son of perdition
“The Man of Sin, the Son of Perdition [the Antichrist], shall oppose and exalt himself above all that is called God or that is worshipped; so that he sits in the Temple of God, claiming that he is God! … And the world shall worship the Beast saying, ‘Who is like unto the Beast? And who is able to make war with him?’ ( 2Thes.2:3,4 ; Rev.13;4,5 ).”
scorpions during the great tribulation
“They will torture men for five months with their scorpion stings and “in those days men shall desire to die but death shall flee from them.” it’s interesting to note here that the great flood prevailed upon the earth for 150 days or five months. (Gen.7:24) in Rev.12:15, it says the dragon or devil is going to cast out a flood of lies to try to destroy the church, but he fails. Could this horrible plague of these locusts led by apollyon or Satan be symbolic of this flood of lies that Satan unleashes to devour as locusts all the earth’s population and torment with the torture of their scorpion stings those who resist? Whether you interpret this literally or symbolically, one thing’s for sure: that during that terrible time of tribulation there will be terrible monsters in the world (human and otherwise) … monsters who are going to devour and slaughter and kill and sting and slay and persecute whom? Only the wicked!”
What is the seal of god for?
“Believe it or not, these terrible trumpets of tribulation and horrible monsters are all on our side (that is, if you’re a real Christian)! If you’re going through the tribulation, don’t worry about them because they won’t bother you, only the wicked. All of these terrible events are not going to be happening to you, but only to the wicked, as it says in the ninth chapter, fourth verse. These locusts are commanded that “they should not hurt the grass of the earth (this may show a time lapse between the first and fifth trump if grass is grown back), neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of god in their foreheads.” (9:4). The wicked will be the ones who are giving you trouble, but god will be giving them so much trouble through these plagues, keeping them so busy that they won’t be able to give you too much trouble.”
the final phase
“This is similar to what happened to the children of Israel when they were in the land of Egypt under the dictatorship of their anti-christ pharaoh. when the ten curses of God fell on Egypt, were the Israelites also cursed by the plagues? No, they didn’t affect them at all; only the Egyptians were cursed. Likewise during the tribulation period, God protects his saints from his plagues upon the wicked! Remember, in preparation for this period in the seventh chapter, God told the angels to “hurt not the earth … till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.” (7:3) god seals his servants against his judgments which are directed only against the wicked! but some Christians, because of their foolish neglect of god and his warnings, will be caught in these judgments; don’t let it be you! “