1 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth. 2 And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image. Revelation 16:1-2 (KJV)
This is probably going to be bad – something like an open wound. The idea is to punish those that took the mark, and make all those who have not yet taken it think twice before doing so.
3 And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea. Revelation 16:3 (KJV)
Humanity will have suffered greatly from the first plague upon the oceans. A third of the living things have died. The oceans are now going to become polluted, literally blood. Every living thing in the seas will die. This will spell famine for many areas o the world, especially Asia. Countries like Japan, Korea, China and Vietnam profide a majority of its food from the oceans. This will mean famine and wholesale death in many of those countries. Scripture does not say that people will die, but people die of famine under NORMAL circumstances if the climate is anything but average! Too hot? Famine and death. Too much rain? Famine. Too little rain? Famine. And in a country where up to two thirds of your diet is fish, this means that people are going to die, in large numbers.
4 And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood. 5 And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus. 6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy. 7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments. Revelation 16:4-7 (KJV)
We’re going to add death from dehydration as well. The living things in the fresh waters will now die. Drinking water will become scarce. There’s no telling if this is permanent or not – Scripture does not say. I would hazard a guess this will either not be permanent, or… there will have to be a way to filter water out of it, because otherwise everyone on earth would die within 45 days, and I don’t think we’re two months out from Armageddon yet! Again, scripture is silent on it, so I can’t give you a “definite” answer.
8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. 9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory. Revelation 16:8-9 (KJV)
This is probably going to be intensive heat, near to the point of killing people.
10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, 11 And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds. Revelation 16:10-11 (KJV)
All the modern commentators (Ice, Walvoord, Laheye) agree this particular one is local to Babylon and the Antichrist’s personal capital city. Darkness doesn’t cause pain, so there’s not going to be any way for the Antichrist to explain this one away. It’s going to be obvious this is a divine judgment. This one obviously occurs before the destruction of Babylon.
12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. 13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto 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 come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. 16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon. Revelation 16:12-16 (KJV)
The time of open demonic activity is here. There’s no point in pretending any longer! The devils are out of time, actually. Although several have speculated this may be a mimicry of “Alien intelligence”, the pretense to being extra-terrestirals. I can’t say either way. They are apparently instrumental in gathering together the entire world’s armies (probably long since compacted into “Coalition forces” under the Antichrist)
17 And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. 18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. 19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. 20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. 21 And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great. Revelation 16:17-21 (KJV)
The last of the seven plagues, this will cause massive destruction on the gathering armies on the Meddigo plain. Hail doesn’t sound impressive until you imagine 70 to 100 pound ice chunks dropping from the sky, crushing and killing many.
Tomorrow – Babylon the Great examined again, and the harlot revealed…