reply to post by blocula
Plagues of Locusts & Visions of Stinger-Scorpions were used in antiquity for Images of War, i.e. the approach of the Enemy Armies whose numbers
blocked out the sun as they streamed over hills like Locusts etc. …
The messy oracles attributed to a seer named 'Yohanon' in the ‘Book of Revelation’ (c. 69 CE during the hiatus of the 1st failed Jewish War
against Rome (66-72 CE) were stolen prophetic midrashic ‘adaptations’ of earlier Hebrew (or Aramaic, like parts of Daniel) canonical and
non-canonical Apocalyptic Prophets (e.g. The Scroll of the Words of Henoch, from the Dead Sea Scrols)
Take e.g. Revelation 9: 7-11 (which conjures up poetical Laments (6 lines each,like Book of Lamentations of Jeremiah) of a ‘Holy War Vision’ of
Gentile Locust Armies which was stolen from the images in the Targum of Joel 2: 4-11 (with reference to Proverbs 30:27 ) etc:
[Alas, the mangled Greek texts of the ‘Book of Revelation’ are full of grammatical ‘howlers’ that defy translation ]
Rev 9: 7-11
And I looked, & behold I saw : The Angel of She’ol
And, lo, he began to remove the Top of the Pit of the Abyss
And from its depth rose Black Smoke like that of a Furnace :
And behold, both Sun and Moon [Air?] were darkened
By reason of the thickness of the Smoke
Which poured forth out of the midst of the Pit.
And I looked, and behold, I saw : a Plague of Locusts
And lo, they began flying out of the midst of the Smoke
And began to cover the ground in a great swarm :
And I saw each having the Power of Scorpions in their Tails
In order to sting the sons of Adam with them –
Yet they did not have the power to kill with them.
And I looked, and lo, the Appearance of the Locusts was like Horses
Even as Horses arrayed for battle
And lo, I saw also the many fighting-men that sat upon them :
And behold, upon their heads were golden [helmets? ]
And tho’ their faces were like men’s faces,
Lo, they all wore their hair long - like women !
And lo, they all had the great Fangs in their mouths
Even sharpened like unto those of mountain Lions
And behold, their Breastplates were made of Iron Scales :
And the Beating of their Shields was like the sound of swarming Locusts,
Even like unto the Clamour of many Chariots & Battle-Horses
All running at once into the midst of the Fray.
And though they swarmed like Locusts without a leader,
Lo, they had a King set over them
Whose name was Abba-Doq’on [‘Father of Consumption’] Etc. Etc.
(see: Proverbs 30:27 – 'Just like swarming Locusts with no King set over them, yet they advanced together in ordered Ranks…’)
Now…compare the above 'oracle' inthe mangled Greek poem of the 'Book of Revelation' with the Aramaic Targum of Joel
Targum of Joel 1:6 & 2: 1-11
A gentile-Nation has invaded the Land of Yisro'el
Even a mighty Army without number;
Having the Teeth of a Lion & the Fangs of a lioness :
Therefore, blow the trumpet in Zion;
Sound the alarm on my Holy Hill, saith YHWH
Let all who live in the land of Yisro’el tremble !
For the Day of YHWH is coming near—
Even a Day of Darkness and Gloom,
A day of Thick Clouds and Blackness:
Like the Dawn spreading outwards
Even across the face[s] of the mountains
For lo, a Large & Mighty Army is approaching !
Lo, the Appearance of their ‘Hargallah’ (troops) is as ‘Hargolot’ (locusts)
Behold, they charge ahead as War Horses do
Their roar like the Rumbling of many Chariots :
See how they stream over the mountain tops in a swarm !
The Sound of their Approach is as the Thunder of War
Like unto the crackling of flame devouring the stubble fields.
Yea, they are like a giant Army prepared for Battle -
Lo, they charge forward in line without jostling each other
Even as prepared-Soldiers well-trained in the Art of War :
How quickly they rush upon the city scaling over walls
And leap down & break through
Yea, they tear through the Breeches like thieves !
And behold, before their face[s] the Land [of Yisro’el] quakes,
Lo, all the Luminaries of Heavens tremble,
The Sun is black & the Moon lightless :
And when YHWH utters his Voice
Lo, all the Stars in their firmaments stop their shining –
Even before the face[s] of his mighty Army !
Lo, his Warriors are innumerable,
Yea, they who execute his Commands are numberless
No son of Man is able to count them etc...
So the ‘Book of Revelation’ has nothing to do with Reptilians from Zeta Reticuli B – rather, it is a MIDRASHIC POEM made from old Hebrew
prophecies to give hope to a hope-less cause – i.e. that of the Judaeans in their vain attempt to throw off the Roman yoke & well, look how turned