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Bottomless pit in the book of revelations

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Revelation 9:1-2 “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. 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.”

I have spent a good part of my adult life wondering what the “bottomless pit” was. How can something be absolutely “bottomless?” The world is not without end. If you dig a hole deep enough, you are going to reach the other side of the planet.

The answer I have come up with, the bottomless pit is not really “bottomless.” What is using to fill the hole never fills it.

Maybe we are looking at the pit in the wrong direction? Instead of thinking about the pit as a bottomless pit, lets think about what is being used to fill the pit.

Its like when someone is eating, someone else might make a reference as to where all of the food is going. To the observer it “looks” like the person doing the eating has a bottomless pit for a stomach.

Maybe the bottomless pit is a reference to something that can not be being filled?

The next question is, filled with what?

Maybe the bottomless pit is in reference to a death pit that will never be filled.

During the black Death of 1348 – 1350 pits were dug, filled with the dead, covered with soil, another pit was dug, filled, covered,,,, until the plague reached its filled and stopped killing.

What fills the pit is hunger.  Since the hunger will be never ending, the pit will never be filled.

In other words, could the bottomless pit be in reference to something that kills a good part of humanity?  Something that keeps killing and killing and killing.  something with a hunger for death that will never be satisfied.

What this something is, I do not know.

The Survivalist Monastery Theory

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Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalistWhile reading “The Civilization Of The Middle Ages” by Norman Cantor (which I do not recommend the book by the way), on pages 150, 151, 152, 153, 154,,, the author discusses how monasteries became a source of education in the middle ages.  Monasteries were not well rounded education establishments, as they were only interested in teaching Latin and scripture.  Creating literature outside of the Holy scripture was suppressed.

One thing that monasteries did do, they preserved scripture.  One of the reasons why we have certain books in our modern Holy Bible, is because some scribe copied the books during the the middle ages.

Monasteries preserved scripture.  The monks in the monasteries taught people how to read Latin, and thus how to read scripture.

How does this monk, monastery and scripture stuff tie in with survivalism?

As monks taught holy scripture, so should survivalist teach self-reliance.

As a survivalist, it is your duty to go forth and spread the knowledge of self-reliance.

When people hear the word “monk”, thoughts of living in silence, or roaming the country side preaching the gospel to peasants comes to mind. That is not how things were like. Monks lived in the monastery, some tried to isolate themselves from the outside world, they were educated, copied holy text (scribes), and tried to live a life separated from the outside world.

How is the life of a monk, and the life of a survivalist that much different?

Maybe this should be called “The Survivalist Monk Theory”?

For the sake of discussion, lets focus on the effect we have on those around us, and not what fills our head.

Where a monk may have spent a great deal of time in prayer, he also had a profound effect on society. As survivalist, what effect do we have on those around us? Opsec says we have to always consider security when dealing with others. Let us apply the idea of a monastery to our group.

Everyone inside the walls of the monastery are the people inside our group. These are the people that we can talk to, communicate with and share our plans with.

Everyone outside the walls of our monastery are the strangers. Those are the people we do not know, or fully trust.

While a monastery had walls of brick and mortar, survivalist have walls of trust and relationships.

Just as monks educated the people inside the monastery, so should survivalist train and educate the people inside their group.

Unlike monks that tried to isolate themselves from the outside world, survivalist stay knowledgeable on current events.

The monastery is part of society, but also separate. We live on the fringe of society, on the outskirts, ever visible, but in the distance, just a blink from sight.

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Most hated book in the world

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survivalistWhat is the most hated book in the world? I would have to say the Bible.

Why is the bible hated? Because it speaks the truth. The undeniable truth that we should love one another.

Why do so many people try to discredit the bible

When we have a limited amount of information from a time period, and that information is discredited, what are we left with?

If we discredited Caesar’s commentaries on the Gallic wars, what would we be left with? Are we to say the commentaries are a work of fiction? How do we prove the Gallic wars ever happened? Besides writing, what do we have to prove that Julius Caesar ever lived?

Why don’t people dispute Buddha like they do Jesus?

Why don’t people dispute George Washington like they do Jesus?

As far as we know, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were elaborate myths constructed by people at the time.

Why do so many people try to disprove the bible, and call Jesus into question? Because their hearts are filled with anger and hatred.

The bible is held to a different set of standards then other history books.

The question is, why do so many people try to discredit the bible, but other works are accepted as fact?

Why do people hate the bible

In the minds of the elitist, the human race is the highest ranking species there is. We are the smartest and the most advanced species to ever walk the face of the earth.

To admit that there is a higher being would crash their little arrogant universe. Having to admit there is a GOD would be an insult to the arrogant hordes.

The fool hath said in his heart, there is no GOD. To deny GOD is to deny hope, hope that all we live for is the here and now.

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