|Revelation 16:21 |
21 And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone weighed a talent (about one hundred pounds); and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague of it was exceedingly great.6
6 there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone weighed about one hundred pounds; and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague of it was exceedingly great. There are a number of Old Testament passages that refer to God' s use of hail in a battle context (Psa. 18:12-13; 78:47-48; 105:32; 148:8; Isa. 28:17; 30:30; 32:19; Ezek. 13:11-13; 38:22). George Fox in multiple writings mentions hailstones as a personal, spiritual plague, rather than a physical event on the earth. The following is from George Fox's Letter #91, which shows that the seven thunders and the seven bowls, (or vials), or plagues, including the hail and earthquakes, are an individual experience of tribulations in the revealing, (the revelation), of Christ within you:
In the spirit of the living God wait upon God,
to learn of and to be taught by him.
For now the beast opens his mouth in blasphemy,
speaking great swelling words.
And now is the cage of unclean birds, and the unclean spirits,
which are gone forth into the earth, seen.
And now are the locusts seen, and the caterpillars known.
And now are the seven thunders uttering their voices.
And now are the hailstones falling,
and the vials of the wrath of God pouring out upon the beast and the false prophet.
However a physical event was recorded in the following scriptures:
Have you entered into the treasures of the snow? Or have you seen the treasures of the hail, which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war? Job 38:22-23
And it came to pass, as they fled from before Israel, and were in the going down to Bethhoron, that the LORD cast down great hailstones from heaven upon them to Azekah, and they died; there were more of them who died from the hailstones than those whom the children of Israel slew with the sword. Joshua 10:11
The size of the hail has been described at just under 100 lbs.; whatever was hit by hail of that size would be destroyed. Only underground would survive.
Hail was used as a plague against Pharaoh, which destroyed all plants and trees in Egypt, Exo 9:22-26, except in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel lived. The land of Goshen also had light in all the Israelite homes, while the rest of Egypt was in darkness; which is the allegory of the mature believer's body is full of light, while those of the world remain in spiritual darkness.