Gears of War and the Bible Part 1: The Locust Horde

Gears of War Locust Horde Intro

*Note: images below come from YouTube and Gears of War Wiki.

The Locust Horde are the antagonists of the Gears of War (abbreviated GOW) series. Since their introduction in 2006, they have become iconic. Starting with the release of Gears of War 3 in 2011, players eagerly assumed control over various Locust warriors in Beast mode, and in the OverRun mode found in Gears of War: Judgement.

Incidentally, the Locust Horde are incredibly similar to the locusts found in Revelation…

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We will simply compare the Locust Horde of Gears of War to the locusts in Revelation 9.

Revelation 9:1-3:

And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.

And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was 4given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.

This verse said that the bottomless pit was opened, smoke came out of the pit, and out of the smoke came the locusts. This concept is easily seen in the Locust Horde’s Emergence Holes (E-Holes).

Gears of War 3 Raam's Shadow Locust Emergence Hole Sequence from YouTube (1)

The vehicle being driven is an Armadillo APC.

Gears of War 3 Raam's Shadow Locust Emergence Hole Sequence from YouTube (2)

Gears of War 3 Raam's Shadow Locust Emergence Hole Sequence from YouTube (3)

Those claws to the right belong to a Corpser, a Locust creature large enough to easily fling the Armadillo, and create giant holes for Locust to emerge from.

Gears of War 3 Raam's Shadow Locust Emergence Hole Sequence from YouTube (4)

Gears of War 3 Raam's Shadow Locust Emergence Hole Sequence from YouTube (5)

Gears of War 3 Raam's Shadow Locust Emergence Hole Sequence from YouTube (6)

The Corpser is dragging the Armadillo back into the hole.

Gears of War 3 Raam's Shadow Locust Emergence Hole Sequence from YouTube (7)

Control, this is Zeta Six! llima City is under attack. Repeat: Locust invasion, llima City is under attack!

Gears of War 3 Raam's Shadow Locust Emergence Hole Sequence from YouTube (8)

What has been created by the Corpser is called an “Emergence Hole.” It is a pit leading to the Hollow (underground home of the Locust), allowing the Locust to attack from virtually anywhere.

Gears of War 3 Raam's Shadow Locust Emergence Hole Sequence from YouTube (9)

Notice the Locust coming out of the smoke of the pit.

Gears of War Emergence Hole from YouTube

An overhead shot of an Emergence Hole.

Gears of War 3 RAAMs Shadow Normal Emergence Hole Sequence 2 from YouTube (1)

The most common type of Emergence Hole is a bit smaller, but has the same characteristics.

Gears of War 3 RAAMs Shadow Normal Emergence Hole Sequence 2 from YouTube (2)

Gears of War 3 RAAMs Shadow Normal Emergence Hole Sequence 2 from YouTube (3)

The Locust coming out of the smoke of the pit.

A quote from the Gears is:

Ask any Gear and they’ll tell you the Locust come straight from Hell.

We know that the bottomless pit is hell from verses like Isaiah 14:15:

[God speaking to Satan] “Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

More evidence that the Locust of GOW are demonic creatures like those of Revelation is the Horde’s religion.

They worship a “Trinity of Worms.

GOW Trinity of Worms artifact from YouTube

For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father [God], the Word [Jesus], and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” (1 John 5:7)

Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” (James 2:19)

Their basic beliefs are found inscribed on the Rulers of Nexus [their capital city] Plates,  and on the Kantus Scroll (which is made of human skin):

Kantus Scroll and translation:

GOW Kantus Scrolls artifact from YouTube

When man [to] the Worms [said] what is your name? The Worms answer, My name is “Horde” for we are many with…

Rulers of Nexus Plates and translation:

GOW Rulers of Nexus Plates artifact from YouTube

When man [to] The Worms [said] what is your name? [covered] we are many with vengeance.

But when he [a possessed man] saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.

For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit [a devil]. And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying,

My name is Legion: for we are many.” (Mark 5:6-9)

Moving on to Revelation 9:4-5:

And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.

The Locust created weapons known as Ink Grenades. Ink Grenades are baby Nemacyst Inkers housed within a Bolo Grenade casing.

Gears of War 3 Ink grenade from Gears of War Wiki

The shots you are about to see are of the Ink Grenade in action. Since the verse said, “their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man,” we will compare the effects of this weapon with that of the deadliest scorpion in the world, the Indian red scorpion.

Gears of War Judgment Ink Grenade shots from YouTube  (1)

The weapon being prepared.

Gears of War Judgment Ink Grenade shots from YouTube  (8)

The initial throw releases a black cloud of poisonous smoke.

Gears of War Judgment Ink Grenade shots from YouTube  (9)

One of the Indian red scorpion’s effects are “severe local pain,” and a sting may result in death.
The opponent pictured died within three seconds.

Gears of War Judgment Ink Grenade shots from YouTube  (10)

One of the Indian red scorpion’s effects is muscle convulsion, and it can be seen here.

Gears of War Judgment Ink Grenade shots from YouTube  (11)

One of the Indian red scorpion’s effects is muscle convulsion, and it can be seen here.

One of the most interesting of the Indian red scorpion's effects are muscle convulsion, as we see here.

One of the Indian red scorpion’s effects is muscle convulsion, and it can be seen here.

Death.

Death.

Revelation 9:6-7:

And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them. And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.

The Tempest is the personal mount of Queen Myrrah (the ruler of the Locust Horde). It has a golden crown, saddle, and armor.

Notice the golden saddle, crown and accents.

Notice the golden crown, saddle and armor.

Queen Myrrah in the Golden Saddle of the Tempest from YouTube

Queen Myrrah in the Tempest’s saddle. “the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle

Interestingly, although she is the leader of the Locust Horde, Queen Myrrah is human.

Queen Myrrah close-up from Gears of War Wiki

their faces were as the faces of men

Revelation 9:8:

And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions.

Queen Myrrah in Gears of War 2. "And they had hair as the hair of women"

Queen Myrrah in Gears of War 2. “And they had hair as the hair of women

An ordinary Locust Drone. “their teeth were as the teeth of lions.

Revelation 9:9:

And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle.

The Locust Butcher -

Locust Butcher
they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron

General RAAM -

General RAAM
they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron

Locust Boomer -

Locust Boomer
they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron

Theron Guard -

Theron Guard
they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron

Revelation 9:10:

And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.

The Seeder is a locust creature that shoots Nemacysts (organic armored shells) out of it’s backside.

The Art of GOW Seeder from Gears of War Wiki

As you can see from the diagram, Nemacysts enter the front of the Seeder and exit out the back…

GOW 1 Seeder firing from YouTube

…as seen here.

There is an animal known as the vinegaroon, or whip scorpion. It fires toxic acid out of it’s tail (much like how the Seeder fires Nemacysts, which in their infant stage, are toxic) and actually looks a bit like the Seeder as well.

Vinegaroon-Whip Scorpion plus firing from Earth Unplugged YouTube channel (1)

The whip scorpion

Vinegaroon-Whip Scorpion plus firing from Earth Unplugged YouTube channel (3)

The whip scorpion in action

Revelation 9:11:

And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.

Although there is no king over the locust, there is still a royal influence in the form of Queen Myrrah.

Gears of War 2 Queenly Myrrah from YouTubeSpeaking of angels in bottomless pits…

For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not. And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation [Myrrah is a human that, leaving behind the world of the humans, essentially became the Locust’s queen and mother], he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.” (Jude 1:4-7)

For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell [the Hollows and Nexus], and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;” (2 Peter 2:4)

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At the apocalypse, when the world is in the process of ending, there is no chance to stop the locusts of Revelation. In fact, it is impossible. Partly because, at that time, people will no longer be willing to repent.

[after several plagues, including that of the locust we examined]

And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:

Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.” (Revelation 9:20-21)

However, in this present day, while we have time, the Bible shows a way to get rid of locusts:

And the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice.

If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:12-14)

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3 Responses to Gears of War and the Bible Part 1: The Locust Horde

  1. Lia says:

    Of where do you take your info?

  2. William says:

    I always felt in my spirit that this game series was portraying the end times. The trumpet on gears 3 did it for me. I knew there was something up. Thank you for the information to confirm this.

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