Rev. 16:8, 9
"And the fourth angel poured out his
vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. 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."
As we have previously shown, the sun is often
used in the scriptures to signify two things: the law of God and Jesus as the
righteous one. The law shows forth the exceeding sinfulness of sin: Rom. 7:13 "Was
then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might
appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the
commandment might become exceeding sinful." The natural sun is said to
reach about 15million degrees Fahrenheit. Similarly, the law of God scorches
men with fire: Rom. 3:19 "Now we know that what things soever the law saith,
it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all
the world may become guilty before God. 20 Therefore by the deeds of the
law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the
knowledge of sin." Song 1:6 "Look not upon me, because I am black,
because the sun hath looked upon me."
Fire is a symbol of the executed judgment of
God. The animal sacrifices were burned with fire as a sign of the executed
wrathful judgment of God because of sin.
There is a belief in the world today that if God
will just pour out some judgments upon the world, then that will bring men to
repent. Much of what is said in pulpits in America today is designed to bring
terror to the hearts of men in order to get them to repent. We should remember
Pharaoh. When the judgments came upon Pharaoh and the land of Egypt, Pharaoh's heart just
got harder. He never repented nor did he give glory to God. The natural man
will not repent or give glory to God regardless of the manifest wrathful
judgments of God.
Instead of giving God the glory, we hear people
say such things after some calamitous event, "I do not know why God would allow
such things to happen." Alternatively, after some personal hardship or
affliction, we sometimes hear people say, "I don't know why God has allowed this
to happen to me." Such statements as these are blasphemous. Cain blasphemously
said: Gen. 4:13 "And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I
can bear. 14 Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of
the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a
vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me
shall slay me." Oh how unfair Cain thought God was that after he had slain
Abel that God would put Cain in a position of hardship and danger! Unregenerate
men blasphemously blame God for their state of being and refuse to repent of
their evil deeds.
Rev. 16:10, 11
"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, 11 And blasphemed the God of heaven
because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds."
As you will recall, the dragon gave the beast his
seat, power, and great authority. The word, seat, refers to the place of
government, the system of government, and the people who govern. Since the
dragon gave the beast his seat, then it makes sense that the beast in its place
of government, its system of government, and the people who govern are going to
be corrupt like the dragon. Thus, the angel poured out the vial of God's wrath
upon the seat of the beast. There is only one kingdom that is full of
righteousness and that is the kingdom of heaven, which is full of righteousness,
joy and peace in the Holy Ghost.
The beastly kingdom was full of darkness. The
beastly kingdoms of this world are full of spiritual darkness. The Old
Testament speaks of Egypt as being the land of darkness. Paul tells us that as
soldiers of Jesus Christ that we wrestle against "the rulers of the darkness of
this world." This beastly world governing system is called "the power of
darkness" (Lk. 22:53; Col. 1:13). When one loses his place in the kingdom of
heaven, he is cast into the "outer darkness" of this world (Matt 8:12; 22:13;
25:30). Before we come to the knowledge of the truth we are said to "sit in
darkness" (Lk. 1:79). Once we come to knowledge of truth then we come from
"darkness unto light" (Acts 26:18). The scriptures tell us to have no
fellowship with the "unfruitful works of darkness" (Eph. 5:11). Furthermore,
the scriptures teach, 2 Cor. 6:14 "Be ye not unequally yoked together with
unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and
what communion hath light with darkness?"
Light and darkness are opposites. The kingdom of
heaven is a kingdom of light, whereas the beastly kingdoms are kingdoms of
darkness. Darkness is the absence of light. There is no spiritual knowledge or
understanding in the kingdoms of darkness.
"They gnawed their tongues for pain." We
read the following about the tongue in James chapter 3: 5 "Even so the tongue
is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a
little fire kindleth! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so
is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on
fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. 7 For every
kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is
tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: 8 But the tongue can no man tame;
it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison." Rom. 3:13 tells us of the
condition of man's tongue in his depraved natural state, "with their tongues
they have used deceit." How great trouble this little member of the body
brings upon man. No wonder the rich man who was in torment wanted Lazarus to
"dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in
this flame." The tongue brings great pain into the lives of all men,
especially of those who have not been born of the Spirit, and are thus unable to
bridle the tongue. Because of the tongue, families are torn apart, marriages
are destroyed, friendships are lost, hatred abounds, cruel acts are instigated,
"And blasphemed the God of heaven because of
their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds." Rather than
put the blame for their pains and sores on their own sinful nature and the sins
of their flesh, men blame God for the pains and sores in their lives. They
accuse God of allowing such things to happen in their lives. They blame God for
their failed marriages. They blame God for their broken relationships. They
blame God for the turmoil in their families. They blame God for the torment of
their failure to forgive. They blame God for all that their wicked tongues
cause. This is a plague upon man and especially upon the unregenerate and
ignorant. One thing that they will not do in their condition is repent.
Rev. 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."
Everywhere the Euphrates river appears in the
scriptures it is used as a boundary. The Euphrates river appears twenty one
times in the scriptures. The first time it appears is in Gen. chapter 2 and is
one of the four rivers flowing out of Eden.
In Gen. Chapter 15 God made a covenant with Abram
and gave to him by promise the following land: Gen. 15:18 "In the same day
the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this
land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:"
In Deu. Chapter 1 Moses admonished the children
of Israel to go in and possess the land that God had promised them: Deu. 1:7
"Turn you, and take your journey, and go to the mount of the Amorites, and unto
all the places nigh thereunto, in the plain, in the hills, and in the vale, and
in the south, and by the sea side, to the land of the Canaanites, and unto
Lebanon, unto the great river, the river Euphrates."
After the death of Moses, God confirmed to Joshua
the boundary of the children of Israel: Josh 1:1 "Now after the death of
Moses the servant of the LORD it came to pass, that the LORD spake unto Joshua
the son of Nun, Moses' minister, saying, 2 Moses my servant is dead; now
therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land
which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel. 3 Every place
that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I
said unto Moses. 4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the
great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the
great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast."
In 2nd Samuel David went to recover the boundary
of the children of Israel that Syria had previously taken: 2 Sam. 8:3 "David
smote also Hadadezer, the son of Rehob, king of Zobah, as he went to recover his
border at the river Euphrates."
In summary, Euphrates is described as one of the
boundaries of the children of Israel and its use in the scriptures is associated
with the fact that it is a boundary.
The drying up of the waters of the Euphrates
indicates that the land was open to an invasion by foreign forces. Since
Euphrates was a great river it was not easily crossed and served as a barrier to
invading forces. With the drying up of the waters that barrier was removed.
Similarly, Adam was given a boundary in the Garden of Eden. God had told him
that of every tree of the garden he was free to eat, "but of the tree of
knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat thereof, for in the day thou
eatest thereof thou shalt surely die."
When Adam ate of the tree, he violated the
boundary that God had given him and the invading force of sin entered into his
body and subsequently into all men resulting in death to him and all men. "That
the way of the kings of the east might be prepared." East is a direction and
is associated in the scriptures with sin. Because of sin God "placed at the
east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every
way, to keep the way of the tree of life."
After Cain slew Abel, he went out from the
presence of the Lord: Gen. 4:16 "And Cain went out from the presence of the
LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden."
In rebellion against God, the children of men
went out to build the tower of Babel: Gen. 11:2 "And it came to pass, as they
journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they
When Abram built an altar to worship God, he was located as follows: Gen. 12:8
"And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and
pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he
builded an altar unto the LORD, and called upon the name of the LORD."
Bethel means house of God. Hai means heap. Thus, Abram had the house of God to
the west of him and the junk heap of sin to the east of him!
In summary, the direction of east is associated
with sin in the scriptures.
Kings have a dominion in which they reign. Rom. 6:12 "Let not sin therefore
reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof." As
an example, Cain had sin reigning over him: Gen. 4:7 "If thou doest well,
shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door.
And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him."
The term "kings of the east" therefore, has
reference to the reign of sin in the lives of men.
The children of Israel with Gideon as their
leader did battle with the children of the east: Jud. 6:33 "Then all the
Midianites and the Amalekites and the children of the east were gathered
together, and went over, and pitched in the valley of Jezreel. 34 But the
spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet; and Abiezer was
gathered after him." Gideon and the children of Israel destroyed the great
host that was gathered. Jesus Christ is the destroyer of our enemies. The "way"
of the kings of the east is just the opposite of Christ as the "way." The "way"
of destruction is the way of sin: Matt. 7:13 "Enter ye in at the strait gate:
for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and
many there be which go in thereat."
14 "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. 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."
The evil trinity consists of the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet. They
are enemies of those who are the remnant of the woman's seed that keep the
commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. Out of the mouth of
these three come three unclean spirits like frogs. Frogs was one of the plagues
upon the land of Egypt: Ex. 8:2 "And if thou refuse to let them go, behold, I
will smite all thy borders with frogs: 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: 4 And the
frogs shall come up both on thee, and upon thy people, and upon all thy
servants. 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. 6 And Aaron stretched
out his hand over the waters of Egypt; and the frogs came up, and covered the
land of Egypt."
The frogs were pervasive. They came into the
houses, into the bedchambers, into the beds, into the houses of the servants,
into the ovens and the kneading troughs. The frogs not only came into the above,
but they also came UPON Pharaoh, the people and the servants. All of the
Egyptians were plagued with the frogs. The frogs were also unclean, thus
polluting everything that they came into and upon.
Three unclean spirits came out of the mouths of
the unholy trinity. The spirit of the dragon is identified in Eph. 2:2:
"Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according
to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the
children of disobedience." This spirit is the evil spirit of Satan within
the flesh nature of man that works in us to fulfill the desires of the flesh and
the mind. The second evil spirit comes out of the mouth of the beast. This is
the spirit of politics. The spirit of politics seeks to consume and destroy its
enemy. One only has to observe the political parties of this country to see the
evil of the spirit of politics. The third evil spirit is the spirit of the false
prophet. This spirit is a proselyte spirit seeking to convert all that it can to
the false messages of the false prophet. In this manner, it seeks to destroy the
truth by replacing the truth with a counterfeit gospel and word. The false
prophet seeks to set forth a false Christ for the people to worship.
These unclean spirits were "working miracles." The prophets of Egypt emulated
the first three plagues that God sent upon Egypt. I submit that what they did
were truly counterfeits and not true miracles. The Lord tells us of some that
made claims of miraculous things: Matt. 7:21 "Not every one that saith unto
me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the
will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day,
Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out
devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I
profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."
They claimed to prophesy in Christ name. They claimed to cast out devils in
Christ name. They claimed to do many wonderful works in Christ name. Truly,
those would be miracles if their claims were true.
Today, many claim to be able to cause men to be
born spiritually. They claim that they can save men from their sins through
their works system. They claim that they can make one be an heir of heaven
through their works system. These would all be miraculous things if true.
However, alas, they are all false claims. Furthermore, they have convinced great
multitudes that they are true. In the eyes of the multitude, these are miracle
workers. The Lord, however, says that they are workers of iniquities. "Which
go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world." The use of
both the term, "earth," and the term, "whole world," seems to be including both
the rulers of Israel (earth) and the rulers of the Gentiles (whole world): Acts
4:26 "The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together
against the Lord, and against his Christ. 27 For of a truth against thy
holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with
the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together."
"To gather them to the battle of that great
day of God Almighty." The "great day of God Almighty" indicates the great
day of God's judgment. As we will see in a later section this is the great day
of God's judgment that Jesus accomplished on the cross.