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Exploring Revelation
“Revelation 16:17-21”
by Art Sadlier   
April 18th, 2010

The Seventh Vial Poured Out

The Destruction of the Beasts Kingdom is Realized

The first four vials  have weakened the kingdom of Antichrist, now this last great revolt is about to bring total destruction.

"And the seventh angel poured his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, it is done."  Verse 17.

This vial is poured out into the air, the ground has been burned up, the fresh waters have been polluted and the oceans have been turned to blood, now the air men breath is about to be polluted. Food, water and air all corrupted,  the kingdom of the beast is destroyed.

Now God speaks: "There came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne," God had been working through men, angels, Satan and the Beast, for seven long years He had been working in the affairs of men and nations. Now He speaks: "It is done".

Remember, on the cross Christ had cried out, "It is finished". God had finished another work, the work of man's redemption. Man's redemption was finished on the cross of Calvary. Hebrews 2:3 asks, "How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation?"  My friend, your salvation has been purchased on the cross, you do not have to go to hell to suffer for your sins, Christ has suffered in your place!  However, you must repent and call on the Lord to save you. Jesus said, "Except ye repent ye shall all likewise perish".

God has another work He is about to finish in our text, the work of rescuing the earth from the disasterous control of Satan. Now God the Father cries from heaven and says, "It is done". God's program to call men out of Satan's kingdom is FINISHED! The day of invitation is past. The sun has set! The harvest is past! Man's day is ended! There will be no people alive on the earth, that will now be saved!  True in the next age, the millenial age, many of those born at that time will be saved. But now the door of salvation is forever closed on this present age.

A Great Cataclysmic Event

"And there were voices, and thunders, and lightenings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great."  Verse 18

These are the most cataclysmic events in all of history.

1 - The earth will convulse and shake as if the globe is about to disintegrate.

"So mighty an earthquake", we have seen in recent days some incredible earthquakes, with tremendous destruction. but this time the whole earth will shake like leaf on a tree in a wind storm. The damage will be unprecendented, death, destruction and distress.

2 - Cities Will Be Destroyed World-Wide.

"And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came into rememberance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath." Verse 19.

"The great city (Jerusalem) was divided into three parts", probably the modern City of Jerusalem will be divided and destroyed. The Old City may remain intact.

"The cities of the nations fell", one can only imagine the destruction God will bring on the world's cities. Satan's kingdom will be in ruins, nothing will be left standing, most of the unregenerate of the world will perish. We are reminded of the flood, nothing was left intact, no one survived except the righteous.

"Great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath." That is Antichrist's headquarters! (Rome).  God will crush Antichrist, and all of man's achievement will crumble in one hour.

3 - The Whole Earth will be Greatly Altered and Continents Changed.

"And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found."  verse 20. The islands will vanish into the sea and the mountains will be levelled. The whole topography of the earth will be violently altered and massive flooding will take place.

4 - Hailstones and fire will fall from heaven.

"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 hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great."  Verse 21.

There will be hailstones weighing up to 100 pounds. The Old Testament is full of descriptions of this event, it is called the Day of the Lord. This is the narrow Day of the Lord, one single 24 hour day. The broad "Day of the Lord" encompasses from the rapture to the end of the Millenium.

The following is a description of the seventh vial poured out. Zech.14:4-7,12,13.  Isaiah 24:18-20  Isaiah 34:1-8  2 Peter 3:10,12.

Satan's cosmos, Satan's world system, Satan's Kingdom will be destroyed in that awesome hour.

We learn a little later that in the midst of all of that, Christ breaks through the blue with His saints. The armies of the world, in one of the vainest acts of all of history, turn their guns and missiles and swords against Him.The Lord destroys them with the sword of His mouth. I am so glad that  I can say that the Lord is my Lord and I am His child.

It is done, man's day is over!  Man thinks he is in control, in the current eruption of the volcano in Iceland God has grounded the world's airliners. Man is not in control, God is in control.

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