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Monday, February 04, 2008

Revelation 8

Wikipedia Wormwood

Finally the seventh seal was opened and then it was absolutely silent for ages and seven angels were given a trumpet each. Another angel offered incense along with people's prayers, and then threw the incense holder, full of fire, onto the earth.

The first trumpet hailed hail and fire which burnt a third of the earth. The second threw a mountain into the sea, turning a third into blood. The third threw a star to earth, making a third of drinking water bitter. The fourth hit the sun and moon getting rid of a third of their light. Then an eagle cried out for the people on earth because it was only going to get worse.

Key verse:
1. When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.

My thoughts:
The silence would probably be the most terrifying of all these things, methinks!

So the fallen mountain is called Wormwood (or bitterness). I just went to look up Wormwood in wikipedia and ended up reading about Sam Waterston and Stephen Colbert's speech to the president. Gotta love wikipedia! I went via Calvin and Hobbes somehow. Calvin's teacher is Miss Wormwood...

Anyway, so the mountain has become seen to be personified in some minor mythological sense. The apprentice demon in C. S. Lewis' Screwtape Letters is called Wormwood.

So yea... this is the destruction of the world.

I think that the chronology of the revelation is relatively easy to follow, but the chronology of the earthly events of the future it describes are vague and ambiguous, so I don't think it's worth truly trying to decide what it is. You just can't do it with any certainty!


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