I have in my library the book The Revelation Record: A Scientific and Devotional Commentary on the Prophetic Book of the End of Times[i] by Henry M. Morris – a commentary on the final book of the bible and a sort of bookend companion piece to his similarly named commentary on Genesis. And it is a howler, ridiculousness on nearly every page, far too many to share them all...
After his brief commentary on Revelation 6:1, “And I saw when the Lord opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see,” Morris shoehorns in a lengthy excursus concerning the coming invasion of Israel by Russia. This is boilerplate Dispensationalist eschatology. It’s just a bit lifted from Ezekiel 38-39 and crammed in wherever they think they can find a hole for it.
Russia will be defeated and, as Ezekiel says, the gathered up weapons will be burned as fuel for seven months. And since Morris and his dispensationalist pals are committed to an ultra literal reading of the bible, and especially of the Revelation this leads to some great humor, like this statement from Morris:
“The attackers will be ‘like a cloud to cover the land’… coming from all directions, possibly great waves of paratroopers as well as cavalry. Their weapons will be mostly of wood – probably one of the new forms of very light, but very strong wood… like lignostone.”[ii]
I’ve also seen this lignostone bit in Tim LaHaye’s writing. “For some years the Russians have been using Lignostone in the manufacture of many of their weapons of war. Lignostone invented by a Dutchman in Ter Apel, is a special kind of wood used for “coke breakers.” It is stronger than steel, is very elastic…and burns better than coal.”[iii]
Lignostone® is a laminated densified wood consisting of beech veneers which are joined together using synthetic resins which harden under pressure and heat. It’s high tech plywood.
[i] Morris, Henry M. The Revelation Record: A Scientific and Devotional Commentary on the Prophetic Book of the End of Times Tyndale House Publishers, Inc, Wheaton IL, 1983
[ii] Page 110
[iii] LaHaye, Tim, Are We Living in the End Times? Tyndale, 1999. Page 89 - 90