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ARRRGH. It's like hot dogs and hot dog buns.
Now for the exigetical analysis about how this is all symbolizing Rome or the ancient Jewish establishment or somesuch in 3...2...1...go!
Didn't you know?
There's no such thing
as a Gruffallo!
OK, my bad.
Of course, I'm a deeply scarred adult...
That sounds a lot like the movie I was watching on DirectTV last night...Piranha (3D)...in which prehistorical mega-piranha come up from the sea floor and eat the flesh off some bikinied spring breakers.
I can't help but think the distinction might be important.
Yet with all of those heads, the dragon could be the entire pack yahoos running and stumbling in the race.
Are South Carolininians minions of Satan or prisoners of their own prejudice and gullibility? I suspect the latter.
The symbolism of the numbers 7 and 10 are given later in Chapter 17. But really you should go to Daniel (7:2-7). Basically Rome is the beast. The city started as a network of seven hills on the east side of the Tiber, it is a common reference if one is familiar with writings of Virgil and other Roman writers. Interestingly there are three period references in the book of Revelation with Nero's (666 himself) reign (54-68 CE) and Domitian's (81-96 CE) being most often mentioned, but there is also some Vespian's (69-79 CE). It is apocalyptic literature, numerology is common, the number 7 for example is used as a reference for completeness, you'll find the number seven some fifty times are so (I was bored one day). (Tis my understanding that 9 is the number of celestial power in China; three multiplied by itself gives eternity, completion, and fulfillment. Hence nine is considered sacred.)
Christian interpretation usually falls into four groups: Preterists; Historicists; Futurists; Idealists. The details can be fascinating to get bogged down, but so far obsessing leads to scary and silly behavior by some readers.
I consider it literature, a tale about the victory of good over evil. Like many pieces of literature it borrows from the world events of its time and from the stories and themes that its audience is familiar with. I will confess that I'd rather read the "Lord of the Rings" or "The Amber Spyglass", though. So my tastes may be wanting.
Anyway, specific to these lines….
The beast with the seven heads and ten horns represents the seven Emperors of Rome that had come into being by the time the Book of Revelation had been written – Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, Nero, Vespasian, Titus and Domitian. The ten horns represent the previous seven plus the three interim rulers in-between the time of Nero and Vespasian – Galba, Otho and Vitellius.
The “name of blasphemy” represents how the Emperors of Rome would often, among their titles, be listed as “divine,” “God,” “Son of God” – Nero himself added “The Savior of the World.”
The beast is actually four, referenced earlier in Chapter 7 of the book of Daniel. They are combined essentially because they represent previous and present empires, all of which, each in their own way, especially as perceived by Jews (which John was), were considered by many to be cruel and inhuman. The leopard represents Persia, the bear Media, the lion Babylon, and the dragon the empire of Alexander the Great.
Dorky like everything is relative. I'm inclined to think that ones humanity is enough of a reason to treat a person kindly. Of course kindly does not mean you don't dispute what people say. Everyone here comes for a reason, there is some need that is met by commenting. I can only comprehend my own reasons and unfortunately I have not learned to see life very well beyond my own lens of experience, so I may not understand someone's comment or see how it adds to the thread, but I'm inclined due to my own life experiences to think that the commenter needs to belong and needs to be part of the group dynamic. Thus I don't feel irritated, instead I wonder as to why they felt the need and thus feel compassion. We're all dorks in the eyes of someone else. I'm just a tenderhearted one. Cool or dorky, dislike is, in my opinion, is something to be reserved for those who consciously and maliciously go out of their way to cause harm, limit the civil rights, and impede justice for others. So I may not understand some of Will's comments, like he may not understand mine, but Will does not want to do evil upon others. Just the opposite if his comments are an accurate reflection of his heart.
If I wasn't clear, my intention was not to challenge your characterization of Will, but to chide Fnarf and those who are impressed by Fnarf (including, sure, me) for being kinda mean.
I was not disagreeing. I think dislike is perfectly acceptable. There is nothing wrong when someone disliking someone else. I'm sure some people have very real reasons for their feelings towards Will. I don't have those reasons. I can't justify disliking someone because others do. I need concrete reasons, and even then my personality lends towards pity and non-engagement. Clearly others feel differently. But it does sometime appear like a dog pile has happened on the threads.
This gives us the phrase "My ass is really dragon today"
GOTTA PROPHECY 'EM ALL
Boy are you in luck! (I own this, and it's BEAUTIFUL.)
Oh, wait. Am I in the wrong thread? Hmm...probably not.