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Hail (Revelation 16.18-21)

"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. 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. Every island fled away and the mountains could not be found. From the sky huge hailstones, each weighing about a hundred pounds, [or "about forty five kilograms"] fell on people. And they cursed God on account of the plague of hail, because the plague was so terrible." (Revelation 16.18-21)✞

Lightning Rumblings Peals

MegiddoThe seventh bowl was poured out upon the air or as the Biblical scholar H. B. Swete (1835-1917) said, "the air that all breathe." If the air was polluted, the very life of human beings was being attacked at its source. Nature was at war with human beings. There came "lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake." The first century was notable for earthquakes, but John of Patmos says that, whatever horror the world has known from past tremors, the earthquake to come will far surpass them all. Great Babylon, that is Rome, is split into three parts. Rome had thought that she could do as she liked with impunity, but now her sin was remembered and her fate was upon her. The mills of God may grind slowly but in the end there is no escape for sins committed. The earthquake sank the islands and leveled the mountains. The last of the terrible events was a deadly hail in which the huge hailstones weighing as much as a hundred pounds fell from the sky. Here is another recurring feature of the manifestations of the wrath of God. A devastating hail was part of the plagues of Egypt in Exodus 9.22-26, "Then the Lord said to Moses, 'Stretch out your hand toward the sky so that hail will fall all over Egypt—on people and animals and on everything growing in the fields of Egypt.' When Moses stretched out his staff toward the sky, the Lord sent thunder and hail, and lightning flashed down to the ground. So the Lord rained hail on the land of Egypt; hail fell and lightning flashed back and forth. It was the worst storm in all the land of Egypt since it had become a nation. Throughout Egypt hail struck everything in the fields — both people and animals; it beat down everything growing in the fields and stripped every tree. The only place it did not hail was the land of Goshen, where the Israelites were." Again we see the people of Israel spared while the peoples all around suffered. In Israel's battle with the five Amorite kings at Beth-horon, in Joshua 10.11, there came a great hail upon the enemies of Israel so that more died by the hailstones than died by the sword. Isaiah 28.2 explains, "See, the Lord has one who is powerful and strong. Like a hailstorm and a destructive wind, like a driving rain and a flooding downpour, he will throw it forcefully to the ground." He speaks of the tempest of hail and the destroying storm which God in his judgment will send. Ezekiel 38.22 says, "I will execute judgment on him with plague and bloodshed; I will pour down torrents of rain, hailstones and burning sulfur on him and on his troops and on the many nations with him." The prophets speak of God punishing nations with pestilence and blood, and sending an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.✞

"False Prophet Spirits"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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