13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.
14 The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.
It is fitting to believe that Satan was a temple priest or a priestly angel because his Biblical description was that of a musically talented creation. I believe he was God’s music-maker. A music-maker in Heaven would certainly be associated with the Father’s temple and the worship in that temple would be to the Father. “…Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.” Ezekiel 28:12-16.
The fact that it is now angels from the heavenly temple priests that are ministering judgment directly out of the heavenly temple itself makes this completely understandable. Now, the faithful angels that were not deceived by Satan have become God’s angels to direct judgment on this false kingdom. Saints are going to judge the world and the fallen angels that tried to deceive us. The purpose of our Father is to employ those angels attacked by Satan before he was cast out to direct the source of judgment on Satan’s earthly kingdom. God’s judgment is always personal and direct.
This last period of the seven years is not to judge the world and any righteous person but only the Antichrist kingdom. Those that have taken the Mark of the Beast are beyond the pale of repentance. Salvation is no longer an option to them. The seven vials of wrath, which are poured out by these angels, are only on the kingdom of the devil worshippers. This multitude has heard many witnesses of God’s wrath and His wonderful Gospel. They heard the angels flying through the midst of Heaven shouting out the everlasting Gospel. They knew it was for them. The one hundred forty-four thousand Jewish witnesses have spread the truth far and near. The two prophets have performed miracles, true miracles, and Satan’s own evil crowd could not kill them until they finished their prophecies. These Satan worshippers saw them die and lay in the street with decomposing bodies, but also saw them resurrected and ascended to God. Even then, they would not repent; and now they cannot repent.
The cup of wrath is full. Those marked by the beast will have become so loyal to Satan and his kingdom that they can march to death for him with absolute sadistic joy. I have seen people so controlled by unclean spirits that they would destroy the righteous with delight. The deception in this story will be on a level never before experienced. Miracles will be freely performed for those marked by the Antichrist. They worship the devil and the frenzy of their worship will be such an altered state that the human becomes divine-like on a dark evil scale. Witchdoctors have walked in fire without the smell of smoke on their bodies. They can walk on sharp objects and never suffer injury. If Satan can empower a statue and cause fire to rain down from heaven, his miracle will be spectacular and convincing—although always dark and foreboding.
The entire earth, where those with the Mark of the Antichrist dwell, will suffer the effect of these vials of wrath. Sin is of such an overwhelming nature that the Father cannot just send the soul to the Lake of Fire. Each and every sin must be accounted for and the price of the sin must be required from the hands of wicked men. In a small way that is already occurring. “The way of transgressors is hard.” Proverbs 13:15b. “For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.” Hosea 8:7. There is no such thing as a happy sinner. They must cover every sin with another sin to survive. Now, it’s total restitution occurring on this entire globe. To worship the devil is to commit an abomination against God. Nobody has the created right to choose the devil. It is not a right, but it is a choice and it is insanity.
Blasphemy is the character or culture of those with the mark of the beast. It is not a tattoo or a stamp, although there is a mark, it is a nature, – a character one receives from the devil. The number “666” has always been a toy to the wicked world. They are so enameled by it they constantly play games with it. Book, movies, and all kinds of talismans are produced to try to laugh it all away. Their laughter becomes more insane the closer we get to the final hour. This crowd will laugh at it all until the fire and brimstone of the Lake of Fire drowns it out. I promise you that they will be laughing as they are falling into the flames. They are blinded by the devil that only then will the reality of it become real to them.
10 And the Lord came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.
11 And the Lord said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle.
12 In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken concerning his house: when I begin, I will also make an end.
“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. 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. “ Revelation 16:1-2
Notice that the great voice came out of the heavenly temple. The Son of God sits at the Father’s right hand and it will be His duty to speak. He speaks with a commanding voice and the heavenly angels move instantly to obey. Jesus Christ is the Lord of Sabaoth or Lord of a host (Romans 9:29). At this point, the work is a swift action and the whole universe immediately feels the effect. Wherever there is a Satan worshipper, there will be a flood of results from each of the vials. The earth will reel and rock with sorrows. This time, it’s the worshippers of Satan that suffer. The wicked have mocked the righteous and sought in every way to defeat them and even rejoice at their pain. It’s always easy to identify the unrighteous even when they act religious. They have no conscience when they impose their ugliness on the righteous.
The first vial is “noisome and grievous sores.” To speak of noisome means a sore that is not just of the flesh, but also something that affects the whole person. It’s like leprosy or rabies that rages the emotional being and it is grief to every fiber of the body. We are speaking of pain that borders on insanity. Pain for which there is no cure or remedy. Devil worshippers have boasted of their love of Satan and treated truth with utter disgust. This judgment will finally cause them to see the depth of what Satanism really represents. These sores will mark every Satan worshipper. They will not be able to hide. Those that have refused the mark of the Antichrist will finally see Satan’s folly for it’s real sorrows.
“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. And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.” Revelation 16:3-4
The blood of dead men or dead animals has always been a loathsome thing. To think of blood literally poured out into the sea – every sea of the world – where the Antichrist crowd dwells until there are no uncontaminated waters appears impossible. Blood quickly becomes the source of disease and dreaded plagues. Everything in the sea dies and both the surface of the waters and the shores become a place of horrible stench and death. Finding the necessity of sustaining life become dangerous and almost impossible. The population of scared, sick, and angry lives will only serve to multiply their sorrows.
Following this calamity upon the sea will be the same result upon every river, spring, or fountain of waters. They all begin to produce nothing but blood. Nothing is more necessary to life than water and to be deprived of it is misery; to replace water with an abundance of blood places life on the edge of total despair. Disease will literally wipe out millions in a very short time. Men will seek water in almost every possible place only to be taunted by the flow of almost congealed blood with an odor of rotten flesh.
“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. For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy. And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.” Revelation 16:5-7
An angel begins to praise the Lord for His righteous judgment. Nothing is truer about God’s holiness than that it is a holy or righteous justice. The world has forgotten this truth. The God of love without justice has become a modern theme but it is a musky love that only deceives and destroys. It has no kinship to the true holiness of God. Every soul will spend eternity in the joy or sorrow of his or her obedience or disobedience. The blood of the Lamb cleanses from sin but never covers sin. God’s imputed righteousness transforms the soul. This angel is named the “angel of the waters.” Every act of nature is the natural working of the God of the natural world. The Father and the Lamb direct the great host of angels and the entire universe is sustained by their powers. Therefore, it is beautiful to speak of angels as part of His natural laws. This angel was certainly an active part of this transformation of the waters into blood.
There is a remembrance at this time of every saint and every prophet of God that this world has despised. Satan and the spirit of Antichrist have never ceased to attack, terrorize, and destroy every saint and prophet since Pentecost. Millions have been martyred and continue to die in many parts of our world. Most of today’s ministers in rich nations are so complacent that suffering is unknown. That saint or servant of God that refuses to conform to the modern way will be tried and tested. After the Rapture there will be no lasting safe place for those that repent and become His saints. This angel of the waters speaks of these saints and prophets that have suffered so greatly. This should be encouraging to all to know of His angels that are keeping record of every cross we bear.
29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Not only the angel of nature but the angels from the altar, priestly angels, also know of the suffering saints. As the first angel speaks of praise to God for His righteous vengeance on our behalf, another altar angel chimes in his excitement on the saints’ behalf. John said, “I heard another (angel) out of the altar,” that was defending the righteousness of God acting in our behalf and for our defense.
“And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. 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.” Revelation 16:8-9
These angels out of the temple of God are certainly powerful angels. The earth and every element of nature respond to them as if these actions were a second nature. The truth is that nature was pure in creation and not one action of the natural earth was harsh or destructive. Every earthly storm full of fury is the results of sin and the satanic influence on the universe. That was not so in the beginning. Now, the response of nature is a preparation for a total renewing and cleansing. The earth is groaning to be renewed and the response to these angels is evident of that groaning for relief. Paul said to the Roman believers, “Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.” Romans 8:21.
This fourth angel pours his vial of wrath upon the sun. He had the power to change the natural habits of this awesome body and the heat of the sun increases dramatically. It’s clear that the sun takes on a personality of its own at the action of God’s angel and treats the people of the earth according to their evil nature. The pain from the scorching of the sun only affects those that worship Satan and have taken the mark of the beast. Men are literally scorched by the sun and begin to blaspheme God for their suffering. Being beyond repentance and greatly in love with Satan and his Antichrist, every act of the Father makes them vicious. They will not repent because they cannot repent. They are actually double doomed as the servant of Satan to suffer on earth and in the Lake of Fire.
“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, And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.” Revelation 16:10-11
Once the city of Babylon is fully rebuilt and the Antichrist takes his government center to this ancient city, the population will explode. The most vicious of the Antichrist’s central leadership will make this geographical area their home. By the time of this scriptural fulfillment – very close to the end of the seven years – the devil, Satan, the dragon, will certainly be located here in Babylon. This vial of wrath will be directed to the seat of the beast. It cannot be any other city than this ancient rebuilt city where Nebuchanezzar ruled, Darius captured, Alexander the Great died, and where the Antichrist now reigns. God’s wrath will thrust this entire region into a blackness and darkness that is worse than pain. The evil of Satan’s literal presence, the anger of the Antichrist at the resistance of his One World Government, and, now, the naked wrath of God makes this area a moral, spiritual, and emotional wilderness.
The city will become the center of blasphemy. Rallies and marches will keep the tension of military control at the highest possible level. Anger against the sovereign God will cause such an immoral baptism of filth that peace cannot exist. Without any degree of restraints, homosexuality, lesbianism, and all different forms of sexual conduct will be open in the street, in the parks, and in every order of life. When you take total chaos and thrust it into utter darkness, that chaos explodes. This darkness will include a total blackout of electricity and all power sources. The angels will simply speak or use some form of laser power and/or yet undeveloped means of short-circuiting all electrical or battery grids to put the whole Antichrist kingdom in a blackout. Their only response is to blaspheme God.
“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. 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. 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.” Revelation 16:12-14
This angel’s activities help confirm the activity of the previous angel. The Euphrates River flows right through Southern Iraq near the city of Babylon. During Nebuchadnezzar’s reign, it flowed in and out under the walls of the city. Very likely, the Antichrist will once again divert the river to flow through the heart of Babylon. The river will be a living source to the massive population that will live in Babylon at its peak. Suddenly, the river is dried up. The population will quickly become desperate and rage will fill the city. With the darkness of the previous vial and the sudden desperate search for a solution to the water problem, the Antichrist must divert the attention of his subjects to stay an uprising.
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.
21 And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.
The unholy trinity will probably declare an emergency and set their sights on Rome and Jerusalem and, with a charge of conspiracy, excite his kingdom for the coming battle against the Jews. Each member of the satanic trinity is said to produce a spirit ready to work miracles and convince the world to help eliminate Rome and Jerusalem from the face of the earth. By this time the One World Religion has become an enemy to the Antichrist crowd. These spirits literally go out to the kings of the earth, working miracles, showing occult powers, and drawing the armies of the world to Armageddon. There is an apparent suggestion that they are actually targeting God Himself as they prepare for this battle.
“Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.” Revelation 16:15
This is a beautiful statement that John inserts into the middle of this prophecy. No person living before the Rapture has to endure the hell that is coming on this earth. John’s statement is a warning and an invitation. This was written for the benefit of readers and students of the Bible or anyone reading this Scripture and these comments. We must escape this coming darkness. Here is a warning to be ready. This statement is given for all of us to prepare by totally surrendering to Christ and our being clothed with His righteousness, which is the wedding garment.
“And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon. 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. 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. 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. And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. 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.” Revelation 16:16-21
The Battle of Armageddon is at hand. At this point the armies of the world are gathering in Northern Israel. These spirits from the unholy trinity are demonically inspiring the world for this fateful effort to destroy Jerusalem. They will have accused Israel and the Jews of many atrocities that they probably had nothing to do with. Jerusalem will be hated and constantly attacked for the entire second half of the seven years. When the image of the Antichrist was erected in their temple, they broke the covenant with the Antichrist. Since then, the Antichrist has slaughtered every Jew he could find or capture who would not submit to worshipping Him as Messiah.
The seventh angel is the closing scene of this chapter. When that vial is poured forth into the air, a great voice from God’s temple in Heaven cries forth, “It is done.” An earthquake, the greatest in the history of the earth, will occur. Babylon will be greatly affected with the city divided in three parts. This earthquake is worldwide and all the great cities of the world will be destroyed. It will be a worldwide calamity. No doubt there will be a financial collapse that has the world economy in shambles. Islands are said to disappear, which suggests great tsunamis from the worldwide upheaval. The text said, “Every island fled away.” This event suggests that the earth’s trauma from this earthquake will cause the mountains to disappear and the earth to return to its pre-flood condition. The Father is in control and the calamities are actually restoration of the earth, while at the same time it means total destruction for the Antichrist kingdom.
God is remembering Babylon for all of her blasphemies, idolatries, and her hatred for His saints. Babylon gets the ultimate judgment, “the fierceness of His wrath.” When the Antichrist leaves Babylon to fight in Megiddo, which the Bible calls Armageddon, Babylon will be laying in ruins. The Antichrist will be angry and vicious. He will be close to losing his mind in his final wrath. He will return to the city when he loses the Battle of Armageddon and will perish in the gates of the city. Micah prophesied this moment nearly three thousand years ago, “And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: thus shall he deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land, and when he treadeth within our borders.” Micah 5:6. We will see the destruction of this city in chapter eighteen.
The final acts of these seven vials of judgment are hailstones raining down upon the Antichrist kingdom. The hailstones will kill anyone that is unprotected because of their enormous size and the weight of one talent (75 pounds). The armies of the world will already be gathering in Northern Israel and this hailstorm will be rained on the Antichrist worshippers wherever they are at that time. Houses will be crushed; cars and military vehicles will be destroyed, along with their occupants. What a final carnage of terror and sheer calamity to end the pouring out of the seventh vial of wrath on the Antichrist world. The seventeenth chapter is the story of the Antichrist and his One World Religion and its final destruction.