(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
The fifth vial (bowl) of wrath is now revealed to John. It results in the kingdom of Satan being devastated and brought to an end. This is pictured by the phrase…”his kingdom was full of darkness”.
In the Bible, the term “darkness” pictures desolation, emptiness, barrenness, death, and void…
- From the very beginning of time when we read of the, as of yet, unformed and uninhabited world… “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep” (Gen 1:2)
- To the condition of lost mankind void of spiritual life and peace “And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness,” (Rom 2:19)
- Concluding with the eternal abode of the lost which is devoid of God’s presence and spiritual life “But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Mat 8:12)
Keeping this representation in mind, in our text, we can come to the understanding that Satan’s kingdoms (the political and religious kingdoms of this fallen world) will be stripped bare, drained of all life and value, deserted, and brought to utter destruction. This will be the full, absolute and total defeat of Satan and his kingdoms at the hand of our Lord and Savior at His second coming.
The prophet Daniel received a prophecy of this great event in Daniel 2, as the great stone that destroyed the image…
Dan 2:44-45 KJV –
“And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.”
“Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.”
… And promised by our Lord Himself…
Joh 16:33 KJV –
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
Folks, may we all remember this wonderful promise of Christ that will find its total completion at His second coming. Our Lord has overcome the world and will make this fully manifest at His second coming. When He comes, He will bring to an end Satan’s and the powers of darkness’s activity in this world. The political and religious kingdoms of this world, which are under Satan’s influence, will be swiftly, fully, brought to an end making them empty and without power.
We have much reason to “be of good cheer”…. Truly, our Lord has overcome the world!
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