The Seven Last Plagues (Revelation #44)

Text: Revelation 16

These are the seven last plagues from God poured out on the earth.

It looks like the 42 months otherwise known as the end of Daniel’s seventieth week is done.  God’s determination upon Israel is complete.  And it appears that these seven last plagues could be poured out after the 70 weeks for three reasons.

First, the group in Revelation 15:2 has gotten the victory implying that part of the trial is over.  Second, the judgment on those that received the mark and worshipped the image has come.  It doesn’t make sense that the judgment or the victory would be counted until the trial was over.  Thirdly, you’re given a time frame by Daniel in Daniel 12:11-12 that prophesies an extra 45 days of something after the abomination of desolation has run its course.

The confidence of man comes to ruin.  Everything man trusted in now comes crashing down.  This is the final judgment before the time of refreshing.  Notice where these vials are poured out: earth, sea, fountains, sun, seat of the beast, Euphrates, and in the air.

Plague #1 – Noisome and grievous sore

  • This plague destroys the flesh of idolaters.
  • As they had confidence in the flesh, God now brings that to bear upon them.
  • Jeremiah 17:5 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.
  • Philippians 3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.
  • Noisome sounds like noise and comes from the same root word as annoying.
  • This is like Exodus 9:9-11

Plague #2 – Sea became as the blood of a dead man

  • This plague destroys a certain or multiple bodies of water that serve mankind.
  • As they had confidence in their riches, God cuts off the very basis of the economy.
  • Blood of a dead man – what changes from living blood to dead blood?  No oxygen.
    • The curse on the waters kills life and brings to ruin the supply side of business.
  • Psalm 107:23 They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;
  • Ezekiel 27:3 And say unto Tyrus, O thou that art situate at the entry of the sea, which art a merchant of the people for many isles, Thus saith the Lord GOD; O Tyrus, thou hast said, I am of perfect beauty.  Ezekiel chapter 27 goes on to describe the commercial success of Tyrus, a major hub in the Mediterranean Sea.

Plague #3 – Fresh water became blood

  • This plague destroys the fresh water.
  • As they desired the blood of God’s people, God gives them blood to drink.
    • Revelation 16:5-7 explains that.
    • You want to be a leech and a vampire?  So be it.
  • This is like Exodus 7:17-.  Notice this plague in Exodus lasts 7 days.  So like the plagues in Exodus, these plagues come in rapid succession I believe.

Plague #4 – Scorching heat from sun

  • “Global warming” brought on by idolatry and unrighteousness.

Plague #5 – Darkness on the kingdom of the beast

  • Now the lights go out on the antichrist’s kingdom.
  • Exodus 10:21-23
    • Darkness that is felt.
    • Darkness did not fall on Israel.
  • Men loved darkness rather than light and God gives it to them.

Plague #6 – Euphrates dries up

  • Euphrates dries up to clear the way for the kings of the east to gather around Israel.
  • The beast’s kingdom goes into darkness and the world seems to rally to fight a common enemy in Jesus Christ.
    • Battle of Armageddon
    • Zechariah 12:9-11
  • Unclean spirits
    • “Frog in your throat”
    • Amphibians/reptiliian type spirit in contrast to the Holy Spirit like a dove (Matthew 3:16, Mark 1:10, Luke 3:22, John 1:32).  The Devil as a dragon – reptile.
    • Frogs catch their prey with the tongues.
    • 2 Timothy 4:1-6
  • Kings travel to the beast’s kingdom to battle the Lamb
    • These are probably part of the ten horns prophesied of.
    • Revelation 17:12-14
    • Daniel 2:33-35, 41-44. 7:8-9, 20-

Plague #7 –  Earthquake followed by great hail

  • Earthquake like never before
    • Judges 5:4
    • 2 Samuel 22:7-14
    • Job 15:30-35, 38:12-13
    • Psalms 18:7, 46:1.., 68:8, 77:18, 97:1…
    • Isaiah 2:19-22, 13:13, 24:6-7, 33:8-15, 34:4
    • Jeremiah 10:10
    • Joel 3:11-16
    • Amos 9:1
    • Haggai 2:20-21
    • Habakkuk 3:10
    • Hebrews 12:25-29
    • Luke 21:25-27
    • 2 Peter 2:5, 3:6-7
  • Jerusalem is divided into three
    • Zechariah 13:7-9
  • Isaiah 40:4, 63:1-6
  • Zechariah 14:1-3…