Revelation Chapter 16
The Seven Bowls of GOD'S wrath
V 1. "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." Terrible are the seven last plagues for those who did not take the privilege of repentance!
V 2. "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 best, and upon them which worshipped his image." The mark of the beast is equalled here as worshipping the image of the beast! Protestant America will enforce papal dogma such as the Sunday Sabbath laws by enlisting the power of the State and so with will have formed an image to the beast 666. While Revelation 13 is all about false worship, Revelation 14 is a picture of what true worship looks like. Pure women are not defiled by the impure.
V 3. "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." This is literal language here, GOD is revenging His saints! One time before GOD used Moses to do this same miracle in Egypt before Pharaoh.
V 4. "And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood." Just as Moses before pharaoh caused all the waters to turn into blood, the world will once more witness this miracle!
V 5. "And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou are righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus."
V 6. "For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy."
Soon the great tribulation will start again and the true Christians will be boycotted at first, and not giving in by bribes and seducements, will suffer bloody death. All born again Christians are classified as saints because of the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives. Prophets are true preachers and not always foretelling the future. This is in opposition to the false prophet mentioned in verse 13.
V 7. "And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments." The plagues come out of the heavenly temple [15:6] and the altar is situated in the first apartment of the sanctuary.
V 8. "And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire."
V 9. "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."
V 10. "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."
V 11. "And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds."
V 12. "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 Euphrates river was the lifeblood of ancient Babylon. The city had internal gardens and could survive years without outside help, except for the river. When Cyrus conquered Babylon, he had diverted this river and walked his army through dry bed. The guards had left the underwater gates open while attending a drunken party. So this drying up of the lifeblood for modern Babylon must mean its main support and collapse. But who are the kings of the east? Since the seven last plagues are poured out on Babylon, and the end of the world is reached, this must mean JESUS the king of Kings, who made us priests and kings.
V 13. "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."
In opposition to the truth, we see the dragon, or devil, the beast of Rome and her many Protestant daughters speaking in tongues and prophesying falsely. The dragon refers to Satan directly, the beast is when religion and the state combine to persecute and the false prophets are false preachers.
V 14. "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."
Many times have the miracles of healing from Pentecostal evangelists proved false and deceptive. But demons can work real miracles! The great day of GOD Almighty is when JESUS returns at the end of the battle of Armageddon.
V 15. "Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame."
JESUS does not come as a thief, but unexpected and suddenly as a thief does to those who do not watch out for Him and do not keep the robes of righteousness clean from sin.
V 16. "And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon."
There is currently a strong debate whether Armageddon is a spiritual or physical battle, or both. The spiritual war seems to be over the commandments of GOD [see Revelation 12:17]. In order to refute CHRIST'S Seventh Day Sabbath, they decided to nail all 10 Commandments to the cross. But the national Sunday law will again resurrect the Sabbath debate.
V 17. "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."
To many Christians today deny the temple of GOD in heaven because the 10 Commandments are to be seen there.
V 18. "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."
V 19. "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."
Babylon is both called a city [Revelation 17:18] and an impure woman or great Whore who adulterated the truth in order to commit fornication with the state. Verse 13 showed us the evil trinity that makes war on the Remnants of GOD. In chapter 11 we have seen that France was the tenth part of this city called Babylon the great, but since the French Revolution removed the Pope from world dominion, the persecuting powers have changed. She is now none other than the evil trinity as seen in verse 13.
V 20. "And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found."
In Revelation 6:15, it says that the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men etc. hide in the dens and mountains to flee from the one who is seated on the throne. Here it is saying, that they had no island or mountains to flee to and no escape.
V 21. "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."
Satan's work of ruin is forever ended. For six thousand years he has wrought his will, filling the earth with woe and causing grief throughout the universe. To many men have cooperated with the hellish plots of Satan.
The Rise of Spiritualism
"Spiritualism has now changed its form, veiling some of its more objectionable and immoral features, and assuming a Christian guise. Formerly it denounced CHRIST and the Bible; now it professes to accept both.
The Bible is interpreted in a manner that is attractive to the unrenewed heart, while its solemn and vital truth are made of no effect. A GOD of love is presented; but His justice , His denunciation of sin, the requirements of His holy law, are all kept out of sight.
Pleasing, bewitching fables captivate the senses of those who do not make GOD'S Word the foundation of their faith. CHRIST is as verily rejected as before; but Satan has so blinded the eyes of the people that the deception is not discerned.