Date of publication: 2017-08-30 11:00
LBJ and Lady Bird are in the White House, Meet the Beatles is on everyone 8767 s turntable, and Felix Funicello (distant cousin of the iconic Annette ) is doing his best to navigate fifth grade easier said than done when scary movies still give you nightmares and you bear a striking resemblance to a certain adorable cartoon boy.
Whilst not strictly germane to this essay it should be noted that the 'bodies and souls of men' is seen as a progression of this line. We know from elsewhere in Revelation that slavery will once again be common during this period of time  and it is perhaps the intent of this passage that they will once again become a primary hallmark of wealth within Babylon.
Whilst some of the animals previously discussed could and even do have a literal interpretation I wish to deal briefly with a small number of animals that Revelation uses in a manner I consider to be exclusively literal. Three of them are found in the same verse: Re 68:68 and cinnamon and incense, fragrant oil and frankincense, wine and oil, fine flour and wheat, cattle and sheep , horses and chariots , and bodies and souls of men. - (emphasis mine)
In the most meritorious discharges of those duties the highest praise we can aim at is to be accounted the helpmates of man, who, in return for all he does for us, expects, and justly expects, us to do all in our power to soften and sweeten life.
But I believe another scorpion reference, Eze 7:6, gives us the best clue. It says that the people should not be afraid even though they have briers and thorns and dwell amongst scorpions. The picture is graphic. Thousands of tiny little pricks from thorns and with every one that moment of sheer terror as the victim wonders if the searing pain of a potentially fatal bite is about to arrive. The scorpion has power because it can instill terror. Therefore I think in Revelation the scorpion is used to refer to potentially lethal pain but more importantly the control that can be exerted through the fear that people have of that pain.
No. You’ve either read it or you haven’t. Reading “some of it” is like reading “some of” a James Patterson novel, or watching “some of” a movie or a World Series game. You might have a sense of it, but that’s all. In the case of Marcel and A la recherche , you’re nothing but a poseur. Hey, it offends me. And I feel bad for you, because you don’t know what you’re missing.
The references to birds in Revelation clearly fit this picture an angel gathers the birds together to feed and at the end of the battle the slain are such that the birds can fill themselves. This had been a threat to Israel and a reality for Israel many times but in the end times it is a reality for those that hate Israel.
The eagle appears twice in Revelation both times in a context that suggests it is on the side of God. The first is Rev 9:7 where the final living creature is described as being like a flying eagle. The second is Rev 67:69 where the persecuted woman was given the wings of a great eagle so that she might fly. These references alone appear to suggest that the eagle is linked to flying which is not entirely surprising.