by J. L. Robb
“From the sky huge hailstones of about a hundred pounds each fell upon men. And they cursed God on account of the plague of hail, because the plague was so terrible.” (Revelation 16:21 NIV)
When John wrote of this vision nearly 2,000 years ago, he probably wondered what he was seeing. Hundred-pound hailstones? Surely not. There were a lot of surely nots in Revelation.
Actually, when the verse was written, the Hebrew didn’t mention hailstones weighing “a hundred pounds.” The weight of the hailstones was described as a talent each. A talent, in Hebrew, ranges in weight depending on the commodity. For example, a talent of silver weighed 125 pounds; and a talent of gold weighed 250 pounds. Whatever the gauge, these hailstones in the last days are going to be large, and heavy.
As a kid growing up in the 1950s, our activities were somewhat limited when compared to today’s. Television was relatively new, but most had radios and looked forward every Sunday to listening to The Shadow. We also had a Bible.
During the summer my cousin and I would sit on his bed each night in hot and hotter Waynesboro, Georgia, and read the book of Revelation. By the time we were through, we were scared to death. Then we would lie in bed talking about it for an hour or so, knowing with absolute certainty that the writer just had to be talking about atomic bombs, another recent innovation that ended World War II.
I would use my ten year old imagination and try to envision the disasters that were to befall mankind during the last days, pondering when that might happen. How could a mountain be thrown into the sea? How could a star fall into the ocean? How big was that final Earthquake going to be? But the most intriguing prediction to me was the one about the coming hailstorms during those days. These hailstorms were described by John as the “worst” of all the plagues, with hundred-pound hailstones falling from the sky. That was really scary, so my cousin and I went to Woolworth’s and bought football helmets…
Source: The Omega Letter