Revelation:  Things Which Must Be Hereafter
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Rev 16:1  And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.  16:1   Elliott, holding to strict chronological flow, holds that these vials of wrath were not poured out until the Witnesses (Vaudois and Albigenses) had finished their witness, also after the angel had gone forth with the everlasting gospel.  Fleming starts the vials with the Reformation. 16:1   This is, in my opinion, the first and most well documented sign in the whole Book of Revelation.  It is also the only one that is divinely interpreted within Revelation 17 itself.  So, if you are filling out your Revelation puzzle, this is the first piece that you fit into place on your chronological time-line, as every single symbol that is given by John has been explained in a very neat and tight fit into the 1,260 year time-line for the rise and fall of the Papacy.  This Revelation 17 event most certainly fits with great exactness into the time of the French Revolution, as displayed in Revelation 16, Vials one through five.  Given that so much of Revelation 12 and 13 describe this same beast empire, yet in an earlier, more imperial and less religious form, it serves as the foundation post from where we begin to unlock the secrets of the meaning of this entire Book of Revelation.  Strong argument is therefore made that the seals and first four trumpets most probably refer to the fall of Imperial Rome prior to 476 AD.
Rev 16:2  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.  EVENT 26-1st Vial Strong ***** 1755 AD to 1815 AD 16:2   Elliott said the 1st Vial was “that tremendous outbreak of social and moral evil, of democratic fury, atheism, and vice, which characterized the French Revolution (1755-1815) A century before the French Revolution Sir Isaac Newton anticipated that the prevalence of infidelity would in all probability be an instrument in the hand of God for the overthrow of the tyrannical supremacy of the Church of Rome.  Fleming regards the first vial as the first fifty years of the Reformation, from 1517.. Guinness, “History Unveiling Prophecy”, p261 and p190    AND Robert Fleming, "Rise and Fall of The Papacy", P59 16:2  Revelation Puzzle-Part 1 (Introduction-The Papacy)
Rev 16:3  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.  EVENT 27-2nd Vial Strong ***** 1793 AD to 1815 AD 16:3   Sea turned to blood...Elliott and other interpreters consider the sphere of this judgement was a maritime one;  on the maritime power, commerce and colonies of Papal Christendom. (1793-1815).  Fleming, on the other hand, starts earlier, in 1566, and includes in this vial the destruction of the Spanish Armada in 1588, which was much used by the Papacy to express their rule.  I tend to side with Fleming here. Guinness, “History Unveiling Prophecy”, p264    AND Robert Fleming, "Rise and Fall of The Papacy", P60 16:3   Read the article:  "The Apocalyptic Key"
Rev 16:4  And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.  EVENT 28-3rd Vial Strong ***** 1792 AD to 1800 AD 16:4   Albert Barnes notices that four points as to this vial are clear: (i) "That it would succeed the first mentioned, (2) That it would occur in a region where there had been persecution (3) It would be in a country of streams, and rivers, and fountains. (4) It would be a just retribution for the bloody persecutions which had occurred there." 1792-1800 Napoleonic wars in Sardinia, Austria, Northern Italy, Slaughters in papal lands watered by the Alpine fountains and streams, and by the boundary rivers, the Rhine and Upper Danube, followed.  Fleming begins this vial just after 1588, when the Spanish Armada is destroyed, and runs it down to 1648, at the peace of Munster. Guinness, “History Unveiling Prophecy”, p266    AND Robert Fleming, "Rise and Fall of The Papacy", P61 16:4  Revelation Puzzle-Part 1 (Introduction-The Papacy)
Rev 16:5  And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus. 
Rev 16:6  For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy. 
Rev 16:7  And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.  16:7  Revelation Puzzle-Part 1 (Introduction-The Papacy)
Rev 16:8  And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.  Event 29-4th Vial Strong ***** 1810 AD to 1868 AD 16:8   This refers to the wars of Europe following the French Revolution; the wars that preceded the direct attack on the papacy, and the overthrow of the papal Government.  Fleming begins this vial in 1648 and carries it down to 1794, where he predicts that it will pour owt upon France from his year of writing in 1701:  an amazing prediction. Guinness, “History Unveiling Prophecy”, p268    AND Robert Fleming, "Rise and Fall of The Papacy", P63-P70 16:8   It is, to me, weak to confine this vial to the Napoleonic wars in Europe, as we have since gone through two World Wars that utterly devastated Europe.  It seems to me this vial may still be pouring.  Guinness, Elliott, Barnes and others give nothing to distinguish this terrible loss of life from that which came later
Rev 16:9  And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory. 
Rev 16:10  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,  EVENT 30-5th Vial Strong ***** 1793 AD to ? 16:10   The fifth vial is poured out on " the seat of the beast." "We have already seen," says Elliott, "how in the Revolution the Romish clergy suffered. Their means of support was withdrawn by the abolition of tithes, the confiscation of the Church lands, and the destruction of monastic houses. This was followed by the national abolition of the Romish religion, and the razing the churches to the ground.  So was the whole French ecclesiastical establishment broken up. Twenty-four thousand of the clergy were massacred with horrid atrocities ; the terrified remnant fled. Guinness, “History Unveiling Prophecy”, p270 16:10  Revelation Puzzle-Part 1 (Introduction-The Papacy)
Rev 16:11  And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds. 
Rev 16:12  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.  EVENT 31-6th Vial Strong ***** 1810 AD to ? 16:12   The drying up of the Euphrates flood under the sixth vial under the sixth vial had long been understood to refer to the wasting away of the Turkish or Mohammedan power, which according to prophecy, was to follow the judgments of the French Revolution. Guinness, “History Unveiling Prophecy”, p271 16:12   Ottoman empire dissolved 1923, 2,670 years after coronation of Nabonassar in Babylon (7 times), plus 75 plus 75.  This is so similar to the symbols of the sixth trumpet that to me, I see the modern day revival of Turkish-Moslem power as spoken of here in this sixth vial  So, a revived Ottoman Empire may be what we are looking at, with ISIS certainly seeking a revived Caliphate.........THE FUTURE:  Read the article- "Soma-The Tribulation Will Begin In The Slavic Lands, Turkey, Or Both"...   
Rev 16:13  And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.  16:13   Edwards and Barnes say these are Heathenism, Popery and Mohammedanism.  Elliott and others say these are Dragon, Beast and False Prophet:  1)Satan as inspiring infidelity and immorality,.the Dragon of Rev.12 2)The Papacy-the eight head of the revived wild beast power of Rev. 13 and 3)an apostate priesthood, such as minister to the Beast in Rev. 13 Guinness, “History Unveiling Prophecy”, p313
Rev 16:14  For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. 
Rev 16:15  Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. 
Rev 16:16  And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.  Armageddon 16:16        THE PAST---Read the Article:  "Revelation Puzzle-Part 7 (Conclusion For Revelation Chapters 6-18)" to see all of the seals, trumpets, vials and parentical items and how they were fulfilled.  Significant historical events where the assurance is strong that they properly relate to each item are shown in bold print.
Rev 16:17  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.  Event 32-7th Vial ? Still Future 16:17        THE FUTURE----Read The Article:  "Promontory Point-The Place Where The Prophecies Meet".  In this article, I discuss how God began my ministry with an open, Ezekiel style vision that showed a worldwide financial collapse and anarchy would spread out from Paris.  At that time, I knew nothing of the historical significance of the French Revolution.  Now, just as with the US transcontinental railroad, the past (Historicism) and the future (true prophecy) meet and connect at Paris.
Rev 16:18  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 16:19  And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. 
Rev 16:20  And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. 
Rev 16:21  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.