Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels,
“Go and pour out on the earth the seven bowls of God’s anger.”
So the first angel went and poured out his bowl on the earth, and ugly,
painful sores came on the people who had the mark of the beast and who
worshiped his image.
Then the second angel poured out his bowl into the sea, and it became
blood like that of a dead person, and every living creature in the sea died.
Then the third angel poured out his bowl into the rivers and springs of
water, and they became blood.
I heard the angel of the waters saying, “You
are just, the One who is and who was, O Holy One, because You have
judged these things. 6 For they poured out the blood of saints and prophets, so
You have given them blood to drink. They deserve this.”
7 I heard the altar
respond, “Yes, Lord God, the Almighty, true and just are Your judgments.” 8 Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and the sun was
permitted to scorch people with fire. 9 So people were scorched with burning
heat, yet they blasphemed the name of God, who has the authority over these
plagues, and they did not repent and give Him glory.
10 Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and
his kingdom became dark. People gnawed their tongues because of the pain. 11 They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pain and their sores,
but they still did not repent of their works.
12 Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river, the
Euphrates. Its water was dried up, so that the way might be prepared for
the kings from the east. 13 Then 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
that looked like frogs.
14 For they are spirits of demons, performing
miraculous signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole earth to gather them together for the battle of the great day of God, the Almighty. 15 (“Look! I will come like a thief. Blessed is the one who stays alert and
keeps his clothes, so that he will not walk around naked and people see his
16 The spirits gathered the kings and their armies together to the
place which is called in Hebrew, “Armageddon.”
 17 Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice
came out of the temple, from the throne, saying, “It is done!”
18 There were
flashes of lightning, rumblings, and crashes of thunder, and there was a
massive earthquake. No earthquake like it has occurred since there were
people on earth, so powerful was that earthquake.
19 The great city was split
into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed. So Babylon the great was remembered in the sight of God and was given the cup of the wine
of His fierce anger. 20 Every island fled away, and the mountains could not be
found. 21 Huge hailstones, each one weighing about 100 pounds, came down
out of the sky on people. They blasphemed God because of the plague of the
hail, since this plague was so terrible.
The meaning of the word YHWH, the God of Israel, based on Exod. 3:14.
Implying that Babylon is the seat of the beast’s empire. Cp. the Assyrian of Isaiah and Micah
It is often naively supposed that any miracle or sign originates with GOD. The main attraction
of the beast and the false prophet, his henchman, is their power to perform miracles. Jesus warned
against this in Matt. 7:21ff. Truth and love of the truth are the only criterion for recognizing “the spirit
of the truth,” which is closely linked to the words of Jesus (Jn. 6:63). Cp. Zech 7:12, which is a most
valuable testimony. Isa. 53:11 instructs us that the Messiah’s knowledge makes people right, not just his
death and resurrection.
Mount of Megiddo, in the northern part of Israel. Others think it is at Sinai where the saints
will be gathered before marching to Jerusalem to confront the armies of the Antichrist (cp. “When the
saints go marching in…”).
A revived Babylon could turn out to be the center of the antichristian power (see Zech. 5, Mic. 5 and the many references to an end-time Assyrian, from the land of Nimrod in Isa. See also my article “The Assyrian in Messianic Prophecy” at www.restorationfellowship.org).