We are now walking well into the last 3 1/2 years of the Tribulation...And we need to get a picture of what the world looks like at this moment...In order to fully grasp and appreciate what we are about to study today!
THIS is the world at the moment of our study today:The Antichrist has been ruling as a literal god... With the False Prophet at his side! For an extended period now… He has systematically enforced his rule… Slaughtering potentially millions of martyrs! Anyone left who refuses to worship him as a god has been cut off from society economically and socially... (Mark of Beast)
Has spent these years hiding as fugitives...Living as scavengers from trash, or off the land, or stealing for survival...And are killed on sight if caught, by beheading!
While all of Israel has lived these years hiding in the wilderness for survival...
Now over HALF of the entire population of the earth has died! Through plagues, disasters, war, hunger, thirst, genocide, and literal demonic attacks...No doubt… Reconstruction on many areas is well underway from the recent turmoil… As much of the world lies in ruins from the chaos...
The vast majority of the population left...Has enveloped the lie that God is evil…And the Antichrist is their savior...And they will soon be ready to actually stand in full knowledge of...Yet total opposition to...Their very own Creator who died for them!
All of those preaching and prophesying are dead...(144,0000)
So God has sent one final, desperate plea to the entire world to repent...
Through the voice of literal ANGELS from Heaven! Anyone who WOULD choose Christ…Has by this time done so…And are living in desperate persecution for Him…Everyone else is steadfastly set and marked!
Our last Chapter ended with God showing John a symbolic Vision of what was about to take place NEXT...
The REAPING OF A HARVEST FULLY MATURE!
EVERYTHING HAS GROWN INTO WHEAT OR TARES AND IS READY TO BE CUT DOWN!
SOME TO EVERLASTING LIFE... SOME TO JUDGMENT AND DEATH!
Justice Before The Saints!
Now... We open with this Scene in Heaven…Just before this Final Judgment commences!
Revelation 15:1 (NKJV)
1 Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous: seven angels having the seven last plagues, for in them the wrath of God is complete.
These seven angels will soon carry seven bowls of God's COMPLETED WRATH on this generation! This is so powerfully symbolic of God's patience and TRUE LOVE...As He waited for every last soul who would come to Him...While watching and remembering every horrible, vile, hateful act ever committed...As the Bowls of deserved Judgment slowly fill to the brim...
Until the Last Bowl is heaping... And the time for waiting is over!
Now every single deserved Judgment will be poured out in Vengeance and Justice...For those done wrong in this last, wicked generation... For every innocent martyr whom Jesus watched die for His Sake...And in His Heartbreak Heard them beg,
"When will You do something God?!
THIS IS THEIR MOMENT!
Revelation 15:2 (NKJV)
2 And I saw something like a SEA of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory over the beast, over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God.
Here is another amazing reality of things foreshadowed through Old Testament writings and events!
In OT times...Outside the Tabernacle of God...Just in front of the Entrance... Was the Bronze Laver! This was a large bronze basin filled with water...Where the PRIESTS of God came to wash and purify themselves...Before entering God's Presence!
NOW... These MARTYRS from the Tribulation...These priests of God...
Stand on a "SEA" of fire and glass... (Symbolic of water) In front of the Entrance to the TRUE "Tabernacle of God"...Purified through the fires of persecution...Washed by the Blood of the Lamb! HOW AWESOME IS THAT FORESHADOWED EVENT?! And just as Moses' people were brought out of Egypt…To worship and dwell with God at His Tabernacle...Listen to what this enormous host of martyrs...Who were brought out of the world... Does next!
Revelation 15:3-4 (NKJV)
3 They (the martyrs) sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying: "Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true are Your ways, O King of the saints! 4 Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You, For Your judgments have been manifested."
Wow!!! These martyrs have been brought before the Laver of Washing...Now purified through their sufferings...To worship God with an age-old song foreshadowed to THIS DAY! And THEY ARE CHOSEN TO STAND FRONT AND CENTER...AS FIRST-HAND WITNESSES...To the Vengeance which Jesus Christ... Their Passionate Groom...Will now UNLEASH in Love and Repayment...
For the suffering HE watched them endure!
Revelation 15:5-8 (NKJV)
5 After these things I looked, and behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened. 6 And out of the temple came the seven angels having the seven plagues, clothed in pure bright linen, and having their chests girded with golden bands. 7 Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God who lives forever and ever. 8 The temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from His power (sound familiar), and no one was able to enter the temple till the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed.
The Seven Angels stand ready to Release God's Vengeance...And His Heavenly Temple was filled with the Smoke and POWER of God in His Wrath! And no one was able to even stand in His Presence until these Days of His Wrath were fulfilled!
THIS... IS WHERE OUR LOVING SAVIOR... BECOMES THE INESCAPABLE BEAST OF VIOLENCE! THE UNSTOPPABLE LION DEVOURING HIS PREY!
The Time for the Sacrificial Lamb has passed...And Christ ALONE... Is Worthy and Justified to be the LION...Bringing destruction to those who rejected His Salvation Offered!
The Final Judgments Poured Out!
These Last Judgments are so severe and rapid...That not a soul could continue to live for many days in their aftermath...Even if they survive the initial onslaught! THIS is why God proclaimed these Words concerning the Tribulation:
Mark 13:19-20 (NKJV)
19 For in those days there will be tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the creation which God created until this time, nor ever shall be. 20 And unless the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect's sake, whom He chose, He shortened the days.
Listen as it begins... THE FIRST BOWL IS POURED!
Revelation 16:1-2 (NKJV)
1 Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, "Go and pour out the bowls of the wrath of God on the earth." 2 So the first went and poured out his bowl upon the earth, and A foul and loathsome sore came upon the men who had the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image.
Every rebellious soul who took the MARK of worship to the Antichrist...Developed an agonizing, putrid, festering, ulcer-like wound...Not many wounds... But ONE!
The verse strongly infers this ulcer originates from the "MARK!" So... The beginnings of their Final Judgment...Will poetically stem from the very MARK of rebellion...They WILLINGLY took against HIM! Signifying the pain and ROT they would endure for their putrid choice!
THE SECOND BOWL IS POURED!
Revelation 16:3 (NKJV)
3 Then the second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it became blood as of a dead man; and every living creature in the sea died.
The first time God turned 1/3 of the sea into blood for a time...NOW... ALL OF THE OCEANS HAVE BECOME BLOOD...AND ALL OF THE SEA LIFE HAS DIED!
Can you fathom the far-reaching effects for the entire planet? The grotesque mess... The stench... The disease...The loss of food... The shutdown of commerce...Oxygen would begin decreasing by 50% due to phytoplankton loss...Rainfall would all but stop entirely...
If God stopped here... The planet would already be doomed!
THE THIRD BOWL IS POURED...
Revelation 16:4-7 (NKJV)
4 Then the third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood. 5 And I heard the angel of the waters saying: "You are righteous, O Lord, The One who is and who was and who is to be, Because You have judged these things. 6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, And You have given them blood to drink. For it is their just due." 7 And I heard another from the altar saying, "Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are Your judgments."
Next... All of the rivers, springs turned to blood as well! Some scholars play this down symbolically...Saying there is so much death that rivers flow with blood...
BUT... Unfortunately the Greek terms used here covers BOTH...Running waters (river)... And underground springs or wells! Underground springs and wells do not run with spilled blood! And no mention is made of war or "spilled blood"...Thus... The verse should be taken literally! Leaving nothing in the natural world to sustain the water supply! Bringing mankind down to the meager supply of already stored water...
Nothing else to drink...
(Except current supply of water, sodas, juices)
- No more bathing...
- No sanitizing anything...
- No irrigation of crops...
Unless this Judgment is temporary in application...The world is now down to weeks before annihilation! The angel who brings this Judgment proclaims the fitting punishment..."Because they thirsted after the blood of the saints...
They can have literal blood to drink!"
NOW... Understand clearly...God is long suffering and patient in hope...But when HIS Judgment DOES COME... And IT WILL...It will be unimaginable and unbearable!
THE FOURTH BOWL IS POURED!
Revelation 16:8-9 (NKJV)
8 Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and power was given to him to scorch men with fire. 9 And men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God who has power over these plagues; and they did not repent and give Him glory.
Next the very sun which brings warmth and life...Began to literally harm and torture men with heat! And now this blistering sun... Will cause the last existing crops that may be present to quickly dry up! Openly stored water will evaporate quickly..Stored hydration of any kind will be used quicker...
Another poetic example example...That the Light of the World Who brought Warmth and Life...Is NOW the Light which brings pain and destruction! AND THIS IS A PREVIEW OF THEIR SOON FATE!
Notice the CONDITION OF THE HEARTS OF MEN...Even though they know and acknowledge this is God...Rather than repent in sorrow... They CURSE AND BLASPHEME HIM! DO YOU SEE THE EVIDENCE THIS GENERATION IS BEYOND HOPE?
THE FIFTH BOWL IS POURED!
Revelation 16:10-11 (NKJV)
10 Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom became full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues because of the pain. 11 They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and did not repent of their deeds.
Some scholars downplay these plagues by trying to say they are symbolic...But none of them are written to imply metaphors, similes or analogies in any way...And this plague is very similar to the literal ninth plague on Egypt when the Pharaoh's Kingdom was blanketed in literal darkness! God again gives a Powerful Display of His Attitude towards the originators of His Wrath!
Plunging into darkness... The very throne and Kingdom...Of the one who plunged the world into his darkness! And again… Giving them a prelude to the "Outer Darkness" they will all be thrown into very soon!
Scriptures describe them sitting in complete darkness...With the agony of their new festering ulcers...With stench and death all around...Almost no water or food...AND YET... THEY STILL CURSE AND BLASPHEME GOD...Rather than repenting!
THE SIXTH BOWL POURED!
Revelation 16:12-16 (NKJV)
12 Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared. 13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to 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 am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame." 16 And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon.
The Euphrates is dried up to make a way for the enormous armies of China, India and others to cross over uninhibited! Some scholars say this is a rebellion of these kings of the East...Against Europe, or the Middle East, or the Antichrist himself...
But this is easily dismissed...Because the Antichrist is the one doing the bidding to "Come!" These verses describe Satan himself... Along with the Antichrist and the False Prophet...ENTICING the armies of the world to join them! Satan is literally gathering his armies to confront Jesus Christ at the Valley of
Megiddo... Where he will meet Christ for the Final battle of Armageddon!!
AND HERE... GOD IS CLEARING A PATH FOR THEM TO ASSEMBLE
Because CHRIST wants their full number... Their full might...When they come against Him...So that He might Destroy them altogether in their greatest moment of rebellion!!
STOP AND CONSIDER THIS SOBERING FACT... There are probably aircraft, tanks and other equipment in existence today! There are probably even troops alive today...THAT YOU AND I WILL LITERALLY CONFRONT IN THIS FINAL WAR VERY SOON! With Christ as Our Warrior King, Leading the Way!
THE SEVENTH BOWL POURED!
Revelation 16:17-21 (NKJV)
17 Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, "It is done!" (7th Seal to Trumpets to Bowls… FINISHED!)
Can you imagine the gravity of those Words being thundered?THIS will be the Last Judgment on earth before the King Comes Back to Conquer ALL!!
18 And there were noises and thunderings and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth. 19 Now the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And great Babylon was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath. 20 Then every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. 21 And great hail from heaven fell upon men, each hailstone about the weight of a talent. Men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, since that plague was exceedingly great.
This angel pours his Bowl into the AIR...Possibly representing the FINAL Judgment on the whole world...Which has followed the "Prince of the power of the air!" (Ephesians 2:2)
A number of things happen in this Final Judgment! A massive thunderstorm encircles the entire earth...The largest earthquake to ever shake the earth erupts...
Causing the "great city" (always known as Jerusalem)...To split into three parts!
And wrecking all other nations worldwide! Islands disappeared in the rising tsunamis...Mountains crumbled in violence...
Then Babylon... Not the original Babylon...But the symbolic one of our day...The city which Satan used most powerfully in rebellion...To lead the nations away into sin...To lead the nations away into the spiritual adultery of fake religions...WAS GIVEN A SPECIAL MEASURE OF GOD'S WRATH!! AND WAS UTTERLY AND COMPLETELY DESTROYED!
And then... Hailstones weighing 75 to 100lbs hammered the earth...Like thousands of meteorites! IN ALL OF THIS... STILL MEN ONLY CURSE AND BLASPHEME GOD! Rather than repent! Because they KNOW they are doomed!
In summary of this Last Bowl...Earth is left completely crippled...In an onslaught of destruction...From land, sea and air!ALL of nature turns against mankind!
And yet men STILL only curse and blaspheme God...Because they KNOW they are DOOMED!
To The Last Dregs!
The entire planet is now utterly left in ruins...And on an irrecoverable course to extinction...Cities are crumbled from earthquakes and hail...Floods (of blood) from tsunamis have ravaged coasts...Putrid remains of sea life and disease are rampant...Unburied corpses are everywhere...There is no means of cleanliness or sanitation...Water is days or weeks from being completely exhausted...All methods of growing, producing and transporting food are gone...Even the very oxygen breathed is on a course to stop sustaining life...All the inhabitants of the earth KNOW they are beyond God's Grace now...And those remaining... RUSH to answer the call of the Antichrist...To join their "False Messiah" in his promise...To defeat this "Evil God" and take back their world!
And so they gather what is left of their armies...And the world marches towards the Valley of Megiddo...Preparing for His Return! Satan knows he cannot even begin to WIN this Final War...But he is determined to spit at God until the last moment...Causing God's Creation to come at Him in conscious and premeditated hate… To destroy their own Creator!
Satan’s chosen legacy…Was to turn this world from their Loving Creator…And this is his last self-destructive act of glory towards that end!
In light of all that we have just heard...DO YOU REALLY DESIRE TO BE ON THE EARTH DURING THIS TIME? DO YOU WANT TO WAIT UNTIL THESE DAYS TO DECIDE ABOUT CHRIST? CAN YOU POSSIBLY STILL THINK…HE IS A WEAK, UNINVOLVED GOD... WHOM YOU CAN ACCEPT OR REJECT...AT YOUR LEISURE AND TIME? BECAUSE HE IS THE ONE BENEFITTING... NOT YOU?
LISTEN CLOSELY...Our Precious Savior...Suffered more than anyone who could have existed…Even through all we have read...For one reason... He TRULY LOVES YOU!! He TRULY wants to keep YOU from all of this destruction which we brought on ourselves! The ground... The air... The food... The body... All made by HIM! Then He Died so that you might not lose it again!
Join us on the other side of this mess...
And dance with Our Lord!
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