Revelation Chapter 16, “The Seven Last Plagues”, Part 10
The Sixth Plague continued from previous post
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: for they are
spirits of demons, working signs;
WHICH GO OUT TO THE KINGS OF THE WHOLE WORLD: The Greek is important here = “The
inhabited earth” – this is NOT a symbol of society, but a representation of the globe itself. This is
saying that this appeal will go beyond the “Christian” world and take in all the influential ones of the
diverse places on earth. Weymouth translates this interestingly: “spirits that go out to control the
kings of the whole earth.” That is the point. The world is going out of control. The demons want
to restrain that tendency. (They wish to maintain the present order, to maintain their present control,
for they know that with the passing of this present evil world they too shall pass away.)
TO GATHER THEM TOGETHER: to unite them, unity (out of necessity) will be the plea. (Zeph 3:8)
FOR THE WAR OF THE GREAT DAY OF GOD, THE ALMIGHTY: This is NOT another world war! This
is the battle between the old order and the new, between the kings of the earth and the Lamb. This is the
last battle to maintain the old order. It will fail. It is the war OF THE GREAT DAY OF GOD,
Armageddon: it is not a war between the nations, (but rather a war between Heaven, and
heavens law and the earth, which is not, subject [presently] to those laws). It is a welcome war
for those who know the results.
Note however, Armageddon cannot yet proceed until the vivifying or vitalization of the Image
(i.e. until the 2-horned beast gives “breath” to the image).
In spite of a universal cry of "Peace and safety," the effect of the policies of the civil powers and church
systems, has been to rally the people to their respective standards in such a way as to lead them in the
direction of inevitable war, and “the time of trouble such as was not since there was a nation” (Zeph
3:8, 9; Dan 12:1). On the one side of this battle will be aligned religion, government, and big
business, capital (money), on the other the masses, labor, the discontent, the poor. Even now
these two sides are gathering their armies (as should be self evident to anyone with eyes to see).
Cannot we all see this, take a close look at how the government is handling the financial crisis catering to
the needs of big business, to capital but supposedly all in the name of the people, all for their supposed
welfare, who do they think they are kidding, we’re living in the age of the pouring out of the sixth plague,
the information age, do they honestly believe the people to be so blind as to not see what they are
doing? In so doing their policies are only serving to alienate the people to drive a wedge between the two
groups preparatory to the great battle coming.
16:15 -- BEHOLD, I AM COMING LIKE A THIEF: (THIS IS VERY VERY IMPORTANT), the NAS has
this verse in parentheses and in quotation marks. Both are appropriate.
Right in the midst of these demonic deceptions comes a warning in the form of a memory -- a
voice behind us: the words of Jesus reminding us. He is saying, “No matter what you see,
remember the MANNER of My parousia (presence). DO NOT BE DECIEVED.” This should tell us
the possible nature of some of the deceptions.
(Keep in mind the Scriptures we had mentioned in our previous post, don’t forget them, if you
do, it will be to your own detriment.)
Several items are worthy of note here. First is the word “Behold”. As always, it precedes a thought
worthy of much meditation and study. Here we are admonished to study the MANNER of His second
coming, the implication being that the “signs” performed by these demons will be explicitly
designed either to challenge these concepts or to counterfeit them. It is not unlikely that an
attempt will be made to pretend that a reformed old order is, indeed, the beginning of a new order. After
all, has it not been Satan’s policy all along to provide substitutes? Instead of Christ, we have had
Antichrist. Instead of THE MAN, we have had the MAN OF SIN. Instead of the kingdom, we have had
Christendom. NOW, instead of THAT PROPHET (Acts 3:22, 23), perhaps we are to have the FALSE
PROPHET. Since we now seem to be in the time of the sixth plague, it behooves us to be watching more
closely than ever. For those acquainted with the manner of our Lord’s return, bear in mind the warnings of
our Lord found in Matt 24:26
“Therefore if they say to you ‘Look, he is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look he is in the inner
rooms! Do not believe it.”
The following taken from Reprint 510 is also significant in regards to the sixth plague and should
be duly noted,
“The 15th Verse is abruptly thrown in as a parenthesis. It reads literally thus: “Lo, I come AS A THIEF!
Blessed the one WATCHING and keeping the garments of himself; so that not naked HE may
walk, and they see the shame of HIM.”
This is very significant. It declares that at the time when this evil doctrine will be apparently uniting all
upon the side of law and order—upon the side of kings and clergy--our Lord will then be PRESENT,
but secretly and unknown except to the watching ones. Only those who are truly his and watching in
the light of his Word will not be deceived by this impure teaching, but will realize his presence and the
necessity of the foretold fall of all these things, because the rightful king is present to remove these out of
the way of his kingdom. The position of this declaration-- thrown in disconnectedly--is significant. It
teaches that our Lord will be present BEFORE the impure teachings (lying wonders) begin to
GATHER them to their destruction.”
BLESSED IS THE ONE WHO STAYS AWAKE: What a strange remark in light of all that is going
on! Who could sleep through frogs, signs, and demons? Apparently we can! We are far into the
harvest, and our expectations have been delayed. It is so easy to slumber, to be numbed by the
onslaught of media events, to be thinking it is all still distant. (Remember Hab 2:3)
AND KEEPS HIS GARMENTS: It is a time when insufficient clothing (compromised justification due to far
little exercise of faith) is a real possibility. (See Rev 3:18) The meaning is very likely that at this late
time in the harvest, the tendency will be to have INFORMATION (knowledge) more than
CHARACTER development -- a fatal flaw. We are not justified by what we know. Our garments
are kept pure by the exercise of faith – the APPLICATION of truths to our characters.
LEST HE WALK ABOUT NAKED: -- insufficiently clothed. This seems much like the insufficient oil in the
possession of the foolish virgins. At this point in time, it is getting too late to buy it in the market.
AND THEY SEE HIS SHAME: Who are THEY? It is difficult to say. Perhaps it is the wise virgins who
would have to look at the situation with pity. Perhaps it is the demons who would squeal with glee to see
saints fail. After all, this is the time of their judgment. (Jude 6)
16:16 -- AND THEY (The Lord and his Anointed) GATHERED THEM TOGETHER: The demon-backed
croaking’s gather the influential ones of the world into a temporary unity (Rev 17:12, 13, 17) united
against the “Lord’s Great Army” the masses).
TO THE PLACE: Places symbolize conditions. The condition here meant is symbolized by its name,
WHICH IN HEBREW IS CALLED: For some reason the Lord chose to add the two words: “In Hebrew.”
It is likely because He wants to draw attention to the fact that the final catalyst for Armageddon will
involve the Holy Land. In Rev 14:20 we saw that the winepress feature of the trouble was to be “outside
the city” (of Babylon.) Babylon’s fall will occur in the Middle East. The Ezekiel 39 account of the end also
ties the fall of Babylon to the deliverance of Israel. Here, in Rev 16:16, God is with two words reminding
us that all of the prophecies relate the fall of the old order and to His deliverance of His people, Israel.
HAR-MAGEDON: Armageddon means “Mount of Destruction”. The place name represents the
condition-- the old mountain is to be destroyed (Matt 21:21). It is now, after six plagues, in a condition
ready for that destruction. It has been gathered there with the help of the fallen angels -- NOT
what THEY had in mind!
It is important to keep in mind what the sixth plague accomplishes. It plagues the people (Euphrates)
with a feeling of instability and mistrust -- a lack of desire to be supportive of their leaders and
institutions. It has, therefore, frightened the leaders into a confederacy of convenience for self-protection
and a willingness (knowing or unknowing) to work with the powers of darkness so that they can avert a
socio-political crisis. We have two sides for the battle: The people and the self-interests. They have
become irreconcilable. The battle is inevitable. The Lord is “The Lord of Host”; He will fight for the people!
In our next post we will examine the Seventh Plague.
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