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Revelation 16:10-21 “The Pouring Out Of Bowls 5-7

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THE TEXT:

 

Rev 16:10-21 KJV

(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,
(11)  And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(16)  And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(20)  And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.
(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.

 

THE INTRODUCTION:

In the previous chapter, we have been presented to us the truth that the Lord will deliver His people from this fallen earth just prior to the falling of His wrath upon sinful mankind. This was symbolized by two differing reapings of the earth.  Now we continue looking at God’s wrath that will fall at His second coming by looking at the final stages of His wrath.  The last part of His wrath is called the seventh trumpet.  The contents of this trumpet will be shown to us in seven symbols.  These symbols are vials (bowls) of wrath that are poured out upon the lost.

In chapter 16, we will see the contents of trumpet 7, in other words bowls 1-7, being poured out upon Satan’s kingdoms…

I.  Revelation 16:1-21

A.  Command To Pour Out Vials (16:1)

B.  Vial One (16:2)

C.  Vial Two (16:3)

D.  Vial Three (16:4-7)

E.  Vial Four (16:8-9)

F.  Vial Five (16:10-11)

G.  Vial Six (16:12-16)

H.  Vial Seven (16:17-21)

 

Please notice, there is a similarity (with clear differences) between these vial judgments and the 7 trumpet judgments that we have previously looked at:

 

# Trumpets (Rev 8:, 9:, 10:) Vials  (Rev 16:) Exodus Plague
1 Hail, Fire , Blood Sores On Men 9: – Boils
2 Burning Mountain, Sea To Blood Sea To Blood 7: – Water To Blood
3 Star From Heaven , Rivers and Founts To Blood Rivers and Founts To Blood 7: – Water To Blood
4 Darkness Sun Scorching Men 10: – Darkness
5 Locusts Upon Men Darkness and Pain 10: – Locusts
6 4 Angels / 200,000,000 Army 4 Kings / 3 Spirits 12: – Death Angel
7 The 7 Vials Thunder, Lightning, Earhquake, Hail 9: – Hail

Please note that all the symbolic vials can find their source among the 10 Egyptian Plagues.

As we can see that are several similar judgments (2, 3, 6), one opposite judgment (4), and two totally different (1, 5,), and one trumpet is inclusive of all the vials (7).

From this we can see that the 7 trumpets are NOT the same judgments as the 7 vials (bowls).   However, the 7th trumpet is made up of all seven of the vial judgments.

Also, please remember, the first 6 trumpet judgments affect lost mankind, while several of the 7 vials affect Satan and his kingdoms,  this is another very important difference that must be recognized.

One final difference between the trumpets and the vials is found in their severity.  While the trumpets affected large portions of the lost, the 7 vials seem to affect all of the members of the kingdom of Satan resulting their final physical destruction.

THE EXPOSITORY STUDY:

In the previous 4 vials we saw God’s wrath being poured out against individuals who are members of the kingdom of Satan.  Now, we will begin to see God’s wrath being poured out upon Satan’s kingdom itself.

Rev 16:10-21 KJV 

(10)  And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast;

This vial is sent out against the “throne” (political authority) of the kingdom of Satan.  This would be referring to the beast from the sea, the political aspect of Satan’s kingdom.  

The wrath that will fall at Christ’s second coming will punish, and bring an end to, the political powers of this world.

 

and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,  (11)  And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.

 

One part of this wrath is darkness falling upon the kingdom.  This darkness symbolizes a void, emptiness, an absence, or a silence (1 Sam 2:9).   The kingdom is being brought down to desolation, its lights have been put out, symbolizing its final end.

Those in the kingdom chew their tongues do to the great pain involved with their defeat.  Once again, we see the great suffering and loss of this judgment does not bring men to Christ but hardens their hearts against the Lord, blaspheming Him and refusing to repent of their sins which would, by theory, alleviate their judgment.

The symbolism of this judgment comes from the plague of darkness that was placed upon Egypt (Exo 10:21-23) 

 

(12)  And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up,

The sixth angel pours his vial upon the river Euphrates.   The word “Euphrates”, although of foreign origin, is closely related to a Hebrew word that means “to break forth” (as the water breaking forth over a barrier, or seed ready to spring forth from the ground in the field.)   The river Euphrates is used in Revelation to picture the holding place for wicked powers and the beginning point of various judgments of God (Rev 9:14).

The pouring of the vial now dries up the Euphrates.  This allows the judgment of God to break forth and proceed.  This reminds us of the splitting of the Nile which allowed the Jews to proceed to the other side with the Egyptians in close pursuit.

The symbolism of this vial is rich indeed.  God’s sixth vial judgment now begins as it is poured out upon the Euphrates, which will cause the judgment to spring forth.  In this case, Euphrates is like a plowed field awaiting seed to be sown.  The pouring out of the vial is like the seed being sown in the field.  This is all done to bring forth the judgment that awaits the Satanic Kingdoms…

 

that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.

God’s judgment against the kingdom of Satan begins…

The literal translation of this phrase can also be “that the way of the authorities of the rising sun might be made ready” (see Youngs Literal Translation, Rotherham’s Emphasized Bible, and American Standard Version).  This is speaking of Christ and His people coming to fight the final battle against Satan’s kingdom… the Battle of Armageddon (this battle in great detail – Rev 19:11-21 and summarized in Rev 16:17-21).

(Please note: Both Christ and His people are described as kings (or “authorities”) because His people will reign with Christ during His kingdom – Rev 20:4.  Christ is the King that is described as “a rising sun” coming from the east in several places in the Bible: [Isa 41:2, Ezek 43:1-4, 44:1-4, Malachi 4:2 “Sun of Righteousness” , Matt 24:27, Luke 1:78 “Dayspring” – Rising Sun, Rev 7:2])

This part of John’s vision is teaching us that the judgment that falls at Christ’s second coming will prepare the way for Christ to enter the world, with His people, to personally fight at the Battle Of Armageddon. The fortresses and holding places of the wicked will be done away (Euphrates being dried up) in preparation for His coming and the battle to be fought.  The wicked in that battle, will have no place to flee, no place to run to, no place to find refuge from His wrath. 

This symbolism is found in Isaiah 11:15-16. 

This is the Lord’s preparation for the Battle of Armageddon…. In the next verse, we will see Satan and his kingdoms preparation for this Battle affecting the kingdoms of Satan

 

(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.  (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.

John now sees three demonic spirits come from the mouth of Satan, His political kingdom, and His religious kingdom.  These three spirits appear like frogs to John.  Biblically, the number three is the number for the trinity but also for completeness of manifestation.  An example of this is found in 1 Tim 5:19 & Hebs 10:28.

Just as the trinity and their work completely reveals the person and work of God, so too, the three wicked spirits from their mouths symbolizes the complete message of the powers darkness of this world.  This tells us, as Armageddon approaches, the entire forces of evil alive on the earth will be joined together to deceive and mislead mankind to go to  war against the Lord.  Their “propaganda machine” will be running full force to gather mankind to battle.

These spirits appear as frogs.  They are considered to be unclean and to be refrained from by God’s people (Lev 11:10-41).   The message of the powers of darkness are unclean, to be rejected by God’s people.  Frogs in the Bible also represent the judgments of God upon wicked authorities (Psa 105:30).  These sinful messages will end up coming back upon Satan and his kingdoms as a part of the divine judgment of God.  All of their lies, all of their deceit, will only increase the judgment that comes upon them.

These misleading messages include:

  1. “ the spirit of devils” – they are empowered and used to advance the agenda of demons and the other powers of darkness.
  2. “working miracles” – a part of the message tools that Satan uses to deceive men into following him are false signs and wonders that deceive. (Matt 24:24)
  3. “which go forth…world” – these messages and false miracles are pointed towards the authorities of the world kingdoms and all of lost mankind.

What is the ultimate purpose of these false, misleading messages?  “to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.”  This is what this entire vial is all about.  It is the Lord and His people preparing for this battle to go against Satan and his kingdoms on earth.  That battle will be symbolized in summary fashion in the last vial.  It will be the final act of God’s wrath against lost mankind on earth, and will bring a complete end to the Great Tribulation which began in trumpet 1 and is now going to be brought to a close.

 

(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.

Following symbolism in which we saw Christ and His people, as well as Satan and his kingdoms, preparing for Christ’s second coming and the Battle Of Armageddon, the Lord now reminds us truths about His coming:

  1. “Behold, I come as a thief.” – The lost world will not expect His coming.  The result of His coming and the Battle will be loss and harm to those upon earth. (Luke 12:35-38, 1 Thess 5:1-2, 2 Pet 3:8-13, Matt 24:43, Luke 12:39-40)
  1. “Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments,” – For those who are truly saved will be watching and keeping their garments pure (by remaining faithful in service to Christ), they will be blessed (Eph 4:24, Job 29:14). This will take place when the Lord takes them home to be with Him and they are rewarded for their faithful works.

No saint is perfectly watching nor keeping His garments… but every saint does these to a certain extent.  All who are truly saved will recognize He is coming again, just as everyone truly saved will serve Him in some ways.   No truly saved person totally forgets Christ is coming again, nor does He refrain from bearing any fruits of the spirit in his life.  These would be signs of a person’s lost condition.

  1. “lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.” – For the lost who are watching or faithful to Him, they will be exposed for what they really are… rebellious rejecters of Christ and will be put to shame when Christ comes in victorious opposition to them.

In this verse, the Lord not only reminds us of His coming, but also of our need to be prepared for that coming through salvation, watchfulness and faithful service to Him (Luke 12:35-38, Mark 13:32-37).

 

(16)  And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

We pick up with the narrative in verse 14.  The lost on the world are now being assembled to do battle against the coming Christ.

Who is the “he” that is gathering the lost?   There is dispute about this by commentators on this verse.   This same Greek word is translated “they” in most of the other versions of the Bible.  This is because this verse uses a singular verb with a plural noun.  We cannot be certain which was John’s intent.  But really, in the big picture of things, it makes very little difference and no need for any dispute…

“They” would refer back to Satan, the Beast (political kingdoms of world), and the False Prophet (religious kingdoms of the world).

However, if the proper translation is “he”, then it could be referring back to Satan as the ruler of all the powers of darkness.

In either case, it is saying that the lost of this world will be gathered by the powers of darkness, who are under the leadership of Satan.

The place of this final battle is called Armageddon which means, the “mountain of Megiddo”, or “mountain of rendezvous, meeting, or congregation”.   This is the perfect name for it to possess, as all of lost mankind will “rendezvous” in an effort to oppose Christ and His people at their coming.

The area of Armageddon includes the valley where this battle is fought.  This valley is given several titles:

  1. “the valley of Jehoshaphat”… “the valley where the Lord judges” (Joel 3:2, 12)
  2. “the valley of Hinnon”… “the valley of sorrow and weeping” (Jer 19:1-15)
  3. “the valley of Kidron”… “the valley full of blackness and confusion” (Zech 14:2-5)

 

All of these titles helps us to understand different truths about this great battle that will find Christ victorious over all.

 

(17)  And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air;

This seventh vial is speaking of the Battle of Armageddon in summary fashion.  With the completion of this vial we come to the completion of Christ’s wrath falling upon lost mankind and the kingdoms of Satan.    The vial is said to be poured out in the air, a symbolic picture of the wrath of God being spread by the winds throughout the earth.  All of the living lost, Satan and his kingdoms will be affected by this judgment.  There will be no place to find refuge, the wrath of God will miss none.

 

and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.

Immediately, following the sending of the final portion of His wrath, John hears the voice of God stating “It is done”.  In other words, my wrath against Satan, his kingdoms, and the lost is now complete.

Just as when Christ stated “it is finished” on the cross, announcing His defeat of death, sin and Satan…. So too, now He is announcing the completion of the manifestation of that same victory that He has won for us on the cross.   What He accomplished on the cross is now being brought to full fruition at the completion of the Battle of Armageddon.

 

(18)  And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings;

At the announcement of His completed wrath John sees and hears a great display of God’s presence, power and anger on display.  Just as in prior portions of Revelation these displays reveal God’s greatness as Ultimate Victor and Judge over all.

This is what we have seen throughout the falling wrath of God.  We have seen His presence on display through His strength, authority, and dominating control over the powers of darkness and lost mankind. 

 

and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.  (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

Several times in the Bible, earthquakes are directly linked to the falling of God’s wrath and anger (Haggai 12:6-7, Ezek 38:19, Isa 2:19, Isa 29:6).     Never has there been a greater display of God’s wrath and overcoming Sovereignty on the earth as when the Battle of Armageddon takes place.

This great earthquake severs “the great city”, Babylon, into three distinct parts.  Babylon is a picture of the headquarters, or the capital city, of the powers of darkness.   Three is the number for complete manifestation (see vs 14).  When the Battle of Armageddon takes place and Babylon is destroyed, it will be a complete, clearly seen destruction that will bring the powers of darkness to an end.

Not only will the capital of Satan’s kingdom be destroyed, but also all the other cities are brought to defeat.  Once again, we can see the totality of the lost worlds defeat and their complete physical destruction.  No city is left standing, no area is left unaffected.  It is an absolute, total defeat of darkness at the hand of our Almighty Lord.

Remember, it was at the Tower of Babel that the first public display of lost mankind’s united rebellion against the Lord.  Now the Battle of Armageddon is bringing into completion the punishment that was sent upon the members of Satan’s kingdoms for their unified rebellion against Him.

 

to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.

This battle is bringing to an end Satan’s kingdom and lost mankind’s “dose” of God’s wrath, by battling them at Armageddon.   It is as if He is giving her a cup of wine that is filled with the “fierceness”,  the most intense part of His wrath.  This will bring her “dose” to completion.  

 

(20)  And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.

Even the most isolated spots on the globe, the islands, will be brought to destruction.  Likewise, the highest and most firm parts of the globe, the mountains, cannot give refuge or hiding to the lost.  They, too, will be touched by God’s wrath as it is brought to completion.

 

(21)  And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent:

The hail falling from heaven symbolizes the wrath that proceeds for God and falls upon the inhabitants of the earth.  The hail weighing “a talent” tells us it weighed approx. 114 pounds.   Once again, we have the horrid desolation of all the inhabitants of the earth being emphasized.  This is done with the symbolism of large hail that would cause total destruction as it falls.   

 

and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.

Once again, we see the refusal of members of Satan’s kingdoms to repent.  Instead they speak evil of the Lord, falsely accusing Him of wrongdoing and demeaning Him.  They are doing this because of the greatness of His wrath that is bringing them to utter defeat.

It is interesting to note that God’s wrath is described as a “plague” in this verse.  The Greek word for “plague” means a wound, or a stripe.   In comparison, we are told that a part of Christ’s work on behalf of His people is to take “stripes” in their place which was the punishment for their sins.  (Isaiah 53:5, 1 Peter 2:24)

This entire vial is based upon Joel 3:9-17.

 

CHRIST REVEALED:

In the account of vials 5-7, we see the completed work of Christ coming into view.  That which He has completed on the cross,  whether it be the salvation of His people (Phil 1:4-6) or the victory over the powers of darkness (Hebs 2:14) , we find that He will always bring to completion that which He has begun.

What a blessing for us to know…. Just as certain as His victory over sin is our redemption!  We can rest assured that if we have been saved, we will enter eternal glory with Him and escape His wrath that will fall at His second coming…

1Co 1:8 KJV – Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY)

May we all serve Him with assurance KNOWING without doubt that, if we are saved, we are secure in Him.   This assurance allows us to enter into His presence boldly as we serve Him and know with certainty He is with us, aidin us every step of the way ….

Heb 4:16 KJV – “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

Heb 13:6 KJV – “So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “The Sun”

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“And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.”

As John sees the fourth angel pour out his vial upon the sun, he is witnessing the judgment of God falling upon those who are actively worshipping idols.  This is because the sun is symbolic of false gods within the pages of the Scriptures.

Throughout history the sun has played a very important place in idolatrous worship.  The sun, being the central object of heaven in the daylight hours, has become a very popular part of Jehovah’s creation that fallen mankind chooses to worship.  The false God Baal, the sun god of the Babylonians, is the most well-known false god found in the Bible.  Other nations that worshipped sun gods mentioned in the Bible include Egypt, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome.

Even the title “Sunday”, the day set apart to worship God, probably finds its origins in sun worship.  While the names of the other days of the week find their origins in the Roman words for moon and five of the planets, other false gods they chose to worship.

Why do men choose to worship the creation of Jehovah instead of Jehovah, Himself?  Paul explains this phenomena in Romans 1:21-25…

“Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.   Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.  

Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:  Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.”

To summarize Paul’s teachings, when fallen mankind chooses to reject the revelation of God that is given to them (whether by word, nature, or conscience), the Lord then allows them to progress into further rejection of Him resulting in them worshipping and serving the creature (themselves, other men, animals, plants, or inanimate parts of nature.)

This continuing rejection of the Lord is then exhibited in their lives by sexual perversion.  This is manifested in acts of homosexuality, fornication, adultery, beastiality, incest etc.  These are the natural fruits of rejecting Christ as Lord and giving their fleshly desires the place of priority in their lives.

When individuals, or nations as a whole, reject the Creator God, Jehovah, and turn to serve others, the presence and acceptance of these fruits will become a natural part of their existence.  This is what we see taking place in the lives of many individuals and nations today.

May we all understand the great necessity to accept Jesus as the Lord of our lives, and then as Christians, submitting our entire being over to His control.  To do anything less is to allow ourselves to be in submission to other “gods” and opens the door that allows our fleshly desires to rule over us.   This is the condition of lost mankind and those whom Paul describes as “carnal” (“fleshly”) Christians…

1Co 3:1-4 KJV

“And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.   I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.   For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?   For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?”

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Our Actions Will Return To Us… Will They Be A Blessing Or A Curse?

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Rev 16:6 KJV – “For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.”

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “thou hast given them blood to drink”

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Rev 16:6 KJV – “For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.”

 

 

Divine retribution.  To give based upon what was given.  This is the basic principle we see in this text.  Here, we see that those who shed the blood of the saints and prophets was given retribution by receiving blood to drink.   They shed blood… they were given blood in return.

Another very familiar passage that speaks about divine retribution is found in Galatians 6:7-8.  In this passage, we come face to face with the two great results borne when the doctrine of divine retribution is denied…  Man is deceived and God is mocked…

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.  For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”

 

WOW.  To deny the principle of divine retribution is to be deceived.  In other words, a man who does not believe in divine retribution has been led astray, he has gone off course, he is aimlessly drifting without a path to follow.

Stop and think about the ill effects of not believing that we are held accountable for our sins. One of the greatest motivations that drive men to Christ is the knowledge that their sins will be judged.  If there is no divine retribution, there is no purpose for the Lake of Fire, no separation from God for an eternity, and no danger in dying while yet in our sins.   Why seek forgiveness and restitution with God when, really, our sins will not be reckoned unto us?

 

The second great result of denying divine retribution is the mockery of God.   It is to ridicule God, scoffing at Him and jeering Him.  Basically, to deny divine retribution is to say…

“Lord, you stand back and take no action against those who commit heinous sin.  They will never stand before the bar of divine justice, they will get off scot free.  You are unjust and unable to punish those who disobey you”

Or

“When you tell us to refrain from sin, you are being entirely selfish.  Since we will feel no results to our actions, you are not helping us in any way by restricting our activities.   We can do what we want, when we want, with no harm coming our way.  Therefore, the only reason you warn us away from sin, is for your benefit and your benefit alone.  You are simply a selfish, cosmic killjoy that works for your benefit alone.”

Ridicule. Mockery. Blaspheming at its finest.

 

May we never be found guilty of the most heinous sin of denial of sin’s results and the need for salvation from sin. Most of us would say… of course, we would never deny such a clear Biblical truths.   If this is so, why then are we silent, when lost men all around us are dying and facing retribution for their sins?

Although most of us mentally acknowlege the existance of God’s punishment against sin… there are many of us who, through our actions, deny that which we claim to believe.

 

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The Lord’s Righteousness Dictates His Judgment Of Sin…

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Rev 16:5 KJV – “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.”

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “Thou art righteous, O Lord”

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“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.”

 

 

In John’s vision, he now hears an angel declare the righteousness of the Lord.  When we say the Lord is righteous we are saying that He has a right standing with God.  He is just, He is innocent, He is holy.

In the context of this vision, the angel is declaring the Lord’s righteousness as He judges lost mankind for their sinful alliances with the kingdoms of Satan.  Notice the angel says “Thou art righteous, O Lord… BECAUSE thou hast judged thus.”

If we take a moment to think about the implications of this angel’s statement it teaches us an incredible truth.   Not only does the Lord judge in a righteous fashion, meting out punishments that are deserved, fair and without partiality; it also teaches us that He is righteous BECAUSE He judges sin.

In a world who thrills to hear about the love of Christ, His holiness, and His righteousness, many times Biblical accounts of His judgments are explained away or, at best, left unmentioned.

Folks, based upon our text, if our Lord is a righteous Lord, then He must judge sin.  If He is holy… sin will not, and cannot, be overlooked  …

Job 10:14 KJV – “If I sin, then thou markest me, and THOU WILT NOT ACQUIT ME from mine iniquity.”

Nah 1:3 KJV – “The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, AND WILL NOT AT ALL ACQUIT THE WICKED: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.”

 

Folks, it is this very principle based upon God’s holiness that Christ was sent to pay the price for the sins committed by His people.  It was because, for Him to be holy and righteous, sin MUST BE punished.  Either the sinner will be punished, or else Christ had to be punished on the sinners behalf…

2Co 5:21 KJV – “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

There is no such thing as a righteous God simply overlooking sin or allow it to go unpunished.  It is a necessary result of His holiness and righteousness.

 

May we all praise the Lord for His holiness and righteousness, including His judgment of sin.  May we never cease to tell others of the coming judgment that they face apart from the shed blood of Christ being applied to their account.  Although the lost world, obviously, turns away from His wrath against sin, it is the truth, it is a certainty, and they must be warned before it is eternally too late for them.

 

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The Blood… Its Importance In The Bible…

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Rev 16:3 KJV – “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.”

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “it became as the blood of a dead man”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 16:3 KJV

“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.”

 

 

Blood.

The importance of blood in the Bible cannot be overemphasized.   In our text we find that blood given to lost mankind at the second coming of Christ is source of death… “and every living soul died in the sea”

However, in opposition to the blood that leads to death, Christ’s blood that was shed on the cross gives life and is clearly the central theme of the Bible.   It is the power of our eternal salvation based upon the work of Christ on the cross (Romans 5:9, Ephesians 1:7).   By spiritually partaking of His blood we are given spiritual life (John 6:53-54); sanctification (Hebrews 9:12-14); escape from God’s wrath (Romans 5:9); and eternal life in the presence of Christ (1 Peter 1:1-5).

 

When we begin to understand the power, and importance of the blood of Christ, it helps us to understand a very importance passage found in Hebrews 10:26-30…

Heb 10:26-30 KJV

“For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:  Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.”

 

After receiving the truth of the gospel and the salvation that Christ so graciously offers to us, to choose to desert these teachings is proof that the sacrifice of Christ had never been applied to our sins. Deserting those teachings is tantamount to treading underfoot Christ’s blood, counting His blood as being sinful and worthless, and violently abusing the Holy Spirit’s workings.   These all make it crystal clear that we have never been saved, in spite of what we may believe about our spiritual condition.

Abusers of the blood have only to look forward to fear as they receive a sentence of eternal punishment that will be shared by all those who are opposed to Christ and His shed blood on the cross.

 

Christ’s shed blood should be held as of utmost preciousness for the people of God.  To remove it from the Scriptures in an effort to make the Bible more “palatable to its readers”;   to refuse to teach upon it trying to make ourselves look more “civilized”, “modern” and “fashionable”;   or, to no longer appeal to His shed blood as the ultimate payment for the sins of His people is to make a mockery of the work of Christ and the glorious gospel message.

May none of us EVER be guilty of mistreating His precious blood that was shed on behalf of those He has, and will, redeem…

1Pe 1:18-21 KJV – “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;  But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:  Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,  Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.”

 

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How Do We Respond When We See Others Suffer?

SIHs HALTAL ICON RevChristRev 16:2 – “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 beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.”

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “there fell a noisome and grievous sore”

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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.

 

The Bible records for us two opposite, yet related, events where men are afflicted by sores:

 

The first event is recorded in Exodus 9:8-11…

“And the LORD said unto Moses and unto Aaron, Take to you handfuls of ashes of the furnace, and let Moses sprinkle it toward the heaven in the sight of Pharaoh.   And it shall become small dust in all the land of Egypt, and shall be a boil breaking forth with blains upon man, and upon beast, throughout all the land of Egypt.  

And they took ashes of the furnace, and stood before Pharaoh; and Moses sprinkled it up toward heaven; and it became a boil breaking forth with blains upon man, and upon beast.   And the magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils; for the boil was upon the magicians, and upon all the Egyptians.”

In this event, sores were placed upon men by the Lord as PUNISHMENT FOR WILLFULLY REBELLING AGAINST THE LORD in refusing to release the Israelites from Egyptian captivity.

 

The second event is found in Job 2:7-8…

“So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.   And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes.”

In this event, sores are placed by Satan because Job was SUBMITTED TO THE WILL AND WAYS OF THE LORD with His life.

 

Folks, from all outward appearances both the affliction of Job, and that of the Egyptians, was the same.  However, when we study these accounts more closely, we can see these are, in actuality, opposites in their origin and the motive behind their dispensing.

What can we learn from these two examples?  The need to refrain from making judgments about why times of hardships come upon others.

In some cases, hardships come upon people due to sin in their life.  It is the Lord trying to get their attention and show the suffering one the need to repent of their wrongdoing.   However, in many cases, hardships come into the life of those who are faithful to test, strengthen, and prepare them for upcoming areas of service.  Many times hardships come upon us to move us into greater levels of willingness to sacrifice ourselves for Him.

 

Folks, when we place judgments upon others who are suffering, we are pridefully saying that we can, with certainty, discern God’s will and ways.   As fallen human beings, we cannot begin to understand the parts of His will and ways that are not revealed to us in His Word.  By making assumptions about His will, we are committing blasphemy against our Lord, by placing ourselves in the same level as He.

Isa 55:8-9 KJV – “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.   For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” 

 

Folks, when we see others who are suffering, may we not judge the purpose of that suffering.  Let’s not use their affliction as an excuse to gossip and speak ill concerning them to others.  Let’s not use their suffering as an opportunity to bring past sins they have committed to light, or to do anything to harm their testimony and reputation.

Instead, may we all humbly seek to help those in need through prayer for the suffering; a willingness to render help and comfort to those in need; and seek to live our lives in such a way as to show the love of Christ through our actions to those who are living in pain.

 

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The Glory and Power Of The Lord On Display For All To See…

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Rev 15:8 KJV – And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.

 

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Revelation 16:1-9 “The Pouring Out Of Bowls 1-4”

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Rev 16:1-9 KJV

(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.
(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 beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.
(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.
(4)  And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.
(5)  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.
(6)  For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.
(7)  And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.
(8)  And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
(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.

 

THE INTRODUCTION:

In the previous chapter, we have been presented to us the truth that the Lord will deliver His people from this fallen earth just prior to the falling of His wrath upon sinful mankind. This was symbolized by two differing reapings of the earth.  Now we continue looking at God’s wrath that will fall at His second coming by looking at the final stages of His wrath.  The last part of His wrath is called the seventh trumpet.  The contents of this trumpet will be shown to us in seven symbols.  These symbols are vials (bowls) of wrath that are poured out upon the lost.

In chapter 16, we will see the contents of trumpet 7, in other words bowls 1-7, being poured out upon Satan’s kingdoms…

I.  Revelation 16:1-21
A.  Command To Pour Out Vials (16:1)
B.  Vial One (16:2)
C.  Vial Two (16:3)
D.  Vial Three (16:4-7)
E.  Vial Four (16:8-9)
F.  Vial Five (16:10-11)
G.  Vial Six (16:12-16)
H.  Vial Seven (16:17-21)

Please notice, there is a similarity (with clear differences) between these vial judgments and the 7 trumpet judgments that we have previously looked at:

 

# Trumpets (Rev 8:, 9:, 10:) Vials  (Rev 16:) Exodus Plague
1 Hail, Fire , Blood Sores On Men 9: – Boils
2 Burning Mountain, Sea To Blood Sea To Blood 7: – Water To Blood
3 Star From Heaven , Rivers and Founts To Blood Rivers and Founts To Blood 7: – Water To Blood
4 Darkness Sun Scorching Men 10: – Darkness
5 Locusts Upon Men Darkness and Pain 10: – Locusts
6 4 Angels / 200,000,000 Army 4 Kings / 3 Spirits 12: – Death Angel
7 The 7 Vials Thunder, Lightning, Earhquake, Hail 9: – Hail

Please note that all the symbolic vials can find their source among the 10 Egyptian Plagues.

As we can see that are several similar judgments (2, 3, 6), one opposite judgment (4), and two totally different (1, 5,), and one trumpet is inclusive of all the vials (7).

From this we can see that the 7 trumpets are NOT the same judgments as the 7 vials (bowls).   However, the 7th trumpet is made up of all seven of the vial judgments.

Also, please remember, the first 6 trumpet judgments affect lost mankind, while several of the 7 vials affect Satan and his kingdoms,  this is another very important difference that must be recognized.

One final difference between the trumpets and the vials is found in their severity.  While the trumpets affected large portions of the lost, the 7 vials seem to affect all of the members of the kingdom of Satan resulting their final physical destruction.

 

 

THE EXPOSITORY STUDY:

Rev 16:1-9 KJV

(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.

In the previous chapter, we saw that the seven angels had been sent out from the Lord’s presence with the authority to send God’s wrath upon the earth against Satan and his kingdoms.  Now John hears God’s voice commanding the angels to begin sending His wrath upon the earth.

There are seven angels that symbolize a complete sending of God’s wrath upon man.  At the completion of His wrath, Satan and his kingdoms will be totally defeated.  Whenever we see angels in Revelation they are symbolic of Godly origin, and authority at work.

Although the seven angels in this section of our study are symbolic, helping us to understand that the wrath that falls comes from the Lord under His authority, there are texts that tell us angels will be literally active in sending God’s judgment upon lost mankind (2 Thess 1:7-9).

This wrath is said to be contained in bowls which contain the hot wrath of God that will be poured out upon the earth (15:7)

 

(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 beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.

The first angel immediately follows the command of the Lord and pours out the first bowl upon the earth.   This is the role for the elect angels of God to minister on His behalf, swiftly following His commands (Psa 103:20).

This bowl causes an extremely harmful, painful, malicious ulcers fell upon men who had “the mark of the beast” (members of Satan’s political kingdom) and which “worshipped his image” (members of Satan’s religious kingdom).

Sores in the OT were used by the Lord for the direct punishment for sin.  During the ten plagues (Exo 9:9-11) and the warning of the Lord’s judgment against the sins of Israel (Deut 28:27, 35)  Sores are also representative of the DIRECT results of sin (Isa 1:6).  And finally, sores are used in connection with lowliness, poverty and humility (Job 2:7, 5:18, Lk 16:20-21)

When we see these sores falling upon the members of Satan’s kingdoms, they are teaching us that the final wrath of God that falls at the second coming of Christ is being sent as a direct punishment for the sins that they have committed.  This punishment, in turn , results in their loss of well-being, leaving them in great need and disgrace.

It is interesting to note that in the Exodus account (Exo 9:11), boils were sent upon the Egyptian magicians  bringing them to public shame causing them to no longer be able to deceive the Egyptian citizens.  This is much like these symbolic sores placed upon the members of Satan’s kingdoms, causing them to no longer be able to deceive lost mankind leading them to rebellion against the Lord.

 

(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.

The second angel now pours out his bowl upon the sea changing it to blood and bringing death upon all men and living creatures who were in the sea.  The Greek word for “soul” (refers to both human and animal life) (Rev 8:9).   We saw in Exo 7:19-25, the Nile was turned to blood resulting in all the fish in the Nile dying.

The phrase “the blood of a dead man” basically means “the blood of a corpse”.  This paints a vivid, ugly picture of this blood… it was like clotted blood, useless to support life, and actually caused death instead of sustaining life.

Bodies of water many times refer to teachings… the “water of life” and the “sea of glass” refers to the gospel message.  In this case, the sea located on the fallen earth is symbolic of all types of false teachings, false scientific theories, philosophies and worldly wisdom that proceeds from Satan.  This would include religious, moral, ethical, psychological and philosophical teachings.

The false teachings of Satan’s kingdom which promises to be healthy and life-giving, in actuality contains only the blood of the dead.

 

(4)  And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.

The third angel pours God’s wrath upon the fresh water sources (rivers and fountains).  The basic principle being taught is the judgment of the false gospel message in particular that promise life to the receiver, but only result in judgment and death.

Rivers picture cleansing (Exo 2:5) and fountains can symbolize purity (Song of Solomon 4:12).  These are both pictures of spiritual cleansing brought about by God’s Word (gospel message) (Eph 5:26).

The fresh water sources based on the fallen world are speaking of the false gospels found in Satan’s kingdom.    When men follow these false teachings, they will only lead these men to their eternal spiritual death.  This death and destruction that comes upon those who are followers of Satan’s religious kingdom is brought upon them as a part of God’s judgment against their sin.

The main difference between the 2nd and 3rd angel bowls:

  1. 2nd angel judgment affects all those who proclaim the false philosophies and worldly teachings and scientific theories opposed to the Scriptures found in Satan’s kingdom.
  2. 3rd angel judgment centers on those delivering the false gospel messages that are proclaimed by Satanic false religions. These pervert the need of salvation, the Savior, or the way of salvation.  These teachings stand in direct opposition to the message of truth authorized by God and proclaimed by His people.

 

(5)  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.   (6)  For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.

The angel that judges the followers of the false gospels of this world now praises the Lord for His wrath.  It was these that opposed His gospel message and those who proclaimed it.

The angel reminds us that this wrath is deserved by the false teachers of Satan’s kingdom (the Lord is righteous in sending this wrath).  He also reminds us that the Lord sending this wrath is the true eternal Creator God over all.  He possesses the authority necessary to righteously judge the lost.

He is justified in His judgment of these men, because they have abused, mistreated and murdered His people and now He is simply shedding their blood as recompense to their shedding of His people’s blood. (Hosea 8:7, Exo 21:23-25, Matt 23:34-36)

 

 (7)  And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.

John then hears another voice coming from the brazen altar, symbolizing the death of the saints of God who were sacrificed in His name (Rev 6:9, 8:3-5 etc).   They are now seeing their prayers answered and are praising Him for keeping His promise of divine retribution.

They are in agreement with the angel who recognized His judgments are deserved by those who abused His people.  He is only giving to them what is their due.  His judgments are:

  1. true – genuine, unconcealed, open for all to see
  2. righteous – lawful, impartial, just

(see Deut 32:1-6 where the Lord is praised in a similar way)

 

(8)  And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.

The fourth angel is seen pouring out his vial of wrath.  It is poured upon the sun.  Throughout history the sun, due to its prominence in the heavens, has been the most common of all the false gods that have been worshipped in nature (Deut 4:19, 17:3, 2 Kings 23:5, Ezek 8:16, Acts 7:42-43).   Some of the most familiar false sun gods include: Egyptian god RA; Greek god Helios; Roman god Apollo, Hindu god Surya; Babylon god Baal etc etc.

God’s wrath being poured upon the sun symbolizes God’s judgment of idolatry and other types of false worship propagated by the religious kingdom of Satan.  Once again, the Lord is seen as turning wickedness back onto itself as a form of just retribution against sin.  Those who chose to worship the sun will now be burned by it.  This is reminiscent of the 10 plagues of Egypt, each of which was pointed at the very gods of nature that were being worshipped.  Examples of this include:

  1. frogs… they worshipped frogs, so the Lord gave them more frogs then they could handle
  2. sun… they worshipped the sun, so the Lord gave them total darkness etc etc.
  3. bulls… they worshipped the bull so the Lord sent the plague of murrain directly upon the bulls

So it was with each of the ten plagues, and so it is in this judgment.

 

(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.

The men reacted to this plague just as in prior plagues.  Instead of humbling them and bringing them to submission to Christ, they are hardened against the Lord and only seek to rebel against Him in greater ways. (Rev 9:20)

This helps us to understand the helplessness of sinful mankind.  After facing such horrible judgments, it is amazing to see they still are not humbled, turning to Christ for their salvation.  Apart from God’s gracious intervention, they cannot come to repentance nor belief in Him.  These punishments only drive them farther from coming to faith.  This type of attitude was perfectly displayed in the life of Pharoah, King of Egypt during the 10 plagues and also in the lives of the Israleites during their wilderness wanderings….

1Sa 6:6 KJV – “Wherefore then do ye harden your hearts, as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts? when he had wrought wonderfully among them, did they not let the people go, and they departed?”

Psa 95:8 KJV – “Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness:”

 

May we all take Paul’s advice and use these things as an example for each one of us to avoid this ungodly attitude…

Rom 2:3-6 KJV – “And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?   Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?    But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;   Who will render to every man according to his deeds:”

 

CHRIST REVEALED:

In these first four vials of God’s wrath, we are reminded of Christ’s role as the Just Judge of all mankind.  In these vials we have seen Christ as the One that judges Satan and his kingdoms, simply giving to them what is rightfully deserved,    Based upon the actions of the lost, Christ’s judgments fall upon them in an righteous way giving to them their just deserts and bringing back upon thie heads that which they have previously chosen to give to the Lord and those who serve Him.

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY)

As fallen mankind, we should all recognize that the choices we make in this life will reap results in our future.   We are all faced with the decision to spend the time we have been given on earth either to live lives of selfishness, fulfilling the desires of our flesh, or living lives of service to Christ, willfully submitting to His desires for our lives.

May we all turn from our sins and turn to Christ, by faith, willfully submitting to His will for our lives.  In doing so, we will be making Him our Lord, Savior and eternal Friend.

“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that [were] on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
(Joshua 24:15)

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “smoke from the glory of God and His power”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 15:8 KJV

And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.

 

John, when describing this vision, describes the manifestation of the glory and power of the Lord as smoke.  This is a very telling statement.  This helps us to understand that, when we see the Lord’s presence being described as a “cloud” or as “smoke” it is because His being and power is like a flame that puts forth this cloud of smoke as a manifestation of His presence.

Fire, as an instrument of light, purification, and destruction can be used as a wonderful representation of many of the Lord’s attributes…

  1. His holiness
  2. His purification
  3. His anger
  4. His enlightening
  5. His power
  6. His majesty

When we put all the above together, the Lord’s presence manifests itself as a cloud of smoke to represent HIS GREATNESS!

 

In many places in the Old Testament Scriptures, His presence is described as a glorious fire and/or a cloud of smoke.  As we read these verses, notice in every case our Lord’s greatness is being emphasized through the use of the manifestation of the fire and clouds of smoke …

 

  1. The Lord ratifying His covenant with Abraham – Gen 15:17 KJV

“And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces.”

  1. The burning bush seen by Moses – Exo 3:2-4 KJV

“And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.  And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.  And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.”

  1. Leading the Israelites through the wilderness – Exo 13:21 KJV

“And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:”

  1. On Mt Sinai with Moses – Exo 19:18 KJV, Exo 24:16 KJV

“And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly.”

“And the glory of the LORD abode upon mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days: and the seventh day he called unto Moses out of the midst of the cloud.”

  1. His presence in the Tabernacle/Temple – Exo 40:34-35 KJV, 2Ch 5:14 KJV

“Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.   And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.”

“So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God.”

  1. Christ, symbolized by the Majestic King Solomon – Son 3:6-7 KJV

“Who is this that cometh out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all powders of the merchant?  Behold his bed, which is Solomon’s; threescore valiant men are about it, of the valiant of Israel.”

  1. Protective presence of the Lord throughout eternity – Isa 4:4-6 KJV

“When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning.   And the LORD will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defence.   And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.”

  1. The Lord’s presence in the temple of Isaiah’s vision – Isa 6:4-5 KJV

“And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.  Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.”

 

There is no more fitting conclusion to our devotional this morning than a text that aptly applies the truth of our Lord’s presence being as fire to our each of our lives (Heb 12:28-29 KJV)…

“Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may SERVE GOD ACCEPTABLY WITH REVERENCE AND GODLY FEAR:  For our God is a consuming fire.”

 

All I can say is …. Amen and Amen!

 

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God’s Wrath That Is To Fall At The Second Coming…

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Rev 15:7 KJV – “And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever.”

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “seven golden vials full of the wrath of God”

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Rev 15:7 KJV – “And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever.”

 

 

At Christ’s second coming, the wrath of God will be poured out upon lost mankind.   In this vision, this wrath of God is said to be held in bowls waiting to be poured out.

The idea of God’s wrath being held and then poured out is found in at least 2 places in the Old Testament…  In both Psalm 75:8 and Jeremiah 25:15, God’s wrath is pictured as wine being held in a glass and later the enemies of Jehovah are forced to partake of it.

 

What awesome pictures of His wrath!  In every instance, His wrath is shown as great, unable to be stopped by man, and yet under the absolute control of the Lord:

  1. From God’s point of view…He is the One that prepares the wrath, He is the One that chooses when and how to send it upon lost mankind, and it always accomplished what He desires.
  2. From man’s point of view… they cannot stop His wrath, they cannot hide from His wrath, nor can they survive it. His wrath against the lost at His second coming will result in their final, total physical destruction, as well as their eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire.

 

This wrath of God is symbolized in Revelation 19: as a great war that is fought against Satan and his kingdoms on this fallen earth.  The end result of His wrath?  The total devastation of Satan, his kingdom, and his followers…

Rev 19:11-21 KJV  – “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.   His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.   And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.  

And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.  

And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.   And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.  

And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;    That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.  

And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.   And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.   And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.”

 

May we all glorify and honor our Lord, not only due to His love, grace and blessings to us; but also for His complete absolute control of His wrath, His justice, His avenging of His saints, and His final and complete victory over Satan and his kingdom on earth.  It is only through our understanding of both His Merciful Kindness and His Holy Justice that we can come to a more complete appreciation of the wonderful Lord that we serve.

 

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Are We Living Temples Of Worship and Praise To Christ?

SIHs HALTAL ICON RevChristRev 15:5 KJV – “And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened:”

 

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 15:5 KJV

(5)  And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened:

 

 

In John’s vision angels, as they departed from the presence of God, is said to be departing the temple.  This heavenly temple uses the Old Testament temple as the basis for its symbolism (1 Kings 8:1-11).

This same symbolic heavenly temple is given the title “the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony”.  Why was this temple given this title?  Again, to understand this title we must look back at the OT temple.

The OT temple can be described as being “of the tabernacle”, because it is directly linked to the OT tabernacle in several ways.  Keep in mind that the OT tabernacle was a portable tent in which:

  1. God dwelled – God’s presence was seen as a cloud of glory that would descend upon the tabernacle
  2. God was worshipped – The Jews would participate in worship observances at the tabernacle
  3. Christ was typically revealed – Through the use of types it represented Christ and His work

 

This tabernacle was used during the wilderness wanderings of the Jews.  However, once the Jews inhabited the promised land a mobile place of worship was no longer needed.  Solomon then built the fixed temple that fulfilled the same three purposes (listed above) as did the tabernacle.  This is why the temple is described as “the temple of the tabernacle”, reflecting that it finds it basis for its existence, and purpose, in the tabernacle.

The title for the symbolic heavenly temple continues with the phrase “of the testimony” or “of the witness”.  Again, a quick look at the OT temple gives us a better understanding of this phrase.

One of the chief purposes of both the OT tabernacle and temple was to reveal Christ to the worshipping Jews prior to Christ’s first coming.   Through the usage of these pieces of furniture, and the sacrifices that were made, a tremendous testimony of Christ was being presented to the Jewish worshippers.  In other words, the tabernacle and then the temple was a constant witness of Christ and His work on behalf of His people.   This is why the phrase “of the testimony” so aptly fits in the title of the temple… it testified of the Christ that was yet to come.

 

Folks, in one sense, as those who are saved, we are living New Testament temples.  God dwells in us (in the person of the Holy Spirit), He is to be worshipped in us (by loving, thankful, submitted hearts), and finally, we are to be living testimonies of Christ to those around us (through our words and deeds).

Are we living as temples for the Lord’s glory?

2Co 6:16-18 KJV – “And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.   Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,   And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”

 

 

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Is Our LIfe A Song Of Praise To Our Lord?

SIHs HALTAL ICON RevChristRev 15:3 KJV – And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “the song of Moses the servant of God”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 15:3 KJV

(3)  And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.

 

“The song of Moses the servant of God” is probably talking about one of the two songs related to Moses found in the Bible:

  1. Exodus 15:1-19 – the song that is sung at the deliverance of the Israelites deliverance from Egypt bondage
  2. Deut 31:30-32:43 – the song sung just prior to Moses’s death.

Why would both of these be called the song of the Lamb?  Both of these glorify Christ (Exodus 15:1 and Deut 32:3)…

Exo 15:1 KJV  –  “Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea…”

Deu 32:3 KJV  – “Because I will publish the name of the LORD: ascribe ye greatness unto our God…”

 

Moses led the children of Israel to sing both of these songs which brought honor and glory to Jehovah.  What a wonderful testimony Moses left for the Israelites and us as well…

Following miraculous delivery of the Israelites from Egyptian bondage, Moses refused to take credit for this wonderful escape but, instead, led them to sing praises to the Lord for His gracious deliverance.  Then, as one of his last actions on earth, Moses led the Israelites to praise and honor Jehovah for all He had done for them.

 

Then from our text, we can see that we will follow his great example at His second coming, by singing songs to glorify and honor the Lord for His salvation and final wrath that will be shown against lost mankind.

Even today, may we seek to follow Moses’ example by glorifying the Lord for His many wondrous works in our lives and seek to leave an example of a life dedicated to honoring the Lord even until the day of our death.

 

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Revelation 15: Summary

SIH STSTA ICON

 

SUMMARY OF THE CHAPTER:

 

 

In the previous chapter, we have been presented to us the truth that the Lord will deliver His people from this fallen earth just prior to the falling of His wrath upon sinful mankind. This was symbolized by two differing reapings of the earth.  Now we continue looking at God’s wrath that will fall at His second coming by looking at the final stages of His wrath.  The last part of His wrath is called the seventh trumpet.  The contents of this trumpet will be shown to us in seven symbols.  These symbols are vials (bowls) of wrath that are poured out upon the lost.

In chapter 15, we will see the contents of trumpet 7 being prepared to fall upon Satan’s kingdoms.  In chapter 16, we see the actual bowls described in detail as they are poured out…

I.   Revelation 15:1-8
A.  Preparation For Seven Last Plagues (15:1-4)
B.  The Seven Vials Of Wrath Revealed (15:5-8)

 

SUMMARY OF EACH DIVISION OF CHAPTER:

  1. Revelation 15:1-4 – Preparation for the Seven Last Plagues

The chapter opens with a new vision being presented to John.  He sees angels that are preparing to deliver the final segment of God’s wrath against lost mankind.  This is symbolized for us as the angels holding seven vials (or bowls) of wrath ready to be poured upon the earth.

John sees God’s people standing before the throne in heaven singing songs of praise for His upcoming wrath and victory over Satan and His kingdom.  They are described as victors, those who will be victorious over Satan and his kingdom.   They are seen standing on the sea of glass that lay before the throne.  This pictures their partaking of salvation and the fellowship with God, both of which come through the work of Christ, the Lamb of God.

 

  1. Revelation 15:5-8 – The Seven Vials Of Wrath Revealed

John then sees the bowls of wrath being revealed in heaven.

John begins by seeing the symbolic heavenly temple opened as the angels of God proceed out from God’s presence symbolized by the priestly breastplates that they were wearing.   These angels are seen as righteous wearing pure white linen and actively doing God’s bidding by sending His wrath upon lost mankind.

As the angels departed from the temple they are given the bowls of wrath from one of the living creatures.  These creatures symbolize those who possess eternal life, those saved by God’s grace.  This helps us to understand that the saved play a part in the motivation for God’s wrath to fall.  It is due to the abuse they have suffered at the hands of the lost, and their prayers for divine retribution that they motivate the Lord to send His wrath against the lost.

Following the angels departure from the temple, John sees the temple filling with smoke symbolizing God’s greatness and His anger and wrath which has reached a “boiling point” and is about to be unleashed.

 

WHAT’S COMING NEXT IN THIS SERIES?:

In this chapter, we saw the seven vials of God’s wrath were being prepared to fall upon lost mankind.  In the following chapter (Revelation 16:), we will see this last portion of God’s wrath reveled in great detail.  This portion of God’s wrath brings an end to the judgment of the lost on earth and brings physical destruction upon Satan and his kingdoms (political and religious) and those who partake of their sins…

 

I.  Revelation 16:1-21
A.  Command To Pour Out Vials (16:1)
B.  Vial One (16:2)
C.  Vial Two (16:3)
D.  Vial Three (16:4-7)
E.  Vial Four (16:8-9)
F.  Vial Five (16:10-11)
G.  Vial Six (16:12-16)
H.  Vial Seven (16:17-21)

 

May the Lord bless us as we seek to see Jesus in the pages of the book of Revelation.

 

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