Rev. 15:1-16:21 THE SEVEN LAST PLAGUES
Intro: Ill. Have you ever heard the expression, "It couldn't get much worse."? Well,
for those who are still alive on the earth at the beginning of the last part of the
tribulation things can and do get a whole lot worse! The great God of grace, love and
immense patience has finally reached the limits endurance. It is time for His wrath to
fall upon the world and the events described here are awful in their descriptions, but
surely worse in their fulfillment. Thank God, if you know for sure that you will miss
this awful time. Let's look in on the time of the Seven Last Plagues.
I. 15:1-8 THE PRELIMINARIES BEFORE THE LAST PLAGUES
A. v.1-4 A Period Of Waiting - There is much to see here:
1. Seven angels carrying seven bowls full of judgment.
2. A gracious God whose wrath is about to be poured out.
3. The tribulation saints, and the song they sing. (Ill. The Song of Moses - Ex.
15 - A Song of Physical Redemption; The Song of The Lamb - A Song of
Spiritual Redemption.) They sing of God's Greatness, His Goodness and His Glory!
They sing of His Virtue, His Victory and His Vengence. (Ill. The songs of Heaven!)
(Ill. Will be a blessing to be there and hear that!)
B. v.5-8 A Place Of Worship - There is much here also
1. The Messengers Of Wrath - These come from the very presence of God
himself. They step from the place of absolute holiness to execute judgment upon the
place of absolute wickedness.
a. They Possess Divine Righteousness - (Ill. Linen) What they are doing is
right and just!
b. They Possess Divine Restraint - (Ill. Golden girdles) They have involved no
passion of their own. (Ill. A Surgeon) What they are about to do is painful, but
2. The Mediators Of Wrath - One of the Four Beasts, (4:6-8); The cherubim
who ever guard the holiness of God. (Ill. They represent the totality of God's
creation, it is fitting that one should be involved in the redemption of the
planet, Ill. Rom. 8:19-21.
3. The Manifestation Of Wrath - The way into God is barred by a time as His
wrath blazes out against a world that has rejected Him and His Son Jesus.
Ill. The priest in the OT; Ill. The Blood of Jesus opened a way into the very
presence and heart of God. That way is now briefly colsed so that those who
have rejected that way and have served the Devil and his son, the Antichrist
can be judged.) God's own glory and holiness bars the way, (Ill. Egypt - Ex. 14)
II. 16:1-21 THE PROCEDURES OF THE LAST PLAGUES
A. v.1 Judgment Commanded - Here, the very voice of God Himself can be
heard He gives the command for judgment to begin! (Ill. What follows is literal!)
B. v.2-9 Judgment Commenced - (Ill. Picture divebombers in orderly formation
delivering their ordinance on target and on schedule!)
1. v.2 The Unexpected Cancer Of The Seal - Ill. A boil. Ugliness and pain.
2. v.3 The Unexplained Contamination Of The Sea - Ill. The clotted, rotting
blood of a dead man. (Ill. A place of life becomes a place of great death!)
(Ill. A Plague in Egypt)
3. v.4-7 The Unexaggerated Corruption Of The Streams - Ill. Very literal!
a. v.4 The Reality Of This Judgment - (Ill. A Plague!) Jesus' first miracle
was water to wine, something good to draw men to Him; now he turns
water to blood, to remind men of Him!)
b. v.5-6 The Rightness Of This Judgment - (Ill. Poetic justice!) God
always rewards men acording to their deeds!
c. v.7 The Response To This Judgment - The voice of the altar, where the
Blood of the Lamb was poured out, speaks and joins in agreement with the
deeds of holy God! (Ill. Many saints have shed their blood on the altar of
sacrifice bfore the Lord. That altar now cries out in gladness at the
vengence of their blood!)
4. v.8-9 The Unequaled Catastrophe Of The Sun - God allows the heat to be
turned up and the man on earth are scorched by the heat of the sun. (Ill. The
power of our sun.) Man's response to this plague is to blaspheme God and to
continue on in their sins. A true and revealing portrait of mankind's wicked
C. v.10-21 Judgment Completed - God's rescue of the world procedes in three
1. v.10-11 The Domains Of The Beast Are Ravished - Ill. Men chose
darkness over the Light of Life, the Lord Jesus and now God gives them what
they wanted! (Ill. This darkness is only a weak foretaste of what they face
in Hell - Matt. 8:12. (Ill. Gnawing tongues and intense pain!)(Ill. Blasphemy)
2. v.12-16 The Directives For The Battle Are Released -
a. v.12 The Euphrates is dreid up. The Kings of the east will come against
Israel. (Ill. China - 200,000,000 and Japan!)
b. v.13-14 - Demonic spirits are unleashed to deceive the world into a war
against the beast. This is Armegeddon!
c. v.15 - Man is again told that Jesus is on the way. Man is warned to be
d. v.16 - All the armies of the world converge on Jerusalem to stamp out the
last of the believers.
3. v.17-21 The Destruction Of Babylon Is Realized - The world system is
a. v.17-18 Premonitions of disaster and a great earthquake
b. v.19 (Ill. Babylon) The city falls and the world is stricken by the touch of
c. v.20 The calamity is so great that the mountains collapse and the islands
are moved out of their present places. (Ill. Some see nuclear power here!)
Whatever it is, it is the touch of almighty God!
d. v.21 Hail stones weighing over 100 pounds will fall on men. Again, men
blaspheme God. Man is totally depraved!
Conc: Are you prepared to leave before the hammer falls? You better be!