The third and final woe that will follow the blast of the Seventh Trumpet is divided into seven specific events, which are called the Seven Last Plagues of God's wrath. This wrath will be on those who still will refuse to submit to God. This wrath will crush the superpowers of Europe and China along with her allies: Then I saw another sign in heaven that was massively great and amazing, with seven angels having the seven last plagues, for in them is filled up the wrath of God. . . Then one of the four creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who lives for ever and ever. And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power, and no one was able to enter into the temple until the seven plagues from the seven angels were fulfilled. . . Then I heard a great voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, "Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth. " The first went and poured out his vial on the earth, and there fell a destroying and disease filled sore upon the men who had the mark of the beast, and upon those who worshipped his image. (Revelation 15:1, 7-8, 16:1-2) This specific plague of death will fall upon those in the United States of Europe who embrace the teachings of the Catholic Church. This will not be a small thing which God does. It will be powerfully destructive with several hundred thousand dying this day from this First Plague, and the second follows quickly:
And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea, and it became as the blood of a dead man, and everything living died in the sea. (Verse 3) Everything in the coastal waters of both superpowers will die, including mankind. At this moment, tens of thousands will die and this death will continue:
The third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and sources of water, and they became blood. . . Then the fourth angel poured out his vial on the sun, and power was given to him to scorch mankind with fire. Men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God, who has the power over these plagues, and they repented not to give him glory. Then the fifth angel poured out his vial on the government of the beast, and his kingdom was full of darkness, and they gnawed their tongues for pain, and they blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and still would not repent of their deeds. (Verses 4, 8-11)
God will send a scorching heat upon these same nations. Hundreds of thousands who have already been suffering will die now because they continue to defy God. They will not repent. Then, all light will be removed from these regions resulting in total blackness. This darkness will have the power to kill even more of these same hateful, rebellious people; yet they still will not repent. They will continue to curse God.
As with Pharaoh at the time of the Exodus in Egypt, man has a nature that seeks to do its own will, and this nature fights against yielding to God's perfect will. Mankind has always been this way. Mankind resists God, even to death, in order to hold onto his own self-rule, rather than yielding to God's rule in his life. Instead of repenting and seeking God, man tries to keep God out of his way.
John describes what he sees when the sixth plague is poured out, but it is the result of something that has already been underway for many months. The result of this vision, reveals the purpose accomplished by the sixth angel pouring out his vial. The purpose of this symbolism contained in John's vision was to bring these two superpowers together so that God could deal with them in one location. God has chosen to do this in order to bring about a final powerful blow to end all of man's self-rule. The result will serve as a future witness to the power and glory of God to end all wars—something that man could never do! Notice the description of the sixth angel pouring out his vial:
The sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates, and the water was dried up so that the way might be made ready for the kings to come from the east.
And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon [symbolic of China and her allies], and out of the mouth of the beast [symbolic of a United States of Europe], and out of the mouth of the false prophet [symbolic of the Pope of the Catholic Church], For these are the spirits of demons, working miracles, who go forth to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. (Revelation 16:12-14) Satan will actually exercise power and influence over all three of these powers on earth, but there are demons who will do his bidding, as this symbolism shows. Their influence will help bring about the prophetic reality of this day when these two great superpowers gather together for the "battle of that great day of God Almighty." The result of the vial poured out by the sixth angel will be that "he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon" (Verse 16).
In the midst of all the confusion of this day, this war actually will begin later in the day when the sixth vial is poured out. Then, tens of thousands in these two armies will die in this all-out confrontation.
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