"I saw in heaven another great and marvelous sign: seven angels with the seven last plagues - last, because with them God's wrath is completed." Revelation 15:1.
In Revelation 14 we have the three angels' messages. Then it jumps to the coming of Christ. Now we go back to fill in the time between the three angels' messages and the coming of Christ. What happens after the three angels' messages have been given? That is the question, and chapter 15 gives the answer.
The three angels' messages were given to call all mankind back to the worship of God. To call mankind to come out of the false religions and churches of the world which do not teach the teachings and Sabbath of God. But the world refused. Because they refused, God now pours out His seven last plagues.
The Bible is full of and/or, this/that, one extreme to the
In verses 1-4 we see that extremism. The last seven plagues are to be poured out on the wicked. The other extreme are the saints and eternal happiness. And why these extremes? Because light and darkness cannot dwell together. They can’t even dwell close together. That is why we are commanded to get out and get away from the wicked world and churches. That way we will not be contaminated with sin.
Why are they the saints? Because they “had been victorious over the beast and his image and over the number of his name.” In other words, they came out of all the churches that are in the world today and stood alone for the teachings of Jesus. That includes coming out of the Sabbath keeping churches that are no longer of God.
Now we go back in time to see the angels coming out of the
temple of God. Why are they coming out of the temple of God? It is in that
temple where "the Testimony was opened." Vs 5. That Testimony holds
the Ten Commandments and the command to keep the 7th day Sabbath (Saturday)
holy. That is the command which the world has forsaken and fought against. So
from there the angels come with the wrath and destruction of God on those who
have broken His law.
Verse 8, "And the temple was filled with smoke from the
glory of God and from His power, and no one could enter the temple until the
seven plagues of the seven angels were completed."
Why could no one enter the temple?
We have an example of this in the Old Testament. You will find this in 2 Chronicles 7:1, 2. "When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. The priests could not enter the temple of the Lord because the glory of the Lord filled it."
The concept here is much the same. As in the Old Testament, the worshipers came to the temple to have their sins forgiven, symbolically. In reality, the only way we can have our sins forgiven is by entering into the temple of heaven where Jesus is our High Priest. Only by coming into His presence in prayer and confession can we have our sins forgiven.
However, at this time, no prayers will be accepted. All mankind has had an opportunity to forsake their sins and accept the gospel of Jesus to be perfect, stop sinning and to keep the Ten Commandments to get eternal life. Those who have rejected it are now forever sealed and doomed. The temple is closed for cleaning and renovations. No more sins will be accepted.
That is why the plagues will be “poured full strength into the cup of His wrath.” Rev. 14:10. You see, prior to this, throughout history, God has always poured out his wrath mixed with mercy and grace. We have lived under the grace of God for over six thousand years. That grace is coming to an end. When we study the Old Testament temple we find that the “mercy seat” of God was right above the Ark of the Testimony. God has always been merciful. Now, His mercy ends. “What has happened to us is a result of our evil deeds and our great guilt, and yet, our God, You have punished us less than our sins have deserved.” Ezra 9:13.
But that is not the case at the end of time. Time has run out for the sinner. He has rejected all the mercy of God by hanging on to his own stubborn will and the stubborn will of the churches. Now he must face the full fury of God with no restraint. Grace has run out for the human race.
Here we begin to see what lies ahead for those who continue to reject the love of God, His “Ten Commandments of Love” and His 7th day Sabbath. The first angel poured out his bowl and ugly, painful sores broke out on the people. These people are those who did not come out of their country-club churches and religions. They worshiped the Sunday sabbath against God’s plain statements. Or, like the Jews, made their Sabbath keeping churches their “god” but continued to sin.
The second angel poured out his bowl on the sea and turned it into blood like a dead man. Everything in the sea died. The wicked have been spilling the blood of God's children for centuries. Now they must drink it.
The third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs and they became blood. All water will be blood. There will be nothing to drink. Egypt is an example of these plagues. If you believe in the Egypt experience, you better get out of your church now.
The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and it scorched people with fire. The Bible tells us how hot this will get. Isaiah 30:26 says, “the sunlight will be seven times brighter.” Do you have any idea what a sun seven times brighter will do to you? Talk about a “global warming”. The “greens” could never imagine what is coming. And no, it is not carbon that is causing it but sinful lives.
The fifth angel plunged men into darkness.
This will represent the state of their "truths" and "teachings". They are in the pit of darkness because they have hung on to their sinful, dark ways. By this time there is no food left. No water to water the plants, and the heat has withered anything that was edible. You will gnaw your tongue and eat your children.
The sixth angel poured out his bowl and the great river Euphrates was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the East.
The "East" has always been a concept to the Jews of idol worship and paganism. They came out of the East when God called Abraham out of Ur. The East was associated with everything anti-God. The great river Euphrates has always been a barrier to the East. Look at any map and you will see how the river Euphrates divides the "East" from the land of Israel. Many of the armies that attacked Israel came from beyond the Euphrates river.
But now the symbolic river Euphrates has been dried up. There are no more barriers. The nations of the world can unite against the people of God. How is this to happen?
We must go back into our history now to see how this will happen in the future. Look at the world today. Everyone wants peace and safety. Look at what is happening to Bosnia, Israel and the Palestinians, Iraq and Iran, Korea, Africa, Asia and the Americas. All are fighting over nationalism. Almost every war in history has been fought because of nationalistic or religious fanaticism.
So what will happen?
I believe that the U.N. will carve up the world into 10 regional areas. These areas will be administered by 10 administrators. Why? Look at the mass migration of humanity caused by ISIS, Muslim and socialist governments. The world will no longer be this nationalism or that nationalism, but we will all be citizens of planet earth. All will be “one” under one government. No more wars! Peace and safety.’
This one-world government, as depicted in Revelation 13, will rule the world, the economy and religion. I believe the Catholic Church will be the head of all religions. Your church can exist only as long as it abides by the rules of the Catholic Church. That includes Sabbath keeping churches.
To help you understand this concept better, I am going to quote to you an editorial by Bill Carlson. He wrote this in the Yucaipa "The View", August 2000. He is reporting on his attendance of the "California School Boards Association's (CSBA) Curriculum Institute". This is what he heard and reported from them on what they are planning to teach the children in California schools. However, it is not limited to California. All school systems have accepted this concept.
"The efficiently presented, high-impact grand finale, "Change Drivers of the 21st Century", took on an intimidating tone.
Changes are coming - Big Changes and resistors who stand in the way, they warned, "will be rolled over." The message: Don't resist! Well, change is always coming, Carlson, and changes may bring improvement. Is that so Bad? What changes are coming? More than you may want to know about! The speakers rarely stopping for questions, briefly explained each change from a series of lists projected to an overhead-viewing screen. The explosion of new information, technology and mutual dependence among nations were reasons used to promote the "need" for globalization. The speakers depicted the "new world" as one that will bring "peace" and "repairs" to the entire planet. With it will come:
1. Global governance
2. Spiritualism based on eastern philosophy (will replace all traditional religions)
3. Wellness of mind, body, and spirit
4. Environmental protection (Environmental desecration will be justification for armed conflict)
5. Global citizenship (National Borders will be eliminated)
6. Co-housing of families
7. Local and global affinity groups such as Harley motorcycle clubs, wine sippers, mediators, etc.
8. Creativity, freedom, energetic self-reliance, and patriotism (These always thrive under totalitarian rule, don’t they?!)
"A 'right balance' of these and other 'invigorates' will give new life to new global world designed by the genius of man. Or will it? …
'The United Nations General Assembly met in Geneva, Switzerland, to launch a plan to dramatically reduce national sovereignty, limit the ability of nations to govern their own affairs, and impose global taxes on developed countries, costing Americans trillions of dollars' to finance this madcap global scheme."
When the symbolic Euphrates river is dried up, the Kings of the East, the heads of all the satanic religions, will be gathered together. Who are these Kings? Who do they represent?
In verse 13 we see that "three evil spirits that looked like frogs" came out of the mouths of the dragon, the beast and the false prophet. Who are these critters?
The dragon we know. He is Satan in his rawest form. But Satan has always used a medium for his power. The rawest form has been paganism, the worship of idols. Are there religions today that worship pagan idols? Yes. Hinduism and Buddhism are idol worshipers, along with many other Eastern religions. Atheists and science also falls into this "idol" worship category. They worship "science".
But not everyone is so stupid as to bow down to a piece of carved stone. So the devil has also cloaked himself under the guise of Christianity. That is the “beast”. You see, Jesus is referred to as the “Lamb of God”. So the power in Revelation 13 that comes up out of the land as a two-horned lamb is U.S.A. Protestantism. Most of the world’s Protestants are bowing down to the Protestant movements of the U.S.A. Since the Protestants came out of the Catholic Church they will again unite with them, we will put all “Christianity” under this category. Ever hear of the “Religious Right”?
Then there is the false prophet. "Prophets" always have a nice ring to them. There are suckers born every few minutes who will follow a "prophet". So the devil has given the world one, Islam and the false prophet Mohammed .
Between these three religions,
99.999% of all the world’s population has been accounted for. These three religions, which now stand apart from each other and at each others throats with guns and bombs, will be brought together to fight against God in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ. But to fight against Jesus, they must first be united. How does that happen? "They go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty." Vs 14. Just look at India and Pakistan. (Remember this is during the 7 last plagues. However, you will see the formation of this taking place as you read this.)
Just after the Iranian revolution, when militant Islam took over Iran, the conservative, militant, spiritual advisers of Islam from around the world gathered in Iran to plan for the destruction of all secular and religious governments that were not ruled by the "god" of the Koran. Now you understand 9/11 and all the fanatical attacks against the U.S. and other governments around the world since 1979.
"Across Western Europe, religious leaders, educators, and policymakers describe a social collision between Muslims and non-Muslims. At its nucleus, they say, are radically different ideas about what constitutes religious extremism - and what is Islamophobia." U.S. News & World report, January 10, 2005: Europe's Identity Crisis.
But the "Christian" governments
of the West, and the "pagan" governments of the East won’t allow it. Therefore, "They go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty." There will be a worldwide engagement in which Islam will be defeated. Because of its defeat, Islam will bow to the "god" of the West and recognize that the "god" of the Koran is the same as the God of the Bible. Then the world will unite as one and the International Sunday Law will be passed. Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Jews and all the world will accept Sunday as the world’s holy day and sabbath.
These three religions will be ruled, says the Bible, by the Pope, and eventually Satan as "The Christ", from Jerusalem. After all, isn’t that where all three of these religions come together now? Such miracles, says the Bible, will take place that the whole world will accept the Pope as God’s representative on this earth. He will be invited to reign over all the world from Jerusalem.
What is the "great day of God Almighty?" That is the "day" or time in world’s history when the world has decided against the God of the Bible and has decided to set up its own god of this world. You see, the devil doesn’t want Jesus to come and take his kingdom away from him. He wants to stop Jesus dead in His tracks. How does he do that?
Ever hear of atomic bombs, neutron bombs and star wars. How about rockets to take bombs out into space to stop meteorites from hitting the earth. Ever hear of such things? I am sure you have.
Those bombs and defense systems are not meant to be against the people of this world. Yes they were used for that purpose, but that was only the sideshow. Lucifer was/is having mankind build them to stop his enemy, Jesus Christ, when He comes back to pick up His people.
The devil doesn't want to destroy this earth. He needs people to rule over. He needs kingdoms to reign over. A kingdom divided against itself cannot stand said Jesus. The devil does not want to be divided against himself. All these instruments of war will be used against Jesus. The devil does not want Jesus to come and disrupt his kingdom here.
When the nations united to destroy God the first time, God wiped them out by water. When they tried to reach into heaven, God destroyed the Tower of Babel. When they conspired together to kill Him on the cross, He stated, "It is finished". The Roman and the Jewish nations were destroyed.
Now that the world, under the leadership of Satan, is conspiring again to destroy Him and His Children, He says, "It is done". That's it folks. It is finished. Jesus takes up the challenge and comes to show that He is God of gods and Lord of lords. That He rules and Lucifer is the usurper.
While the world hurls missiles and bombs at Jesus, He is throwing down His own. "From the sky huge hailstones of about a hundred pounds each fell upon men. And they cursed God on account of the plague of hail, because the plague was so terrible." Revelation 16:21.
Revelation 18 & 19
Revelation 18 is basically about the destruction of that one religion that has so destroyed Christianity, the Catholic Church. The pope who claims to be so righteous, and yet is so wicked. He who claims to uphold the tenets of Jesus Christ, has destroyed the Ten Commandments and substituted man-made traditions for God’s commands. Every church, including the Sabbath keeping churches, have been infiltrated by the Catholic Church to bring them all back to the “Mother Church”. That is why they are all called, “Antichrist” in the Bible. “Anti” means “in place of”. They are all teaching and standing in the place of Christ.
"Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great. The kings of the earth committed adultery with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries." Revelation 18:2, 3.
All nations of the earth have representatives in Rome. All want to know what the pope is thinking. And the "merchants of the earth" are the religions of the world. Look at the Crystal Cathedral. Look at the "700 club". Look at the wealth of the religions of today. All are getting rich off the teachings and doctrines taught by the Catholic Church.
"Then I heard another voice from heaven say: 'Come out of her, My people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues." Revelation 18:4.
God will destroy that city,
that mammoth religion that has destroyed the souls of men and women. That has substituted human commands and traditions for the plain and simple teachings of Jesus: Be perfect, Stop sinning and keep the Ten Commandments to keep your eternal life.
Revelation 19 is about the triumph of Jesus against the wicked. He wins, they lose. Jesus comes riding out on His white horse. He comes to conquer in the "Word of God". That Word, the Bible, the teachings of Jesus, that the world has spurned, now will rule the world. Only those who have voluntarily submitted to that Word will live with Him.
There is no police force in heaven. No force will be employed to make people obey that Word. There will be no rack, no dungeon, no sword to command obedience. Only willful obedience will be accepted, both now and then.
The coming of Christ
will do nothing to change the character, it only sets it beyond all change. If you have not practiced obedience to the teachings of Jesus now, you wouldn't practice obedience in heaven. Therefore, Jesus cannot take you to Heaven.
"And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, ‘Come, gather together for the great supper of God, so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and mighty men, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, small and great."’ Revelation 19:17, 18.
The rest of them were killed with the sword (the Word of God) that came out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh." Revelation 19:21.