Encouragement for the last days

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By Real Biblioteca de San Lorenzo, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=503103

Paul told his readers, “We do not want you to be uninformed,” 2 Corinthians 1:8 and neither do I.  I believe God wants us to be informed:  He told us the “end from the beginning,” Isaiah 46:10.  The last days will be “terrible times”, 2 Timothy 3.  If you are still here when the following occurs, I want you to know that you have NOT been left behind.  The test will be if these locusts are able to torture you or me, Revelation 9:5.

Revelation 9 (NASB from Biblegateway) beginning in verse 1:

Then the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star from heaven which

had fallen to the earth; and the key of the bottomless pit was given

to him. He opened the bottomless pit, and smoke went up out of the

pit, like the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were

darkened by the smoke of the pit. Then out of the smoke came locusts

upon the earth, and power was given them, as the scorpions of the earth

have power. They were told not to hurt the grass of the earth, nor any

green thing, nor any tree, but only the men who do not have the seal of

God on their foreheads. (Emphasis mine.)  And they were not permitted to kill anyone,

but to torment for five months; and their torment was like the torment

of a scorpion when it stings a man. And in those days men will seek

death and will not find it; they will long to die, and death flees from them.

The appearance of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle;

and on their heads appeared to be crowns like gold, and their faces were

like the faces of men. They had hair like the hair of women, and their

teeth were like the teeth of lions. They had breastplates like breastplates

of iron; and the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots, of

many horses rushing to battle. 10 They have tails like scorpions, and stings;

and in their tails is their power to hurt men for five months. 11 They have as

king over them, the angel of the abyss;his name in Hebrew is Abaddon,

and in the Greek he has the name Apollyon.

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