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The judgments of Revelation

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In the old testament, God brought about a series of plagues upon the Egyptians.

1. Blood - Exod 7:14–24;
2. Frogs - Exod 7:25–8:15;
3. Lice - Exod 8:16-19;
4. Flies - Exod 8:20-32;
5. Pestilence of livestock Exod 9:1–7;
6. Boils - Exod 9:8–12;
7. Thunderstorm of hail and fire - Exod 9:13–35;
8. Locusts - Exod 10:1–20;
9. Darkness for three days - Exod 10:21–29;
10. Death of firstborn - Exod 11:1–12:36; ( the beginning of the passover )
Of course not everyone believes this, to Atheists, this is all mythology and fantasy.

But it seems more things like this will happen in the future.
During the tribulation (and or the "great tribulation") the Bible mentions a series of "judgments".

.. to be continued ...
The seven seals.

Rev 6:1; Then I saw when the Lamb broke one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying as with a voice of thunder, "Come."
Rev 6:2; I looked, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.
Rev 6:3; When He broke the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, "Come."
Rev 6:4; And another, a red horse, went out; and to him who sat on it, it was granted to take peace from the earth, and that men would slay one another; and a great sword was given to him.
Rev 6:5; When He broke the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, "Come." I looked, and behold, a black horse; and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand.
Rev 6:6; And I heard something like a voice in the center of the four living creatures saying, "A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not damage the oil and the wine."
Rev 6:7; When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, "Come."
Rev 6:8; I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.
Rev 6:9; When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained;
Rev 6:10; and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, "How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?"
Rev 6:11; And there was given to each of them a white robe; and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, would be completed also.
Rev 6:12; I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood;
Rev 6:13; and the stars of the sky fell to the earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind.
Rev 6:14; The sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
Rev 6:15; Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains;
Rev 6:16; and they *said to the mountains and to the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb;
Rev 6:17; for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?"

Rev 8:1; When the Lamb broke the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.
Rev 8:2; And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them.
Rev 8:3; Another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a golden censer; and much incense was given to him, so that he might add it to the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar which was before the throne.
Rev 8:4; And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up before God out of the angel's hand.
Rev 8:5; Then the angel took the censer and filled it with the fire of the altar, and threw it to the earth; and there followed peals of thunder and sounds and flashes of lightning and an earthquake.

The first set of judgments are the seven seals. There will be death, war, famine and pestilence. Of course these things are happening now, and have been happening since the creation of men.
But never of a scale that John speaks of in Revelation.

Verse 12 speaks of an earthquake so big, it will affect the entire earth. The sun will turn black and the moon will turn red, not just in small remote places, but all over the world.
Verse 14 says every island and mountain will be moved. This might be a bad time to live in Hawaii.
Things will be so bad that people will cry for the rocks to fall upon them.

Verses 16 and 17 say this is tied to the wrath of the Lamb (Jesus) and to Him who sits on the throne (the Father).

.. to be continued ...
After the seven seals, things get a little worse.

The Seven Trumpets
Rev 8:6; And the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound them.
Rev 8:7; The first sounded, and there came hail and fire, mixed with blood, and they were thrown to the earth; and a third of the earth was burned up, and a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.
Rev 8:8; The second angel sounded, and something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea; and a third of the sea became blood,
Rev 8:9; and a third of the creatures which were in the sea and had life, died; and a third of the ships were destroyed.
Rev 8:10; The third angel sounded, and a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of waters.
Rev 8:11; The name of the star is called Wormwood; and a third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the waters, because they were made bitter.
Rev 8:12; The fourth angel sounded, and a third of the sun and a third of the moon and a third of the stars were struck, so that a third of them would be darkened and the day would not shine for a third of it, and the night in the same way.
Rev 8:13; Then I looked, and I heard an eagle flying in midheaven, saying with a loud voice, "Woe, woe, woe to those who dwell on the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!"

A third of the earth is burned up, a third of the trees, a third of the grass.
A sea of the sea becomes blood, a third of the creatures in the sea die.
A third of the lake and rivers are poisoned.
The last three trumpet judgments are called the "three woes"

... to be continued ...
The first Woe (the fifth trumpet)

Rev 9:1; Then the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star from heaven which had fallen to the earth; and the key of the bottomless pit was given to him.
Rev 9:2; He opened the bottomless pit, and smoke went up out of the pit, like the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by the smoke of the pit.
Rev 9:3; Then out of the smoke came locusts upon the earth, and power was given them, as the scorpions of the earth have power.
Rev 9:4; They were told not to hurt the grass of the earth, nor any green thing, nor any tree, but only the men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.
Rev 9:5; And they were not permitted to kill anyone, but to torment for five months; and their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it stings a man.
Rev 9:6; And in those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will long to die, and death flees from them.
Rev 9:7; The appearance of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle; and on their heads appeared to be crowns like gold, and their faces were like the faces of men.
Rev 9:8; They had hair like the hair of women, and their teeth were like the teeth of lions.
Rev 9:9; They had breastplates like breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots, of many horses rushing to battle.
Rev 9:10; They have tails like scorpions, and stings; and in their tails is their power to hurt men for five months.
Rev 9:11; They have as king over them, the angel of the abyss; his name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in the Greek he has the name Apollyon.
Rev 9:12; The first woe is past; behold, two woes are still coming after these things.

It seems there will be flying scorpions, when they sting someone they will be in torment for 5 months. Five months is a long time, much longer than the average bee sting.
It says men will try to kill themselves because things are so terrible, but they won't be able to.

Notice in verse 4 above, it says the scorpions will not sting people who have the seal of God on their foreheads. Are these people Christians? If not, who are they?

... to be continued ...
The 2nd Woe (sixth trumpet) , the 200 million horsemen.

Rev 9:13; Then the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
Rev 9:14; one saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, "Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates."
Rev 9:15; And the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released, so that they would kill a third of mankind.
Rev 9:16; The number of the armies of the horsemen was two hundred million; I heard the number of them.
Rev 9:17; And this is how I saw in the vision the horses and those who sat on them: the riders had breastplates the color of fire and of hyacinth and of brimstone; and the heads of the horses are like the heads of lions; and out of their mouths proceed fire and smoke and brimstone.
Rev 9:18; A third of mankind was killed by these three plagues, by the fire and the smoke and the brimstone which proceeded out of their mouths.
Rev 9:19; For the power of the horses is in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails are like serpents and have heads, and with them they do harm.
Rev 9:20; The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, so as not to worship demons, and the idols of gold and of silver and of brass and of stone and of wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk;
Rev 9:21; and they did not repent of their murders nor of their sorceries nor of their immorality nor of their thefts.

It seems there will be horsemen mounted on horses that breath fire. 200 million of them!! It says these horses will kill another third of mankind.
It says men will still worship demons and idols during this time, but those gods will not save them.

.. to be continued ...
Depending upon how you "rightly divide" the book of Revelation, everything that was previously mentioned in this thread happens during the first 3 and a half years of the tribulation.
In Revelation 11, the two witnesses appear. There is much speculation on who they might be, but this thread isn't about the witnesses really, it about the judgments.
It says the witnesses will prophesy for roughly 3 1/2 years.

Rev 11:3; "And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for twelve hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth."

.. but the judgments of God continue....
The third Woe (seventh trumpet)

Rev 11:15; Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever."
Rev 11:16; And the twenty-four elders, who sit on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God,
Rev 11:17; saying, "We give You thanks, O Lord God, the Almighty, who are and who were, because You have taken Your great power and have begun to reign.
Rev 11:18; "And the nations were enraged, and Your wrath came, and the time came for the dead to be judged, and the time to reward Your bond-servants the prophets and the saints and those who fear Your name, the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth."
Rev 11:19; And the temple of God which is in heaven was opened; and the ark of His covenant appeared in His temple, and there were flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder and an earthquake and a great hailstorm.

Again another hailstorm, lightning and an earthquake. This is prophesying that the world (the Earth) will kingdom of God.
Hebrews says the temple that Jews built was a replica of one in heaven. ( Heb 8:11; and Heb 9:24; )
This temple will finally be opened, the ark of the covenant will also appear. It is worth noting, that the earthly ark of the covenant contained the 10 commandments.

.... to be continued ...
The harvest

Rev 14:14; Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and sitting on the cloud was one like a son of man, having a golden crown on His head and a sharp sickle in His hand.
Rev 14:15; And another angel came out of the temple, crying out with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, "Put in your sickle and reap, for the hour to reap has come, because the harvest of the earth is ripe."
Rev 14:16; Then He who sat on the cloud swung His sickle over the earth, and the earth was reaped.
Rev 14:17; And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, and he also had a sharp sickle.
Rev 14:18; Then another angel, the one who has power over fire, came out from the altar; and he called with a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, "Put in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters from the vine of the earth, because her grapes are ripe."
Rev 14:19; So the angel swung his sickle to the earth and gathered the clusters from the vine of the earth, and threw them into the great wine press of the wrath of God.
Rev 14:20; And the wine press was trodden outside the city, and blood came out from the wine press, up to the horses' bridles, for a distance of two hundred miles.

Who is this "Son of man" with the crown, sitting on the cloud? It says another angel will come gather the clusters (of grapes) and throw them into the "great wine press" of God.
This scripture is where the lyrics of an old hymn come from.

The Battle Hymn of the Republic. - Glory, glory hallelujah, His truth is marching on. He has trampled out the vineyard were the grapes of wrath are stored.

It says when this happens, there will be blood... so much blood. It will be as high as a horses bridle for a distance of 200 miles.

.. to be continued ....
If all of this isn't bad enough for you, don't worry. The worst is yet to come.

Rev 15:1; Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels who had seven plagues, which are the last, because in them the wrath of God is finished.

.. to be continued ....
The Seven Bowls of God's Wrath

Rev 16:1; Then I heard a loud voice from the temple, saying to the seven angels, "Go and pour out on the earth the seven bowls of the wrath of God."
Rev 16:2; So the first angel went and poured out his bowl on the earth; and it became a loathsome and malignant sore on the people who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his image.
Rev 16:3; The second angel poured out his bowl into the sea, and it became blood like that of a dead man; and every living thing in the sea died.
Rev 16:4; Then the third angel poured out his bowl into the rivers and the springs of waters; and they became blood.
Rev 16:5; And I heard the angel of the waters saying, "Righteous are You, who are and who were, O Holy One, because You judged these things;
Rev 16:6; for they poured out the blood of saints and prophets, and You have given them blood to drink. They deserve it."
Rev 16:7; And I heard the altar saying, "Yes, O Lord God, the Almighty, true and righteous are Your judgments."
Rev 16:8; The fourth angel poured out his bowl upon the sun, and it was given to it to scorch men with fire.
Rev 16:9; Men were scorched with fierce heat; and they blasphemed the name of God who has the power over these plagues, and they did not repent so as to give Him glory.
Rev 16:10; Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom became darkened; and they gnawed their tongues because of pain,
Rev 16:11; and they blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores; and they did not repent of their deeds.

Yes there are seven, but I only listed five here. I will post the the other two also.
It says people who worship the beast will get malignant sores upon them.
Before we had only a third of seas and river becoming blood. Now we have all the rivers and seas becoming blood.
Before only a third of what was in the sea died. Now everything in the sea will die.
The sun will become so hot it will scorch men with fire.
People will be in so much pain they will chew on their tongues, but still they did not repent.

.. to be continued ....
The sixth bowl judgment.

Rev 16:12; The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river, the Euphrates; and its water was dried up, so that the way would be prepared for the kings from the east.
Rev 16:13; And I saw coming out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs;
Rev 16:14; for they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them together for the war of the great day of God, the Almighty.
Rev 16:15; ("Behold, I am coming like a thief. Blessed is the one who stays awake and keeps his clothes, so that he will not walk about naked and men will not see his shame.")
Rev 16:16; And they gathered them together to the place which in Hebrew is called Har-Magedon.

The battle of harmageddon will be the worst war of all mankind. There is much speculation about who the kings of the east are. What is east of Israel?
Iraq, Iran, China, much of Russia, India. Interestingly, it has been recently in the news there are plans to put dams in the Euphrates.

The Seventh Bowl

Rev 16:17; Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl upon the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple from the throne, saying, "It is done."
Rev 16:18; And there were flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder; and there was a great earthquake, such as there had not been since man came to be upon the earth, so great an earthquake was it, and so mighty.
Rev 16:19; The great city was split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. Babylon the great was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of His fierce wrath.
Rev 16:20; And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.
Rev 16:21; And huge hailstones, about one hundred pounds each, *came down from heaven upon men; and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, because its plague *was extremely severe.

Yet another earthquake, so great.... "such as there has never been since man came to be on the earth". Every island and mountain will be gone.
Finally huge hail stones, about 100 pounds each will fall from the sky.

None of these things have happened yet.... but who knows when the tribulation will start?
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