The Beginning of Jacobs Troubles or the 7 last plagues
1st Plague A noisome and grievous sore (Revelation 16:1-2)
Daniel 12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.(Matt 24:21 Mark 13:19) emphasis added
1 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth. 2 And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image Revelation 16:1-2
The first plague to fall is a type of sore on those who follow the mark of the beast, and who worship his image. The Bible does not describe what this sore is but if we check out a few relevant scriptures, we can get a good idea.
Let’s look at Exodus 9:10,11 as our first reference point. And they took ashes of the furnace, and stood before Pharaoh; and Moses sprinkled it up toward heaven; and it became a boil breaking forth with blains upon man, and upon beast. 11 And the magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils; for the boil was upon the magicians, and upon all the Egyptians. This is one of the plagues God poured upon the Egyptians in the quest to free the Hebrews from Pharaohs clutches.
Again we see in Job 2:7-8 the mention of boils which Satan had caused Job to be afflicted with.; 7 So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.8 And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes
This could be the same type of miserable sores or boils which will affect mankind, as well as the animals, as is recorded in Exodus 9:10.Having a single boil or sore anywhere on your body is miserable enough, but, imagine these boils and sores covering your entire body. It’s not called a grievous sore for nothing.
I am not going to cover or discuss the mark of the beast in this section as it entails a more thorough explanation, but suffice it to say that it is not an implanted chip as some denominations of the Christian faith teach, but rather an action of the Church, and the uninformed, or (refuse to be informed) Christians as they continue following the deceptions laid down by Satan nearly 2000 years ago. See Matthew24:24 and Mark 13:22
As the inhabitants are suffering from the effects of these boils, the 2nd vial is poured out upon the oceans of the world, which will bring more misery.
The 2nd and 3rd plagues are both indicating the waters to be turned to blood
2nd Plague The sea becoming as blood (Revelation 16:3)
And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.
The blood of a dead man is being used here as an illustration and is symbolic in nature. When the body dies, the heart no longer pumps blood through the veins; therefore the blood becomes stationary and no longer can supply the body with the life giving nutrients and oxygen required for maintaining life. The body then begins the process of deposition, there is no life in it; it’s dead.
Should a major catastrophic event take place, such as an horrific chemical, biological, nuclear spill, or a large meteorite falling into the oceans, it could impact the oxygen levels as well as other life sustaining actions in the oceans, causing all marine life as well as human life to be extinguished. Since the verse indicates all living souls in the oceans, then we can assume this will be a catastrophe of unimaginable magnitude, extinguishing all marine, as well as human life in the oceans.
We can only speculate as to what this angel pours out or causes man to pour out on himself in this 2nd plague, and if we look at the potential hazards on and around our oceans today we can see such a scenario is not out of the question of actually taking place.
One only has to look at the continuing saga of the nuclear reactor meltdowns in Japan after the devastating earthquake and tsunami which struck the Fukushima reactors in March 2011, and the resulting radioactive materials which entered the ocean and the atmosphere, causing widespread catastrophe in Japan, high levels of radiation being detected in the Pacific ocean as well as the western states of the United States, and as far as the east coast. This is a minor catastrophe compared to what is in store for this world.
3rd Plague The waters are turned to blood (Revelation 16:4-7)
And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood. 5 And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus 6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy
Verse 6 of this passage is very interesting, in that it speaks of the martyrdom and persecutions of the saints, and as we know from scripture (1st Cor.6:2 and Eph.2:19), that all born again Christians are considered saints. Uriah Smith in his Daniel and Revelation study made a very good analogy of this verse as it relates to the times we are presently in. The following is from Daniel and Revelation by Uriah Smith;
It may be asked how the last generation of the wicked can be said to have shed the blood of saints and prophets, since the last generation of saints are not to be slain…. No generation ever formed a more determined purpose to devote the saints to indiscriminate slaughter than the present generation will, not far in the future. ……In motive and purpose, they do shed the blood of saints and prophets, and are every whit as guilty as if they were able to carry out their wicked intentions (Uriah Smith, Daniel and the Revelation chapter 16 pg. 773, 1897 edition)
As I mentioned earlier of the downslide into gutter level immorality and the constant and increasingly hostile attacks on the Christian culture, these preceding verses lends credence as being appropriate in today’s society, and the preceding quote from Uriah Smith in the late 1800’s is right on target with today’s attacks on the Christian culture and morals.
In today’s world, the rivers and streams are so polluted, that the EPA has warned of the dangers of eating the fish from the many lakes, rivers, streams, and oceans. Fish are dying and disappearing from the Pacific ocean in and around our west coast, due to the continuing radioactive elements in the water from the Fukushima reactor meltdown from 2011.The ground water has also become so polluted by chemicals from industrial dumping and spills, and along with the many herbicides and pesticides being used by farmers as well as the general population, in an attempt to control weeds and pests, and without giving any fore-thought as to the damage these chemicals are inflicting on the worlds water sheds.
Our life sustaining water, which God created for the sustaining of life, is now almost unfit to drink, even with an immense amount of filtering and chemical altering to clean it up, which has resulted in billion dollar industries arising to remedy and clean up this life giving liquid. Let’s look at a couple of relevant scriptures on this subject.
Jeremiah 9:15 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will feed them, even this people, with wormwood, and give them water of gall to drink Rev.8:11 And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.
As the sores bring misery, and the waters become unfit to use, man is hit with yet another more troublesome plague in the 4th vial as the sun begins to exact revenge on mankind.
4th Plague The sun begins to scorch man (Revelation 16:8-9)
8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.
We see in this portion of scripture the continuing and unabated succession of plagues being poured out on mankind, and as these plagues continue to fall, the intensity of the anguish grows, as the inhabitants, suffering with the devastating misery of the sores, and contending with the dead waters, which have become unfit for consumption, must now endure the heat of the sun, becoming almost unbearable, as it scorches and burns beyond comprehension.
The inhabitants of the earth continuously curse the Christian God and his followers because of these plagues, but Gods people are being protected through all of these calamities. There is no relief for the unrepentant as Rev.22:11 so plainly puts it. Probation has ended, the night is upon us, and God’s wrath is now upon those who rejected His son, Jesus Christ.
5th Plague Darkness on the seat of the beast (Revelation 16:10-11).
10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,11 And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.
Verses 10 & 11 reinforces the fact that these plagues are coming in rapid succession , and we see in these verses, the continuing calamities as they increase in severity, as men curse God for the torments which they are experiencing; we also see this in Rev.6:15-17 15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
The wealthy, the elite as well as the governments are now building and stocking some of the most elaborate and sophisticated underground, and mountain bunkers in the belief that they will survive God’s judgement and emerge as the new society. The wealthy and the elite know there is something in the wind, unlike anything that has ever occurred, and when the four angels release those winds of strife, this world will descend into utter chaos and madness such as never been seen on this planet. Jesus warned us of this is Matthew 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. see also Dan 12:1
If we look back at Exodus 10:21-23 we see an illustration of this vial as it was poured out on the land of Egypt. And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt.22 And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days: 23 They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days: but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.
This darkness was so black it was physically felt as it covered the lands, Revelation 16:10-11 reveals a similar darkness, but, verse 23 of Exodus 10 has an interesting twist to it; it reveals the children of Israel had light in their dwellings, proving that God is not slack on His promise to protect His people, as shown in verse 23. This is further evidence that God will provide protection and sustenance for His people during the pouring out of these seven last plagues on the earth.
Darkness mentioned in these verses does not necessarily connotate an absence of light, but rather a period, and a time of severe evil, turmoil, anguish, war, cruelty and the sheer madness of mankind. The breakdown of society and the civil unrest which will ensue, will guarantee a period of heinous acts against society by the roving gangs searching for food, weapons, shelter, and other essentials of life which will boggle the mind, as they perpetrate unheard of heinous acts against individuals, some of which we cannot even imagine.
So in essence this will be a time of unimaginable cruelty and brutality, (darkness of evil) heartlessness, lack of compassion and love for each other, with attacks aimed at, and especially against those having the patience and faith of the saints (the true Christians) as Revelation 14:12 points out; Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. But God will protect His people as shown throughout the Bible and as the Psalmist pointed out in Psalms 91:5-7
5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; 6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. 7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
6th Plague The river Euphrates dries up (Revelation 16:12).
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
This 6th plague is a very interesting one, as it is heavily symbolic and possibly one of the most mysterious, and misunderstood of all the plagues. The narratives continue through verse 16, so we will take it a little at a time, but, an interesting point to this plague is the fact that it possibly began taking shape years ago, and parts are now beginning to come together, as we’ll see.
John is shown a vision of the river Euphrates drying up to make way for the kings of the east, but let’s think about this for a spell and attempt to decipher the meaning of the river dying up. Is this literal or is this symbolic?
Some denominations and others, teach that the Euphrates river will literally dry up to make it easier for the kings of the east ( they mostly teach China) toeasily and quickly move men and military equipment through to attack Israel, but if we think about this and take note of today’s vast military technology of spy satellites, cruise missiles, unmanned drones, and the ability to destroy a nation and or its military capabilities by simply firing a salvo of highly destructive missiles, one can see no need to dry up the river for a manned army to approach; so this has to be symbolic rather than literal.
The river Euphrates can be seen as a symbolic reference of the Turkish, or Ottoman Empire, which possessed and controlled the territory watered by the Euphrates River, and the better part of that world until its break-up after WW1.
The verse indicates a preparation period in stating; that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. Note that KINGS is plural, not singular which indicates more than one. Things had to take place and preparations made in order to make way for the kings of the east to move.
Let’s look at a little bit of history concerning the Ottoman Empire.
The Ottoman, or Turkish Empire was founded by Ogluz Turks under Osman Bey in 1299 and with the conquest of Constantinople by Mehmed II in 1453, the Ottoman state was transformed into an Empire which controlled the lands watered by the Euphrates River system.
The Ottoman Empire, was, at the height of its power, a multinational, multilingual empire controlling much of Southeast Europe, Western Asia, the Caucasus, North Africa and the Horn of Africa, and at the beginning of the 17th century contained 32 provinces and numerous vassal states, some later being absorbed into the empire and others granted various type of autonomy during the course of the centuries.
With Constantinople as its capital and control of lands around the Mediterranean basin, the Ottoman Empire was at the center of interactions between the Eastern and Western worlds for six centuries.Following a long period of military setbacks against European powers and a gradual decline, the empire collapsed and was dissolved in the aftermath of World War I, leading to the emergence of the new state of Turkey, as well as the creation of modern Balkan and Middle Eastern states
The Ottoman Empire controlled a vast amount of territory and held all the kings (nations) in check, and with the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, the way was opened for the Kings of the East to make their run on the middle-eastern world.
With the rising powers of Saudi Arabia, Iran (Persia), Iraq, Syria, Libya, etc., and all vying for the political, as well as the mineral rights, (oil) of that area, and with the Balfour Declaration setting up a homeland for the Jewish people in Palestine; the river Euphrates then becomes symbolic in the sense that the Ottoman Empire was representative of the Euphrates river by losing its political power, (drying up), allowing the Kings of East to make their way in.
But, there is more to this 6th plague than the drying up of the river Euphrates as we see in the continuing 4 verses (13-16) 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.14 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. 15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. 16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
Let’s take these verses one at a time and try to decipher the symbolic meanings.
Verse 13 tells us there are three (3) unclean froglike spirits which came out of the beast, the false prophet and the dragon.
The Beast is that nation which gives power to the false prophet, which, I believe is the USA, ( I won’t get into that subject as it is a completely different study), and receives his power from the dragon which is Satan himself, and the false prophet being the Roman Catholic Church, as well as, the Protestant Churches following the false teachings which have been laid down over the past 1800 +years by the Roman Catholic religion.
The frog like spirits, which are demonic spirits, as verse 14 points out, will work amongst the three divisions of mankind, mainly, politics/ Paganism, Catholicism, and Protestantism, bringing them in concert with one another in an attempt to eradicate true Christianity from the world, by making, passing and enforcing laws which would force the true Christians to obey, or die as recorded in Rev.14:15-18, this will separate the true followers of Christ from the counterfeit Christian (lukewarm).
Verse 15 tells us to watch and keep our garments, lest we be found naked. This is a reference to the true Christian, studying the word of God, keeping the commandments of God and following Christ in a Christ-like manner, adhering to Biblical teachings , morals and principles rather than the teachings and traditions of man; Being vigilant, aware of, and avoiding the deceptions and pitfalls of the various religions and denominations; refusing to become a part of the politically correct crowds of public opinion and compromising churches, which accept that which is contrary to the word of God. This compromising is an attempt to remain neutral and thereby not offend or violate the immoral laws which are and will be passed to curtail and stifle the true Christian. Rev:14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. And 1 Peter 5:8 warns us of this;
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: And then we see in Psalm 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. By studying Gods word daily and adhering to the teachings found within, we are hiding Gods word in our hearts, and will therefore be more able to discern the deceptions which most are following. If you are a faithful Christian of Rev.14:12 then you will keep your garments clean as you adhere to Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. We must live in the world but we don’t have to be a part of it.
Jesus warns us of this in Mark 13:22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect. Deut 13:1
With over 1200 Christian denominations in the USA alone, one has to wonder, how can there be so many denominations sprouting from the same Holy Bible, and all claiming to have the absolute truth. Should we think, maybe, deceptions? Read the Gospel of Mark and see what Jesus had to say. The true believing Christians are commanded to come out of the false teachings, traditions, and rituals of these Churches; Rev.18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
In Rev.14-19, we read of the church of Laodicea, of which most believe, that we are in the Laodicean age of the church today. With the vast numbers of different Christian denominations, and all espousing a different theology, which in most cases are misaligned from the gospel of Jesus Christ, one could be considered walking naked, or lukewarm, in which case as Rev.3:16 tells us, So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
As I have previously written, the world has begun an all-out attack on God’s Christian people and the momentum is increasing on a daily basis, fueled mainly by the homosexual/gay agenda, demanding the acceptance of their unnatural and immoral lifestyle; then add to that the increasing, and violent movement out of the middle east in the form of Islam, as they slaughter Christians, Jews and anyone not accepting their form of religion. This is a growing, and violent movement, with a command from the Koran to kill all Christians and Jews
On a daily basis, churches are being burned and destroyed in a vast attempt to eradicate Christianity from the Middle East and Africa, and now a vast arising has begun in Europe with the same agenda as the Middle East and Africa, their sights are now set on the USA with a stated goal of turning the entire planet into an Islamic world with Sharia law as the norm. In Sudan in 1983, as many as 2 million Christians and non-Muslims were slaughtered in the name of Islam. These atrocities are continuing through- out Africa and the Middle East and now threatening Europe with untold millions slaughtered and left homeless, while politicians and news media turn a blind eye in the name of political correctness.
The unclean spirits (frogs) are working overtime as they bring the world, including the churches which have begun compromising and falling in lockstep with this agenda, following worldly ways as they pursue the prosperity ,feel good teachings and sermons, accepting the same sex marriage as holy, and the gay lifestyle as natural, ordaining gays and lesbians as priests and pastors, as they bring them together against those in opposition to these immoral activities, lambasting anyone daring to call same sex marriage, abortion, and homosexuality a sin, or speaking of Islam as a dangerous threat to Christianity, when in their own words, Islam calls for the eradication of Christianity and Judaism.
As an example, Democratic Presidential Candidate, Hillary Clinton, spoke at the 2015 “Women In The World Summit” held April 22-24,2015, and had the following to say about those who adhere to the moral code of God’s word found in the Holy Bible; and I quote her words; “Deep seated cultural codes, Religious beliefs, and structural biases have to change.”
She is making reference to the Christian opposition against murdering unborn babies, (abortion), gay lifestyles and same sex marriages, which are all condemned as being not only unnatural, but an abomination to God and His moral guidelines; so according to Hillary Clinton, we are therefore to change our religious beliefs ( God’s laws as stated in the Holy Bible) to suit the current political and immoral climate sweeping this nation, and we only have to look at Daniel 7:25 which was prophesied nearly 2500 years ago for this to happen ….and think to change times and laws:….. and one will realize how close we are to the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ.
She (Hillary Clinton) is part of the unclean spirits, working in unison as they attack God and his people, just as they attacked and crucified Jesus for condemning the immoral and unrighteous living of His generation. All I can say is prepare, because momentum against the Christian faith is beginning to increase at an astounding speed.
If we do not daily, take in our spiritual food by absorbing Gods word through daily study and vigilant prayer, we will be devoured by Satan. The Chinese philosopher, Sun Tzu wrote; “If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”
God’s word in our hearts, are our shield against the evil forces which we daily fight against, and as we draw closer to the standing up of Michael the persecutions will intensify. You only have to follow the daily news to realize the intensifying assault on the Christian faith.
With the SCOTUS, legalizing, and thereby rewriting the definition of marriage, which has stood for 6000 years, since God joined Adam and Eve as husband and wife, you will see a rash of attacks, which has already begun, coming from all sides; political, religious, and public aimed at the true followers of God’s word.
Politicians such as Hillary Clinton, and President Obama calling for the changing of Biblical beliefs, and reeducating the Christians to accept homosexuality as normal, to the Vice President ranting that the Christian bigots who follow Biblical principles should be eradicated from this planet, one has to be totally blind to not see the fulfillment of prophecy and the ramifications which will emanate from these type remarks.
I am in no way homophobic, Islamophobic, racist, prejudiced or hateful towards the gay people or any other group or religion. As a Christian it is my responsibility, and duty to be Christ-like and to show only love and compassion, these are Gods people, just as all of creation are. God loves the gay people and all others of this world just as He loves the straight, but He hates their sinful lifestyles, just as He hates the sins of the straight. Sin is an abomination to God in any form, as shown in various scriptures throughout the Bible, yet, He still pleads for all to come to Him in repentance and abandon the sins in their lives. Let’s look at a few scriptures which reference these sins.
First, Paul tells us in Romans what the penalty of sinning is..
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord
In Leviticus, Moses writes the laws as inspired by God for the people to follow, and one of those sins which is an abomination to God, is the sin of homosexuality.
Leviticus 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is an abomination
Paul in writing to the Corinthians espouses the fact that anyone living a life of sin, which includes the sin of homosexuality, will not enter the kingdom of God. You can hash it , dash it, twist it or stretch it, but it is still a sin in God’s sight.
1 Cor.6:9-10 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God (emphasis added)
In Romans 1, Paul emphasizes that in the end times. the people will follow a lie as being truth, and one only has to count the vast number of Christian churches which already have, and others following suit in accepting the homosexual lifestyle and same sex marriage as holy in God’s eyes, along with the increasing number of homosexual and lesbians, calling themselves Reverends and Pastors of the Gospel.
Rom.1:26-28 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
Folks, no matter how you view it, it is still a sin, and an abomination to our Creator, the living God of the universe. Those whom will compromise for political correctness, allowing the demon spirits to lead them in these deceptions are those spoken of in Rev:16:15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame We also see in 2nd Peter how the Christians are warned to not fall from the truth, watching and keeping their garments.
2 Peter 3:17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
When Jesus was on this earth, the rulers came against Him, to eradicate Him and His teachings of love, compassion, and humility, as the character of God. The leaders (religious and political) feared Him as a threat to their authority and lifestyles just as the true Christian community is perceived today, a threat, and if we look at a couple of scriptures we can get a better understanding of Revelation 16 in its meaning of the Kings and rulers joining together for the battle against God.
Acts 4:25-28 Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things? (Ps 2:1) 26 The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ. (Ps 2:2) 27 For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, 28 For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done
We see where the political and religious rulers, the Jews and the Gentiles joined forces against Jesus to have him eradicated. Can you see three unclean spirits here: Herod & Pilate—the Gentiles—the Jews.
Now let’s look at Luke 23:11-12 And Herod with his men of war set him at nought, and mocked him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilate.12 And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together: for before they were at enmity between themselves. (emphasis added)
Do you see the similarities in these verses as compared to the prophecies of Revelation 16 where the unclean spirits have brought the rulers, including Jesus’s own people together against Him. This same thing is happening today as these evil forces are bringing the Churches and the world together as one, against Gods people.
Mark 13: 5-6, +22 And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you: 6 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many…. 22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect. (Deut. 13:1)
Verse 16 of Rev.16 tells us they were gathered together into a place called Armageddon. A number of denominations as well as secular entities refer to this verse as indicating a great battle before Jesus returns, in a place called Armageddon and thus refer to this as the “Battle of Armageddon”, but the verse says nothing about a battle being fought, only to gather them together.
The only reference to a battle is in verse 14, where the unclean spirits go out among the Kings of the world to deceive them into coming together against the Christians of the world. Look at the attacks on the Christian religion from all fronts of the world including the USA which was founded to give people freedom of religion.
I cited previously the comments from the political side of Hillary Clinton as she referenced the changing of religious view’s, now let’s look at some other indicators of these three unclean spirits as they wreak havoc on the Christians in these last days.
The Muslim world are killing Christians by the thousands, destroying villages and churches on a daily basis, the Jewish controlled media and Hollywood are constantly ridiculing, mocking the Christian faith with their anti-Christian movies, television shows, and comedians using Christianity as a sounding board; A new television series on the Fox network is being released in the fall of 2015, portraying Satan as a good guy fighting against the bad . DECEPTION?
The American government and educational systems are constantly discriminating against Christians, the City of Houston, Texas, subpoenaed the sermons of the local Christian pastors in a blatant act of hatred for their stand against the immorality of the cities immoral ordinances. I could go on and cite many instances of political moves against the Christian’s, in blatant violation of the constitution, but space doesn’t allow it.
Then we have the Christian community attacking the same Christian religion they claim to be a part of. Joel Osteen’s wife recently preaching a sermon and telling the thousands of people in attendance, that, “We don’t attend Church to please God, God is not pleased by us coming to church, but that we are to attend church to please ourselves and not God.”
Rick Warren, another nationally known preacher with a vast following, recently stated, in a round-about way, that gays would be in Heaven. Over a hundred evangelical pastors came out with a signed petition in favor of the court’s recent ruling on same sex marriage, making homosexual marriages legal, saying it was time for the churches to conform.
Former President Jimmy Carter basically attacked the true Christians with the following statement; “... I believe Jesus would approve gay marriage, but that's just my own personal belief. I think Jesus would encourage any love affair if it was honest and sincere and was not damaging to anyone else, and I don't see that gay marriage damages anyone else,”
Now this man is a Southern Baptist Sunday School teacher. How much more evidence do we need to show the fulfilling of prophecy for the last days. I can only warn you to prepare and be ready for what lies ahead.
Acts 5:29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
Do you see the similarities of the attacks on Gods people from His own people as the verses I cited in Acts and Luke, and which show the religious, political and your own kind coming against the Christians? We have the leader of this nation, claiming to be a Christian, bathing the White House in rainbow colors in celebration of this slap in the face to our creator God, telling the Christians “Those who disagree with the idea of gay marriage based, for example, on their religious views, must change to be more like progressives who accept gay marriage.” The Examiner 6/27/15 then further stating, “And those, (homosexuals) who have come so far on their journey to equality have a responsibility to reach back and help others join them”, in other words, we are to discard our moral codes as outlined by our creator, and accept an unnatural and immoral way of life. May God have mercy on their souls as they mock and blaspheme His Holy name and word. This from the President of the USA and the presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, making her statement that, “Deep seated cultural codes, Religious beliefs, and structural biases have to change.” Tells us the three frog spirits are alive and well as they kick into high gear with their intensifying attack on Gods people.
This intensifying attack is evidenced by the rantings of Vice President Joe Biden with his comments of “eradicating the Christian bigots from this planet” which he ranted at a LGBT gathering in Washington DC in the spring of 2015.
One only has to go back in the Bible and read the accounts of the anti-diluvian period prior to the flood, and the account of Sodom and Gomorrah to see the results of what happens when a nation turns away from Gods word and delves into the sexual immorality which is now sweeping this nation. The Prophet Jude tells us; Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Jude 1:7
Not only has God been blasphemed and insulted with this new definition of marriage by the LGBT activists, they have also high-jacked Gods rainbow, a symbol of His promise and covenant with man, and turned it into a symbol of vile sodomy, a direct blasphemous insult to God the creator of all, and a violation of His law as shown in Leviticus 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is an abomination…
The Episcopal church, the Presbyterian church, the Methodist church, and other so called Christian denominations are now opening their doors and pulpits to gay pastors and other politically correct groups as they follow and adhere to the “traditions of man” Mark 7:6 …Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Isa 29:13 Matt 15:8
Now that the Supreme Court of the United States has given the green light that legally recognizes same sex marriages, you will see a rash of civil and criminal moves against the Christian churches and culture, which will make the recent attacks against the baker and the florist pale in comparison. The true Christians will not waver in the face of these attacks, but, the lukewarm Christian (the tares) will fall, joining Satan in eternal damnation. Look at 2 Thessalonians 2:11,12 and we see this same thing which Paul spoke of; 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
The true Christians, (or those who call themselves Christians), need to wake up from the false sense of security and sleep from which they have been lulled into by all these feel good prosperity messages without substance, that are being preached throughout the land by high paid motivational speakers, referring to themselves as men of God, but who are obligated only to the god of the almighty dollar, following the politically correct crowds, doing the bidding of the dragon, and not the God of the universe, who is about to take vengeance on them and the other inhabitants of this planet.
We see in today’s modern world the three frog spirits in the form of politics, as laws and ordinances against Christian morals are being passed, verbal attacks in the form of name calling from politicians, activists and even from so called Christian Pastors in the name of tolerance for their immoral lifestyles, but no tolerance for the steadfast Christians who believe in God and adhere to His moral laws; the Christian Churches accepting the immoral lifestyles, accusing the obedient Christians of being insensitive, and unchristian for not accepting what is an abomination to our creator God and His moral laws; the Jewish controlled news media and television as they constantly roll out shows offensive to Christians, comedians blaspheming the name of God and Jesus for the sake of a few laughs, yet the slightest or miniscule hint of insult or disagreement with the Muslim, Jewish religion or the homosexual lifestyle is immediately slammed, hailed and attacked as hate speech and hate mongering, accusing you of Islamaphobia, Anti- Semitism or as Homophobic bigots. The parallels with the three frog like spirits are frightening.
Again we only have to look at scripture to see this; Acts 4:25-28 Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things? (Ps 2:1) 26 The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ. (Ps 2:2) 27 For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, 28 For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done
The stakes are being ramped up as the attack on the Christian culture of this nation increases daily, and its gaining momentum on an exponential basis.
A test of unimaginable proportion’s is about to be unleashed on the American Christian culture, which will reveal who the true and faithful Christians are, as the true remnant Church evolves out of this attack against God and His true believers.
Now to the study of the final plague, and as we have seen, there is no physical battle taking place, but rather a political battle, with the physical battle not occurring until after the 1000 year period of Satan’s imprisonment, which I will cover in the next section.
7th Plague Hail from the sky (Revelation 16:17-21)
17 And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. 18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. 19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. 20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. 21 And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.
In this last plague we see the culmination of God’s wrath on this earth, the false church of Babylon, and the wicked unrepentant, as the earth begins to tremble, the mountains begin to move and great stones begin to fall from the sky on mankind. These stones will weigh in at about 50 to 75 lbs. each, and we can only imagine the death, destruction, and chaos, which stones of this magnitude, falling from the sky will bring upon the earth and its inhabitants, as God brings life on this planet to an end for the next 1000 years.
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