And out of the smoke locusts came down upon the earth and were
given power like that of scorpions of the earth. They were told not to harm the grass of
the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God
on their foreheads. They were not given power to kill them, but only to torture them for
five months. And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when
it strikes a man.
We have seen a plague of locusts before (see Exodus chapter 10) but
this one is different. In Exodus, the locusts ate all of the green plants that were left
in Egypt but this time they are not allowed to harm any plants. These locusts have
stingers like scorpions and are out to torture the people that are left on the earth.
I've never been stung by a scorpion but it does not sound like a good thing especially
if it continues to sting you for five months. But, even in this terrible situation, we
see the grace of God as the time is limited to five months. It's going to be a tough
five months for these people but it does end.