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*** What is said of
those who worship the beast and his image and receive his mark?
“If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark
in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of
the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of
his indignation.” Rev. 14:9, 10.
*** What is the wrath
“And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven
angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the
wrath of God.” “And one of the four beasts gave unto the
seven angels seven golden
vials full of the wrath of God, who
liveth forever and ever.” Rev. 15:1, 7.
*** Will there be any
service in the heavenly temple while these plagues are being poured out?NOTE. This
shows that during the pouring out of these plagues, there will be no
intercession for sinners in the temple above; hence the time of salvation
will then be passed. This is the reason why it is said by the third angel
that those who receive the mark of the beast will have visited on them the
wrath of God “without mixture;” that is, without any mixture of
mercy. It also presents the fact that the message of the third angel is to
be the last special one before the close of probation.
“And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and
from His power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the
seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.” Rev. 15:8.
*** Will probation have
been closed for a period when Christ comes?NOTE. If all,
both good and bad, remain as they are from a certain time to the coming of
Christ, still future (a short time called “quickly”), it follows
that before He comes, there will be a space of time in which no one’s
condition can be changed for the better, no matter how earnestly he may
desire it. As it was in the days before the flood, so it will be in this
case. God did not suffer the door of the ark to remain open till the day
of the flood actually came; for then thousands would have flocked into it,
to be saved, who had derided Noah’s message. Noah was shut into the ark
some days before the flood came, even while the sky was clear. The act of
shutting him and his companions in, shut all others out, and they could
not afterward change their situation. So it will be in the future:
probation will close even before the plagues of God begin to fall.
“He that is unjust, let him be unjust still; and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still; and he that is righteous,
let him be righteous still; and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
And, behold, I come quickly.” Rev. 22:11, 12.
*** What will be the
first plague, and on whom will it fall?
“And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and
there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of
the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.” Rev. 16:2.
*** How many will
worship the beast?NOTE. Then
the plague will be nearly universal.
“And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names
are not written in the book of life.” Rev. 13:8.
*** What will
constitute the second plague?
“And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea, and it became
as the blood of a dead man; and every living soul died in the sea.” Rev. 16:3.
*** What will be the
“And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and
fountains of waters; and they became blood.” Rev. 16:4.
*** Why will the Lord
give them blood to drink?NOTE. That
is, those who have opposed the commandments of God, and in trying to drive
the saints to worship the beast and his image and receive his mark, have
caused their death, either actually or intentionally, will be given blood
“For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and
thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.” Rev. 16:6.
*** What will the
fourth plague bring?
“And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power
was given unto him to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with
great heat.” Rev. 16:8, 9.
*** What will be the
effect of the fifth?
“And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the
beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues
for pain.” Rev. 16:10.
*** What promise
applies at this time to those who have loved the truth?
“A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right
hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou
behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the Lord,
which is my refuge, even the Most High, thy habitation; there shall no
evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.” Ps. 91:7-10.
*** What takes place
under the sixth plague?
“And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river
Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings
of the East might be prepared.” Rev. 16:12.
*** When the seventh
angel pours out his vial, what is heard?
“And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there
came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne,
saying, It is done.” Rev. 16:17.
*** Whose is this
“The Lord shall roar from on high, and utter His voice from His
holy habitation; He shall
mightily roar upon His habitation; He shall give a shout, as they that
tread the grapes, against all the inhabitants of the earth.” Jer. 25:30.
*** What then takes
“And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there
was a great earthquake such as was not since men were upon the earth,
so mighty an earthquake, and so great.” Rev. 16:18 (Haggai 2:21)
*** What accompanies
“And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every
stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the
plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.” Rev. 16:21.
*** What will the
people of God do in this time?
“The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter His voice from
Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake; but the Lord will
be the hope of His people, and the strength of the children of
Israel.” Joel 3:16.
*** To prepare the
people for this terrible time, what will the Lord send beforehand?
The third angel’s message.
*** At the expiration
of this message, what will take place?
The close of probation, and the seven last plagues.
*** What will then come
upon those who have rejected that message? send
a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for
water, but of hearing the words of the Lord; and they shall wander
from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to
and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it.” Amos 8:11-12.
“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I
*** When the people
shall thus cry for the bread of life, what will the Lord say to them?
“Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out My
hand, and no man regarded; but ye have set at nought all My counsel, and
would none of My reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will
mock when your fear cometh.” Prov. 1:24-26.
*** How does the
Saviour represent the condition of such?
“When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to
the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying,
Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you
not whence ye are.” Luke 13:25.
*** Is not the third
angel’s message, then, an important one for this generation?
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