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Crickets in the End Times?

December 11, 2008

When I first moved into my basement apartment a year and a half ago, I didn’t notice that I wasn’t the only one living here. It was a sunny August afternoon, when I was unpacking, that I lifted a cardboard box from the kitchen floor.

“Gack!,” I screamed.

There, beneath the box, was a large, ugly speckled cricket. I use the term, “cricket,” lightly.

In Maryland, these annoying basement bugs are usually called “spickets” or “jumpers” for their amazing ability to jump three feet or more into the air. Obviously, that was what a cricket-phobic basement tenant like me needed.

For the first several months living here, it was just a Raid can and me doing battle. At least once a day, I was tackling the tiny inhabitants out with my quick fire aim. Eventually, I complained to my landlady, hoping she’d hire an exterminator.

“Oh, come on Shayna,” she responded condescendingly. “They’re just crickets.”

It was clear that she was in favor of the bugs’ continued existence. Panged by slight guilt over my mercilessly murderous ways, I reverted to a childhood propensity to cope. 

I have vivid memories of capturing grasshoppers, caterpillars, and butterflies from the crisp, green grass in my childhood backyard. Surely, I could do the same with crickets in a dark apartment. Crickets are not at all like caterpillars, though, and the day after I would release a lucky captive into the backyard, he would be back again—startling me in the night by jumping on my bare foot as I walked to the bathroom.

“Just kill the crickets,” my boyfriend, Phil, would encourage me. “They’re a form of pestilence,” he would assure me. He was not at all conflicted about stomping rogue crickets at first sighting in my apartment.

Whenever I hear the word, “pestilence,” I always think about the plagues of Egypt that happened when Pharaoh hardened his heart and refused to release the Israelite people from captivity (Exodus Ch. 1-11). One of the plagues was the appearance of frogs (Exodus 8:1-15) and I imagine, just like my crickets, they were everywhere! 

Revelation 15 and 16 say that another seven plagues are going to come right before Jesus returns. Unlike the reversible plagues in Egypt, though, these plagues will be final signs of Jesus’ coming that end with a loud voice proclaiming, “It is done!” (Revelation 16:17).

I admit that it’s easier to read Matthew or Psalms than it is to read Revelation sometimes, but Revelation 16:15 implores us to read the about the end times so that we won’t be deceived or blinded about the signs of Jesus’ coming. Why don’t you read Revelation 16 today? Then, leave me a comment and tell me what you think!

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