Sheepdog 114: Holokaustos during the Revelation
2 Peter 3:9-12
9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
William Lane Craig’s commentary on this passage is that “As I read this passage written by these two physical scientists concerning the looming apocalypse of physical eschatology, I could not help but be reminded of the admonition written by the author of II Peter concerning the scoffers of his day… The parallels between the theological and physical eschatological apocalypses are striking and unmistakable: a complete and worldwide metamorphosis of nature, sudden, without warning, like a thief in the night, unavoidable, issuing in a new heavens and a new earth, a renovated universe. Unlike Adams and Laughlin, however, the author of II Peter does suggest that we do something in preparation for the cosmic transformation that will sweep away the old order: since those who belong to the Lord shall be part of the world to come, this future prospect should affect how we presently live.” http://www.reasonablefaith.org/the-end-of-the-world
There is a natural flow of the Revelation miracles, which are God’s judgments on humankind and an evil world. We can examine how Seal 2 enables Seal 3 which enables Seal 4. Likewise, the Trumpets have some inter-relation, as dominos in a chain.
Trumpet 2 is great warfare. Trumpet 3 is economic crash. Trumpet 4 is combined disasters, with Death and Hades overspreading one-fourth of the world (population or land). This could also be alluding to NBC attacks (nuclear-biological-chemical), and the color of the horseman is a sickly pale green. My inference would be that it is probably population since that is a better metric of a nation’s numbers, and historically population is an empire’s greatest resource. The peak Persian Empire ruled over about half the world population.
4 And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.
5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.
The black horseman of economic crash (v6) describes hyper-inflation in illustrative language. Oil and wine are called out as valuable commodities and luxury goods, a pair of scarce resources coveted by both ancient and modern man. The great warfare (red horsemen) causes mass chaos that enables the consequent end of money and economic disasters.
Peter Olsen made a fantastic biblical art project with a focus on Revelation series oil paintings. We’ll consider a few of the most interesting paintings. Revelation 6:7-8 is the 4th Seal of Death and Hades.
Seals 2, 3 and 4 read as if one large World War, with Seal 3 suggesting perhaps an interlude or armistice among warring nations. Seal 4 resumes the work of mass death started in Seal 2. Trumpet 1 begins with hail and fire mingled with blood falling from the sky. These descriptions and illustrative language uses are not relegated only to plausible nuclear combat. That said, nuclear combat holds up as a very strong hypothesis for some of the events underlying these Revelation judgments. The hypothetical of World War III is common knowledge. I posit that the biblical evidence gives us a basis to surmise that there is also a World War IV (during the Revelation) that is linked primarily with Trumpet 6.
6 And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.
7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.
8 And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;
9 And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.
10 And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;
11 And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.
These above judgments/destructions are the first 3 trumpets. They include the description of hail and fire mixed with blood that is plausibly an effect of nuclear showdown among nations. The Trumpet 2 (what looked like a great mountain burning with fire that crashes into the sea) is more mysterious, and I see two main theories. It is perhaps either a super-volcano (like Yellowstone) or a deep impact event (like an asteroid).
Trumpet 3 (Wormwood) is a great star that falls from the heavens. There is only one half of the earth that has one-third of the land, to set and hold one-third of the rivers/waters/plants. That is the American hemisphere. This is an incredible detail of prophecy, revealed as God’s authorship and faithfully written down by his prophets and scribes. Satellites and Google Earth are innovations of only the past half-century. Many of the writers would’ve found it difficult or impossible to comprehend many of these science foreknowledge details. It’s impossible for an ordinary book’s author to know so many accurate prophecies that are so far ahead of that era’s technology, unless that authorship is of God.
There will be a World War IV that has probable nuclear and cosmic (angelic vs. demonic) warfare dimensions:
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.
16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.
17 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.
18 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.
This event states to kill one third of men by fire, smoke and brimstone (v15, v18). There is also reference to an army of 200 million troops (v16).
There will be a solar scorching (Bowl/Vial 4).
8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.
In the links I’ve listed resources on the Carrington event (solar super-storm of 1859) and observations of secular science such as the solar flare and coronal mass ejection. Huffington Post reported on a coronal hole in the sun that is many times larger than Earth. The point of identifying the Revelation miracles in terms of divine scientific foreknowledge isn’t to say that the fulfillment must be my theory or position. Rather it is to illustrate there are many ways that these holokaustos flames and Revelation miracles can be fulfilled and brought to life. There may quite likely be a credible scientific explanation for everything that happens during the Revelation. The Bible states that this wrath era will be a time of greater horror than the earth has ever seen or will ever see again (Matthew 24:21). The good news and gospel is that we can find saving faith in Jesus Christ.
Luke 21:36 (KJV) Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
Research and Resources
William Lane Craig http://www.reasonablefaith.org/the-end-of-the-world
Media Video: Top 10 Times the World Nearly Ended (The thesis of Many Doomsdays includes solar super-storm of the Carrington event in 1859). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4-n5S7wpYk