Revelation: Cruelty and Violence
- Jesus "washed us ... with his own blood." 1:5
- Everyone on earth will wail because of Jesus. 1:7
- Jesus has "the keys of hell and death." 1:18
- Repent -- or else Jesus will fight you with the sword that sticks out of his mouth. (Like the limbless knight in
Monty Python's "Holy Grail.") 2:16
- "I [Jesus] will kill her children with death." 2:23
- "Thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." God created parasites,
pathogens, and predators for his very own pleasure. One of his favorite species is
guinea worms. 4:11
- "Thou art worthy ... for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood." 5:9
- God gives someone on a white horse a bow and sends him out to conquer people.
- God gave power to someone on a red horse "to take from the earth ... that they should kill one another."
- God tells Death and Hell to kill one quarter of the earth's
population with the sword, starvation, and "with the beasts of the earth." 6:8
- The martyrs just can't wait until everyone else is slaughtered. God gives them a white robe
and tells them to wait until he's done with his killing spree. 6:10-11
- God tells his murderous angels to "hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants
of your God on their foreheads." This verse is one that Christians like to use to show God's loving concern for the
environment. But the previous verse (7:2) makes it clear that it was their God-given job to "hurt the earth and the sea"
just as soon as they finished their forehead marking job. 7:3
- 144,000 Jews will be going to heaven; everyone else is going to hell.
- Those that survive the great tribulation will get to wash their clothes in the blood of the
- God sends his angels to destroy a third part of all the trees, grass, sea
creature, mountains, sun, moon, starts, and water. 8:7-13
- "Many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter." 8:11
- The angels are instructed not to "hurt the grass [how could they? He already had all the grass killed in 8:7] ...
but only those men which have not the seal of God on their foreheads." God tells his angels not to kill them, but rather
torment them with scorpions for five months. Those tormented will want to die, but God won't let them.
- God makes some horse-like locusts with human heads, women's hair, lion's teeth, and scorpion's tails. They
sting people and hurt them for five months. 9:7-10
- Four angels, with an army of 200 million, killed a third of the earth's population. 9:15-19
- Anyone that messes with God's two olive trees and
two candlesticks (God's witnesses) will be burned to death by fire that comes out of their mouths.
- God's witnesses have special powers. They can shut up heaven so that it cannot rain, turn rivers
into blood, and smite the earth with plagues "as often as they will." 11:6
- After God's witnesses "have finished their testimony," they are killed in a war
with a beast from a bottomless pit. 11:7
- The bodies of God's witnesses will lie unburied for three and a half days. People will "rejoice over them and make merry,
and shall send gifts to one another." After another three and half days God brings his witnesses back to life and they ascend into heaven.
- When the witnesses ascend into heaven, an earthquake kills 7000 men. This was the second woe. "The
third woe cometh quickly." 11:13-14
- "The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world"
God planned to kill Jesus before he created the world. 13:8
- Those who receive the mark of the beast will "drink of the wine of the wrath of God ... and shall be
tormented with fire and brimstone ... and the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever."
- Jesus sits on a white cloud with a sharp sickle in his hand. When the angel tells him to reap, he kills all the people with his sickle.
- "The great winepress of the wrath of God ... was trodden ... and the blood cam out of the winepress, even unto
the horses bridles." 14:19-20
- Seven angels with seven plagues are filled with the wrath of God. 15:1, 7
- The seven vials of wrath: 1) sores, 2) sea turned to blood, 3) rivers turned to blood, 4) people scorched with
fire, 5) people gnaw their tongues in pain, 6) Euphrates dries up, 7) thunder, lightning, earthquake, and hail.
- "There fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast." 16:2
- "The second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea."
- "The third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters;
and they became blood." 16:4
- God gave the saints and prophets blood to drink. 16:6
- Another angel tells God how righteous he is because he gives saints blood to drink. 16:7
- "Power was given unto him [the fourth angel] to scorch men with fire." 16:8
- Those who were being burned to death by God didn't repent "to give him glory." 16:9
- "The fifth angel poured out his vial ... and they gnawed their tongues for pain." 16:10
- Even after being burned alive, those nasty people wouldn't repent! 16:11
- Christians will fight in the war between Jesus and those allied with the beast. 17:14
- "They shall eat her flesh and burn her with fire." (Are they going to eat her first and then
burn her?) 17:16-17
- To punish her God will send plagues and famine, and "she will be utterly burned with fire."
- God will send plagues, death, and famine on Babylon, and the kings "who have committed
fornication with her" will be sad to see her burn. 18:8-9
- Jesus makes war. 19:11
- Jesus' clothes are dipped in blood and his secret name ("that no man knew") is "The Word of God". (I bet you thought it was Jesus!)
- With eyes aflame, many crowns on his head, clothes dripping with blood, a sword sticking out of his mouth, and a secret name,
Jesus leads the faithful in heaven into holy war on earth. 19:14-15
- "Come ... unto the supper of the great God." An angel calls all the fowls to feast
upon the flesh of dead horses and human bodies, "both free and bond, both small and great."
- The beast and the false prophet are cast alive into a lake of fire. The rest were killed with the sword of
Jesus. "And all the fowls were filled with their flesh." 19:20-21
- God will send fire from heaven to devour people. And the devil will be tormented "day and night for ever
and ever." 20:9-10
- Whoever isn't found listed in the book of life will be cast into the lake of fire. 20:15
- All liars, as well as those who are fearful or unbelieving, will be cast into "the lake which burneth with fire and