In his vision of the end times, the Apostle John reported two interesting incidents taking place that would have a profound impact on the end times.
In the first few verses of Revelation 9, the Apostle John saw a star falling from heaven with a key that unlocked the abyss releasing a horde of demonic locusts on the earth. These creatures described as having human faces were allowed to torment the world for five months.
In verse 11, we are told that the king of this army of locusts was Abbadon or Apollyon that literally means ‘the destroyer’.
Many suspect that John’s reference to Apollyon referred to the ancient Greek god Apollo, that had the locust as its symbol. Ironically, many of the ancient Roman emperors such as Caligula and Nero looked upon themselves as human manifestations of Apollo.
It suggests that this particular demonic spirit focuses on influencing political leaders and both Caligula and Nero initiated horrific persecutions against Christians.
Then in verses 13-16 at the sounding of the sixth trumpet, John saw four angels, that had been bound at the Euphrates, were also released and that they would bring devastation on the earth.
So, who are these imprisoned locusts and bound angels?
Most Biblical writers state that the locusts probably describe a release of demons and the four angels refer to a release of evil spirits or four higher level angels in the demonic realm.
It is also suggested that these satanic beings are who the Apostle Peter was referring to when he talked of disobedient spirits imprisoned during the Days of Noah (1 Peter 3:19-20).
Many believe Peter was referring to the disobedient sons of God or angels who married the daughters of men prior to the flood (Genesis 6:1-3). The term sons of God was used throughout the Old Testament to refer to angels (Job 1:6).
If these angels/demons were imprisoned because of these marriages, then their release in the end times would dramatically increase the number of demonic beings in the world.
And one of the signs of this will be more overt attacks against believers.
Over the past few weeks several churches across America have been vandalized.
But in two instances, police found blatant Satanic symbols.
In the attack launched against a church in Shreveport, Louisiana, there was no attempt to disguise the demonic source as the Mark of the Beast (666) and pentagrams were painted on the doors of the Temple of Greater Works.
Then in Kansas City, Lighthouse on the Rock was also broken into, vandalized and robbed. According to reports nearly every drawer and cabinet in the church was opened and emptied.
But robbers also left several satanic images that included defacing a cross with satanic symbols, and according to ChurchLeaders.com also left this disturbing message:
“I am not Godless, I have spoken to the Father, and I will stop and repent. Don’t let hate into your hearts. Forgive me as he has…not good but not evil. -Tophet-”
The word Topheth is found in Jeremiah 7:31 and refers to a spot where the Jews sacrificed their children to Molech.
These blatant satanic attacks are intended to intimidate and create fear in the hearts of Christians.
While an increased number of demonic beings will lead to more overt attacks, it will also result in more deception and delusion as Satan tries to deceive believers.
In Matthew 24:24, Jesus warned of false messiahs and false prophets making an appearance in the end times, who will try to deceive even the elect.
An example of this may be QAnon, a dark source on the web, that over the past couple of years has been spreading several conspiracy theories related to politics and then US President Donald Trump.
The leader of this group, a mysterious person named QAnon, claims to have close connections to then President Trump and US military intelligence and released information stating that Trump would be returned to the White House even after losing the Nov. 6, 2020 presidential election.
Believers were caught up in these QAnon declarations with some Christian prophets stating that Trump would be restored to the presidential office in December, then on Jan 6, 2021 and when that didn’t happen predicted it would then take place on or before the January 20, 2021 inauguration day.
I even watched a Christian prophet actually cite QAnon sources while discussing her prophecies about Trump.
Could QAnon be one of those false prophets that Christ warned about, that would seek to deceive even the elect?