Man-eating locusts, fiery riders with horses that spewed out fire, smoke and sulphur!
v.20 “The rest of mankind that were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshipping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze and wood…”
In the past, trumpets sounded to warn people of conflict and of danger. In the chapter today, we find a fifth and then a sixth angel sounding their trumpets. These are severe warnings that something devastating is about to happen to mankind, in the form of man-eating locusts and of a destructive force of two hundred million troops.
There’s not a day goes by when we don’t find in our newspapers stories of conflict, injustice, crime and cruelty that keenly upset us. These terrible events, however, have a purpose: they serve as a warning from God. God uses the evil consequences of men’s sins to call his world to repentance.
Lord, when awful things happen enable me to understand that you have the ultimate power over evil. May the events that appal me act as a challenge to scrutinize my own life and repent. Amen.