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Book of Revelation Violence Quotes

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Quote #4

The four angels were released, who had been held ready for the hour, the day, the month, and the year, to kill a third of humankind. (NRSV 9:15)

And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. (KJV 9:15)

Holy crud. More murders. A third of the population gone. Just like that.

Quote #5

The heads of the horses were like lions' heads, and fire and smoke and sulfur came out of their mouths. By these three plagues a third of humankind was killed, by the fire and smoke and sulfur coming out of their mouths. For the power of the horses is in their mouths and in their tails; their tails are like serpents, having heads; and with them they inflict harm. (NRSV 9:17-19)

And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone. By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths. For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt. (KJV 9:17-19)

Another third of humanity is killed here. Between Death and the four angels, and these weird horses, there can't be too many people left alive, right? And why does God do it in thirds?

Quote #6

War broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the Dragon. The Dragon and his angels fought back, but they were defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. The great Dragon was thrown down […] and his angels were thrown down with him. (NRSV 12:7-9)

And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the Dragon; and the Dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great Dragon was cast out[…] and his angels were cast out with him. (KJV 12:7-9)

For a passage about war, this one is surprisingly lacking in violence. The Dragon just gets thrown down to Earth. Michael and the angels barely break a sweat, too.

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