Well, of course you know that the bible is full of fact too...Not just symbolism but it also says things just the way they are, just the way they will be...I believe the book of Revelation is full of factual things as well as symbolic. To say the locust are the Arabs is akin to saying the Antichrist is the pope....
Speaking of the Arabs, Judges 6:5 say’s...
"For they came up with their cattle and their tents, and they came as [COLOR=#336600]grasshoppers for multitude[/COLOR]; for both they and their camels were without number: and they entered into [COLOR=#006633]the land to destroy it."[/COLOR]
Arab tribes and are associated with grasshoppers or ‘LOCUST.’ Gesenius says that the Midianites are of an Arab nation, and the Amalekites are the descendants of Esau. In Genesis 37:25 the Midianites seem identified with the Ishmaelites. Strong's says Midian or Midianite' = "strife."
Nahum says about the [COLOR=#006600]Arabs... "Make thyself many as the locusts." Nah.3:5 [/COLOR]
Now you show me where there's a specific figurative reference to the Pope. You can't do it because it doesn't exist.
Nearly the entire chapter of Joel 2 is end-time prophecy. Look. what he says about the locust...
[COLOR=#006600]And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten,[/COLOR] the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.
This verse tells me that Israel will be devoured by Arabic tribes and clans i.e. Muslims, but when Christ returns Israel will be restored.
A.R. Fausset said,
25. locust. . . cankerworm. . . caterpiller. . . palmer worm--the reverse order from Joe 1:4, where (see on JF & B for Joe 1:4) God will restore not only what has been lost by the full-grown consuming locust, but also what has been lost by the less destructive licking locust, and swarming locust, and gnawing locust.
There were over 200 Arab tribes in Iraq before 911. Northern Africa has over 250 Arab tribes and clans. That I believe is what Joel is referring to. ARAB TRIBES AND CLANS. The offspring of Babylon the Great.
Israel is surrounded by every kind of locust.
[COLOR=#0000b3]An old woman once said to her grandson, "Prophecy was meant to fool us."[/COLOR]
Revelation and much of end-time prophecy is written in riddles. On the surface, it just makes no sense. Much of it has a hidden and sometimes, dual meaning. It's like a puzzle with pieces that don't fit and we have to use logic and common sense to make them fit. A hermeneutic.
A beast with two horns that imposes a mark? A beast with seven heads and ten horns with a harlot sitting upon it? Eating a book? The leviathan is a "king over the children of disobedience? A woman is a city? A beast with a fatal head wound that's healed and returns?
There's so much figurative stuff that makes no sense, so we shouldn't limit or understanding by adhering to only one view.....We need to be open minded and employ a sensible hermeneutic to make any sense of it at all. Sometimes there's BOTH a literal and figurative meaning hidden in it.
So when it comes to Revelation 9 which is chuck full of symbols depicting literal events with demonic influence and possible demon possession, we need to open our minds a bit to understand it. AND ACCEPT WHAT TRUTHS WE DO SEE IN IT. We have to look at the entire picture. Not just the 200 million and say it's China.
The east wind is said to bring the locust. [/COLOR]
Exodus 10:13 And Moses stretched forth his rod over the land of Egypt, and the LORD brought an east wind upon the land all that day, and all that night; and when it was morning, [COLOR=#006600]the east wind brought the locusts.[/COLOR]
Habakkuk 1:9 "They shall come all for violence: (Islamic terrorism) their faces shall sup up as the east wind, (Islamic form of worship) and they shall gather the captivity as the sand." (large oppressive religion/world domination).
Terrorism, their form of worship, and goal of world domination ALL IN ONE VERSE!
[COLOR=#006600]The east wind is always associated with evil and destruction. [/COLOR] [COLOR=#006600]Sup up[/COLOR] means to do so as a horde or an assembly. Islam is the only religion where it's followers "sup their face up to the east" even 5 times a day.
E. Swedenborg (1688-1772) said, "That wind, and especially the east wind, signifies nothing else than the dispersion of falsities and evils."
Listen my friend! One CANNOT study the Word of God intellectually! It must be done by the Spirit of the One who wrote this wonderful letter to you. He is your teacher, He is your councellor. He is your teacher. That wonderful computer between your ears is not capable of understanding the things of the Spirit.
I've had some people say, "I know I'm right because I have the Holy Spirit and he wouldn't lie to me."