A Study of the End Times - Revelation 2018 PM
# 24 - The Vials of God’s Wrath 08/24/2018
The chapters of Revelation have been like a torrid summer day. It’s been hot and miserable, with storms clouds piling up in the sky. And for those on the earth during the tribulation, there were distant rumblings from the heavens. The 144,000 preachers have come and gone, the two witnesses have made their stand, also now in heaven.
The anti-christ and his followers has seemingly weathered all the judgments to some degree although mankind itself has paid a terrible price during his rule.
The fall of Babylon, the anti-christ’s economic capital had been announced back in chapter 14 but won’t be destroyed until chapter 18. But to the wicked, any delay in judgment only hardened their hearts. For the most part it seems the kingdom of satan has survived. But chapter 16 crashes on the scene like a violent hurricane upon an unprepared people. This old earth that has been ruined by man, ruled by satan is about ready to be rescued by God.
The Cancer of the Seal (vs 1-2)
The first vial targets those who’d taken the Mark of the Beast, 666. They take the mark to get ahead but now were also marked with outward open sores.
The Gk words here mean spreading and evil pus producing, malignant sores that give off a putrid odor that arises under and around the mark of the beast on their hands and forehead. All this while believers are not touched, just like the plagues of Egypt.