It is a beautiful, sunny summer morning, and I am reading such a sober chapter in Revelation. The words do not match the beauty sitting outside my window. I am listening to the water bubbling in the pond, the turkeys loudly cheeping- yes, when they are still young, they cheep-the birds singing in the trees. And I am reading about the end of God’s creation as we know it. Hard to imagine…
“And the fourth angel poured out his bowl upon the sun; and it was given to it to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with fierce heat; and they blasphemed the name of God who has the power over these plagues; and they did not repent, so as to give Him glory.” ~Revelation 16:8-9
This time the plague is not poured onto the earth but onto the sun. Remember, our earth is placed at exactly the right distance from the sun, with exactly the right amount of atmosphere to protect us. What if suddenly that changed, and the sun was so close, so hot, that it caused fires to break out, and scorched our skin? What a horrible thought. What is even more amazing, though, is that the people will know that God caused it to happen, and they will curse His name- His very character, Who He is.
“And the fifth angel poured out his bowl upon the throne of the beast; and his kingdom became darkened; and they gnawed their tongues because of pain, and they blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores; and they did not repent of their deeds.” ~Revelation 16:10-11
This is poured upon the kingdom of the beast, all who follow him and take his mark. I wonder if that means that those who follow Jesus will have little rays of light around them? Jesus is our Light, after all. So, there will be horrible sores on those with the mark, the seas and fresh water will be as blood, and the sun will be scorching them without providing them any light. They will be in horrendous pain, and they will curse God. Wow.
“And the sixth angel poured out his bowl upon the great river, the Euphrates; and its water was dried up, that the way might be prepared for the kings from the east. And I saw coming out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs; for they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them together for the war of the great day of God, the Almighty. (‘Behold, I am coming like a thief. Blessed is the one who stays awake and keeps his garments, lest he walk about naked and men see his shame.’) And they gathered them together to the place which in Hebrew is called Har-Magedon.” ~Revelation 16:12-16
The sixth bowl dries up the Euphrates River, causing the way to be ready for tanks, artillery and other ground assault necessities to easily cross over for battle. The three wicked end time players each release a demon to go and ready the kings of the world for the great battle at Megiddo.
The stage is being set for the great Day of the Lord.