Three-fold Reference to Hail:
- … “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 the trees was burnt up, and all the green grass was burnt up.” (Rev. 8:7). (Emphasis added).
- … “And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.” (Rev. 11:19). (Emphasis added).
- … “And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague therof was exceeding great.” (Rev. 16:21). (Emphasis added).
Commentary: Anyone who has ever watched a weather news brief regarding hail, or watched a youtube video showing the results of a hail storm, can quickly attest to the damage that this form of weather phenomena can cause. Personally, I have seen several videos that have shown hail damage from pea-sized hail, up to hail stone ranging in size from golf balls to even some as large as a baseball. Windshields are cracked and destroyed, awnings knocked down or severely damaged and pitted. Car hoods are badly dented and pitted. Plants are damaged or destroyed. Most anything made of glass or some thin material will most likely be destroyed by a hail storm. The size of a small hail stone is about the size of small caliber gun ammo. If someone is hit in the head, by the right size hail stone, traveling at a high enough speed and at the right angle, this person could easy die. The hail stone doesn’t have to be particularly large to accomplish this. Obviously, the odds of being lethally harmed by a hail stone, go up significantly, as the size of the hail stone increases. I believe, and most people would probably agree with me, that if a person were hit in the head with hail stone the size of a golf ball or a baseball, that person would most likely be killed.
What about the reference to great hail, having the weight of a talent? What does this translate into? Elsewhere, in this commentary on the book of Revelation, I have taken pains to calculate and translate the weight of a talent into pounds. About 75 pounds, is the answer. “You mean to tell me that there can be a hailstone weighing as much as 75 pounds?” The short answer is, yes. If you accept what the Holy Spirit says is true in verse 16:21, then the referenced hail stones weigh almost 75 pounds each. How many hailstones are there in an average hail storm? I have no idea, and I don’t want to stand in a hail storm (of any size stone) and conduct a random sampling or collection of stones, in order to measure their weight or to determine the volume of stones in a square meter of my yard. The hail storm referenced above is literally of Biblical proportion and not a normal, storm of pea-sized hail. What would a 75 pound hail stone do hitting the room of a house, or buildings. What about telephone poles, outdoor HVAC systems or communications equipment? A car being hit by a large number of hail stones at 75 pounds each, traveling at high rates of speed, would be literally totaled and unsalvageable. What if you or I were hit by any object, weighing 75 pounds and travelling at 100 mph or greater speeds? I don’t believe survival would be an outcome.
The reference to hail, in all three verses is to suggest that it is just one of natural phenomena that God will use in his wrath poured out onto evil mankind during the Tribulation. The Bible is silent on how long the great hail storm lasts, whether the storm is worldwide, regional or just targeting Babylon. We don’t know. What we do know, is the relative weight of each hail stone and the volume of hail are considered to be in the league with a plague, and that it causes great damage and inflicts great pain on evil men. As a result, evil men literally blaspheme God and curse/swear at him for sending the plague. Oh, these men fully know who is sending them the plague and yet “repent not.” The hail obviously causes extensive physical damage, and inflicts great pain. Yet prideful men’s egos are such that the hail stones are not sufficient to damage their egos, let alone encourage them to repent and ask for forgiveness. In other words, evil men’s hearts are harder and heavier than 75 pound hailstones.
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