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“Revelation 16: 12-16 Pt. 2”
by Art Sadlier   
April 11th, 2010

The Sixth Vial Poured Out

"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.  And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.  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.  Behold, I come as a thief.  Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame,  And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armegeddon" Revelation 16: 12-16

Let us add to what we said last week.

The Kings of the East  The great river Euphrates  is 1800 miles long, much of it is navigable, it is so wide and deep it would be difficult for an army  to cross. God says it will be dried up to enable the kings of the East to cross. It is in the East that the majority of the population of the world resides. Consider that India has a population of one billion, China is larger with over a billion, add to that Japan and the other far East Countries and you have billions involved in this great battle. When the Euphrates is dried up the way will be opened by God for the kings of the east to armededdon.

Understand that this is the end of the seven year tribulation period, Antichrist has dominated the whole world for the last three and  a half years of this period. These Eastern nations have endured this dictatorship, but now they are about to rebel and seek to destroy the beast.

I remind you who is involved in promoting this battle. ".. I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet." We see the unholy counterfeit trinity seeking to promote the program of Satan. Notice, they not only counterfeit the Holy Trinity, but they counterfeit the miracles of the second person of the Holy Trinity, God the Son. "... they are the spirits of devils, working miracles,.." Satan is a counterfeiter, like the magicians of Pharoah, how easy the simple are deceived. Satan doesn't realize that his own wisdom is corrupted and that he is carrying out the plan and purposes of God.

God has a master plan to utterly destroy Satan's kingdom.  "And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armegeddon"  Over and over in scripture God uses Satan to carry out His own purposes. Satan seeks to gather all of the men of the world to come against Israel and destroy her, thus, at least in his own mind, defeat God. To defeat God's purpose and promise to send His Son to rule over a redeemed nation of Israel. Satan draws this group, but it is God who using Satan to gather them,  "And he (God) gathered them together"

The armies of the whole world are gathered against little Israel, this looks like the end for Israel. The nation has no chance to survive, no hope whatsoever, so it seems. That is the story of the history of Israel, times without number Israel has come to this place, but the God of Israel is always there to intervene, in His own time and in His own way, "But God". Today Israel has come to just such a place, there seems to be no hope, all seems to be lost, "But God".

Zechariah describes the scene in chapter 14, verse 2-3.  "For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.  Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when He fought in the day of battle." This is the "But God"  of the our text. Israel will have nowhere to look but up, when they do that, notice what will happen, we are told that He will return to the earth and we are told that, "his feet shall stand in that day upon the Mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south."

For the rest of the story we have to go to Revelation 19:21, "And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled wih their flesh."

At that time Israel will have their eyes opened, "they shall look upon me, whom they have pierced," that is the moment that Israel will repent and be redeemed.

That will be the fulfilment of Psalm 2, please read this Psalm.

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