Revelation Chapter 16
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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.
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Matthew Henry's Revelation Chapter 16 Bible commentary...
The first vial is poured out on the earth, the second on the sea, the third on the rivers and fountains. (1-7) The fourth on the sun, the fifth on the seat of the beast. (8-11) The sixth on the great river Euphrates. (12-16) And the seventh on the air, when shall follow the destruction of all antichristian enemies. (17-21)1-7 We are to pray that the will of God may be done on earth as it is done in heaven. Here is a succession of terrible judgments of Providence; and there seems to be an allusion to several of the plagues of Egypt. The sins were alike, and so were the punishments. The vials refer to the seven trumpets, which represented the rise of antichrist; and the fall of the enemies of the church shall bear some resemblance to their rise. All things throughout their earth, their air, their sea, their rivers, their cities, all are condemned to ruin, all accursed for the wickedness of that people. No wonder that angels, who witness or execute the Divine vengeance on the obstinate haters of God, of Christ, and of holiness, praise his justice and truth; and adore his awful judgments, when he brings upon cruel persecutors the tortures they made his saints and prophets suffer.
8-11 The heart of man is so desperately wicked, that the most severe miseries never will bring any to repent, without the special grace of God. Hell itself is filled with blasphemies; and those are ignorant of the history of human nature, of the Bible, and of their own hearts, who do not know that the more men suffer, and the more plainly they see the hand of God in their sufferings, the more furiously they often rage against him. Let sinners now seek repentance from Christ, and the grace of the Holy Spirit, or they will have the anguish and horror of an unhumbled, impenitent, and desperate heart; thus adding to their guilt and misery through all eternity. Darkness is opposed to wisdom and knowledge, and forebodes the confusion and folly of the idolaters and followers of the beast. It is opposed to pleasure and joy, and signifies anguish and vexation of spirit.
12-16 This probably shows the destruction of the Turkish power, and of idolatry, and that a way will be made for the return of the Jews. Or, take it for Rome, as mystical Babylon, the name of Babylon being put for Rome, which was meant, but was not then to be directly named. When Rome is destroyed, her river and merchandise must suffer with her. And perhaps a way will be opened for the eastern nations to come into the church of Christ. The great dragon will collect all his forces, to make one desperate struggle before all be lost. God warns of this great trial, to engage his people to prepare for it. These will be times of great temptation; therefore Christ, by his apostle, calls on his professed servants to expect his sudden coming, and to watch that they might not be put to shame, as apostates or hypocrites. However Christians differ, as to their views of the times and seasons of events yet to be brought to pass, on this one point all are agreed, Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, will suddenly come again to judge the world. To those living near to Christ, it is an object of joyful hope and expectation, and delay is not desired by them.
17-21 The seventh and last angel poured forth his vial, and the downfal of Babylon was finished. The church triumphant in heaven saw it and rejoiced; the church in conflict on earth saw it and became triumphant. God remembered the great and wicked city; though for some time he seemed to have forgotten her idolatry and cruelty. All that was most secure was carried away by the ruin. Men blasphemed: the greatest judgments that can befal men, will not bring to repentance without the grace of God. To be hardened against God, by his righteous judgments, is a certain token of sure and utter destruction.
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Martha Prince's Revelation Chapter 16 comment on 5/16/2013, 12:23pm...
Terry...not sure where you find in Revelation 19:11 7 years of celebration in heaven or 7 years of hell on earth. Revelation 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.
Terry's Revelation Chapter 16 comment about verse 15 on 5/13/2013, 7:01pm...
I believe Pre-Trib. We are the children of God, we are the Bride of Christ, my opinion, NO WAY are we to go through this "hell" of the Tribulation, the 7 seals, the 7 trumpets, the 7 bowls? REV. 19: 11, says there will be 7 years of celebration in Heaven and 7 years of horrible tribulation on earth?
John Rufus's Revelation Chapter 16 comment about verse 13 on 1/27/2013, 7:07am...
As this is quite late in the great tribulation, which I believe is 3.5 years in Days ie 3.5 X 365 and 1/4 about 1278 years . This fits with the French Revolution. Evil spirits "leaked out of the mouths of the French" - liberty, fraternity, equality. Stated by the Illuminati – Man’s greed and turns away from Christ or Bible teachings.
BEN's Revelation Chapter 16 comment on 1/09/2013, 12:09pm...
MY SHEEP HEAR MY VOICE AND THEY FOLLOW ME, SAYS THE LORD.THEY THAT HAVE THE HOLY SPIRIT ARE MINE, SAYS THE LORD. AS the warning to mankind from GOD, and the examples are in the Old Testament on how GOD destroyed and punished many, yet left us with a choice to respond to HIS authority, that HE means business! NOW, the big test comes when the antichrist will command all humans to be implanted with a MICROCHIP, and worship him. The beginning of sorrows. Here is where GOD will screen his true followers, etc… But happy are those that GOD calls out from this EARTH (DIE), before the WRATH of GOD falls on mankind, and before the antichrist goes into power. But when a family member dies, etc, because it is time, we need to accept GOD'S DIVINE plan."FOR THE ELECT, IT WILL BE SHORTENED”, SAME AS "SUFFER NOT THE LITTLE CHILDREN, FOR THEIRS IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN”. YES, AS the antichrist is anxious to be revealed, and GOD is standing by to pour the great PLAGUES UPON THE EARTH, BE READY, SAYS THE LORD, THAT NO ONE SEES YOUR SHAME. GOD sends out WARNINGS, before destruction comes!!! MR. BEN (B.L.V.).
Timothy Wayne George's Revelation Chapter 16 comment on 10/22/2012, 7:38pm...
Revelation 16:15 When Jesus says I come as a thief, this is not the pre-tribulation rapture, because that happens in chapter 4:1 Come up hither. This is in reference to His second coming at Revelation 19:11 and it will be sudden with the saints coming with Him who were in heaven. Christ is coming to stop all of the murder, sexual assaults, and witchcraft that are taking place on the earth. The tribulation will last seven years and consist of 21 judgments that will take place to purge the world of sin. Men will continue to blaspheme God, rather than repent of their sin. The goodness of God causes men to repent. The 144,000 Jews will be saved during this time. Christ will come right after the battle of Armageddon. God is not willing that any should perish, but that all men would come to repentance. We are told to watch, and pray so that we can escape this time of great tribulation that will come upon all the world that rejects Jesus Christ as their Lord.
C. Boyer's Revelation Chapter 16 comment on 5/25/2012, 12:19am...
Scripture provides numerous evidence for the Pre-Tribulation Rapture of Christ’s followers prior to the 7-Year Tribulation period described in Chapters 6 through 18 of the book of The Revelation of Jesus Christ, and for their return to earth with Him at His Second Advent.The Scripture passages that speak of Christ “appearing/coming” speak to His followers only, not those unrepentant at the end/battle of Armageddon. Also, this “coming/appearing” for His followers is in context quite distinct from Christ’s Second Advent to earth at the end of the Tribulation. After all, Christ is depicted during His Second Advent as coming to earth with an incalculable number of His followers with Him. In addition to this evidence we have the book of Revelation itself which speaks distinctly for a pre-Tribulation Rapture, via it’s narrative, it’s structure, and unique symbology. Revelation 3 also contains specific statements of keeping believers from Tribulaton while it lacks any statements or direction to Christ’s followers during the Tribulation period. There is not time in Biblical history where God does not speak to His followers. In Revelation, He stops speaking to them at the beginning of Chapter 4, when John (a prefigure of all believers) is taken up in Heaven (a prefigure of the Rapture). We can see in Rev. 13:9 that all the 144k Jews who had been sealed are in Heaven and no on on earth who believes in Jesus is left to preach, so God sends His angels to fly thru th eatmosphere to preach. There are no christians or believing Jews left on earth. Furthermore, the reason for the Tribulation period (explained in the Old Testament book of Daniel) is opposite of the reason for the Rapture. The Tribulation period is a time of judgment when God once again begins dealing personally with His people Israel, when He will once again commissions them to personally spread Christ’s gospel of redemption, while also holding the recalcitrant accountable for rejecting their Messiah. So the Tribulation is totally opposite dispensationally to the time we live in now, which is the "time of the Gentiles" or "church age/age of grace." In the Trib, it will be like the Old Testament in terms of judgment. We are currently under grace, not the OT law. This dispensational age--commonly called “The times of the Gentiles’ or “Age of Grace” or “Church Age“ will have its end at the time the Lord “snatches away“ His followers to keep them from the Tribulation period.
In addition to this evidence Jesus’ own words in the Gospels, promises contained in the Epistles of Paul and others, and Old Testament prophesies and prefigures provide numerous proofs to confirm a Pre-tribulation Rapture.
Kevin's Revelation Chapter 16 comment about verse 15 on 5/20/2012, 9:06pm...
Not totally sure, but looks like this verse goes against the teaching that is popular today w/ many TV ministers. Many today preach the "Pre-Trib" teaching as fact. I agree that the rapture could occur anytime, but it is interesting how the metaphor ("thief in the night") resembles exactly the other verses in Matthew, Luke and w/ Apostle Paul when discussing the rapture.
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