Thus Say The Prophets
16:1 I heard a loud voice out of the [Merkaba] Temple, saying to the seven angels, "Go and pour out the seven bowls of the wrath of God on the Earth!"
Now begins the final judgment of the Earth as Mashiach ben David sends out his warrior angels with the Bowls of HaShem's Righteous Wrath.
HaShem will release these final plagues in the order presented and fairly rapidly as we approach the final battle. They will overlap. All who have accepted the Mark and embraced Rex Mundi will suffer severely from them.
The similarities between these events and the plagues HaShem released in ancient Egypt through Moshe and Aaron will be noted. These correlations make interesting studies as HaShem leads His people into the Theocratic Millennial Kingdom even as He led them to the Promised Land of Eretz Israel so long ago.
The First Bowl of Wrath: Boils (cCompare Exodus 9:8-12)16:2 The first went, and poured out his bowl into the earth, and it became a troublesome and grievous sore on the people who had the Mark of the Beast, and who worshiped his image.
These boils will begin erupting on the bodies of the marked shortly after the Middle of the Week (i.e., shortly after the Abomination of Desolation).
As the first angel pours out his bowl, the boils will only affect those with the Mark of the Beast. A clear distinction will then exist between the HaShem's Children of Light and those of Dagon's Darkness as the worshipers of Rex Mundi begin to suffer. It will also further enrage them! Remember that throughout these final Seven Years, there will be celestial and terrestrial battles raging until Mashiach ben David and his forces expunge spiritual darkness from the celestial realms.
Government officials and vigilantes will be livid with jealousy as they see that those with emunah in HaShem are exempt from these plagues! This fact will create situations of ever greater persecution and more holy martyrs (Isaiah chapters 52-54). Despite protection from these curses, the hardships of the Suffering Servant will continue by the hands of the marked.Matthew 10:38, 39: Those who do not take up their stakes (starous) and follow after me are not worthy of me. Those who seek to save their lives will lose them, and those who lose their lives for my sake will find them.
The Second Bowl of Wrath: Sea to Blood (compare Exodus 7:17-18)16:3 And the second poured out his bowl into the sea, and it became blood as of a dead man, and every living soul died, even everything that was in the sea.
We previously read that a third of sea life died, now it all dies! As I said in the previous case, the text may not mean a complete third had died, but in this case, it appears to be a literal fact. All life in the sea is going to die. Every fish, all plankton, all vegetation, the seas are going to become pits of watery death! Imagine the results this will produce, the stench that will fill the air, the loss of food for millions, the loss of employment and trade, the loss of life, the horror.
The Third Bowl of Wrath: Rivers to Blood (compare Exodus 7:19-25)16:4 And the third poured out his bowl into the rivers and the fountains of the waters, and it became blood.
16:5 And I heard the angel of the waters saying, Righteous are You, who is and who was, You are the Holy One because You have thus judge:
16:6 because they poured out the blood of the saints and the prophets, and You have given them blood to drink, of this they are worthy.
16:7 And I heard the altar saying, Yes, O Lord God, Almighty, True and Righteous are Your judgments.
First the oceans, now the rivers, streams, and lakes! A most severe water shortage will impact the entire planet.
Note that there will be prophets active as well as the others. We must be careful when listening to those who claim to have the gift of prophecy. Still, God is revealing prophecies today in our time, and Divine revelations will only increase as we enter deeper into the Tribulation Period (Joel 2:28). But be advised, this includes prophecies of Light and dark prophecies.
The Fourth Bowl of Wrath: Great Heat16:8, 9 The fourth poured out his bowl on the sun, and he was empowered to scorch men with its fire, and the great heat burned many people, but still, they blasphemed the name of God, who has the power over these plagues. They didn't repent and give him glory.
There is no reason to take this as anything other than literal. The world government's scientists will doubtless blame the heat on sun spots, on climate change, on Israel, or who knows what else, but as the angels, Mashiach ben Yosef, the tribulation prophets, the 144,000 Jews, and the Great Multitude all continue boldly proclaiming that these events are God's Wrath, everyone will realize the truth. Everyone will understand that it is HaShem alone who rules and that it is He who is calling forth these plagues through His Mashiach, inviting sinful humanity to repent of their sins.
There have always been people of emunah who recognize the Hand of HaShem in action. Such people are generally ridiculed like Lot's sons-in-law ridiculed him and perished (Genesis 19:14). If locusts destroy the crops, people of emunah realize it must be that they have displeased God and go to their prayer closets. As Mashiach sends forth his holy warriors, everyone will know HaShem holds and grants all powers. Some will curse Him for these plaques! Others will make teshuvah (repentance). Those who reject God's authority, rather than repenting and acknowledging God, will cling all the more fanatically to the robes of Rex Mundi and Dagon!
As discussed before in chapter 13, with the acceptance of the Mark of the Beast, the marked will be fully possessed and entrapped within their bodies by demons! Imagine hearing yourself curse God, shaking your fist at the heavens, and daring the Almighty to strike you down even though you are utterly terrified, even though you now believe you were wrong and with everything in your being, you want to repent, to beg for God's forgiveness, but its too late! The more you cry out, the more the demon(s) possessing you laugh and mock. By your own choice, your fate has been sealed for doom!
The Fifth Bowl of Wrath: Darkness (compare Ex. 10:21)16:10, 11 And the fifth poured out his bowl upon the throne of the Beast; and his kingdom became darkened; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, and they blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores; and they repented not of their works.
In the following comparison to the plagues against Egypt, we may gain some insight. Darkness may be unnerving, but it doesn't seem like such a horrible curse, especially if it shields the burning sun. But consider how HaShem used this one before:Exodus 10:21 Adonai said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand toward the sky, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt."
Note this, "even darkness which may be felt!" Even as the blistering sun had burned and tormented them, that extreme brightness will be replaced by an utter tangible darkness. This is terrifying! It demonstrates nothing we hold to permanent is. God controls everything. He can extinguish the light of the sun at His Will. Still, these fools will remain obstinant.Exodus 10:22, 23 Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt for three days. They didn't see one another, neither did anyone rise from his place for three days, but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.
Physically tangible, utter and complete darkness! Very few people have ever experienced absolute darkness. About the only way to do this is to visit places like Carlsbad Caverns where, far below the ground, deep in the caverns, the lights are turned off for a few moments. Even in such controlled environments, the absolute absence of light is unnerving.
We are not told how long this utter darkness will last, whether for three days as the Egyptians experienced or longer, but during the duration marked will not be able to do anything! Electric lights and fire torches will not shed light. Nothing they can do will grant them any illumination. Like their souls, their eyes and their world will be utterly, completely dark!
As with the boils, it appears those HaShem has sealed will have light! In all likelihood, there will be no natural light for the Believers either, but torches and so on will give them light. Imagine huddling in the absolute dark and hearing the holy ones walking around with light! Lights that you can not see!
Will this be the striking of the marked blind as HaShem stuck the people of Sodom? Possibly, but this darkness will be palpable!
The Sixth Bowl of Wrath: The Euphrates Dried Up (compare Ex. 14:21-27)16:12 The sixth poured out his bowl on the great river, the Euphrates. Its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the east.
We discussed this major event earlier in our study:Revelation 9:13 The sixth angel sounded. I heard a voice from the horns of the golden altar, which is before God, saying to the sixth angel who had one trumpet, "Free the four angels that are bound in the great river Euphrates!"
By this point, the entire world will technically be part of the Global Union; however, China, Russia, Al Ikwan (the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood), and other areas will rebel. Sunni (Saudi-led) and Shia (Iran-led) Islam will likely have united by this point. We see evidence of such talks today being brokered by Xi Jinping.
Rex Mundi's empire will be crashing down on his loathsome head. These four angels, manipulated by Mashiach ben David, will direct the rulers of the People's Republic of China to undertake a full-scale invasion of the Middle East and to rebel against the Rex Mundi government. The Chinese military will swarm across the Euphrates River to confront the Novus Ordo Seclorum government at Har Megiddo with its sights on Jerusalem itself. The regional Arab leaders of these areas will be waiting for Rex Mundi to show weakness. Then, they will pounce on his forces, seeking to assert their independence and establish their global Caliphate. Military forces from various factions will be vying to establish their authority.
There is going to be world governance. It's just a question of who will rule: Will it be Rex Mundi and his New World Order, Communist China, Russia, the Muslim Ummah - or Mashiach ben David? That will soon be determined at Har Megiddo.
Chapter nine was foreshadowing this important prophetic event. There, we read the following:Revelation 9:15 The four angels were freed who had been prepared for that hour and day and month and year so that they might kill one-third of humanity.
9:16 The number of the armies of the horsemen was two hundred million. I heard the number of them.
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We continue with our text:16:13 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, as it were frogs.
16:14 They are spirits of demons, working signs that go forth unto the kings of the whole world, to gather them together unto the war of the great day of God, the Almighty.
The Euphrates River
These "unclean spirits" are the Nephilim generals in Rex Mundi's military. They understand (or have been instructed) that the time for the Battle of Har Megiddo has arrived. The Nephilim have been manipulating the political and religious rulers of the Earth since the beginning, and now they are drawing them all to the final confrontation, doubtless confident of their coming victory over homo sapien humanity.
Rex Mundi and the Bavarian Illuminati know these prophecies well! They also have prophecies of their own, dark prophecies, ancient and perverse, and they understand that certain events must take place. They have set their table and are now ready to eat the flesh and drink the blood of humanity. The Battle of Har Megiddo is one of these destined events, and they believe they are ready for it.
As the People's Republic of China advances its troops into the Middle East, the forces of the Global Union (directed by Rex Mundi) will be doing the same. China will be hoping to overpower the Global Union and take control of the world's oil reserves. Rex Mundi's forces will be looking to defeat China and re-solidify their control over the PRC and the Russian allies. The Muslims will be preparing to conquer as well. The United States is MIA from the prophecies and has likely become little more than a holding of the other powers. I expect China to control west of the Rockies and most of South America, the G.U. to control east of the Mississippi, and the areas between to be ruled by various feudal fiefdoms. Time will tell, but the US isn't mentioned in any case. Rex Mundi will understand the deeper significance of what will be occurring, but he will be helpless to stop it!
When discussing the sounding of the Sixth Trumpet it was explained that after the Abomination of Desolation and assassination of Rex Mundi, the armies of China (the "kings of the East") will attempt to fill the power vacuum assumed to have been left by his assassination. Once Rex Mundi rises from the dead (as a Nephilim lord), China and other opposition forces will advance toward world destruction like moths to a flame.Matthew 24:22 If those days are not cut short, no one would survive, but to save the Jews, those days will be cut short.
It is likely that during this period, China will take control of the territories between it and the Euphrates River, including Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and possibly Iran and Iraq. Mashiach ben Yosef will rule part of Iran, most of Iraq, all of Jorden, Judea, and Samaria north to the Turkish border and the Mediterranean and south to the Sea of Reeds opposite Egypt. The specific details remain to be seen, but at this point in our timeline, the Chinese military will roll over these countries and cross the Euphrates, as the prophet says.
Yeshua explained in the Gospel accounts:Mark 13:32 But of that day or that hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
However, he also assured his talmidim that if they paid attention, they would recognize the watch of that dark night:Luke 12:35 Let your waist be dressed and your lamps burning.
12:36 Be like people watching for their master so that when he returns from the marriage feast - when he comes and knocks, they may immediately open to him.
12:37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord will find watching when he comes. Most certainly I tell you that he will dress himself, and make them recline, and will come and serve them.
12:38 They will be blessed if he comes in the second or third watch and finds them so.
12:39 But know this: If the master of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 12:40 Therefore be ready also, for the Son of Man is coming in an hour that you don't expect him."
There is a lot of substantial truth in these few verses that are worth considering:
The idea of being ready to open the door is repeated in Revelation 3:20, where Yeshua says, after the vomiting out of the Laodicean Church, that God will welcome all who open their "doors" to him. We also have parables about keeping one's "lamp" ready (Matt 25:1).
We again have the example of being properly "clothed" when the time for action comes. In context, the meaning is clear and is not talking about literal nudity any more than Adam and Chava's "nudity" was meant literally. That would make no sense in this context. The Greek word himation here refers to any type of covering. So this verse could just as easily mean, 'Don't forget your coat' as 'Don't be caught naked.' So what are we being told here? Yeshua is advising his fellow Jews to keep our uniforms and equipment in good working order at all times. Even though we have good reason to believe the "watch" or generation is now upon us, we still don't know the exact date when Rex Mundi will arise nor when Mashiach will come. So we must be ever vigilant, all the more as the night draws on. Otherwise, we may fail when the battle is upon us. When the 'Bridegroom comes,' we do not want him to find us unprepared for the fight. That's the meaning here. It's the same warning as his parable of the Ten Virgins who were told to keep their lamps ready (Matt. 25:1).Revelation 7:2, 3 I saw another angel ascend from the east, having the seal of the living God. He cried loudly to the four angels empowered to harm the earth and the sea, saying, "Don't harm the earth, neither the sea nor the trees, until we have sealed the bondservants of our God on their foreheads!"
We must, therefore, maintain that holy covering faithfully as we would a dress uniform or field rifle, as indicated by the word "walk" here as peripateo. This word refers to how one regulates one's life, where one's consciousness is focused. Those who fail to properly regulate their lives and keep their eyes on the prize that is before us (I Corinthians 9:24) will reveal their gumnos or nakedness to the enemy. Those who embrace the Lie will be as whited sepulchers to use another of Yeshua's examples (Matthew 23:27). Such people will fail in their service to Mashiach and HaShem at this critical time. Such people will be shamed by their unpreparedness as these events unfold.
Recognizing the WatchMatthew 24:43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what watch of the night the thief was coming, he would have watched, and would not have allowed his house to be broken into.
Nighttime is divided into four to six 'watches,' and sentries are posted accordingly. As the "night" drags on, the danger increases. Good soldiers, therefore, increase their attentiveness as their peers sleep on. In this parable, as the night drags on, it appears the master will not come after all. In the same way, people have "always believed" Mashiach would come soon. "If he were coming," they say, "surely he would have arrived by now." But as Yeshua says, 'Blessed are those who maintain their preparedness' even into the final watch of the darkest night. Such servants will be ready.
Neither Yochanan nor Yeshua knew when these things would occur, but they and the other Jewish prophets left us roadmaps so we would recognize the Day of the Lord as it dawns.
Now we have witnessed the rebirth of Israel, and from that key event, everything else has been dropping perfectly into place within a single generation, as Yeshua said they would in Matthew 24.Revelation 16:16 He gathered them together into the place which is called in Hebrew, Har-Megiddo.
We will be discussing this final battle later on in more detail.
The Seventh Bowl of Wrath: Storms, Earthquakes, Hail (compare Exodus 9:8-9)16:17 And the seventh poured out his bowl upon the air; and there came forth a great voice out of the Temple, from the throne, saying, It is done!
Recall that during the pouring out of the Seven Bowls, no one could enter into the Heavenly sanctuary. Now that "it is done," the celestial beings return and give glory to HaShem. As these celestial citizens enter the Heavenly Temple of HaShem, Yochanan continues his reporting:16:18 There was lightning, and voices, and thunders; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since there were men upon the earth, so great an earthquake, so mighty.
Take this literally as well. Significant earthquakes will rock the entire planet at this point as HaShem's Wrath is revealed! Desecrated Jerusalem will be divided into thirds, presumably meaning great ruptures will split the City, preventing access and departure of various parts of it (and making it more difficult for Rex Mundi to deploy his troops). While I expect this to happen as written, one can not help but note the obvious irony that the City the Globalists have been working so hard to divide into Jewish, Muslim, and UN/Globalist sections will be divided by HaShem, as we see in the next verse!16:19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and Babylon the Great was remembered in the sight of God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath.
At first glance, this seems like an odd place to mention Babylon the Great, but it makes complete sense. As we will discuss in the next chapter (and as we touched on in chapter thirteen), Babylon the Great will be more than a global religious organization. It will control the issuance and maintenance of the Mark of the Beast. As desecrated Jerusalem and the other economic power bases collapse in these earthquakes, Babylon the Great will find itself disempowered and cut off. Global communications will go down, international policing will be interrupted by this global cataclysm, the stock markets won't function, the banking system will be in tatters, and the City of Rome (including Vatican City) will be in chaos if it even exists. Everything digital will suddenly cease to work, and the entire civilization of the Global Union will collapse like a house of cards. Then, HaShem will 'remember' Babylon the Great and turn His attention towards it for punishment.16:20 Every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.
The scope of these earthquakes is beyond reckoning. Never before in this Age (since the expulsion from the Garden of Eden) have such dreadful earthquakes occurred across the earth. HaShem Himself will destroy everything humanity has prized itself for. Although some non-biblical prophets speak of safe zones, the biblical prophets do not, other than Petra.
In addition to the earthquakes -16:21 Great hailstones, about the weight of a talent, fell from the sky onto the people. People blasphemed God because of the plague of hail because this plague is exceedingly severe.
A talent in this context is about 100 US pounds (45.3 kilos) of ice falling from the skies. These will be massive hailstones capable of doing extreme damage. The weight, coupled with the velocity of their fall, makes these hailstones devastating.
And the majority of people will continue to curse HaShem and blame His Mashiachs, the Two Witnesses, the remnant of the 144,000 Jewish evangelists, and the Great Multitude.
Next, Yochanan will turn his attention to Babylon the Great.
REJECT THE MARK OF THE BEAST NO MATTER WHAT!
Here ends Chapter 16.
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