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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 16:20 KJV

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

 

Historically, islands and mountains were used as places of refuge and security by mankind.  When nations were invaded, many of its inhabitants would seek to find shelter;  by foot they would travel into the mountains; or they would go by boat to an isolated island to escape the invaders grasp.

 

In the context of our passage this morning, as God’s wrath falls upon mankind at Christ’s second coming, these much used places of refuge will be done away.  In other words, there will be no hiding places or safe places for mankind during this time of wrath from Holy God.

 

This foreshadows a very important truth concerning the eternal wrath of God that falls against all lost mankind in the Lake of Fire.  In the same way that lost mankind living on the earth will have no escape from God’s wrath at Christ’s coming.. so too, all of lost mankind that ever lived on the earth will have no escape from God’s eternal wrath.

 

Over the years, I have heard those who have rejected Christ say that they believed that they could find escape from God’s wrath in many different ways… same say that the love of God will not allow His wrath to fall upon anyone; others may say that they can find security in their good works of charity towards others;  some believe that their practice of their religious ceremonies holds the key to escape punishment for their sins; or in some cases, their hope is placed upon their belief that God and/or the Lake of Fire simply do not exist. This list seems to be endless.

 

Folks, the Bible is very plain on this issue.  The ONLY WAY to escape God’s wrath is through His Son and His work on the cross…

 

1Th 5:9-10 KJV – For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,  Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.”

 

Act 4:10-12 KJV – “Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.   This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.   Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

 

This is one of the clearest teachings found in God’s Word.  The entire message of the Bible is centered upon presenting Christ and His work for mankind.,,,

 

Act 10:38-43 KJV – “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.    And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem;  they slew and hanged on a tree:  Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly;  Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.    And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.    To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.

 

Christ’s is the main theme of God’s Word because of His central role in the history of mankind.  He was the Only Son of Almighty God who came to the earth and died for the sins of His people.  In doing so, He took upon Himself the punishment for those sins, redeeming His people from their sins and saving them from the wrath to come.

 

This is the Jesus of the Bible.  This is the Only Redeemer of Sinners.  This is the ONLY way of escape from the wrath that is to come.  Without Christ, there is no island or mountain where sinful man can flee as he stands before Almighty God in judgment for his sins.

 

May we all come to a mental acknowledgement of this truth and, through the intervention of the Holy Spirit, may we come to see ourselves as sinners deserving of God’s coming wrath. Then as the Lord draws us to Himself, may we see our need of Jesus, turn from our sins and, by faith, turn to Him accepting Him as our Lord and our only hope of salvation from the wrath to come.

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “great Babylon came in remembrance before God”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 16:19 KJV

(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.

 

We all want God to remember us, don’t we?  Well, in actuality, only those who have been saved by His grace should look forward to His remembrances…

Heb 6:9-12 KJV – “But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.    For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.    And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:    That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”

What a wonderful promise to those who are His people!  When we serve our Lord, He remembers our service, sees our sacrifices and recognizes our acts of praise. Because of this, at His second coming, we will be rewarded for our good works that we have done for Him.

 

But, what about those who have never trusted Him as their Savior?

In our text, we are told that “great Babylon” (Satan’s kingdom as the origin and home of rebellion, selfishness and humanism) came into God’s remembrance.  This holds a very different end for the unsaved…

Jer 14:10 KJV – “Thus saith the LORD unto this people, Thus have they loved to wander, they have not refrained their feet, therefore the LORD doth not accept them; he will now remember their iniquity, and visit their sins.”

These words were spoken by the prophet Jeremiah to the lost citizens of Judah.  These lost inhabitants of Judah stand as an example of God’s remembrance of the sins of those who rebel against Him refusing to submit to His Lordship and trust in Him as their Savior.

What will lost individuals face in eternity?  The Lord wrath falling upon them based upon their sinful motives and deeds…

Rom 1:18 KJV – “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;”

For those of us who have trusted in Christ as our Savior, may we all praise and honor Him with our speech and actions today. He loved us, redeemed us, saved us from the wrath to come…. and He will remember us!

 

For those who have never been saved, He will remember you also.  However, His remembrance of you will include remembering your sin and spirit of rebellion against Him.  Because of this you will be required to face God’s wrath.  However if you turn to Jesus, submitting to His Lordship and trusting in Him as your Savior, He will save you from the punishment of your sins and remember your service to Him.

May we all take these truths to heart and mediate on the truth … He will remember us.

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “they are the spirits of devils, working miracles”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 16:14 KJV

“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.”

 

 

The Satanic messages of this world are described here as being empowered by “spirits of devils, working miracles”.   The power behind the messages that are presented by Satan’s political and religious kingdoms are inspired by devils (demons) and validated through the use of false miracles and signs.

False miracles and signs have been used throughout history in an attempt to prove that the Satanic messages of the world are divine in origin.   Pharaoh’s magicians (Ex 7:11-22) and the false prophets of Israel (Deut 13:1-18) are two great Old Testament examples of Satan’s servants using false miracles to justify their messages and actions.  In the New Testament, we find the need for Christians to be on guard against following those who are false miracle workers enabled by Satan in several scriptures (Matthew 24:24, 2 Peter 2:1 etc).

 

Matthew 7:22-23 is a very sobering passage.  In this text, we see those who are relying upon their acts of service and their “miracles” to prove they are saved…

Mat 7:22-23 KJV – “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?   And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

 

However, we see Christ rejecting them because, in spite of their great acts of service, they are without Christ and condemned to eternal death.   In this case, we find these false servants who sincerely believed they were right with God and were deceived about their own spiritual condition, based upon their service and false miracles that they performed.

What a horrible condition to be in.  To sincerely believe you are saved, actively serving the Lord and performing miracles in His name and yet, He tells you “depart from me, I never knew you”.

How could this ever happen to someone?

This stands as a very strong reminder of the great ability to deceive that Satan holds over lost mankind.

We can learn at least three basic truths from this passage:

  1. May we never underestimate the great ability of Satan and his followers to perform counterfeit miracles in the name of Christ. Because of this, we should NEVER allow any miracle that is performed automatically cause us to become a follower of the miracle worker.  We must always test their ministry testing their message, methods and motives to be certain they are Scriptural.  (I John 4:1)
  2. May we never forget Satan’s ability to blind the spiritual eyes of the lost, requiring us to work with them with patience, kindness, love and seeking God’s gracious intervention in their lives. (Col 4:5-6)
  3. May we always “make our calling and election sure” realizing it is possible we have been given a false assurance of salvation by Satan working in our lives. (2 Peter 1:10)

 

May the Lord graciously equip us to do all these things!

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “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”

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Rev 16:13 KJV – 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 our text, the messages of Satan, his political kingdoms of this world, and his religious kingdoms of this world are symbolized as “unclean spirits like frogs”.  What a clear picture of the very nature of the false messages that Satan sends to each one of us.

Stop and visualize frogs jumping out of the mouths of those who seek to deceive us.  Think of the frog’s appearance, think of the sound of their croaking.  How fitting a symbol for the Satanic messages of this world.

The deceitfulness of Satan has played a gigantic role in the world events around us.   Every time that a sin is committed, it is the indirect result of Satan’s deception.  How can this be?  It is because the fallen nature of this world has come into existence due to the influence of Satan’s lies in the lives of Adam and Eve…

2Co 11:3 KJV – “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”

 

Not only that, but every man’s decision to perform any sin is based upon the deceptive temptations that entice our sin natures…

Jas 1:13-15 KJV – “Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:  But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.  Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”

 

Even Christ, Himself, emphasized the deceitful nature of Satan’s workings…

Joh 8:44-45 KJV – “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.   And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.”

 

Folks, this is no small issue, the deceitfulness of Satan has brought sin, suffering, and death into this world and, for the lost, will extend into the world to come.   May we come to an understand of the teachings of God’s Word and be forewarned of his deceitful ways…

2Th 2:9-11 KJV – “Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:”

2Co 11:13-15 KJV – “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.   And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.   Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”

 

And as we enter our day, let us make sure that we do not allow Satan to work on our lives and use us as a deceitful tool in the lives of others…

Act 5:3 KJV – “But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?”

 

May the Lord help us for it is only through His grace we can stand firm against Satan’s deceit.

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Revelation 16: Summary

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SUMMARY OF THE CHAPTER:

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)

 

SUMMARY OF EACH DIVISION OF CHAPTER: 

 

  1. Revelation 16:1 – Command To Pour Out Vials

John hears God’s voice coming from the temple… “Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth”.

This was the command for His wrath to begin, teaching us that the wrath that falls at the second coming proceeds from God and is under His absolute control.

 

  1. Revelation 16:2 – Vial 1 Poured Out

This judgment caused sores to break out upon lost mankind.  Sores symbolize direct punishment from God resulting in a state of great need.

This symbolizes that the wrath of God that falls at the second coming of Christ is being sent as a direct punishment for the sins.  This also reminds us of lost mankind’s great need of Christ and the public disgrace for sin that they will face.

 

  1. Revelation 16:3 – Vial 2 Poured Out

The second vial results in the sea being changed to the blood of a corpse.  This sinful earthly sea pictures the false philosophies, worldly wisdom and false scientific theories that are put forth by the powers of darkness in this world.

Although the world promises these as beneficial and truthful for all mankind, in actuality, they are sinful messages that only bring harm and suffering to man.

These will be clearly shown as false and harmful as those who originate and proclaim these messages feel the wrath of God fall upon them.

 

  1. Revelation 16:4-7 – Vial 3 Poured Out

This vial is poured out upon the fresh water sources, corrupting them and changing them to blood.  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 Lord receives praise from this judgment and the saved men who were abused and martyred for the true gospel message as their voices begin praising God for avenging their abuse at the hands of those who opposed their teachings of the truth.

 

  1. Revelation 16:8-9 – Vial 4 Poured Out

This vial is poured out upon the sun, causing lost mankind to be burned.   The sun throughout the Bible was an object of  false worship.

This is a picture of God’s judgment falling upon those who worship idols and those who propagate that false worship.

At the conclusion of this wrath, we see mankind refusing to repent of their wickedness, but simply hardening their hearts  and continuing to stubbornly rebel against Him.

 

  1. Revelation 16:10-11 – Vial 5 Poured Out

This vial is poured out on the seat of the beast causing darkness and great pain to fall upon the members of Satan’s kingdoms.  The pain of this judgment is so great they are seen chewing their tongues due to their suffering.

This helps us to understand that, as these vials continue to progress they will bring about the final, total, physical destruction of Satan’s political and religious kingdoms.  His wrath will be brought to a completion during the Battle of Armageddon which will be covered in Vial 7.    Both the darkness and pain reflect this utter defeat.  The darkness represents the total desolation that follows this destruction, while the intense pain describes the painful process of being punished to death.

 

  1. Revelation 16:12-16 – Vial 6 Poured Out

In this vial we first see the Euphrates River dried up making a way for the “Kings of the East” to come.  The Euphrates is a picture of the holding place for wicked powers and the fertile beginning point of God’s judgments of God.

The Euphrates is like a plowed field (the field that holds all the wicked powers of the world) awaiting seed (God’s judgments) to be sown.  This symbolizes the wrath of God falling upon the wicked powers of this world.  This then prepares the way for Christ and His people (who will rule and reign with Him) proceeding back to gain victory at Armageddon and then enter a purified earth to live eternally.

Also we see frog spirits coming out from Satan and his political and religious kingdoms.  These represent the false message of the kingdoms of Satan that will mislead men into going to war against the Lord Almighty to fight in the Battle of Armageddon.

In the midst of this vial, we find a parenthetical insertion by Christ reminding us that He is coming as a thief and the need for His people to remain vigilant and faithful.  The lost, on the other hand, will be brought to disgrace at His coming.

 

  1. Revelation 16:17-21 – Vial 7 Poured Out

Vial 7 presents a summary account of the Battle of Armageddon, the final stage of God’s wrath upon Satan, his kingdoms of the world, and lost mankind in general.

In verse 17, we find the command for the Battle to begin and then a declaration  that this battle will mark the end of God’s wrath falling upon the lost.  Next, we see a great display of God’s greatness (his strength, authority and faithfulness) presented in the “noises, thunderings, and lightnings” .

An earthquake is felt, resulting in the city of Babylon being divided into three parts.  The three parts symbolize  “manifestation”, or “a clear display”.   This symbolizes for us that the great power and wrath of God will be clearly displayed as the kingdoms of the world come to utter destruction. Babylon, the seat of rebellion, pride and humanism, will totally fall along with all the other cities in the world.   Also the isolated places (islands) and the strong immoveable places (mountains) of this fallen world will offer no refuge for the lost.  They too will utterly fall.  No one will escape this last stage of God’s wrath, nor will they find any place of comfort or refuge.

Babylon was forced to take her “medicine”, the cup of wrath and now she has fallen.

Finally, the completion of this wrath is symbolized by great hail stones (114 pounds in weight).     Falling upon the lost bringing them to total destruction.   This symbolizes the complete and devastating wrath that will fall upon the lost at Armageddon.

 

WHAT’S COMING NEXT IN THIS SERIES?:

In this chapter, we have seen 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.

Beginning in chapter 17: and concluding in chapter 18: we will be seeing a recounting of the fall of Babylon in great detail…

  1. Judgment of Babylon 17:1-18
    1. Judgment of Babylon 17:1-18
      1. Scarlet Beast (Satan’s Political Kingdom) 1-3
      2. Woman (Satan’s Religious Kingdom) 4-6
      3. The Mystery Of The Woman and The Beast Revealed – 7-18
  1. The Results of Babylon’s Judgment 18:1-24
    1. Victory Announcement 1-3
    2. Invitation for God’s People To Separate Themselves 4-20
    3. Millstone Cast Upon Sea… the Final Destruction Of Babylon 21-24

 

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

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “his kingdom was full of darkness”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 16:10 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

 

 

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…

  1. 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)
  1. 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)
  1. 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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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”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 16:8 KJV

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

SIH TOTT ICONRev 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.”

 

 

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

SIH TOTT ICONRev 16:2 KJV

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

SIH STSTA ICONTHE TEXT:

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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Spiritual Gifts: When Did The Accrediting Gifts Go Out Of Existence? (Part 5)

 SIH TOA ICONIntroduction:

“Charity never faileth: but whether [there be] prophecies, they shall fail; whether [there be] tongues, they shall cease; whether [there be] knowledge, it shall vanish away.” (1 Corinthians 13:8)

 

In our previous studies we have seen that there are three basic types of Accrediting Gifts which include several gifts under each type. In the above passage, we find each type of Accrediting Gift is represented by one gift from each type …

 

Type Of Accrediting Gift Gifts Included In This Type Representative Gift Mentioned In1 Cor 13:8
Supernatural Revelation Of The Truth The Word Of Wisdom, The Word of Knowledge Word of Knowledge (or Knowledge)
Supernatural Indicators Of The Truth Faith, Gifts Of Healing, Working Of Miracles, Prophecy, Discerning Of Spirits Prophecy (or Prophecies)
Supernatural Proclamation Of The Truth Divers Kinds Of Tongues, Interpretation Of Tongues Diverse Types Of Tongues (or Tongues)

 

Please note the above verse (1 Cor 13:8), which includes one representative gift from each group, makes it plain that each type of Accrediting Gift will come to an end at some point in time. We now will turn our attention to the question at what point in time will these gifts go out of existence?

 

In this study, we will see that this question is answered by the Word of God using several different lines of teaching which all present the same answer for us. This will be the lines of teaching that we will be studying:
I.        The Coming Of “That Which Is Perfect”
II.        The 70 Year Accreditation Time Span
III.        The Death Of The Apostles
IV.        The Supernatural Beginning / Natural Perpetuation Of God’s Workings
V.        The Prophecies of False Miracles In The “Last Days”

Lesson:

The Prophecies Of False Miracles In The “Last Days”:

Please note MANY PASSAGES will be referred to in this lesson. As in all the lessons, the KJV text of each passage can be found at the end of this study. Please take the time to refer to them to come to a more clear understanding on the biblical teachings on these things.
As Christians, it is of utmost importance that we familiarize ourselves with Satan’s deceptive practices (2 Corinthians 2:11). Satan, the father of lies (John 8:43-45), uses deception as a chief tool to mislead people from the truths of God’s Word (2 Thessalonians 2:8-12; 2 Corinthians 11:13-14). When we understand how Satan works we can more successfully guard against falling for His lies and counterfeit gospel message.
Let’s take a very quick look at some of the ways that Satan opposes Christ’s workings in the days in which we are living.

The Bible makes it very plain that in the time period described as the “last days” false accrediting miracles will be used by Satan to mislead many from the Biblical gospel message (Matthew 24:23-24; Mark 13:21-23; 2 Corinthians 11:13-14; 2 Thessalonians 2:8-12; 2 Timothy 3:1-8; Revelation 13:11-14; 16:13-15; 19:20).
These false miracles are very effective tools of deception for Satan, This is because of man’s fallen, carnal nature which is not satisfied with the exercise of faith in the Lord and His Word, but is only satisfied by witnessing supernatural miracles being performed (Matthew 16:3-4). This attitude flies in the face of true Scriptural faith that rests in “the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1-3).
Please note that… The “last days” is the time period in which we live today. It finds its beginning with the first coming of Christ (Hebrews 1:1-3).   Knowing that the “last days” began with the first coming of Christ, we can know with certainty that the existence of false deceptive teachings, and false accrediting miracles, existed since the days of Christ on earth and will continue to exist until He comes back again at His second coming.

This is why John teaches us that antichrists existed in his day as well as would exist in today’s time (1 John 2:18-19)

Folks, the existence of false miracles is not something new, but has existed for many, many years. We find the exercise of false miracles periodically performed throughout New Testament church history.

The most important aspect of this teaching, for this study, is that these deceptive practices exist in today’s time. Because of this, we must take these prophecies seriously and always put the current day “miracles” to the test of God’s Word (Isaiah 8:18-20; Matthew 7: 15-20; 1 Thessalonians 5:20-21; 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 1 John 4:1-3]. There is no excuse for a Bible believing Christian to not seek out the truth concerning these practices. To naively accept modern day miracles as being of God is to show a lack of understanding of clear Scriptural prophetic warnings from God Himself.

We should all be like the Berean Christians who, after receiving teaching from God’s Word, took the time to check it’s accuracy by comparing it with the Word of God (Acts 17:10-12).  This same principles applies to the modern day accrediting miracles that are taking place around us. That is the purpose of this entire series of studies, to help us to clearly understand the teaching of God’s Word concerning spiritual gifts. This will give us the foundational information we need to properly judge that which is taking place around us.

False teaching and the use of false accrediting miracles is a big deal in the eyes of the Lord. It is such a heinous sin that, in the Old Testament scriptures these practices are deserving of death (Deuteronomy 13:1-8) and at the final judgment will result, apart from the Lord’s gracious forgiveness, in eternal death (Matthew 7:21-23; Revelation 19:20) . It is easy for us to understand why this is such a horrible practice… it is misleading many to eternal destruction and separation from God. And that is why there is such a grave need for all of us to take it upon ourselves to judge the validity of these practices.

You might be wondering why I have included this section under the heading of “When Did The Accrediting Gifts Go Out Of Existence?”. My thoughts centered on the need for us to understand that false miracles do exist in today’s time. There are those who argue that simply seeing these things take place proves that the Biblical accrediting miracles are still taking place in todays’ time and, therefore, they have not yet gone out of existence. My answer to them is this lesson.

Just because supposed miracles are taking place around us, there is NO SCRIPTURAL reason to assume that they are divinely originated, nor that they are of the same type of gifts as the accrediting miracles that were performed by the Apostles and other local church members of the New Testament accounts. There is another very Scriptural and plausible answer to these things…. they are simply the deceptive workings of Satan that the Bible clearly teaches will exist in our day and age.

Yes, I believe that all of the false accrediting miracles fall into three basic groups which all find their source in Satan and his workings…

1. If they are miracles that actually take place and supercede the natural laws of nature, then I believe they are the result of demonic enabling and oppression (or perhaps, possession). (Mark 5:3-4)

2. In many cases, I believe they are, in actuality, not genuine miracles at all, but simply illusions that are performed (much like that of a magician) purposefully to mislead others. If that is the case, they find their origin in Satanic workings. They are the result of Satan blinding and twisting the minds of the illusionist seducing them with the promises of fame and the riches of this world. (2 Tim 3:1-8)

3. Finally, there are some “miracles” that are performed by those who are misled, sincere in their beliefs and caught up in their emotions. But once again, these find their ultimate origin in Satan, who has kept them from the truths of the Word and is actively at work in their mind and psyche. It is this group of people that “two-fold more the child of hell” misled and unknowingly headed for the Lake of Fire, while believing they are secure in Christ. (Matt 23:15)

May the Lord graciously protect us from these workings of Satan as he lies in wait to make merchandise of our very souls through counterfeit teaching and miracles (2 Peter 2:1-3; Rev 18:12-13)

I would like to close this section of our study with two very sobering texts. They are found in Matthew 7:21-23 and Revelation 19:20…

Mat 7:21-23 KJV

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

In this text we see that there will be those who stand before the Lord at the final judgment making an argument for their acquittal. Their three part argument goes something like this… “But Lord, we HAVE DONE the will of your Father, and we can prove it! …
1. have we not prophesied in thy name? – we delivered a Scriptural message
2. and in thy name have cast out devils? – we successfully opposed Satan and His workings among men
3. and in thy name done many wonderful works? – we performed miracles that prove we were doing the work of God

Although all of these 3 areas of ministry appeared to prove their ministry was of the Father, in actuality they were lost individuals who would be cast into the Lake of Fire as rebellious, disobedient, lying, ministers of Satan. By God’s grace may He allow us to escape such an end.

 

Rev 19:20 KJV

“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.”

In this text we find the beast (ungodly political powers of the world) and the false prophet (false religious powers of the world) are facing their final judgment. Note how the false religions of the world are said to work miracles which deceived the nations. Once again, these miracles are proven to be counterfeit miracles that only add to their eternal condemnation (as those responsible for misleading multitudes of people).

In our next lesson we will take a look at several Scriptural principles to apply as we seek to judge the messages and miracles being performed by those who claim to be followers of Christ.

 

Additional Information(Verses Mentioned In This Study):

The Prophecies Of False Miracles In The “Last Days”:

Deu 13:1-8 KJV

(1) If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,

(2) And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;

(3) Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

(4) Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.

(5) And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, to thrust thee out of the way which the LORD thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee.

(6) If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers;

(7) Namely, of the gods of the people which are round about you, nigh unto thee, or far off from thee, from the one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth;

(8) Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him:

 

Psa 119:11 KJV

(11) Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

 

Psa 119:105 KJV

(105) NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

 

Isa 8:18-20 KJV

(18) Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion.

(19) And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead?

(20) To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

 

Mat 7:15-20 KJV

(15) Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

(16) Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

(17) Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

(18) A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

(19) Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

(20) Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

 

Mat 7:21-23

(21) Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

(22) Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

(23) And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

 

Mat 16:3-4 KJV

(3) And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?

(4) A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed.

 

Mat 23:15 KJV

15) Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

 

Mat 24:23-24

(23) Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.

(24) For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

 

Mar 5:3-4

3) Who had [his] dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:

4) Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any [man] tame him.

 

Mar 13:21-23

(21) And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not:

(22) For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.

(23) But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.

 

Joh 8:43-45 KJV

(43) Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.

(44) Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

(45) And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.

 

Joh 17:14-17 KJV

(14) I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

(15) I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.

(16) They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

(17) Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

 

Act 17:10-12 KJV

(10) And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.

(11) These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

(12) Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.

 

2Co 2:9-11 KJV

(9) For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things.

(10) To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ;

(11) Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

 

2Co 11:13-14 KJV

(13) For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.

(14) And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

 

1Th 5:20-21 KJV

(20) Despise not prophesyings.

(21) Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

 

2Th 2:8-12

(8) And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

(9) Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

(10) And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

(11) And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

(12) That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

 

2Ti 3:1-8 KJV

(1) This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

(2) For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

(3) Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

(4) Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

(5) Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

(6) For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

(7) Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

(8) Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

 

2 Timothy 3:16-17

16) All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

17) That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

Heb 1:1-3 KJV

(1) God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,

(2) Hath in these last days spoken unto us by [his] Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

(3) Who being the brightness of [his] glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

 

Heb 11:1-3

1) Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

2) For by it the elders obtained a good report.

3) Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

 

1Jn 2:18 KJV

(18) Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.

 

1Jn 4:1-3 KJV

(1) Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

(2) Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

(3) And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

 

Rev 13:11-14 KJV

(11) And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

(12) And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

(13) And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,

(14) And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

 

Rev 16:13-15 KJV

(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.

 

Rev 19:20 KJV

(20) 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.