The Gnawer, The
Swarmer, The Devourer and The Consumer.
These four stages describe the complete and total destruction by Satan's locust army.
When our Father uses an analogy of a person, or an animal, or a place, or a thing, we are supposed to understand the characteristics of that person, place, or thing in order to gain a more in-depth understanding of that which He would have us know. Therefore we need to know at least the basics of what locusts are and how they behave and especially how they eat since that is what verse four describes them doing in Four Different Stages.Joel 1:4
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 caterpiller eaten.
"What are locusts?Those of you with eyes to see and ears to hear, who understand about the latter day rain, might find the following information of great interest:
Locusts are insects belonging to the order Orthoptera. They are identical in appearance to grasshoppers with which they share the family Acrididae. The only difference between the two types of insects is that locusts can exist in two different behavioural states (solitary and gregarious) whereas grasshoppers do not. When the population density is low locusts behave as individuals, much like grasshoppers. However, when the population density is high locusts form highly mobile gregariously behaving bands of nymphs or swarms of adults. It is this change from one behavioural state to another, known as phase change, that makes locusts such devastating pests. Phase change may be accompanied by changes in body shape and colour, and in fertility, survival and migratory behaviour. These changes are so dramatic in many species that the swarming and non-swarming forms were once considered to be different species."
"What causes a locust plague? In general, locust plagues occur when widespread areas of inland Australia receive good rainfall in successive seasons. High rainfall stimulates good growth of grass rendering the habitat ideal for locust breeding."It is the gentle rain that falls from heaven, from God's Word, that gives "life" and makes things "green" as was declared long ago in that great "Song of Moses" which the overcomers of Satan and his locust army will be singing at the victory celebration in Rev. 15:3.
Yes, our Father pours out the rain to make the earth bring forth abundantly, but the locusts swarm to consume everything that is "green" before them, leaving nothing but desolation and waste behind them.Deut. 32:2
My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass.
Also, you will find the four stages of the locust noted in your Companion Bible which are as follows:
These four stages describe the complete and total destruction by Satan's locust army. "4" is also the number which denotes "earth" (see appendix 10 in your Companion Bible) for the whole earth is consumed in the wake of the locusts. They also describe their MO, their method of operation as to how they enter in and the stages by which the locusts, through the Four Hidden Dynasties, devour the earth. Just remember that the locusts spoken of here in Joel and in Revelation are symbolic of MEN, not insects, for they make up the "nation" we shall read of in verse 6! See pamphlet #1314
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