Revelation 16:12 The unholy gathering

Revelation 16:12 The unholy gathering

Continuing our study of Revelation 16.

Revelation 16:12  The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the East.’

The Euphrates runs for 1800 miles from north-west to south-east and has always been the dividing line between west and east. The usual understanding of this verse is that God dries up the Euphrates in order to pave the way for the ungodly forces of the east to come together against Jerusalem, whereupon they will meet with destruction in the battle of Armageddon. 

Ezekiel 38:7  ‘Get ready, be prepared, you and all the hordes gathered about you and take command of them. After many days you will be called to arms.’

Revelation 16:13  ‘Then I saw three evil spirits that looked like frogs, they came out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet.’ 

Satan, the antichrist and the false prophet are working together in an unholy alliance. They form a parody of the Holy Trinity. The mention of frogs speaks of demons that lie at their very heart and are coming out of them. 

Revelation 16:14  They are spirits of demons performing miraculous signs and they go out to the kings of the whole world to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty.’

The kings of the earth are seduced by the miraculous signs and they come together to fight in the end-time battle. 

Zechariah 14:2  ‘I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it…’

God is bringing all his enemies together, both natural and demonic, in order to destroy them in one. 

Revelation 16:15  ‘“Behold, I come like a thief!” Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed.’

This always seems like an out-of-place verse. We are not sure to whom it is written but presumably it shows that there are still righteous people on the earth at this time. I guess it shows that right up until the very end there will be those who will be spiritually fast asleep and unaware of what is happening around them. 

We all witness wars taking place on our television screens and are blissfully unaware of the demonic battles that lie behind them. 

Revelation 16:16  ‘Then they gathered the kings of the earth together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.’

Revelation 19:19  ‘Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the rider of the horse and his army.

The Battle of Armageddon will draw this present age to a close. Everything has been pointing towards this final climatic end. There will only ever be one victor.

Apologies if you feel I am skimping hurriedly through these verses. They are not my favourite!

  • Revelation 19:11 Faithful and True
    Our testimony is that Jesus has been faithful and true and stood alongside, through every storm that has been thrown at us, and never let go of us ever!
  • Revelation 19:10 The Testimony of Jesus…
    One understanding of the testimony of Jesus is that he will return as the radiant King; and he will bring peace and righteousness to this earth when he establishes his kingdom and reigns from Jerusalem. 
  • Revelation 19:9 Invited
    The Church as a whole will be invited to the wedding as a corporate being but we will also be invited as individuals, by virtue of our personal salvation that we have received.For many of us who are not usually invited to high-society events and who are often left out and behind, this comes as a blessing indeed!
  • Revelation 19:7 Eager Anticipation
    In the same way, we are called to look forward to the day when we meet with Christ Jesus, on the day that he returns in power and glory. He is our blessed hope and our lives lived here on earth should be directed towards this coming moment. 
  • Revelation 19:7 A Wedding!
    I pray that we will live out our salvation with fear and trembling, and walk closely with our Lord, that we might walk with confidence and reassurance, knowing that we will be warmly welcomed and honoured as a guest, wearing the white robes of righteousness. 

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