The word ‘seal’ in
Greek is, ‘sphragis’ and it means, "a signet as fencing in or
protection from misappropriation; by implication the stamp impressed as a
mark of privacy, or genuineness." (Strong’s #4973)
The seal of God and the mark
of Satan in the forehead is, an Hebrew idiom that means, "in the mind."
This sealing by God is our Ark of the end time that protects us spiritually
from Satan’s flood of lies; by shutting the truth in our minds concerning
his deception (Revelation 12:15-17). In Noah’s generation, God shut
the door of the Ark to protect Noah and all that was with him from the flood
in their day (Genesis 7:16).
Revelation 9:5-And to them
it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be
tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a
scorpion, when he striketh a man.
Locust, by nature, have a
life span of five months, May through September. The locust
mentioned here are not an army of grasshoppers but an army of religious
deceivers that will inundate the whole world with lies. The prophet Joel
knew that this flood was coming and he blew the trumpet of truth to warn
Christians concerning this locust army that will march against the world.
However because of the Biblical illiteracy of our so-called men of the
cloth, most Christians who study under their tutelage are spiritually deaf
to the warning sounds of the prophets Joel’s trumpet. For this reason, they
will be shocked to find out that God is the one who send this demonic army
against His own children to correct them for the sin of idolatry
(Joel 2:11-17 & Joel 2:25).
Joel 2:25-And I will restore
to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the
caterpillar, and the palmerworm, My
great army which I sent among you.
These four judgments of
correction are what foolish Christians can expect when they allow themselves
to be brainwashed with lies and false teaching. Over and over in the
Scripture, God has warned us to come out from among the false religionist
and receive not the judgments of Babylon (Revelation 18:4-5, Jeremiah
50:6-8, Jeremiah 51:6-9). God’s people, like dumb sheep, have closed
their ears to the voice of the true Shepherd and have foolishly listened to
the voice of the idol shepherd. And for this reason, the locust will be sent
(John 10:1-6 and Zechariah 11:15-17).
Joel 1:3-6 Tell ye your
children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their
children another generation. That which the palmerworm hath left hath the
locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten;
and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpillar eaten.
Awake, ye drunkards, and weep; and howl, all ye drinkers of wine, because of
the new wine; for it is cut off from your mouth.