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What are the events in the Great Tribulation? (continued)
4) Vial or Bowl Judgments
We now come down to the last set of judgments. These are called the seven Vial or Bowl Judgments. These are the worst of all the judgments that occur during the Tribulation.
During this time, Revelation 15 talks about angels God is going to dispatch. Revelation 15:1-8 says this, "And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God." These angels will literally pour their wrath judgments onto the Tribulation. As each one pours his judgment onto the earth, a different judgment will befall those alive during the Tribulation. Again, this is a time this world has never seen, nor will ever see again. Verse 7 says, "And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever." These Vial Judgments are full of the wrath of God which will be literally poured into the latter half of the Great Tribulation.
The First Vial Judgment will only affect men and women who have received the Mark of the Beast. Revelation 16 reports that anybody who receives the Mark of the Beast will get smelly sores which will cover their entire bodies. These are very painful sores, the Scripture says. The people will gnaw on their tongues because of the pain from this judgment. God is going to judge those men who have received the Mark. God says, "You want a mark? Okay, I'm going to mark you!" And so, God will cause these judgments to fall upon them.
The Second Vial will be poured onto the earth and all of the seas will become blood. The Scripture says that every living thing will die in the sea. God is going to judge the sea, and blood will be the drink of the day during that time. All of the fish will die during that part of the Tribulation.
When the Third Vial is released, the Bible says that God will give man blood to drink. The Scripture goes on to say that because they have killed His prophets and His saints, God the Righteous Judge will literally give man blood to drink. The rivers and fountains will become blood. This takes me all the way back to the book of Exodus when God judged Pharaoh's house and He turned the River Nile into blood. God is going to do the same thing here in the Tribulation, but it is going to be on a grander scale. The men who have judged and killed His prophets and saints will have nothing but blood to drink.
The Fourth Vial Judgment the Bible says will cause the sun to scorch men. Now, the reason that we know that this is a prophecy for the future is because the Bible says that these men who are involved in this season will know that this is the judgment of God, and still they will continue to rebel against and blaspheme God. They are going to blaspheme God because the judgments of the Tribulation are so great. I do believe that these people that blaspheme God are those who are reprobate. They are the ones who have received the Mark of the Beast. As these judgments are intensified, they are going to continue to blaspheme God during that time.
When the Fifth Vial Judgment is being poured onto the earth, the Scripture says darkness will cover the camp or the capital of the Antichrist. Just like when God called darkness to come over the house of Pharaoh, God will do the same thing in the time of the Tribulation. Darkness will cover the seat of the Antichrist. God will be bringing a close to the Antichrist's kingdom.
The Sixth Vial Judgment will be poured onto the earth, and the Bible says that the River Euphrates which is in Iraq will dry up. You find this in Revelation 16, starting at verse 12. The Bible says that the River Euphrates will be dried up so that the way of the Kings of the East might be prepared.
Another unique part of this prophecy that many people really miss are the three frogs. The Bible also tells us that during the time of the Sixth Vial Judgment that there will be three frogs — three unclean spirits. One will come out of Satan, one will come out of the False Prophet, and one will come out of the Antichrist. The Bible says these three unclean spirits will be released into the Tribulation to go throughout the whole world to gather man unto the Battle of Armageddon. You read this in Revelation 16:13-16. Men will be supernaturally gathered. The ungodly will be supernaturally influenced by these unclean spirits going throughout the world to gather men to the battle of Armageddon.
The last judgment — the Seventh Vial Judgment — is finally poured onto the earth. Revelation 16:17-21 says that hailstones will fall upon mankind when this angel pours that last vial. The King James describes their size like "a talent." A talent is anywhere from a 100-120 pound hailstones. Can you imagine hailstones that big? Today, we get the small ones, and the little hailstones could possibly kill you. But, can you imagine one as big as 100-120 pounds? This is going to be a supernatural judgment of God. The Scripture tells us here that men will blaspheme God because this judgment will be so exceedingly great.
Again, Saints, this whole Tribulation is a time which the world has never seen. This will be an amazing time that has been predicted concerning the future. This will be the judgment of God upon a generation that has rebelled and rejected Him. Yet, all throughout this whole situation, it is going to produce spiritual life. Believe it or not, life will be produced through this Tribulation.
The end result of the Tribulation will cause the Second Coming of Christ. Jesus will literally come back to planet Earth. As Christ returns to planet Earth, Revelation 19:11-16 says He's coming back as a man of war. He is coming back at that time to claim His authority over the Earth. He is coming back to deliver national Israel. They are going to cry out for the Messiah. Jesus is coming back to take His authority as the King.
Another result of the Second Coming, Revelation 19:17-21 describes the Battle of Armageddon. It will be a battle like none other. Christ will officiate over this battle. So much blood! The Bible says that the blood will come up as high as a horse's bridle.
After Christ comes back as a man of war to take authority over the Earth, it will result in Jesus' 1,000 year Millennial Kingdom. This is going to be an awesome, awesome time for the redeemed!
Again, don't dismiss this — these judgments are real. God didn't shy away from showing us the judgments of the Tribulation. You, Saints, know that without the Tribulation taking place, the Messiah cannot come back. The Tribulation must take place because it is hardcoded in the Scripture. These 21 judgments must come to pass in order for the Messiah to come back. Again, these events will literally bring Christ back to us physically.
So, our hope today is in Christ Jesus. The hope for those who are born again is that we will be raptured, we will be caught up, before the Tribulation begins. The hope for Israel is that the end result will be them coming to Christ for salvation.
But, there are many people today who don't know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. I challenge men and women from all over, everywhere I go, to listen — today is the day of your salvation! If you don't know Jesus Christ, you need to accept Him and His salvation. When the Rapture takes place and if you miss it, look to what you have to look forward to — a time of great, great judgment.