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Revelation Chapter 19

After these things I heard something like a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God; BECAUSE HIS JUDGMENTS ARE TRUE AND RIGHTEOUS; for He has judged the great harlot who was corrupting the earth with her immorality, and HE HAS AVENGED THE BLOOD OF HIS BOND-SERVANTS ON HER.” Revelation 19:1-2

While there have been many Chapters that were difficult to read sometimes, this one is a Chapter you will want to read over and over again. In this Chapter we have the celebration of Christs victory over Satan and the evil corrupted system of Babylon!

We will also see the Marriage Ceremony finally completed of the Groom (Jesus Christ) and the Bride (Christians) Finally Gods Kingdom is ready to be reestablished forever!

Rejoice, O nations, with His people; For He will avenge the blood of His servants, And will render vengeance on His adversaries, And will atone for His land and His people.” Deuteronomy 32:43

And a second time they said, “Hallelujah! HER SMOKE RISES UP FOREVER AND EVER.” And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who sits on the throne saying, “Amen. Hallelujah!” And a voice came from the throne, saying, “Give praise to our God, all you His bond-servants, you who fear Him, the small and the great.” Revelation 19:3-5

The worship service continues in Heaven and on Earth, as they will soon becoming united as one. Notice it says Babylon is destroyed forever! Give praise to God everyone!

Praise the LORD! Praise the name of the LORD; Praise Him, O servants of the LORD, Psalm 135:1

Then I heard something like the voice of a great multitude and like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.” Revelation 19:6-7

The marriage ceremony of the Lamb (Jesus Christ) and the Bride (Christians) has come! This was fortold by Christ himself while here on Earth. Notice it says The Bride has made herself ready, are you ready? Is your lamp lit or are you out of oil?

 

Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps lit. Luke 12:35

It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. Then he said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.'” And he said to me, “These are true words of God.” Revelation 19:8-9

Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding ceremony of Christ, have you accepted your invitation? Have you repented of your sins and given your life to Jesus? Don’t squander your invitation to eternal life with our Lord and God

You too, be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour that you do not expect.” Luke 12:40

Then I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and your brethren who hold the testimony of Jesus; worship God. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” Revelation 19:10

Notice the Apostle John mistakenly went to worship the Angel because of the good news he was telling him about Christ. But the Angel quickly rebuked John to not worship him. However the disciples worshipped Jesus and he never rebuked them!

When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. Matthew 28:17

And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. Revelation 19:11-13

Remember back in Revelation Chapter 6, the first of the four horsemen was the Antichrist riding on a white horse. This was an imitation of the even that is about to happen now. The real Jesus is coming now, this time as the Lion with eyes of flames of fire and not as the Lamb.

Notice his name is the Word of God as John referred to him in the gospels. The Living Word of God is in flesh

 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1

And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” Revelation 19:14-16

Notice Jesus is not coming alone, hes coming with an Army of Angels from Heaven! The Word of God is his sword and he devours evil when he speaks! And Jesus title of King of Kings and Lord of Lords is revealed! Jesus will rule the world with a rod of iron

which He will bring about at the proper time– He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 1 Timothy 6:15

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

‘You shall break them with a rod of iron, You shall shatter them like earthenware.'” Psalm 2:9

Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried out with a loud voice, saying to all the birds which fly in midheaven, “Come, assemble for the great supper of God, so that you may eat the flesh of kings and the flesh of commanders and the flesh of mighty men and the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them and the flesh of all men, both free men and slaves, and small and great.” Revelation 19:17-18

The time has come for the final cleansing of the Earth, where all wickedness and evil will be removed forever. Think about all the evil and atrocities going on right now in this world, they will all be gone Forever!

Take away the wicked before the king, And his throne will be established in righteousness. Proverbs 25:5

And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies assembled to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone. And the rest were killed with the sword which came from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse, and all the birds were filled with their flesh. Revelation 19:19-21

Finally Satan and all of his followers were thrown into the Lake of Fire! Final Judgement is coming! All this time Satan thought he would get away with his Sins, Time is Up for Satan and his followers! Get ready for Gods Kingdom, the new Heavens and Earth are coming! Glory to God in Jesus name!

Revelation Chapter 18

After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illumined with his glory. And he cried out with a mighty voice, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a dwelling place of demons and a prison of every unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean and hateful bird. “For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the passion of her immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed acts of immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich by the wealth of her sensuality.” Revelation 18:1-3

Finally, Babylon has fallen! Finally the corrupted and evil religious and political system of Satan is destroyed. The world was drunk on her immorality and wealth, however God has brought that to an end. Because God is about to reestablish his perfect Kingdom, so all Sin and immorality must be removed first!

 

Babylon has been a golden cup in the hand of the LORD, Intoxicating all the earth. The nations have drunk of her wine; Therefore the nations are going mad. Jeremiah 51:7

I heard another voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues for her sins have piled up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. Revelation 18:4-5

But notice God is still allowing people to Repent! Even after the partaking of all the horrible sins and immorality of Babylon, people can still “Come Out of Her” and Repent! The sins of Babylon are so great they are piled as high as the Heavens and God has not forgotten any of her Sins!

 

Flee from the midst of Babylon, And each of you save his life! Do not be destroyed in her punishment, For this is the LORD’S time of vengeance; He is going to render recompense to her. Jeremiah 51:6

“Pay her back even as she has paid, and give back to her double according to her deeds; in the cup which she has mixed, mix twice as much for her. To the degree that she glorified herself and lived sensuously, to the same degree give her torment and mourning; for she says in her heart, ‘I SIT as A QUEEN AND I AM NOT A WIDOW, and will never see mourning. For this reason in one day her plagues will come, pestilence and mourning and famine, and she will be burned up with fire; for the Lord God who judges her is strong. Revelation 18:6-8

God will judge the evil system of Babylon double for all her Sins and Immorality. Notice the arrogance of Babylon, saying “ I will never see mourning” this is a lie straight from Hell. Don’t fall for the deception of Babylon! Don’t fall for Satans lies to this world

“Their Redeemer is strong, the LORD of hosts is His name; He will vigorously plead their case So that He may bring rest to the earth, But turmoil to the inhabitants of Babylon. Jeremiah 50:34

And the kings of the earth, who committed acts of immorality and lived sensuously with her, will weep and lament over her when they see the smoke of her burning, standing at a distance because of the fear of her torment, saying, ‘Woe, woe, the great city, Babylon, the strong city! For in one hour your judgment has come.'”And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn over her, because no one buys their cargoes any more–cargoes of gold and silver and precious stones and pearls and fine linen and purple and silk and scarlet, and every kind of citron wood and every article of ivory and every article made from very costly wood and bronze and iron and marble, and cinnamon and spice and incense and perfume and frankincense and wine and olive oil and fine flour and wheat and cattle and sheep, and cargoes of horses and chariots and slaves and human lives. “The fruit you long for has gone from you, and all things that were luxurious and splendid have passed away from you and men will no longer find them. The merchants of these things, who became rich from her, will stand at a distance because of the fear of her torment, weeping and mourning, saying, ‘Woe, woe, the great city, she who was clothed in fine linen and purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls; for in one hour such great wealth has been laid waste!’ And every shipmaster and every passenger and sailor, and as many as make their living by the sea, stood at a distance, and were crying out as they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, ‘What city is like the great city?'”And they threw dust on their heads and were crying out, weeping and mourning, saying, ‘Woe, woe, the great city, in which all who had ships at sea became rich by her wealth, for in one hour she has been laid waste!’ Revelation 18:9-19

The Entire world will mourn the collapse of Babylon! Why? Because the world is drunk off of her money, immorality, and luxury. This is why God tells you not to be part of this world. If you put your trust in your money, your career, your possessions, you are doomed. All of these things are temporary and cant save your soul. Only Jesus Christ can save your soul, you need to keep him first and world last.

Suddenly Babylon has fallen and been broken; Wail over her! Bring balm for her pain; Perhaps she may be healed. Jeremiah 51:8

Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you saints and apostles and prophets, because God has pronounced judgment for you against her.” Revelation 18:20

However Gods people rejoice over the destruction of Babylon. Because we know the Gods Kingdom is being restored soon. We know time is up for Satan and his followers. We know that justice and mercy will finally be served by the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

 

Then heaven and earth and all that is in them Will shout for joy over Babylon, For the destroyers will come to her from the north,” Declares the LORD. Jeremiah 51:48

Then a strong angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, “So will Babylon, the great city, be thrown down with violence, and will not be found any longer. And the sound of harpists and musicians and flute-players and trumpeters will not be heard in you any longer; and no craftsman of any craft will be found in you any longer; and the sound of a mill will not be heard in you any longer; and the light of a lamp will not shine in you any longer; and the voice of the bridegroom and bride will not be heard in you any longer; for your merchants were the great men of the earth, because all the nations were deceived by your sorcery. Revelation 18:21-23

The destruction of Babylon is about to take place, and Babylon will never exist again! All the laughter and partying of the wicked are about to be turned into weeping and gnashing of teeth. Notice it says Satan used sorcery or witchcraft to deceive the world. Many of the common things of this world today, are rooted in witchcraft. Even drugs and pornography originated from witchcraft. Satans system is finally destroyed forever!

‘Moreover, I will take from them the voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones and the light of the lamp. Jeremiah 25:10

And in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints and of all who have been slain on the earth.” Revelation 18:24

The death of all the prophets and saints (Christians) are found due to Babylon (Satan). This wicked system is to rob, steal, and kill. This wicked system was created to deceive the world into following Satan, many without even knowing it. Make sure you stay separated from the world!

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2

 

Revelation Chapter 17

Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and spoke with me, saying, “Come here, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth committed acts of immorality, and those who dwell on the earth were made drunk with the wine of her immorality.” Revelation 17:1-2

“The Whore of Babylon” the False and Evil Religious system that has deceived and corrupted the entire world, is about to come into judgement. We saw in the last chapter, that the support for Babylon has dried up. And the system of Babylon has fallen apart!

All the “Kings of The Earth” representing all the authority of the nations , were part of this religious and political corrupted system. They all were “drunk with her immorality” meaning they sold their souls to Satan for money and power. We actually see this a lot today in the “religious systems” its more about money than it is about God anymore

For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? Mark 8:36

And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness; and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast, full of blasphemous names, having seven heads and ten horns. The woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a gold cup full of abominations and of the unclean things of her immorality, and on her forehead a name was written, a mystery, “BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” Revelation 17:3-5

Here we see the symbolism of “The Whore of Babylon” who is the symbolic representation of the corrupted religious system. Babylon is sitting on a “scarlet beast” which is obviously Satan. The corrupted system is fueled and influenced by Satan himself to deceive the masses and destroy souls

Notice her cup is full of abominations, the sins and immorality of this fake religious system is great, including the death and persecution of Christians.

For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way. 2 Thessalonian 2:7

And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus. When I saw her, I wondered greatly. And the angel said to me, “Why do you wonder? I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns. Revelation 17:6-7

We see here “Babylon” is responsible for the death and persecution of many Christians. The interesting thing here is the Apostle John says “When I saw her, I wondered greatly”. This could possibly mean that the deception of this fake religious system “Babylon” was not so obvious. Satan is a master at deception, beware of the false prophets and false churches

“Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many. Matthew 24:11

The beast that you saw was, and is not, and is about to come up out of the abyss and go to destruction. And those who dwell on the earth, whose name has not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, will wonder when they see the beast, that he was and is not and will come. Revelation 17:8

The world is about to see Satan be thrown into the Lake of Fire for final punishment. Notice those whos names are not in the “Book of Life” will join Satan in the Lake of Fire. Many people will be in “awe” or “wonder” as they see this mighty false religious and pollical system totally destroyed by God Almighty

 

May they be blotted out of the book of life And may they not be recorded with the righteous. Psalm 69:28

Here is the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits, and they are seven kings; five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; and when he comes, he must remain a little while. Revelation 17:9-10

The Angel is explaining this vision to the Apostle John. Most commonly people associate the 7 Mountains with Rome. However since most or all of Revelation is symbolic, I believe the mountains represent power and authority. The 7 mountains are the 7 Kings/Leaders/ect. that represented the Satanic system of Babylon.

Its revealed another leader is yet to come and they will be in power for a little while. I believe this is futuristic as the majority of Revelation is

The beast which was and is not, is himself also an eighth and is one of the seven, and he goes to destruction. “The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but they receive authority as kings with the beast for one hour. These have one purpose, and they give their power and authority to the beast. Revelation 17:11-13

Satan is making one final push before his total destruction. He’s aligning all his nations that he deceived into following him and doing his dirty work. However as we know the ending wont be pretty for Satan and all his followers

‘As for the ten horns, out of this kingdom ten kings will arise; and another will arise after them, and he will be different from the previous ones and will subdue three kings. Daniel 7:24

 

These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.” Revelation 17:14

As scary as the book of Revelation can get at times, we can always have comfort and hope knowing we serve the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! Our God always reigns!

which He will bring about at the proper time– He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 1 Timothy 6:15

And he said to me, “The waters which you saw where the harlot sits, are peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues. And the ten horns which you saw, and the beast, these will hate the harlot and will make her desolate and naked, and will eat her flesh and will burn her up with fire. For God has put it in their hearts to execute His purpose by having a common purpose, and by giving their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God will be fulfilled. The woman whom you saw is the great city, which reigns over the kings of the earth.” Revelation 17:15-18

Jesus has defeated Babylon and the world has turned on the “Whore of Babylon” , Time is running out for the wicked people and they finally realized their false religion is a total sham. When faithless people get desperate , what do they do? They turn on each other. This is what God ordained to happen to Satans wicked empire

 

“If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. Mark 3:24

Revelation Chapter 16

Then I heard a loud voice from the temple, saying to the seven angels, “Go and pour out on the earth the seven bowls of the wrath of God.” Revelation 16:1

The Final Judgement is here, a judgement that will be leading up to the restoration of the Kingdom of God. We’ll notice the similarities between the plagues of Egypt and the Bowls of Judgement in Revelation

Pour out Your wrath upon the nations which do not know You, And upon the kingdoms which do not call upon Your name. Psalm 79:6

So the first angel went and poured out his bowl on the earth; and it became a loathsome and malignant sore on the people who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his image. Revelation 16:2

The 1rst Bowl will be painful sores that will cover people, however notice these sores only effect the people who took the “mark of the beast”

We notice the 6th Plague in Egypt was the boils that covered the Egyptians who worshipped Pharaoh instead of God

So they took soot from a kiln, and stood before Pharaoh; and Moses threw it toward the sky, and it became boils breaking out with sores on man and beast. Exodus 9:10

The second angel poured out his bowl into the sea, and it became blood like that of a dead man; and every living thing in the sea died. Revelation 16:3

The 2nd Bowl will be the sea becoming like blood and everything died within it. We can imagine the stench and devastation of all the world’s oceans turning into blood.

Again, notice the similarity to the 1rst plague of Egypt, the Nile River was turned into blood and everything died within it

So Moses and Aaron did even as the LORD had commanded. And he lifted up the staff and struck the water that was in the Nile, in the sight of Pharaoh and in the sight of his servants, and all the water that was in the Nile was turned to blood. Exodus 7:20

Then the third angel poured out his bowl into the rivers and the springs of waters; and they became blood. And I heard the angel of the waters saying, “Righteous are You, who are and who were, O Holy One, because You judged these things; for they poured out the blood of saints and prophets, and You have given them blood to drink. They deserve it.” And I heard the altar saying, “Yes, O Lord God, the Almighty, true and righteous are Your judgments.” Revelation 16:4-7

The 3rd Bowl we know see the blood poured on the fresh drinking water of the world. God said this is symbolic for the bloodshed for the saints. So now at this time, all the water in the world has turned to blood and is not drinkable. Also all the sea life has totally perished.

Again we reference the plagues of Egypt and the similarities here to the Bowls of Judgment

‘Thus says the LORD, “By this you shall know that I am the LORD: behold, I will strike the water that is in the Nile with the staff that is in my hand, and it will be turned to blood. Exodus 7:17

The fourth angel poured out his bowl upon the sun, and it was given to it to scorch men with fire. Men were scorched with fierce heat; and they blasphemed the name of God who has the power over these plagues, and they did not repent so as to give Him glory. Revelation 16:8-9

The 4th Bowl here we see God controlling the Sun to scorch the wicked people of the Earth. Notice this is different than the plague of Egypt where God darkened the Sun to prove his power. Even with all these plagues , the people still didn’t repent, they even kept blaspheming Gods name

So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and there was thick darkness in all the land of Egypt for three days. Exodus 10:22

Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom became darkened; and they gnawed their tongues because of pain, and they blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores; and they did not repent of their deeds. Revelation 16:10-11

The 5th Bowl we now see the darkness of The Sun, as we saw in the plagues of Egypt. However even after all the power God has displayed and punishment he has inflicted, the wicked people still will not repent. They continue to blasphemy Gods name

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward the sky, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even a darkness which may be felt.” Exodus 10:21

The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river, the Euphrates; and its water was dried up, so that the way would be prepared for the kings from the east. Revelation 16:12

The 6th Bowl is now the “Euphrates River” drying up, many believe that the “Euphrates River” is symbolic for the support/followers (Mark of the Beast)  of the Anti Christ system of Babylon. The real Euphrates River used to flow under the real city of Babylon

And I saw coming out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs; for they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them together for the war of the great day of God, the Almighty. Revelation 16:13-14

Satan’s days are numbered, and here he is sending demons (frogs) out all over the Earth to deceive the remaining people left to support him. God sent a plague of Frogs to Egypt during the Exodus, this was a foreshadow of this event to come. Note Frogs are considered unclean animals , meaning they are evil not pure

 

So Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt, and the frogs came up and covered the land of Egypt. Exodus 8:6

“Behold, I am coming like a thief. Blessed is the one who stays awake and keeps his clothes, so that he will not walk about naked and men will not see his shame.” Revelation 16:15

A powerful message by Christ himself, interesting to note that according to Christ message, there are still Christians remaining on the Earth at this point. Are they the tribulation Saints? Are they the Church?

For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. 1 Thessalonians 5:2

And they gathered them together to the place which in Hebrew is called Har-Magedon. Revelation 16:16

The Battle of Armageddon is about to take place! Many translations say the demonic spirits (frogs) led all the worldly armies to this battle. Satan believes he’s going to destroy Israel for good, what he doesn’t realize is he’s going to meet the Lion of Judah, Jesus Christ!

Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl upon the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple from the throne, saying, “It is done.” And there were flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder; and there was a great earthquake, such as there had not been since man came to be upon the earth, so great an earthquake was it, and so mighty. Revelation 16:17-18

The 7th Bowl and the Final Judgement has been unleashed, notice the angel declares “It Is Done”. It says it was the greatest Earthquake to ever happen on the Earth! Think about that, think of all the devastating Earthquakes throughout history. Nobody has seen anything like this before.

The great city was split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. Babylon the great was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of His fierce wrath. Revelation 16:19

The Great City here is “Spiritual Babylon” this is probably symbolic for Babylon is being totally destroyed. The False and Evil religious and political system is falling. God knows all the sins of Babylon and is pouring out his wrath upon them

And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. And huge hailstones, about one hundred pounds each, came down from heaven upon men; and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, because its plague was extremely severe. Revelation 16:20-21

The Earthquake was so severe it destroyed mountains and islands just disappeared. Hailstones , 100 pounds each, are being thrown down on the wicked. Again we reference the plagues of Egypt as God sent hail down on Egypt. Also think about Sodom and Gomorra , where God totally destroyed these cities due to their wickedness. The End is Near for Satan and his followers

Moses stretched out his staff toward the sky, and the LORD sent thunder and hail, and fire ran down to the earth. And the LORD rained hail on the land of Egypt. Exodus 9:23

Then the LORD rained on Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven, Genesis 19:24

 

 

Revelation Chapter 15

Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels who had seven plagues, which are the last, because in them the wrath of God is finished. Revelation 15:1

We begin a new scene of Gods Final Judgment and the victory over Satan! Notice the number 7 again, which symbolizes completion. 7 Angels/Messengers  + 7 plagues = wrath of God is finished

And I saw something like a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who had been victorious over the beast and his image and the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, holding harps of God. Revelation 15:2

The “Sea of Glass” John mentions here is a mystery, in his imagery we can guess that because it’s a sea, it’s a very large area, therefor I would assume there are a large group of Christians standing here. The Fire I would guess is symbolic of the Holy Spirit that is empowering all of us Christians. Praising God by playing music and worshipping to the Lord in Victory!

And they sang the song of Moses, the bond-servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, “Great and marvelous are Your works, O Lord God, the Almighty; Righteous and true are Your ways, King of the nations! Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy; For ALL THE NATIONS WILL COME AND WORSHIP BEFORE YOU, FOR YOUR RIGHTEOUS ACTS HAVE BEEN REVEALED.” Revelation 15:3-4

The “Song of Moses” is the same song sang when the Israelites were freed in the Exodus and God parted the Red Sea for them. The parallels between the Exodus and Revelation are amazing. God sent the plaques to Egypt while God sent the Tribulation here. Moses freed the Israelites from slavery while Jesus has freed us from the slavery of sin and death. Egypt has the evil leader Pharaoh, while Revelation Satan has the Anti Christ

Regardless this is a time of celebration right now, as final Judgement is coming upon Satan and eternal victory through Christ and his followers!

Then Moses and the sons of Israel sang this song to the LORD, and said, “I will sing to the LORD, for He is highly exalted; The horse and its rider He has hurled into the sea. Exodus 15:1

After these things I looked, and the temple of the tabernacle of testimony in heaven was opened, and the seven angels who had the seven plagues came out of the temple, clothed in linen, clean and bright, and girded around their chests with golden sashes. Revelation 15:5-6

The Temple of the Tabernacle of Testimony, we can assume this is the Ark of the Covenant (The Ten Commandments) meaning Justice has been served! No longer will evil remain on this Earth, its being purged along with Satan and his followers

Notice the 7 Angels have golden sashes around their chests. This is symbolic for authority given to them. They have been granted authority by God to carry out final judgement of the Earth and Satan

 

who serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things, just as Moses was warned by God when he was about to erect the tabernacle; for, “SEE,” He says, “THAT YOU MAKE all things ACCORDING TO THE PATTERN WHICH WAS SHOWN YOU ON THE MOUNTAIN.” Hebrews 8:5

Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God, who lives forever and ever. And 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 were finished. Revelation 15:7-8

The Bowls of Gods wrath are about to be unleashed on the Earth. Notice the Temple was filled with smoke, the smoke symbolizing Gods presence. Nobody was able to enter the Temple until it was finished! This is the final judgement , no second chances, time is up!

 

Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit. John 19:30

Revelation Chapter 14

Then I looked, and behold, the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder, and the voice which I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps. Revelation 14:1-2

We begin this chapter with the 144,000, remember these are the 12 tribes of Israel. The name of God written of their foreheads, meaning they are sealed by the Holy Spirit.

A loud sound begins to play out of Heaven, this will begin another worship service for our Lord Jesus Christ

In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation– having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, Ephesians 1:13

And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders; and no one could learn the song except the one hundred and forty-four thousand who had been purchased from the earth. These are the ones who have not been defiled with women, for they have kept themselves chaste. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These have been purchased from among men as first fruits to God and to the Lamb. And no lie was found in their mouth; they are blameless. Revelation 14:3-5

The worship service begins with the 144,000, the 4 creatures, and the elders. Greater detail is now given about the 144,000. Not only are they the 12 Tribes of Israel but they are also “spiritual virgins”. Are they actual virgins, that is debatable, however we know that they are holy and blameless before God.

It reminds me of when Jesus taught about the “Ten Virgins” , was he being literal? No , spiritually we are to be holy for God, as a virgin bride

For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I betrothed you to one husband, so that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin. 2 Corinthians 11:2

And I saw another angel flying in midheaven, having an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people; and he said with a loud voice, “Fear God, and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come; worship Him who made the heaven and the earth and sea and springs of waters.” Revelation 14:6-7

We are now going to see a series of 3 angels who are going to give warnings to the entire world. “Fear God” is the core of their message, how far we have gotten away from this message even in our world today. “Judgement Has Come” time is up for all the wicked who have rejected God and continue to live in their immorality

Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28

And another angel, a second one, followed, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, she who has made all the nations drink of the wine of the passion of her immorality.” Revelation 14:8

Who or what is Babylon? You will read and hear a lot of different interpretations of it. My belief is Babylon is symbolic for the False Religion and Political system of the Anti Christ. We are even seeing it today, the False Religion of Babylon has invaded the Christian Church. Many Churches have fallen away from the true gospel and doctrine, Beware!

But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! Galatians 1:8

Then another angel, a third one, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever; they have no rest day and night, those who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.” Revelation 14:9-11

Here we see a warning from the 3rd and final Angel. Again we are seeing reference to the “Mark of The Beast”, I believe its more of a “spiritual” mark than a physical one. But notice anyone selling out to Satan will be thrown into the Lake of Fire! Be careful who or what you are worshipping or devoting your time to. This entire world is controlled by Satan and his empire Babylon.  Worship the Lord Jesus Christ for your salvation!

And He said to him, “‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ Matthew 22:37

Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven, saying, “Write, ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on!'” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “so that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow with them.”Revelation 14:12-13

The key word for Christians left behind is “Endure”! Keep the commandments of God , Keep your Faith in Jesus Christ! God never promised are journey as Christians will be easy, but he did promise us ultimate victory in his Kingdom for eternity!

But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved Matthew 24:13

Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and sitting on the cloud was one like a son of man, having a golden crown on His head and a sharp sickle in His hand. Then another angel came from the Temple and shouted to the one sitting on the cloud, “Swing the sickle, for the time of harvest has come; the crop on earth is ripe.” Then He who sat on the cloud swung His sickle over the earth, and the earth was reaped. Revelation 14:14-16

The Harvest is Here! The Son of Man (Jesus Christ) is coming with his angels to remove any remaining Christians from the Earth. Jesus is preparing for the Final Judgement of the Earth, the moment has finally arrived, don’t be left behind!

 

Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Matthew 9:37

 

And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, and he also had a sharp sickle. Then another angel, the one who has power over fire, came out from the altar; and he called with a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, “Put in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters from the vine of the earth, because her grapes are ripe.” Revelation 14:17-18

The symbolism of a harvest of grapes is key to understand the wrath and devastation of the wicked. Picture grapes being put through a winepress, this is the scene about to happen here on Earth

 

Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, tread, for the wine press is full; The vats overflow, for their wickedness is great. Joel 3:13

So the angel swung his sickle to the earth and gathered the clusters from the vine of the earth, and threw them into the great wine press of the wrath of God. And the wine press was trodden outside the city, and blood came out from the wine press, up to the horses’ bridles, for a distance of two hundred miles. Revelation 14:19-20

 

Notice the symbolism of Gods Wrath here, Blood came up to the horses bridle. Meaning the amount of blood from all the corpses was deep enough to come up to the horses mouth (probably 5 feet deep)! And the river of blood flows 200 miles!

The wrath of God is real and coming! Make sure you are saved by the blood of Jesus Christ!

 

“But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap. Micah 3:2

Revelation Chapter 12

A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars; and she was with child; and she cried out, being in labor and in pain to give birth. Revelation 12:1-2

Who is this symbolic woman? I believe it’s the nation of Israel. Notice the 12 stars on her crown are the 12 tribes of Israel…Notice She (Israel) was with Child (Jesus Christ) Lets not forget Jesus is the Lion of Judah…even though he came to save the whole world, he came from Israel

For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

Then another sign appeared in heaven: and behold, a great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads were seven diadems. Revelation 12:3

The Great Red Dragon is Satan himself, and on the Beast was heads and horns representing the nations/kingdoms and rulers/kings who follow Satan and persecute Jews and Christians because of him Notice the word diadems for crowns meaning power/royalty

“After this I kept looking in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrifying and extremely strong; and it had large iron teeth. It devoured and crushed and trampled down the remainder with its feet; and it was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns. Daniel 7:7

And his tail swept away a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she gave birth he might devour her child. Revelation 12:4

The 1/3rd of Stars from Heaven are the Fallen Angels that have followed Satan to wage war on God and Jesus Christ. Notice throughout time Satan has been trying to kill the Messiah but never succeeded.  He kill Abel in the Garden, He tried to kill Moses,  He tried to kill David, He even tried to kill Jesus when he was born through Herod.

However, Satan misunderstood Gods plan, that Jesus would lay down his life to defeat him and death forever!

Then when Herod saw that he had been tricked by the magi, he became very enraged, and sent and slew all the male children who were in Bethlehem and all its vicinity, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the magi Matthew 2:16

And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron; and her child was caught up to God and to His throne. Revelation 12:5

This describes Jesus Christ to a tee…Jesus is the King of Kings who will rule the world with a rod of iron..who also sits at the right hand of the Father

AND HE SHALL RULE THEM WITH A ROD OF IRON, AS THE VESSELS OF THE POTTER ARE BROKEN TO PIECES, as I also have received authority from My Father; Revelation 2:27

So then, when the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. Mark 16:19

Then the woman fled into the wilderness where she had a place prepared by God, so that there she would be nourished for one thousand two hundred and sixty days. Revelation 12:6

The woman who fled is the persecution being suffered during the tribulation. 1,260 days is the 3.5 years of the tribulation. The 7 year tribulation is divided into 2 parts based on the “abomination that causes desolation” Daniel prophecies about this and then Jesus confirms his prophecy. The second half of the tribulation will be even worse than the first half

“And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.” Daniel 9:27

Therefore when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), Matthew 24:15

And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon. The dragon and his angels waged war, and they were not strong enough, and there was no longer a place found for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. Revelation 12:7-9

In this scene we see Satan and his Fallen Angels been thrown out of Heaven forever. The angels led by Michael the Arc Angel. Because of this many falsely Michael and Jesus being the same person. Make no mistake about it, Jesus is the name above all names, the only begotten (meaning unique) Son

“Now at that time Michael, the great prince who stands guard over the sons of your people, will arise. And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued. Daniel 12:1

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night. And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. For this reason, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them. Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time.” Revelation 12:10-12

Notice God says “Because of the Blood of The Lamb, we have Overcome! Shows you just how much power there is in Jesus Christ. By his blood shed at the cross, we have become victorious over Satan and death. Now God declared Satans time is short on Earth, his final destination (Lake of Fire) is coming soon!

“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

And when the dragon saw that he was thrown down to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male child. But the two wings of the great eagle were given to the woman, so that she could fly into the wilderness to her place, where she was nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. Revelation 12:13-14

Great persecution is now being caused by Satan on the Church because Christ has overcome him. The two wings of the great eagle is the same that God saved the Jewish people from Egypt. Satans time is running out, and this is his last effort destroy souls

 

You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings, and brought you to Myself. Exodus 19:4

And the serpent poured water like a river out of his mouth after the woman, so that he might cause her to be swept away with the flood. But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and drank up the river which the dragon poured out of his mouthSo the dragon was enraged with the woman, and went off to make war with the rest of her children, who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus. Revelation 12:15-17

The flood of water pouring out of Satans mouth are heresies and false doctrines that are being delivered to the Church. These lies and deceptions are meant to tear apart the unity of the Church. Notice Satan doesn’t attack those who are led astray, he attacks those who hold to the Word of God and Jesus Christ

If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. John 14:15

Revelation Chapter 11

Then there was given me a measuring rod like a staff; and someone said, “Get up and measure the temple of God and the altar, and those who worship in it. Leave out the court which is outside the temple and do not measure it, for it has been given to the nations; and they will tread under foot the holy city for forty-two months. Revelation 11:1-2

What is John measuring here? Could this be the prophecy of the 3rd Temple to be built in Jerusalem? Or could this be “New Jerusalem” that will be coming down from Heaven?  The same vision  is also confirmed by prophets Ezekiel and Zechariah

So He brought me there; and behold, there was a man whose appearance was like the appearance of bronze, with a line of flax and a measuring rod in his hand; and he was standing in the gateway. Ezekiel 40:3

Then I lifted up my eyes and looked, and behold, there was a man with a measuring line in his hand. Zechariah 2:1

And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for twelve hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.” These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. And if anyone wants to harm them, fire flows out of their mouth and devours their enemies; so if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this way. These have the power to shut up the sky, so that rain will not fall during the days of their prophesying; and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood, and to strike the earth with every plague, as often as they desire. Revelation 11:3-6

Who are the 2 Witnesses? Many have speculated who they are, I believe it will be Moses and Elijah. Why? Because Moses represents The Law and Elijah represents the prophets. This is why Jesus met them at the transfiguration

Notice the symbolism of the 2 Lampstands or 2 Olive Trees, they are filled with Oil, Oil is always symbolic for the Holy Spirit. These men will preach the Word of God to the entire world before the final Woe or 7th Trumpet is sounded

And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. Matthew 17:3

When they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up out of the abyss will make war with them, and overcome them and kill them. And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which mystically is called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified. Those from the peoples and tribes and tongues and nations will look at their dead bodies for three and a half days, and will not permit their dead bodies to be laid in a tomb. And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and celebrate; and they will send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth. Revelation 11:7-10

The Anti-Christ will eventually kill them and the wicked who are left in the world will celebrate. There dead bodies will lay in the streets for 3 and half days. But how does the entire world view their dead bodies? Today this is simple, with smart phones and social media, just more proof we are living in the last days. There dead bodies will be streamed live to everyone’s phone while the wicked rejoice and celebrate

As Daniel prophesied , during the End Times Knowledge will Increase, we are seeing this today with technology and social media

“But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase.” Daniel 12:4

But after the three and a half days, the breath of life from God came into them, and they stood on their feet; and great fear fell upon those who were watching them. And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” Then they went up into heaven in the cloud, and their enemies watched them. Revelation 11:11-12

The 2 Witnesses where then “resurrected” after 3 and half days of death. Imagine watching this live on your smart phone. Breaking News 2 prophets killed have now come back to life! And then there were ascended back to the Father! What a powerful scene, surely everyone left on Earth will be terrified and should be!

When He had said these things, He cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth.” John 11:43

And in that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell; seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven. The second woe is past; behold, the third woe is coming quickly Revelation 11:13-14

Notice after this massive earthquake that killed thousands of people, the wicked on the Earth have now given Glory to God! Again people would ask, why would God do these judgements? Because its saving souls! Many people have hardened their hearts so much, that it will take a natural disaster for them to repent

The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9

Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.” Revelation 11:15

What a wonderful announcement by God! The Kingdom of the world now belongs to God again, evil will be completely purged and eliminated. The setting up for the New Heavens and Earth is coming!

Arise, O God, judge the earth! For it is You who possesses all the nations. Psalm 82:8

And the twenty-four elders, who sit on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying, “We give You thanks, O Lord God, the Almighty, who are and who were, because You have taken Your great power and have begun to reign. Revelation 11:16-17

 

And the worship service continues, notice it says “You (God) have begun to reign” Meaning evil is finally being abolished from the Earth. Anyone who wants to continue to live in Sin will not be doing so in Gods Kingdom

If you have died with Christ to the elementary principles of the world, why, as if you were living in the world, do you submit yourself to decrees, such as, Colossians 2:20

“And the nations were enraged, and Your wrath came, and the time came for the dead to be judged, and the time to reward Your bond-servants the prophets and the saints and those who fear Your name, the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth.” Revelation 11:18

Jesus is setting up his “Great White Throne of Judgement” which will be talked about in a later chapter. Stay tuned! Also its mentioned how its time to reward all those who served God throughout the years! This often a topic misunderstood, yes we cant earn our salvation however we should be working for the Lord to spread his Kingdom.

“For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away. Matthew 25:29

And the temple of God which is in heaven was opened; and the ark of His covenant appeared in His temple, and there were flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder and an earthquake and a great hailstorm. Revelation 11:19

The Temple of God in Heaven has been revealed, what does this mean? We are drawing closer to the time when Heaven and Earth come together to form the new Paradise or Kingdom. The Ark of Covenant is his Law. Gods Law still rules in the minds and hearts of all those who will be in Gods Kingdom! The Awesomeness of God and his Kingdom cant even be fully described, the power and majesty!

THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THEM AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD: I WILL PUT MY LAWS UPON THEIR HEART, AND ON THEIR MIND I WILL WRITE THEM,” He then says, Hebrews 10:16

Revelation Chapter 10

I saw another strong angel coming down out of heaven, clothed with a cloud; and the rainbow was upon his head, and his face was like the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire; and he had in his hand a little book which was open. He placed his right foot on the sea and his left on the land; and he cried out with a loud voice, as when a lion roars; and when he had cried out, the seven peals of thunder uttered their voices. Revelation 10:1-3

We begin this chapter with “another strong angel” coming down from heaven. Many believe this is Christ himself however it clearly says its “another angel”. Notice a Rainbow was on his head, what do we know about the Rainbow? It was the covenant God made with humanity from the judgement of the flood. The covenant is clearly still on the mind of God and he wants everyone to become saved

What are the 7 peals of thunder? Remember 7 is the number of completion in the Bible. Thunder is typically symbolic of judgement. The original Greek word for “thunder” is bronte which also means “to roar” So the 7 peals of thunder are loud yells of judgement to the world

When the seven peals of thunder had spoken, I was about to write; and I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Seal up the things which the seven peals of thunder have spoken and do not write them.” Revelation 10:4

Whatever was spoken during the “7 Peals of Thunder” it has been sealed up by God Almighty. We can’t even begin to speculate what was said, because these words have been sealed and not revealed anywhere in the Bible.

Then the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land lifted up his right hand to heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever and ever, WHO CREATED HEAVEN AND THE THINGS IN IT, AND THE EARTH AND THE THINGS IN IT, AND THE SEA AND THE THINGS IN IT, that there will be delay no longer, but in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, then the mystery of God is finished, as He preached to His servants the prophets. Revelation 10:5-7

When the 7th and final Trumpet sounds, the mystery of God is finished! What does this mean? What is about to be revealed by God? I think this is the final warning by God for sinners! Its time to repent and be saved through Jesus Christ, after this trumpet will be the seven bowls of wrath poured out onto the Earth

Notice the angel says “there will be delay no longer” many question why didn’t Jesus return yet. Because God wants everyone to be saved! He is delaying his wrath as long as possible, however people just never want to repent. The time is running out!

The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9

Then the voice which I heard from heaven, I heard again speaking with me, and saying, “Go, take the book which is open in the hand of the angel who stands on the sea and on the land.” So I went to the angel, telling him to give me the little book. And he said to me, “Take it and eat it; it will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be sweet as honey I took the little book out of the angel’s hand and ate it, and in my mouth it was sweet as honey; and when I had eaten it, my stomach was made bitter. Revelation 10:8-10

The little book that was in the angels hand was given to John. Why was the book bitter and sweet? First off let’s be clear, the message in this little book was the Word of God. The Word of God is very sweet to those who understand its salvation and redemption. However those who reject God and his word, we know the bitterness of his wrath and judgement! This makes the Word of God very bittersweet

How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Psalm 119:103

 

He said to me, “Son of man, feed your stomach and fill your body with this scroll which I am giving you.” Then I ate it, and it was sweet as honey in my mouth. Ezekiel 3:3

And they said to me, “You must prophesy again concerning many peoples and nations and tongues and kings.” Revelation 10:11

This is setting the stage for the 2 Witnesses that we will see later in Revelation. They will preach the Truth to the entire world! But also us, since we are digesting the prophecy here in Revelation, we need to witness to the entire world before its too late!

Revelation Chapter 9

Then the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star from heaven which had fallen to the earth; and the key of the bottomless pit was given to him. Revelation 9:1

This Chapter we begin the start of the “3 Woes” things are going to get very bad for whoever is left on the Earth. The 5th Trumpet has sounded, and a “Star” from Heaven  is thrown down to Earth. What is this Star? The correct question is Who is This Star?

The Star is reference to Satan himself, being cast down to Earth and given permission to open the Abyss (bottomless pit)

How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, You who have weakened the nations! Isaiah 14:12

And He said to them, “I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning. Luke 10:18

He opened the bottomless pit, and smoke went up out of the pit, like the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by the smoke of the pit. Then out of the smoke came locusts upon the earth, and power was given them, as the scorpions of the earth have power. Revelation 9:2-3

Satan now on the Earth and has opened the Abyss (Bottomless Pit) What is the Abyss? It’s a holding cell for demons. We remember the story when Jesus cast out the demons of Legion, they begged him not to send them into the Abyss (Bottomless Pit) I believe the Abyss is also referred to as Hades

We see the demons described as Locusts coming out of the ground. Have you every accidently uncovered a bees nest or something similar? I have recently and I can understand what John is trying to describe here. There are so many demons, that they are being released in swarms. What a scary sight, the Earth is covered with Demons and Satan himself

 

And they begged Jesus repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss. Luke 8:31

For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell (Tartarus) (Bottomless Pit) and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment; 2 Peter 2:4

 

They were told not to hurt the grass of the earth, nor any green thing, nor any tree, but only the men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads And they were not permitted to kill anyone, but to torment for five months; and their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it stings a man. Revelation 9:4-5

Anyone who is not sealed by the Holy Spirit, the Demons are permitted to torture you for 5 months. As bad as this sounds, the fact that the Holy Spirit is still on the Earth, means that people still have a chance to repent and come to salvation through Christ

In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation– having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, Ephesians 1:13

And in those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will long to die, and death flees from them. Revelation 9:6

With all the evil and torment on the Earth, many will seek to die however God wont allow death. Notice even after all this torment, the wicked people still will not Repent! However God is granting them time to still repent and be saved

The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9

The appearance of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle; and on their heads appeared to be crowns like gold, and their faces were like the faces of men. They had hair like the hair of women, and their teeth were like the teeth of lions. And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. They have tails like scorpions, and stings; and in their tails is their power to hurt men for five months. Revelation 9:7-10

Here we see the Demons described:

  • Horses prepared for Battle Terrifying and intimidating. I would guess they are rather large and strong
  • Faces of Men Meaning highly intelligent..Demons are very intelligent…this is why the world is so easily deceived
  • Hair of Women Meaning physically beautiful…remember Demons/Angels are beautiful creatures not how we portray them…they can be very deceiving
  • Breastplates of Iron Meaning they are indestructible to us….those left won’t be able to kill them or fight them off
  • Tails of Scorpions They have been given the authority to torment anyone who is not sealed by the Holy Spirit

They have as king over them, the angel of the abyss; his name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in the Greek he has the name Apollyon. The first woe is past; behold, two woes are still coming after these things. Revelation 9:11-12

The world seems to be spinning out of control, but notice even in judgement, God is still in complete control. The demons even have a King over them (Apollyon) to keep them in line. And the demons are only permitted to torture and not kill

Abaddon/Apollyon means destruction or destroyer. Is this angel Satan himself or the Anti Christ? I don’t think so, remember the Bible never teaches that Satan controls Hell or anything. God is always in control, I believe this angel is under Gods authority

This completes only the 1rst Woe and the 5th Trumpet

 

Then the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, one saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” Revelation 9:13-14

The 6th Trumpet has sounded and the 2nd Woe will begin.  What is symbolic of the Euphrates River? Its been an important river through the Bible, it was a river in the Garden of Eden and also a River that divided the “Promise Land” to the nation of Israel. The Euphrates is the dividing line for Armageddon. When this river dries up it will enables the enemies of Israel to cross over and attack them..stay tuned

And the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released, so that they would kill a third of mankind. The number of the armies of the horsemen was two hundred million; I heard the number of them. Revelation 9:15-16

More Demons are released, and it’s says about 200 million of them! Think about that staggering number. And these demons didn’t come to just torment, they came to Kill this time. They kill 1/3 of mankind that is left on the Earth! Think about that we could be talking about millions maybe billions of people

And this is how I saw in the vision the horses and those who sat on them: the riders had breastplates the color of fire and of hyacinth and of brimstone; and the heads of the horses are like the heads of lions; and out of their mouths proceed fire and smoke and brimstone. A third of mankind was killed by these three plagues, by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which proceeded out of their mouths. For the power of the horses is in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails are like serpents and have heads, and with them they do harm. Revelation 9:17-19

Not only are these demons terrifying to look at, but they are also powerful and deadly. They obviously have more power and authority then the first batch of demons. They kill 1/3 of mankind with fire and brimstone!

The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, so as not to worship demons, and the idols of gold and of silver and of brass and of stone and of wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk; and they did not repent of their murders nor of their sorceries nor of their immorality nor of their thefts. Revelation 9:20-21

However despite all the death and destruction, there are still many people who will not repent! People may wonder why God would send all these plagues and demons, because God wants us all to be saved! He wants us all to repent and come to Jesus Christ!

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10