Rev. 10: 7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
Thus , the vials of wrath are a continuation of the Seventh Trumpet, which would fit perfectly with the view that Rev. 12 and 13 are retrogressive reviews of our apocalyptic timeline, which as I have proved they are.
I maintained that the sixth trumpet ended when Constantinople fell on May 29 1453 and then the next years Treaty of Constantinople (1454).
As you will remember, at the end of our exposition of Revelation 11, our consideration of the 1260, 1290, and 1335 years and also the two witnesses ended with the 95 Theses of Luther in 1517, the independence of England under Henry VIII and then the end of The Thirty Years War and the signing of the Treaty of Westphalia 1648.
Thus, let us begin with the introduction to the Seventh Trumpet in Revelation 11:
15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. 16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, 17 Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. 18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth. 19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.
We see here how with the development of the Protestant Reformation the success of the Gospel is becoming exponential. This is emphasized even more in verse 19 where the temple is opened, referring to the access to the true believers in public We also see in verse 18 the tumult of the nations under the general umbrella of the Roman Empire, the ten toes – the ten horns already discussed. The passage emphasizes the judgment of Elohim and his vengeance taken out on Rome for its persecution of his Prophets and saints. And as we have already seen the language of storms, earthquakes and celestial phenomenon refer to the political tumults and the fall of Political powers.
Considering the timeline of this prophecy, we must take into account that the Turkish woe Rev. 9:12, is not said to end until the sounding of the Seventh Trumpet.
Rev. 11: 14 The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.
Thus, with the victories of the Russian Empire in the Russo-Turkish War of 1768-1774 and finalized in the Russo-Turkish War of 1787-1792, the Turkish Woe was over (meaning not that the Turkish Empire was dissolved but that it no longer remained a threat), and the Seventh Trumpet to begin with the French Revolution depicted apocalyptically in the following Chapters of Revelation:
15: 1 And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God. 2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. 3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. 4 Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest. 5 And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened: 6 And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles. 7 And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever. 8 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.
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. 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.
The first vial of wrath refers then to the French Revolution which broke the power of the Roman Church in a great degree. And thus, as the Roman Church is referred to as Sodom and Egypt, Rev. 11:8, the Roman Church would receive the same kind of Judgment as Egypt:
Exo. 9: 8 And the Lord said unto Moses and unto Aaron, Take to you handfuls of ashes of the furnace, and let Moses sprinkle it toward the heaven in the sight of Pharaoh. 9 And it shall become small dust in all the land of Egypt, and shall be a boil breaking forth with blains upon man, and upon beast, throughout all the land of Egypt.
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.
This judgment much like the Second Trumpet in Revelation 8, refers to the dominance of British Royal Fleet during the Napoleanic Wars:
“The French Revolutionary Wars (1793–1801) and Napoleonic Wars (1803–1814 and 1815) saw the Royal Navy reach a peak of efficiency, dominating the navies of all Britain’s adversaries, which spent most of the war blockaded in port. The Navy achieved an emphatic early victory at the Glorious First of June (1794), and gained a number of smaller victories while supporting abortive French Royalist efforts to regain control of France. In the course of one such operation, the majority of the French Mediterranean fleet was captured or destroyed during a short-lived occupation of Toulon in 1793. The military successes of the French Revolutionary régime brought the Spanish and Dutch navies into the war on the French side, but the losses inflicted on the Dutch at the Battle of Camperdown in 1797 and the surrender of their surviving fleet to a landing force at Den Helder in 1799 effectively eliminated the Dutch navy from the war. The Spithead and Nore mutinies in 1797 incapacitated the Channel and North Sea fleets, leaving Britain potentially exposed to invasion, but were rapidly resolved. The British Mediterranean fleet under Horatio Nelson failed to intercept Napoleon Bonaparte’s 1798 expedition to invade Egypt, but annihilated the French fleet at the Battle of the Nile, leaving Bonaparte’s army isolated. The emergence of a Baltic coalition opposed to Britain led to an attack on Denmark, which lost much of its fleet in the Battle of Copenhagen (1801) and came to terms with Britain.”
4 And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood. 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. 6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy. 7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.
Again, the language here bears resemblance to the Third Trumpet judgment in Rev. 8 fulfilled with Attila the Hun in his battles in the river-lands of Gaul, the Rhine and the lands of the Danube:
10 And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;
And we see here in this vial a very similar fulfillment with the Napoleonic Wars traversing much the same ground:
8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. 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.
Again we find a similitude to the Fourth Trumpet:
Rev. 8:12 And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.
As we have already seen, this blotting of the celestial bodies is again, apocalyptic language for the fall of Political Powers. Thus, we have here the Fall of the Holy Roman Empire, and the abdication of Francis II apocalyptically symbolized as the sun, the head of the world’s Catholic Powers, to Napolean after the famous Battle of Austerlitz.
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, 11 And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.
Here we have the target of the next vial of wrath being the seat of the beast, the Vatican and its Papacy. Aside from the well known disestablishment of the Roman Religion during the French Revolution which is an issue of history so obvious to any student of history,
after the Battle of Wagram 1809,
we read of the subsequent events pertinent to our prophecy:
Ridpath, Universal History, Vol. 14,
And yet even after all this judgment and humiliation of the Roman Church it still refused to repent as its apologists are to this day still fervent in their defense of the antichrist exactly as the prophecy predicted.
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.
Thus, we are now returning to the Turkish people as the Euphrates denoted in Rev. 9:14. Here we see denoted the drying up of the Turkish power in order to make way for the
“Kings of the East”. Thus after the French Revolution we must consider the Ottoman Empire.
Just a couple decades after the French Revolution, the Ottoman Empire, in its Muslim identity began to greatly decline, with the Tanzimat period, which introduced strong Secular Reforms which were based on the French Secularization of the French Revolution.
With the Young Turk Revolution in 1908 which emphasized a multi-party democracy, and secularism in general,
The Arab Revolt,
and World War I,
the Ottoman Empire would officially come to an end in 1922 with the Abolition of the Ottoman Sultanate.
However, during the Dissolution of the Ottoman Empire and the decades following the Chinese began their rise to power. With the Xinhai Revolution ending the Qing Dynasty in 1911, and its victory in the Second Sino-Japanese War which included WW2, China would come out of WW2 with the help of America in defeating the Japanese, as an independent state. Soon after WW2 Mao Zedong came to power with the ambition of turning China into a strong industrial Economy. Since then, the Chinese have arisen to the Second Largest Economy in the world behind the United States.
Now, these things regarding the Kings of the East have not all happened yet, so we do not know for sure how this prophecy will be fulfilled. Prophecy is for after the event occurs so that people will believe. It is not for people to rub their egos predicting the future. But this makes the most sense to me given the History of the 20th Century.
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.
Thus, Shatan, the Papacy, and the Catholic Priesthood, primarily the Jesuits, would promote their doctrine of devils 1 Tim. 4:1, with the rise of the Infinite Heliocentric Universe model of Jesuit Lemaitre, the nihilistic, neo-modern, and neo-liberal theology of Jesuits Henri de Lubac, and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, who also trained the modern founder of Liberation Theology Gustavo Gutiérrez, and the racial equality activism of Jesuits John LaFarge, Jr. and Theodore Hesburgh, all the foundations of modern nihilism, sexual degeneracy and atheism had been laid.
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. 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. 16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
And thus, the dominance of the Jesuit Order to this day, has been in the works to create a huge War in their control of the Governments of the World via the Masonic Order, Intelligence Agencies, the Knights of Malta and the Jesuit trained agents that dominate the offices of the Governments of the World.
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. 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. 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. 20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. 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.
Thus, after the great World War III is ended huge Political tumults will take place, the Roman Church will be further fractured, and the economies of the world will be in turmoil.
This is the future we are waiting for and thus, the Vials of Wrath.