I'm not sure how I wound up thinking about this, But somehow it wound up looking post-worthy.
Oh, wait, I remember where it came from, now.
I was thinking about the book of Revelation, particularly the opening of the seals on the book (the book of life?). From a Christian point of view,
there are some obvious messages there (how "the lamb" was the only one that could open the book that would reveal salvation and all that). I don't
want to over-analyze this, since it wasn't why I came to post, but looking at the descriptions of the openings of the seals on the book made me
wonder if all of that wasn't supposed to symbolize what happens to people as they "open the book of life", so to speak (and I'm not here to argue
what is and isn't "truth" and righteousness, just setting the stage, so to speak).
So I'll try to skim through this and get to the point...
- Lamb takes the book,
- 4 "beasts" and 24 "elders" get worshippy over it.
- A bunch of angels sing, and then the Earth rejoyces...
- Then the 4 beasts
say "amen", and the "elders" fall down in worship.
- Then the four horsemen, each harolded by one of the 4 beasts, each with the opening of a ceal. Note that things resembling horses are used in the
first two woes later in Revelation. Note also the order: white horse, bow, and conquest; red horse, great sword, taking of peace; black horse,
balances, and prices on food (but oil and wine are untouched, and those are used throughout the whole Bible as spiritual symbols), and then pale horse
of death, followed by "Hades", with the power to kill the fourth
part of the earth.
(On the black horse not hurting oil or wine: Wine is used for both "the wrath of God" and things like "the wine of her immorality", and Noah's
getting drunk and lying around naked; oil is usually used as a show of God's grace ("anointed with oil", then there's the woman and her
never-ending jar of oil, and the oil for the candles lasting seven extra days). I see something resembling duality...).
- Fifth seal, and we get the dead "saints" complaining that they don't get revenge, and they're basically told to be patient (and they get white
robes). Note that this is the fifth seal...
- Apropriately, chapter 6 closes with the sixth seal, which is met with lots of ground-shaking special effects. Of note is that the sun darkens, the
moon turns red, and the "stars" "fall to the earth" (never mind the size difference). Then lots of geological things are displaced, "heaven"
departs "like a scroll", and all of the people freak out. Note that this is the sixth seal, in chapter six(Never mind the lack of chapters in the
originals), and man is asking rocks to hide them from God. Remember the number of the beast?
- Still not at the seventh seal, but we get another use of 4, as 4 angels stand at the 4 corners of the round Earth, holding back the winds (this
definitely means something more than I'm pointing out here, but I'm not sure what). Another angel from the east tells them to do no harm until the
servants of God are sealed. Then the 144000 are mentioned and elaborated on. For some reason we're told the origins of all of the 144000... do some
numerology there if you feel like it.
- Then we see uncounted numbers round about "the throne", and all of that... (I won't say what I see in this bit.
-Seventh seal, and there is silence in heaven for the space of half an hour. (That's oddly specific...). Then we get into the trumpets and such...
but I think this covers my point here.
*** It'd be nice if my assigned writin was this long. More in ext post. ***