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Revelations 09

Identifier

004471

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

In order to appreciate this we need to imagine this was a vivid hallucination or vision with the composer function working overtime to create a symbolically meaningful scene.  The vision [if indeed it was one] is interesting for a number of reasons.  The horses are hybrids – lion/horse/snake – they carried spiritual riders, whereas the normal vision or dream has the shaman as the rider or the hybrid horse.  And the number he ‘saw’ is immense – 200million.  All of this is symbolic of course, but it is an indication that the horse was also associated with destruction – the change to a new software version or increment of evolution.  The power needed to effect this level of destruction is immense [200 million] and is achieved symbolically primarily by the element of fire

A description of the experience

Revelation 9

 1The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss.

 2When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss.

 3And out of the smoke locusts came down upon the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth.

4They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads.

5They were not given power to kill them, but only to torture them for five months. And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes a man.

6During those days men will seek death, but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them.

 7The locusts looked like horses prepared for battle. On their heads they wore something like crowns of gold, and their faces resembled human faces.

8Their hair was like women's hair, and their teeth were like lions' teeth.

9They had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the thundering of many horses and chariots rushing into battle.

10They had tails and stings like scorpions, and in their tails they had power to torment people for five months.

11They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek, Apollyon.

 12The first woe is past; two other woes are yet to come.

  13  The sixth angel sounded his trumpet, and I heard a voice coming from the horns of the golden altar that is before God.

14 It said to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, "Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates."

 15  And the four angels who had been kept ready for this very hour and day and month and year were released to kill a third of mankind.

16  The number of the mounted troops was two hundred million. I heard their number.

 17 The horses and riders I saw in my vision looked like this: Their breastplates were fiery red, dark blue, and yellow as sulfur. The heads of the horses resembled the heads of lions, and out of their mouths came fire, smoke and sulfur.

18 A third of mankind was killed by the three plagues of fire, smoke and sulfur that came out of their mouths.

19 The power of the horses was in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails were like snakes, having heads with which they inflict injury.

 20 The rest of mankind that were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood—idols that cannot see or hear or walk.

 21 Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.

The source of the experience

John of Patmos

Concepts, symbols and science items

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Commonsteps

References