The Seven Angels, with the Seven Bowls, signal that this will be a full and complete cycle of judgment. Seven is God’s number of completeness. Just as during the seven day remodeling of the Earth, a voice command began the work, no voice was really necessary. But for our sakes, God spoke a command, and it was done. So that we can know these things come from Him, a voice comes from the holy, heavenly temple to begin these plagues.
John 11:41,42 further illustrates this. Christ openly declared that the reason He prayed out loud before raising Lazarus was for the sake of those watching, so that all people might understand that this raising originated with the Father, and was done through the mediation of the Son. So powerful was Christ, if He had not called Lazarus by name, every grave would have opened and all their residents come out.That is the power of the Lord Jesus Christ.
“And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the Earth” (Revelation 16:1).
There will be men saying: “No more.” They may ask: “Why does God let this go on?” The Bible tells us that it will be the same “as the days of Noah,” and we find the same reason in Genesis 6:5:
“And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the Earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”
“And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the Earth, and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the Mark of the Beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.”
In the Revelation 13:16,17 the Antichrist requires all to take his Mark, 666. They will stamp it on your forehead, or on your hand, and that shows you have sold yourself out. You will not be able to buy or sell, unless you have it. You have rejected Jesus Christ and accepted the counterfeit, the Antichrist.
These are the last plagues, according to Revelation 15:1, and they are poured out in the last half of the Tribulation Period—near the end. It will be before the final gathering at Armageddon ends the Tribulation, which we will see in Revelation 19:17-21, and also is mentioned here in Verse 16.
As we see from this verse, the first plague is poured out after the image of the Beast, having already had his resurrection, is put up. It is poured out after the Beast-followers have taken the Mark, according to Revelation 13:17,18. It is a “noisome and grievous sore.” The Greek literally means “an ulcerated sore, bad and evil.” We can only speculate as to how this will occur. However, you can mark it down! It will occur! This is a plague sent by God and only the Beast-followers will be afflicted. These grievous sores are true justice at the hands of the Great Physician, the Lord Jesus Christ.
This reminds us of the same plagues God warned Israel He would place on them if they rebelled. God promises all the blessings found in Deuteronomy 28:1-14 for Israel’s obedience to Him. From Verse 15 on, God warns them of His judgment to come, if they rebel.
“But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day, that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee” (Deuteronomy 28:15):
God told them ahead of time what the judgments would be.
“The LORD shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew, and they shall pursue thee until thou perish” (Deuteronomy 28:22).
“The LORD will smite thee with the botch of Egypt, and with the emerods, and with the scab, and with the itch, whereof thou canst not be healed” (Deuteronomy 28:27).
God warned Israel ahead of time what kind of judgments would come, if they forsook Him for other gods. God had John write the future of the end, and outline exactly what would take place, as mankind continues to add iniquity to iniquity like a snowball rolling down a hill. Notice the last five words of Verse 27:
“Thou canst not be healed.”
Why heal those that are sold out to the Antichrist? They will all be cast into Hell, at the end of the Tribulation Period, when Christ returns and judges the nations.
Some time back, the United Presbyterian Church considered a new sex code that would practically eliminate sin as a major factor in sexual relations. It is entitled “Sexuality in the Human Community.” The report recommended removal of all restrictions against unmarried adults who wished to live together. This new sexual code is just another step toward moral catastrophe.
In recent years, “the pill” has liberated women encouraging greater permissiveness. With this has come a soaring increase in venereal diseases. New strains are cropping up that do not readily respond to treatment. Sexually transmitted diseases are one major group of diseases that make for ongoing hidden epidemics. In the United States alone, there are nearly 20 million cases of new sexually transmitted infections yearly, from just eight viruses and bacteria, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Even Jerusalem is showing signs of being influenced with sin and sex. Lottery tickets are sold openly outside the walls of the Old City. Jerusalem motion picture theaters show films with sexual themes, and with rock music. Night clubs are becoming more evident. Prostitution is now legal in Israel. Quoted below is an article from the Jerusalem Post.
“Recently, I was shocked and disappointed when Yoav Kotler, the head of the investigative branch of the Tel Aviv district police, was quoted in a Jerusalem Post article (“TA police raid brothel in massive tax evasion case,” August 22) as saying that “99% of prostituted women in Israel willingly work” in the flesh trade. Contrary to what Mr. Kohler believes, most women do not choose to be prostitutes.
In fact, most women who enter prostitution in Israel aren’t women at all, but young girls. According to Saleet, a Tel Aviv shelter for prostituted women, the average age of entrance into Israel’s flesh trade is 14. Clearly, no 14 year-old would willingly choose to be working in this so-called profession…
Moreover, most prostituted persons have experienced severe sexual, physical and emotional abuse before they enter the sex trade. This serves as boot camp for prostitution in that it normalizes the abuse that is so common in the trade. Decades of research show that prostitution is multi-traumatic, with rape, beatings, coercion, depression, post-traumatic stress syndrome, a high rate of suicide, drastically lowered life expectancy, and sexually transmitted diseases being just a few of the horrors with which prostituted women and minors must contend.
“Prostitution never has been and never will be a profession like any other…Can we even name another profession in which 86% of employees are regularly beaten by their bosses and clients? And we won’t even mention the fact that 68% of these employees are also raped:” says one who knows what she is talking about! (Source: Jerusalem Post Article (Prostitution-in-Israel-Myth-vs-reality)
How sad! The one place in the world that God wants to place His name and be worshipped, has legalized prostitution.
“But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there, and have chosen David to be over my people Israel.” (2 Chronicles 6:6)
2 Timothy 3:1-6 warns us that this will be the world’s condition in the “last days.” We are seeing it now, even before the Rapture.
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come (1). For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy (2), Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good (3), Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God (4), Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away (5). For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,”( 6).
“And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea, and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.”
The sea does not become “AS blood” as translated here. The Greek says,
“The second angel poured out his bowl into the sea, and it BECAME blood, as of [one] dead, and every soul living died in the sea.” (The Interlinear Greek-English New Testament)
The Second Bowl affects the sea, and it becomes blood as the blood of a dead man. Blood which has bled out into containers, or on the ground, coagulates and has a terrible stench. There are any number of natural occurences which will turn sea water red and kill living organisms, such as the Red Tide of organisms that killed off shell fishing in the waters around Marco Island, Florida. God is going to turn these waters to blood. The God of Creation will turn the H2O, plus the brine of sea water, into the complex elements that make up blood.
The First Bowl, which caused ulcerating sores, parallels the Sixth Plague God placed on the Egyptians when He was liberating Israel. We find that in Exodus 9:9.
“And it shall become small dust in all the land of Egypt, and shall be a boil breaking forth with blains upon man, and upon beast, throughout all the land of Egypt.”
We find a parallel to the Second Bowl, where the sea became blood, in the First Plague which God sent on Egypt.
“And the fish that is in the river shall die, and the river shall stink, and the Egyptians shall lothe to drink of the water of the river” (Exodus 7:18).
“And Moses and Aaron did so, as the LORD commanded, and he lifted up the rod, and smote the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh, and in the sight of his servants, and all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood”(Exodus 7:20).
I hope you believe the Old Testament for, if you do not, you will not believe God’s prophecy that He is going to do this to the Earth again. The things in the Old Testament are recorded for our learning and admonition, and that’s why God wants the Old Testament preached, as He stated in 1 Corinthians 10:11,12,
“Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come (11). Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall” (12).
God wants the Old and New Testament preached, just as the great Apostle Paul declared to the Ephesian elders in Acts 20:26,27,
“Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men (26). For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God” (27).
That is what the pastor of every church is to do. They are not to pick out a passage, or verse, from here and there, that happens to fit their church’s tradition, or what they have done down through the years as their “faith and practice.” No, it is God’s desire that people should hear “all the counsel of God” from every pulpit. The Lord Jesus Christ tells us that he is “written in the volume of the book (the Bible). And, just for emphasis, He said it twice. Once in the Old Testament, and once in the New Testament.
“Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God” (Hebrews 10:7).
“Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me,” (Psalm 40:7).
That is why the people of today’s ecumenical churches are so easily persuaded to “compromise,” and, actually, can be brainwashed to accept the Antichrist. Why? They never hear the whole Word of God, consistently, taught from their church pulpits. The preacher is to preach the Bible, the Word of God. That is what you learn from.
In Revelation 8:8, 9, the Second Trumpet turned only one-third of the sea to blood, and only one-third of the fish died. Here, however, the Second Bowl is universal in its reach. It can sweep the sea, and the fish that are not in aquariums or otherwise separated from the sea, will die. Chaos and thirst will reign upon the Earth.
Even though sinful man denies God, and boasts that he controls the oceans and is the master of his fate; God’s plagues will show the world, just as they showed Pharaoh, that God, alone, rules the world.
Exodus 7:20, and 25 show that the turning of the Nile into blood, at the touch of Moses’ rod, was an event that actually occurred in the real world. This Second Bowl Judgment will be just as literal as it was back there in Egypt. This is not just a nice little story or fable. This is a lesson from God’s Word that is intended to teach us that God owns the seas. No, the Second Bowl will be poured forth, and the sea will become blood. It has been spoken, and it will come to pass.
“And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters, and they became blood (4). And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus” (5).
“Be not deceived, God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” (Galatians 6:7).
For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink, for they are worthy (6). And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments” (7).
The angelic host in Heaven says, “You’re right, God, for doing what you are doing. We are looking down from Heaven, and we see all this ungodliness and filthiness going on. Yes, you are right in your judgment.” All Heaven agrees with God, because humanity will not judge itself as to what is right or wrong.
The Tribulation Period is a time, also, called “Jacob’s Trouble’ in Jeremiah 30:7:
“Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.” Jeremiah 30:7
The phrase “For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets,” reminds us that the Lord Jesus Christ upbraided the leaders of Israel, whom He called “the children of them that killed the prophets.” (Matthew 23:31) Then, He passed sentence upon them in Matthew 23:35,36:
“That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the Earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. (35) Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation” (36).
Pay day has now arrived, and God has given them blood to drink.
This Third Bowl is essentially similar to the Second, except instead of the sea, the rivers, the water sources of mankind are ruined for drinking and for freshwater fish, because of this blood plague. Just as the Nile was turned to blood, now, there shall be a thousand polluted, red, Niles on the Earth. You ought to read this in Exodus 7:20,25.
Even though in this passage we have been witnessing the mighty power of God, Satan and his cohorts have power, too. Compared to God, however, they are lightweights! We find that when Moses turned the waters of the Nile to blood, Pharaoh’s magicians were able, through the power of Satan, to duplicate the miracle. The two magicians of Pharaoh resisted the truth of God’s Word through Moses, when they turned water into blood with their enchantments. This is the power of satanic people. This caused Pharaoh, also, to resist what Moses was saying, or the truth of God’s Word. But, we would not even know their names if the Holy Spirit had not inspired the Apostle Paul to write about this in 2 Timothy 3: 8.
“Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.”
It may be difficult to imagine what a disaster the Second and Third Bowl judgments create. The vast oceans and rivers constitute a system which acts as God’s great air conditioner. They sweep away the impurities of the air. They are a balancing factor in nature. Also, the oxygen-giving organisms in the plankton, which are found in the water, supply a majority of the Earth’s oxygen to man. The oceans, rivers, and springs turning to blood will result in billions of floating, decomposing fish.
- Waters become poisonous and putrid. Foul-smelling air sweeps across the land as decay takes place.
- Fish, an important source of food, will now be gone.
- The fishing industry collapses. Starvation will accelerate. People will rush to dig wells, only to have blood come running.
- Man’s oxygen supply will diminish. We could see bloody snow. Imagine red ice cubes floating in your drinks.
This is a picture of disaster and death, with more to come.
“And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun, and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire (8). And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory” (9).
As we have said, the Bowl Judgments parallel those, sent upon Egypt, when God was liberating the nation of Israel from their bondage. And, just like Pharaoh, they did not change their mind about God, and continued to rebel against Him. You can read this in Exodus 9:34,35:
“And when Pharaoh saw that the rain and the hail and the thunders were ceased, he sinned yet more, and hardened his heart, he and his servants (34). And the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, neither would he let the children of Israel go, as the LORD had spoken by Moses” (35).
In the Tribulation Period, even though they know God is sending the judgments, instead of worshiping God, they continue to rebel and turn on His children, the Christians.
In this Fourth Bowl, the sun itself is affected, and men are scorched with its intense heat. In the Fourth Trumpet, Revelation 8:12, the heavenly bodies were also affected. In that case, only one-third of the sun was darkened. A cooling effect will take place, not to mention the panic over what is happening. Here, however, men are burned. In ages past, men have worshiped the sun. They worshiped what God had created, instead of worshiping the Creator.
We find a perfect example of this in Romans 1:18-23.
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness (18),
These say that what is wrong—is right. They defend unrighteousness, as if it is the truth.
Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them, for God hath shewed it unto them (19).
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse (20):
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful, but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened (21).
Atheists are not born, you have to be taught to not believe in God. You have to be brainwashed, and injected with the venom of the anti-God mind, to become an evolutionist, and say, “There is no God.” You can see all the things that God has made, so God says you are without excuse.
“Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, (22). And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things” (23).
When scientists today speak about solar heat and photosynthesis, it is the sun they marvel at, not the God who created it. God is made into a sort of Santa Claus who gives us everything.
With this plague, God shows the Antichrist, and his followers who have taken the Mark of the Beast, that He is the One who sustains this Earth. This is a demonstration of the uselessness of putting your trust in anyone, but God, to control the world in which we live.
Water is symbolic of life, yet we have just seen in the Third Bowl Judgment that the water of the Earth has been turned to blood. Now, under this judgment, the heat of the sun is added to their previous loss of fresh water to quench their thirst.
“And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast, and his kingdom was full of darkness, and they gnawed their tongues for pain, (10) And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds” (11).
The Fifth Bowl Judgment parallels the Ninth Plague sent on the nation of Egypt. Now, we go back to the Tenth Chapter of Exodus, in the Old Testament, which was, “written for our learning and admonition.” This shows us that, since God has done this before, He can do it again. Note Exodus 10:21-23:
“And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt (21). And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven, and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days (22): They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days: but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings” (23).
God deals with the darkness, here, as He has dealt with last plague in Verse Nine, where men were scorched with great heat. The Sun God of the Egyptians was Ra, the chief of the Gods. God is showing mankind that there is no God outside of Jehovah, Adonai, Elohim, who is the Lord Jesus Christ, when manifested in the flesh.
The Fifth Bowl, like the Fifth Trumpet in Revelation 9:4, primarily falls on wicked men “...which have not the seal of God…” In Revelation 16:10,11, it falls on the Beast’s followers, those of the Anti-God system. “The seat of the beast” shows that it is directed against the Antichrist’s center of power. Included in this judgment are sores and pain. This pain is directed at three things:
- It is aimed at the capital of the Beast’s empire, his “seat” of government that he rules from.
- It falls on his entire kingdom which, at this time, includes “kindreds, and tongues, and nations,” as we are told in Revelation 13:7,8.
- It aggravates the sores caused by the First Bowl in Revelation 16:2. The fact that the sores of the First Bowl are aggravated by the Fifth Bowl Judgment, reveals that these judgments are sent in quick succession, with a short period of only days between them.
Notice in Revelation 16:10: “They gnawed their tongues for pain.” Intense pain will cause this. In Revelation 16:9,11, instead of using their God-given tongues to ask God for mercy, they used them to blaspheme God. Now they are being given punishment that fits their sin. If they are going to blaspheme God with them, let them chew on their tongues to lessen their pain. But these, like Pharaoh, would not change their mind about rebelling against God.
The “darkness which could be felt” was the Ninth Plague sent upon Egypt, as we have just read here in Exodus 10:21. Since it happened back then, we can be certain that this Fifth Bowl Judgment will come to pass. It is the actual, literal, thing.
When we have a hot summer with many days in the 90 to 100 degree category, there are power outages as air conditioners are constantly running. Radio and television run public service announcements requesting people to cut back on their use of electricity by turning off their air conditioners. There are sometimes power failures. Imagine, with the heat of the previous judgment, how power failures will occur all over the world.
The heat is followed by complete darkness, but with no relief from the heat. When electric transformers fail, there will be chaos on the streets and highways with no traffic signals. One only has to recall the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans, to realize the crippling effect of power outages on hospitals, and in all areas of daily life. Usually, given human nature, the first thing to happen in darkness is looting and crime. It will be no different in the Tribulation Period.
These all come in quick succession. First, malignant sores, then a sea of blood, then rivers of blood, followed by oppressive heat, then sudden darkness. All within a few days of time.
“And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates, and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.”
The Sixth Bowl, like the first five, is similar to its corresponding trumpet recorded in Revelation 9:13-16. In the Sixth Trumpet, the Four Angels were loosed who were bound to the River Euphrates. Here, we find the Euphrates is dried up. In the Sixth Trumpet, the army of the 200 million horsemen began its march to kill one-third of men. (Revelation 9:18) Here, we, also, see the armies “of the kings of the east” gathered, and sent on the march. The “kings of the east” should literally read, “the kings of the land of the rising sun.” The older generation may remember from WWII, the Japanese fighter plane, with the red sun on the side, nicknamed the Japanese Zero. These kings come from the “land of the rising sun.” That is China, Japan, India, and other countries in that part of the world.
The corresponding Trumpets and Bowls involve the same basic area of life, but with differences. The Trumpet Judgments are partial, while the Bowl Judgments are universal. In light of this, we can expect the armies of the “kings of the east” to be made up of greater multitudes than the 200 million of the Sixth Trumpet in Revelation 9:13-16. This Chapter shows us this is an accurate conclusion.
According to the web site, “Global Manpower.com,” China has a total population of approximately 1.4 billion with available manpower of 7.5 million. Those fit for service amount to 6.2 million, with 2 million reaching military age every year. Their Active Front Line Personnel are numbered at 2.3 million, with an Active Reserve of 2.3 million. They are ready to go.
The Chinese Christians, of which there are many, will go at the Rapture, but the rest will be involved in the Battle of Armageddon where the blood flows as deep as “the horses bridles” in the Valley of Jehosaphat.
In order to comprehend this verse, get a world globe, and you will find that the Euphrates River is about 1700 miles long, flowing southeast into the Persian Gulf. On a globe, you can see the strategic importance of this river lying as it does, with Africa, Israel, and the Middle East lying to the southwest, and, Russia, China, and Iran to its northeast.
We find out that God, in His judgment, dries it up for them to facilitate a rapid march to their Armageddon doom.
“In 2007, a massive drought hit the area, and the levels of the Tigris and Euphrates have been falling ever since, the water loss exacerbated by more than 40 new upstream dams that have come online in the past three decades. In the central marshland district of Chibayish… the population dropped from 60,000 to 6,000 in just three decades.
…dramatic declines in the quantity and quality of the Tigris River in Iraq after [Turkey builds] the Ilisu Dam [are anticipated]. It will reduce the Tigris River’s downstream flow from 20 billion cubic meters (BCM) to just 9 BCM, he says, destroying about 1,655.6 acres of arable land in Iraq. When the river level gets that low…saline water from the Persian Gulf will also infiltrate the Tigris. Recent drought years have already resulted in salty tap water throughout the lower third of Iraq.”
You would think, after all these judgments have fallen, that men would rush to seek the Lord, but this does not occur. Romans 2:4,5 lays this out for us.
“Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? (4). But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God” (5),
We find there are many people today whose hearts are hardened. They have listened to the wrong philosophies, and have been turned against the Bible by the agents of Satan, or even by churches. I hope this does not include you, personally. I hope your heart is not so hard that you can’t trust the Lord Jesus Christ. You will be free from all of these judgments in the Book of Revelation, because you will be taken at the Rapture. You will be in Heaven, watching as a spectator, instead of experiencing the judgments. We are going to be coming back with Christ. If you are a Christian today, and the Rapture has occurred, you will have been in Heaven during these seven years, then, you will come back with the Lord Jesus Christ after the Tribulation Period is over. “For so shall we ever be with the Lord.” What a sight that is going to be!
In Revelation 16:13, 14, we do not see “repentance,” or a change of mind, about their rebellion against God. Instead, we see a complete preparation for warfare against God. The overconfident attack against the Lord and his armies is motivated by the spirits of the “Unholy Trinity.” They are identified by name in Revelation 16:13 as “the dragon” or Satan (Revelation 12:9), the Beast a.k.a. the Antichrist (1 John 2:18), and the False Prophet.
The armies of the world come together in the Valley of Jehosaphat, a trouble spot often in the news. Their objective is to crush, once and for all, the Lord, His angels, and His followers. They confidently believe they can win, and are certain this will eliminate the primary cause of interference in their life. They have believed the Antichrist’s lie. He will have no trouble convincing them. Even in this age, his ministers appear to be “ministers of righteousness” (2 Corinthians 11:15).
Let me tell you how you judge a true minister from a false minister, or, a true church from a false church. You ask the pastor how to go to Heaven when you die, according to the Word of God.
It may be hard for someone to comprehend, unless you were with me. I stopped at a large church some time back. I talked with the elderly clergyman who was there. I introduced myself and asked, “Sir, could you tell me how I can know I am going to Heaven when I die?” He was absolutely befuddled, and had no idea how to answer my question. He had nothing but formalism. He followed a procedure the church had laid down for him to do. He was a “robot,” within the church, doing exactly what the books had told him to do. He had absolutely no idea about how to go to Heaven.
After we talked about 15 minutes, I asked him if he had a King James Bible? Well, he did not have that. I asked him if he had a Douay Translation of the Bible. He did not have that, but, after a search, he came out with some Bible that I had not heard of. I took the Bible, turned to John 3:16, and asked him to read it out loud. He read it, and it read almost like the King James, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son…” I asked him, “Are you trusting Jesus Christ completely as the payment for your sin?” Well, he didn’t know about that. You would be shocked if I revealed the denomination.
It was so sad. I tried to lead him to the Lord. I showed him John 3:16, and very carefully went over it with him, but to no avail.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath [right now] everlasting life.”
…and 1 John 5:13.
“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God, that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”
He simply would not accept it. It was a shock to him, because people do not go to these clergymen very often, and try to lead them to the Lord. I do it quite often.
“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” (13). 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” (14).
The word “devils” in the Greek is “daimon” meaning demons. The Greek word for Devil is “diabolos” singlular, as there is only one Devil. Whenever you see devils, plural, it should have been translated “demons.”
These verses follow that pattern already laid out. Here, in Verses 13-16, there is a parenthetical break between the Sixth and the Seventh Bowl Judgments. In both the Seals and the Trumpets, there were also several parenthetical sections. In the vision of Revelation 7:1-17, the Two Saved Multitudes were between the opening of the Sixth and Seventh Seals. Between the Sixth and Seventh Trumpets were inserted Revelation 10:1 to Revelation 11:13.
God seems to want us to realize a truth, or set of truths, before each series is completed. In the Bowl Judgments, between the Sixth and Seventh Bowl, God makes us realize that these bowls lead up to the final confrontation, the Battle of Armageddon. God’s Bowl Judgments, and the three “unclean spirits like frogs,” are setting up the battlefield for the final showdown at Megiddo, the Battle of Armgeddon.
In Revelation 16:13 we see that from the Unholy Trinity, a clamor goes out to this world to come together in Northern Israel, the valley plain approach to Jerusalem, called Armageddon. Many talk about Armageddon, and few realize the magnitude of what it is.
“Three unclean spirits like frogs…” Did you ever go fishing at night and listen. One will croak from nearby. Then one croaks from the other side of the lake or pond. Then they all start to croak from every place around you. In a similar way, the Antichrist, Satan, and the False Prophet will jump around the world and croak their false message. They will incite the world to come to Armageddon.
“For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the Earth...” Revelation 16:14 shows us that they will try to validate the message with signs and wonders, as demonstrations of their power. The Bible tells us that civilization began outside of the Garden of Eden in the area of the Tigris and the Euphrates. As these armies march down the dry Euphrates river bed, they will be marching to the end of a sinful world domination.
China, with nuclear capacity, is a nation to be reckoned with in the world today. Japan was weakened by WWII, but is again a fast growing power. Her ties with the United States have become strained. Japan’s growth has been explosive, and she leads the world in shipbuilding, and has surpassed both the United States and Russia in steel output. The Japanese premier has told his country that they will one day play a leading role in Asian security. It is not inconceivable that Japan will join with China, and India, and other Asian nations, to sweep in at Armageddon and do battle with the Lord.
But remember, we are going to be with the Lord!
“Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.”
This applies to the Tribulation Period, but the same thing could apply now. The Christian should be walking in the footsteps of the Lord Jesus Christ. We ought to be witnessing for the Lord. In this way, we will not be “naked” of rewards.
Many say, “Well, how can people in the Tribulation not know when the Lord is going to return. The length of the Tribulation Period is spelled out in many Scriptures as lasting seven years. To this we say, remember what our Savior said in Matthew 24:22:
“And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.”
The days will be shortened.
“And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.”
“And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air, and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done (17). And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings, and there was a great Earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the Earth, so mighty an Earthquake, and so great” (18).
We are beginning to see all of these things taking place in nature, now. There have been earthquakes which have killed over 2,000. There have been tornadoes, hurricanes, mountains of snow where there should not be snow, and no snow where there should be snow. Many states suffer from drought in this year of 2015.
We see finality as a “great voice out of the temple in heaven” proclaims, “It is done.” As a Christian, how thankful you should be to not hear this voice in judgment. However, the massed armies at Armageddon will certainly hear it.
Napoleon called this area the greatest natural battlefield, because there was sufficient room for the armies of this world to maneuver. It was here on Mount Gilboa, in the eastern part of the valley, that Saul died in battle with the Philistines. (1 Samuel, Chapter 31) Here, Josiah was slain in battle with the Pharaoh Necho. (2 Kings, Chapter 23) It has been stated that the low mountains of this area have been silent witnesses to more bloody encounters than any other place on Earth.
“And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath (19). And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found (20)
Great Babylon will be amplified on in the next chapter. This is a preview of what God has in store for her.
“And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, for the plague thereof was exceeding great” (21).
A talent is estimated at various weight figures, as there were no standardized weights in biblical times. Averaging the figures that we do have, these hailstones will weigh between 100 and 120 pounds. Hailstones of this size would unquestionably cause fatalities. Even a glancing blow on the arm or foot would mean severe damage. The property damage to homes, cars, and businesses would be astronomic. There is no way you could calculate this. Three cinder blocks wired together weigh about 100 pounds. How would you like to have that fall on you?
Even with this, the wicked followers of the Antichrist, however, still choose to continue blaspheming God, rather than to change their minds about the Creator of this world.
We find, essentially, this same plague took place in Exodus 9:22-26. Fire and hail, accompanied by bolts of lightning, fell upon Egypt causing fire everywhere in the land, but not on Israel. Just as the other Bowls with their sores, and darkness, and waters turning to blood were similar to those that fell upon Egypt, so, too, is this plague of hail almost identical. The result is summarized in Exodus 9:25:
“And the hail smote throughout all the land of Egypt all that was in the field, both man and beast, and the hail smote every herb of the field, and brake every tree of the field.”
The Egyptian judgments came to pass in the physical world. You can be certain those judgments, prophesied to come upon the Antichrist and his followers, will be fulfilled to the letter!
“Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”