The Locust King

This is what the Lord God showed me: He was forming a plague of locusts when the latter growth was beginning to sprout up, the latter growth after the king’s reaping.

Amos 7:1 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014)

The particular translation I use for reading this verse is striking. There is something that I encountered there that I don’t think I had encountered before. In my notes on this, it connects the idea of locusts to a few verses that most likely come from something I heard from Chuck Missler. The two verses are these:

the locusts have no king,
yet they go forth all of them by bands;

Proverbs 30:27 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014)

They had as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek his name is Apollyon.

Revelation 9:11 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014)

The impetus for looking at it was reading Revelation 9. Verse 11 speaks of the demonic plague of locusts that will seize upon the unbelievers in the future. It’s poignant that Mr. Missler noted the juxtaposition of the proverb that locusts have no king and Revelation says these locusts had a king. It is that they are no ordinary locusts being described. Furthermore, the Amos 7 verse shows that a plague of locusts would be used by God in a yet further time, and it probably coincides with Revelation 9.

It is the particular way the MEV translates using reaping (singular) instead of other translations that use mowings (plural.)

The setting of using this at the beginning of the latter growth. Latter growth in this instance means those saints that will come to be saved in the tribulation. This would seem to ask suit the context of these texts in a way.

It’s the “after the king’s reaping.” That immediately came to me as a sort of hidden hint of the rapture. Of course, it is only conjecture. Nevertheless, the verse is fascinating.

I then looked at the verse in the Septuagint as I was promoted to do this by someone else. What is there proves tantalizing.

Thus the Lord God showed me and behold, the offspring of locusts is coming early, and behold, one locust is Agag, the king.

Amos 7:1 — The Lexham English Septuagint (Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2012)

It’s is a whole different idea… Yet connected by the locusts. The name of the king is Agag. Agag is also the same name as Gog.

I will let your imaginations run…

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