Q. I’ve enjoyed your website immensely, and look forward to new articles each day. In your “Revelation Times” articles, I noted in the “hail judgment” in Revelation 16, that “since stoning is the Biblical penalty for blasphemy, The Lord sends 100 pound hailstones to the Earth in judgment, and to prepare it for when Christ returns.” I’ve noted other authors echo this as well.
Being involved with severe weather operations in Arkansas, I noted that in 2010, there was a hailstone in South Dakota, that set a record for the United States … 8 inches in diameter, 19 inches in circumference, and nearly 2 pounds. The stones in Rev. 16 would be 50 times that size. The Bible is silent on how long it will last, but if a hailstorm of that magnitude lasted more than a few minutes, it would pretty much destroy anything left standing, and flatten the topography of the Earth in preparation for Christ’s Second Coming. Is that the way you see it?
A. The literal translation of Rev. 16:21 reads, “And great hail (as of talent weight) doth come down out of the heaven upon men, and men did speak evil of God because of the plague of the hail, because its plague is very great.” According to Strong’s concordance a talent weight was approximately 100 pounds. Other sources vary widely, ranging from about 60 pounds up to 100. By whatever measure you choose, a hail storm with stones of that size would result in catastrophic damage to just about everything.