24 The Lord will make the rain of your land powder and dust; it will come down on you from the sky until you are destroyed. 25 “The Lord will allow you to be struck down before your enemies; you will attack them from one direction but flee from them in seven directions and will become an object of terror to all the kingdoms of the earth. 26 Your carcasses will be food for every bird of the sky and wild animal of the earth, and there will be no one to chase them off. 27 The Lord will afflict you with the boils of Egypt and with tumors, eczema, and scabies, all of which cannot be healed. 28 The Lord will also subject you to madness, blindness, and confusion of mind.
6 Then I heard something like a voice from among the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat will cost a day’s pay, and three quarts of barley will cost a day’s pay. But do not damage the olive oil and the wine!” 7 Then when the Lamb opened the fourth seal I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come!” 8 So I looked and here came a pale green horse! The name of the one who rode it was Death, and Hades followed right behind. They were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill its population with the sword, famine, and disease, and by the wild animals of the earth. 9 Now when the Lamb opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been violently killed because of the word of God and because of the testimony they had given. 10 They cried out with a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Master, holy and true, before you judge those who live on the earth and avenge our blood?”
Notes and References
"... Revelation 6:8 and 18:8 utilize the noun “hunger, famine,” that is an important part of destruction prophecies, the first one being part of the fourth seal and the second one pronouncing the fall of Babylon. In Old Testament literature, hunger is often connected to curses or agents of punishment (Deuteronomy 28:48; Isaiah 29:8; Lamentations 2:19). On the other end of the spectrum, God is the one who gives bread from heaven and thus alleviates hunger (Exodus 16:1–36; Nehemiah 9:15; John 6:31, 49, 58). Up to now, the focus of the discussion of meal/eating metaphors has been on the “eating” aspect. However, drinking is also part of the meal metaphor. The verb “drink,” appears three times in the book (Revelation 14:10; 16:6; 18:3) and is always connected with judgment images. This kind of drinking is not refreshing, but rather depressing ..."
Canale, Fernando The Quest for the Biblical Ontological Ground of Christian Theology (pp. 1-20) Journal of the Adventist Theological Society, 16/1–2, 2005
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