“WHEN THERE’S NO MORE ROOM IN HELL, THE DEAD WILL WALK THE EARTH.”
That was the tagline from Giorgio Romero’s Dawn of the Dead. It speaks of a battered and bleak vision of humanity. The quote is derived from a Haitian voodoo religion called Santeria. Practitioners of Voodoo have long believed that sorcerers are responsible for reanimating the dead.
The zombie apocalypse shows up so much in religious texts it can make your head spin. Although most of these references don’t point to an exact apocalyptic origin, they frequently make mention of horrific clashes with the undead. The Bible in particular is full of examples and illustrations of people being reanimated. Let’s not forget that the entire New Testament is about Jesus, a man who died and then came back to life.
This is a compiled list of the top zombie scenes from the bible:
1) Zechariah 14:12
“And the LORD will send a plague on all the nations that fought against Jerusalem. Their people will become like walking corpses, their flesh rotting away. Their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths. On that day they will be terrified, stricken by the LORD with great panic. They will fight their neighbors hand to hand.”
2) Revelation 20:13,14 (KJV)
“And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.”
3) Isaiah 26: 19-20
“But your dead will live; their bodies will rise
Your dew is like the dew of the morning; the earth will give birth to her dead
Go, my people, enter your rooms, and shut the doors behind you;
hide yourselves for a little while …until his wrath has passed by”
4) Matthew 27:52-54 King James Version (KJV)
“And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.”
Is it just us, or does this all sound pretty damn horrifying? Are you prepared for the impending biblical zombie invasion?