The Fifth Angel?
Tuesday, December 31, 1997 Last day of year
It was about 3:00 A.M. on Tuesday morning and I had spent considerable time on the computer. After shutting it down, I had gone directly to bed, and prayed briefly after I laid down.
The Giant Angel?
Soon after my prayers were ended, I began to notice something moving in the darkness of my closed eyes. It was much like a giant man standing very close, leaning somewhat to the right.
He was too big and too close to see him completely, and not well defined in the darkness. I wasn’t exactly sure of what I saw as I tried to look him up and down.
The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss. When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss. And out of the smoke locusts came down upon the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth. Rev 9:1-3 (NIV)
I don’t know if this was an actual angel. If it was, he was massive, with huge muscular arms, bulging with muscles all over the shoulders, neck and anywhere you looked. I am not certain if he had wings or not, because this was a very dark image highlighted only around the edges. However, I had the distinct impressions that there were wings. I did not see or hear a trumpet.
They had tails and stings like scorpions, and in their tails they had power to torment people for five months. Rev 9:10 (NIV)
The scene changed abruptly to one in which there was a sort of broad roadway filled with marching figures. I could not hear their footsteps, but they were all swaying exactly in unison as they marched forward toward me.
These figures were pitch-black silhouettes against a lighter gray background of the road and a slightly lighter gray skyline. The heads of the figures had the outline similar to the “Darth Vader” of the movies.
They were all uniform in size and uniform in their outline, and were marching in a lock step, swaying very noticeably as they moved, almost an exaggerated motion.
These troops had canisters and hoses attached to their backs, and I had the impression that these were chemical weapons.
Were these chemical weapons with hoses running from the backs the locusts with stinging tails that had the power to torment people for 5 months that John saw as in Rev 5:10 above?
They were not given power to kill them, but only to torture them for five months. And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes a man. During those days men will seek death, but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them. Rev 9:5-6 (NIV)
Soon the scene changed to a massive room that was evidently a makeshift hospital ward. There was pandemonium as people dressed in blue-green uniforms were being carried into the ward in huge numbers. Soon every cot was filled with people and the aisles were filled also. There was virtually standing room only as people were being attended to by those few standing.
The entire scene was simply one of confusion. People were being brought in on stretchers at first and moved to beds/cots, and as the place filled up, they simply moved around as if looking for an empty place, finally setting them down on the floor.
My entire field of view was filled with these people, some standing, some lying down in rows that were the original beds, some lying down in the spaces between the rows.
Men worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can make war against him?” The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty-two months. He opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. Rev 13:4-7 (NIV)
The ward room disappeared and was replaced by a large, and well-defined silhouette of a dragon.
This dragon first appeared as a smaller red splash in my field of view, perhaps the size of a penny at arms length, that kept moving around. As I looked, the outline of the dragon’s head formed around the red splash. The dragon’s mouth was open and the red area became the inside of the mouth. I could see the full outline of the dragon’s body and tail as it stood almost erect.
As I continued to look at the dragon, the red area continued to move and then I realized that the red area was the dragon’s tongue and the tongue was shaped like a miniature red dragon, complete with head and body, but the tail of the smaller red dragon was attached inside the mouth of the larger dark dragon, apparently the root of the tongue. The dragon marched toward me and was quite large, covering the entire road, prancing on its hind legs and tail, swinging its massive head from one side of the road to the other. The road was lined with what appeared to be worshipers.
The vision ended at that point.
I did not write this down until nearly 6PM of the following night. I added this comment because I can still see the images very clearly after sleeping all night and being active all day. Like my other visions, I have not lost any of the details as I normally would, had I been dreaming.
Note: after 10 years the visions are still as strong as ever.
It occurs to me that the Dragon had multiple heads, but not heads sprouting out of necks connected together as you would expect. The heads were actually heads within heads as the mouth of each dragon had a tongue shaped like another dragon, and that smaller dragon had a mouth with a tongue also shaped like a dragon. I wonder if this is the way John also saw them.
In addition to the visions that I had before I went to sleep, I also had a dream during the night in which I repeatedly saw two names. Although I woke up once and almost wrote the names down, I decided to wait until morning. I did not remember the names, nor their significance when I woke up, but the earlier vision remained crystal clear and is clear today.
Now almost a year later, as I review this vision in my mind, the entire vision is clear, but the separate dream is completely gone – I don’t remember the dream at all. And again 9 and 1/2 years later, it is still vivid.
These have been the visions of one ordinary person. The visions stopped as suddenly as they started. There have been a few other visions that I’ve not posted for one reason or another.
Over the years I’ve collected a number of visions that others have received, all members of my own church or friends. If you ask around, you will be suprised at how many ordinary people that you know will admit to have had a vision. I’ll revisit my freinds and post here any that they say that I can.
I plan now to post some insights similar to the “Does God Change His Mind?” that I’ve derived from these visions. I will also post any visions that appear genuine that my readers send in.
Thank you for visiting my site. If you are a new reader, I suggest you go back to my earliest posts and start from there. These are all true visions, nothing made up. Each was disclosed to my pastor the day after they occurred.
Grace and Peace,
James A. Tabb
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