Summary: Now we come to Revelation 16, which comprises the vials of God’s wrath. It is interesting when you study these vials that there is a striking similarity between the judgments under all the vials, except vial number four, and the plagues poured out in Egy
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The following is an overall outline of the Book of Revelation. We pick up with part 3 of this message, “The Tribulation and the Second Coming.”
I. The Introduction the Book (Rev. 1:1-3)
II. The Visions of God (Rev. 1:4-20)
III. The Visions of Grace (Rev. 2:1 -- 3:22)
IV. The Visions of Government (Rev. 4:1 -- 20:15)
A) The Hallelujahs in Heaven (Rev. 4:1 -- 5:14)
B) The Horrors on Earth (Rev. 6:1 -- 20:15)
1) The seals—a world ruined by men
2) The trumpets—a world ruled by Satan
The Three Capital Cities
The Two Witnesses
The Believing Jewish Remnant
The Two Beasts
The Scene Back in Heaven
3) The vials—a World Rescued by God.
The Two Babylons
The Scarlet Woman
The Fallen Babylon
Events in Heaven
V. The Visions of Glory (Rev. 21:1 -- 22:7)
VI. The Conclusion of the Book (Rev. 22:8-21)
3. THE VIALS--A WORLD RESCUED BY GOD
Now we come to Revelation 16 (quickview) , which comprises the vials of God’s wrath. It is interesting when you study these vials that there is a striking similarity between the judgments under all the vials, except vial number four, and the plagues poured out in Egypt in the days of Moses. For example, vial number one is the same as plague number six in Egypt--boils. Vials number two and three are the same as plague number one--blood. Vial number five is the same as plague number nine--darkness. Vial number six is the same as plague number two--frogs. Vial number seven is the same as plague number seven in Egypt--hail. This suggests that, for the most part, the events described under the vials will be literal happenings.
The purpose of the vial judgments is to break the grip of the beast on this planet. The world, under the seals was ruined by man, and under the trumpets was ruled by Satan, and under the vials become a world rescued by God. Men are now going to learn that there are very real limits to the beast’s power, that he is impotent to deter the terrible judgments now aimed against him and his subjects by the true and living God.
THE VIALS OF GOD’S WRATH
The first plague will be directed against those who have received the beast’s mark imprinted on their flesh. God had warned that those who submit will suffer for it in this life and in the life to come (Revelation 19:20 (quickview) ). The time now comes when they must pay the price for believing the lie of Satan rather than the truth of the Word of God.
The third plague will carry the disaster of the second vial a step further as the rivers and fountains of earth are turned into blood. One of God’s angelic administrators, called the angel of the waters, acknowledges at once the justice of this plague. “They have shed the blood of saints and prophets and thou hast given them blood to drink (Revelation 16:6 (quickview) ). One can scarcely imagine the panic on earth when the world’s water supplies are contaminated beyond use.