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The locusts are symbolic and locusts are used as a symbol in the Old Testament. In Joel we read Joel describing a locust invasion that had struck the land of Israel. Based on this event, Joel describes a nation that will come against Israel like a locust invasion. Blow a trumpet in Zion; sound an alarm on my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming; it is near, 2 a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness!
Like blackness there is spread upon the mountains a great and powerful people; their like has never been before, nor will be again after them through the years of all generations. The land is like the garden of Eden before them, but behind them a desolate wilderness, and nothing escapes them. Joel —5 ESV. Notice that the locusts sound like a powerful army coming against the nation of Israel. Verses make the connection that the locusts are an army very clear.
The locusts have the appearance of horses and they leap like the rumbling of chariots. The torment of the locusts is allowed for five months. The lifespan of locusts is five months and the duration season when locusts would attack is five months. This seems to be the reason for using this number of months for the duration of the torment. The suffering and torment will not be for a few days but for the duration of the life of the locusts.
This attack will only end when the attackers have completed their devastation. The torment is as painful as the sting of a scorpion and the suffering will be so severe that people will want to die.
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They will seek death but not find it. I believe this suffering represents the Roman siege against Jerusalem from AD. I will give an explanation why shortly. The locusts are described as a powerful army. Many of the descriptions in these verses are similar to what we read in Joel and Joel Revelation is showing us that this is not a literal locust attack. Rather the locust represent a terrifying ruling army. Notice that the locusts are wearing gold crowns showing that they have authority over the earth.
This is another reason to see the locusts as the Roman Empire. The Roman Empire in the first century is the world power that dominates and rules over the earth. Verses simply enhance the imagery of fierceness with which this attack will come. This invasion will be terrible and destructive.
In Jeremiah the prophet describes the coming of horses in war as locusts. The locusts represent the Roman Empire and its invasion against Judea and Jerusalem. In Revelation we see a parallel image. The abyss is open and we see the beast rising up from the abyss. Revelation again reveals that the beast is what is rising up from the abyss. We will see in Revelation 13 that the beast represents the Roman Empire, a point where all scholars agree. We will see when we get to Revelation 11 and 13 why the book uses the image of beast for the Roman Empire.
What we need to see at this point is that the locusts and the beast represent the same entity. Both are unleashed from the abyss. In Revelation 12 and 13 we see the dragon unleashing the beast for war. The dragon is identified as Satan Revelation and the beast is the Roman Empire Revelation ; In Revelation we are told who this fallen star is. His name is Abaddon in Hebrew and Apollyon in Greek. The word Abaddon means destruction and the word Apollyon means destroyer. He is the one who has unleashed the locusts in this judgment.
I believe there is no doubt that the destroyer refers to Satan. Satan is the ruler who has fallen to earth. Revelation confirm the meaning of this image. Further, the Qumran community spoke of Abaddon fifteen times in their writings.
The Destroyer (Revelation 9) – Revelation Made Clear
Abaddon is spoken of with Sheol the place of the dead in Hebrew and is tied to Belial. Belial is the name the Qumran community used to refer to Satan cf. Even the apostle Paul used the name Belial to refer to Satan and a fellowship with darkness. What accord has Christ with Belial?
Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? Satan is shown as unleashing the beast in Revelation In Revelation 9 Satan is called Abaddon and Apollyon.
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In Revelation 12 Satan is called the dragon. In Revelation 9 the Roman Empire is described as locusts. In Revelation 13 the Roman Empire is described as the beast.
The weight of this interpretation has become unavoidable. In Revelation we observed that the method of the killing was the way God promised to judge Israel for disobedience Leviticus ; Ezekiel ; Jeremiah In Revelation we are told that the servants of God are those who have come through the great tribulation.
That one place is in Matthew where Jesus is predicting the destruction of Jerusalem by the Roman armies cf. Luke Revelation 9 has revealed destroying locusts, an image used of a world power. More proofs of this will be seen in chapters 10 and 11 of Revelation. Verse 12 tells us that this is only one woe. As terrible as that fifth trumpet sounded there are two more woes to come.
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An unknown time later, Tyr met with the five proto-dragons, informing them that Galakrond was sleeping in a mountain range to the north and that it was the perfect time to attack. He told them to eat before doing so, and just before they left Tyr held the octagonal artifact before Nozdormu and Neltharion as he had to the others before. After doing so, Tyr vanished in the blink of an eye.
Tyr and the proto-dragons met up near Galakrond's slumbering place, which Kalecgos would later note in his visions was nowhere near Galakrond's Rest. Save for Ysera, they all began the battle against Galakrond, who had grown larger and even more mutated than before. Throughout the battle, the octagonal object on Tyr's belt glowed ever brighter.
When Galakrond suddenly expanded in size without warning, Tyr's hammer could no longer harm him. With a flap of wings, Galakrond called up a massive wind that scattered the fighters. Ysera suddenly appeared and Galakrond attempted to devour her, but Tyr silenced his laughter with a mighty blow from his hammer. Tyr pulled Galakrond to the ground and began to mercilessly beat him even as Galakrond began mutating further - as he began to resemble a true dragon. In the battle, Tyr's hammer and the strange artifact were knocked free from his person.
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Tyr reached to grab the artifact, just as Galakrond's massive maw came within range and the monster clamped down on Tyr's hand. Malygos moved to save Tyr, examining the bloody stump as Galakrond roared in triumph and grew ever larger. An unconscious Tyr was brought to a frozen lake by the proto-dragons, only to vanish from the shore. After being attacked by two not-living Ysera and the others found they could not find Tyr where they left him, concluding that some beast must have taken him for food. After recuperating Neltharion and the others decide to hunt down Galakrond in order to kill him once and for all or die trying.
Nozdormu, along with the others would be stunned to learn that Galakrond had began to devour the not-living in order to feed his hunger and shortly after would engage in battle with the behemoth. During the battle Neltharion would work closely with Malygos and the pair would ultimately kill Galakrond after they forced a boulder down his throat. After killing Galakrond Neltharion and the others were approached by two other watchers, who revealed that they had taken Tyr to help him.
Agreeing to protect Azeroth with his friends, the two watchers were joined by two others and the titans acted through the keepers to transform Neltharion and the others into the Dragon Aspects. One of their first acts was to encourage the rumor that titans created them from Galakrond, to prevent the truth about Galakrond from leaking to ensure no one would follow in the behemoth's footsteps.
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When fallen Keeper Loken instigated the Winterskorn War , fought between the Winterskorn vrykul and the earthen , Tyr and his allies fought on the earthen's side. However, when Tyr realized that they could not win against the Winterskorn clan alone, he called upon the Dragon Aspects for aid. The noble Aspects grew enraged upon seeing so many dead titan-forged. Their fury only deepened when they learned that proto-dragons had been enslaved.