We then reach chapter 15 and 16. God has just explained how those
who worship the image and takes the mark will
“drink of the wine of the
wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his
Now we are told what is in this cup, punishments
that God will send over the beast from the sea and the beast from the
earth and unto all who follow their lead.
These punishments show how serious their actions against Christ and
His people are considered in the eyes of the heavenly world. Just like
they have accused God’s people of not following the lead of the majority
and subjecting themselves to the governments of the world, God turns
the tables and question why the governments of the world and
refuses to follow the laws of God like the rest of the Universe.
The angel says about these punishments:
«Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.» (Rev 18:6-8)
Claiming to represent Christ while furthering the devil’s agenda and trying to eliminate God’s real people is a serious crime, the worst of them
all. The vision John receives of the punishment is given to show God’s
people who have to go through this tribulation and how God will preserve them by fighting their and His enemies. In this way, God’s people
can pay attention to the last time period in the history of this world and know, spite all that takes place, during the plagues, that God is doing it
to protect them and that Jesus is on His way. When someone has pressured you so hard that you have been denied the right to buy and sell
and in the end even told that you will die because of your faith, it is a
relief to see the plagues described in Revelation 16 come, keeping the
enemy busy. It can be compared to when God gave plagues over Egypt.
Pharaoh refused to let the people go and worship God and so he placed
heavy burdens on the people. But when the plagues came they were
temperately hindered from continuing their actions and had to focus on
surviving their plagues. This relieved God’s people from the Egyptian
sword and prepared them mentally from their exit from Egypt.
The beast in Revelation 13 wanted to refuse food and a living for those
who are true to God. (13:17) Now God gives back what they gave and
He takes these privileges from them instead. The lack of clean water and
heat will make them fight for survival. It will be a great tribulation because being in want will open up for people committing terrible crimes.
Before we see the different plagues in Revelation 16, chapter 15 show us
that the temple in heaven is opened and the tabernacle of the testimony
there. (15:5) The testimony was the ten commandments and the Ark was
called the Ark of the Testimony. (Exo.25:21; 30:6) We have just been
told that Gods people who will refuse to take the mark of the beast are
also they who keep the commandments of God. The plagues that are
sent over the beast and its followers come from the sanctuary. It means
that it is the law in the tabernacle that has judged them. Usually, the
blood on the Mercy Seat over the law would protect the law-breaker and
so when it doesn’t at this time, it means that they are not protected by
Christ blood, by the priestly service, and this is why the law condemns
them and judges them. When the mercy in the blood is removed and the
Ark opened the law in there will judge those who oppose it. It will not be
a good day to be the pope who has convinced billions worldwide to keep
his version of the law instead of God’s.
In the sanctuary service when the High Priest went into the holiest and
the tabernacle of the testimony was opened, and the blood was placed
over the law, God’s people were instructed to humble themselves or they
would be separated from God’s people. Meaning only those who had
repented and taken part in God’s instruction would be blessed by the blood on the day of judgement, the rest would be separated on that very
“For whatsoever soul it is that shall not be afflicted in that
same day, he shall be cut off from among his people.» (Lev 23:29)
The affliction meant they had to actually have repented for breaking God’s
law. Then the blood would cover their sin. But if they refused Gods
atonement they would be cut off, separated.
In the same way, the door to Noah’s ark was closed seven days before
the rain started. Here we see a door of mercy closing for the world and
seven plagues coming over them before Christ returns.
Just like the plagues in Egypt
symbolism in the plagues that come over the beast and their followers.
The first is gruesome sore which the law has an interesting say in. Those
who had sores like these were to be separated from the rest of the people
and considered unclean. (Lev.13-15) The second plague turns the sea to
said they were to come to Him for the living water, but they had rejected His offer. They also blocked the way for others to come to the ‘living
water’. It says
thouart righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt
be, because thou hast judged thus. For they have shed the blood of saints
and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are
The fourth angel makes the sun sting and burns
them. The corrupted Church had since it’s beginning mixed the old
pagan sun worship with Christianity. The sun symbols were everywhere
in the churches and even the creator’s sabbath was rejected for the sake
of the old sun worship day. Now the sun itself turn against them. God’s
promise to His faithful is the opposite:
«The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.» (Psa 121:5-6)
The fifth plague is darkness:
«And the fifth angel poured out his vial
upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness».
Again God gives what they give. Jesus came as the light of the world, yet they had turned the light into darkness. They had stepped between Christ
and man, hindering the light from shining in its true light. They have
given darkness to the world, and God gives them darkness in return.
The sixth plague we see how the beasts are still fighting together with the
dragon and now the kings of the east are coming up against them.
peace yet they are in reality those who provoke all the wars. The seventh plague is an earthquake and hail followed by Christ final judgment
at his return. It says:
«And the beast was taken, and with him the false
prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them
that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his
image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.» (Rev 19:20)
Here we see the beast cast alive into the lake of fire.
We already know from the angel’s explanations to Daniels dreams that a
beast represents a government. And so it’s a governmental beast that is
destroyed. This fits with Daniels description of the rock hitting the statue
representing the line of kingdoms that would last from Babylon and
until Christ coming. When it says the beast is cast into the fire «alive»
it means that it is still in existence until the very end. The persecuting
pharao, the plagues have not turned them away from their desire to control God’s people and to oppose God Himself