Revelation Chapter 16
In Revelation 11:14-18, we find these words, “The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly. And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying,
The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of the LORD and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever. And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, saying, We give Thee thanks, O LORD God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because Thou hast taken to Thee Thy great power, and hast reigned. And the nations were angry, and Thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that Thou should give reward unto Thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear Thy name, small and great; and should destroy them which destroy the earth” (emphasis added).
The “third woe” is the seventh trumpet (Revelation 8:13; 11:14). The second woe is pictured beginning in Revelation 9:13-21 and concluded with the killing of the 144,000 as seen in Revelation 11:7-13 and now “the second woe is past.” The seventh trumpet or third woe is when the “wrath of God . . . is poured out without mixture into the cup of His indignation” (Revelation 14:10, emphasis added).
“And the nations were angry, and Thy wrath is come” (Revelation 11:18, emphasis added). “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, emphasis added).
God's wrath is not poured out until the seventh trumpet. Even though great and terrible catastrophes have occurred during the first six trumpets, it is very clear that God’s wrath is not poured out until the seventh trumpet. God’s wrath is poured out during the seven last plagues, and please note mankind will have been given adequate warning in order to avoid receiving those seven last plagues. How many of us as parents have warned and warned our children until finally there is no other warning to be given and our wrath is poured out on our children, and they receive their punishment. And now God begins to do “His work, His strange work; and bring to pass His act, His strange act” (Isaiah 28:21) and this is not done in a mean and malicious manner, but is done with the intent to turn man around and get him to make his decision to let God save him before it is too late. It is not to cause mankind to despair that God’s wrath is poured out, but are His final attempts to “turn us” (Psalm 80:3, 7, 19). God, by this time, has exhausted every other means to reach man, and now the final attempts (the first six plagues) to bring man to his senses begin, before it is forever too late.
If by this time you have made “the Most High, thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling” (Psalm 91:9-10, emphasis added). If you have not, you will be receiving the unmerciful wrath of God.
I repeat this because it is so important that we understand what is going on. Parents can relate to what God is about to do; they warn their children what will happen if they continue behaving badly. When their children exceed their parent’s toleration, punishment is administered. When we stop and consider all that God has been tolerating for six thousand years, we see God’s longsuffering, patience and gentleness unmatched by any earthly parent, but there is a limit to what even God will tolerate.
As brought out in previous chapters, the first six trumpets reveal to us what Elohim has been preventing from happening since the fall of Adam and Eve. In the seventh trumpet, we will see what else God has been keeping under control. He has not allowed His anger to dictate His behavior in response to the horrendous evils displayed on earth, due to His self-control! If you have become angry over what you have seen or heard, imagine what it has been like for God, Who knows, sees, and hears everything that occurs on earth. We cannot imagine what would happen, if not for His self-control. He has interposed His mercy to prevent these calamities that the earth and its inhabitants have gone through during the time of the sounding of the trumpets as shown in Daniel and Revelation from previously occurring! How thankful we should be for His great love and mercy which is extended to mankind! But He is not going to allow what has been happening in this world to continue forever; He will put an end to the reign of sin, terror, suffering, and sorrow that Satan has brought to this world.
If God is all-powerful, all-knowing and all-loving, as the Bible says He is, why has He allowed what is going on in this earth to continue? Because He created beings with a free will that is not to be controlled by Him nor is to be controlled by others. What is taking place during the time of trouble is the means that He will be using to convince us of His love for us, and to expose Satan for what he has become, and to turn us back to Himself. The Psalmist cried to God to “turn us” (Psalm 80:3, 7, 19). Sometimes it takes drastic measures before we are willing to be turned back to God.
Satan uses those who are controlled by his spirit to gain his desired results; Satan is the great puppet master. The seven last plagues will fall upon those who chose to remain in rebellion to God’s rightful authority. The first four plagues fall on all mankind who have received the mark of the beast or worshipped his image. The fifth plague falls on Satan and his followers. The sixth plague falls on the New World Order (Babylon). The seventh plague is when the probation for mankind comes to an end and there can be nothing more done for the salvation of mankind. God has given them adequate warning (Revelation 14:9-11), and those who have rejected His warnings will be left to understand God means what He says. Satan deceived Eve by telling her God did not really mean what He said, and most of mankind has continued to believe Satan instead of God ever since! Sin began just over six thousand years ago when Satan accused God that His government was faulty and questioned His authority, but God chose to allow him to exist in order to show what would be the results of setting aside God’s authority. When Satan was cast out of heaven, he came to this earth and tempted Adam and Eve into questioning God, which they fell for. Most of Adam and Eve’s offspring joined Satan in his rebellion against God’s authority.
What has happened on earth was not what God had intended for us. He stated that what He had made was very good (Genesis 1:31). About fifteen hundred years later, God's assessment of what was happening at that time was very different. “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 it repented the LORD that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him at His heart” (Genesis 6:5-6, emphasis added). “And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man” (Genesis 6:3). There is a limit to how much God will take. If Lot was vexed by what he saw and heard in Sodom (2 Peter 2:7-8), think of how God is affected by what He sees and hears? We are told that as it was during the time of the flood, so will it be when Jesus returns (Matthew 24:37-39).
We read in the Old Testament of the ten plagues that God brought upon Egypt, so will God bring the seven last plagues upon this earth in the last days before His people are set free from the tyranny of Satan and those controlled by him. God will send His prophets, the 144,000, to warn the world of what is coming; those who fail to heed the warning will have God’s seven last plagues poured upon them without mercy (Revelation 14:10).
THE FIRST PLAGUE
“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. 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” (Revelation 16:1-2).
We are never told specifically what the “image” is. Many have speculated as to what it is, but we are not told in the Bible as to what it is; we will know when it occurs. We are not told the specific time that the plagues will begin to fall on mankind, but shortly after the 144,000 have been killed, brought back to life, and are taken to heaven the plagues will begin.
Mankind has been warned of what would happen if they “worshipped the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand. The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture [undiluted with mercy] into the cup of His indignation” (Revelation 14:9-10).
Many will be surprised that they are receiving this plague for they have been thoroughly deceived by Satan, but it is just the first taste of what is coming. They had ample evidence and opportunity in order to avoid this and the following plagues, just as Pharaoh and the people of Egypt had ample evidence, but they would not listen to God’s messengers. The people in the last days will be much like the Egyptians were. Many will be saying to themselves in that day, “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved” (Jeremiah 8:20). Despair has taken hold of them! But the door of mercy and salvation still remains open for those who will call upon the LORD. “Call upon Me (God) in the day of trouble: I will deliver you, and thou shalt glorify Me” (Psalm 50:15). The door of mankind’s probation has not been shut yet.
O, I wish I could write with the pathos worthy of what this will mean to those who come to this point in time! God, who wants all men to be saved, must put an end to sin and sinners. This first plague will be but the beginning, when God will be doing “His work, His strange work; and bring to pass His act, His strange act” (Isaiah 28:21).
Throughout the Bible, we read how punishment has fallen upon the inhabitants of earth, but in most cases, God removes His protection and leaves man to suffer the results of what he has sown; God does not arbitrarily dish out punishment! “For whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap” (Galatians 6:7). When we do not experience the just results of our actions, we may be ever so grateful that God has intervened with His love and mercy preventing what we justly deserved because of our behavior! “Remember, O Yahuwah, Thy tender mercies and Thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old” (Psalm 25:6). Not so in the seven last plagues!
Satan has painted a false picture of God as a sadistic tyrant which suits what he himself is like; those who are alive during the last days will experience Satan’s sadism in its fullness. But many have come to view God in the opposite light and see Him as this loving Being who would never hurt or harm, much less destroy any of His creatures. They believe in a theory called “Universal Salvation,” and God has unconditional love for all mankind; where all mankind is to be saved. Either view is equally fatal.
The Bible is clear that God does get angry; see Psalm 7:11; Isaiah 12:1; and Psalm 85:5 for examples of this. But fortunately for us, God follows what is written in Ephesians 4:26: “Be ye angry, and sin not.” God does not allow His anger to control His actions, for if He did, we would all perish. How much do we owe to the tender mercies of our God? “The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.” But “He will not always chide [reprove or rebuke]: neither will He keep [back] His anger forever” (Psalm 103:8-9). His wrath or anger is coming and will be relentless in its fury (Isaiah 63:6). God punishes not cause man to lose hope and cause him to despair, but to turn him back to Himself, just as a good earthly does for their children when they discipline them. The Psalmist cried out to the LORD: "O LORD, rebuke me not in Thine anger, neither chasten me in Thy hot displeasure" (Psalm 6:1). He saw how terrible it would be if God had to chasten people in His hot displeasure, but cried out to God "Oh save me for Thy mercies' sake" (Psalm 6:4). God is merciful, and it in mercy that He brings these plagues on those who still are refusing His salvation in hope that they will turn to Him. "As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore and repent" (Revelation 3:19). The last thing that God wants to is destroy the wicked, and it will be seen in eternity that he did everything He possibly could do to save as many as possible!
THE SECOND PLAGUE
“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” (Revelation 16:3, emphasis added). As the blood of a dead man does not support life so all the sea creatures will die. During the second trumpet, we saw how that a third of all sea creatures died (Revelation 8:8-9). There will be no intervening mercy during the outpouring of God’s wrath! All the sea creatures died in all the oceans.
THE THIRD PLAGUE
“And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood” (Revelation 16:4).
The reason for the third plague is given in the following verses. “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. For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and Thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy. And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, LORD God Almighty, true and righteous are Thy judgments” (Revelation 16:5-7, emphasis added). “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the LORD” (Romans 12:19). God will repay those who have persecuted His children, and we must leave it with Him. Jesus said, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me” (Matthew 25:40). He has an accurate account of all the wrongs His children have suffered and by whom. This is the time when God will answer the cries of His martyrs. "And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How lopng, O LORD, holy and true, dost Thou not avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?" (Revelation 6:10).
When Lucifer and his angels were cast out of heaven, they were not immediately destroyed. What was said by the angel in Revelation 16:7 could not have been said at that time because the inhabitants of heaven and the Universe could not have foreseen what were to be the results of the Satan’s rebellion. Evil will come to maturity, and when it is to be eradicated, all will see that it (the eradication) will be “true and righteous.”
“Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and His disciples came unto Him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. He answered and said unto them, He that sows the good seed is the Son of man [Jesus]; the field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one [Satan]; the enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world” (Matthew 13:36-40, Revelation 14:17-20, emphasis added).
We have nothing to do with the judgment of our fellowman as to their quilt or innocence; that is left with God, who reads the hearts of all mankind. It should be our purpose to work with God for the salvation and uplifting of our fellowman. God would have all men saved even though all will not. When this is our attitude, we know that we are in harmony with Elohim. When we love the world the way God loves the world, then His work for us is complete. “And all things are of God, Who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given us the ministry of reconciliation; to wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself . . . and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18-19, emphasis added). God wants to use us as His instruments for the reconciling of man unto Himself. And there still remains time for reconciliation to occur for the probation of mankind has not yet closed, but mercy and forgiveness are still held out to the sinner even at this late hour. When the ten plagues fell on Egypt, there were some of the Egyptians who were recipients of those plagues that eventually left Egypt with the Jewish slaves that were freed. So it will be at the end of time. Some of who have received the first plagues will turn to God and call upon Him to save them and just as the thief on the cross who was about to die received salvation so there may be some who will turn to God and are saved at the very end. They will not have time to be sanctified, just as the thief on the cross did not have time to go through the process of sanctification.
And how much does God love the world? “When we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son” (Romans 5:10). And the one verse of Scripture which nearly every follower of Christ has memorized: “For God so loved the world [you and I and all who live in this world], that He gave His only begotten Son [to pay the price for our redemption], that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16, emphasis added). God gave His Son to this world with the possibility that Jesus could fail and be lost forever. We will either perish or have everlasting life. There will be no one suffering for eternity because they did not make it to heaven. We do not understand that kind of love, but we can and must experience it in our own lives right now, and we will contemplate that love throughout eternity. It is not wise to wait until the last moment to make your decision, but as the saying goes, "it is better late than never!" There is another saying which says: The sooner the better!" The longer a person waits, the more difficult it will be and the less likely one will be to make such a decision.
THE FOURTH PLAGUE
“And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. 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” (Revelation 16:8-9).
Whether knowingly or unknowingly, mankind has been giving glory to the sun rather than its Creator. We have turned from worshipping the Creator to worshipping the creation. Some of the plagues which came upon Egypt came upon those things Egypt had made into gods and had worshipped. So it is with this plague. Mankind has even set up a day specifically for the worship of the “sun” – Sunday. Another day mankind has set up for worshiping the creation is Saturday. Saturday is Saturn’s day. The entire weekly pagan Gregorian calendar is dedicated to the worship of certain gods on each of those days so named in their honor.
God forbade Israel from worshipping the sun, the moon, and the hosts of heaven, and the Gregorian calendar used by the world today does the very thing which God had forbidden. The calendar God set up used the heavenly bodies (sun and moon [Genesis 1:14]) to fix His times of worship and could not be controlled by man! In the Gregorian calendar, pagan deities and objects are used in the names of the months and days of the week.
THE FIFTH PLAGUE
“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, and blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds” (Revelation 16:10-11, emphasis added).
We cannot take in the scope of what we are seeing here in this chapter. When the seven last plagues are poured out, God’s patience with mankind and Satan has reached its limit. In darkness, the pain one is going through is heightened and intensified.
When Satan “shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain” (Daniel 11:45) and will say “I am a God . . . in the midst of the seas” (Ezekiel 28:2), God shall pour the fifth plague “upon the seat of the beast” (Revelation 16:10). The setting up of Satan’s throne in Jerusalem will be “the abomination of desolation” spoken of in Daniel 12:11. This also occurs on the Feast of Trumpets which will be the first day of the seventh month in the fall of the year just before Jesus returns. It will also be the 1,290th day since the first global earthquake occurred. The 144,000 were killed on the 1260th day after the first global earthquake so the first four plagues occur sometime during that thirty day period. Shortly after Satan has set up his throne in Jerusalem, the fifth plague will be poured out specifically on the “seat of the beast.”
As was brought out in chapter 15, Satan has been setting up mankind for this great deception when he shall set up his tabernacles in Jerusalem and accepts the worship of mankind. The fifth plague is specifically directed against Satan and those who come to worship him at Jerusalem. When Satan declares “peace and safety” and that this is the beginning of the millennium of peace, and then this plague comes down on him and his followers, it may open up many eyes of those who have been deceived. Hopefully many will see at this time that Satan is not invincible and is certainly not God. It is still not too late to call upon God to save you f you have not called upon Him yet! “Him that cometh unto Me I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37). God is not trying to keep people out of heaven and from being saved for eternity. He is trying to save as many as will accept the salvation that He has provided for all mankind. “And He (Jesus) is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 2:2). It is left with each individual to take advantage of God’s offer of mercy and forgiveness even at this late hour. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
THE SIXTH PLAGUE
“And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates: and the water thereof was dried up” (Revelation 16:12). When King Cyrus of Persia overthrew the city of Babylon, the Euphrates River was “dried up” when its waters were diverted around the city, and the armies of the Medes and Persians entered the city through the dry river bed and overthrew the city Babylon, which had been deemed impregnable.
Modern-day Babylon (New World Order) during the last days, will be overthrown when its life source is “dried up.” And who or what is it that gives Babylon its power? Babylon is seen in Revelation 13:1-2; who gives it its power? “And the dragon [Satan] gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority” (Revelation 13:2). It is Satan that gives Babylon its power. This plague will be discussed more in Revelation 17.
Modern-day Babylon was also deemed impregnable when it came on the scene just as ancient Babylon was deemed impregnable. “And all the world wondered after the beast [New World Order]. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” (Revelation 13:3-4, emphasis added).
When it comes on the scene, this beast looks invincible, but by the time of the sixth plague, it will not look as invincible as it did when it first took control of the earth, and its support from Satan is dried up like the Euphrates River was! Babylon is in for a very big surprise; more on this when we get to Revelation 17 and 18.
“That the way of the kings of the east might be prepared” (Revelation 16:12). Who are these “kings of the east?” Recall Daniel 11:44, “But tidings out of the east . . . shall trouble him [Satan].”
Revelation 1:6 tells us, “And hath made us kings . . . unto God and His Father.” When Jesus returns, we are told, “Behold, the Lord [Jesus] cometh with ten thousands of His saints [who have been made kings (the 144,000)]” (Jude 14, Deuteronomy 33:2, Revelation 1:6).
As we saw in our study of Revelation 15, the 144,000 are taken to heaven, before the seven last plagues are poured out, and will accompany their “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS” (Revelation 19:16) to the rescue of the remnant who are still alive and to see the resurrection of the righteous who have been sleeping in their graves waiting for that glorious day!
“And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are 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” (Revelation 16:13-14).
These three unclean spirits (“for they are spirits of devils”) are gathering the inhabitants of earth to the battle of Armageddon (Revelation 16:16). The actual battle is described in Revelation 19 which will be discussed later. These three unclean spirits (or “spirits of devils”) can perform miracles just as Satan did in Revelation 13:13-14. We will discuss the three unclean spirits when we come to Revelation 19 and 20, and what takes place during the battle of Armageddon and the battle of Gog and Magog. There has been much discussion over the battle of Armageddon and the battle of Gog and Magog, which have been misplaced by the false prophets of our times, and will be the most lopsided battles ever fought! The combatants are the wicked people of this earth and Satan and his angels against Yahushua. Who do you think is going to win?
THE SEVENTH PLAGUE
“And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done” (Revelation 16:17, emphasis added). What “is done?” Many have thought that when Jesus died on Calvary, and said “It is finished” the plan of salvation was completed. “Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary” (Psalm 77:13). The entire plan of salvation for mankind was illustrated in the sanctuary and its services in the Old Testament. The sacrifice was only the beginning of the redemption of mankind! The sacrifice had been completed at the crucifixion, and what had existed only by the promises of God was then confirmed by Jesus' blood.
The plan of salvation for mankind involved much more than having a sacrifice made for our sins and transgressions; it included the transformation of sinners into saints and their being kept from the power of sin. It also included the removal of God’s people to heaven before bringing them back to earth and repopulating the earth. Three separate experiences which are referred to in the Bible as justification, sanctification and glorification. All three phases of the plan of salvation are accomplished by God for and in His people. It is God’s good pleasure to work for the cleansing of His people from the disease of sin.
When Jesus was washing His disciples’ feet, Peter protested, saying, “Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me” (John 13:8). Only God can clean the inside of the cup, the heart or mind of man, where the problem of sin exists.
Jesus told the religious people of His day, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also” (Matthew 23:25-26).
We can make ourselves look pretty good in the sight of men, but what goes on in the heart of man cannot be hidden from God who alone can change what we are like on the inside. When sin came into this world, we contracted this contagious disease, and nothing we can do can eliminate it from our lives; only God can take us and re-create us back into His likeness. He is the Great Physician. “But we all . . . are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the LORD” (2 Corinthians 3:18). "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9, emphasis added). "God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man, that He should repent [change His mind]: hath He said, and shall He not do it? or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good? (Numbers 23:19).
When God’s people are rescued from the earth and from the sadistic tyrant who is in charge here to the extent permitted by God; when Satan and all of his followers are destroyed, and when this earth is re-created and made the eternal home of the righteous, then can it truly and finally be said, “It is done!” When the words “it is done” are pronounced in Revelation 16:17, it is marking the end of probation for mankind. The events described under the seventh plague are the same as the scene pictured in Revelation 11:19 which is as we have seen in a previous study occurs on the Day of Atonement and when the words of Revelation 22:11 are pronounced: “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.” There is no more opportunity to repent and turn to God for salvation. “It is done.”
“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” (Revelation 16:18). It appears that this earthquake will be of such a great magnitude that islands will sink as well as mountains. “And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found” (Revelation 16:20).
There are four earthquakes foretold in Revelation. This is the granddaddy of them all and is mentioned twice! A hail storm unlike man has ever experienced will accompany this great earthquake. “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” (Revelation 16:21). A talent is approximately seventy pounds. I experienced hail the size of grapefruit in Texas that went through roofs; one can only imagine what this hail storm will be like because there has never been anything to compare it with!
“Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? Or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail, which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?” (Job 38:22-23, emphasis added).
This earthquake accompanied by hail, voices, lightnings and thunderings is also mentioned in Revelation 11:19. “And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in His temple the ark of His testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and a great hail” (emphasis added). The only time that “the ark of His testament” could be seen was on the Day of Atonement, which occurred on the tenth day of the seventh month and was discussed in chapter 15 on Daniel 12. There are some who believe that the Day of Atonement took place in 1844, but this earthquake with its accompanying hail is the same as is described in the seventh plague. There are those who hold onto their opinions no matter how much evidence which contradicts those opinions is provided. There have been many applications of teh Scriptures, but there is only one fulfillment where every specification of the prophecy is met. Luke 5:36-39 and especially verse 39 applies to those who have this mindset. “No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith the old is better.” Mankind has been blinded by Satan from seeing the truth and only the truth can set mankind free from the deceptions which Satan has sown in this world.
This seventh plague will be poured out on the 1,300th day, following the first global earthquake on the anti-typical Day of Atonement, which will be the tenth day of the seventh month according to the Lunar-solar calendar
Just as the spring feast days met what they foreshadowed at the first advent of Christ, so the fall feast days meet their substance, for “they are shadows of” (Colossians 2:16, 17) the very events to be observed in the fall of the year just before Jesus' return. It is also ten days after the “abomination of desolation” has been set up as discussed under the fifth plague and five days before the Feast of Tabernacles, which takes place on the fifteenth day of the seventh month.
When the warning comes to us not to receive the mark of the beast or worship the image of the beast, how should we respond? “And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice [everyone is going to hear], If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall [not might] drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture [no mercy shown] into the cup of His indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb” (Revelation 14:9-10).
Whatever the devil threatens you with, whether starvation, imprisonment or death, it cannot be compared to what will happen to those who receive the mark of the beast. We have the witness of millions during the Dark Ages of papal supremacy who were burnt at the stake, or slowly tortured on the rack until life gave way to death, or buried alive rather than give up their faith in Jesus as the Redeemer of mankind.
As was brought out in the study of Daniel 12, a special resurrection (Daniel 12:2) will be given to those who are killed during the warning of the third angel of Revelation 14 to see Jesus return in the clouds of glory accompanied by tens of thousands (144,000) of His saints, killed by Satan but brought back to life by God as was discussed in chapter 13 on Revelation 10, 11, and 15. Go, Tell the World of Their Danger!
- 1. What is the first plague?
- 2. What is the second plague?
- 3. What is the third plague?
- 4. What is the fourth plague?
- 5. What is the fifth plague?
- 6. What is teh sixth plague?
- 7. What is the seventh plague?
- 8. What will end at the timing of the seventh plague?