Serpents Slay And Scorpions Sting Part II
he present series has been focusing on the twin powers which are symbolized throughout the Scriptures – and we've identified these factions, or Spiritual entities, as the Serpents and the Scorpions. Utilizing the vehicle of prophetic metaphor embedded in the Word of God, the LORD has demonstrated the two hemispheres of Satanic evil, imaged in Revelation 13 as the Antichrist beast and the False Prophet beast, may be distilled into twin identities described elsewhere in Revelation as the Serpent Spirit, and the Scorpion Spirit.
In our last installment, we showed how the Serpent Spirit is that which kills, and the Scorpion Spirit is that which causes torment. In chapter 9 of the epic unveiling that is the last book of the Bible, the imagery connects the concept of a lethal Serpent, with power that kills:
"…by these was the third part of men killed….for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads…" (Revelation 9:18,19).
The other faction, seen in the 5th trumpet, describes the locusts which sting like scorpions, and they do not kill, but instead cause torment:
"And to them it was given that they shouldnot kill them, but that they should be tormented…and they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails…" (Revelation 9:5, 10).
In Part I, I demonstrated these were the same two characteristics of the twin identities associated with the rider of the Pale Horse:
"And his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him" (Revelation 6:8).
By connecting "Death" with the fact the Serpents "kill," and noting the link between "Hell" with the non-lethal torment of the Scorpion, we see both Spirits arrive in conjunction with the Pale Horse – a fact we've previously shown is a specific era, as well as a crucial prophetic cycle.
There are many other threads which help to sculpt our perspective in this. For instance, the Serpent Spirit, being associated with the Antichrist, actually personifies Death, confirming the prior connection between "Death" and the imagery associated with that of a Serpent. For instance, JESUS is seen as the epitome of life throughout the New Covenant.
"I am the way, the truth, and the life…in Him was life; and the life was the light of men" (John 14:6, 1:4).
Since the very concept of "anti" Christ is the opposite of Christ who is life personified, the very definition of "Antichrist" would have to include death:
"He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life" (I John 5:12).
This confirms the linkage between the first beast of Revelation (the "Antichrist" beast), and the "Death" rider of the Pale Horse period. Contrast this with the False Prophet beast who, utilizing the power of deception, attempts to portray a viable course of action:
"And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth, by the means of those miracles which he had power to do…." (Revelation 13:14).
The fact the False Prophet leads those on the Earth in a religious vein (he is, after all, a "prophet"), indicates His deceptive powers turn people away from the Spirit of Life in Jesus Christ, towards the Spirit of Death in the Antichrist:
"….and [he] causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast…" (Revelation 13:22).
The net result is, the role of the False Prophet brings the "earthdwellers" into torment – the identical link between the Scorpion Spirit and the "Hell," who accompanies Death:
"And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast…he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone…" (Revelation 14:9,10).
The Scriptures go on to detail the torment of "Hell" as endless:
"And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night…" (Revelation 14:11).
We note the Spirit associated with Hell and the False Prophet precludes Death, as it speaks of eternalpunishment. We also see the False Prophet is he who seeks to navigate the transitional, middle ground between Life and Death. Furthermore, the False Prophet does this for gain, as is evidenced by the following facts.
When the Scriptures tell us the Scorpion power is hybridized with that of a locust, we gain additional insight. A locust consumes, and devours substance – but it does not kill. Once again, this is in sharp contrast with the attributes of a Serpent.
The reader will remember the plague of locusts in ancient Egypt, preceded the angelic messenger of Death – and the locusts consumed the substance of Egypt:
"…and the LORD brought an east wind upon the land all that day…and the locusts went up over all the land of Egypt…For they covered the face of the whole earth…and they did eat every herb of the land, and all the fruit of the trees…and there remained not any green thing…." (Exodus 10:14).
The "east wind" is a figure of judgment, and the Locust/Scorpion/Hell Spirit in the False Prophet shows the continuity of these identifications. From Balaam the false prophet "who loved the wages of unrighteousness" (II Peter 2:15), to Simon the Sorcererwho saw a monetary benefit to possessing the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:18), we see the Locust/Scorpion Spirit is associated with gain and acquisition:
Revelation tells us the Locusts which sting like Scorpions do not hurt the "grass" (another metaphor), but cause torment to those who have not the seal of God:
"And it was commanded them that they should…only [hurt] those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads" (Revelation 9:4).
That the true believers in Jesus Christ are immune to the Spiritual power of the Scorpion Spirit (Hell) and the Serpent Spirit (Death), is confirmed in the Gospels where Jesus tells the disciples He has given them authority:
"Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy…" (Luke 10:19).
Most Biblically literate believers know that when Jesus gave the Apostle Peter the "keys" of the kingdom of heaven, it had nothing to do with the later fraud claiming that Peter became a Pope; but very few realize the deeper significance of the statement.
"…upon this rock [the fact that Jesus Christ is LORD] I will build my church [read assembly]: and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it" (Matthew 16:18).
Christ was telling Peter that the Spirit of Hell, which is indeed in the False Prophet associated with the organized "church," will not prevail against His true assembly. Further, when Peter was given the "keys,"Revelation tells us those "keys" are the very same keys possessed by the one with the LIFE:
"I am he that liveth, and was dead; and behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death" (Revelation 1:18).
--- James Lloyd
(To Be Continued)
A further look at the issue of the Antichrist and False Prophet Beast identities is seen in the James Lloyd book entitled APOCALYPTIC LINGUISTICS.