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Book of Revelation Violence Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (Chapter:Verse)

Quote #1

"Beware, I am throwing [Jezebel] on a bed, and those who commit adultery with her I am throwing into great distress, unless they repent of her doings; and I will strike her children dead." (NRSV 2:22-23)

Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. And I will kill her children with death. (KJV 2:22-23)

Jezebel is one of the false prophets that Jesus mentions by name. Not only will she be punished, but her children will be killed. Ouch.

Quote #2

I looked and there was a pale green horse! Its rider's name was Death, and Hades followed with him; they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, famine, and pestilence, and by the wild animals of the earth. (NRSV 6:8)

And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth. (KJV 6:8)

What a lovely way to usher in the apocalypse. One of the Four Horsemen gets the power to kill through all kinds of lovely methods. For our money, we'd take the sword. Quick and painless.

Quote #3

[The evil locusts] were told not to damage the grass of the earth or any green growth or any tree, but only those people who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. They were allowed to torture them for five months, but not to kill them, and their torture was like the torture of a scorpion when it stings someone. And in those days people will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will flee from them. (NRSV 9:4-6)

And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them. (KJV 9:4-6)

Nice. God lets the locusts torture people but not kill them (even though they're dreaming of death). Do the people notice that Christians aren't being tormented? Why aren't they jumping on that bandwagon?

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