´¯`•. March 12, 2017

The Frog Phenomena

So lately I’ve been thinking about frogs a lot.  This is not normal for me, by the way.  But frankly, since the Trump election, I’ve been trying to (or my subconscious has been trying to, because this is not actively being pursued by me) … um, to figure out where we are in Revelation’s timeline.  And for some weird reason, my mind keeps circling around frogs.

For those of you who know your prophecy, you’re nodding.  For those who don’t… There are weird frogs in Revelation:

And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.  Rev. 16:13, 14

We’ve got kings of the earth.  We’ve got the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet.  And then we’ve got ‘frogs’.   I don’t know, you tell me.  But I was thinking of other times that there were frogs in Scripture, and of course the first thought is Egypt’s plague #2, am I right?  Frogs all over, even in the ovens.  Frogs in the Bible are seriously disturbing.  And I don’t know what they symbolize.  So I went looking.

For the Chinese, frogs are good luck.  For the Egyptians, they were fertility.  For the Jews, they’re sound teachers.  (!!!)  Being that John the Revelator is a Jew and writing to Hebrew believers with a background in Torah study, nine chances out of ten, we’re dealing with the Hebrew version of what the frog means, right?  Except if that’s the case here, we have unclean spirits that are coming off as sound teachers… which is doubly disturbing, if you think about the implications.

Unclean spirits coming off like sound teachers, but they’re out of the mouth of the dragon, the beast, and the False Prophet.  They go about working miracles, which brings the world around to Armegeddon.  Yikes.

Which… I still know very little about, and can’t wrap my head around at the moment.  But that’s really neither here nor there.  What I wanted to write about was what I learned about frogs, today.

A thousand years ago, medieval rabbis wrote a midrash, which imagined that the second plague started out as a single, massive frog that multiplied exponentially every time the Egyptians struck it in their obdurate efforts to drive it back into the Nile. As explained in a commentary to the midrash by 20th century Rabbi Yaakov Yisrael Kanievsky, “When the Egyptians saw the result of their beating the frogs, why did they not stop? Rational thinking told them to stop, but they became enraged when they saw the result of their beating the frogs—and they lost control.” In the imagination of the medieval rabbis, the plague of proliferating frogs is a vivid reminder of the danger posed by the humans’ resistance to such change—the “hardened heart” the Torah warns of.  (“Frogs: Suprising star of the Passover Table”)

But that wasn’t the only explanation given.  Check out this, from another source:

The Torah speaks about the “frog,” in the singular, coming up from the Nile:

“And the frog came up, and it covered the land of Egypt”

Rabbi Akiva states simply that the frog multiplied, without explaining how this took place. It could well be that he means that it procreated in the way that frogs usually do. However, the Midrash cites a more unusual version of Rabbi Akiva’s opinion:  “Rabbi Akiva said, There was one frog, and the Egyptians were beating it, and many frogs showered from it (matezes).” (Midrash Tanchuma, va’era 14; Tanna D’Vei Eliyahu Rabbah 7)  There is also a well-known version of this Midrash (I have seen it cited from Midrash Aggada, but I haven’t yet been able to track down the original) in which it produced new frogs from its mouth.

Now, the phenomenon of childbirth, as with all other areas of life, takes on remarkably diverse forms in the natural world. However, whether producing eggs or live young, most animals are identical and ordinary in that the young emerge into the world from an orifice located at the rear end of their mother’s body. Of the entire animal kingdom, the only exceptions to this rule that I know are seahorses, in which the male takes the eggs into a pouch until they are ready to hatch, and certain species of frogs/toads (scientifically, there is no distinction between the two names).

Then there is the remarkable Darwin’s frog, Rhinoderma darwinii. After the female Darwin’s frog lays 20-30 eggs on land, the males gather around and wait for the eggs to begin to hatch into tadpoles, which takes 10-20 days. When the tadpoles move inside the eggs, the males flick several of the eggs into their mouths with their tongues and place them into their vocal sacs. Inside the vocal sacs, the eggs hatch and develop into froglets, whereupon they emerge from the males’ mouths.

A similar but even more extraordinary amphibian is the Australian gastric brooding frog. The species include the Northern gastric brooding frog (Rheobatrachus vitellinus) discovered in 1972, and the Southern gastric brooding frog (Rheobatrachus silus) found in 1984. These frogs are already presumed extinct; the former was last seen in the wild in March 1985 and the latter in September 1981. In the few years that they were known to man, however, they made a remarkable impression.

The female gastric brooding frog actually fully swallows her 18-30 fertilized eggs, which then develop in her stomach. The tadpoles have undeveloped tails, lack teeth and do not feed; they live off their yolk sacs. As the tadpoles grow inside their mother, her stomach expands until it occupies most of the body cavity and she cannot even fully inflate her lungs. Remarkably, the stomach does not produce hydrochloric acid (the digestive juices) during the brooding, period; this prevents the digestion of the young, but it also prevents the female from feeding. The gestation period inside the mother is 6-8 weeks; she then gives birth by opening her mouth. Baby frogs come up to her mouth and then gradually leave, while the mother keeps her mouth wide open. If a baby tadpole does not leave the mother’s mouth, she re-swallows it, to be born later.

Remarkably, then, the same extraordinary birthing procedures that are attributed to the frog of Egypt are actually found in real frogs today. What are we to make of this?

Now I have to tell you – this is NOT what I was expecting to read.  I didn’t know that frog (singular) came out of the Nile, per scripture.  I grew up Christian, and things were distorted, over-simplified, and oftentimes outright lies to ‘make it easier’.   So… this is odd.  I’m looking up frogs, and finding frogs coming out of a frog’s mouth.  Odd, since in Revelation the frogs are also coming out of mouths…!  (((O_o)))  What the heck, right?

But there’s more (from the same source):

…The frog often appears in rabbinic literature as symbolic of a Torah scholar (who studies at night, just as the frog croaks at night), and of a tzaddik who is mosar nefesh (see Perek Shirah for details). The frog that gives birth through its mouth is parallel to the Torah scholar who produces his students – rated as his progeny – through his mouth, the medium of teaching Torah.  …The Egyptians, who tried to suppress all this (which is given in the Zohar as the reason for the frog plague), were thereby taught a lesson.

Okay, so above I’d said that the Hebrews thought of frogs as sound teachers.  Here this is expounded on, explaining that they study at night, and ‘teach’ with their mouths/voices.  And apparently, even ‘teach’ by way of other teachers coming OUT of the mouth.

This about blew me away.  Because I got way more than I bargained for, in this hunt for Truth.  And now I’m wondering just exactly how closely the frogs of the first 3 sets of plagues (of Egypt) are to the frogs of the last 3 sets of plagues (of Revelation).  Because there are some definite parallels, and I know that the Egyptian plagues are a precursor/trial run for the Revelation plagues.

I’m just having a hard time grasping this.  Anyone have thoughts to offer?

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  1. Heather

     /  February 17, 2017

    I feel this is important and so I would like to comment, if I am in error please forgive me. I think that your research of the frogs that give birth by opening their mouths is a spot-on description of the coming events. But I don’t think it is literal frogs this time. During the first plagues in Egypt, everything was a literal, physical plague. But I think the Reality of Duality comes into play during the events in Revelations. The dragon and beast are not literal creatures but representations of governments, nations, and leaders. The beast is mortally wounded but is brought back to life by the dragon’s powers, which causes the whole world to wonder and follow in amazement. People think life is bad because of the Trumpet (Trump? ha ha) judgements and so some people willfully take the mark of the beast, others are forced to by necessity of food, etc, and worship him. Then the Vial Judgements begin and existence itself is literally hell on earth, which leaves humanity with two options: either cling to the beast or try to turn back to God. At this point in time, the Dragon, Beast, and False Prophet have been living the good life, with world-wide followers and possibly minimal opposition. I think that the plague of frogs spoken of in Revelations is a plague of false teachers/officials and miracle workers sent forth by the dragon, beast, and false prophet. It is a way for them to control the people further during the time immediately after the Vial Judgements. The frogs in Exodus were so extreme that they were in everything. Take the verse from Exodus 8:1 “Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me. 2 If you refuse to let them go, I will send a plague of frogs on your whole country. 3 The Nile will teem with frogs. They will come up into your palace and your bedroom and onto your bed, into the houses of your officials and on your people, and into your ovens and kneading troughs. 4 The frogs will come up on you and your people and all your officials.’” The plagues of frogs from Revelations is a distortion of what the Lord said to Moses, even if the followers of the beast WANTED to leave, they will not be able to because the “frogs” (false teachers) will infiltrate into every aspect of humanity’s life, in the palaces, public places, and homes. It is a scary image if you read the Exodus verses with “false teachers” in place of “frogs”. Exodus 8:13-14 also show us the eventual fate of these false teachers. “The frogs died in the houses, in the courtyards and in the fields. 14 They were piled into heaps, and the land reeked of them.” I see the plague of frogs in Revelations as akin to an army of false teachers/officials controlling and converting the people.

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