Part of Speech
Root Word (Etymology)
From πλήσσω (G4141)
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KJV Translation Count — Total: 21x
The KJV translates Strong’s G4127 in the following manner: plague (12x), stripe (5x), wound (4x).
Outline of Biblical Usage [?]
a blow, stripe, a wound
a public calamity, heavy affliction, plague,
Every use of the word “plague” or “plagues” in the book of revelation, is from the above.
This is the common definition of “plague” (from Miriam-Webster)
noun \ ˈplāg \
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Examples: plague in a Sentence
Definition of plague
1 a :a disastrous evil or affliction :calamity
b :a destructively numerous influx or multiplication of a noxious animal :infestation
a plague of locusts
2 a :an epidemic disease causing a high rate of mortality :pestilence
b :a virulent contagious febrile disease that is caused by a bacterium (Yersinia pestis) and that occurs in bubonic, pneumonic, and septicemic forms — called also black death
3 a :a cause of irritation :nuisance
b :a sudden unwelcome outbreak
a plague of burglaries
In Revelation, “plague” is used to describe heavy chastisement, the hard laying on of stripes as of a whip or a cane, etc. Medically, a plague can be traced to some pathogen, some unsanitary condition, contaminated food, vermin, fleas, etc.
The book of Revelation lays heavy stripes and chastisement upon Babylon, the great whore. The Lord warns that the nations or people who copulate with the great whore, will be partakers of her plagues and judgments. Everything conceived among the nations in her bed chamber will be killed (Rev 2:22&23). And the Lord’s people deceived in her, will taste of her stripes and plagues (Rev 18). The book of Revelation opens with the Lord revealing in the assemblies, the entities that operate in their midst, having no place among anyone who names the name of the Lord. It goes on to repeatedly warn them to repent, and chronicles their refusal to repent. It concludes with the fact that all were fairly and sternly warned from the beginning (Rev 22:12-16)
Without the Holiest place are many things. They include the candlestick and all associated with that environment, where the whole of the assemblies are rebuked, while the handful among them who are worthy are acknowledged. The outer courts, further without, are a gathering place of peoples unto the “name” of the Lord, but are so corrupt as to be no longer included in the Lord’s living instructions, and are not measured at all. (Rev 11).
These things are not just ahead, or just around the corner. They have been at work for two thousand years, and beyond. Jesus Christ abiding in the heart, the Day Star arisen in the individual, and His truth reigning within, is the place from which all are defined as “without”. (Rev 22) Jesus spoke in a place of receiving, day by day, your “daily bread”. This answers to the manna collected under the law, and with certain conditions. Outside these conditions, the very manna stank and bread worms. Jesus later spoke to the individual with an ear to hear, of the right to eat of the hidden manna. This answers to the manna in the golden pot, of which Paul writes in Hebrews 9. It is instilled once, hidden within, the moment the foot touches the land of promise. The daily bread never falls again. Search though one might, for that person who has tasted the heavenly and the power of the ages to come, there is no going back. For there is nothing to go back to. The overcomer has an eternal inward supply, present within, a measure that is of the fullness, never labored for, never touched by any man’s hand (as the show bread which answers to the daily manna subjected to conditions). It never diminishes, no matter how often consumed, yet being a measure, it always teaches you that there is far more. It is not subject to conditions. It answers to the law of Life in Christ Jesus. It purveys things against which there is no law. Jesus, in the midst of a field of grain, each disciple eating, is a picture of this. (Matt 12:3, mark 2:25, Luke 6:3). The Pharisees attempted to bring the law into it and were utterly rebuked. Theirs is the place of the daily manna. Jesus is the hidden manna. Jesus told the Pharisees to examine what David did when he was hungry. He ate what was not lawful for him to eat and was blameless. When you walk in the substance of things, you do not answer to the type and shadow.
The great conflagration of our time has it’s roots squarely in the great whore of Revelation. The Georgetown connection, is the supply of the swamp. Everyone and everything that loves and makes a lie, will be burned with fire. Jesus described the place where the fire is not quenched, yet the worm does not die. Not all combustion is rapid. This place too, is not afar off, but very present, and that for a long time. Wherever the foundation is laid; which is Christ Jesus, the flame is instantly at work on wood, hay and stubble. The day of the Lord is at hand (1 Cor 3:13)