Pamphlet 1897 Rev. kc 44-1
think about it.
The whole world will be worshipping the false messiah
and will think that Jesus is ALREADY HERE!
Today we conclude our study of the 7 Vials containing the wrath of God, which is poured out "upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image". We have seen that the Vials are simply another view of the 7 Trumps, focusing on the "recipients of the wrath" and not the children of God who have no part in it other than to witness it.
We are now ready for the 6th Vial. And since the Vials are the same as the Trumps, we have been "Hearing" the Trumpet 1st and then "Seeing" the Pouring out of the Vial. (This allows both your "ears to hear" and "eyes to see" to work together for a better understanding.)
These two verses are the only two verses in the entire New Testament that speak of the great river Euphrates and that is because they speak of the same event.What is that event?Rev. 9:14
Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.
And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.
It is the great river Euphrates upon which Babylon sits, where resides the king of Babylon, who you will recall from the Book of Daniel is a "type" representing Satan. Remember we learned in chapter 12 of Revelation that Satan and his angels are now "bound", i.e. restrained, by Michael and his angels. But Satan and his angels will soon be "loosed" and cast to this earth. It happens at the 6th Trump and the 6th Vial and it is "Woe to the inhabitants of the earth".
So the event of the 6th Trump and 6th Vial is the "un-bounding", the "loosing", the casting out of Satan and his angels upon the earth. It is the event of Rev. 12:7-9.
Who then are the "kings of the east" in verse 16:12? They are simply the kings who reign with Satan during the hour of temptation, when he is cast out.
Let's look at the Hebrew definition of "Euphrates" in Strong's Concordance to gain more insight.
Perath, per-awth', Hebrew 6578; from an unused root meaning to break forth; rushing; Perath (i.e. Euphrates), a river of the East :- Euphrates.The kings of the east are of the great Euphrates, a river of the east. We will talk about these kings in the next chapter, chapter 17 of Revelation.
Meanwhile, here's a sneak preview:
You know, the continuity of the symbols and the events of Revelation are absolutely astounding. We are going to read of the gathering of "these kings who are going to make war with the Lamb" in the next two verses here in chapter 16.Rev. 17:12-14
And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.  These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.  These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with Him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
Let's do it.
Don't complicate this verse. First of all the dragon, the beast and the false prophet are all names, rolls if you will, of one and the same entity, Satan himself. The three evil spirits that come out of his mouth are just that, "evilness". They aren't real frogs, but frogs are very unclean creatures, i.e. not to be eaten, to which these spirits are likened.Rev. 16:13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
The next verse clarifies it and shows what Satan's up to.
As Dr. Moffat translates it, they are "demonic-spirits". These two verses simply describe the evilness of Satan, the miracle worker himself, who goes forth and gathers the kings of the earth to prepare to do battle with Christ at the 7th Trump, whom he knows is coming! Verse 16 will tell us where he gathers them to. Of course everyone knows where Christ returns, even Satan, so that will be no new revelation. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
The next verse is a parenthetical verse. That means it should have parenthesis around it because it's a break in thought (Many translations do). It is just a little whisper of the voice of Lord, a little hello reminder, to those who are not partaking of the wrath, but who are watching. Are you watching it? Stay on guard!
A thief comes when no one is expecting him, like in the middle of the night when it's dark. (Didn't we just read in the last study, at the 5th Trump and 5th Vial, that "his kingdom was full of darkness")? Yes we did. (Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.)
Now think about it. The whole world will be worshipping the false messiah and will think that Jesus is ALREADY HERE! (They're in the dark all right!) So obviously they won't be looking for Him and they won't be expecting Him! All of a sudden at the 7th Trump, SURPRISE! They will all be caught with their pants down getting seduced by their lover, Satan! But don't you be caught. Keep your gospel armour on!
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