Revelation 9 ("Army Of Locusts"), The Rise Of Islam?
In Revelation chapter 9, John saw an army of locusts come out of the smoke that issued out of the bottomless pit. This army of locusts had power, but their power was limited. They were not to hurt the grass or trees; they were allowed to harm only those men who did not have the seal of God in their foreheads; they had the power to torment like a scorpion; they were allowed to hurt men for “five months.” John described their appearance with these words:
- And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.
Is it the modern military helicopters? Many historic Christian interpreters have applied the 5th and 6th trumpets of Revelation 9 to the rise of Islam, instead of to literal locusts (as most Futurists do today). “Well into the nineteenth century, a chorus of Protestant prophetic scholars identified Islam’s niche in prophecy as being these fifth and sixth trumpets".
- John Foxe, the author of Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, said that it is “clearer than light itself” that this a prophecy of the Muslim conquests.
- Commentator Albert Barnes wrote: “With surprising unanimity, commentators have agreed in regarding this to the empire of the Saracens [Arab Muslims], or to the rise and the progress of the religion and the empire set up by Muhammed.”
- W.B. Godbey began his comments on Revelation 9 by stating, “This chapter is a thrilling description of the rise and progress of the Mohammedan wars.”
- Adam Clarke said that John’s description of the army of locusts “certainly agrees better with the Saracens than with any other people or nation” and “agrees very well with the troops of Mohammed.”
- Matthew Henry referred to the army of locusts as “the armies of the Mohamedan empire.”
- John Wesley said, “All this agrees with the slaughter which the Saracens made for a long time after Mahomet’s [Mohammed’s] death.”
Look with me at some of the details of John’s vision and see how possibly some would describe the rise and spread of Islam. In light of prophecy, how readeth thou? What is your take? CM
- -- Albert Barnes, Barnes’ Notes on the Bible, Vol. 18, 398.
- -- W.B. Godbey, Commentary on the New Testament, Vol. 1, 49.
- -- Adam Clarke, Clarke’s Commentary, Vol. 18, 1098, 1100.
- -- Matthew Henry, Commentary on the Whole Bible, Vol. 10, 1167.
- -- John Wesley, Notes on the Whole Bible, 903.