on mankind, and He will come again to destroy the world in fire for the same reasons; "As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man."
(Matthew 24:37)“Lion’s Teeth”
This part of symbolism is relatively straight forward, since Satan is depicted as a lion in several instances, such as the following;“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
We saw this behavior from Satan as far back in scripture as the book of Job, where we were told how Satan roams this way through the earth;“One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them. The LORD said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered LORD, “From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it.”
In short, these Nephilim are depicted as having the “lion’s teeth”
of Satan because they too will roam through the earth looking for victims to devour. And this act of devouring is not akin to killing them, as we might think. Rather, it’s the act of bringing people into their kingdom forcibly by selling them on their false prophecies.
In biblical symbolism, to “devour”
another is to consume them to the extent that you make them part of you, just as food becomes a permanent part of you when you eat it. In other words, this is about assimilation, not destruction. This is why in Daniel’s vision of ‘The Four Great Beasts’ we saw the Medo-Persian bear devour
three nations, represented by the three ribs in his mouth. What the Medes and Persians did was to assimilate those nations into their empire. They didn’t trample them in an act of destruction, rather they consumed them in an act of assimilation.
Based on this symbolism, think of those that will be deceived into taking the mark of the beast at that time, and you’ll have the right idea. This period of false prophecy will be in preparation for that very moment in time.“Breastplates of Iron”
Iron was the hardest and most impenetrable metal of antiquity, and in scripture God routinely used it to symbolize something unyielding
, as with the following passage from the Exodus; “The sky over your head will be bronze, the ground beneath you iron. The LORD will turn the rain of your country into dust and powder; it will come down from the skies until you are destroyed. ”
But that is not the only symbolism behind iron. If you’ve read about the visions of Daniel, no doubt you’ll recall Nebuchadnezzar’s statue in chapter 2, which describes a great statue made of gold, silver, bronze, iron, and clay. Most commentaries correctly identify that the value of each metals declines as we progress through each empire indicated by each metal. However, that’s not the entire story, because these metals can also be associated with the following;GOLD
- Divinity and/or the glory of GodSILVER
- Atonement and/or the glory of ManBRONZE
- Judgment and/or angelic activity in HeavenIRON
- Destruction and/or angelic activity on Earth
Perhaps this is why iron tools were NOT allowed to be used in the construction of an altar to God (Dt 27:5), and were NOT allowed in the construction of the Temple (1Kings 6:7). The Altar and Temple were to be created by man for his worship of God, therefore no angelic influence was to be tolerated. The implication is that fallen angels would direct worship away from God with altars of their own making, which they subsequently did with the high places in Judah and Israel. This is a path that only leads to destruction for mankind…..indicated by the iron.
Keeping in mind that a breastplate was a method of protection during battle, why would a demon need this kind of protection? And who would he need protection from? I think the answer is partially found in the battle taking place in the heavens between the angels of God and the fallen angels that follow Satan. But there is another possibility as well.
If we remember that God gave His saints power over “snakes and scorpions” (angels and demons), then they will also need protection against the believing remnant of mankind. After all, the Fifth Trumpet clearly states that they will NOT have authority over those with "the seal of God"
(Rev 9:4). Since God's angels and saints both have authority over these demons, they will require a level of protection from their fallen angelic host.“The Sound of Their Wings”
In biblical symbolism, wings were often used to hint at the supernatural assistance often accorded to men or kingdoms on earth. Examples of this would be Nebuchadnezzar and his kingdom (Daniel 7:4), or Alexander and his empire (Daniel 7:6), or Israel during the Exodus (Exodus 19:4), but there are many more. The thing they have in common is that they always indicated a supernatural assist into the affairs of man.
So the fact that these demons have wings in this vision merely indicates that there is a supernatural element to their activity. And this activity has apparently been sanctioned by God in order to achieve His purpose, which we‘ll now expand on in our discussion on ‘Abaddon’, also known as ‘Apollyon’. “The Angel of the Abyss”“They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek, Apollyon.”
The story of this “king”
of the Abyss is told throughout scripture, and in particular throughout the Revelation. God provides all the clues we need in order to determine who this man/spirit will be when he arrives. He has walked the earth before, and very shortly he will be released from his subterranean prison to walk the earth again. The world will be "astonished"
(Rev 13:3-5) when they see him in his ‘resurrected’ state, but his presence will be no surprise to those of God’s people that study prophecy.
of the Abyss is named Abaddon
in Hebrew or Apollyon
in Greek, and in both languages the respective names mean destroyer.
This is for good reason, because destruction is - and has always been - his very nature. When he arrives on the scene he will attempt to destroy all opposition in front of him, including the “holy people”
of God;“He will become very strong, but not by his own power. He will cause astounding devastation and will succeed in whatever he does. He will destroy the mighty men and the holy people.”
This angel will pose as a messianic figure, and in this passage we can see part of the messianic counterfeit; he will become strong, but “not by his own power”
. In other words, just as the Holy Spirit empowered the mortal body of Jesus, so Satan will empower a mortal body as a counterfeit messiah in order to complete his ruse. And God will allow this as part of His judgment against a non-believing world. The Return of Apollo
In both Revelation 9 and Revelation 17, we see this spirit defined by destruction, and I would offer that they are one and same entity, the god ‘Apollo’ of the Greco-Roman pantheon of gods. It seems that this prophecy points to the return of Apollo to the earth, which is suggested by the statement “once was, now is not, and will come up…”
; “The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and will come up out of the Abyss and go to his destruction.”
Consider the following points;
1) This beast “once was”
because at one time he was on the earth (like Apollo)
2) He “now is not”
because he is currently imprisoned in the Abyss (like Apollo)
3) He “will come up out of the Abyss”
at the sounding of the fifth trumpet (Apollyon)
4) He will “go to his destruction”
(Apollyon = ‘destroyer‘)
It’s my belief that what the world accepts as myth
regarding the gods and demi-gods of antiquity is actually based on a reality
from the distant past. It’s an echo of days gone by where 200 Watcher angels came down to the earth and sired the Nephilim, the half-angel and half-human giants that became the rulers of the earth, the "men of renown"
;“The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.”
It is likely that one of these fallen angels, perhaps even Azazel, has been given the title ‘Apollo’, since he caused the destruction of the first earth through his actions. But this angel Apollo should not be confused with Satan, who roams the earth freely and therefore will be given the key to open the Abyss and release those who are imprisoned. Instead, this angel will be a historical figure that has served Satan in the past, and was subsequently imprisoned for his actions.
Two of the proofs that this ‘destroyer’ is not Satan himself is that he will receive power, most likely from Satan, in order to perform his counterfeit miracles;“He will become very strong, but not by his own power.”
We have to remember that Satan always seeks to counterfeit the actions of God in an attempt to be seen as God. So in an attempt to counterfeit the true Trinity, this false messiah come onto the world scene and pose as the son of god, or god in the flesh, but he will direct worship to the false god the father, Satan;“He will show no regard for the gods of his fathers or for the one desired by women, nor will he regard any god, but will exalt himself above them all. Instead of them, he will honor a god of fortresses; a god unknown to his fathers he will honor with gold and silver, with precious stones and costly gifts.”
(Daniel 11:37-38) The Conversion of Islam
The fact that he will not regard “any god”
tells me that this is the point where the antichrist will expose himself for who he truly is. The days of using the Muslim Mahdi as a messiah figure to consolidate his empire will be over. He will now come out of the closet as it were, and turn against even the very people that helped him rise to power. I believe this is what is meant by the following statement in the Revelation;“The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire.”
In biblical terms, a prostitute
was a symbol for a false religion or wayward bride, and Islam certainly qualifies in this regard. They have strayed from the Lord and have given themselves to another god, hence they are a prostitute in God’s eyes. While they will have risen to power on the back of the beast in the last days, they will eventually be assimilated into Apollo’s supernatural empire, or be destroyed. God loves Muslims and he died for them as well, so He will use Apollo the destroyer to chasten them and bring them back to their true Messiah and groom, Yeshua/Jesus.
While it's true that this prostitute could include all of the false religions of the world, this particular woman is riding a beast comprised of the geographical areas noted in chapter 7 and chapter 8 of the book of Daniel, which identify nations and empires that are predominately Muslim today. But we'll discuss that in detail in an upcoming post. For now we need to keep our focus on this particular destroyer and the persecution he will bring to the earth.
It's worth noting that God has used this method of punishment many times in the past in order to bring people back to him in repentance, and He will apparently use it again at this point in the future. The result is that an untold number of Muslims will finally recognize their true Messiah in those days, and come to faith in Jesus Christ. This scenario is even suggested by the very name of this destroying angel, which we’ll now examine. Securing the Heir
While the word ‘Abaddon’ in Hebrew simply means destroyer
, as does ‘Apollyon’ in Greek, there is an underlying meaning to this name that is exposed by the original pictographic form of the Hebrew language. It reveals that this destroyer will be raised in order to identify and then protect the saints, who will be under dramatic persecution in those days.
In Hebrew, the word ‘Abaddon’
is spelled ’Aleph-Beyt-Dalet-Vav-Nun’
and would appear in the following manner, reading from right to left;
However, in the paleo-Hebrew pictographs, these letters would have appeared this way;
These pictographs illustrate an ox
, a house
, a doorway
, a tent peg
, and a seed
. And when we apply the proper meanings to each letter, the message we are given is;“The Father Moves to Secure the Heir”
That’s a fascinating and unexpected message to receive from the name of a destroying angel, however it follows a pattern that has played out in the Bible over and over. God often intervened supernaturally to destroy the enemies of Israel, sometimes by using an enemy of Israel to destroy another enemy of Israel in order to "secure the heir"
. But often this intervention would turn the hearts of an enemy back towards God, as the mere threat of destruction did with Nineveh in the days of Jonah. And in this instance, it seems He will use the destroying angel Apollo to accomplish those purposes. Apollo will be the first supernatural "woe"
for mankind in the last days. But he won't be the last.NEXT TIME:
In the next post we’ll examine the second supernatural "woe"
of the 6th Trumpet.