|It is always best to
look to the Old Testament for clues in interpretation of Revelation; the book is steeped in its imagery, and we
need to remember that these images would have been very obvious to John the
|In the book of Joel,
one of the minor prophets, we have a prophetic picture of an invasion. Most scholars (but not all) hold that this
portrays the taking of Jerusalem by the Assyrian empire -- certainly in
chapter 2. Those who hold to the
futurist opinion often claim that chapter 1 (which describes the locusts) is
a completely separate prophecy.
However, the conjunction is such that many scholars take the “locust”
for a metaphor of an invading army.
Note the similarities:
|• teeth of a lion
|We have here some
slight clue as to what John was talking about: an invading army. Given the difficulty commentators have in
agreeing on the meaning of this phrase, I submit it as the best of many