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Rev. 15:1-16:21                    THE SEVEN LAST PLAGUES

Intro:  Ill. Have you ever heard the expression, "It couldn't get much worse."?  Well, 

for those who are still alive on the earth at the beginning of the last part of the 

tribulation things can and do get a whole lot worse!  The great God of grace, love and 

immense patience has finally reached the limits endurance.  It is time for His wrath to 

fall upon the world and the events described here are awful in their descriptions, but 

surely worse in their fulfillment.  Thank God, if you know for sure that you will miss 

this awful time.  Let's look in on the time of the Seven Last Plagues.


    A.  v.1-4  A Period Of Waiting - There is much to see here:

	1.  Seven angels carrying seven bowls full of judgment.

	2.  A gracious God whose wrath is about to be poured out.

	3.  The tribulation saints, and the song they sing.  (Ill. The Song of Moses - Ex. 

	     15 - A Song of Physical Redemption; The Song of The Lamb - A Song of 

	     Spiritual  Redemption.)  They sing of God's Greatness, His Goodness and His Glory!

	     They sing of His Virtue, His Victory and His Vengence.  (Ill. The songs of Heaven!) 

             (Ill. Will be a blessing to be there and hear that!)

    B.  v.5-8  A Place Of Worship - There is much here also

	1.  The Messengers Of Wrath - These come from the very presence of God 

	      himself.  They step from the place of absolute holiness to execute judgment upon the

               place of absolute wickedness.

	     a.  They Possess Divine Righteousness - (Ill. Linen) What they are doing is 

		right and just!

	     b.  They Possess Divine Restraint - (Ill. Golden girdles)  They have involved no 

                  passion of their own.  (Ill. A Surgeon)  What they are about to do  is painful, but 

                  absolutely necessary!

	2.  The Mediators Of Wrath - One of the Four Beasts, (4:6-8); The cherubim 

	     who ever guard the holiness of God.  (Ill. They represent the totality of God's

	     creation, it is fitting that one should be involved in the redemption of the 

	 	     planet, Ill. Rom. 8:19-21.  

	3.  The Manifestation Of Wrath - The way into God is barred by a time as His 

	     wrath blazes out against a world that has rejected Him and His Son Jesus.  

             Ill. The priest in the OT; Ill. The Blood of Jesus opened a way into the very 	 

	     presence and heart of God.  That way is now briefly colsed so that those who 

	     have rejected that way and have served the Devil and his son, the Antichrist 

             can be judged.)  God's own glory and holiness bars the way, (Ill. Egypt - Ex. 14)


    A.  v.1  Judgment Commanded - Here, the very voice of God Himself can be 

	heard He gives the command for judgment to begin! (Ill. What follows is literal!)

    B.  v.2-9  Judgment Commenced - (Ill. Picture divebombers in orderly formation

	delivering their ordinance on target and on schedule!)

	1.  v.2  The Unexpected Cancer Of The Seal - Ill. A boil.  Ugliness and pain.

	2.  v.3  The Unexplained Contamination Of The Sea - Ill. The clotted, rotting 

	     blood of a dead man.  (Ill. A place of life becomes a place of great death!)

	     (Ill. A Plague in Egypt)

	3.  v.4-7  The Unexaggerated Corruption Of The Streams - Ill. Very literal! 

	    a.  v.4  The Reality Of This Judgment -  (Ill. A Plague!)  Jesus' first miracle 

	         was water to wine, something good to draw men to Him; now he turns 

		 water to blood, to remind men of Him!)

 	    b.  v.5-6  The Rightness Of This Judgment - (Ill. Poetic justice!)  God 

	   	 always rewards men acording to their deeds!

	    c.  v.7  The Response To This Judgment - The voice of the altar, where the 

	 	Blood of the Lamb was poured out, speaks and joins in agreement with the

		deeds of holy God! (Ill. Many saints have shed their blood on the altar of 

		sacrifice bfore the Lord.  That altar now cries out in gladness at the 	

		vengence of their blood!)

	4.  v.8-9  The Unequaled Catastrophe Of The Sun - God allows the heat to be 

	     turned up and the man on earth are scorched by the heat of the sun.  (Ill. The 

	     power of our sun.)  Man's response to this plague is to blaspheme God and to 

	     continue on in their sins.  A true and revealing portrait of mankind's wicked 


    C.  v.10-21  Judgment Completed - God's rescue of the world procedes in three 


    	1.  v.10-11  The Domains Of The Beast Are Ravished - Ill. Men chose 

	     darkness over the Light of Life, the Lord Jesus and now God gives them what 

	     they  wanted!  (Ill. This darkness is only a weak foretaste of what they face 

	     in Hell - Matt. 8:12.  (Ill. Gnawing tongues and intense pain!)(Ill. Blasphemy) 

	2.  v.12-16  The Directives For The Battle Are Released - 

	    a.  v.12  The Euphrates is dreid up.  The Kings of the east will come against 

		Israel.  (Ill. China - 200,000,000 and Japan!)

	    b.  v.13-14 - Demonic spirits are unleashed to deceive the world into a war 

		against the beast.  This is Armegeddon!

	    c.  v.15 - Man is again told that Jesus is on the way.  Man is warned to be 


   	    d.  v.16 - All the armies of the world converge on Jerusalem to stamp out the 

		last of the believers. 

	3.  v.17-21   The Destruction Of Babylon Is Realized - The world system is 

	     brought down.

	    a.  v.17-18  Premonitions of disaster and a great earthquake

	    b.  v.19  (Ill. Babylon)  The city falls and the world is stricken by the touch of 


	    c.  v.20  The calamity is so great that the mountains collapse and the islands

		are moved out of their present places.  (Ill. Some see nuclear power here!)

		Whatever it is, it is the touch of almighty God!

	    d.  v.21  Hail stones weighing over 100 pounds will fall on men.  Again, men 

		blaspheme God.  Man is totally depraved!

Conc:  Are you prepared to leave before the hammer falls?  You better be!


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