Revelation Chapter 16, “The Seven Last Plagues”, Part 5

VERSES 8 and 9 “And the fourth (angel) poured out his bowl upon the sun; and it was given
unto it to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat: and they blasphemed
the name of God who hath the power over these plagues; and they repented not to give him
glory
.”

The forth angel was Peter Waldo

And the forth angel POURED OUT HIS BOWL UPON THE SUN: This fourth plague carries us to
WWII
. The purpose for this plague is stated to be to plague the SUN, i.e. the Gospel! This may seem
strange. However, it is necessary
to have men DOUBT THE SOURCE of religious profession in order
to help further the collapse of Babylon. It must be noticed historically that since WWII the acceptance of
the Bible as inspired has diminished greatly. Philosophies like Existentialism have thrived in its place. (
This
is very much true, so-called science, various evolutionary theories and their like have since this time
quadrupled
.)

Under
the forth trumpet, Jezebel smote Waldo’s Bible-based “heresies.” In the fourth plague,
however, events make men smite the authority of Scripture and religion, thus further weakening the
foundation of the old order. (
Once again note the similarities between the trumpet and the plague further
substantiating the belief that the proper course of study when studying the various stages of the Church
is to examine the message to the Church, the seal, the trumpet and the plague one in conjunction with
another
.)   

Events like the Holocaust, atomic warfare, Hitler’s and Mussolini’s
agreements with Papacy, etc., all led to
the weakening of men’s faith. Thus:

AND IT WAS GIVEN TO IT: -- to this bowl (WWII) Remember the bowls are the media of
delivery, specific
events (in this case World War Two) used to force truths to the attention of
the old order
.

TO SCORCH MEN WITH FIRE: -- to test the validity of their faith, “tested by fire” (1 Pet 1:7)

16:9 -- AND MEN WERE SCORCHED WITH GREAT HEAT: they were tested as to the validity of their
faith. They failed. There is here again, not humor, but a possible play on words.
Two of the major
events, which burned men’s faith because they couldn’t find answers, were the atomic bomb,
and the holocaust
(literally meaning “total burning”). Literal fires of bombs and ovens were too much
for the faith of most.

AND THEY BLASPHEMED THE NAME OF GOD: They spoke evil of His character. “Where is God in all
of this?
If He really exists, why didn’t He do something?” The “God is dead” movement flourished
after the war. Doubts multiplied.

Men of faith began to question the so-called God of all wisdom and love a “supposed” God who would
permit such things, such as the attempted eradication of his own chosen people, a God who would
permit men to come into possession of so devastating a weapon as that of the atomic bomb which
could possibly destroy all life upon the face of the earth, both the good (so-called) as well as the evil.
Likewise as general education became more and more available to all, the public in general, “
so-called
science began to intruded upon and to erode the faith of many, such as the question of the fossilized
remains of prehistoric life, dinosaurs and etc., questions as to where precisely these should fit into the
picture of one’s faith as their evident existence at one time became all the more conclusive
.

WHO HAS THE POWER OVER THESE PLAGUES: What men (except the faithful saints) have failed to
see is that
God is in these plagues! It is he who is directing them to FREE men from their hideous
captivity (
to ignorance, superstitions, traditions and etc.).

AND THEY DID NOT REPENT SO AS TO GIVE HIM GLORY: These plagues do not make men know
God.
They only prepare men so that they can know Him. They (men) still, at least nominally, support
the old order.
Four plagues haven’t done the trick; it will take seven.” (N.A.N.O.R. Page 123-24)

Another view of the Forth plague, is the following, you will note that the remarks concerning the
SUN appear opposite of those entertained in the first view, however both thoughts have their
merits and appear to be true
.

Here the misery of some is caused by an increase of sunlight (the opposite effect of the first
view
). As the moon symbolized "THE LAW," so the sun symbolizes the GOSPEL LIGHT. The former
was but a shadow or reflection of the latter, and the relationship of the two to the Church (the woman) is
beautifully symbolized in
Rev 12:1. The increase of the sunlight means an increased brilliancy of Gospel
light and knowledge.

This increase of
light is to affect all classes, as is indicated by its not being limited to a certain class as
the other plagues are limited; to "
sea," "land," "rivers," etc. This plague comes upon men—mankind in
general and upon
representative leaders of men, in particular.

It is the increase of light—knowledge, which is causing independence of thought and action
among all classes of society
. It causes differences between rulers and subjects, between capital and
labor, between clergy and laity; the increasing light is doing it all. It is Gospel light too; for no matter how
Infidels may scoff at the Bible and affect to have superior liberty to that which it teaches, it nevertheless
remains a fact, that the grandest liberty is that where Christ makes free; and the essence of Gospel light
is in the Master's words,

"
Ye shall know the TRUTH and the truth shall make you free."

It is truth that is spreading--
truth on every subject: truth relative to the rights and authority of rulers;
truth relative to the rights both of capital and labor; truth relative to the claimed superiority and lordship
of a self-elevated class termed
the clergy. (Even our Evolutionist friends are finding it more and more
difficult to contend with those who “
logically” espouse the truths contained in the Holy Scriptures.)

The conflict is between truth and superstition --light and darkness; it will be a severe struggle,
but
TRUTH is mighty and shall prevail; debasing the proud and exalting the humble. Those whose
deeds are evil--who are in the wrong,--hate the light, is the Master's testimony. It would curtail their
power and lower their position to elevate all others to equality.
These are scorched or troubled by the
increase of light
, and none more so than religious lords, for it is the increase of light which doubtless
helps to turn the waters of their cherished channels into blood--corruption --making their doctrines and
creeds, which emanated from fountains of the sixteenth century, distasteful and obnoxious.

After preaching for years doctrines which called God just and loving, but proved him to be worse than the
gods of the heathen-- after having defended for years their sectarian
isms, some of which teach that God
has foreordained the salvation of a "
little flock" and their children, but has also foreordained eternal
misery as the lot of the great mass of humanity and their offspring-- thus teaching, that "
there are
infants in hell not a span long
," etc.--no wonder that such who worship and honor their sect and such
teachings, more than they do God and His Word, would feel scorched and annoyed with the great light
and heat of truth, as it is now beginning to shine out and reach them.

"
And they (that is those who were burnt by this increased light) blasphemed the name of that
God
." Blasphemy, as the word is used in Scripture, does not signify profane swearing, but rather a
misstatement of character
. For instance Jesus was accused of "blasphemy" because he said he was the
Son of God (
John 10:33). These zealous sectarians become so angry against present un-folding of
truths, which prove the true Love and Mercy of God as well as his Justice (
as is fully exemplified in “The
Divine Plan of the Ages”
) that they go to the very extreme of opposition and grossly misstate God's
character and often wrest his Word from its true import to sustain their theories.

This, which is a plague to others, is a wondrous boon to those who are out of Babylon and
humbly enjoying the leading of God's Spirit from the one fountain direct--the Word of God.
This increase
of Gospel light (
the Sun), and consequent increased light thrown upon the Law shadows (the
Moon
)--showing the true teachings of the Tabernacle and its services and sacrifices, are pointedly
foretold in symbol by the prophet (
Isa 30:26) who says:

"
The light of the Moon shall be as the light of the Sun, and the light of the Sun shall be
sevenfold
, as the light of seven days, in the day that the Lord binds up the breach of His people,
and heals the stroke of their wound
." It is the same day (or period) in which He assembles the
outcasts, and makes up His Jewels. (
R499)

The Old Testament (or Law the “Moon) is a great treasure house in which God has locked up and
sealed items of great interest and value
(to the true people of God) the New Testament (the Gospel
Light or “
Sun” if you will) is the key by which we gain access to these treasures.” (R715)

We shall continue with the
Fifth Plague shortly.


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