reply to post by estimatedprophet
Lots of cool images on this thread discussion, but....the fact is that the LOCUSTS imagery in the Apocalypse of Yohanon the Levite (c. 69 CE) aka
'The Book of Revelation' is a Messianic End of Days adaptation stolen from various patches from the Hebrew Scriptures having to do with swams of
invading gentiles/goyim (often quoted and reworked from earlier Aramaic Targum paraphrases of the Text Traditions, rather than the Masoretic text or
the Septuaginta LXX Greek version and sometimes quoting Theodotion's Greek of Daniel or Deuteronomy etc.) to fit the new situation of the 1st failed
Jewish War against Rome (66-72 CE) probably c. 69 CE when there was a lull in the fighting but more Roman troops on their way...in fact the entire
'Booik of Revelation' was a recasting of 'old testament' prophecies for the Messianic Jewish Community who were at the time in open Revolt against
Rome...and were eventually destroyed.
Rev 9: 7-11
And lo, the star-Angel opened the Pit of the Abyss
And lo, from its depths arose smoke like unto a great Furnace,
And behold, both the Sun and the [moon? Air?] were darkened
Even by reason of the smoke coming out of the Pit –
And I looked, and behold, I saw Locusts flying out of the Smoke
And lo, they all began to cover the ground in a swarm !
And I saw that each had the Power of Scorpions in their Tails
In order to sting men with them - but without killing them…
And lo, the Appearance of the Locusts was like unto War Horses
Even soldiers prepared for a Battle Charge,
And upon their heads were golden [Helmets? Wreaths? Crowns?]
And tho’ their faces were like those of men, they wore their hair long like women !
And behold, they all had the Fangs of Lions in their Mouths
And their Breastplates were made of iron Scales,
The Beating of their Shields sounding like the wings of Swarming Locusts,
Even like unto the Clamour of many chariots and horses
All running at once into the midst of the Fray of Battle –
And though they swarmed like locusts, they nevertheless had a King set over them
(see: Proverbs 30:27 – Like swarming Locusts who have no King set over them, yet they seem to advance all together in ordered Ranks…’)
Whose name [in the Hebrews' tongue] was Abba-Doq’on (lit. ‘the Father of Consumption’)
And whose Title was ‘The Angel of She’ol…’
Compare the above 'oracle' from the 'Book of Revelation' with the Targum of Joel
Joel 1:6 & 2: 1-11
A Nation has invaded the Land
Even a mighty Army without number;
Having the Teeth of a Lion & the Fangs of a lioness….
Therefore, blow the trumpet in Zion;
Sound the alarm on my Holy Hill.
Let all who live in the land of Yisro’el tremble…
For the day of YHWH is coming near—
Even a Day of Darkness and gloom,
A day of Clouds and Blackness.
Like the Dawn spreading across the face[s] of the mountains
Behold, a Large & Mighty Army comes,
The appearance of their Troops (Aram. ‘Hargallah’) was as Locusts (Heb. ‘Hargolot’)
Behold, they charge ahead as War Horses,
Their roar like the Rumbling of many Chariots,
Lo, how they stream over the mountain tops in a swarm !
The Sound of their Approach is as the Thunder of War
Even like the crackling of Flames,
Or like fire as it devours the stubble fields
Yea, like a giant Army readied for Battle -
Lo, how they charge forward in line without jostling each other
Even like unto prepared Soldiers thoroughly trained in the arts of War !
How quickly they rush upon the city scaling over the walls
And leap down and break through the Windows like thieves !
Before their face[s] the Land quakes,
And the Heavens tremble,
The sun is darkened, the Moon does not give her light,
And all the stars stop their shining –
For YHWH utters his Voice
Even before the face[s] of his mighty Army,
Lo, his Warriors are innumerable,
And they who execute his commands are numberless –
Yea, the Day of YHWH is Great and Terrible,
And Who shall be able to stand?
This is just more evidence that what we are dealing here is in fact a ‘literary’ Apocalypse cobbled together from old scraps, and not a ‘real
Vision’ of the future –
For further discussion see this thread which outlines a lot of the 'literary & imagery borrowings' from the Hebrew scriptures (including some Dead
Sea Scroll material like the Scroll of the Book of the Words of Henoch son of Jared to all the Sons of Light in the Last Days' and the Scroll of the
Book of the Testament of the 12 Patriarchs being the Sons of Yakkov and also the 'Rule of War of all the Sons of Light against the Sons of Darkness
in the Last Days...'