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Revelation 16: 1-13: The Seven Last Plagues

Norman McNulty


Norman McNulty

Neurologist at Southern Tennessee Regional Health System, Lawrenceburg, TN



  • October 11, 2008
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Revelation sixteen yes some Hamas flags verses one through twenty one seven minus flags now the seven last plagues in the sequence of revelation follow right after the three Angels messages in Chapter fourteen and chapter fifteen is sort of the transition from the modern forty four thousand three Angels messages to the seven last plagues we saw last week in chapter fifteen that when samples at when the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of the Lord that is the closer probation that Jesus has come out of the sanctuary at the end of the judgment affidavits and that's when the seven last plagues began to be poured out a therapist now we are going to study the seven last flags that now this is your first time here in the class welcome are glad to have you I want you to realize that you are the seven last plagues are a picture of the justice of God that there have been fifteen chapters leading up to this point and if he understand the first fifteen chapters of Revelation you understand why there is a need for the justice of God and the pouring out of the seven last plagues and oldest set that up now by saying the reason there is a need for the seven last plagues is because throughout the first fifteen chapters we've seen and that God 's people have been attacked by Satan in the power that he works through here on this Earth and you can see in the seven churches where the church of Smyrna the second church home they were persecuted they are destroyed and I continued them on through the twelve hundred and sixty years in the seven Seals you see it in the time of the four Horsemen then the fifth seal assault trial under the altar how long the Lord shall you judge and avenge our blood so God 's people were persecuted they were slain for being faithful to him and so and then we get to the semi- fight it makes more sense to the reader couple across just the start things off and this is foundry controversy page six twenty seven this from the chapter the time and trouble so this gives us some background or some foundation for understanding the seven last plagues so take six twenty seven when Christ ceases his intercession in the sanctuary and mangled wrath threatened against those you worship the beast and his image and receive his mark will be poured out the plagues upon Egypt when God was about to deliver Israel were similar in character to those more terrible and extensive judgments which are to fall upon the world just before the final deliverance of God 's people said notice what the seven last plagues are compared units interesting if you get through the template of the characteristics of the ten plagues that workforce upon Egypt in the seven last slice is that only some similarities water trying to blog you'll see that why were the ten place for it on Egypt while what we see here we see that God was just about to deliver his people before he sixth on to the promise land and likewise for the seven last plagues when the seven last plagues began to be poured out on the wicked then you can know that God 's people are just about to be delivered to spiritual King so yes the seven last like seem awful but then at the same time it's very good news because now we know that God 's people about me delivered from this wicked earth so that's sort of just setting things a false go ahead and get into the seven last plagues will read some of the verses read like a volunteer sure read verses one and she really volunteered in here to Revelation sixteen versus one C and I did a great voice out of the temple saying that the seven Angels go your way around the piles of the wrath of God upon year and the first land in Florida newswire year this annoys me or upon the men which had the mark of the beast and upon them to our ship sir first of all we see in verse one that the seven angels to have the seven vials with the seven last plagues are called to go in for how these wiles on the years in order and their pouring out the wrath of God on the years and noticed the first flag what is the first plague okay these are sores and other grievous source to fall upon them and which Nana receive these stores said there was to have the mark of the beast and those shoe worshiped his image now we stayed Revelation thirteen 's we have an understanding with the mark of the beast is and what the images those who worshiped his image so yeah you may ask wallet near how could God do this why is he afflicting these people with his grievous sore and any thoughts on why why are these people being singled out to receive this grievous sore the cyanide they having the verse pretty much tells the reason why they received this resource because they receive the mark of the beast is pretty obvious now the other point that should be brought out though is that there really was no excuse for anyone to receive the mark of the beast because by this point in the book of Revelation everyone who is living during the time when the seven last plagues will be poured out will have lived during the time when the three Angels messages were given with power and when it was very clearly stated with the mark of the beast is and what it means to worship is damaged and so everybody on earth has a choice to make whether or not they will worship God or whether the worship the beast and his image and so everyone will have had an opportunity to hear the three Angels messages which remember the three Angels messages are God 's last three messages of mercy to this world so God gives three messages of mercy the three Angels messages before he pours out the seven last plagues to anyone he received the seven last plagues received A4 measure of the mercy of God in being warned of the mark of the beast and what it means to worship the image so that when they received the outpouring of the seven last plagues God is Artie done everything that he could to save those people and they rejected so God has our report out all of his mercy these people have rejected his mercy so we see then that a grievous sore falls upon those who have the mark the beast as he worshiped his image announced a strategy roughly parallels see the plagues of Egypt and seven my fight is not full and complete because the few points the plagues in Egypt as you remember there were on the water was turned of blood frogs came all over the place on great Hill came in and destroy some of the beast that for example the Nile turned to blood frogs came out all over the place what was the Nile River in what were the frogs representative to the Egyptians yet they were gods to the Egyptians so the and of course they were false gods they were idolatrous gods and so God hates on the gods of Egypt and turns them into a way because these are things that the Egyptians should not have been worshiping so let's draw spiritual analogy why is it that men receive a grievous sore on their bought okay so here's the key point if you think about it these grievous sores are on their flash there on their body these are people who worship their flash or they allow their fleshly lusts shoe dominate their allies rather than fearing God-given glory to him during the hour of God 's judgment so they have the choice feared God and give glory to him last messages of mercy to this world or follow after your own fleshly desires and so the first plague is a grievous sore upon the flash which people have worshiped now one other thing on wife says which is interesting she says and page six twenty eight array conversely that these flights are not universal or the inhabitants of the earth would be wholly cut off if they will be the most awful scourges that the never to mortals all the judgments upon min prior to the close of provision have been mingled with mercy the pleading blood of Christ is yellow the center from receiving the full measure of his guilt but in the final judgment wrath is for an out on next with mercy sets in the places where these place report out there is no mercy and you is not universal seeking you can also argue what if there was no mercy at all I would be entirely universal everyone will receive the blue on the full affliction so that's the first flag now let's go on let's get through him versus three through three through seven but like I have a volunteer read Revelation sixteen versus three three seven okay down here when we haven't microphones or system is for the recording said then he poured in all honesty it is an Academy and every living creature in the back then their angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water and it became black I seems on the water stain you are righteous O Lord the one who is and who lives and who is to be because you have Jack's evening that he had sent the blacklisting and profit you have given them life 's dream faded there just do and I heard another from the outside Spain even solar God Almighty true and righteous higher death so this is the second and the third place and in the second flag we see that the angel for that is while on the sea in the sea becomes as the blood of a dead man and every living soul died in the city and remember again these are not universal so it's probably not indicative the all your become CeBIT probably one of the big oceans will turn in the bloodbath enemy why a story I remember when God 's people give these messages of warning the seven last plagues will be part of the message that we should be sharing to the worlds we get the three Angels messages the messages of mercy and we also point out the most of the seven last plagues and many people will accept this message but quite a number of people will reject this message set when you start to see people receiving grievous sores large large bodies of water churning and blood than you can now that probation is closed for the world and the seven last laserbeam for now and it is then that the wicked will know that God 's people were right and what they taught and what they said ounce of us in the quietest time in weeks we certainly want to be on the right side of the equation when the seven last plague start falling so water turns the blood and invert the second and third play get a get of the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters and they became philosophers we see the sea turned in the blood than we see the rivers turned to blood and serves verses six and seven teleservices five six seven cell was why God turns water into blood so why is it that God turns water into blood rice is because the the blood of the saints has been shed by the power that Satan works through here on the server during the twelve hundred sixty years it was papal Rome and during the time of Jacob 's trouble against him and be his three global study about this later but again papal Rome will come back and persecute God 's people and the blood of the saints will be shut so because of that one got four values judgments or in some last place he will turn water into blood one other words he will give the wicked what did you drink because they are worthy to drink blood because they shed the blood of the saints we were really common here will you see you like this you demonstration just the text is that they are worthy right one in is a relationship to restrict the 's the power to give life and it would be viewed to be should both speak and thought videos would not worship the image of the field selection here between death the three plagues death is the relevant death time we must even got here is stepping out from the people writing these people are so opposition against the God of heaven right to carry out this with just how much you brought that up because what we see is and Revelation thirteen and it goes along with overseeing here Revelation sixteen there's going to be at death the creek for it against God 's people who do not receive the mark of the beast and that you do not worshiped his image as so that's when God says that's it you may cadet the creative and smart people for following God completely inured and it's filled in for that that's it no more now you're to receive the seven last plagues so that's a very key point guards just not arbitrarily starting at four out of the seven last plagues it's in response to the closer probation and the closer probation happens universally death decree is declared against God 's people if they will Mott worship the beast and the medium inch so that's a key point and we have another Revelation seventeen is work is usually a leg workout as you will write similar to Revelation seventeen hopefully next week unless a very interesting chapter so here we see that they are receiving blood to drink the notice this also noticed with the Angels say about God they say to you O you are righteous oh Lord which are in Weston Shelby because thou hast judged us and then again in verse seven even so Lord God Almighty true and righteous are your judgments so what we see here is that when God fours out his judgments see is righteous or he is right in doing so or another words he is vindicated to pour out these judgments upon the wicked and there's a couple of reasons why we've seen this the first reason is God 's righteous are vindicated to pour out these judgments because the wicked art unfairly trying to kill the righteousness point number one for God is vindicated to pour out these plagues because the wicket are him off of unlawfully and on righteously trying to destroy the righteous and secondly God is vindicated to pour out these judgments because probation is closed and his people are mature enough and ready enough we studied about this and chapter fifty Masri to go through the seven last plagues and to live through this hi on the Wayne shall did when he was afflicted said God is righteous appropriate judgments on the winter because the wicked are are fully have reached the full measure of inequity and the righteous is righteous people have reached the full measure of righteousness that they will reach just before Jesus comes so let's move on starting in verse eight or three verses eight through eleven law of volunteer to read verses eight through eleven of Revelation sixteen back there in the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun and power was given in scorch men with fire and men were scorched with great heat they blasphemed the name of God who has power over these things and they did not repent and give him glory in the fifth angel poured out his full on the throne of the fees and his kingdom became full of darkness and they nod their tongues because of the pain and the blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their source and did not repent of their needs because this is interesting care we read about the fourth and fifth flags on in the fourth leg we see great see nurse scorched with he and you think about the hottest places on earth I was at death Valley six months ago I think up until a few years ago I had the highest recorded temperature of one hundred and thirty something degrees Fahrenheit and the people who were there that day said that the birds that flew out on if they flew out from Shelby words stricken immediately fell down to the earth down from the heat hundred and thirty two degrees somehow I think that they see that this is describing will probably be even hotter than the heat of death Valley on Saturday pretty hot and the response of the wicked is they blaspheme the name of God they repent not to give him glory in the fifth where there is darkness they knotted tongues for pain and again as is they blasphemed the God of heaven now let's make a connection here is there a power on earth that is associated with blasphemy you see a power associated with blasphemy and Revelation thirteen the moment has seven heads and ten horns speaks having the name of blasphemy that people run so there was she received the mark of the beast will participate in the spirit of papal Rome or the spirit of the beast that spoke blasphemy and when the seven last plagues report out they will also blaspheme God so that's point number one second point is interesting is noticed in the fourth leg it says when they blaspheme God also says they repented not to give him her God glory now can we make a connection also do something else it in the preceding chapters remember the first Angels message fear God and give glory to him for the hour of his judgment has come so what is analogous to giving glory to God it's retentions because here's as they repented not to give God the glory and other words if you repent you give God the glory so if we live a life of repentance during the time the judgment we fear God we give glory to him by repenting of our sense him we are prepared to live through the time of the judgment on the subtle mosque legs report out we will go through that time however if when the three Angels messages are given and we do not repent of arsons and we decide to keep living in our own way we will receive the mark of the beast and when the seven last plagues report out our character has Artie been solidified authority to determine which side were on God knows that and so the fruits of the character of these people come out they pretend not to give God the glory they blaspheme his name they have the spirit of the beast that has the name of blasphemy which is papal Rome said that's what we see here in these plagues that the fourth and the fifth place those the wicked they will blaspheme God they will tend not to give God the glory therefore they did not have the experience of the three Angels messages so that's through the first five place and lift and again if you remember William Miller 's rules of prophetic interpretation you take something literally unless it's obviously meant to be symbolic and we have no reason in the first five place to not take those plays literally that the plagues in Egypt for literal Elimite says that the seven Muslims will be similar nature she knew the plagues of Egypt city 's first five place appear to be very literal grievous sores water turning the blood scorching heat darkness so this takes us now to your question we have a question on here soon were in a game to the last three plays in the remaining time we'll see if we can finish submitted a question on your file oh yes these is not the same as Revelation seventeen these are required in things to their workers in chapter seventeen are you talking about that sixteen overs anything was I think that it is not a perfect analogy I think that's more towards the very end where it was right here we have the seat of the beast is in darkness and I I forgot to mention this the seat of the beast on the seat of the beast is round and so if you take this literally and it and again I haven't seen a lot of commentary honest I have no reason to believe otherwise notably that this is the seat of the beast is referring too little room where the see the beast literally is today and that Brown will literally be under darkness and those you are there will not transfer pain on now Revelation seventeen that is when you have on this the seventh had them will talk about this where you have the one world union which follows the success which of the United States in the eighth which was of the seven which is papal Rome coming together and that and then the final destruction by fire that would be later in a picture than the fifth play as I see Ellie we can talk about this later residences progressive and were getting to the actually hear what would the sixth and the seventh place I wanted to the sixth flag here and let's read on versus twelve through sixteen this is very fascinating volunteer back there to read Revelation chapter sixteen versus twelve through sixteen fifty six angel poured out his files on the great river Euphrates and the water thereof was dried up when the keys in the East might be prepared and I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth Dragon now the mouth of these have enough of profit they are the spirits of devils working miracles which go forth into the disease of the year of the whole world to gather them to the battle of that great game ninety before life on the deceased lesson is that watches diamond lest he walk naked and receive the same and they gather them together in a place called in these the Armageddon okay this is getting very interesting of course everything the Bible Center thing I think this is especially interesting versus twelve through sixteen this is the sixth flag and we could probably spend a whole hour just on this section but will elicit the highlights now we've seen the first five flags being poured on those here the Mark of the beast receipt of those you receive the place don't return a blaspheme God now when we get to verse twelve we see what seems to be more symbolic language on the drying up the great river Euphrates and you have three unclean spirits like frogs it's doubtful that were to have literal frauds coming out of the literal beast Dragon false prophets in our power starter switch and a symbolic language and that becomes more apparent CC the difference the first five very literal water trying to blood scorching heat darkness and now you have frogs coming out of the mouth of the Dragon the beast and the false prophet and on we understand the Dragon the beast and the false prophet are it's unlikely that you have literal flaw exploits on is not unlikely if not happen as a symbolic language so the say that we are to have literals frogs coming out of a literal drag in a literal beasts and a literal false prophets can be symbolic in nature so what we have fewer than starting in verse twelve sixth angel he pours out his vial common great rumors Euphrates and the water thereof was dried up now where else in Scripture do we remember the River Euphrates drying right so it was when Babylon was overtaken by the Medes and the Persians in Daniel chapter five and Cyrus and Darius diverted the there is the Euphrates River so that they dried up the river and they were able to come in and take Babylon down that was when Babylon was destroyed so now will worry the idea that were getting out for progressing through the seven last-place of the first five plays report out and then we get to the sixth flight now we start to see that God is preparing the way for the final destruction of Babylon now in sick and symbolic prophecy what does water represent water represents peoples multitudes nations and times and you see that in Revelation seventeen fifteen the next chapter over so what you see here then is symbolically modern battle on starts to have its source of people on taken away from you and you would try to make sense as you see these people are receiving plagues poured out upon that the people that have supported that one would be dried up that they would battle on the list of sources supported that the whole world so God is drying up the great river Euphrates no notices that the way of its kings of the east might be prepared you are the kings of the east and the book of Daniel that dried up the river Euphrates service Cyrus and Darius these were the Medes and the Persians with interesting is what was the relationship of Darius and Cyrus him so yes I am on as far as I understand Cyrus was the Matthew Darius of minus one hundred I could be wrong I think that's correct Darius the uncle Cyrus was the nephew however in the Eastern culture you could keep a nephew and an opportunity consider each other father and son and Rogers nodding her head as she comes from a culture so I have verification from someone in that culture so that's nice so what right so what's the significance of the father and the son coming from the East so the Kings of Easton father and son so what we see here is that Babylon is being destroyed the River Euphrates is being tried up to prepare the way for the second coming so this is significant were getting near the end of the seven last plagues the second coming is getting closer and I'm really looking for the time how about you and we see the world around us or so know what can happen with this economic crisis but went one thing that is clear is that it's a reminder that things can change quickly that Jesus could come very soon now as we see here then so we have the great river Euphrates is dried up the kings of the east of where the kings of the east is prepared now we get you verse thirteen and we've read this now we see three unclean spirits like frogs were voicing frogs again remember Egypt they were in the place of Egypt and the frogs were like him they were like gods to the Egyptian savior you have three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth with a common the mouth of the dragon out of the mouth of the mouth of these are the mouth of the false prophets that were going to study what are these frogs and use the Dragon the beast and the false prophet all frogs and long time and is gravely like you said the outcome very good now in any market we have however here with respect to death the wires drying up the waters symbolize people possibly the revelation eighteen where dead people no longer want to go in that city that they built would symbolize the people have dried up and they no longer want to follow the teaching that a adherence to our care we have three actions on claims for its like frogs they come out of the mouth of the Dragon the beast and the false prophet and in the time of the Egypt if he remembered on the false prophets way when Moses and Aaron came and worked miracles to also create frogs to try to make it appear that Pharaoh and the Egyptians serve the true God and so they can counteract it or they made a counterfeit to the true God of Moses that Moses was representing the God of heaven so the frogs were counterfeits of the true God and these frauds are unclean animals and a represent false or pagan gods that those three characteristics they represent a false or pagan God they counterfeit or counteract the true God and their unclean helpless and understand that this shrine he this trilogy of power the Dragon the beast and the false prophet now you'll see the connection between the Dragon the beast and the false prophet with the three characteristics of the frauds that we saw in the plagues of Egypt on the Dragon in Revelation chapter twelve is represented as that Dragon or the old serpent the devil and Satan and when we think about the old serpent the very first thing that he did way back in the garden of Eden was he told Eve he shall not surely die and so he was deceiving Eve three false teaching of spiritualism if you will but you'll live forever and in the last days there will be a teaching that we do not really die that we live forever we discussed straight to heaven we die so that the power of the Dragon which is Satan he works through his representative power on earth through the something spread of the front through the power of spiritualism and then you have the mouth of the East and weave the artist study the seed of abuse we study the beast back in Revelation thirteen is the beast that has seven heads and ten horns is the beast that received the deadly wound that people run CS spiritualism get tape around and then the neurosis and you have out of the mouth of the false prophet not who is the false prophet will Michaud universe in Revelation nineteen in Revelation chapter nineteen versus wanting and here we see again the beef in the false prophet this is a clear understanding of who the beast and the false prophet are so the beast was taken with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast and then them worshiped his image these both were cast alive into the lake of fire burn burning with brimstone the false prophet who works miracles before the beast this is the same as the second beast of Revelation thirteen team makes fire to come down from heaven the side of men causes that the whole world said to worship the first beast this is the second beast Revelation thirteen is the lamb like these the speaks like a dragon if the United States now secure you have spiritualism papal Rome United States now wait a minute here false prophet when you think of the false prophet you think of a secular political power or a religious power it's a religious power so that tells us that the religious how a religious power within the United States will combine the spiritualism and with papal Rome she owns to bring out these three unclean spirits these are the three and construed snap who is a religious power that has an unclean spirit here in the United States this would be apostate Protestantism if the evangelical tax hostel on ecumenical movement that is sweeping across this country that is trying to get everyone to come together and said this is probably wording of finished they were there's no way were getting into Armageddon and and all that and I'll get you a second car or actually good for us as we make this would be that the plague of frogs was the very last part of way that the magicians donate or mimic because after that it was like the last great Neptune that they could do nothing inform I get I get the idea that that this all the signs and wonders aloud that these free spirits the unclean spirits will do of the last that God permits to deceive is absolutely nothing report also that the analogy is that in the Egyptian plagues the miracle of the frauds that the on magicians were able to reproduce what the last miracle that they can reproduce in the Egyptian place and after that they couldn't reproduce what God do the same is true here in the server must like the sustained the last kitsch sent his last miracle that he tries to perform to deceive the whole world not to show that God is still with them by then this is because the probation so what we have here and this is Morgan a wrap up the these three powers are going to make one last pitch now remember the set when the seven last likely into before about probation has Artie closed for the world suit these powers authority and working together for this time that this is their last set she and I would just say this now is not the time for Seventh-day Adventists to be going to the ecumenical movement and to try to become more like the ecumenical churches because those churches are in eventually joined with in this trilogy of powers that will prepare people to receive the market abuse my father thought we wanted beyond we want to be took part of a faithful remnant church that receives the seal of God will finish Revelation sixteen next week and go into chapter seventeen of their times a thank you


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