Rev 16:15                             Blessed Is He That Watcheth                              4/30/2006      ßà   

·                    The End of Time (Rev 16:10-21, 1Cor 15:52, 1Thes 4:16)

 

 

 

 

#1.       The 5th and the 6th Vial (Rev 16:10-12, Ex 10:21-23, Rev 16:8-9)

 

 

 

 

·                    The Great River Euphrates (Rev 16:12, Dan 5, Isa 44:24-28, Mat 24:31, Isa 13:17)

 

 

 

 

·                    Spirits of Devils (Rev 16:13-14, 13:8, 2Thes 2:3-4,9-12, 1Tim 3:15, Rev 22:18)

 

 

 

 

#2.       Behold I Come As a Thief (Rev 16:15, 1Thes 4:16-17, 5:2-4, Mat 24:30-31, 2Thes 1:8)

 

 

 

 

·              Blessed Is He that Watcheth (Rev 16:15-16, 19:11, 19-21, 2Thes 1:8, Mat 24:37-44, John 6:44)

 

 

 

 

#3.       Babylon Came in Remembrance (Rev 16:17-19, 14:8-10, Zech 13:8-9)

 

 

 

Please open your Bibles to the Revelation of Jesus Christ, Rev 16:10 (2X). We have seen that in Rev 16 God commands the 7 saints to pour out the vials of the wrath of God over the earth. Last week we have seen the pouring of the first 4 vials, and we have seen that there is a remarkable resemblance between the first 4 trumpets and the first 4 vials. Today we will cover the remainder of this chapter, and we will see that the pouring of the remaining 3 vials takes us to:

·                    The End of Time (Rev 16:10-21, 1Cor 15:52, 1Thes 4:16)

This chapter has been the subject of many speculations concerning the events before the end of time. All those speculations turn out to be just fantasies. The focus of this chapter is not Armageddon, but it is a warning to the saints. Therefore this sermon is titled: Blessed Is He That Watcheth (2X).

Re 16:10-11  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,                   And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.

Re 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.

Re 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.

Re 16:14  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.

Re 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.

Re 16:16  And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

Re 16:17  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.

Re 16:18  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.

Re 16:19-21  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.                    And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.  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.

Can you see that verse 18 speaks of the end of time? And thus when the 7th messenger poured out his vial upon the earth that was the plague of Judgment Day. Likewise the 7th trumpet is the last trump that we read about in 1Cor 15:52 and in 1Thes 4:16. Let us now focus our attention on the pouring of:

#1.       The 5th and the 6th Vial (Rev 16:10-12, Ex 10:21-23, Rev 16:8-9)

Rev 16:10-11    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,                       And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.

Now, where is the seat of the beast? Where is his capital city? It is Babylon. No, not the literal place where Babylon once was, for that city shall never be rebuilt. But the spiritual Babylon that we are going to see in the next two chapters, there is the seat of Antichrist, the beast. Is it not remarkable that of the ten plagues that came upon Egypt plague number 9 was the plague of utter darkness upon the land of Egypt, a darkness that could be so felt that no one could move about. It was as if God gave them a taste of the outer darkness of Hell. Let me read to you what we find in Ex 10:21-23,

Ex 10:21-22  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. And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days:

Ex 10:23  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.

But all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings”. Historically the darkness in Egypt was a real darkness, but it was a type or a figure of the spiritual darkness that enveloped the Egyptians. In the same manner the 5th vial brought darkness to the kingdom of Antichrist, But the saints were not affected by this darkness, for it was a spiritual darkness. We must harmonize this with Rev 16:8-9, where supposedly the sun is burning at its full strength. And then we see that both the sun burning and the utter darkness must be interpreted as spiritual events, and not physical phenomena. Remember that we are not dealing with sequential events, but with simultaneous events. Likewise at the blowing of the 5th trumpet the sun was darkened by the swarm of locusts, representing the swarm of demons that came out of the Bottomless Pit. They came to envelop the whole earth in spiritual darkness. When the 6th trumpet is blown, or when the 6th vial is poured out, we see the development of great armies over the whole earth. And it is important to realize that we are also here dealing with a description of an event that occurs simultaneously with the spiritual darkness of the previous two verses.

Re 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.

Who do the kings of the east represent? You want to notice that the kings of the east are clearly not associated with those who are in the kingdom of the beast. Since God has only two groups of people in view, the righteous and the wicked, the kings of the east must refer to the righteous. We know that the righteous shall together with Christ judge the rest of mankind who remains unsaved. Thus, this drying up of the river Euphrates must have something to do with preparations for Judgment Day. God used this drying up of the river Euphrates as an allegory imitating a previous event where the Euphrates was dried up. Please turn in your Bibles to the prophecy of Isaiah, Isa 44:24 (2X). You find the prophecy of Isaiah in the middle of your Bibles, just before the prophecy of Jeremiah.

·                    The Great River Euphrates (Rev 16:12, Dan 5, Isa 44:24-28, Mat 24:31, Isa 13:17)

When the children of Israel were captives in Babylon the city of Babylon was the most beautiful and the most fortified city in the world. The walls were so thick and so high that the citizens believed that their city would never be taken by an enemy. And so, when Babylon was surrounded by the armies of the Medes and the Persians we read in Dan 5 that king Belshazzar ridiculed their siege by making a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and by eating and drinking from the golden and silver vessels that his grandfather Nebuchadnezzar had stolen out of the temple in Jerusalem. You remember that in the middle of the feast a hand came out and wrote on the wall of the room where they had this feast. No one could read the message. Then Daniel was brought in and Daniel translated the message to the king, and he said, “God hath numbered thy kingdom and finished it. Thou art weighed in the balances and art found wanting. Thy kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and the Persians”. In that same night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain by the Medes and the Persians. It was an almost bloodless coup by which the Medes and the Persians conquered Babylon in one night. How did they do it? The city of Babylon had an almost infinite water supply from the river Euphrates which flowed through the city. That is why they could outlast almost any siege. But Cyrus, who was heading the armies of the Medes and the Persians, was also an engineer. You may perhaps know that the word engineer does not derive from the word “engine”, but it derives from the word “genius”. Cyrus knew that the walls of Babylon could not be surmounted, but Cyrus commanded his armies to create huge dams by which they diverted the course of the river Euphrates. When the Euphrates dried up Cyrus and his armies walked through the dry riverbed into Babylon, killed the king, and occupied the beautiful city without demolishing any of its buildings. Cyrus entered Babylon on October 29, in the year 539 BC, and he presented himself in the role of the liberator of the peoples who were held captive in Babylon. We know most of these details from archeological records, but the Bible also gives us some clues:

Isa 44:24-25  Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;                  That frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners mad; that turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish;

Isa 44:26-27  That confirmeth the word of his servant, and performeth the counsel of his messengers; that saith to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be inhabited; and to the cities of Judah, Ye shall be built, and I will raise up the decayed places thereof:   That saith to the deep, Be dry, and I will dry up thy rivers:

Isa 44:28  That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid.

In verse 25 God refers to the wise men who were called in at the feast to translate the words written on the wall. God frustrated the tokens of the liars, and He made the diviners of Babylon mad when the king called in Daniel, of the inferior race of the Hebrews, and he made the knowledge of the wise men foolish. In verse 27 God spoke to the deep river Euphrates, and said: Be dry! God said of Cyrus that he would say to the Jews to rebuild Jerusalem and rebuild the temple, and Cyrus did so. What then is the meaning of the drying up of the Euphrates River? The meaning is that the way is prepared for the liberators of those who have been held captive in the kingdom of Babylon. Just like we read in Mat 24:31 that on the Last Day God “shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other”. Angels do not care for silver or gold. And is it not remarkable that we read in Isa 13:17, “Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, which shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it”. It is remarkable that God used exactly those words that we need to put all the pieces of the puzzle together. Cyrus was a heathen king, and Cyrus never became saved. But God used the actions of this heathen king to make him become a picture of Christ who would come with the armies of heaven, the angels and the saints, to come and liberate the saints who are suffering under the rulership of Antichrist. This then is the meaning of the words we find in Rev 16:12. Please turn again to the Revelation of Jesus Christ, Rev 16:12 (2X). “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.” God uses the name “the kings of the east” because the Medes and the Persians were coming from the east. This is a dreadful curse on the citizens of spiritual Babylon, but for the saints this is a blessing. We know that the city of God is Jerusalem that is above, but the spiritual city of Satan is Babylon that is below. And how do the nations of the world react when they hear the saints say that their beloved city is under siege by God, and that the end of the world is near? They scoff at the whole idea, and they ignore it altogether. They continue to lend an ear to the spirit of Antichrist. That is why we read in the following verses about:

·                    Spirits of Devils (Rev 16:13-14, 13:8, 2Thes 2:3-4,9-12, 1Tim 3:15, Rev 22:18)

Re 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.

Re 16:14  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.

These three unclean spirits proceed from the mouths of the infernal trinity, the dragon, the beast and the false prophet. As you remember, the dragon is Satan himself, the beast is the monster that looks just like the dragon; he is Antichrist, the anointed of the dragon, and the false prophet is the second beast who has the two horns but speaks like a dragon. This is the infernal trinity who are deceiving the nations to such an extent that “All the world wondered after the beast”, and “All that dwell upon the earth shall worship the beast”. It means that all the Christian nations, and all the Christian denominations shall be deceived by the dragon, and by the beast and by the false prophet. It is not necessary for the nations of the world to become converted to this false Christianity, for God says in Rev 13:8, “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” It does not matter which religion you believe, if it is not the Gospel of the Bible you fall in the category of those who worship the beast. All those who are Buddhists, or Hindus, or Moslems, or Mormons, or Jehovah’s Witnesses, or Roman Catholics, or believers in a Charismatic gospel, and so on, fall in this category of worshipping the beast. Please turn to the Second Epistle to the Thessalonians, 2Thes 2:3 (2X). You find 2Thes after 1Thes, right after the Epistles of Paul to the Gal, Eph, Phil, and Colossians. You see, these three unclean spirits come out of the mouths of the infernal trinity. In other words, the nations are deceived by the words that are spoken by Antichrist. And where does Antichrist preach? In the churches:

2Th 2:3 ¶  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

2Th 2:4  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

Antichrist is “the man of sin”, or “the son of perdition”. And where does he preach? In the house of God, which in the NT time period is the Church, as we read in 1Tim 3:15. And what are the signs by which you know that the teaching you hear is false? God says in Rev 16:14, “working miracles”. According to the Bible, all the miracles, signs, and wonders done toward the end of time are ascribed to the works of Satan. And to avoid confusion God does not permit the saints to perform any miracles, or signs, or wonders. Please drop down to verse 9, and there we read:

2Th 2:9-10  Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,              And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

2Th 2:11-12  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe THE lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

All the people of the world who believe in another gospel than the Gospel of the Bible are on the way to Hell, “because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved”. Therefore God shall say to them, “Have it your way”, and God shall send them a strong delusion by the hand of the false prophet that they should believe THE LIE. The Greek text does not say a lie, but it says “The lie”. And what is The lie? It is the lie that God is still bringing audible divine messages today, which is a lie because God stated in Rev 22:18 that He will no more bring any divine revelation, since the Bible is complete. You remember that the Lord Jesus said in Rev 16:15,

#2.       Behold I Come As a Thief (Rev 16:15, 1Thes 4:16-17, 5:2-4, Mat 24:30-31, 2Thes 1:8)

Please turn a few pages back to the First Epistle to the Thessalonians, 1Thes 4:16 (2X). Rev 16:15 has sparked the idea that Christ will come silently, as a thief in the night. Do not believe for a moment that Christ will come silently. The Lord is saying that He will come unexpectedly, but not silently.

1Th 4:16  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel,

and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

1Th 4:17  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

The Last Day, or the end of time, will begin with the rapture of the saints, and this rapture will not be silently for when Christ shouts with the voice of the archangel, the chief messenger, the entire world shall hear it. This language cannot be taken to mean a silent coming. Moreover, we read in Mat 24:30,

Mt 24:30-31  And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.                     And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Christ shall come with power and great glory, and every eye shall see Him. There will be a great sound of a trumpet, announcing the Lord’s return, and everyone on earth shall hear it. The coming of Christ as a thief in the night is explained in the next chapter. Please drop down to 1Thes 5:2 (2X).

1Th 5:2  For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

1Th 5:3  For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

1Th 5:4  But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

You see, when Christ comes He will come unexpectedly. There will not be any nuclear war, or any worldwide battle of great armies in the land of Israel. Instead they shall say, “Peace and safety”. It will be a time of peace and safety in the world. It will be business as usual. And then “sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child”. It will be a surprise to the unsaved in the world who think that as long as there is peace and safety in the world it will remain that way. But then, like as in the flood of Noah’s days, or like as in the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, when Christ comes “In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2Thes 1:8) and they shall not escape. Please turn again to Rev 16:15; there we read,

·         Blessed Is He that Watcheth (Rev 16:15-16, 19:11, 19-21, 2Thes 1:8, Mat 24:37-44, John 6:44)

Is this not strange? Look at how this verse is wedged in between verses that describe the process of gathering the nations to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Is this a battle against God?

Re 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.

Re 16:16  And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

We have to ask why God wrote it this way. What has “Blessed is he that watcheth” anything to do with the gathering of the nations to battle, unless that battle does not mean the physical battle that it seems to be? Let us look at this chapter in perspective. Six messengers have poured out their vials on the earth, and these six plagues have brought us to the end of time. And the battle of Armageddon still has to take place. And just when the infernal trinity has succeeded in bringing all the armies of the world to the place that is called Armageddon, the 7th messenger poured out his vial into the air, and God says, “It is done”. Can you see that something is missing here? The battle of Armageddon is missing. Unless the battle of Armageddon is really Judgment Day itself. There have been many fantastic scenarios built around this one verse 16. Actually this is the only verse in the Bible where the word Armageddon appears. It is not likely that Rev 16 would revolve around Armageddon. Much more likely is it that Babylon is the focus of this chapter. In fact, there are 260 verses in the Bible containing the word Babylon, and in addition there are 88 verses where Babylonians are referred to as “the Chaldees”, or “the Chaldeans”. This reflects God’s concern about Babylon, and what the Babylonians do. And we will see in the next two chapters how God deals with Babylon. But for now, we would like to know where the battle of Armageddon went. Please turn a few pages to your right, to Rev 19:11 (2X).

Re 19:11  And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

Christ is coming out of heaven riding on a white horse. Are there horses in heaven? Absolutely not! God gives us here a symbolic view of Christ coming for the last battle. And what is this battle?

Re 19:19  And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.

Re 19:20  And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

Re 19:21  And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.

No one escapes. The armies of the infernal trinity are completely destroyed. This is really the battle of Armageddon. It is in this spiritual battle of Armageddon that Antichrist and the false prophet and all the unsaved of the world will finally be destroyed. The battle of Armageddon is a figure of speech that represents the final Judgment Day. But why did God say in Rev 16:15, “Blessed is he that watcheth”? God said that to remind us to look a little closer, so that we would recognize that this battle is a spiritual battle. It is a battle indicating that the Lord is coming and that He “In flaming fire is taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2Thes 1:8) Please turn in your Bibles to the Gospel according to Matthew, Mat 24:37 (2X). If we understand that the battle of Armageddon is a spiritual battle of the Judgment on the Last Day, then we will not be looking around in the world where or at what point in time we presently are in respect to the sequence of events as prophesied in this scroll of Revelation. Then we understand that we must not look outward to look at the signs, but we must look inwardly, and see if we are ready to meet the Lord today. Are we ready today? Can we honestly examine ourselves and make a judgment whether we are saved or not? Are there some things we must cut off before we meet the Lord Jesus Christ? Are there some Bible verses we want to memorize to answer His questions? Have we really figured out if we are in a true and trustworthy church? Are we taking the words of our pastor as true and trustworthy, or have we found the words of truth in our Bibles? These are some of the questions I want to leave with you today. And now let us read in Mat 24:37 the true scenario of the events of the Last Day.

Mt 24:37  But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Mt 24:38-39  For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,         And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

You see, it will be business as usual. Then we read in the following verses about the rapture:

Mt 24:40  Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

Mt 24:41  Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

Mt 24:42  Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

Mt 24:43  But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.

Mt 24:44  Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

Watch therefore for the spiritual signs. Be ye also ready to meet the Lord, for He cometh in an hour that you do not expect Him. Certainly we expect Him like a woman who is with child expects the day when she must give birth, but she does not know exactly when. This is the reason why we must be watchful while the nations of the world enjoy themselves in living without God. But in reality they are being gathered by the dragon, and the beast, and the false prophet, to the place called Armageddon.

Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame”.

These garments refer to the robe of Christ’s righteousness that each one receives when he or she is saved. And since a child of God can never lose his salvation, he always keeps his garments on. Every person, however, who has not trusted in the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ as the full payment for all his sins, will walk spiritually naked before God on judgment Day. But the Lord Jesus assures us in John 6:44, “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him”. And so, it is only those whom the Father draws to Jesus who are eventually saved. And then we read:

#3.       Babylon Came in Remembrance (Rev 16:17-19, 14:8-10, Zech 13:8-9)

Please turn again to the Revelation of Jesus Christ, Rev 16:17 (2X). We saw that the seat of the beast was Babylon, and the great river Euphrates was dried up, which prepared for the conquest of Babylon by the armies of heaven, now we read that great Babylon came in remembrance before God.

Re 16:17  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.

Re 16:18-19  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.           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.

What does it mean that the great city was divided into three parts? Symbolically God divides the people of the world into three parts. Let me read to you what God says in Zech 13:8-9,

Zec 13:8-9  And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.         And I will bring the third part through the fire, (2X) and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.

Symbolically, two parts shall be cut off and die; this represents all the unsaved in the world. One part shall be left in the land; this represents the remnant chosen by grace. And this is how the remnant will be saved, verse 9, through the fire of Hell. When Christ was crucified, we were crucified with Him and in Him. When Christ suffered the equivalent of an eternity in Hell, we went through that suffering with Him and in Him. When Christ died, we died with Him and in Him. When Christ was buried, we were buried with Him and in Him. But gloriously when Christ rose from the grave, we rose with Him and in Him. The resurrection of Christ from the grave was the guarantee that all those whose sins He paid for on the cross, would also receive a spiritual resurrection of their soul at the time that God the Holy Spirit makes them “Born from above”. And since we have already been through the fire of Hell, God will never require that we must again suffer the fire of Hell. This is the full meaning of the words, “I will bring the third part through the fire”. That is a glorious salvation that no one of mankind could have invented. Not even Satan in all his wisdom could have imagined such an outcome.

What does it mean when God said in Rev 16:19, “Great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath”? Please turn to Rev 14:8 (2X). We are reminded of the words God spoke in Rev 14:8-10, where Babylon also came in remembrance.

Re 14:8  And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

Re 14:9  And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,

Re 14:10  The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

You see, Babylon is not just a city. Here in Revelation Babylon represents the agglomerate of the people in the world who are on the side of Satan, instead of on the side of God. Pray that we will always be on the side of God, and that God will always keep us faithful.

AMEN.     Let us turn to the Lord in prayer.