From a Grasshopper to a Locust
A picture of Wisdom and the End-time conditions for revival


Proverbs 30:24,27
    24 There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise: ...
    27 The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands; 

Remember:     God says these are a picture of wisdom.

Because of this they should be studied.

A Locust is a grasshopper gone corporate.

    1.    A grasshopper is a loner
        a.    He represents a strong individualist
        b.    A grasshopper lives alone,
        c.    Works alone
        d.    Basically has only his family around him.

In order for a grasshopper to become a locust a number of conditions are necessary.

    1.    Excessive moisture for the area.
        a.    Joel 2:23 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month
            i.    Because this is so important I want to quote this from the Hermeneia commentary on Joel-Amos.
                (1)    “teacher can be derived (from the Hebrew letters used for early rain)in 34 manuscripts. Rabbinic tradition interprets the early rain as a “teacher”: it instructs the people to bring the fruits into the house and make the roofs watertight;”
                    (i)    This speaks of preparation for a further rain of greater intensity.
        ii.     If the early rain is a “teacher of righteousness”, and the same type of wording is used of the other “rains”, then the scripture is speaking of a deluge of rain/teaching that will moisten the spiritual ground changing the nature of the individualist.
        iii.    “It is the expectation of a teacher in the end-time, who would answer all questions,” among Rabbinic Judaism.  Several portions quoted from the rabbinic literature.
            (1)    “until he shall arise who teaches righteousness at the end of days”
                (a)    “until he shall come and teach righteousness.
            (2)    “Related to pouring out of the spirit is the pouring out of the heart. (Ps. 62:9[8]; Lam 2:19) or of the soul (1 Sam. 1:15; Ps 42:5[4]), connoting an unreserved unburdening of confidences, an open sharing of one’s thinking and willing, one’s feeling and insight. Yet spirit is not primarily an organ of cognition (like heart) or of desire (like soul) it is a vital power and will towards action. As such it is not at man’s disposal(...); it is given freely by God to sustain human life, or for special mighty deeds and for historical tasks. Spirit as vital power is on principle the opposite of the feebleness of flesh.... their understanding is
                (a)    “the spirit that is poured out to provide strengthening for the end-time battles of wickedness.
            (3)    the pouring out of God’s spirit upon flesh means the establishment of new, vigorous life through God’s unreserved giving of himself to those who, in themselves, are rootless and feeble, especially in the approaching times of judgment.
            (4)    “It is the relationship to God, then, which has become completely new in the new creation through the pouring out of the spirit.
            (5)    Before the wealth of such an outpouring, all distinctions of sex and age recede completely, indeed even the contrasts of social position. Such is the future towards which Israel moves. The receiving of the spirit is the is the beginning, if the great and terrible Day of Yahweh (3:4b) is to pass Israel by.
        iv.    The nature of this outpouring is described in
            (1)    Zechariah 12:10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.
                (a)    The spirit of Grace includes all that we have been saying in our teaching on grace thus far, and those things that we will continue to teach on grace for the next little while. Remember that grace is a part of His nature that He wants us to obtain.

2.    Crowded conditions

a.    Acts 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. 
b.    Acts 4:4 Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand.
c.    Crowded conditions are essential to changing the character and nature the grasshopper to that of a locust.

3.    Close contact with other locusts.

    a.    Malachi 3:16 Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.
    b.    Acts 2:42-47  And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. 44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common; 45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. 46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,  47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
    c.    Acts 4:4 Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand.
    d.    Acts 6:1-7  And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. 2 Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. 3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. 4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. 5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch: 6 Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them. 7 And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.


This produces certain changes in the nature of the grasshopper.

1.    They who are normally solitary in nature, become sociable insects and enjoy one another's company.
    a.    Refer back to some of the former scriptures in point 3 of the above.
    b.    They change colour also, and go through several changes that they would not if they were in solitary.
        i.    2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. 
        ii.    Romans 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written,  The just shall live by faith.
        iii.    John 1:16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.
    c.    The need to support such a vast number drives them to the skys and to travel long distances.
        i.    Acts 6:1-5  And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. 2 Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables. 3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. 4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word. 5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch:


These conditions prepare them for the “going forth by bands”, although “they have no king” or appointed leadership.

In their going forth we find interesting parallels for spiritual truths.

1.    They follow the winds.

    a.    John 3:8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

2.    Their chief motivation is food. Hunger becomes a driving force.

    a.    Matthew 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

3.    Unless they are killed, the swarm stays together, so great has been the alteration to their nature.

    a.    They become committed
        i.    Ruth 1:16-17  And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:  17 Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.
    b.    The joining is permanent
        i.    Matthew 19:6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
        ii.    Mark 10:9  What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
        iii.    1 Corinthians 1:10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.


Man has never seen the wisdom in these whom God calls wise. A deeper study of them would reveal more of why God allows them.