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Seven Vials
(Revelation 16)

25 Nisan 5762
April 7, 2002

Revelation 16:1 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth. 2 And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore (Strong's 1668) upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.
Online Bible:
1668 elkov helkos hel'-kos

probably from 1670; ;n n

AV-sore 3; 3

1) a wound, esp. a wound producing a discharge pus
2) a sore, an ulcer


Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary, 27th edition:
smallpox: [compared to "great pox" (syphilis)] variola: an acute, highly contagious, often fatal infectious disease caused by an orthopoxvirus characterized by a biphasic febrile course and distinctive progressive skin eruptions. Vaccination has succeeded in eradicating smallpox worldwide; therefore, since there are no animal vectors of the disease, the only source of the virus is in medical laboratories...ordinary smallpox, the most common variety of smallpox, in which after an incubation period and a prodrome of high fever, chills, myalgia, and malaise, petechial reddish spots appear on the oral mucosa followed by a raised macular cutaneous rash that usually starts on the forehead and spreads to become generalized. The lesions evolve to become papules and vesicles, umbilicate, crust, and scab, leaving small depressed, depigmented scars (pock marks)...


Lues (syphilis): Lues (pronounced Lou-ease) is an old name for syphilis, a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that has been around for centuries and is caused by Treponema pallidum, a microscopic organism called a spirochete, a worm-like spiral-shaped organism that infects by burrowing into the moist mucous membranes of the mouth or genitals. The spirochete then produces the classic non- painful ulcer known as a chancre. There are three stages of syphilis:

The first (primary) stage: This involves the formation of the chancre. At this stage, syphilis is highly contagious. The primary stage can last one to five weeks. The disease can be transmitted from any contact with one of the ulcers, which are teeming with spirochetes. If the ulcer is outside of the vagina or on the scrotum, the use of condoms may not help in preventing transmission. Likewise, if the ulcer is in the mouth, merely kissing the infected individual can spread syphilis. Even without treatment, the early infection resolves on its own in most women.

The second (secondary) stage: However, 25 percent of cases will proceed to the secondary stage of syphilis, which lasts four to six weeks. This phase can include hair loss; a sore throat; white patches in the nose, mouth, and vagina; fever; headaches; and a skin rash. There can be lesions on the genitals that look like genital warts, but are caused by spirochetes rather than the wart virus. These wart-like lesions, as well as the skin rash, are highly contagious. The rash can occur on the palms of the hands, and the infection can be transmitted by casual contact.

The third (tertiary) stage: This final stage of the disease involves the brain and heart, and is usually no longer contagious. At this point, however, the infection can cause extensive damage to the internal organs and the brain, and can lead to death.

Diagnosis is by blood test, either the rapid plasma reagin (RPR) or Venereal Disease Research Laboratory (VDRL) test. Treatment is with antibiotics.

The name "syphilis" was coined by Hieronymus Fracastorius (Girolamo Fracastoro). Fracastorius was a true Renaissance man; he wrote on the temperature of wines, the rise of the Nile, poetry, the mind, and the soul; he was an astronomer, geographer, botanist, mathematician, philosopher and, last but not least in the present context, a physician. In 1530 he published the poem "Syphilis sive morbus gallicus" (Syphilis or the French Disease) in which the name of the disease first appeared. Perhaps more importantly, Fracastorius went on in 1546 to write "On Contagion" ("De contagione et contagiosis morbis et curatione"), the first known discussion of the phenomenon of contagious infection: a landmark in the history of infectious disease.


For quite a while now (before the Oslo War of Passover, 2002) it has been almost impossible to turn on the tv or radio without hearing about anthrax and/or smallpox. The reason I have concentrated on the smallpox virus is that it is transmitted from human-to-human as opposed to anthrax which is usually contracted by exposure to animal substances.

Syphilis seems to be the natural extension of a study on smallpox as it is called "great pox" and they both present (as well as other STDs) with the same symptoms and could easily be considered "a noisome and grievous sore." Sexually transmitted diseases speak of infidelity and are pertinent to our study as they are the physical manifestation of an unfaithful mate. (Please see wormwood file for more on the book of Revelation and the testing of an unfaithful wife by the drinking of bitter waters.)

For a disturbing, hair-raising look at where public sex education has landed us please view the PBS Frontline Show "Lost Children of Rockdale County" and you will see that the smallpox/syphilis vial is already spilling over:

Lost Children of Rockdale County
"In the spring of 1996, as Atlanta prepared to host the summer Olympic Games, an outbreak of syphilis struck a group of teenagers in the prosperous bedroom community of Conyers, Georgia. When epidemiologist interviewed the victims, they were shocked by what they heard: children as young as fourteen named scores of sexual partners, others told of all-night orgies and sex parties. Many of the children defied stereotypes, coming from intact families with economic advantages. In the words of one medical investigator, you couldn't tell them apart from any other teenagers. In a series of intertwining profiles, FRONTLINE uncovers the roots of the Conyers syphilis epidemic and reveals a community struggling with teenage drug use, sex, aimlessness, and cynicism. This program contains graphic language and descriptions of teenage sexual activity. Viewer discretion is advised." (

3 And 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. 4 And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.
Vials two and three both deal with water so I'm going to combine them. The second vial states that the sea becomes "as the blood of a dead man" which points to the absence of the circulation of oxygen/nutrients/removal of waste products which results in a change of color, temperature and "rigor mortis." For the ocean currents to stop there must also be a change in the earth's rotation and wind currents (please see four winds file), etc.

Various phenomena that could apply to these two vials:

8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. 9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.
Here we have another vial that is very prominent in the news especially in the summer months. Skin cancer from depletion of the ozone layer is already a problem. Coronal mass ejections (CMEs), solar flares, sunspot activity, etc. should also be watched (

10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness;
This vial is a little harder to pinpoint. I found two possibilities:

1. Rogue planet near earth flyby (please see '...and his kingdom was full of darkness...' for ancient historical data) and to be a little more specific: Planet X flyby stopping rotation of earth for 3 days as predicted for May, 2003?

2. Another possibility is a sandstorm which is what a group of scientists decided happened during the Exodus plagues (please see The Ten Plagues file):

Arizona: Dust storm causes 26-vehicle pileup
Weekend News Today
Source: USA Today Weather News

Mon Apr 8,2002 -- A dust storm caused a 26-vehicle pileup Saturday on State Route 87 in southern Arizona. No serious injuries were reported. The crashes happened on a stretch of highway near an agricultural area where farming kicks up dust that can reduce visibility to zero.


Colorado: 30 car pileup on I-70 due to dust storm
Weekend News Today
Source: USA Today Weather News

Mon Apr 8,2002 -- 19 people were treated for minor injuries Sunday after a 30-car pileup that police believed was caused by a dust storm. Police had to briefly closed a 6-mile stretch of Interstate 70 in both directions after a series of accidents, Grand Junction police spokesman Dave Krouse said. Those injured were released from the hospital by late afternoon.


Sandstorm blankets East Asia

March 21, 2002 Posted: 9:02 AM EST (1402 GMT)

SEOUL, South Korea -- Parts of South Korea have been covered by thick brownish yellow dust after a massive sandstorm swept in from China, where it had reduced visibility to less than 50 meters in some regions. Airports cancelled flights, motorists experienced reduced visibility and downtown Seoul was cast in a dense sand-induced gloom on Thursday.

Meteorologists predicted the storm would lift on Friday but in the interim doctors warned residents to carry umbrellas and wash thoroughly when they returned home to prevent irritation. The storm enveloped the Chinese capital Beijing on Wednesday, turning the normally polluted city sky from gray to orange.

Beijingers wore masks and fled to shelters as traffic ground to a virtual halt as gusty, dirty winds whipped around the city.

Worst in a decade

Most of northern China felt the brunt of the huge storm -- the strongest and most intense this spring -- which began on Tuesday when winds picked up sand from the expanding desert regions in northwestern China and Inner Mongolia.

The state-run Xinhua news agency described the storm as the worst to hit China in a decade, reducing visibility to less than 50 meters in some areas of the Gansu and Ningxia provinces as well as the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

Sandstorms are frequent in spring, triggered by sudden seasonal temperature changes, and have troubled Beijingers for 10 years, mostly due to the rapidly approaching desert to the west of the capital.

The storms are so bad they risk clouding the Olympic Games due to be staged in the city in 2008.

In response, the Chinese government has pledged almost $7 billion to curb a worsening desertification problem.

Human role

A survey released in January found China's desert had grown by so much, it takes up almost 30 percent of the country's land mass -- or 2.7 million square kilometers.

The survey, based on 1999 figures, said that though global warming played some part, burgeoning populations were directly responsibly for turning 18.2 percent of China into desert.

As demonstrated by the current sandstorm affecting South Korea, the impact of land turning into desert is not restricted to China's borders alone.

Last year, a sprawling Asian dirt storm blew across the Pacific and sprinkled millions of tons of the Gobi and Takla Makan deserts as far east as Florida, causing one of the largest North American dust clouds ever recorded.

The eastward winds have long spurred protests from residents of Korea and Japan, who have faced similar, if milder, dust epidemics from China.

12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. 13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
"With the push of a button at the new Ataturk Dam last week, Turkey's President Turgut Ozal cut the flow of the Euphrates River to Syria and Iraq, his country's arid downstream neighbors, by 75%." (Time, Jan, 1990)

The Ataturk Dam along with localized drought conditions easily explain this vial. (Please see Euphrates file for more info.)

17 And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. 18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. 19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. 20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. 21 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 thereof was exceeding great.
Please see '...a great earthquake...' and '...great hail...about the weight of a talent..." files.


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