calaza chalaza khal’-ad-zah
Hail: chalaza khal’-ad-zah to lower (as into a void): to let down from a higher place to a lower; hail. [Greek: chalaza, hard lump, hailstone.]
Revelation 8:7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.
Revelation 11:19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.
Revelation 16:21 And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, [every stone] about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.
What is this “hail”?
It is mingled with a substance of a blood red color.
It was cast upon the earth.
It is associated with a third part of the trees being burned up.
It is associated with all the green grass being burned up.
It is associated with lightning, a tone of thunder, an earthquake and is great.
It fell out of heaven.
It had a tremendous effect upon humanity, because the plague was extremely great.
When the Great Tribulation Period begins, there will be absolutely no doubt as to what this “hail”really is. Just plain and simple: this “hail” will be molten rocks of volcanic “hailstones” that will cast out from the volcanic vents of the earth.
The majority of these events will be along the earths’ tectonic plate boundaries. This “hail” noticeably begins on the 1st trumpet; it intensifies with the sounding of the 7th trumpet and becomes “exceeding great” upon the pouring out of the 7th vial of the wrath of God.
A volcanic bomb is a globe of molten rock (tephra) larger than 65 mm (2.5 inches) in diameter, formed when volcano ejects viscous fragments of lava during an eruption. They cool into solid fragments before they reach the ground. Lava bombs can be thrown many kilometers from erupting vents, and often acquires aerodynamic shapes during their flight. Bombs can be extremely large; the 1935 eruption of Asama in Japan expelled bombs measuring 5-6 meters in diameter up to distances of 600 meters from the vent. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
***The following information is from page #30 of a book entitled: “Tribulation Birth Pangs From The Bottomless Pit,” written by Dr. Tom McElmurry. Please visit his web site at: www.tribulationperiod.com. This information has been used by his permission.***
Now, please carefully examine the following definitions extracted from pre-Civil War sources from which the post-Civil War sources were abridged.
1857-A Critical Lexicon and Concordance to the English and Greek New Testament by E. W. Bullinger.
Chalaza-something let go, let fall.
1843-A Greek-English Lexicon complied by Henry George Liddell and Robert Scott, based on the work of Franz Passow in his lexicon of 1819.
A pelting shower of anything.
Any small knot like a hailstone.
A knot of hard lump.
A bituminous rock.
1836-A Greek and English Lexicon of the New Testament by Dr. Edwards Robinson.
In the proper sense, not figurative, something let go, let fall.
1826-A Comprehensive Lexicon of the Greek Language by Dr. John Pickering.
A precious stone.
1819-A Lexicon of the New Testament by Franz Passow.
Strictly, that which is let loose.
The writings of the early Greeks clearly reveal that the usage of chalaza was not limited to a frozen ball of ice that fell from the heavens. The word chalaza was used be Sophocles, Aristotle, Athenaeus, Theophrastus, Orphica and Plutarchus to describe the following things:
A knot, (2) a hard lump, (3) a pelting shower of anything, (4) a bituminous rock, (5) a stone that resembles a hailstone, and (6) anything that falls from the heavens.
The 1819 lexicon by Franz Passow is recognized as the grandfather of modern day lexicons even thought it was based on the 1791 lexicon of Johann Gottlob Schneider. The noun chalaza comes from the verb chalao, which means, “to let down from above.” Chalaza is whatever happens to be let down from above. Passow’s 1819 definition states its full, basic meaning best: “Strictly, that which is let loose.”
Check these links for information about the word “hail” for volcanic bombs:
01. Volcanic Bombs
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08. Volcano Eruption
09. Lava Fountain
10. Ring of Fire
11. Ring of Fire Map
12. Pacific Ring of Fire Images