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Guest Commentary:
July, 1998

(Gen 3:15 KJV) "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel."

"Many Christian commentators since the second century have called this the Protevangelium (Lat.), the 'first preaching of the gospel.' It has also been described as 'the Bible in embryo, the sum of all history and prophecy in a germ.' It is a prediction of continual hostility between good and evil, between man and the satanic forces that oppose his moral well-being, and between the people of God and the unregenerate world system in which they live. This is more than a prediction, however. Such conflict is said to be divinely caused. It is God's will that until the final redemption, the Christian and the world should not be at peace."

(Bible Believer's Commentary)

The following is just a lose collection of tid-bits dealing with scorpions. They may or may not all be connected or associated with each other.

(1 Ki 12:11 KJV) "And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke: my father hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions."

The "scorpion" is a particularly cruel type of whip, "an instrument of scourging ... with barbed points [pieces of sharp metal] like the point of a scorpion's sting." - The New Unger's Bible Dictionary.

God wasn't referring to a whip however when He warned Ezekiel, although the pain could be as severe:

(Ezek 2:6 KJV) "And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house."

So throughout the bible, the word "scorpion" has come to be used as a metaphor referring to wicked or evil people getting in the way of one's call by God. It can be terrifying when one day you are all gung-ho to do the Lord's work, and then out of no where comes a scorpion with a terrible sting. Ever been talking about God to a friend or a co-worker, when a scorpion slithers in? You spot them and immediately you know they are going to heckle you, make fun of you, or say something that will leave you looking like an idiot. This is a relatively mild sting though. There are far worse scorpions that we can encounter and they can be found most any place where God's people are trying to do a work for the Lord. Ah, but we've got a weapon of our own:

(Luke 10:19 KJV) "Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you."

So, let's get back to work....

Interesting little thing here that explained a verse to me:

(Luke 11:12 KJV) "Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?"

According to the dictionaries and commentaries, a scorpion can have the appearance of an egg, "so much so as to be with difficulty at times distinguished from it." - Easton's Bible Dictionary

My study of scorpions naturally lead me to Revelation. In reviewing the material, I came to realize just how God will "turn the tables" so to speak during the endtimes. All throughout the bible and even today, God's children have been attacked by "scorpions" as Gen. 3:15 predicts. But in Revelation, we see the scorpion's work isn't finished:

(Rev 9:3 KJV) "And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power."

(Rev 9:5 KJV) "And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man."

(Rev 9:10 KJV) "And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months."

 J. A. Seiss writes:

"The pain from the sting of a scorpion, though not generally fatal, is, perhaps, the most intense that any animal can inflict upon the human body. The insect itself is the mostmalignant that lives, and its poison is like itself. Of a boy stung in the foot by a scorpion (it was related that) he rolled on the ground, grinding his teeth, and foaming at the mouth. It was a long time before his complainings moderated, and even then he could make no use of his foot, which was greatly inflamed. And such is the nature of the torment which these locusts from the pit inflict. They are also difficult to be guarded against, if they can be warded off at all, because they fly where they please, dart through the air, and dwell in darkness." (The Apocalypse, p. 83)

(Wilmington's Guide to the Bible)

"Akrabbim - Scorpions, probably the general name given to the ridge containing the pass between the south of the Dead Sea and Zin, es-Sufah, by which there is an ascent to the level of the land of Palestine.

"Scorpions are said to abound in this whole district, and hence the name (Num. 34:4). It is called "Maaleh-acrabbim" in Josh. 15:3, and "the ascent of Akrabbim" in Num. 34:4."

(Easton's Bible Dictionary)

"The poison is in the sting at the end of the tail. The scorpion is an emblem of torture and wrath. Some of the species of southern Palestine are six inches long."

(The New Unger's Bible Dictionary)

"According to a remarkably persistent legend, a scorpion surrounded by a ring of fire will commit suicide by stinging itself to death with its own tail. But as Dr Christian Legros and colleagues from the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Marseille, France prove in the latest issue of the The Journal of Experimental Biology, this is indeed only a myth. For scorpions are in reality completely insensitive to their own venom..."

"The Scorpions Tale"
Macmillan Magazines Ltd 1998

"Shaped like a lobster, living in damp places, under stones, in clefts of walls, cellars, etc. The sting is in the extremity of the tail. The sting of the Syrian scorpion is not fatal, though very painful. The same is true of the West Indian scorpion. Thomson says that those of North Africa are said to be larger, and that their poison frequently causes death. The wilderness of Sinai is especially alluded to as being inhabited by scorpions at the time of the Exodus (Deuteronomy 8:15); and to this very day they are common in the same district."

(Vincent's Word Studies Vol 2, The Writings of John)

(Rev 9:10 KJV) "And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months."

"Scorpions' stings were among the most intense pains (1 Kings 12:11; 2 Chron 10:14); but a pain lasting five months (9:10, unless this is simply the duration of the plague; one commentator says that five months fits the approximate lifespan of a normal kind of locust) was unheard-of. Jewish texts often included scorpions as one of God's means of judgment."

(IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament)

(Rev 9:7 KJV) "And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men."

"An invasion of locusts could be described as warhorses (Joel 2:4), and horses could be described as being as numerous as locusts (Jer 51:27; cf. 51:14). The crowns might reflect prior military exploits. The image of human-faced scorpions derived from nightmarish traditions from the East, and Mediterranean zodiacs eventually applied it to Sagittarius, who was often portrayed with long hair.* Although the image is not meant literally, it draws on the most terrible, repressed images of that culture's unconscious fears to evoke horror at the impending judgments."

* (Rev 9:8 KJV) "And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions."

"The "hair like women" would be a more obvious allusion to most of John's readers: everyone in the Roman Empire knew that "barbarians" outside the Empire, unlike most people in Greco-Roman society, had long hair. In the context of a military invasion, the readers would immediately think of the Parthians (or, in apocalyptic terms, perhaps the evil spiritual realities behind them). By way of illustration, the reigning emperor Domitian's father was reported - perhaps fictitiously - to have joked about the Parthians' long hair in view of a long-tailed comet portending his death."

(IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament)

(Rev 9:10 KJV) "And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months."

"Their tails may be mentioned simply because that was the weapon of scorpions (9:5), but the reverse could also be true; scorpions could be mentioned because of the tails. It may be of interest that the Parthians* had become famous for their rearward archery: they had retreated up hills mounted on horseback, and when unwary Roman legions had followed them, the Parthians had released a backward hail of arrows, wiping out several legions before the Romans learned not to follow them up hills."

(IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament)

* Parthians - "They are mentioned as being present in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:9). They were a people of NW Persia (Iran) who lived in the general region SE of the Caspian Sea. The ancient Parthians are called a 'Scythic' race and probably belonged to the great Turanian family. Nothing is known of them till about the time of Darius Hystaspes, when they are found in the district that so long retained their name. They appear as faithful subjects of the Persian monarchs. Herodotus speaks of them as contained in the sixteenth satrapy of Darius. In the final struggle between the Greeks and Persians they remained faithful to the latter, serving at Arbela; but they offered only a weak resistance to Alexander when, on his way to Bactria, he entered their country. In the division of Alexander's dominions they fell to the share of Eumenes, and Parthia for some time was counted among the territories of the Seleucidae. About 256 B.C., however, they revolted and, under Arsaces, succeeded in establishing their independence.

"Parthia was a power almost rivaling Rome -- the only existing power that had tried its strength against Rome and not been defeated in the encounter. The Parthian dominion lasted for nearly five centuries, commencing in the third century before Christ. The Parthians seized Jerusalem in 40 B.C., and Rome made Herod king of Judea at that time to check the formidable westward push of the Parthian Empire.

(The New Unger's Bible Dictionary)

The Scorpion was the standard for the tribe of Dan (located on the north side of the tabernacle).

"The Eagle is the Scorpion's enemy."

[(Rev 12:14 KJV) "And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent."]

In astronomical terms:
The Sign Scorpio (the Redeemer's Conflict) -

"The star-picture brings before us a gigantic scorpion endeavouring to sting in the heel a mighty man who is struggling with a serpent, but is crushed by the man, who has his foot placed right on the scorpion's heart.

"The Hebrew name is Akrab, which is the name of a scorpion, but also means 'the conflict,' or 'war.'

"The Coptic name is Isidis, which means 'the attack of the enemy,' or 'oppression;' referring to 'the wicked that oppress me, my deadly enemies who compass me about' (Ps. 27:9)."

The Witness of the Stars
E.W. Bullinger

The Shoemaker-Levy Comet Sign

"A few years ago, the comet called Shoemaker-Levi broke into probably 21 pieces and crashed into the planet Jupiter. Prior to this event, astronomers speculated wildly about what effect this would have upon Jupiter and indirectly, upon the earth. The bombardment occurred over a five day period, beginning on the 9th of Av on the Hebrew Calendar. (July 16-21, 1994)

"This is a day of great infamy in Israel. The Mishna, an ancient Jewish commentary declares that when the spies gave the report after returning from the promised land, the Israelites turned against Moses, Joshua and Caleb on that day. (See Numbers 14) It was on this day that both the first and second temples (Solomon's - ~587 BC and Herod's - 70 AD) were destroyed. At least five other disastrous events have been noted as occurring on this very day, which have been very hurtful specifically for the Jews.

"At the time of this remarkable event, Jupiter was in the sign Libra , popularly represented as 'The Scales,' or, perhaps more likely, 'The Light.' The adjacent constellation, Scorpio, 'The Scorpion' was also involved. The area of the sky where Jupiter was located during the bombardment is pictured as where 'the scorpion' is attempting to seize 'the light.' The scorpion is probably symbolic of Lucifer, whose name means 'light bearer' or his agent, the anti-messiah.

"Jupiter is the King planet, symbolic of the King of Kings - the Jewish Y'shua HaMoshiach and possibly also symbolic of the 12 tribes of Israel. The exact number of pieces of the comet which slammed into Jupiter is uncertain. Either 21 or 22, I'm not sure anyone knows the exact number. Twenty-one has been noted (Don Kistler) as being the number which means 'the exceeding sinfulness of sin.' Twenty-two is the number of letters in the Hebrew alphabet, and also signifies Light/Making Manifest. For either number, the meanings are extremely relevant when considered along with the symbolism of the celestial bodies involved in the incident, the area of the sky in which it occurred and the history of the date of occurrence.

"The comet's assault upon Jupiter in Libra beginning on the 9th of Av tells an intriguing story! Indeed, as noted in Deuteronomy 31, heaven is bearing testimony against those responsible for misleading their own people and keeping them from acknowledging their true Messiah.

(Watch the Celestial Signs
Bob Schlenker

In mythological terms:

Aqrabuamelu (girtablilu) - scorpion-man, the guardians of the gates of the underworld. Their "terror is awesome" and their "glance is death".

[(Rev 9:11 KJV) "And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon."]

The Assyro-Babylonian Mythology FAQ
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"Perhaps one of the most well-known books about hollow- earth is Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth. The book illustrates a third theory of hollow-earth which is more plausible than the other two. This is that passages from the surface lead to caverns underground in which life thrives.

"In the book three scientists climb down an inactive Iceland volcano in an attempt to find a path to the center of the Earth.  They don't make it, but they do find an underground sea populated with prehistoric creatures including plesiosaurs.

"Verne may have been closer to that mark than most expected. For years scientists scoffed at the idea of life thriving underground without light to provide energy. Now explorations have found rock-eating bacteria living as far as a mile below the ground. In Romainia a whole ecosystem, including spiders, scorpions, leeches and millipedes has been found in a cave cut off from the surface 5.5 million years ago."

Fifth Trumpet: The Locusts from the Bottomless Pit

[(Rev 9:1-3 KJV) "And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. {2} And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. {3} And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power."]

(The Hollow Earth by Lee Krystek

"On 14/5/97 at night I awoke from my sleep. But I felt tied down to the bed. I felt like I was choking and my throat burned like I had drunk something caustic. The house stunk of a crippling odor. I went into panic. I felt a smothering, heavy feeling in the atmosphere. The smell even emanated from my son's room.

"(In January 1996, Derrel Sims and I investigated the Shosh Baron, Talia Cohen incident in Netanya. Talia's father, Ilan, warned us that when the beings arrived, they carried with them a horrid stench. All my skepticism about the case disappeared when, out of nowhere, an acrid, disgusting smell, somewhat like burning tires, filled my nostrils. There was no possible earthly source for this smell. The stench moved around the room and we identified it in four other places. It took five or six hours until the smell left my olfactory nerves).

"I could sit up on my bed and did so. Half an hour later I heard a sound in my ears which began like a cricket chirping and ended like a jackhammer. The sound emanated from somewhere above me. When the sound dissipated, I went downstairs and saw a shocking image: The window and blinds were covered in a fluorescent blue light whose source seemed to be in the room, flowing outside. In the morning I saw two of my photos scratched and torn like rats bit it, a sculpture had its throat damaged and a doll's face was ripped off. Outside were two 20 cm. black circles which stunk of last night's smell. Around the 20 cm. circles were a number of 8 cm. circles which formed the shape of a scorpion's tail. I'm not a paranoiac but I have a feeling I've been violated inside. I think they've formed a bond with me and will be back. Especially the little ones with the big eyes."

by Barry Chamish

"There is another ET description found in the book 'Communion' which is significant. Streiber says, 'It showed me its hand, its face, every detail of its body and then asked me to describe its feet, and leaned forward against something that I could not see and raised the foot. It appeared almost like a very simple version of a human foot - instead of toes there was a solid structure split only in one place....Beyond the face I was able to see the figures back, the size of its head, its arms, hands and feet and also its abdomen - every part of its body. Under close scrutiny the surface was smooth it did not seem to have a layer just under the skin - it was tight across the bones. The structure of the knee and elbow joints reminded me of the knees of grasshoppers and crickets. The hands were very long and tapered and composed of three fingers and an opposable thumb. When pressed down, the hands became flat - suggesting they were more pliable than our hands. On the fingers were short, dark nails with a more claw-like appearance than ours. Overall this did not occur to me to be a highly developed body but rather a very simple one. There was a general lack of complexities which suggested few veins and not much flesh and many of them, they call them the greys - they are very grey in appearance.'

"Streiber said, 'I did not know how to explain this image - if it was not created by the powerful effect of gods asking me to visualise the creature, then perhaps it was some sort of sophisticated holographic projection - it might be impossible to maintain an image in the mind as I knew how to stimulate the optic centres in the right way.'

"Here is a suggestion that it was an delusion that was happening, caused by the ETs stimulating the brain in some way to bring about this vision, to be stored in the memory bank to be reactivated? Note that the cloven hoof image is just like the traditional image of the feet of Satan. Interestingly enough the image of grasshopper-like 'locust' and 'scorpions' are given in Revelation 9 - these are devilish spiritual entities!"

by W. B. Howard
transcription of a five-hour video)



Haifa, Israel, April 2, 2001 - Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT), the defense electronics company, and TAM, the Georgian aircraft manufacturer, today jointly announced the upgrading of the Su-25 aircraft with an advanced avionics system including Weapon Delivery and Navigation System (WDNS). The upgraded Su-25 "Scorpion" made its official maiden flight today at the TAM airfield in Tbilisi, Georgia. The flight ceremony was attended by Eduard Shevardnadze, the president of Georgia, senior government and military officials and representatives from Elbit Systems and TAM.

The Su-25 is a Close Air Support (CAS) aircraft that can carry a variety of weapons on ten underwing pylons. The upgraded Su-25 "Scorpion" is equipped with advanced systems complying with ICAO requirements. A state-of-the-art cockpit with two, 6 X 8 inch, multi-colored LCD displays and a Head-Up Display (HUD) had offered enhanced situational awareness and all-weather capabilities. This expands the operational use of the Su-25 and enhances flight safety. The new avionics system provides accurate navigation and precise weapon delivery capabilities and is designed to handle both Eastern-type and Western-type weapons and pods. The "Scorpion" brings the Su-25 operational performance and versatility to a standard, which fits the requirements of the modern battlefield and the needs of potential customers.

The Su-25 "Scorpion" will be displayed in flight and on the ground at the Paris Air Show in June 2001.

TAM, the original manufacturer of the Su-25, has produced more than 800 aircraft that are in use by many customers.

About Elbit Systems Ltd. Elbit Systems Ltd. is engaged in a wide range of defense related programs throughout the world, in the areas of aerospace, ground and naval systems, command, control and communications (C) and advanced electro-optic technologies. The Company focuses on upgrading existing military platforms and developing new technologies for defense applications.


Ignorance may be bliss for robot scorpion

Engineers have built a stupid robot because they think it will perform better than a smart one.

The machine looks like a scorpion and scientists believe it will be able to make its own way across California's Mojave desert. They say that if it had the ability to solve complex problems it might get itself into trouble during the 50-mile journey.

Frank Kirchner and Alan Rudolph designed the half-metre long robot at Northeastern University in Boston. It relies almost entirely on reflexes when confronted by a problem - if it comes across an obstacle more than half its height it will try to go round it. The robotic scorpion will set off next year with only a compass and a map reference to guide it to a target and back, reports New Scientist.

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