Revelation; Silence in heaven

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posted on Oct, 18 2010 @ 05:54 AM
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Originally posted by drew1749
Someone on this board pointed out that the BP oil logo looks like the wormwood plant.

Similarly at the time of the Chernobyl accident people were pointing out that Chernobyl was the Russian for "wormwood".
To be honest, I don't see much point in finding significance in these minor resemblances, especially when they're as vague as that one. You may as well say that the logo resembles hyssop or the fig-tree. It's like those people who keep finding "666" all over the place.
I think the way to approach the question is to try to understand, from the book, what the reference to "wormwood" actually MEANS, and only then try to look for it in the world.
There are two paragraphs in "Battered Planet" which are relevant.
One is the paragraph on "The symbolism pointing towards adultery" which specifically relates to the "wormwood" verse, so that's the one you need to read if you want to know what I think about wormwood.
And the long paragraph about "human pollution" makes specific reference to the BP oil spill, as part of the whole issue. If the two things are tied together, I tie them together through those two paragraphs.

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posted on Nov, 27 2010 @ 11:36 AM
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This was my original thread in this series.
It is appropriate to attach a link to my thread on the first chapter of Revelation, which sets the tone for the whole book;
Fear Not
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posted on Nov, 27 2010 @ 12:22 PM
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Originally posted by DISRAELI

Originally posted by truthiron
The silence in Heaven, Rev. 8:1 may very well be when the seventh seal is taken off then and only then can it be seen what is in the book as even with one seal on it, it is held closed.

This theory doesn't explain why something happens each time a seal is removed.
The first seal, is broken, something happens.
The second seal is broken, something happens.
And so on, all the way through the seals.
On your theory, there's no reason for this. It makes no sense.

On the theory in the OP, there's a connection between the two.
The events themselves are the contents of the book. Each time the a seal is broken, the scroll can be opened up a little more, and another event is "released".Try to visualise it. Imagine a first century book, a rolled up scroll, being gradually unrolled, segment by segment. On my theory, there's a reasonable connection between things. They're not just arbitrary.


DISRAELI,

I just didn't give you my view of the first six seals as I think I may make a thread about that but it is far different than your view. There is a timing element I've found that must be obeyed to come to the right conclusions. I'm not a prolific writer or I would do it quickly. I am more prolific if I could sit down and explain things but at typing things out and then to have them soon covered up by replies later I don't find it profitable so that is the reason for my own thread if I do. I don't have conventional views as I don't listen to theologians that don't go on long and I see where they err.

The thing I wanted to make clear was the seventh seal is taken off in Heaven. As He takes off each seal He reveals something that is to happen that is for sure. And that scroll or book is the book of life and "it" is not opened until that last seal is taken off. That seventh seal still keeps it secret until it is removed.

Truthiron.



posted on Jun, 14 2011 @ 04:12 PM
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There is now an Index, covering all these Revelation threads, at this location;

Index of Revelation threads

This thread is numbered as #14 in the "order of chapters" list and Biblical reference index.



posted on Jun, 15 2011 @ 04:40 PM
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Originally posted by DISRAELI
I want to offer some thoughts on Revelation ch8 v1.

I'm deliberately taking on a short passage, to make the discussion more manageable. I see this verse as one of the pivots in the overall "storyline" of Revelation, which is another good reason for choosing it.

I'm going to be asking the question; what does John mean by the statement that "There was silence in heaven for half an hour"?
So, breaking it down...

What does he mean by "half an hour"?
There's a reference to "one hour" later in the book. It comes in ch 17 v12, which tells us that the ten kings "receive authority as kings for one hour, together with the beast".
If we see "one hour" in one part of Revelation, and "half an hour" in another part, it seems reasonable to suppose that the two are connected.

So I suggest that the phrase "half an hour" means "one portion of the reign of the Beast".

What does he mean by "silence in heaven"?
There's an important clue in the way the silence gets broken, a few verses further down. There are "peals of thunder, voices, flashes of lightning" in v5, just as the seven trumpets are about to start work. We get the same thing at the time of the seventh trumpet(ch11 v19)- thunder and lightning and voices. God sends down trouble upon the earth, and this is accompanied by (and seems to be signalled by) what could be described as "noise in heaven".

Perhaps you can see where this is heading.

If the presence of "noise in heaven" (i.e. thunder and lightning and voices) indicates a time when God is bringing trouble on the earth...
Then presumably "silence in heaven" (i.e. the absence of thunder and lightning and voices) is an oblique way of indicating a time when God is NOT bringing trouble on the earth.

Putting those two pieces of information together, I suggest that "There was silence in heaven for half an hour" can be interpreted as "The Beast rules for a certain period of time, and for the first half of that period God does not trouble it, does not try to destroy it."

Putting this into the context of the overall "storyline" of the book...
This period of relative tranquillity is sandwiched between two bouts of havoc and destruction.
The first part of the sandwich is the "4 Horseman" episode. That is brought to an end in ch7 vv1-3, when the angels are told to restrain the four destructive "winds of heaven", which have been blowing, metaphorically, all the way through ch6.
The description of the 7 trumpets and 7 bowls is the other side of the sandwich.

On this reading of the story, the Beast is prospering, and presumably rising to power, at a time when the world is taking a deep breath and trying to recover from the first bout of destruction.

I can see analogies in history for the way this might work.
When Germany was rocked by defeat in the First World War, and the later demands for Reparations, and finally by the Great Depression, the rise of Hitler seemed to offer the opportunity to revitalise the country.
In the 3rd Century, the Roman Empire nearly fell apart in various disasters and it was pulled back together by a series of stronger Emperors. This culminated in the work of Diocletian, who is notorious in church history as a small-scale Beast in his own right.

If, then, there was a regime which was apparently pulling the world back together and reviving global society after the events of the 4 Horsemen, surely that regime would be welcomed at the time as "saviours of the world". They could get the enthusiastic support of most of the world without much need for compulsion.

As for the timing of all this-
If the 4 Horsemen episode is anything like as drastic as John seems to be describing (but I must do another couple of threads on this), then we haven't seen it yet.
If we haven't seen the 4 Horsemen episode, then we haven't yet seen the events which follow the 4 Horsemen episode.

This leads me to the conclusion that the period covered by ch8 v1 (including, therefore, the Beast) remains in our future.




I think your angle is too literal:

The thunder voices and flashes are a methaphor for the pinealgland that will be kick started.
These describe what you will actually be experiencing when it starts working properly.


This wiill happen after the gates of the 7 chakras will be flooded with the devine light and tear away the illusion.
The beast is a methaphor for the ego, the individual and collective one.The half hour is a methaphor for the last time the ego will play last tricks on us as a test for our faith in god and sense of self
Four winds are a methaphor of the higher dimensions and the beings that are waiting to welcome us and who will be guiding us in the process.

Make no mistake about it, this transition is both physical and spiritual and the two will merge to create a much greater reality for mankind.

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posted on Jun, 16 2011 @ 08:18 AM
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I think your angle is too literal:

The thunder voices and flashes are a methaphor for the pinealgland

I took "thunder and lightning" as a metaphor for "God causing trouble on the earth". Nothing particularly literal about that.
But Revelation is a book of the Bible, and like all Biblical books it is about the relationship between the Creator God and the human race. As I point out in a number of these threads, it focusses as much as any other book of the New Testament on the importance of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
It certainly won't be about the pineal gland. If you want to talk about the pineal gland and the chakras, it ought to be based on some text written for the purpose, like the London bus timetable.



posted on Apr, 3 2012 @ 12:28 PM
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Just to clarify;
Nothing in the OP is intended to suggest any particular prophetic significance in the year 2012 or the date 21/12/2012



posted on Apr, 10 2013 @ 02:51 AM
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My response to the claims made about the year 2012 was that I could see no prophetic significance in the date.
This position seems to have been vindicated.



posted on Apr, 10 2013 @ 05:23 AM
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"The thunder voices and flashes are a methaphor for the pinealgland that will be kick started. These describe what you will actually be experiencing when it starts working properly. This wiill happen after the gates of the 7 chakras will be flooded with the devine light and tear away the illusion. The beast is a methaphor for the ego, the individual and collective one.The half hour is a methaphor for the last time the ego will play last tricks on us as a test for our faith in god and sense of self Four winds are a methaphor of the higher dimensions and the beings that are waiting to welcome us and who will be guiding us in the process. Make no mistake about it, this transition is both physical and spiritual and the two will merge to create a much greater reality for mankind."

So-called scholars and students of the art of 'paperfolding', have neglected to address the psychological elephant in the room...

...biblical doom porn taken to its most extreme in the greatest horror movie script ever written...(next to Job)...

The compulsion to deny responsibility can literally force you to 'paperfold', and create the most horrendous monsters imaginable, and the most terrifyingly horrific scenarios - rather than getting on with the job of our own significant ascensions through the auspices of some of the most poetic prophets to have graced this small, but important planet...

The whole book has been tortuously turned into a giant metaphor..."what did this mean?", "what could that have meant"...metaphor upon metaphor upon metaphor...until nobody knows where it started...until revelation...oh yeah, John, who was 'visited' by an 'angel'...that told him so...

I believe many members on ATS could write something to match it...and claim that it was 'sent' by an 'angel'...

The metaphor In Bold is closer to the mark...there is no coercion, guilt trip, force - hallmarks of a Loving God...No Louie Cipher, no S.Atan, no scapegoats (incidentally also created by God) - But then the 'paperfolders' would have no way of palming off responsibility - so the evil 'pinnocchio' gets invented, complete with pinnocchio land where everyone will burn for eternity...unless!...enter psycho trick #1...coercion basic...(and this is where the saviour meme comes in)...

...classic good-cop, bad-cop scenario...

A99



posted on Apr, 10 2013 @ 05:42 AM
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The Bible isn't that Metaphorical to me. It's pretty easy to understand most of it and associate it. However there are things in the Bible sealed and to be made known just before the tribulation.



He replied, "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. This is why I speak to them in parables


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posted on Apr, 10 2013 @ 05:48 AM
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Originally posted by milkyway12
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The Bible isn't that Metaphorical to me. It's pretty easy to understand most of it and associate it. However there are things in the Bible sealed and to be made known just before the tribulation.



He replied, "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. This is why I speak to them in parables




To me also...but the quoted passage is exclusionist, my friend...this is not the 'words' of a benevolent God...an angel told me so


A99



posted on Apr, 10 2013 @ 05:49 AM
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Originally posted by milkyway12
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The Bible isn't that Metaphorical to me. It's pretty easy to understand most of it and associate it. However there are things in the Bible sealed and to be made known just before the tribulation.



He replied, "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. This is why I speak to them in parables


Responsibility? The responsibility to pay for your sins? You really think there is something you can do about your wrong doings? Even your good deeds are of filthy rags. You'll never be able to atone for your sins, that is why hell is an eternity. If you want to accept responsibility of your wrong doings, good luck with that.


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'Tribulation' is a metaphor for what?
...and who do you think should be taking responsibility for my sins? (assuming I have any)

The rest of your rant speaks of the paperfolding...

A99
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posted on Apr, 10 2013 @ 05:58 AM
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If you are really speaking to an angel .. .make sure you test the spirits to ensure they are of The Lord. If you are Christian. It's already gave you information contrary to the living words of Yahweh.

If you aren't a Christian, to each his own.


PS: I am not ranting.

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It's truth, not paper folding. I have never seen that term used before in a discussion, so I do not have a clear understanding of its relation.
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posted on Apr, 10 2013 @ 06:07 AM
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Originally posted by milkyway12
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If you are really speaking to an angel .. .make sure you test the spirits to ensure they are of The Lord. If you are Christian. It's already gave you information contrary to the living words of Yahweh.

If you aren't a Christian, to each his own.


PS: I am not ranting.
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I extend the same suggestion to you...you better be very sure of 'The Living Words of Yahweh'...or learn to decipher the 2000 years of 'paperfolding'...

Fortunately...I have spent a lifetime doing just that


Ya...responsibility...

A99



posted on Apr, 10 2013 @ 06:11 AM
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Paperfolding...origami...folding a beautiful blank sheet of paper into something it is not...And calling it 'truth'...

A99
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posted on Apr, 10 2013 @ 06:12 AM
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I am more than sure. The Holy Spirit has given me peace on my salvation, and truth.

Why don't you try asking for salvation from The Lord Jesus Christ, and command the spirits you communicate with in the name of The Lord Jesus Christ to tell you who they serve and to speak only truth.


Just an experiment you can try.

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Ah, I thought it was some type shadowing.
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posted on Apr, 10 2013 @ 06:16 AM
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Originally posted by milkyway12
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I am more than sure. The Holy Spirit has given me peace on my salvation, and truth.

Why don't you try asking for salvation from The Lord Jesus Christ, and command the spirits you communicate with in the name of The Lord Jesus Christ to tell you who they serve.


Just an experiment you can try.


How about you ring Christ/Micheal directly and mention my name...and plead on my behalf, since you seem to be so concerned...we might get to parlay, all three of us...you me and the paradise son...

Spare me...You are so way off the mark...

A99



posted on Apr, 10 2013 @ 06:28 AM
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I do not pray to angels. Michael bends his knee to The Lord and will do as he commands. I pray only to abba, Yahweh, and to The Lord Yeshua.

You are more than Welcome to your beliefs. We're all just trying, but I don't know. The Holy Spirit, inside of me, gives me a constant peace. I just know Yeshua is the way.

If you ever change your mind, there is no amount or specific sin that cannot be covered in the blood of Christ or being that will not kneel. If a spirit begins harassing you, there is no spirit that is not subjugated to authority given to to us in his name.

Good thing about freedom; we can talk, disagree, without fear.


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posted on Apr, 10 2013 @ 06:35 AM
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Originally posted by milkyway12
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I do not pray to angels. Michael bends his knee to The Lord and will do ask he commands. I pray only to abba, Yahweh, and to The Lord Yeshua.

You are more than Welcome to your beliefs. We're all just trying, but I don't know. The Holy Spirit, inside of me, gives me a constant peace. I just know Yeshua is the way.

If you ever change your mind, there is no amount or specific sin that cannot be covered in the blood of Christ or being that will not kneel.

Good thing about freedom; we can talk, disagree, without fear.




There should be no fear...
There is more than 1 way...
Glad you have peace...that is important...
There is no sin...
Any being created by Source is beholden to Source...there are none that would or could challenge...OMNIPOTENCE...get it?...ALPHA & OMEGA?

Yes...freedom...

A99



posted on Apr, 10 2013 @ 06:47 AM
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On the question of "how best to interpret", I'll just say briefly that my real aim has always been to work through what the writer himself would have thought he meant, and make that the starting point.
I think that "what the author meant" is the most legitimate way of interpreting any piece of literature.
In the case of Revelation, that probably rules out interpretations based on modern theories of psychology, whether western or "chakra", and favours the assumption that he was responding tp the current persecution of the church and giving a metaphorical description of God's response.



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