The Book of Revelation
Bible Study-REV-Chapter 16
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Now we begin to get into the seriousness of the tribulation, the real meat of the “revealing”.
Chapters 16, 17, and 18 encompass the “Sixth Vision” and it’s accomplished here on earth and the subject of these chapters can be broken down as thus:
Chapter 16------ The Great Judgments-- (The Seven Vials)
Chapter 17------ The Great Whore-------- (Mystery Babylon)
Chapter 18------ The Great City----------- (Great Babylon)
Before we get into chapter 16, it might do well to offer an explanation of some titles. You’re going to read of The Dragon, The Beast, and The False Prophet.
Many bible commentators will tell you that the beast is literal but when you understand the symbology and the supporting circumstances and descriptions, it will be apparent that the beast is two separate structures, under which Satan uses and HAS used as tools, in the first heaven/earth age and also in this current heaven/earth age. It’s the same heaven, it’s the same earth, just two different ages.
These two structures or systems are political and religious.
Politically, it’s the gathering together of all the world leaders around one table, possibly at the United Nations, because that platform is already in place; this was the body of nations that voted to give Israel her national title back which initiated the generation of the fig tree and the U.N. building is in the financial capital of the world. New York City. Well respected.
Religiously, every hack that ever stood behind a pulpit is going to jump on this bandwagon and proclaim “firsthand knowledge” of this entity standing in Jerusalem. They will assure all of us that this, indeed, is the true Messiah and we should do exactly as he says, while on our knees worshipping him.
And if you throw in education and the economy you have all four human dynasties that Satan has used, and to his great advantage, I might add, against our Father’s children down through the centuries.
But my point is that I don’t want you to be confused by the terminology because, on our Father’s side, we have the Holy Trinity:
The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit;
And on Satan’s side, we also have his trinity:
The Dragon, The Beast, and The False Prophet.
In Chapter 19 the beast and the false prophet are both cast into the Lake of Fire and it’s nothing more than Satan/Antichrist and his political and religious systems. The False Prophet is just one more, in a litany of, names/roles that he has used/played throughout the millennia.
Just one more thing: most of the symbology in Revelation scares people to death and they are frightened to have to go through this experience, this tribulation, but the truth is that most of the plagues contained in these vials have been delivered on Egypt already, many years ago, and it wasn’t catastrophic to the world at that time:
The 1st vial is akin to the 6th plague, which was of boils, etc.
Ref: Exodus 9:10 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. KJV
Ref: Exodus 9:11 And the magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils; for the boil was upon the magicians, and upon all the Egyptians. KJV
The 2nd and 3rd vials are like the 1st plague, when the waters became blood.
Ref: Exodus 7:19 And the Lord spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and stretch out thine hand upon the waters of Egypt, upon their streams, upon their rivers, and upon their ponds, and upon all their pools of water, that they may become blood; and that there may be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, both in vessels of wood, and in vessels of stone. KJV
Ref: Exodus 7:20 And Moses and Aaron did so, as the Lord commanded; and he lifted up the rod, and smote the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh, and in the sight of his servants; and all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood. KJV
Ref: Exodus 7:21 And the fish that was in the river died; and the river stank, and the Egyptians could not drink of the water of the river; and there was blood throughout all the land of Egypt. KJV
The 5th vial is also related to the 9th plague, with darkness covering the land.
Ref: Exodus 10:21 And the Lord said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt. KJV
Ref: Exodus 10:22 And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days:
Ref: Exodus 10:23 They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days: but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings. KJV
WHO HAD LIGHT DURING THIS PLAGUE OF DARKNESS? The children of our Father had light in their houses. Nice and warm and cozy. How much more will He do to alleviate your fears during this time? He will do much more than is necessary for, after all, we are the children of light and not of darkness.
Get it? We are not the children of Satan/Antichrist. The others are! Got it!
Are we to try to change people’s minds about this fake christ during this tribulation? Here is what Christ had to say:
Ref: Matthew 5:25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. KJV
If you are not sure of who you are talking with during this tribulation, if he is a stranger to you, do not argue with them as to whether this fake in Jerusalem is the true Christ of not; just agree with him and go on your way.
Don’t be foolish, in a situation like this the protection of our Father may not be there. He’s relying on us to take heed to His warning in Matthew 5:25 and use our common sense. What? You didn’t know that was written there?
The only promise we have from Him is that He will protect us from Satan/Antichrist, not from fools walking in the street.
The 6th Vial is comparable to the 2nd plague of frogs to the Egyptians.
Ref: Exodus 8:2 And if thou refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite all thy borders with frogs: KJV
Ref: Exodus 8:3 And the river shall bring forth frogs abundantly, which shall go up and come into thine house, and into thy bedchamber, and upon thy bed, and into the house of thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thine ovens, and into thy kneadingtroughs: KJV
Ref: Exodus 8:4 And the frogs shall come up both on thee, and upon thy people, and upon all thy servants. KJV
Ref: Exodus 8:5 And the Lord spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Stretch forth thine hand with thy rod over the streams, over the rivers, and over the ponds, and cause frogs to come up upon the land of Egypt. KJV
Ref: Exodus 8:6 And Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt; and the frogs came up, and covered the land of Egypt. KJV
The 7th Vial is similar to the 7th plague, which was of hail and etc.
Ref: Exodus 9:16 And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth. KJV
All our Father expects from us is to love Him and respect Him enough that we don’t ignore Him and worship some idol.
How would your momma feel if she spent 7 days cooking a wonderful meal and when her children heard about it they ignored her and went for take-out at a local Krystal’s?
To be honest with you, after studying the Old Testament, I wonder why He hasn’t just done away with human beings all together. I know that He has a massive amount of patience, love, and understanding but if I were in His shoes, I’d have blasted the human race into small particles long, long ago. (LOL)
Ref: Exodus 9:17 As yet exaltest thou thyself against my people, that thou wilt not let them go? KJV
Pharaoh won’t let them go but then he’s a player for our Father, he’s being used by our Father.
Ref: Exodus 9:18 Behold, to morrow about this time I will cause it to rain a very grievous hail, such as hath not been in Egypt since the foundation thereof even until now. KJV
Ref: Exodus 9:19 Send therefore now, and gather thy cattle, and all that thou hast in the field; for upon every man and beast which shall be found in the field, and shall not be brought home, the hail shall come down upon them, and they shall die. KJV
Hail stones weighing 100 pounds.
Ref: Exodus 9:20 He that feared the word of the Lord among the servants of Pharaoh made his servants and his cattle flee into the houses:
Ref: Exodus 9:21 And he that regarded not the word of the Lord left his servants and his cattle in the field.
Ref: Exodus 9:22 And the Lord said unto Moses, Stretch forth thine hand toward heaven, that there may be hail in all the land of Egypt, upon man, and upon beast, and upon every herb of the field, throughout the land of Egypt.
Ref: Exodus 9:23 And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven: and the Lord sent thunder and hail, and the fire ran along upon the ground; and the Lord rained hail upon the land of Egypt. KJV
Lightning running along the ground.
Exodus 9:24 So there was hail, and fire mingled with the hail, very grievous, such as there was none like it in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation. KJV
A cumulonimbus cloud would produce the hail and lightning (fire), along with the wind and driving rain. These types of storm clouds can rise into the atmosphere to over 60,000 feet with updraft currents of 60mph or better.
Hail builds up within the cloud as the updraft keeps taking water droplets and small hail stones back up to the top of the cloud, where it freezes again, and falls again and the loop is repeated until the hail stone is so large that the updraft can no longer push it against gravity and it falls to the ground.
Ref: Exodus 9:25 And the hail smote throughout all the land of Egypt all that was in the field, both man and beast; and the hail smote every herb of the field, and brake every tree of the field. KJV
Ref: Exodus 9:26 Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, was there no hail. KJV
WHERE DID THE HAIL NOT FALL? Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were. The second time, during these plagues, that our Father protected His own. Again, do you not think that He will do more than this during the five-month tribulation?
Now, I want to ask you a question…usually we only see hail when it comes out of a thunder storm and, yes, it can damage your car, put little dents in the surface, but have you ever seen hail kill a cow, or a steer or knock trees down? Me either.
However, in 16:21 of Revelation it says that a hail stone would weighed a talent. What is that and how much did it weigh?
In Biblical weights and measures, a talent of gold weighed 131 pounds. A talent of silver weighed 117 pounds. If we use a modest weight of 100 pounds we should be well within the parameters of what a “hailstone weighing a talent” would weigh. 100 pounds. No wonder that it killed humans, cattle, and leveled trees.
The 4th Vial is the only one which has no counterpart in the Egyptian plagues. This one is associated with heat.
I hope that I have shown you that if you have the seal of our Father in your head not one hair on your entire body will be harmed or scorched or destroyed.
On the other hand, if you have the seal of Satan/Antichrist in your head, you’re gonna have a bad day.
Alright, verse 1.
Revelation 16:1 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. KJV
People have been warned many times that this would happen during the end times but they still did not believe. This puts me in mind of what was said in 2nd Peter:
Ref: 2nd Peter 3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
Ref: 2nd Peter 3:4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. KJV
When did it say this would happen? In the last days. Right here, where we are right now. People will say: “This stuff in Revelation is never going to happen! And even if it does, we’ll all be outta here with the rapture!”
After studying 15 full chapters in this book, how many times have you read the word rapture?
Nada, zippo, zilch, niente, none.
Revelation 16:2 And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image. KJV
Here come the boils but only on those that believed in Satan/Antichrist.
Revelation 16:3 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. KJV
Revelation 16:4 And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood. KJV
Don’t forget that “water” in Revelation means the people of the world. But we know the difference so none of this will hurt us. This is a spiritual analogy.
Revelation 16:5 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. KJV
How was the Lord righteous? He was holy and innocent and they hung Him on a cross in spite of it. Our Father doesn’t expect us to be crucified and die on a cross for Him during this time. On the contrary, all you have to do is believe that He is the true Messiah and you’ll not even get dust on you during this time.
Revelation 16:6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy. KJV
The unbelievers and the despicable. These people are not going to heaven when this is all over. Read 21:8…
Ref: Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. KJV
That’s talking about the Lake of Fire and the second death is the death of your soul. The first death is the death of your flesh and blood body but if you are living during this five-month tribulation you will not experience the death of your flesh and blood body, you will simply change into your spiritual body when Christ comes.
Revelation 16:7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments. KJV
Judgments against who?
Ref: 1st Timothy 1:9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
Ref: 1st Timothy 1:10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; KJV
Revelation 16:8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. KJV
Remember the Two Witnesses back in chapter 11:5?
Revelation 11:5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. KJV
Revelation 16:9 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. KJV
The ungodly, those that follow Satan/Antichrist, cursed Him who had the power. Who had the power? Our Father. Who are the ungodly? The 7000 fallen angels. They know better than the others, the human beings in flesh and blood bodies, what He CAN do and what He WILL do to them when it’s finally all over.
People will blaspheme the name of God by giving praise and glory and worshipping this false god. They don’t know the difference and they didn’t care because their preacher told them that they wouldn’t have to go through this tribulation.
It’s going to take a lot more than just studying the book of Revelation to overcome Satan/Antichrist. It’s going to take a faith that runs much deeper than that. How do you get that faith? By studying ALL of our Father’s letter to us.
If you wait until you see him standing in Jerusalem to further your studies of the Word, your words, your arguments, that he is the false christ, will barely come out of your mouth because you will succumb to the way he looks, to the way he speaks, to what he does and how he praises people more quickly than you will realize.
The five virgins had a little knowledge of the Bible but it just wasn’t quite enough. Don’t be like them. Read. Study. Meditate. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your mind as you study so that you can take it in.
Eat it, as St. John was told to do in chapter 10:9. It will be sweet as honey in your mouth but bitter in your tummy.
Revelation 16:10 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,
Revelation 16:11 And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds. KJV
All of this going on, boils covering their body and the pain is so great that they are gnawing on their tongue and they STILL follow Satan/Antichrist, they don’t repent of anything.
This is really messed-up thinking. They follow and worship an entity that LOOKS like Jesus Christ, they BELIEVE that he is Jesus Christ and they CURSE and BLASPHEME the Holy name of the TRUE MESSIAH!
This is how complete the deception of Satan/Antichrist will be.
These boils put me in mind of ‘ole Job. Our Father allowed Satan to attack him as hard as he could because Satan figured he could make Job curse our Father, even though Job loved Him more than his own life.
And there sits Job on the ground, trying to break the boils with a piece of broken pottery, while his wife stands there, in frustration, telling Job to just curse God and get this over with.
Ref: Job 2:4 And Satan answered the Lord, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.
Ref: Job 2:5 But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.
Ref: Job 2:6 And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.
Ref: Job 2:7 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.
Ref: Job 2:8 And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes.
Ref: Job 2:9 Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die. KJV
But Job didn’t curse our Father, he remained true and because he did so, our Father blessed him and replaced all that he had lost a hundred-times over.
But here in Revelation it’s all upside down.
Revelation 16:12 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. KJV
This is better understood if we go back to 9:14 where the sixth angel is blowing the sixth trumpet:
Ref: Revelation 9:14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. KJV
This river Euphrates has always been the boundary between our people and Babylon and, symbolically, when the river is dried up that boundary is removed and Babylon and deception can move in among His people and work without hindrance. Which is exactly what Satan/Antichrist is doing here.
Revelation 16:13 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. KJV
Dragon, beast and false prophet. The beast is the political system and the dragon and the false prophet are Satan/Antichrist himself.
A false prophet teaches false doctrine and that’s what comes out of the mouth of Satan/Antichrist and those that don’t know any different will eat it up, much like those that know the difference, will eat up the Bible because of the truth contained therein.
Frogs are unclean, as are Satan/Antichrist’s words.
Revelation 16:14 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. KJV
Everybody loves a good miracle and some of these old boys, these preachers, will be doing some healing and expelling and shouting. They’re fakes just like Satan/Antichrist but most people are going to believe most anything during this time, especially when Satan/Antichrist snaps his fingers and brings “fire” (lightning) down from the sky on a clear blue day.
This great day of God Almighty is the Lord’s Day, the last day of this tribulation and these “battles” are Hamon-Gog and Armageddon. Everybody is so fearful of these two wars but understanding should make those fears go away for we will all be in spiritual bodies when these two wars happen and they won’t hurt us in the least.
Don’t ever forget…our Father is allowing everything that happens during this five-month tribulation.
He allows Satan and the 7000 angels and the spirits and devils to do their work, their testing.
He allows the “locust” army to come against His Saints while protecting them always.
He allows Satan/Antichrist to work all of his miracles.
He allows the political and religious systems to be in control for this short time.
He allows the deception to fall on anyone who chooses to believe it.
He allows His children to go through this tribulation unscathed, totally secure in the palm of His hand.
Revelation 16:15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. KJV
A thief always comes when you least expect it and since most people will believe that Satan/Antichrist is the true god they will be aghast when the true Lord does come and the realization that they have been conned, spiritually and physically, will make their faces burn with embarrassment and shame and there will be no place for them to hide from those that had the seal of our Father, those who knew the truth, and their staring eyes.
Revelation 16:16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon. KJV
Let’s go into the languages for a minute.
Armageddon is the city of Megiddo or the city of the mountain.
Armageddon is a valley at the foot of Mount Megiddo, also called the valley of slaughter and the valley of Hinnom and the valley of Tophet. This valley lies to the south and west of Jerusalem, between Mount Zion and the Plain of Raphaim.
The Israelites, from time to time, worshipped the fire-god Molech and sacrificed their living babies by placing them onto the outstretched arms of this idol and lighting a fire underneath, which is why it’s called the valley of slaughter.
King Solomon was the first to erect a statue of Molech here and it would lead to the breaking up of the Kingdom of Israel into two factions: the Northern and Southern Kingdoms.
In later times, this valley would be used as the garbage dump for the city of Jerusalem and everything from broken chairs to dead horses to corpses were put there and it was continually burning to keep the pile of garbage as small as possible.
Our Lord would use this valley as a synonym for hell and the condition of one’s soul as rotting and burning when covered with unrepented sin.
During these end-times, on the Lord’s Day, the battle of Armageddon will be fought in this valley but it will be a spiritual battle/war, for flesh and blood will already have been done away with. It will last less than five minutes.
Revelation 16:17 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. KJV
The seventh angel. Remember when I said that the number of the beast, the 666 was not a tattoo on your forehead or on the back of your hand but rather a belief in your mind and that the “666” stood for the 6th seal, the 6th vial, and the 6th trump? Six is always the number of mankind and Satan.
By the same token, the number seven always refers to spiritual completeness and perfection and our Lord will come/return at the
7th seal, the 7th vial, and the 7th trump.
The word air has caused considerable confusion because those that believe in the rapture theory will tell you that we will meet the Lord in the air; they have been taught that this air means sky and it does not.
Strong’s Greek Dictionary defines air as:
✡ Air_109 aer (ah-ayr’); from aemi (to breathe unconsciously, i.e. respire; by analogy, to blow); “air” (as naturally circumambient): KJV-- air. Compare 5594. ***. atha. See 3134.
This is referring to the spiritual body, the pneuma, and not the air of the sky. We will meet our Lord in our spiritual body and that happens exactly when He returns.
He’s coming here; we’re not going there.
It is done means exactly that. It’s finished. It’s over, it’s done with. All life on this earth, all life in flesh and blood bodies, is over, never to be brought back to life ever again.
This five-month tribulation of Satan/Antichrist is over, finished.
Now, I’ve written this before but I think that it bears repeating here again. St. Paul, in his letters to the Corinthians, wrote that we have two bodies; one is terrestrial and the other is celestial; one is earthly and the other is heavenly.
While the earthly body, the flesh and blood body, can feel pain, get sick, break a leg and die the spiritual body cannot. It will never feel pain, or get sick, or break a leg or die, unless our Father chooses to kill it Himself. There is no suicide when we’re in our spiritual body.
During the time of this five months we will be in our earthly bodies, our flesh and blood bodies. Only AFTER the Lord returns will our spiritual body come forth.
So, with that in mind, at the beginning of these five months, when Satan/Antichrist stands in Jerusalem telling the world that he is the true messiah, we know that it’s a lie. When this time begins I want you to remember to pinch the skin on your forearm and see if it hurts.
If it does, you will know that you are still in your earthly body and this idiot standing in Jerusalem is a fake.
At the seventh trump, when the true Messiah returns, pinch the skin on your forearm and see if it hurts. It won’t. You will be in a spiritual body at that time.
Alright, verses 18, 19, 20, and 21 are happening AFTER the seventh trump and AFTER our Lord has returned.
Revelation 16:18 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. KJV
Revelation 16:19 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. KJV
Everything is going to be changed; even the Mount of Olives will split in two when He places His feet on it.
Revelation 16:20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. KJV
Revelation 16:21 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. KJV
The last of the hail and the last of the plagues. This dispensation is over and the first day of the Millennium has begun and what a time that’s going to be! No more sickness, no more sinning or breaking our Father’s commandments. Everything is different.
And I cannot wait for it to happen.
As a side note to some of the things in this chapter:
Every one of these plagues has to be taken literally because six of the seven were already levied against Egypt, in the book of Exodus, in order for our Father to show Pharaoh that His powers were greater that the powers of his sorcerers.
In verse 14 it says: the spirits of devils, working miracles must be entirely true because of the account in Exodus. There are many “false christs” and “antichrists” among us today that, with the help of the residents of the nether world, perform many so-called miracles.
Neither should the hail be a wonder to you for in 1843, in the area of Tartary, a storm came up and a hail stone that was larger than a millstone fell into an open field. The residents took hatchets and broke it up and it was a full three days of scorching sun before it all melted.
The Euphrates River is a big river. It is 1800 miles long; 3600’ in width in places and an average depth of 30’ and it’s going to be dried up so that an army can cross it and not get their sandals wet.
This should put you in mind of our Father opening up the Red Sea so that the Israelites could cross over on dry land. If He could do it back then, He could certainly do it today for He is the same yesterday, today and forever.
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27 February 2015