Wrath Of The Lamb: The Revelation Of Jesus Christ

Revelation Chapter 16:

Overview: The Seven Last Plagues are poured in parallel to each of the Seven Churches. Their effect is to rid people of sin, especially racial and religious hatreds. We must realize that self-exaltation results in oppression and death, and only God's government of brotherhood, achieved by observing His Spiritual Law of the Ten Commandments with perfect Love for Him, can allow us to live harmoniously for eternity.

The First Plague:

    See Also: First Church | First Seal | First Trumpet

    "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 KJV)

    • The First Plague is to be undergone by the people of Judaism, the Church of Ephesus, which was announced by the First Trumpet.

    • A noisome and grievous sore:

      The good news: Messiah has come. He is Jesus. However, it is His Word that is the great political and military leader you have been expecting for so long! But He has succeeded in conquering the world for God through His Word.

      The bad news: Are you really prepared to accept billions of proselytes (converts), and also convert yourselves to God's True Religion by worshipping Him in true Righteousness?

      A famous statement by Rabbi Helbo that appears in the Talmud:

        "What reason have you for desiring to become a proselyte . . ." and he is made acquainted with some of the minor, and with some of the major commandments’. What is the reason? — In order that if he desire to withdraw let him do so;10 for R. Helbo said: Proselytes are as hard for Israel [to endure] as a sore,11 because it is written in Scripture. And the proselyte12 shall join himself with them, and they shall cleave13 to the house of Jacob.14" (Talmud - Mas. Yevamoth 47b)

      The plague of sores Judaism will have to endure is the acceptance of billions of converts.

The Second Plague:

    See Also: Second Church | Second Seal | Second Trumpet

    "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." (Revelation 16:3 KJV)

    • The Second Plague will be undergone by Islam, the Church of Smyrna, which was announced by the Second Trumpet.

    • And it became as the blood of a dead man: Originally depicted as being created by a mountain on fire being cast into the sea, Islam now receives a plague: This sea now becomes as the blood of a 'dead man', the Blood of Jesus Christ that cleanses Muslims from their sins as it cleanses us all.

      Every living soul in the sea will die, as they are born again into God's Kingdom.

The Third Plague:

    See Also: Third Church | Third Seal | Third Trumpet

    "And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood." (Revelation 16:4 KJV)

    • The Third Plague will be undergone by Religions of the East, the Church of Pergamos, which was announced by the Third Trumpet.

    • And they became blood: These same waters were made bitter by the sweetness of the inspired Lotus Sutra, which brought salvation to the East. Now they are also turned into the Blood of Jesus as the people of the East accept that His death accomplished salvation for them also.

    "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 KJV)

    • For they are worthy: The previous three belief systems of Judaism, Islam, and people of the Eastern religions have indeed shed the blood of the prophets and many Christian saints - as well as that of their own saints.

      This is the example of His Love that all Christians must accept. God loves all of the peoples He has created and guided. These, too, are worthy to drink from the cup of His Salvation.

The Fourth Plague:

    See Also: Fourth Church | Fourth Seal | Fourth Trumpet

    "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 KJV)

    • The Fourth Plague will be undergone by Christian religions and denominations derived from, or supporting doctrines developed by, Roman Catholicism, the Church of Thyatira, which was announced by the Fourth Trumpet.

    • And men were scorched with great heat: A unique punishment for worshipping the sun since Rome changed God's day of rest from Saturday to Sunday.

      The many invented doctrines of these faiths, represented as darkening the sun, moon, and stars when the Fourth Trumpet sounded, will be proved false when exposed to the scorching Light of Truth from Jesus' teachings in the Bible.

      Exchanging the day of pagan sun worship (Sunday) for the Sabbath of God's Creation (Saturday) was the beginning of a long, ugly slide into apostasy by these churches. God's covenant of the Sabbath, a special sign between men and their Creator, will be re-acknowledged by the people of these faiths.

The Fifth Plague:

    See Also: Fifth Church | Fifth Seal | Fifth Trumpet

    "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 KJV)

    • The Fifth Plague will be undergone by Christian Evangelical Protestant denominations, the Church of Sardis, which was announced by the Fifth Trumpet.

    • Upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness: These Christian denominations are the main supporters of the "Beast" view of Jesus recorded in Chapter Twelve. Many are actively attempting to get laws on the books that enforce religious views or morals. Others are working selfishly to remove all access to the knowledge of God from schools and government departments in an attempt to protect their own members.

      By doing so they've removed much access to God from the poor, yet haven't taken up the commission of Christ to spread the Gospel to the poor in this country. They have stopped supporting the poor themselves, and most recently have approved of the government also removing support of the poor and underprivileged.

      Many are the sort of "Christians" and others who rationalize paying massive interest so they can buy material goods on credit, who pay huge insurance premiums on everything they own, then who complain that the poor are "stealing" their tax money. These are those who have bought in to the lies of Lucifer, who gives power to the Beast. These are those who support the War on Terror, ignoring the truth that the war is actually on Islam.

      This plague renders their inner darkness as the realization of their folly in worshipping the Beast instead of God sinks in.

The Sixth Plague:

    See Also: Sixth Church | Sixth Seal | Sixth Trumpet

    "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." (Revelation 16:12 KJV)

    • The Sixth Plague will be undergone first by the scattered sheep of Jesus, the Church of Philadelphia, which was announced by the Sixth Trumpet.

    • Upon the great river Euphrates: The Great River Euphrates in Revelation, made up of prophetic water, represents the Internet and other media sources where the knowledge of God has been available since people started looking for it after September 11, 2001.

      Studying the Word of God leads the earnest student to resolve all of the references to the "East" in the Bible somehow. Biblical information on what the East means in all of these references run dry. We must seek why it is that the Bible refers to the East constantly on our own through Jesus' guidance.

    • That the way of the kings of the east might be prepared: The kings of the East are the Holy Quran and the Lotus Sutra of the Wonderful Law. When these are actually read, it becomes obvious that both are inspired scriptures that are a central part of the Plan of Salvation. Between the two of them, they have prepared 2/3 of Spiritual earth to accept Jesus Christ when He appears.

      It is with these scriptures that God has snared Lucifer and those who, like him, exalt themselves over others because of race, religion, indifference, or fear of the unknown. People in the Church of Philadelphia, from which the 144,000 are drawn, cannot become God's elect until they have repented of their bigotries and racial arrogance.

    "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 16:13-15 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 devilish spirits going forth out the mouth of these three are the spirits of self-exaltation, racism, and religious intolerance that permeate much of Christian doctrine today.

      Those Christians worshipping the Beast and the False Prophet have based their doctrine on their apostate version of Christianity being the only religion God is interested in. None ever bothered studying the Bible to resolve references to the East or other lands, because they could not fathom 'their' God loving the rest of the people of earth enough that He would be interested in saving them also.

      This doctrine of ignorance, which teaches bigotry and religious intolerance to Christians world-wide, is the supreme evil spirit of the world's history. It has been the doctrine of every "Christian" slave-holder and oppressor. Begun in Christianity with the setting up of the Abomination of Desolation, it has been responsible for nearly every massacre, act of genocide, and war fought, since Jesus ascended to heaven.

      For those who have been infected by it, the Battle to overcome this doctrine will be every Christian's Spiritual Armageddon.

    "Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon." (Revelation 16:16 KJV)

    • Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame: Once you have accepted the inspired nature of most religions today, don't let anyone talk you out of it - hang on to your faith in Jesus. Belief in His brotherhood of creation is not a popular belief. Many people, not only Christians, prefer to see their religion or denomination as the only special one that believes the truth and that will be saved.

      Hold on to your Robe of His Righteousness and proclaim His Love for all peoples.

    • He gathered them together into a place called... Armageddon: The Greek spelling of Armageddon comes from the Hebrew words 'har megiddon'. 'Har' means 'mountain', 'megiddon' means 'place of crowds'.

      Many people feel the "Battle of Armageddon" will be a huge battle between human armies, the outcome of which will be the return of Jesus. But God does not set men against one another, so we can be sure Jesus would not gather men together for that purpose.

      As mentioned above, Armageddon is a Spiritual Battle that will take place within each one of us as we finally submit our will to the Love of God. We will then 'battle' spiritually with others as we witness the Truth about Jesus, his love of all peoples and religions, and His Plan of Salvation. We must acknowledge before all people the Love He has for His creations around the world - it is not just a Love for one race or religion.

      Since Armageddon is where Jesus gathers people for "the battle of that great day of God Almighty", we know it must be a very big place! A 'mountain place of crowds', or a 'crowded mountain'. What will happen at Armageddon?

        "As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out, will I rule over you: And I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out. And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face. Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, saith the Lord GOD. And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant" (Ezekiel 20:33-37 KJV)

      This prophecy in Ezekiel is exactly what will take place with each of us at our personal Battle of Armageddon. It is our test of Love to acknowledge His authority over the earth and the people whom He has created. Ezekiel Chapter Twenty continues:

        "As for you, O house of Israel, thus saith the Lord GOD; Go ye, serve ye every one his idols, and hereafter also, if ye will not hearken unto me: but pollute ye my holy name no more with your gifts, and with your idols. For in mine holy mountain, in the mountain of the height of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, there shall all the house of Israel, all of them in the land, serve me: there will I accept them, and there will I require your offerings, and the firstfruits of your oblations, with all your holy things. I will accept you with your sweet savour, when I bring you out from the people, and gather you out of the countries wherein ye have been scattered; and I will be sanctified in you before the heathen." (Ezekiel 20:39-41 KJV)

      Where is this "Mountain Place of Crowds" or "Crowded Mountain"? Where does Jesus gather us to this Battle?

      Where is the only place today that we can learn of Him without other men's opinions influencing His Truth? Where can we freely discuss and witness Him to others today, anonymously if we wish, in order to avoid the pressures of the religiously and politically correct society we live in today?

      On the Internet. This is the 'open door' He has provided us which 'no man can shut'. It is here that we follow Him and learn of Him from knowledge available around the world, through the amazing search tools and countless on-line Bibles, concordances, and dictionaries.

The Seventh Plague:

    See Also: Seventh Church | Seventh Seal | Seventh Trumpet

    "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." (Revelation 16:17-18 KJV)

    • It is done: Jesus returns when this vial is poured.

    "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." (Revelation 16:19-20 KJV)

    • The great city was divided into three parts: In Revelation "the Great City" is also a name of the Harlot Babylon (Revelation 14:8, 17:18). The apostate religions of Babylon - the Seven Heads of the Beast that the Harlot Babylon rides, are exposed according to the 3-Part Spiritual earth of the Plan of Salvation.

    • Great Babylon came in remembrance before God: As a result of the Seventh Plague Vial being poured, the Harlot Babylon is judged here (Revelation Chapters 17 and 18).

    • Every island fled away, and the mountains were not found: Governments (islands) are abandoned, and all of the religions formerly of the earth (mountains) disappear as all people go to Mount Zion to be with God.

    "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 16:21 KJV)

    • The Seventh Plague will be undergone by everyone formerly of the Church of Laodicea, which was announced by the Seventh Trumpet.

    • A great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: Combined with the voices, thunders, lightnings, and earthquake of verse 18, these great hail denote that at last the Four Winds of Heaven have been loosed, and the Holy Spirit is given to people - the Latter Rain.

      Note that this time after saying that men "blasphemed" God, he does not say "men still did not repent".