'Book of Revelation’ : A ‘Fake Prophecy' Sewn Together from Scraps of 'Old" Testament Writings ?
Big Question. Complicated History. Many 'Possible Answers' You be the Judge....
The Core Issue is this : over 94% of the confused & howlingly un-grammatical Greek words & phrases found in the mangled hand-copied texts of the
'canonical' Greek book 'The Apocalypse of Yohanon' (aka 'The Book of Revelation' which is Singular, please...) are actually composed of stolen (or
more politely, 'adapted') key words, Images & direct/indirect Quotations from older Hebrew Scriptrues (esp. prophetic/apocalyptic types) -
And more often than not, these are not literallly quoted in the form of the MT (Masoretic Text of the Old Testament) read by moderhn Rabinnic Jews and
Protestants to-day - but are quoted & adapted from the looser citations mucch more similar to the Dead Sea Scroll versions & other older Targumic
paraphrase citations (e.g. the Old Testaments text which Theodotion later favoured) of the Hebrew Prophetic Books and the Psalms - which are known to
be much earlier than the later ‘canonical’ texts reflected in the Masoretic Text (MT) from Leningrad c. 980 AD).
The sheer number of these evident 'literary borrowings' (with adaptations) by the Author(s) of the Book of Revelation ('Yohanon' whoever he was) that
seem to be direct rip-offs from earlier Hebrew scriptures is staggeringly high – certainly far too closely adapted/copied out to be ‘mere chance
Which begs a rather thorny Question:
Did the 'author' of the 'Book of Revelation' really have a 'vision' of the End Times, or did he just patch something together, being bored to tears on
the tiny island of Patmos during the 1st Failed Jewish War against Rome?
So....Ready or Not.. Here comes a tiny piece the Evidence..
(I'll break it up into bite size pieces over several posts - all of which taken together might turn out to be quite a shock to those out there who are
ignorant of the Hebrew Scriptures to begin with...)
Four Horses of the Apocalypse, you say? - See Zechariah chapter 6: 1-5 ref: the 4-Horses
And I looked, and behold, I saw : lo, 4 Chariots came out of Two [Copper] Mountains :
And behold, in the 1st Chariot were Red Horses; and in the 2nd Chariot were Black Horses;
And in the 3rd Chariot were White Horses; and in the 4th Chariot were Grissled-Grey Horses
And I turned to the Angel next to me & asked him, saying: My Lord, what are these ?
And the Angel answered me saying, These Four Horses are the Four Spirits of the Heavens,
Even they which go forth unto all the earth from standing before the Throne of YHWH…
Now compare the ‘expanded Adaptation’ of Zechariah’s 4-Horses in the Book of Revelation chapter 6:1-6
And I saw when the Lamb opened the 1st Hazak Seal, I heard something like a Thunderclap,
And behold, the 1st of the 4 Beasts spoke to me, saying, Come and see…
And I saw, & lo, a White Horse & he that sat thereon had a Bow in his Right Hand;
And lo, a Crown was given to him and conquering he went forth to conquer still more.
And when he had opened the 2nd Hazak Seal, I heard the 2nd Beast saying, Come & see...
And there trotted forth a Red Horse; and lo, the Power was given to him that sat thereon
Even to Remove the PAX which had previously existed from the earth [or, 'land of Yisro'el] ,
And lo, a Great Sword was being given to him.that every man should slay his brother
And when the Ram had broken the 3rd Hazak Seal, lo, I heard the 3rd Beast say, Come & See...
And I beheld, and lo a Black Horse; and he that sat on him had a Pair of Scales in his hand.
And I heard a Voice from the middle of the 4 Beasts saying: A Hin of Wheat for a Denarius
Yea, 3 Hins of Barley for single Denarius – oh, and don't bruise the Oil or the Wine !
And when he broke the 4th Hazak Seal, I heard the voice of the 4th Beast saying, Come & see.
And I looked & lo, a Pale-green Horse & the Name of its Rider was Mot ( or Mavet =’Death’):
And lo, She’ol sat close behind & Power was given unto them over a 4th part of the Land
Even to kill with Sword & by Starvation & by Pestilence & by the Earth’s poisonous creatures
cf: Isa. 66:15
For behold, YHWH is coming like Fire, his Chariots like the Whirlwind
In order to spend his Anger with his Fury, and project his Rebuke with Firey Flames
Behold, he shall rise up like the Clouds, his Chariots like the Whirlwind –
Yea, his Horses are Swifter than Eagles, Therefore Woe to us !
What about something a little more 'literally stolen' rather than just loosley 'adapted' ?
See the Image of the Vampirific Blood Feast of YHWH from the Book of Hezekiel
Hezekiel chapter 39:17-19 :
And YHWH spake to me, saying:
Son of man, Hear what the clan god YHWH says:
“Summon every feathered Fowl of the Air & every wild Beast of the Field:
And say to them : ‘Assemble yourselves & come together from all around
Even to the Sacrifice that I am now preparing for you,
even the great sacrifice on the Mountains of Israel.
There you will eat flesh and drink blood of Mighty Men
Yea, you will eat the flesh & drink the blood of the Princes of the earth
As so much Flesh of Rams and Lambs & Goats & Bulls
—all of them fattened animals from Bashan.
For at the sacrifice I am preparing for you,
You will eat the Flesh until you are glutted by it
And you will drink the Blood till you are drunk.
Yea, you shall eat both horses and riders,
Even the mighty men and soldiers of every kind
Thus you will be Filled at my Table. “
Then compare what we see in the Mangled Greek of the Book of Revelation's 'Borrowing' of Hezekiel's image of the Blood drinking Vampires :
And I looked, and behold I saw: An Angel standing in the sun,
And cried in a loud Voice to all the Birds encircling the air, saying
Come, gather yoruselves together for the great Feast of EL
That you may eat the flesh of Kings & Princes & Mighty Men
Along with the flesh of Horses and the Corpses of their Riders,
Even the Flesh of all the Gentiles, free and slave, great and small.”
And I looked, & behold, I saw: The Beast & Kings of the Earth
Were all gathering themselves together, along with their Armies were
Even to wage war against the Rider of the White Horse & against his Army…
And lo, they were all slain in battle by the Rider of the White Horse
Even by Him whose Sharpened Two Edged Sword dangled from his Lips
And behold, all the Birds began swooping to gorge themselves on their flesh.
There are so many more 'literary borrowings' in the Book of Revelation from older Hebrew Scriptures (and sometimes from non-canonical literature found
among the Dead Sea Scroll corpus, sealed up in AD 68) in fact far too many to list - but these two smal examples should be enough to show what the
author was up to....
So......What thinkst ye? Was the Book of Revelation based on Real Visions OR was it just a fake literary Adaptation (=rip-off) from the Hebrew
prophetic wrrtings and Psalms (=i.e. not a Real Vision at all) ?
edit on 27-5-2011 by Sigismundus because: Re-titled slightly...