“And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
- Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet,
- [You] Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.
Iraq is suffering one of the worst droughts in decades…good news for archaeologists in the country.
The receding waters of the Euphrates River have revealed ancient archaeological sites, some of which were unknown until now.
For Ratib Ali al-Kubaisi, the director of Anbar province’s Antiquities Department, the drought has opened up a whole new land of opportunity.
He explains that civilization began in Anbar, next to the Euphrates River…this area is one of the most important archaeological areas in all of Iraq.
That’s Cain’s territory, east of Eden. So it is logical that YHVH would incarcerate Lucifer here, exactly as scripture states.
“thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon…Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming…O Lucifer…how art thou cut down to the ground…brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit…
But thou art cast out of thy grave…Prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquity of their fathers…
For I will rise up against them, saith the LORD of hosts, and cut off from Babylon the name, and remnant, and son, and nephew, saith the Lord….I will break the Assyrian in my land” (Isaiah 14)
“And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.
Lucifer’s kingdom does not stand, because Lucifer is his own worst enemy and most of all, a terrible father. Apollo’s / Marduk’s elevation to power over his power-hungry and attention-seeking clone father Lucifer will be resented as much in the future as it was in the past. His narcissism contrasts with YHVH’s love, whose sole goal in creating an empire was to nurture children in order to relinquish dominion to them.
So we find that Lucifer follows up on Apollo’s showmanship with the locusts by a genetic coup of his own, and in the process brings down the wrath of God that ends Lucifer’s kingdom.
“let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD [when he strikes back at unparalleled evil]…is nigh at hand;
- For this is the day of the LORD God of hosts, a day of vengeance, that he may avenge him of his adversaries: and the sword shall devour, and it shall be satiate and made drunk with their blood: for the LORD God of hosts hath a sacrifice in the north country by the river Euphrates.” (Jeremiah 46:10)
- a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it
- The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run.
- Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array.
- They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war;
- and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks:Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path:
- and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded.
- They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief.
- The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining:” (Joel 1
“And the number of the army of the horsemen were 200,000,000 [2 hundred million] and I [personally] heard the number of them [giving the greatest credibility possible to this incredible number.]
No human army has ever reached this size. Currently the largest single army is the Chinese, at 2 million soldiers. Even if all the soldiers of the largest armies in the world were allied together the number of soldiers would not exceed 12 million. We must be looking at another genetically altered weaponized animal.
There are an estimated 7 billion [7,000,000,000] rats in the world. That’s almost 1 rat for every human.Chicago has long been ranked as the worst city in…the world – for rats…
Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York rank high on the “rattiest cities” list. Elsewhere, London, England, and Paris, France, suffer their own infestations. China also struggles, with an estimated 2 billion rats in the country, most of them congregated in its major cities…
a single pair of rats could end up producing half a billion rats in just 3 years!
Rattus rattus is a pest and is dangerous to humans in several ways. First, these animals are severely destructive to crops, farms, and fruit trees. Not only do they feed on these but they tend to destroy what they are unable to consume. By urinating and defecating on remains of their meals, they ruin grain, cereals, and other food sources. This species is famous for its role in spreading the bubonic plague (Yersinia pestis) that took millions of lives in the middle ages. The fleas that live on these rats carry a number of diseases that can seriously harm humans, livestock, and other animals.
“And thus I saw the horses in the vision [rats], and them that sat on them [fleas], having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions;
The rat was known to his audience when John described the vision of these animals, so his failure to identify the common black rat as such indicates that he is describing a similar, but different, animal.
The black rat originated in India and Southeast Asia,and spread to the Near East and Egypt, and then throughout the Roman Empire, reaching Great Britain as early as the 1st century AD. Europeans subsequently spread it throughout the world.
Since the pandemic, the number of rats in the UK is said to be around 150 million, an increase of 25 percent per year since 2019…
They’re cunning and getting bolder and bolder…
“There are more rats than ever and they are taking over. I have seen some the size of cats.”
“and out of their mouths [of the warriors riding the “horses”] issued fire and smoke and brimstone. By these three was the third part of men killed…”
Bubonic plague deaths exceeded 25 million people during the fourteenth century. This was about two-thirds of the population in Europe at the time. Rats traveled on ships and brought fleas and plague with them…
Humans who are bitten by the fleas then can come down with plague. It’s an example of a disease that can spread between animals and people (a zoonotic disease).
“by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths. For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.”
Fire, smoke and brimstone can be both abstract concepts of fever, clouded mental status and pain as well as concrete terms for actual experiences of burning with smoke.
There are actually about 500 species of acid-shooting beetles, found on every continent except Antarctica…
formic acid…is what gives fire ants their name. A few species, though, spray acid rather than stinging…
Some North American termites have a “gun” on their heads. This hornlike projection, called a fontanellar gun…
Whip scorpions…have claws like scorpions, but they lack a stinging tail or venomous fangs. Instead, spray an acid…from two “turrets” on the abdomen. They use the whip-like tail to direct the spray… could damage your eyes…
The Devil Rider Stick Insect…can propel chemical compounds called terpenes from glands on…its back…The chemical produces an intense burning sensation when it encounters a predator’s eyes or mouth…
“And the rest of the men which were not killed by these [two] 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:
This comment establishes beyond doubt that these hybridized creatures are intentional collaborations with hyper dimensional beings.
Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.” (Revelation 9)
A 1947 novel by the French philosopher Albert Camushas racked up sales since the Covid-19 pandemic engulfed our lives earlier this year.
The Plague is a fictional account of the advent of the plague in…Algeria’s second-largest city. We’re not given a precise year, but the city is suddenly hammered…
What Camus is trying to do, philosophically as well as narratively, is convey both his experience of living under the plague, namely the occupation of France by the Germans, but also say something about the importance of moderation, which for him is really the most courageous of virtues. And what you find in The Plague are the ways in which…characters join forces over the course of the plague in Oran. What they achieve as a group, as opposed to individuals pursuing their individual interests, is quite extraordinary. And that’s really the whole point.
In other words, what we find at moments of crisis is that people have to resist what’s taking place, and that initial step toward resistance, toward saying “No, this cannot be tolerated,” that’s when you look around and discover that other people are doing the very same thing. And that’s where the meaning is to be found…
this wonderfully compelling and complex template, of the ways in which people respond to governments or forces that pose a threat to their dignity and to their integrity as human beings…
There’s a lot of symbolism in The Plague, but one thing it definitely symbolizes is the absurdity of life. The plague is absurd in the sense that it just happens. We’re living our lives the way we always live our lives and it simply arrives. And there’s no real expanation for it. It can’t be justified. It can’t be explained.
In the same way, we find ourselves hurled into this existence that doesn’t have any clear purpose and it will end and the question is, how do we respond to that fact? And all the characters in The Plague face this conflict we all have to face between our individual happiness and our obligations to other people. And all of the characters are defined by what they do in this moment of choice.
And all humanity is given a choice.
And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it? Therefore also now [at this last minute], saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning…unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.
Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet. Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?
Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people. Yea, the LORD will answer and say unto his people…I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things. Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things.” (Joel 1)
in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets. And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said…Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.” (Revelation 10)
This alerts us that there is still time passing between the 6th trumpet in Revelation 9 and the last trump in Revelation 11:13. What happens during that time is described not just between Revelation 9:14 – 11:13, but in detail in Revelation 13-14.
In between Revelation 11:13 – 13:1 we find flashbacks and recapitulation. These are literary devices that accommodate different points of view and different threads of a story which is more often than not used in the media we read and watch, so should be easy to grasp here. Time travel is impossible to fit into a time line after all.
Flashback is a device that moves an audience from the present moment in a chronological narrative to a scene in the past. Often, flashbacks are abrupt interjections that further explain a story or character with background information and memories.
We find this abrupt interjection transitioning between Revelation’s chapters 11 and 12.
“The second woe [6th trumpet] is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.
And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.” (Revelation 11:14-15)
This word “quickly” is the Greek “tachu” from which we get tacho-meter or tachycardia. It doesn’t mean immediately following the 6th trumpet blast, but that when it happens, it happens so rapidly there is no time to think or plan what to do. It’s as if you’re driving in the Daytona Speedway when a crash occurs right in front of you. What’s your way of escape?