Rev 16:1-211)The third woe is revealed after the seventh trumpet judgment. This woe is parallel to the trumpet that sounds in Joel 1:2 and signals the consummation of God’s plan for the entire world. This third woe marks the finishing of God’s judgment on sin; it occupies the book of Revelation through the 19th chapter, when Christ’s Kingdom is established on earth. Incorporated within this third and final woe are the seven “bowls” of God’s wrath, described in Revelation 16:1-21. This series of judgments is the greatest horror the citizens of earth have ever seen. Jesus said, “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive” (Matthew 24:22). source
Whereas the fourth judgment produced unusual brightness through the scorching rays of the sun, the fifth bowl unleashes darkness upon the very throne of the Antichrist and throughout his empire. This could certainly be related to the shortening of the days and lengthening of the nights, as already described.
Whatever the darkness is, we take it to be literal as was the Egyptian plague described in 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. And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days: 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.
What a thrilling moment for the saints on earth! They see the satanically-controlled or devil-incarnated leader humiliated internationally as the power of God is unleashed upon his seat of government.
This scene is equated with the "the day of the Lord." The day of the Lord is darkness, and not light (Amos 5:18).
Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand; A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like [militarily], neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations (Joel 2:1, 2).
Who is the military colossus that produces such darkness and gloominess in the last days? Russia!
But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great [frightful] things (Joel 2:20).
The only nation in the world north of Israel with a barren area and two oceans surrounding it is Russia.
This is the same nation that comes against Israel from the north in Ezekiel 38:15 and is known by the names Magog, Meshech, Tubal, and Rosh.
How near it all appears!
In our text, the Day of the Lord has arrived. The wicked gnaw their tongues for pain, but continue blaspheming the God of heaven. Apparently, no amount of punishment for sin can change some people. They repented not. Don't let it happen to you!
The sixth trumpet judgment should be recalled in the light of the sixth tipped bowl.
There is a striking similarity. Revelation 9: 13-18, depicts the sixth angel voicing his commands. As he does, four angels are loosed from the great river Euphrates-the area of present-day Iran, Iraq, and Syria.
A total of two hundred million troops (Revelation 9:16) appear in the Middle East from the Orient. This has to be the largest assemblage of military men in the annals of history!
In the text before us (Revelation 16:12), we witness a miraculous drying up of the Euphrates River in order that the kings of the east might cross over unhindered. The word kings pictures the leaders of troops. They cross the Euphrates in order to participate in the greatest Mid-East confrontation ever-the Battle of Armageddon!
Actually, the conflict is a fight against the Lord and His hosts and will be discussed in detail when we arrive at its explanation point - Revelation 19: 11-16.
Upon their arrival in the Holy Land, these oriental kings or rulers join with the leaders of other nations for the war of wars as predicted in Psalm 2:2-4: The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.
How near is Armageddon?
Bear in mind that both chapters 9 and 162)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+9%2C16&version=KJV mention the Euphrates River as a focal point in this war. Keep your eyes on the Mideast-especially Iran, Iraq, and Syria-in the days ahead. The Euphrates was jointly theirs when these nations were called Persia.
Thus, Iran, Iraq, and Syria are a prominent identification point for the end-time war.
Between the sixth and seventh seal and trumpet judgments, we encountered parenthetical utterances.
Now we find another parenthesis between the sixth and seventh bowl judgments. This we shall consider from verses 13-16,3)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+16%3A13-16&version=KJV already quoted.
Verse 134)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+16%3A13&version=KJV reveals three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouths of
(1) the dragon (Satan),
(2) the beast (Antichrist), and
(3) the false prophet (head of the world church).
What we see, then, is an unholy trinity controlled by the power of evil spirits in an age of occultism, as explained in chapter 9, verses 20 and 21.5)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+9%3A20-21&version=KJV
The symbolism of frogs (for the text says "like frogs") speaks of uncleanness.
The plague of frogs in Egypt produced an obnoxious stench that filled the land with indescribable odors and filth (see Exodus 8:14).
Thus, the picture is clear.
The counterfeit trinity-the devil, the Antichrist, and the false prophet-produce supernatural miracles through the power of the devil and his demonic spirits, thus convincing the kings of the earth that these men are gods.
Because of it, the kings willingly follow them to the Middle East for the great day of God Almighty, which is Armageddon.
The entire situation reeks in God's nostrils.
Verse 156)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+16%3A15&version=KJV is a pause or lull before the storm. God says He will come as a thief. This again proves that the Church is not present, for that day shall not overtake believers as a thief (see 1 Thessalonians 5:4).
The words of verse 15,7)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+16%3A15&version=KJV then, constitute a final admonition to the Tribulation saints, telling them to watch for His coming and to continue walking in pathways of holiness.
The terms watcheth and garments refer to slothfulness and carelessness, spiritually speaking.
Let's prove this.
In Christ's day, a one-piece garment was removed at bedtime. It was worn only during waking hours. Here the Lord tells the final group or gleaning of Tribulation saints to watch, for in so doing they will be awake and clothed.
The command is to be prepared.
Preparation voids their being found naked and ashamed.
The same is true for believers today. When Jesus comes, multitudes will stand at the Judgment Seat naked (without rewards) and ashamed, because they were not watching.
Heed the warning of 1 John 2:28: And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.
Verse 168)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+16%3A16&version=KJV names the location of the great day of God Almighty: Armageddon or "the mount of Megiddo"-the place where numerous battles have occurred throughout history. Armageddon will also be the scene of the final battle when the winepress of the wrath of God is released upon the nations.
Satan is the prince of the power of the air (Ephesians 2:2). This is why we wrestle... against [evil spirits] in high places (Ephesians 6: 12).
The seventh angel, in pouring out his bowl into the air, destroys the last traces of Satan's abiding place.
Armageddon, as will be explained in chapter 19,9)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+19&version=KJV also destroys every nook and cranny where Satan has had a resting place. As this occurs, a voice out of the temple of heaven victoriously shouts, "It is done!" The twenty-one judgments are completed.
Interestingly, when Christ bore the judgment for our sins, He cried, It is finished. Now, as unregenerate mankind pays the price for their sin of not repenting and allowing Christ to bear their load, a voice from heaven again cries, It is finished. There will be no further judgments. Judgment number twenty-one is the finale.
The seventh outpoured bowl produces thunders, lightnings, and the most devastating earthquake ever to occur upon earth.
The Prophet Haggai undoubtedly predicted this when he stated: For thus saith the Lord of hosts.. .1 will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations [Christ] shall come (Haggai 2:6, 7).
One should be certain to note that the final bowl judgment does not bring about the end of the world.
Instead, the Lord Jesus Christ returns at this time, establishes His earthly kingdom, and rules for one thousand years (chapter 20, verse 4).10)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+20%3A4&version=KJV
Still this is the end of civilization as we have known it.
The destruction divides the great city (Jerusalem) into three parts and causes every major city in all nations to fall. In addition, every island flees away and mountains become dislocated, even to the point of disappearing into the oceans.
The worst judgment is reserved for Babylon, which receives the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath. A detailed study of Babylon's demise will be conducted in chapter 18.11)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+18&version=KJV
The climax is the raining down from heaven of hailstones weighing from 86 to 120 pounds.
The Greek talent weighed 86 pounds, the Troy talent 96 pounds, and the Jewish talent 120 pounds. Whatever measurement is used, this hailstorm will do more than dent cars and demolish homes. It will literally pulverize everything in sight.
In spite of this plague, the inhabitants of earth continue calling God dirty names.
Men never learn.
Finally they must die and suffer eternal banishment from God in a fiery hell.
Even then they weep and gnash their teeth (see Matthew 8:12). Although weeping denotes sorrow, the gnashing of teeth depicts cursing. No wonder God's Word says that the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever (Revelation 14:11).
May none of this ever be a part of your experience.
Make certain you have gotten in on the first "It is finished" cry of Jesus Christ upon the cross of Calvary.
Do not keep hesitating only to finally hear the "It is done" wail of judgment number twenty-one.
Christ died for you, shed His blood for the remission of your sins, and He longs to save you.
A MESSAGE OF HOPE FROM DR. JACK VAN IMPE
First Published : Jun 20, 2014 | Re Published :
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