The great army of Joel 2
In Joel’s prophecy, God’s people are described under the figure of a plague of locusts. [vs. 25] The locust metaphor alludes to the Israelites in the wilderness. After the Exodus, Moses commissioned representatives from each tribe to survey the land that Israel was to inherit. When they returned after 40 days some of the spies gave an evil report, describing the people dwelling in the land as giants, and themselves as grasshoppers. People who have not entered the saints’ promised land are represented in Joel’s prophecy by locusts.
In the gospels, and in Revelation, Jesus is described as the bridegroom, and the Church is his bride. The marriage supper is featured in the parable of the ten virgins, [Matt. 25:1-13] and in a parable about the wedding garment. [Matt. 22:1-14] In Revelation 19, the marriage of the Lamb is announced:
The following is a commentary on the second woe of Revelation 9:13-21 by William Fulke (1538-1589).
William Fulke. Praelections vpon the sacred and holy Reuelation of S. Iohn, written in latine by William Fulke Doctor of Diuinitie, and translated into English by George Gyffard, Imprinted at London: By Thomas Purfoote, at the signe of the Lucrece, Anno. 1573. pp. 48-61. (Spelling modified.)
Some of the parables of Jesus about the kingdom of heaven provide clues that help us to understand and properly interpret the prophecies in Revelation.
The following is a commentary and interpretation of the second woe of Revelation 9 by Franciscus Junius (1545-1602). [From: Franciscus Junius. The Apocalyps, or Reuelation of S. Iohn the apostle and euangelist of our Lord [U. of Cambridge, 1596. pp. 105-111. Spelling has been modified.]
The following is Lange’s commentary on the second woe of Rev. 9:13-21.
John Peter Lange, Commentary on the Holy Scriptures, Critical, Doctrinal and Homilectical. 1874. vol. 10. pp. 209-212.