So, brothers, ring yourselves about
With nets to keep the devils out,
And shrink not, brothers, from the kill:
'Tis but your own suck'd blood you spill.
This happened a couple of weeks back, but I haven't gotten around to posting about it until now.
My place of business had a serious mosquito problem for several months. We had tried everything -- putting draught excluders on all the doors in case they were coming in through the cracks, running an electric bug zapper all night -- but it seemed there were still always lots of mosquitoes in the building. We thought they must somehow be breeding inside the building but couldn't find anywhere where they could be doing it.
On October 30, I finally found where they were coming from. On the floor of the back room there are, for reasons unknown to me, two little circular metal covers, as if there had once been drains in the floor but someone decided to repurpose the room and seal them up. (Perhaps that's what happened, I don't know. It's not a new building.) That night, I noticed that one of these seemed a little loose, so that I was able to open it with my fingers. I did so, and a veritable cloud of mosquitoes came pouring out. I sprayed them all, sprayed inside the hole itself, and then put the cover back in place and taped it down so that it wouldn't come loose again. Since then, there hasn't been a single mosquito.
Why do I consider this a good omen? Because a swarm of insects coming up out of a pit is an apocalyptic image -- from Revelation 9 -- and one that I wrote about recently, in the May 31 post "Do the locusts have a king?" The bottomless pit is opened, and monstrous "locusts" are unloosed, and "their power was to hurt men five months" (Rev. 9:10). The sealing of the pit, then, corresponds to Revelation 20, where Satan is bound and cast into the bottomless pit, which is then sealed shut for a thousand years ("the Millennium").
It's a curious coincidence that I posted "Do the locusts have a king?" -- illustrated with the Rodney Matthews painting "Out of the Pit" -- on May 31. This was a symbol of the pit opening -- and five months later, this symbol of the pit closing. If we look at calendar dates, from May 31 to October 30 is one day short of five months. But if we consider a "month" to be one-twelfth of a year -- 30.4 days -- it is exactly five months (152 days).
Not sure what to make of this, but, as I say, I take it as a good omen.