Sealed Codices Discovered: Revelation’s Seals of the Apocalypse?

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There has been an intriguing discovery.  Ancient codices inscribed on lead plates and bound together may describe events from the earliest point in Christianity.  I’m skeptical.  If these were discovered by archeologists, I’d be happier.  Instead, there is a story of these being found by a Bedouin in Jordan who then passed it on across into Israel.  Sounds suspicious, and there have been forgeries of religious artifacts in the past. 

However, assuming this is the real thing, we can speculate that these small codices may be the books mentioned in the Bible’s Book of Revelation.

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“Adding to the intrigue, many of the books are sealed, prompting academics to speculate they are actually the lost collection of codices mentioned in the Bible’s Book of Revelation.”

Could this artifact actually be the book described in Revelation 5:1-4?

“And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.”

Since these are made of lead, I assume we’d have to break the seals to open and read them.  We can’t use an X-ray.  The problem is in Revelation, breaking the seven seals will lead to the apocalypse as expressed by the metaphor of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse.  As described in Revelation 6, break the first seal and the White Horse appears, break the second seal, the Red Horse arrives, the third seal, the Black Horse, and so on. 

Is this discovery a Christian Pandora’s Box?  In Greek myth Pandora’s Box contained the world’s evils, all its devils, and when Pandora opened the box this evil was unleashed on the world.  If one of these sealed codices is actually the book mentioned in Revelation, could breaking the seals usher in the end of the world?

One of the sealed books pictured has seven rings sealing it, along with rings acting as a hinge on one side.  Let’s hope they are forgeries!  If not, then the appearance of these codices may not be a literal Pandora’s Box, but instead may be a sign, a portent, and an omen of doom.  To break the seals may be a fulfillment of prophecy!  If so, I suggest we don’t break the seals, and let the books remain sealed, mysterious artifacts.

THE NEPHILIM WERE NEANDERTHALS AND CLIMATE CHANGE WAS NOAH’S FLOOD

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NEPHILIM NEANDERTHAL

The Bible’s chapter of Genesis is a strange read.  Many people take Genesis literally, but science disproves a literal interpretation of Genesis.  If we accept hidden truths still exist in Genesis, then we must view it as a parable or a metaphor.  But a metaphor for what?

Genesis is so bizarre in so many ways trying to decipher it seems hopeless.  Yet we can always speculate.  I will offer one speculation about Genesis 6.  This chapter describes the Antediluvian world just before Noah’s Flood.  Since it is scientifically impossible for a literal flood, what is this talking about?

GENESIS 6:

“Now it came about, when men began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose.

The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.  Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. The LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.

The LORD said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.”

THE NEPHILIM WERE NEANDERTHALS

What to make of this?  I have an idea.  Could this passage be referring to the extinction of all other hominids except Homo sapiens?

There once existed many different types of hominids, many very human-like.  None survive today.  Most famous are the Neanderthals.  30,000 years ago they mysteriously vanished.  Neanderthals lived in Europe, parts of Asia, and around the Middle East.  Currently there is evidence Neanderthals bred with Homo sapiens.  It is estimated that 1 to 4 percent of European and Asian DNA is Neanderthal.

Signs of Neanderthals Mating With Humans

Some say the Nephilim were the offspring of fallen angels that bred with women and created a race of giants.  That is hard to imagine.  Instead, could the Bible’s “sons of God” and Nephilim be Neanderthals who mated with human females?  The combination of Neanderthal genes with a human’s could have produced a hybrid hominid (mighty men) that combined the benefits of both species…the strength and stamina of the Neanderthal with the creativity and intellect of Cro-Magnons.

However, this combination appeared to be a corruption of our genetics, referred to as “wickedness”.  Seemingly, in order to preserve mankind, God permitted the extinction of Neanderthals, along with all other hominids including the recently discovered Homo floresiensis (Flores Man), nicknamed as “hobbit”. 

CLIMATE CHANGE WAS NOAH’S FLOOD

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CLIMATE CHANGE

The story of Noah’s flood could be a parable explaining how all other hominid species went extinct after the ice age.  It is believed climate change caused the extinction of the Neanderthals.  Neanderthals had bodies that were adapted to the cold.  Supposedly when the environment changed rapidly and radically, they could not cope and eventually perished.  Many ice age animals also went extinct at that time.  Could Noah’s Flood be a metaphor for global climate change?  After the ice age, only modern man survived to dominate the planet.  We are the sole survivors.  Modern man alone has been fruitful and multiplied.