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But if mankind rejects this great salvation those who do not accept Jesus Christ God's anger rests on them. You must appreciate the fact that the God who created the world, the King of Kings the Lord of Lords sent his son into the world. God has warned clearly what will happen in the end. The Bible is clear. Now the end is here, judgement has come.
This chapter 15 shows
an end of God's judgement, so I saw a great sign in the heavens
great and wonderful, there were seven angels with seven plagues,
which are the last, for with them the wrath of God is ended.1
“...Out of the temple came
seven angels with seven plagues...one of the living creatures gave
the seven angels seven bowls full of the wrath of God...the temple
was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from his power...”3
Before we consider the seven plagues in chapter 16 we need to remind ourselves here in chapter 15 : 1 these plaques are the end of God's wrath, that means we are dealing with the end and it is a possibility it is part of the Great Day the day of Judgement overlapping with the seventh trumpet, because the seventh trumpet is also the end dealing with judgement day which as we have said a few times the judgement day can be over a period of time. Therefore a time of trouble has come onto mankind . Clearly a terrible, terrible time for mankind and as I have said previously Christians are saved from that Hour of Judgement as promised by the Son of man in Revelation 3:10, "Because you have kept my word of patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial which is coming on the whole world to try those who dwell on the earth."
The first angel poured his bowl on the earth and foul and evil sores came upon men who bore the mark of the beast and worshiped its image. So we are making a distinction here between God's people and those who worship the beast, Satan. Maybe we are dealing a time as we discussed in chapter 13 : 15 where Christians are killed dealing with that terrible time at the end of time so men have horrible sores. There could be two interpretation here because as God has shown in Egypt he put sores onto people the Egyptians, and not on the Israelites, so that can happen again or it could be the the sores , foul smelling can be symbolism because a people who worship the beast can be foul smelling terrible sores because they are obnoxious and they could have turned onto the Christians and killed them as we said in chapter 13.
Then the second angle poured his bowl into the sea, and it become like blood and every living thing died that was in the sea. Contrast with the second trumpet where a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed. So in the plague similar to sea becoming like blood and every living thing died that was in the sea, so it can be that the plague finished off, killed the rest of the creatures it can also be that with the trumpet in that catastrophe people did not repent and so in response God has finally completed the vengeance of his anger, because in the plagues, his wrath is at an end.
Then the third angel poured his bowl into the rivers and the fountains of water Again, contrast the third trumpet where the rivers became wormwood (bitter) and a third of the rivers became bitter and many people died. Here we notice the waters became blood, so you imagine no one would be able to drink, but this making the rivers blood is symbolism because the angel said, “Just are you in your judgements...for men have shed the blood of the saints and the prophets, and you have given them blood to drink. It is their due. But I think this needs to be a literal turning to blood of the waters the same as the miracle of Moses turning the river and waters to blood.4 The stench would be there and every creature living in the streams would have died and certainly not water would be drunk. It is true, men over the centuries killed people as though they were drinking blood. So God is true, in that, his day of recompense has come. It is no wonder that the Lord said to people over the centuries do not repay evil with evil because I will repay. Right back in Deuteronomy Moses time God said “Vengeance is -mine and recompense for the time when their foot shall slip for the day of their calamity is at hand and their doom come swiftly.” 5 Seeing one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like a day it is true those who killed people their doom has always been at hand. Validated again in the New Testament, “...Vengeance is mine, I will repay.”6 So finally, the actual repaying by God was starting to arrive, but people did not perceive that God's judgement was happening as we will see with the fourth angel.
So the fourth angel poured his bowl on the sun and it was allowed to scorch men with fire, men were scorched by the fierce heat and they cursed the name of God who had power of these plagues, and they did not repent and give him glory. I am sure you are dealing with symbolism because no doubt trials were happening to mankind, what the trials are we do not know, but we know the mankind were angry so they blamed God and cursed him. Of course, mankind was cursing, but we know that people really are cursing a God they do not know, because if they did and did know Jesus Christ they would have known these events happening to them were God's judgement and they would have repented. But unfortunately they do not repent.7 It is interesting to consider the possibility that if people did repent then they would be saved from the trials that was happening to them, in the same way that God always asked the Israelites to recognize that God was in charge, and listen to his prophets, but they never did and they endured two exiles.8 and lost Jerusalem again time by Roman army about 80 Ad. I'm sure that we are seeing in the fifth angel that God's judgement increasing in intensity because people are obstinate and still refuse to give God any glory.
So the fifth angel poured his bowl on the throne of the beasts and its kingdom was in darkness; men gnawed their tongues in anguish and cursed the God of heaven for their pain and sores and did not repent of their deeds. By reading what happens with the fifth angel and men cursed God because of their pain and sores we have a clue that the first angel and the fifth are connected because the first angel put foul smelling sores on men so when the fifth angel poured his bowl we hear men are cursing God because of their sores the same as first bowl poured on the earth. So we can imagine that what is happening is men are refusing to repent so God has increased judgement by reaching right into the very heart of the beasts throne which means Satan who is a person, angel his very being is distressed as all his workers on the earth are being effected by God's judgement. We need to assume that what ever God's judgement is it is affecting those those who are aligned to the beast that is Satan. Your imagination will need to fill in the gap as to what the judgement actually is, can be natural catastrophes, can be physical afflictions. But obviously people are pretty distressed. But in spite of their unfortunate circumstances they still refuse to listen to God and repent.
As a reminder again, remember the point, that we read in the seven churches of Asia, notably Philadelphia Church , “Because you have kept my word in patience endurance I will keep you from the hour of trial which is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth.9 That means we can be sure true Christians those who have the mark of God, the mark of God can be the Holy Spirit dwelling in every Christian will not be part of God's judgement we are reading here. There is a possibility that seeing we are told in Chapter 15 : 1 the after the seven bowls God's wrath is ended. That means God's wrath has been completed and to be completed people must stand before God finally when they have to give an account to God, where they will be gnarling and weeping, when they realise God is real. Hell of a mistake to make. So Christians to not be part of the last hour of trial God must have reaped the earth as we found in Revelation 14 : 14-16 where the angles gather all the Christians on the earth. We clearly need to consider that embedded in the sixth angle are the words “ Lo, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is he who is awake, keeping his garments that he may not go naked and be seen exposed.”10 In 2 Peter we read, “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and the works that are upon it will be burned up.”11 This I will come like a thief is designed for both Christians and non-Christians. Jesus is coming, so be ready. In Revelation we see the day actually come. As you will see later, the end Battle is going to be the greatest event on the earth. A great battle between God and Satan.
There is also a possibility that the sixth angel who poured his bowl on the great Euphrates belongs earlier somewhere with the previous angles and their bowls, because we know that actual events do not need to happen one after an other, so all the bowls can belong together. We do know that we are near the end of all things so a great final battle is about to happen. A last attempt by Satan to destroy God's plan. And Satan's men assembled them at the place which is called Armageddon. 12 What will actually happen at that time is full of speculation, it could be that the area such as Iran, Egypt, Canaan, Israel, Syria could be the spot where the final battle is to be fought, because it does make sense that the final battle between God and Satan is in an area where Jesus lived. The battle can be a supernatural battle where Satan hands his hand in a real one using his angles, men because he would know it is the last battle he has to win, so all his resources are deployed, natural, supernatural, wonders, signs and anything else he can throw at God. But then God plays his hand as we see by the next angle.
Therefore the seventh angel pours his bowl into the air and a loud voice came out of the temple, from the throne, saying “It is done!” I believe that while this great battle Armageddon is happening then God finished the battle, this is such a great battle that I will quote the next four verses. “...there were flashed of lightning, voices, peals of thunder, and a great earthquake such as never has been since men were on the earth, so great was that earthquake. The great city was split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. Revelation By William C. Weinrich states the great city is Jerusalem.13 The reason for that is Jerusalem is the most important city in the Bible and in here a distinction is made the other nations and cities fell. Then God remembered Babylon to make her drain the cup of fury of his wrath. Chapter 18 we will look at detail Babylon except here, to say, that in Babylon was found the blood of all the world that was shed.14 Every Island was fled away and no mountains were to be found and great hailstones heavy as a hundredweight15 dropped on men from heaven till men cursed God for the plaque of the hail, so fearful was that hailstorm.
I do need now to highlight what has just been
discussed above. Many people, if not most, give no heed to what God
has promised and the warnings he has given mankind. God's promises are
true, so true, that with Abraham God said he was going to bless
Abraham and that all nations would be blessed through him, on top of
that God made an oath of the same. I imagine God did that because as
people, as we have proven over the years, what we say, is often not
what we do , and we expect an oath in serious matters. So God in two
indisputable ways established to us the truth of what he is saying.16
Now let us consider what we have just discussed in Revelation 16. It
is going to happen that the great day of judgement. God has even
given us a picture of what is going to happen. God has given not
just a picture but a vivid illustration of that day and the whole
world will be in terror the ground will move through the greatest
earthquakes the world has ever experienced mountains will collapse,
levelled, cities will fall over, nature will unleash its fury, hail
about 50 kilos or 220 pounds mankind will be in terror. If people
are not moved by what God has promised here in Revelation then
nothing will convince people to repent and come to Jesus. As Jesus
said, “Even if a person was raised from the dead people will still
Simply stated by Jesus, “If they do not hear Moses and the prophets,
neither will they be convinced if some one should rise from the
That means that you have your Bible, mankind has the Bible which is
God's word to us, if you do not take notice, well, that is all you
will have, and in horror, you will see what God has said will
happen. Mankind is to come to Jesus, repent and follow Jesus. If
mankind do not respond there is an unfortunate end for those who
reject Jesus's offer of eternal life. I hope that is not you.
It is interesting that in Revelation 17
and 18 we have separated the great harlot ( Could be dealing with
relationship people have) and Babylon (Could be dealing with
Commerce, business, goods) when they are the same, because the
harlot is Babylon. That means there is a message for mankind for you
or me concerning the harlot, so one of the angles who had the seven
bowls said I will show you the judgement of the harlot who is seated
on many waters. Seeing the harlot is seated on many waters it means
the harlot is all over the earth, all nations. And the kings of the
earth commit fornication with her and they are so incensed with
her that they are drunk. The description of the harlot indicated
that kings and nations were seduced by her because her clothes and
ornaments offering pleasure when in fact what she offered is impure
fornications. The harlot is not a women but it is the spirit, the
things that mankind was doing which involves all what God calls
impure passions whether it be sexual, pleasures in other ways. And
men were drunk with the blood of the saints and the blood of martyrs
1 Revelation 15 : 1
2 Revelation 15 3-4
3 Revelation 15 :5- 8
4 Exodus 7 : 20-21
5 Deuteronomy 32 : 35
6 Hebrews 10 : 30.
7 These events can be anything for sure. What we clearly know is that people are distressed by them and I suppose looking for some one to blame. The same as today people curse God because of their misfortune, but seeing this is the end of God's wrath I am sure the events are extremely uncomfortable almost unbearable.
8 Approx 700 BC Northern Kingdom fell capital Samaria and approx 500 BC Jerusalem fell
9 Revelation 3 : 10
10 Revelation 16 : 15
11 2 Peter 3 :10
12 Armageddon means The meaning of Armageddon
The word Armageddon can be traced to Megiddo, a significant fortified town in Palestine in ancient times. Most scholars think Armageddon comes from harmegiddon, meaning "hill of Megiddo." The area has quite a history. Excavations of Megiddo have revealed 20 layers of occupation dating from the fourth millennium B.C. to about 450 B.C. The site is about 18 miles south-southeast of the Port of Haifa in northern Israel and about 55 miles north of Jerusalem.
Megiddo's strategic location gave it greater importance than its size would suggest: a mere 13 acres within the city's ancient walls during the time of Solomon. Megiddo overlooked the narrow entrance to Israel's northern mountains from the Plain of Megiddo-also known as the Valley of Esdraelon, or Jezreel-a level expanse some 20 miles long and 14 miles wide.
Northern Palestine, especially the area of the Plain of Megiddo, was militarily important because it guarded part of the easiest route across the Fertile Crescent, which stretched from Mesopotamia to Egypt. Throughout ancient history, the great powers of Mesopotamia-Assyria and Babylon-contended with Egypt for control of this area.
The territory of the ancient kingdom of Israel was at the crossroads of three continents-Africa, Europe and Asia. Bounded on the west by the Mediterranean Sea and on the east by the Arabian Desert, this relatively small area between sea and desert was the strategic land link between the three continents. So important, so desirable, so coveted was this narrow land bridge that ancient armies frequently and regularly battled for control of it.
In modern times the Arabian Desert has been prized for its great oil reserves. In ancient times parts of the territory of Israel were coveted for their militarily crucial passes. Megiddo guarded one of those passes. More than 200 battles have been fought at or near there (Alan Johnson, The Expositor's Bible Commentary, Zondervan, Grand Rapids, 1981, Vol. 12, p. 551). One scholar calls the area "the battle ground of the centuries" (Merrill F. Unger, Unger's Bible Dictionary, Moody Press, Chicago, 1966, p. 89).
14 Revelation 18 : 24
15 Hundredweight about 220 lb or about 50 kilo
16 Hebrews 6 : 13-19
17 Luke 16 : 30
18 Luke 16 : 31
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