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[Revelation Ch.16: The Bowl Judgments (Cont'd)]

VII. The Sixth Bowl  

REV 16:12  And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates

     In this passage, the great Battle of Armageddon swifly takes shape. It started when the ancient river Euphrates dries up. Euphrates is some 1,800 miles long. Its source is in Turkey, and it flows through Syria, then the entire length of Iraq, finally flowing into the Persian Gulf. This river traditionally separated the Orient from the West.

REV 16:12  and the water thereof was dried up

     Rivers have hampered the march of ancient land armies. Someday, God would make it easy for the east to invade the mideast by drying up this important river.

REV 16:12  that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.

     Asia used to be composed of “isolated” powers. Ancient China considered herself "the central kingdom," with all other nations as barbarians. Other countries in Asia were mostly un-influential nations or colonies of the west.

     However, the Orient is very much alive today. Other countries like to do business with Asia. Japan s economic muscles are second to none. And close ties continue to be tied between the Orient and the Middle East. Nothing happens in the mideast now without affecting the east.

REV 16:13  And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out

     When God's time comes for the nations to fight the last war, three demonic spirits will incite the world's armies to come to Israel for war.

REV 16:16  And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

     "Armageddon" is from two words "har" (mount) and "Megiddo" (in northern Israel). The armies of the world will assemble for a final decisive battle. The reason for this battle's occurring in Israel may be related to--

     (1) Arab-Israel conflict

     (2) Wealth in the Dead Sea 


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