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The Revelation (Prophecies of the Revelation Part 9)
The Revelation (Prophecies of the Revelation)
Part 9 - Seven Angels With the Seven Plagues
In the Bible, in the book of Revelation, we can read about prophecies regarding the end of the world. Many talk about nuclear weapons and the possibility of World War III. What will happen during those final years?
John, who was a disciple of Jesus Christ, wrote the Revelation. He was given prophetic visions relating to the last days of the world, and wrote down what he saw and heard. Some of his visions were about the final judgments of God. The worst of these acts of judgment will occur during the last half of the seven-year Tribulation Period.
As evil increases in the world, and the Tribulation Period gets closer, many will see the rise of the Antichrist. This refers to a man who will become a horrific dictator in control of the final world government. He will continue his rule until the end of the Tribulation Period.
Then Jesus will return with the saints and confront the Antichrist and his followers at the Battle of Armageddon. There his followers will be killed, and the Antichrist will be captured and destroyed in the "Lake of Fire."
Before the Battle of Armageddon, several acts of God's final judgments will fall upon the world. During that time, many will turn to Jesus and become Christians. The Antichrist will have them killed, but after the Tribulation Period they will be resurrected and live in the new world.
John wrote about God's final judgments that he saw in prophetic visions. These judgments were symbolized by seven angels, each having a golden cup filled with the wrath of God. We can read about these angels in the following:
Revelation, Chapter 15, Verses 1 through 8:
I, John, saw a great and marvelous sign in heaven; it was seven angels who had the seven last plagues, filled with the wrath of God. And I saw what looked like a sea of glass mixed with fire. And standing on it, holding the harps of God, were those who had been victorious over the beast and his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name.
They sang the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, "Great and marvelous are your works, Lord God Almighty, King of saints, and just and true are your ways. Who will not fear you, O Lord, and glorify your name? Because only you are holy, and all nations will come and worship you, and your judgments will be revealed."
After that I looked and saw in Heaven that the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony had been opened. And I saw the seven angels, who had the seven plagues, come out of the temple dressed in pure white linen; and they wore golden sashes tied around their chests.
Then one of the four creatures gave seven golden cups to the seven angels; these cups had been filled with the wrath of God, who lives forever. Then the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from His power. And no one was able to enter the temple until the seven plagues of the seven angels had been completed.
John saw an amazing sign in heaven; he saw seven angels with the seven last plagues. These will be the final judgments of the wrath of God. John saw a sea of glass, representing people of the world; it was mixed with fire, representing God's judgment. Those standing on the sea of glass represent those who will achieve victory over the Antichrist, and be with God for eternity.
They sang the song of Moses; a song that celebrated God's help long ago with Israel's victory of escape from Egypt. The song of Jesus celebrates God's victory over all the nations. The people of all nations will worship God after His judgments are revealed.
The temple in heaven will be opened just before the acts of God's final judgments occur. This indicates an opportunity for unsaved people to ask forgiveness for their sins and believe in Jesus as their savior.
After the seven angels with the golden cups leave the temple, it will be filled with smoke. Then no one will be able to enter it until the seven plagues are completed. This means the temple will be closed and no one can be forgiven for sins until after the final acts of God's judgments are completed. These judgments are described in the following:
Revelation, Chapter 16, Verses 1 through 11:
I heard a loud voice from the temple, saying to the seven angels, "Go, and pour out the cups of God's wrath on the earth." And the first angel went, and poured out his cup on the earth. Then harmful, painful sores broke out on those who had the mark of the beast, and worshipped his image.
Then the second angel poured out his cup on the sea. Then the sea turned into blood like that of a dead man, and every living soul in the sea died.
Then the third angel poured out his cup on the rivers and springs of water, and they turned into blood. And I heard the angel of the waters say, "You are righteous, O Lord, who are, and was, and will be, because you have so judged.
Because they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and you have given them blood to drink as they deserve." And I heard a voice from the altar say, "Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are your judgments."
The fourth angel poured out his cup on the sun, and power was given to the sun to scorch people with fire. Then people were scorched with intense heat, and they cursed the name of God, who had power over the plagues; and they would not repent and glorify Him.
Then the fifth angel poured out his cup on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom became full of darkness. People gnawed their tongues because of their pain, and cursed the God of heaven because of their pain and sores, but would not repent of their deeds.
The first plague of God's judgments is an affliction of painful sores on those who have the mark of the Antichrist and worship his image. The second plague will cause the water of the sea to turn into blood, killing every living thing in the sea. The third plague will cause all fresh water to turn into blood.
Millions of people will die of thirst because of the lack of water. This is a fair judgment against those who follow the Antichrist; he will order many Christians to be killed. The voice from the altar represents martyred Christians who say that God's judgments are fair and justified.
The fourth plague of God's judgments will be a scorching heat from the sun. This will cause people to curse God, and still not repent of their sins. The fifth plague will bring total darkness to the kingdom of the Antichrist. People all over the world will curse God because of their painful sores, but will not repent of their sins.
Revelation, Chapter 16, Verses 12 through 21:
The sixth angel poured out his cup on the great Euphrates River, and its water was dried up to prepare a way for the kings from the East.
Then I saw three evil spirits that resembled frogs; one came out of the mouth of the dragon, one out of the mouth of the beast, and one out of the mouth of the false prophet. These are the spirits of demons, performing miracles, and going out to the kings of the world, to gather them for the battle on that great day of God Almighty.
Jesus said, "Be watchful, I come as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his clothes with him so that he will not go naked, and people see his shame." And he gathered them together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.
The seventh angel poured out his cup into the air, and a loud voice came from the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, "It is done!" Then there were rumblings, and thunder and lightning, and there was a great earthquake, greater than any other since men have lived on earth, so very much greater. The great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed.
God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of His wrath. Every island fled away, and the mountains could not be found. Then huge hailstones from the sky fell upon men; every stone weighed about 75 pounds. And they cursed God because of the plague of hailstones, because the plague was extremely terrible.
The sixth plague of God's judgments will cause the Euphrates River to dry up. This will provide a way for the armies of the nations east of the river to travel into the Middle East.
Near the end of the Tribulation Period, three demonic spirits from Satin, the Antichrist, and the False Prophet will perform miracles. And they will go to leaders of nations all over the world and persuade them to gather their armies to make war at a place called Armageddon, which is in northern Israel.
The word Armageddon, when translated from Hebrew, means "Mount of Megiddo" and is a large hill located just west of the Jordan River. The huge army will arrive there after traveling through the dried-up Euphrates River from the east of the river. They will be gathered to make war against Jesus and His army of Christians. Soon after that, there will be a final battle between good and evil called the Battle of Armageddon.
Near the end of the Tribulation Period, Jesus and His army of Christians will return to make war against the Antichrist. Those who become Christians during the Tribulation Period should be watchful and remain faithful. Those who are not Christians and worship the Antichrist will be killed at Armageddon.
The seventh plague will be the last of God's judgments. It will be preceded by rumblings, flashes of lightning, and loud thunder. Then a tremendous earthquake will violently shake the entire earth. This earthquake will be much greater than any before, and will split the city of Babylon into three sections, but Babylon will still stand. Other major cities, however, will collapse.
God will remember the evilness of Babylon and He will completely destroy it by fire. During the earthquake, every island will be moved from its place, and every mountain will crumble. Then a world-wide hailstorm will occur in which 75 pound hailstones will fall on people. But instead of repenting, people will curse God because of the terrible hailstorm.
In summary; most people would agree that the world is becoming more and more evil. Many talk about the possibility of World War III; could the world sustain such a war with the use of deadly nuclear weaponry?
Actually, the final war will be the Battle of Armageddon; this battle will be between Jesus Christ and His followers against the Antichrist and his army. The Antichrist will be an evil dictator in control of the final world government. Before the Battle of Armageddon, God's final judgments will fall upon the world.
These final judgments are symbolized by seven angels with seven cups filled with the wrath of God. They are described in the Bible in the Book of Revelation.
The end of the world is coming, and it will be a terrible time. Many will have to endure the tribulation of the last days. Most people will curse God because of His judgments, and they will not repent. Those who are Christians will be taken to Heaven before the last days. Some, however, will turn to Jesus during the last days; the Antichrist will have them killed, but they will soon be resurrected and receive eternal life.
From the Bible:
After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great power, and the earth was illuminated by his glory. With a strong voice, he shouted, "Babylon the Great has fallen, and has become the home of demons, and haunted by evil spirits, and a cage for every unclean and detestable bird."
(Revelation, Chapter 18, Verses 1 and 2)
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