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Hounslow Christian Fellowship - Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit saith the Lord
"And I heard a loud voice from the temple,saying to the seven angels,go and pour out the seven bowls of the wrath of God into the earth" Rev 16:1.

"And the first angel went and poured out his bowl into the earth and it became a malignant sore on the men who had the mark of the Beast and who worshipped his image".
Just as in India,idol worshippers wear the mark on their foreheads as a sign of the god they worship so the worshippers of Antichrist, bear his mark on their foreheads.

This bowl was poured out on the sea which became like the blood of a dead man causing every living creature in it to die.
The divine power that turned to blood the mighty Nile(Exo 7:20) can turn to blood the sea into which the Nile flows(the Mediterranean)

The third bowl was poured out on the rivers and springs of water and they became blood.The shedding of the blood of saints and prophets during the fifth seal had been literal.Now their persecutors were forced to drink blood to survive or die.In the same way the Egyptians, who had killed the Hebrew children,were given blood to drink as judgment.

This bowl was poured out on the sun causing it to scorch men on earth with fire.Instead of repenting,they blasphemed the God Whom they knew had caused the the scorching.

The fifth bowl was poured out on the Beast and his kingdom,which became darkened and men gnawed their tongues in pain.
This type of darkness is likely the same as that which afflicted Egypt when "they saw not one another,neither arose anyone from his place(Exo 10:23)and was described as darkness which they could feel. Scripture shows that Antichrist's centre and throne will be in Babylon(just south of Baghdad in Iraq) as will be shown in our study of Rev chs 17 and 18.

"And the sixth angel poured out his bowl upon the great River,the Euphrates,and its water was dried up,that the way might be prepared for the kings from the East".
Now the area against which these judgments is directed is not merely here hinted at but already stated.It is "the great river"the"Euphrates".From Gen 2:14 to Jer 51:63 this river is mentioned 19 times.The kings that come from the East(Greek "sunrising")are the kings of the Medes,usually considered to be the modern-day Kurds.
Now this sixth bowl describes the close of the career of the Antichrist.From Daniel 11:21 to the end of the chapter we see the actions of Antichrist(King of the North) in the end days.In Dan 11:41 we read,"tidings out of the north and east shall trouble him(Antichrist)".He is at that time in Egypt,but news from the north and east will cause him to return to his centre.Isa 13:17 and Jer 51:11,28 show that at that same time " the kings of the Medes" will attack Babylon,Antichrist's capital.Media lies east of the Euphrates,its kings will therefore come against Babylon from the east.The drying up of the Euphrates will remove the obstacle for a rapid attack from the east.
It is possible that the wars,famines plagues and destructions of the last days will wreck modern warfare weapons and armies will be forced to use weapons used in ancient times as is indicated in Ezek 39:9,10,the weapons of the army of Gog.If such weapons of warfare are used,it would be even more necessary for an army to have a clear passage over the Euphrates.

This destruction of a rebuilt Babylon is described in Jer chs 50 and 51 and Rev ch 18.It is interesting to note that Sadam Hussein, when he was alive, restored and rebuilt Nebuchadnezzar's Babylon.

After Antichrist's centre is destroyed,he will make his centre "between the seas and the Holy Mountain(Zion)".Dan 11:45.

In Isa 11:15,16 we read:"Jehovah shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea and with His scorching wind shall He shake His hand over the River(Euphrates)and shall smite it into seven streams and cause men to march over dry-shod.And there shall be a highway for the remnant of His people which shall remain,from Assyria,like as there was for Israel in the day that he came out of the land of Egypt".Thus we see that the reason for the drying up of the Euphrates is not only to help the invaders who will come against Babylon but that the Jews who have been sent into captivity by Antichrist(Zech 14:2) into Babylon,may return to Palestine.Isa 11:11.
Assyria and Babylon in ancient times were considered to be the same area.

To be continued