Revelation 16:17 The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and out of the temple came a loud voice from the throne, saying, “It is done!” 18 Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since mankind has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake. 19 The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed. God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of his wrath. 20 Every island fled away and the mountains could not be found. 21 From the sky huge hailstones, each weighing about a hundred pounds, fell on people. And they cursed God on account of the plague of hail, because the plague was so terrible.
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It is done: This announcement, coming from the throne itself tells us that there will be no more delay. In mercy, God has stretched out this scene as much has He possibly could. The seals were followed by trumpets; the trumpets were followed by bowls; but there will be no more judgments upon the earth after this — it is done.
There was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth: In these final judgments, God shakes the earth with a tremendous earthquake. The same is promised in Hebrews 12:26: Now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.” Yet, what cannot be shaken will remain.
Great Babylon was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath: The fall of Babylon (the great city) is more explicitly described in Revelation 17 and 18. Here, it is enough to say that God gives her the cup of the wine of the fierceness (the ancient Greek word thymos, describing a passionate outburst of anger) of His wrath (the ancient Greek word orge, describing a standing state of anger).
Great hail from heaven fell upon men, each hailstone about the weight of a talent: Giant hailstones fall, weighing up to 100 pounds (45 kilograms). Men responded in utter, unrepentant depravity (men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail).
Boy.... it's been quite a morning in the Bible Study. First, I dealt with "death is moving, not dying" and then I read this.
Is this 100-pound bombs or hail? Would John have recognized a bomb from burning hailstones? Did they have 100-pound bombs back in John's day? I binged it.... WWII had 100-pound bombs.... But when I binged "when were bombs invented" the answer came back "1221.
John doesn't know what a bomb looks like. He knows hail.
I've seen pictures on the news of bombs hitting the "iron dome". Looks like a major hailstorm to me.
In the last section... everything went perfectly dark.... and now.... there seems to be streaks of light coming from the heavens.
It doesn't matter if it's hailstones or rockets.... it's bright against the darkness of the bowl we just read about. The light would have been welcome yet terrifying to those who have survived.... and now there's an earthquake worse than any before it.
Sounds like humans are no longer welcome on earth!
Hail or Bombs?