Summary: This sermon deals with the final judgments God pours out on sinful man during the latter years of Tribulation.
Some People Are Just Too Hard Hearted
12Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared.
13And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
14For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
15"Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame."
16And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon.
17Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, "It is done!"
18And there were noises and thunderings and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth.
19Now the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And great Babylon was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath.
20Then every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.
21And great hail from heaven fell upon men, each hailstone about the weight of a talent. Men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, since that plague was exceedingly great.
Today we will continue our examination of Revelation.
We pick up where we left off last Sunday in chapter 16.
Chapter 16 describes the final 7 Bowls of the wrath of God
The punishment of sinners comes during the 7 year Tribulation.
We see that God offers no repentance to them.
He finds these people too hard hearted to repent.
The judgments we read about are similar
to the 10 plaques God sent on Egypt.
The bowl judgments affect people all over the world.
So let’s get into today’s passage.
VERSE 12 Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared.
The 6th Bowl Judgment causes the Euphrates River to dry up.
This judgment comes in 2 parts.
#1. The drying up of the Euphrates River
which will be a preparation for the battle of Armaggedon.
#2. The demon forces that will bring the rebellious armies
to the Valley of Megiddo for the purpose of opposing the Lord.
The Euphrates River is about 1,800 miles long.
It is so large that it forms a natural barrier against the armies.
Crossing it with a large army would be difficult.
The 6th bowl judgment will dry up that river
to make way for the "kings of the East."
Those "kings from the east" will march a sizable army across
to battle with Jesus, the King of kings.
That army will probably be 3 to 5 million strong.
These forces will be joined in the valley of Megiddo
by huge armies from all over the world.
Napoleon said this about the valley of Meggido, "the most ideal, natural battlefield in the world".
These armies from the east will come into Israel on dry land.
The question is: “Who are these kings from the east?”
Well, I’ve said many times that we are very near to the time
when the Rapture will happen and Tribulation begins.
So what nation could produce a huge invading army?
Today the largest of all countries, by population, is China.
Even so, the Bible has very little to say about China.
In fact, what is said includes more than just China.
The words "kings from the east"
really means "kings for the rising sun".
That would include Japan and other Asian countries.
That area of the world is predominantly anti-Christian.
We know that the Islam religion is strong in that area.
It would be easy to raise a huge army from people like that.
It’s easy to believe that they could be misled.
They gladly join the armies of the world
in opposition to the coming of Jesus.
World conditions today are just right for all this to begin!
Remember, the events of this chapter in Revelation
do not take place until 7 years after the rise of Antichrist,
which follows the Rapture of the church.
This is just one more reason to believe
Jesus may return for His church in our generation.
VERSE 13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.