16:1 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, “Go (your ways), and pour out the vials of the passion (wrath) of Yahweh upon the earth.”
In the previous chapter, the seven angels were introduced. They were clothed in pure white linen, and their breasts were girded about with golden girdles, these signified that righteousness and truth were the source of their messages. In this chapter they are commanded to pour out the seven vials of Yahweh’s passion, which is his intense desire, his love. Yahweh does not merely love; he is Love. It is his essence that he imparts to his creation and is felt by the Holy Spirit within. It was Yahweh’s passion that caused the calamities upon the earth.
1 John 4:7-13, Beloved, let us love one another: for love is from (of) Yahweh; and every one that loves is born from (of) Yahweh, and knows Yahweh. He that loves not knows not Yahweh; for Yahweh is love. In this was manifested the love of Yahweh in (toward) us, because that Yahweh sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we (might) live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved Yahweh, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the atonement (propitiation) for our sins. Beloved, if Yahweh so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man has seen Yahweh at any time. If we love one another, God dwells in us, and his love is consummated (perfected) in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.
Prov. 1:23, Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.
Joel prophesied of the pouring out of Yahweh’s passion:
Joel 2:23-32, Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in Yahweh your God: for he has given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month. And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the fats shall overflow with wine and oil. And I will restore to you the years that the locust has eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. And you shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of Yahweh your God, that has dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed. And you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am Yahweh your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed. And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: and also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of Yahweh come. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of Yahweh shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as Yahweh has said, and in the remnant whom Yahweh shall call.
Peter stated that Joel’s prophecy had come to pass in his day; at the time when the Holy Spirit fell on the hundred and twenty in the upper room. People were amazed at the wonderful works of Yahweh. They spoke in languages that they had not learned, and they, also, spoke in an unknown language that no one understood (Acts. 2:1-6). When asked what was taking place, Peter answered their question:
Acts 2:14-21, Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, You men of Judaea, and all you that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: for these are not drunken, as you suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; “And it shall come to pass in the last days, said Yahweh, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: and on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: and I will show wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke: the sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of Yahweh come: and it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of Yahweh shall be saved.
The pouring out of Yahweh’s passion on the earth appeared as wrath to the carnal, religious, rebels because judgment had come upon their beastly nature. The condemnation that was produced through the pouring out of Yahweh’s Spirit caused those in rebellion to rise up against righteousness and truth. They rebelled against correction and resented disapproval. They felt intimidated when their concepts were proven wrong. The Holy Spirit corrected the believers by giving them truth and chastised them by allowing them to reap what they sowed.
Prov. 3:11-12, My son, despise not the chastening of Yahweh; neither be weary of his correction: for whom Yahweh loves he corrects; even as a father the son in whom he delights.
To change false ideas, corrupt thoughts, and his beastly nature, mankind must first acknowledge that his ways are not Yahweh’s ways and his thoughts are not Yahweh’s thoughts (Isa. 55:6-9). The pouring out of Yahweh’s passion forced the believers to come to that conclusion.
The pouring out of Yahweh’s passion was over two thousand years ago. It blessed and continues to bless those that receive the Holy Spirit. But that which blessed many was an offence to others because of their wickedness and carnal understanding, thereby, causing calamities.
1 Peter 2:6-8, Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Zion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believes on him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, and a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
The seven vials represent the complete effect of Yahweh’s passion as it was poured out upon the earth.
16:2 And the first went, and poured out his vial (of passion) upon the earth; and become (there fell) a noisome (worthless, irritation) and grievous (hurtful) sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.
According to Matthew 13:19 and Mark 4:15, the earth is the heart where the Word of Yahweh, his passion, was sown. The word “heart” is man’s thoughts and feelings. The thoughts and feelings of man is his very core; from the abundance of the heart (thoughts and feelings) man expresses himself.
Man’s thinking process, his understanding and his intellect can be educated and influenced. Through thought, concepts are perceived and manipulated. Man creates his world through his objectives, ideas, and desires. The believer’s thoughts were changed when the Holy Spirit came upon them. The words of the SAVIOR were quickened in their minds. They experienced the Holy Spirit by sensations within them making them aware of the SAVIOR’s presence.
The pouring out of the vial (Yahweh’s passion) upon the earth was just words that were an irritation to those who loved evil more than good; it fell upon stony hearts. The Spirit of the SAVIOR was hurtful only to those with the mark of the beast—those who functioned in the works of the flesh and worshipped the results. Those who had the mark of the FATHER—the fruit of the Spirit—adhered to the Anointed Word and worshipped him. A single act caused two different effects upon the earth.
The word “sore” means “ulcer.” It is an expression used to show the effect the Holy Spirit had upon the beastly-natured man when Yahweh’s passion was poured out upon those who loved evil more than good.
Yahweh’s passion being poured out upon those who loved good more than evil caused them to realize that their thoughts lacked good qualities. The believers needed to feel responsible for their actions; they needed to recognize their wrongdoings in order to better themselves.
Matt 15:18-20, Those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart (thoughts and feelings); and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: these are the things which defile a man.
Luke 6:45, A good man out of the good treasure of his heart (thoughts and feelings) brings forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart (thoughts and feelings) brings forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
Those in the upper room were the first to experience the pouring out of the Holy Spirit. Their thoughts and feelings were changed; they became pliable in the hands of the Anointing. But not everyone accepted the upper room experience as being from Yahweh and rose up against the Spirit-filled believers. The rising up against the Holy Spirit gave opportunity for Yahweh’s passion to be made manifest to those who had not received the Holy Spirit.
The hardship on the infant Church was devastating to say the least, but in order for man to change his thoughts and feelings he had to test the grounds to see if it was worth standing on. The change of priesthood was an experience that changed man’s way of thinking and feeling; it was a change from being carnally minded to being spiritually minded.
The persecutors did not believe in the SAVIOR as being the long awaited Messiah, nor did they believe in his principles; therefore, they gave their devotion to the doctrines of man—they worshipped the image of the beast.
Stephen was one of the first to be killed for preaching the gospel of the Kingdom:
Acts 6:8-15, Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people. Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen. And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spoke. Then they persuaded (suborned) men, which said, “We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses, and against Yahweh.” And they stirred up the people, and the elders, and the scribes, and came upon him, and caught him, and brought him to the council, and set up false witnesses, which said, “This man ceases not to speak blasphemous words against this holy place, and the law: for we have heard him say, that this Yasha of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moses delivered us.” And all that sat in the council, looking steadfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.
When the council heard Stephen’s testimony, they were cut to the heart, and gnashed on him with their teeth and then they stoned him to death, (Acts 7:54). The beast rose up in a guilty rage and killed him. To understand what was said that angered them read all of Acts, chapter seven.
Yahweh poured his passion out upon the earth in order from man to realize that his thoughts and his wicked ways were not his thoughts or his ways.
Isa. 55:6-11, Seek ye Yahweh while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto Yahweh, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says Yahweh. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and returns not thither, but waters the earth, and makes it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: so shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. (Yahweh’s passion poured out upon the heart of man will prosper and will not return void.)
The first step one must take to have a heart change is to realize that there is a need. One has to come to a place that he sees himself undone and in need of a savior. As Yahweh’s passion was poured out upon the heart it revealed man’s lack.
16:3 And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it (the sea) became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.
The sea symbolizes the expression of man’s emotions. His emotions are associated with his moods, temperaments, and dispositions. The nature of the sea describes man’s uncontrolled emotions. The sea rages (Ps. 89:9), it roars(Ps. 96:11), and it is troubled (Isa. 57:20-21). The sea overwhelms its enemies (Ps. 79:53), and darkness lies in the sea (Gen. 1:2-10).
Isa. 17:12-13, Woe to the multitude of many people, which make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations, that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters! The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.
Isa. 5:30, In that day they shall roar against them like the roaring of the sea: and if one look unto the land, behold darkness and sorrow, and the light is darkened in the heavens thereof.
Jer. 6:23, They shall lay hold on bow and spear; they are cruel, and have no mercy; their voice roars like the sea; and they ride upon horses, set in array as men for war against you, O daughter of Zion.
Ps. 93:3-4, The floods have lifted up, O Yahweh, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves. Yahweh on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea.
Spiritual death is the state of carnality (Rom. 8:6). The unconverted, carnal mind is hostile (enmity) toward the Spirit of Righteousness (Rom. 8:7). The SAVIOR ministered Life unto man (Mark 10:45); and his Life was the light of men (John 1:4). Even though he gave his flesh as a ransom for man, it is his Life that brings salvation.
Rom. 5:8-10, Yahweh commends his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to Yahweh by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
John 6:53-57, Then the SAVIOR said unto them, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoso eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, dwells in me, and I in him. As the living Father has sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eats me, even he shall live by me.”
In the above scriptures, it is understood that the SAVIOR did not tell his followers to actually eat his flesh or drink his blood. But he was telling them to receive truth and have his nature (his emotions) dwelling in them.
Mankind expresses himself through emotions, and judges himself by his emotional state. The works of the flesh are emotions that govern the unconverted man. Before Yahweh poured out his Spirit, Yahweh’s people used their beastly emotions to win their battles. They felt no condemnation when they killed their enemies or rose up in anger against their fellowman.
Their emotions were aroused by their five senses, their memories, and even their imaginations. That which they feared, they ran from or destroyed. That which they loathed they killed, and that which they loved they embraced. The pouring out of Yahweh’s Spirit changed the standards by which man lived. The believer’s will and determination changed; they could now come into full maturity.
Matt. 5:43-45, You have heard that it have been said, You shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that you may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
Matt. 5:38-39, You have heard that it has been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: but I say unto you, That you resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also.
Yahweh’s passion being poured out upon the sea, symbolized his Spirit as it was poured out upon man’s emotions. This allowed man to express Yahweh through his emotions. The fruit of Yahweh’s Spirit (love, joy, peace, etc.) was emotions that were and are still felt in mankind. The pouring out of the Spirit of Righteousness gave mankind a measuring rod for his own emotions. Man’s emotions bring death and destruction, but Yahweh’s Spirit brings Life and peace.
Under the old order, man used his beastly emotions to rule the people, but in the new order, Yahweh’s Spirit is the ruling force. Mankind can no longer use his beastly emotions when making judgments concerning the heavenly realm. Every living soul died in the sea of love, patience, gentleness, kindness, peacefulness, etc.
16:4 And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.
Because life is in the blood, it is used as the symbol of life. Here we see the rivers and fountains of waters turning into “living” rivers and “living” fountains of waters. The rivers and fountains are different than the sea. The sea rages and roars, but the rivers and flow out giving life where ever it flows.
When Yahweh poured out his Spirit (passion) on the day of Pentecost, he gave man the ability to express Yahweh’s Word under the anointing. The believers were anointed to preach the gospel. The vial being poured upon the rivers and fountains of waters symbolized the Holy Spirit as it flowed out of the spiritual-minded believers.
John 7:37-39, In the last day, that great day of the feast, the SAVIOR stood and cried, saying, “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” (But this spoke he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Spirit was not yet given; because that the SAVIOR was not yet glorified.)
Ps 36:7-9, How excellent is your loving kindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of your wings. They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of your house; and you shall make them drink of the river of your pleasures. For with you is the fountain of life: in your light shall we see light.
Isa. 12:2-6, Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD Yahweh (Jehovah) is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall you draw water out of the fountains (wells) of salvation. And in that day shall you say, “Praise Yahweh, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted. Sing unto Yahweh; for he has done excellent things: this is known in all the earth. Cry out and shout, you inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of you.” (Notice who is doing the saying.)
Jer. 17:13, O Yahweh, the hope of Israel, all that forsake you shall be ashamed, and they that depart from me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken Yahweh, the fountain of living waters.
In his passion, Yahweh poured out vitality upon mankind, giving man an abundance of spiritual energy to share his Word and to live and develop in his Word.
16:5 And I heard the angel of the waters (the angel of the fountains and rivers) say, You are righteous, O Lord, which are, and was, and shall be, because you have judged thus.
6 For they (people) have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and you have given them blood to drink; for they are worthy (as suitable).
To shed the blood of the saints and the prophets was to take away their ability to live. In Matthew 6:52-48, the SAVIOR told the Jews to drink his blood and eat his flesh. He was not asking the Jew to literally drink his blood and eat his flesh, he was telling them to take his Spirit and his nature. When the SAVIOR gave his Life to those who had shed the blood of the saints and the prophet, he gave them a new attitude; a desire not to kill, a desire to love as the SAVIOR loved.
When you think about it, man, without the Holy Spirit, has killed Yahweh’s people from the beginning. Without the Spirit of Yahweh to set him free from his prejudice, tyranny, egotism, and ignorance, man remains bound by his beastly nature. When the Holy Spirit was poured out on the day of Pentecost, the antidote for carnality was given; the Holy Spirit within made it possible for mankind to be renewed in the spirit of his mind, to be created in righteousness and true holiness (Eph. 4:23-24). The new man was now being transformed into the image of the FATHER; they would be no longer in the image of the beast (Col. 3:10).
Yahweh loves mankind unconditionally and does not impute his sins against him because he is in the business of reconciling the “world” unto himself. There is no greater power than love; therefore, Yahweh is able to accomplish that which he has set out to do (Eph. 1:1).
2 Cor. 5:17-19, If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of Yahweh, who has reconciled us to himself by the Anointed SAVIOR, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation; to wit, that Yahweh was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and has committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
Mankind was worthy of Yahweh’s passion, not because they were righteous but because they were unrighteous. They were perfect candidates for a SAVIOR. They needed deliverance from their beastly nature that held them captive. They needed their spiritual eyes opened so they could see truth. They needed truth to set them free from ignorance. Mankind needed to be renewed in the spirit of their minds.
Col. 1:12-23, Giving thanks unto the Father, which qualifies (hath made) us (meet) to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: in whom we have redemption (through his blood), even the forgiveness of sins: who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: for by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: and he is before all (things), and by him all (things) consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all (things) he might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell; and, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all (things) unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be (things) in earth, or (things) in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now has he reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: if you continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which you have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven….
The pouring out of Yahweh’s Spirit made it possible for humanity to come into the image of the FATHER.
7 And I heard another (message) out of the altar say, Even so, Lord Yahweh Almighty, true and righteous are your judgments.
This altar was the sacrificial altar; it symbolized the sacrifice of man’s beastly nature. When man allows his beastly nature to be sacrificed, he will truly say, “Yahweh, your judgments are true and righteous.” He will have his FATHER’s nature, righteousness and truth will dwell in him.
16:8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to burn (scorch) men with fire.
The literal sun, created on the fourth day, was placed in the heavens to govern the day and it is used here as a symbol of the Anointed Word of Truth because Truth governs those who are the lights of the world. Just as the natural sun governs the day, the Anointed Word of Truth also governs the believers, the children of the day (1 Thes. 5:5-8). The word of Yahweh is heard in the hearts and minds of the spiritually enlightened ones.
Yahweh poured his vile of passion out upon the Word giving man the ability to come into all truth.
John 16:13, Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth…
James 1:4-5, Let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of Yahweh, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraids not; and it shall be given him.
Truth is the chief element in Yahweh’s nature:
Ps. 31:5, Into your hand I commit my spirit: you have redeemed me, O Yahweh God of truth. (Also see Ps 31:5; Isa 65:16.)
Deut. 32:3-4, Because I will publish the name of Yahweh: ascribe your greatness unto our God. He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.
Ps 84:11, For the LORD God is a sun and shield: Yahweh will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
The FATHER’s passion being poured out upon the sun was his way of showing the churches that he was going to communicate with them differently. His Word came alive in them as he communicated with them through the Spirit of Revelation, through doctrine, through knowledge, and through prophecy. His Word expressed the reality of Yahweh’s nature, his abilities, and his intentions. His Word of truth replaced their ignorance and brought stability to their lives. Yahweh’s Word was the Life and Light that was manifest through them (John 1:1-4).
There is a difference between intellectual and spiritual knowledge. Education enlightens the mind but leaves the moral conduct of a man untouched. Spiritual enlightenment floods all the faculties of the soul: intellect, conscience, reason, and will, and it changes man’s nature and his actions to be Christ like. Spiritual enlightenment includes moral as well as mental enlightenment; it is a process of being born again (born from above) and growing up into the fullness of Yahweh (Eph. 4:11-16). The natural does not take care of spiritual needs, but the spiritual takes care of the natural needs.
Ps. 119:130, The entrance of your words gives light; it gives understanding unto the simple.
Ps. 27, Yahweh is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? Yahweh is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
The sun, truth, had power to scorch with fire. Fire is a symbol of judgment, correction, and chastisement. The Word of Truth came for the purpose to educate, instruct, and train the believers to come into the image of the FATHER. The word of truth was given, but it was up to the individual whether or not to accept it. Truth has the potential to bless and curse at the same time. The same truths that enlightened their minds condemned their sinful hearts.
Just as the light of the natural sun has the power to scorch the earth, the Word of Truth also had the power to bring condemnation and shame to those who hated Truth because they loved evil more than good. A good example of this was when Stephen preached to the unbelieving Jews; they came under so much condemnation that they literally run upon him and bit him (Acts 7:54). The scriptures state they were “cut to the heart.”
John 3:19-21, This is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their actions (deeds) were evil.
For every one that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, lest his actions (deeds) should be reproved. But he that does truth comes to the light, that his actions (deeds) may be made manifest, that they are engaged (wrought) in Yahweh.
Fire symbolized the Lord’s presence and was the instrument used in his messengers (Ps. 104:4). John the Baptist stated that Yahweh’s people are to be baptized in the Holy Spirit and “fire”:
Matt. 3:11-12, I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit, and with fire: whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. (The kernels of wheat are covered with a husk called chaff. The chaff must be removed in order for the wheat to be made into flour. Chaff is a type of the adamic nature man is born with. Man’s adamic nature must be removed, crucified, before he can be in Yahweh’s nature.)
Every person is saved by fire:
1 Cor. 3:13-16, Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. Know ye not that you are the temple of Yahweh, and that the Spirit of Yahweh dwells in you?
Yahweh poured out his passion and changed the way he communicated with mankind. The Word was no longer just dead letter; it was anointed within the believers, and it brought judgment upon their beastly nature and their actions.
16:9 And men (were) burned (scorched) with great heat, and blasphemed the name of Yahweh, who (which) has power over these calamities (plagues): and they repented not to give him glory.
The unbelievers had strong feelings of anger and made malicious and abusive statements about Yahweh’s character and his authority. Yahweh had the power to deliver them from their beastly nature, but they refused to change their way of thinking; therefore, they could not glorify Yahweh with their attitudes and actions.
16:10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,
11 And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.
Keep in mind that this beast is still the same one that that came up out of the sea that looked like a leopard with the seven heads, ten horns, and ten crowns upon the ten horns. He had the word “blasphemy” written upon his heads. He blasphemed against Yahweh, his name, and his tabernacle, and those that dwelled in heaven. The power of the beast came from the serpent. This beast made war with the saints. The unbelievers worshipped the beast and made images of him—man and beast were one in nature. Another beast that looked like a lamb, but spoke like the serpent, caused the images that were made to speak. According to Matthew 7:15 false prophets disguised themselves as lambs but, in reality, they were wolves inwardly. This spirit of deception had the people bound.
The seat of the beast is the kingdom, the place of his authority. This place is within mankind. The beast does not have any control unless man gives him power and authority through his actions (Gen. 6:5; 8:21). The word “seat” means “throne.” The beast’s throne was his kingdom, which included his power, his principles, and his influence. It represented a realm of darkness, moral depravity and maliciousness which caused misery and adversity among the people. It represented a realm of spiritual ignorance, unbelief, and carnality. It is a realm of emotional and mental distress. Those that created images of the beast and worshipped him dwelled in the kingdom of the beast and were spiritually blind, wretched, and lost.
The word “pain” means “anguish.” The gnawing of the tongue symbolized their extreme anxiety and emotional torment, their severe emotional state of distress—the results of the beastly images as they were given expression.
Man in darkness abides in a state of distress and emotional torment. In his realm of darkness, he blasphemes Yahweh by his words, actions, and attitudes. He blames Yahweh for the repercussions of his actions and attitudes.
The word “sores” mean “ulcers.” which indicate “bad influence, a corrupting or debilitating influence.” These sores represent the effect that unrighteousness had upon the man of sin. Even though man reaps what he sows, it does not force him to change his way of thinking or acting. It takes a born again experience in the Holy Spirit in order for man to change his nature. As long he walks in darkness, he remains bound in his ignorance and corruption, and devastation is always left in his wake.
Isa. 59:1-21, Behold, Yahweh’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: but your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue has muttered perverseness. None calls for justice, nor any pleads for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity. They hatch cockatrice’ eggs, and weave the spider’s web: he that eats of their eggs dies, and that which is crushed breaks out into a viper. Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands. Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths. The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goes therein shall not know peace. (Man’s actions working havoc for him.) Therefore is judgment far from us, neither does justice overtake us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness. We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noonday as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men. We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves: we look for judgment, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far off from us. For our transgressions are multiplied before you, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them; in transgressing and lying against Yahweh, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood. And judgment is turned away backward, and justice stands afar off: for truth is fallen in the street (in their walk), and equity cannot enter. Yea, truth fails; and he that departs from evil makes himself a prey: and Yahweh saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment (law, or restraint). (Man’s condition of darkness.)
And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him. For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke. According to their actions (deeds), accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompence. So shall they fear the name of Yahweh from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of Yahweh shall lift up a standard against him. And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, said Yahweh. As for me, this is my covenant with them, says Yahweh; My spirit that is upon you, and my words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth, nor out of the mouth of your seed, nor out of the mouth of your seed’s seed, says Yahweh, from henceforth and forever. (The way to salvation was made.)
16:12 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.
The Euphrates River was referred to as a boundary line for Abraham and the Israelites:
Gen 15:18, In the same day Yahweh made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto your seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates.
Josh. 1:3-4, Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast. (Also see Deut. 11:22-25 and 1 Kings 4:21.)
The Euphrates is the longest and historically one of the most important rivers of Southwest Asia. Together with the Tigris, the Euphrates is one of the two defining rivers of Mesopotamia. The river originates in the Taurus Mountains and then flows through Syria and Iraq to join the Tigris in the Shatt al-Arab, which flows into the Persian Gulf. According to Herodotus (i.194), the Euphrates served as the highroad of commerce and was navigable by large vessels as far as Babylonia; while farther north it was navigable by boats and rafts.
Let us reason together. If the Euphrates River was to be taken literally in John’s vision, the drying up of the river would be impossible without the death of those who lived on its borders and a greater part of civilization in the surrounding areas. To dam the river in some areas or to reroute the river, does not constitute a drying up of the river. In order for the river to be dried up, there would have to be no rain or melting snow for a very long period of time.
If the river dried up in one area and not in another, then the river would not be dried up. In order for the statement “the water thereof was dried up” to be literal, the entire river must be dried up from the Taurus Mountains to where it joins the Tigris River. There is no record of the drying up of the River Euphrates. Because technology has changed since biblical times, the Euphrates does not have to be crossed by boats, rafts, or large vessels to get to the other side. Any king or his armies can simply cross the river by airplane or jet. The river is no longer a natural barrier for those who want to cross its boarders whether it is dried up or not.
The root of the word “Euphrates” is “Pehrat” which means “to break forth and abound.” Just as Egypt (bondage) and Babylon (confusion) were symbols, the Euphrates is also a symbol. It symbolizes the spiritual barrier of Yahweh’s people. Before the infilling of the Holy Spirit, they could not go beyond the carnal realm and conquer their enemies—which was their own bondage to sin and confusion. When Yahweh poured his passion out on spiritual Euphrates, it signified that man’s barriers were removed—man, through the Holy Spirit, broke forth and abounded in the knowledge of Yahweh.
2 Peter 1:3-8, According as his divine power has given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that has called us to glory and virtue: whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that you shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord the Anointed SAVIOR.
In this verse (Rev. 16:12), “east” was derived from two Greek words “rising” and “sun.” This was the only time in the New Testament that this word came from two words. Other times it was used from one Greek word meaning “rising.” The rising of the sun signified a new day, a new order. Yahweh pouring out his passion began a new order. The pouring out of the Holy Spirit ended the Levitical order making the way for the Melchisedec order, the Kingdom of Righteousness, Peace, and Joy in the Holy Spirit. This kingdom was the way for man to overcome sin in the flesh; therefore, man could become mature sons of Yahweh.
Eph. 4:11-13, Yahweh gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting (maturing) of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect (complete, mature) man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
2 Tim, 3:16-17, All scripture (is) given by inspiration of Yahweh, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of Yahweh may be perfect (complete, mature), thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
1 John 4:16-17, We have known and believed the love that Yahweh hath to us. Yahweh is love; and he that dwells in love dwells in Yahweh, and Yahweh in him. Herein is our love made perfect (complete), that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. (Yahweh’s love dwelling in man, made man complete, mature morally and mentally.)
The Greek word for “king” is interchanged from singular to plural in the New Testament, but most of the time it is used in the singular form. King is used through the notion of a foundation of power. It represents a kingdom, a rule, or a realm. The SAVIOR, as the King of kings, made his abode in man as the Comforter, Guide, and Teacher. This pouring out of Yahweh’s passion, prepared the way for the Kingdom of Yahweh to dwell in mankind that they might be free of their bondages and confusion.
Before Yahweh poured his Spirit out upon the believers, it was impossible for them to overcome carnality. But through the Holy Spirit of Truth, they would be set free from ignorance, confusion, and wicked works. The Spirit of Truth opened their minds and gave them spiritual understanding, the Spirit of wisdom and revelation were made available. Paul prayed for Ephesians to have their spiritual eyes opened. Notice the benefits.
Eph. 1:17-23, That the God of our Lord the Anointed SAVIOR, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to usward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age (world), but also in that which is to come: and has put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him that fills all in all.
16:13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the serpent (dragon), and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophets (prophet).
Keep in mind that the Bible uses symbolism to convey spiritual truth, or concepts, as a way of enlightening the mind for a deeper understanding of the message intended. The frogs represent evil forces. These evil forces came through adversity (the serpent), the beast (man’s beastly nature), and through deception (false prophets).
Immediately after the River Euphrates was dried up, John saw three unclean spirits which were portrayed as frogs. Being portrayed as frogs is appropriate because a frog’s tongue moves so far and so swiftly that its prey doesn’t realize what has hit it. Evil spirits have a way of pulling people into bad situations very quickly before they realize what has happened and are hurt or destroyed by it. Frogs originate from the water; waters of the earth symbolize the expression of man’s emotions. Evil spirits use man’s emotions to wreak havoc for him.
The words “false prophet” is from one Greek word that was translated most often in the plural form. But in Revelation 16:13, 19:20, and 20:10, the “false prophet” is in singular form. Because a false prophet was not introduced to John, the term “false prophet” should have been translated in the plural form just as the others were. The SAVIOR warned his followers that there would be “many” false prophets arise that would deceive many (Matt. 24:11). He would have warned them if there was going to be a particular false prophet rise up.
The serpent, which was characterized as a fiery seven-headed serpent in Revelation chapter twelve, symbolized the opposition against the Melchisedec order through the unbelieving Jews. The Levitical order and the Melchisedec order are opposites of each other. To accept the Melchisedec order the Levitical order had to be rejected. One is on the natural realm and the other on the spiritual realm. One passed over sin and the other delivered from sin. One was written on tables of stone and the other was written in their heart. One was a shadow and the other was the reality. One kept man bound in his sin, and the other set man free from sin and carnality. This serpent symbolized opposition against truth.
The beast, which was characterized as the leopard beast in Revelation chapter 13, is the beastly nature of man that was blaspheming Yahweh, his name, his tabernacle, and those that dwelled in heaven. From their mouths they declared what was in their hearts; therefore, the beast signified the nature of the unbelieving Jews as they opposed the believers.
The false prophets were characterized by the creature that came up out of the earth looking like a lamb but speaking like the serpent (the adversary). False prophets deceived the people through their heresies and pernicious ways. They symbolized the false leaders who denied the truth and lead the people astray by their lies.
2 Peter 2:1-3, There were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingers not, and their damnation slumbers not.
16:14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth against (unto) the kings of (the earth and of) the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of Yahweh Almighty.
The evil spirits came out of the mouths of the same three characters spoken of in Revelation twelve and thirteen: the “serpent,” the adversary against the Melchisedec order (the Kingdom of Righteousness and Peace); the “leopard beast” who spoke blasphemies against Yahweh, his name, his tabernacle, and against those who dwelled in heaven; and the “two-horned lamb” who spoke as a serpent and caused those who dwelled on earth to worship the beast. The two-horned lamb symbolized false prophets (false leaders) in sheep’s clothing but inwardly they were ravening wolves (Matt. 7:15).
The evil spirits were forces within the unbelievers that were against the Kingdom of Righteousness and Peace, and they used their beastly nature, and leadership abilities for their weapons of warfare.
There was much opposition against the new order from the unbelieving Jews because they did not accept that the Messiah had come. Paul and the believers were constantly bombarded by them.
Acts 13:42-45, 50, When the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath. Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of Yahweh. And the next Sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of Yahweh. But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy and spoke against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming.… But the Jews “stirred up” the devout and honorable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts.
Acts 14:2-5, The unbelieving Jews “stirred up” the Gentiles, and made their minds evil affected against the brethren. Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands. But the multitude of the city was divided: and part held with the Jews, and part with the apostles. And when there was an assault made both of the Gentiles, and also of the Jews with their rulers, to use them despitefully, and to stone them.
In John’s day, the Levitical Priesthood was an adversary (a satan) against the new order; the unbelieving Jews rose up as a beast and blasphemed Yahweh, his name, his temples, and those that dwelled in the heavenly realm. They became false prophets when they proclaimed that the Messiah had not come. They, in an uproar, stirred up the people against the teachings of the SAVIOR, and the Christians were constantly assaulted by them, persecuted, and killed for the Word’s sake.
Since the miracles were performed by three evil spirits, these miracles could not have been acts of the Holy Spirit. Man has had the ability to perform magical events that are contrary to the natural laws of nature for thousands of years. Before Moses brought the children of Israel out of Egypt, some of the acts he performed were duplicated by the magicians of Egypt (Ex. 7:11-12, 22; Ex. 8:7, 18). These magicians did not perform the miracles under the power and influence of the Holy Spirit, but under the power and influence of evil spirits that possessed them. When the children of Israel rejected Yahweh and his covenant, they allowed the evil spirits to influence and control them.
2 Kings 17:15-17, They (children of Israel) rejected his (Yahweh’s) statutes, and his covenant that he made with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified against them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and went after the heathen that were round about them, concerning whom Yahweh had charged them, that they should not do like them. And they left all the commandments of Yahweh their God, and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal. And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of Yahweh, to provoke him to anger.
Yahweh’s supernatural powers that are given to man is called “gifts of the Spirit” and they bless man and produce the fruit of righteousness. The power of evil spirits that possesses man is called “witchcraft” and works contrary to righteousness (Gal. 5:16-26).
The word “day” is used in several different ways in the Old and New Testament. It does not always mean a twenty-four hour time or just the daylight hours; it was also used to indicate an age, someone’s lifetime, and more:
From daylight to dark (Gen. 8:22)
24 hours (Ex. 12:15; Mark 16:2)
The span of human life (Gen. 5:4: 1 Kings 3:14; Ps. 90:12; Isa. 38:5)
An indefinite time (Gen. 3:14; Gen. 21:34; Num. 9:19; Josh. 22:3; Luke 1:24; Acts 21:10)
A set time (Gen 25:24: Dan. 12:13; Lev. 12:6; Dan. 2:44)
The period of creation (Gen. 2:4)
A historic period (Gen. 6:4; Judg. 17:6; 1 Sam. 3:1; 1 Chron. 5:17; Hos. 2:13)
Past time (Ps. 18:18; Ps. 77:5; Mic. 7:20; Mal. 3:7; Matt. 23:30)
Future time (Deut. 31:14; Ps. 72:7; Ezek. 22:14; Joel 2:29; Matt. 24:19; 2 Peter 3:3)
The age, or period, of salvation (1 Cor. 6:2)
A season of opportunity (John 9:4)
A day of enlightenment (Rom. 13:12; 1 Thess. 5:5-8)
A day of our Lord (1 Cor. 1:8; 1 Cor. 5:5; 2 Cor. 1:14)
A day of Christ (Phil. 2:16)
A day of judgment (Matt. 10:15; Mark 6:11; 1 John 4:17)
The day of Yahweh was a day of reproof, of righteousness, and a day of judgment. It was a day of reproof because of man’s sinful condition. It was a day of righteousness because man could live righteously through the power of the Holy Spirit within. And it was a day of judgment because man became responsible for his own spiritual condition. The day of Yahweh was a time to rejoice because deliverance had come to his House, and yet it was a day of great sorrow because it was a day of cleansing. It was a day that whoever wanted to could call upon Yahweh to be delivered from their sins.
Peter was announcing that the day of Yahweh had come when he stated that the infilling of the Holy Spirit was the fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy. Joel had proclaimed, “Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of Yahweh comes, for it is nigh at hand,” (Joel 2:1) then Joel prophesied in detail the coming events of the day of Yahweh (Joel 2:2-32). This prophecy can only be fulfilled once.
Acts 2:14-21, Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, You men of Judaea, and all you that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: for these are not drunken, as you suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; “And it shall come to pass in the last days, says Yahweh, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: and on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: and I will show wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke: the sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of Yahweh come: and it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
The day of Yahweh was said to be a gathering of strong people who were set in battle array (Joel 2:5)—on the day of Pentecost, the army of Yahweh began their training to defeat the kingdom of darkness. The Holy Spirit came to teach the believers how to fight against sin, to guide them into the path of righteousness and to comfort them when they fell short of the glory of the FATHER. The Holy Spirit was the armor that protected the believers as they went into spiritual warfare against man’s beastly nature.
Eph. 6:11-18, Put on the whole armor of Yahweh, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of Yahweh, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of Yahweh: praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.
2 Cor. 10:3-6, For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through Yahweh to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; and having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
James 4:1-10, From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? You lust, and have not: you kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: you fight and war, yet you have not, because you ask not. You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may consume it upon your lusts. You adulterers and adulteresses, know you not that the friendship of the world is hostile (enmity) with Yahweh? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of Yahweh. Do you think that the scripture said in vain, The spirit that dwells in us lusts to envy? But he gives more grace. Wherefore he said, Yahweh resists the proud, but gives grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to Yahweh. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to Yahweh, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
16:15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
The term “comes as a thief” is figurative of the Anointed SAVIOR as he was poured out upon them in the upper room. A warning was given to the church in Sardis that they should repent and be watchful or the SAVIOR would come as a thief, and they would not recognize him—his principles, his truth, or his Spirit (Rev. 3:3). The church in Sardis had become so busy in material matters that they failed to seek the Word and yield to the Holy Spirit. They were fast coming to a place where they did not recognize that they were drifting off into corruption. The Sardis messenger was passive about sin; he did not realize he had drifted into unrighteousness.
The Laodicean church was spiritually wretched, pitiable, poor, blind and naked, which is a vivid characterization of their lack of righteous principles and spiritual understanding.
“He that watches” was a term used for one that guards his mind from permissiveness and indolence so that the way of righteousness is not forsaken.
Ps. 141:2-4, Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. Set a watch, O Yahweh, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips. Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practice wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties.
Matt. 26:41, Watch and pray, that you enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
The phrase “keeps his garments” is figurative of being clothed in righteousness, the garment of salvation. “Lest he walks naked, and they see his shame,” is dealing with man’s refusal to put on righteousness. It is figurative of “the attitude of the heart.” After being exposed, the person would be ashamed of the way they conducted themselves.
Isa. 61:10, I will greatly rejoice in Yahweh, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
2 Cor. 5:1-4, For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of Yahweh, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: if so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.
16:16 And he gathered them (spirits of devils) together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
The kings of the earth were brought together to do battle with evil spirits. The battle spoken of here is a battle against three types of spirits. They came out of the fiery serpent, the beast, and the false prophets. Evil spirits are forces that are manifested in the unbelievers even as Yahweh’s Holy Spirit is a force that is manifested in the believers.
The word Armageddon appears only once in the New Testament. It is used in the Old Testament as Megiddo several times. Forts were built on the small mountain of Megiddo that guarded their main highway. Megiddo was the location of many battles between Israel and the various enemies of Yahweh’s people. It was the scene of Barak’s victory over Canaan, and Gideon’s over Midian (Judg. 4; 5; 7). It was the place of Saul’s death and Israel’s defeat before the Philistines (1 Sam. 31), and the place of Josiah’s death in the battle with Pharaoh Necho (2 Ki. 23:29-30).
Armageddon (Megiddo) is a small mountain and is not large enough to hold all the kings of the earth with their armies. This mountain is a symbol of the spiritual battles fought against Yahweh’s heavenly Kingdom. The fiery serpent, the beast, and the false lamb were symbols of man’s carnal nature, his rebellion, and deception. They go forth unto the kings of the whole world, which represents the authority of man’s earthly kingdom.
James 4:1-3, From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? You lust, and have not: you kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: you fight and war, yet you have not, because you ask not. You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may consume it upon your lusts.
Eph. 6:10-18, Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of Yahweh, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of Yahweh, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of Yahweh: praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.
The battle of Armageddon is a spiritual battle that is waged by adversity (the fiery serpent), by man’s beastly nature (the beast), and by deception (the false prophets). This spiritual battle did not begin until the Kingdom of Righteousness was set up in the vessels of flesh and blood—the Anointed SAVIOR as the Comforter, Teacher, and Guide is the Commander and Chief of this army. The battle of Armageddon will be over when the war against carnality is won and then all will be in the image of the FATHER.
John 3:16-17, For Yahweh so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For Yahweh sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (Yahweh did not send his son to die, but to save the world—and he will.)
Isa. 45:22-24, Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. Surely, shall one say, in Yahweh have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed.
Phil. 2:5-11, Let this mind be in you, which was also in Anointed SAVIOR: who, being in the form of Yahweh, thought it not robbery to be equal with Yahweh: but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore Yahweh also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name (character and authority) of the SAVIOR every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that the Anointed SAVIOR is Lord, to the glory of Yahweh the Father.
All physical wars are waged because of the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.
16:17 And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple (of heaven), from the throne, saying, It is done.
Air is a key element to human existence. That which is in the air is breathed into the body and sustains or destroys it. Spiritually speaking, air is the influence upon man’s mind. From the time of Adam to the time of Moses man’s spiritual environment was influenced by the beastly nature causing death to reign (Rom. 5:14, Rom. 8:6). After the law came, the influence upon man changed to spiritual because they had to see the law as spiritual (Rom. 7:14), yet they continued in bondage to death because they were carnal minded. Man did not have the Spirit of Life within him. The SAVIOR had to come to give mankind Spiritual Life (John 10:10).
Rom. 8:6, To be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
When the SAVIOR returned on the day of Pentecost, the Spirit of Life entered into the believers and the law was able to influence their mind. It caused them to love Yahweh with all their heart, soul, and mind; and love their neighbors as themselves. Because the believers’ environment was influenced by the Holy Spirit, their nature began to change. The believers were reborn; but this time, born into Life.
John 3:3-8, The SAVIOR answered and said unto him (Nicodemus), “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see (understand) the kingdom of Yahweh.” Nicodemus said unto him, “How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?” The SAVIOR answered, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of Yahweh. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, You must be born again. The wind blows where it lists, and you hear the sound thereof, but cannot tell whence it comes, and whither it goes: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
Mankind could feel Yahweh’s passion as it was poured out into the air—they breathed in his Life. The great voice came out of the temple, the believers and this voice was from the throne. It was the voice of the FATHER coming forth out of the believers.
The phrase “It is done” is from one Greek word which means “cause to be, that is, to generate.” The word “generate” means to “create something, to produce energy.” The message from the FATHER had energy; it was creative—this force was able to give Spirit-Life. As Yahweh’s passion was poured out into the air it caused the Word of Yahweh to be creative in the believers, it renewed the spirit of their minds. With the believers’ spiritual understanding being enlightened through the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, they were able to comprehend the greatness of Yahweh’s power working in and through them day by day (Co. 3:9-10).
16:18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great commotion (earthquake), such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an commotion (earthquake), and so great.
This is the fourth time that we have read about voices, thunders, and lightnings. The first time they came directly from the throne and did not cause commotions (4:5). Because Yahweh’s word was not understood, it did not cause a commotion. The second time was when the prayers of the saints were heard upon the earth. This time it caused a commotion in the hearts of man (8:4-6). They were cried out for truth and understanding and that understanding caused a commotion in the hearts and minds of all those who were exposed to the truth. The third time was when the temple of Yahweh was opened in the heavens and was accompanied with lightning (11:19). This was when the Spirit of revelation was given to man—his spiritual mind was opened. Now the voices, thunders and lightnings are from Yahweh’s passion being poured out into the air—the air was energized with Life, voices (the believers ministering) were heard and a great display of understanding (lightnings) and ministering (thunderings) came forth from the Church, causing a great commotion in the earth. Truth was heard across the nations.
Because of the energy of the lightning and the powerfulness of the thunder proceeding from Yahweh’s throne, they are excellent representations of Yahweh’s voice and his ability to enlighten mankind
2 Sam 22:14, Yahweh thundered from heaven, and the most High uttered his voice.
Ps 43:3, O send out your light and your truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto your holy hill, and to your tabernacles.
Ps 77:18, The voice of your thunder was in the heaven: the lightnings lightened (enlightened) the world: the earth trembled and shook.
As believers become manifestations of Yahweh, his voice was heard through them. And they, too, manifested spiritual lightnings and thunderings as the Spirit of Righteousness and Truth came out from them.
It was said, “As the lightning, that lightens out of the one part under heaven, shines unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day” (Luke 17:24). The type of lightning the SAVIOR referred in to this verse is cloud-to-cloud lightning that occurs when opposite electrical charges in one cloud attract those in another. This type of lightning does not pose any danger to people on the ground, but it does light up the heavens. This type of lightening represents the SAVIOR, which is the Light, the Life, and the Way as he moves upon and through the believers.
The SAVIOR declared that he would come in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory and that he would be seen in those clouds (Matt. 24:30-32; 26:65; Rev. 1:7). People were referred to as clouds (Heb. 12:1; 2 Peter 2:15-17; Jude 12). Yahweh’s people were to meet the SAVIOR in the cloud of witnesses and they would be with him forever (1 Thess. 4:16-17). This is a beautiful illustration of the FATHER in the SAVIOR, the SAVIOR in the FATHER united in the believers manifesting righteousness and truth to all the inhabitance of the world. What an illumination! Yahweh’s voice (thunders) is heard through the believers (clouds) and truth (lightnings) is shared and understood.
John 17:20-24, Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; that they all may be one; as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that you have sent me. And the glory which you gave me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and you in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for you loved me before the foundation of the world.
16:19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before Yahweh, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.
Keep in mind that every symbol in Revelation is consistent in its interpretation. If a symbol means something in one part of Revelation it will mean the same elsewhere even if the context is slightly modified. The SAVIOR was consistent; therefore, the revelation of him will also be consistent, otherwise the interpretation of John’s vision would not be clear.
“Babylon” is derived from the root balal, meaning to confound. It was used in reference to the confusion of their language at the tower (Gen 11:9). In the prophetical writings, this city denotes “confusion.” The great city Babylon was not in reference to the actual city because Babylon was destroyed years before John’s vision; therefore, the SAVIOR was referring to their “confusion.”
Often a city was used to symbolize the condition of the people’s mindset.
Sodom was a city of corruption, Egypt was a city of bondage, and Babylon was a city of confusion. Heavenly Jerusalem and Mt Zion were both called the city of righteousness (Isa. 1:24-28).
Prov. 25:28, He that has no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.
Isa. 24:10, The city of confusion is broken down: every house is shut up, that no man may come in.
Isa. 60:14, The sons also of them that afflicted you shall come bending unto you; and all they that despised you shall bow themselves down at the soles of your feet; and they shall call you, The city of Yahweh, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.
Zech. 8:3, Thus saith Yahweh; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of Yahweh of hosts the holy mountain.
Rev. 3:12, Him that overcomes will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. (Also see Heb. 12:;22.)
The “great city” was spiritually called “Sodom” (corruption) and “Egypt” (bondage) and was said to be where the SAVIOR was crucified (Rev. 11:8). Keep in mind that the SAVIOR was not crucified in a city, but on a hill called “Calvary” just outside the city of Jerusalem (Luke 23:33); therefore, this signifies that man’s corruption and bondage crucified the SAVIOR. The “great city” is also called “Babylon” (Rev. 14:8).
The “great city” symbolized their carnal condition which kept them in bondage, confused, and corrupt. The great city was not New Jerusalem, which was spoken of in Revelation 21:10. Because the translators added the word “great” before the word “city” when they referred to New Jerusalem, it caused confusion when the term “great city” was used.
The great city in John’s vision was divided into three parts—corruption, bondage, and confusion. The three parts made up the one city. There were also three evil spirits that came out of the mouths of the leopard beasts, the false prophets, and the fiery serpent that were pictured as frogs—blasphemy, deception, and adversity. These three evil spirits correspond to the condition of the great city, which also symbolizes the characteristics of carnality.
Corruption (Sodom) corresponds to blasphemy (the leopard beast) because blasphemy reveals the condition of the hearts and minds.
Bondage (Egypt) corresponds with the adversary (the fiery serpent) because adversity causes hardships, suffering, and forced situations.
Confusion (Babylon) corresponds to deception (the false lamb, false prophets) because false teachings cause confusion.
The great city was one city that was divided into three parts. Each part stood alone but blended into the other. To be corrupt is to be in bondage and confusion. This great city was destined to fall because, “every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand” (Matt. 12:25). The cities of the nations fell—they could not stand against the Kingdom of Love and Truth. When truth came on the scene, confusion began to dissipate, those in bondage were given ways of escape, and corruption began to cease. This did not happen overnight; the believers matured line upon line, here a little and there a little as the Holy Spirit revealed the fullness of the FATHER.
The key word in the phrase “great Babylon came in remembrance before Yahweh” is the word “remembrance.” Yahweh, being Spirit, does not forget and then suddenly remember; that is human nature. The word “remembrance” means “to be mindful.” Yahweh was mindful of man’s confusion and he sent his Holy Spirit (cup of wine) to bring clarity to the mind of man. The “fierceness of his (Yahweh’s) wrath” was his abhorrence against confusion not people. His desire was to bring man into his image, and in order to do that, he had to dispel confusion; Yahweh sent the Holy Spirit of Truth to come against it. When truth is understood, confusion is dissolved.
John 16:13-14, Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you.
James 1:6, If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraids not; and it shall be given him.
Heb. 8:10-12, For this the covenant which I will establish upon the house of Israel after those days says the Lord; I will place my laws into their mind (thoughts) and write (inscribe) them upon their hearts, and I will be to them their God and they will be to me my people, and every man will no longer teach his neighbor [townsmen], and every man his brother saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they all will know me, from the least even to the greatest, because I will be gracious to their unrighteousness, and remember not their sins anymore.” (DFG)
16:20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.
After the Holy Spirit fell and truth was revealed, there was no more separation of people (islands, Ps. 49:1), no more exalting one nation above another (mountains, Isa. 49:11); everyone became equal through the work of the Holy Spirit.
Gal. 3:25-29, After that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster (Levitical order). For you are all the children of Yahweh by faith in the Anointed SAVIOR. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek (other nations), there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in the Anointed SAVIOR. And if you be Christ’s, then are you Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Eph. 2:13-22, But now in the Anointed SAVIOR you who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us; having abolished in his flesh the hostility (enmity), even the law of commandments contained in ordinances (Levitical Priesthood); for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; and that he might reconcile both unto Yahweh in one body by the cross, having slain the hostility (enmity) thereby: and came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. (He came back after he was slain.) For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore you are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of Yahweh; and are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, the Anointed SAVIOR himself being the chief corner stone; in whom all the building fitly framed together grows unto an holy temple in the Lord: in whom you also are built together for an habitation of Yahweh through the Spirit.
16:21 And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, (every stone) about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed Yahweh because of the plague (calamities) of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.
Hail, as we read before, is made up from water being frozen around a particle of dust. The dust that causes hail to form symbolizes man’s carnal nature. The water symbolizes the Word. When the Anointed Word of Yahweh is mixed with carnality, it creates spiritual hail—the great hail out of heaven was the Holy Spirit working with the believers to bring them into the image of the FATHER. Spiritual hail is used to sweep away confusion. As Isaiah 28:15 says, “hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies.” Receiving the Holy Spirit does not instantly make the receiver perfect; the Holy Spirit comforts the believer when he falls short. The Holy Spirit teaches the principles of righteousness, but this does not mean that everyone will accept the Holy Spirit’s teaching.
Gal. 3:26-4:2; 4:1-2, You are all the children of Yahweh by faith in the Anointed SAVIOR. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ (Anointed) have put on Christ (the Anointing). There is neither Jew nor Greek (other nations), there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in the Anointed SAVIOR. And if you be Christ’s, then are you Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. Now I say, that the heir, as long as he is a child, differs nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; but is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.
Isa. 28:14-20, Wherefore hear the word of Yahweh, you scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem. Because you have said, “We have made a covenant with death (come in unity with carnality), and with hell (unknown state) are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge (a correction method) shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:” therefore thus saith the Lord Yahweh, “Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone (the SAVIOR), a sure foundation: he that believes shall not make haste. Judgment also will I lay to the line (measuring length), and righteousness to the plummet (measuring height): and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters (the word) shall overflow the hiding place (reveal the hidden things of the heart). And your covenant with death (carnality) shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell (the unseen state) shall not stand (it will be destroyed); when the overflowing scourge (correction) shall pass through, then you shall be trodden down by it. From the time that it goes forth it shall take you (a process): for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be an agitation (vexation) only to understand the report. For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it: and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it. (It was only an agitation only until there was understanding. Man brings so much havoc into his life that it too much to bear.)
The talent in this verse is not money or a gift it is “a weight.” A talent in biblical times was an unknown measure of weight. It was used as a supporting weight to balance the scale. The weight of the talent was in proportion to the object weighed. The hail was the measure of a talent, and due to the fact that a talent is not an exact measurement but was in accordance to the object weighed, we can understand how the Holy Spirit works with the believer. The believer is given a measure of faith (Rom. 12:3) as he works out his own salvation (Phil. 2:12) as he grows and matures in the Spirit and admonition of the FATHER. As the believer grows, he finds himself in a great battle against the works of the flesh, this is represented by plagues (calamities). These plagues were created by the spirit of confusion, their beastly nature, or from being deceived.
Crucifying the old man of sin is exceedingly hard to do. It is so much so, that Paul stated, “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable” (1 Cor. 15:19).
The Holy Spirit was given in order that all man could measure up (weight balanced) to the fullness of the FATHER.
Eph. 4:8-11-16, Wherefore he (the SAVIOR) said, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men…. And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of Yahweh, unto a perfect man (mature mentally, spiritually, and morally), unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ (a manifestation of the Anointed): that we henceforth be no more children (but grown sons), tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine (false doctrines), by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness (beastly nature of man), whereby they lie in wait to deceive; but speaking the truth in love (Yahweh’s nature), may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ (not carnality): from whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplies, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part (perfect balance), makes increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love (the fullness of the FATHER’s nature being manifested).