Nuclear War in the Old Testament

Posted: September 10, 2012 in Bible, Christianity, News
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Zecheriah Chapter 5:1

“1 ¶ Then I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a flying roll.”

The roll that Zecheriah sees is commonly known as a scroll, but the actual word is “megillah”.  A megillah is a type of scroll, but one short enough that it rolls in on itself forming a single cylinder, instead of the two cylinders associated with a traditional scroll.

Scroll of Esther (Megillah)

Scroll of Esther (Megillah) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As you can see it is just a simple cylinder, but the one that Zechariah witnessed was not so simple.  Notice that his was a “flying cylinder”.

In the second verse Zechariah is asked to describe what he sees and he gives the physical dimensions of the megillah (or cylinder) that flies.  It is 20 cubits in length and the breadth is 10 cubits.  Breadth in this context is not width, but rather is circumference.  A cubit is roughly 18 inches long so we can now calculate the cylinder’s modern day size. Its length is 20 cubits X 1.5 feet = 30 feet long, and its breadth is 10 cubits/3.14 (Pi) = 3.184 cubits X 1.5 feet = 4.77 feet wide.   To recap, we have Zechariah witnessing a flying cylinder about 30 feet long and about 5 feet wide.  In 2,500 year old language this is a perfect description for the body of a nuclear missile.

“2 And he said unto me, What seest thou? And I answered, I see a flying roll; the length thereof is twenty cubits, and the breadth thereof ten cubits.

3 Then said he unto me, This is the curse that goeth forth over the face of the whole earth: for every one that stealeth shall be cut off as on this side according to it; and every one that sweareth shall be cut off as on that side according to it.

4 I will bring it forth, saith the LORD of hosts, and it shall enter into the house of the thief, and into the house of him that sweareth falsely by my name: and it shall remain in the midst of his house, and shall consume it with the timber thereof and the stones thereof.

5 ¶ Then the angel that talked with me went forth, and said unto me, Lift up now thine eyes, and see what is this that goeth forth.

6 And I said, What is it? And he said, This is an ephah that goeth forth. He said moreover, This is their resemblance through all the earth.”

In verse 6 Zecheriah asks, “What is it?” signifying that it was not an actual roll of writing, he was a priest and would have been very accustomed to a megilah.  He is told that it is an ephah going forth. We are told also that “This is their resemblance through ALL THE EARTH” (emphasis added) meaning they look the same everywhere you go.  Now what is an ephah, you ask?

Random House Words says this: “ephah: unit of dry volume equal to 40 liters or approximately one bushel”(Hebrew)Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/ephah#ixzz2659ENLET

Historically people have understood the word to signify a basket of sorts.  In this context though we have a 30′ long and 5′ wide cylinder that flies, and also holds 35-40 liters of something.
Let’s look further:

“7 And, behold, there was lifted up a talent of lead: and this is a woman that sitteth in the midst of the ephah.

8 And he said, This is wickedness. And he cast it into the midst of the ephah; and he cast the weight of lead upon the mouth thereof.

9 Then lifted I up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came out two women, and the wind was in their wings; for they had wings like the wings of a stork: and they lifted up the ephah between the earth and the heaven.

10 Then said I to the angel that talked with me, Whither do these bear the ephah?

11 And he said unto me, To build it an house in the land of Shinar: and it shall be established, and set there upon her own base.”

Verse 7 describes a talent of lead lifted up.  There was no word in Hebrew for uranium, so lead in this sense is most likely to mean a metal of some sort, but incidentally uranium turns into lead after radioactive decay.  We are told that the talent of lead is a woman that sits in the ephah (or basket).  What does this mean?

The word woman used here is the word ishshah (Strong’s Hebrew 801 and 802) and means both “woman,” and “fire offering”.  This can be seen to mean that a weight of metal or uranium is a fire offering that sits inside a flying cylinder 30′ long and 5′ wide.  It gets better.

In verse 8, we are told that the talent of lead (uranium) is cast into the middle of the ephah (basket) and upon the mouth thereof.  A nuclear missile is detonated when one fissionable material is shot into another fissionable material via a conventional explosion, or when lead (uranium) is cast into the midst (where the fire offering is).

This is an actual scientific explanation of a nuclear detonation in terms of 2,500 years ago!

The two woman who bear the ephah with wings of a stork may be a representation of the four fins usually found on ICBMs.

But where do these ephahs go?

“4 I will bring it forth, saith the LORD of hosts, and it shall enter into the house of the thief, and into the house of him that sweareth falsely by my name: and it shall remain in the midst of his house, and shall consume it with the timber thereof and the stones thereof.”

They go “into the house of him that sweareth falsely by my name”.  This is an eye opener.

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