"Miserabile Visu (Ex Malo Bonum)" as written by and Nathan R Young Christian E Mcalhaney....
A red priest broke into our classroom
Caught us children by attention
Listen closely to the words I speak
Lord knows if I'll ever, ever again be

Spoke such words never spoken before
On the way he declared the world
Miracles like you've never seen
From a man who was raised up in the sea

A man is coming in thirteen were
To charm the daughters and the sons
Scared for our lives I turn to your hand
Hold this time while we run if we still can

[Chorus]
What disasters may come
Whatever it may be
At the end of the age
It will land you and me
Tragedy may bring
Whatever may fall
At the end of the world
You'll still be loved

Before the red priest took his last breath
He told me child now don't forget
The sun will turn dark very soon
The days are numbered when there's blood on the moon

The earth will shake and the sky will fall
The ice will open up frozen ground
Don't take the son but you'll be killed
By the man from seven years

A man is coming in thirteen were
To charm the daughters and the sons
Scared for our lives I turn to your hand
Hold this time while we run if we still can

[Chorus]

Looked up into the eastern sky
When you hear the voice, say your last goodbyes
Look back to the eastern skies
When the ghost take hold of the men who died

Looked up into the eastern sky
When your fathers weep and your mothers cry
Looked up into the eastern sky

[Chorus]

Looked up into the eastern sky
When you hear the voice, say your last goodbyes
Look back to the eastern skies
When the ghost take hold of the men who died

Looked up into the eastern sky
When your fathers weep and your mothers cry
Looked up into the eastern sky

Look children to the eastern sky


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"Miserabile Visu (Ex Malo Bonum)" as written by Deon Rexroat Christian Edwin Mcalhaney

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  • +4
    My InterpretationThe look at all the prophecy from Revelations as related to this song is correct. That was Anberlin's goal with the song.

    The one miss that no one has correctly deciphered from the song is the Red Priest. Lots of varying opinions about who the Red Priest is in the song.

    The Red Priest is actually the apostle John, who wrote Revelations. John is often depicted in art work as a red head, such as in The Last Supper by Da Vinci. Therefore, he is the Red Priest.
    ReverendJHon September 04, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI'm gonna take a crack at it....

    In the gospel of John, we are warned of false prophets and false priests at the end of the world. The red priest (bad priest) is a false priest who is talking about miracles by a man raised in the sea which is mentioned in Revelation 13:1. A man is coming in 13:1...Revelation 13:1 says "And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy." It is clear that the lyrics are talking about the antichrist because the antichrist will pretend to be Jesus Christ and is coming to "charm the daughters and the sons" as in God's children. The chorus is obviously talking about the end of the world. The second verse is very poignant. The eyes will open of those involved. This is either referencing the verse where every knee will bow when Jesus comes back or it's just saying that those involved will be aware of the deceit being pulled. The part where he says, Don't take this son, but you'll be killed by the man from seven hills. The line is referencing the mark of the beast which will supposedly give wisdom but all who wear the mark will blaspheme Christ. The man from seven hills is again the beast. The seven hills are the seven heads which the beast has. The bridge brings some comfort...Look children to the eastern sky. Jesus is supposed to appear in the eastern sky when he returns. When the ghosts take hold of men who died. This references either angels or demons taking the souls of the bodies in the graves. When your fathers weep and your mothers cry. Adults are responsible for their actions...Children are innocent. So some adults will not enter the kingdom of heaven, but children are innocent and will not have to suffer. I think this is probably the deepest and most spiritual song I've ever heard from any band and Anberlin are very bold to do this as a secular band.
    bustinlooseon August 21, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYah, bustinloose is totally correct, except for the part about children...they're only innocent when they don't know the difference between right and wrong. I've always felt like children are innocent until they're old enough to register good and bad. But, that's neither here nor there. It's definitely the most spiritual song I've heard and a bold move since Anberlin is such a secular band, but Christian (I assume wrote it) does a great job of masking things, like the "ghosts take hold of the men who died" I guess if someone listens to the song with a carnal mind it makes no sense.

    The majority of the songs on this album are spiritual, some in greater context than others...I guess that's a reason why it's called "New Surrender" :)
    Dynamite Jenkinson August 25, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBustinloose, I think you got it. The only confusion that I have is that the red preist seems to be the anti-Christ in the first verse, but then it seems to be someone different, someone of God in the second verse. Not sure how to take that. This is my least favorite of the "epic" tracks, musically, and my favorite lyrically. Disasters may come ... the end of the age ... you'll still belong.

    Praise God that we are His.
    sweetsongson September 30, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI definitely don't share 3ncryption's views on the Vatican. I feel that interpretation of Scripture is severely misguided. And I don't think Anberlin is speaking of it that way at all.

    Song obviously references the end times and the anti Christ. It's pretty well done, not as good as (*Fin) but easily the second best of the Anberlin epics.
    Showcreatoron October 25, 2008   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI agree with bustinloose that "The man from seven hills is again the beast. The seven hills are the seven heads which the beast has." For anyone interested, I'm going to go a bit deeper into what this is all referring to.

    Revelation 12:1-5, "And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne."

    Let's interpret this. The dragon is Satan. The woman is the church. Notice though, the dragon has seven heads. What do these seven heads represent? Revelation 17:9, "And here is the mind which hath widsom. The seven heads are seven moutains, on which the woman sitteth." These heads represent seven moutains. The seven mountains of Rome (or the "seven hills" as they are referred to in this song).

    So we have Satan (the dragon) working through Rome, to kill the seed of the woman when He is born. The seed of the woman is obviously Jesus Christ. And true to the prophecy, a Roman authority named Herod did try to kill Jesus at His birth.
    blondy269on August 29, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Translationmiserabile - piteously,pitiably ,wretchedly ,sadly ,mournfully...but by the lyrics of
    this song,its more likely piteously.

    visu-to see,by the sight
    ex-from
    malo-evil
    bolum-good...................


    this is an apocalyptic song....so this aint ww2....revelations 13:1 rise of the anti-Christ.
    jango04on September 26, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm not certain about some of the lyrics as I played them by ear; feel free to point out any errors.
    fallacyofdualismon August 20, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRight now I'm not sure what this song yet.

    But the title Misearbile Visule- which means in latin: a terrible event

    and Ex Malo Bonum- Which means in latin: out from bad comes good
    Day Glasson August 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe line says...A man is coming in 13:1 (as in Revelation 13:1) which is the introduction of the beast in Revelation at the end of the world.
    bustinlooseon August 21, 2008   Link

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