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Chapter II—The Seven Great Last Plagues

“And I saw another sign in heaven, great marvelous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.” Rev. 15-1.

What is a sign for? Nearly all stores have a sign out in front of the store. The sign is in an elevated place, so that people

passing by may know that the store house is just near. The sign is not the store, but is to help us locate the store.The sun in the heavens is a sign lifted very high. It is to testify of the existence of Jehovah—God. The moon is also a sign. It tells of the existence of God. Yea, all the stars, the clouds, and the sky above declare the glory of God, and the firmament showeth his handy work.

“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.” Rom. 1:20.

Here we see that the Whole creation is a sign to prove and show the certain, positive and real existence of the Creator of heaven and the earth.

Now in our text above we have a great and marvelous sign. Seven last plagues that are as sure to come as that God exists. What is meant by a plague? It means some violent judgment from God upon the people for their horrible wickedness.Look what fell on Sodom and Gomorrah! Think of the plagues in Egypt, that God sent upon Pharaoh, because he persecuted God’s people. This very thing is now gathering for those that are fighting against God’s people.

Pharaoh received a strong delusion for his wickedness in fighting against the people of God. We read, “For this cause God shall send them strong delusions that they might believe a lie; that they all might be darned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” God’s wrath was hot against King Saul, because he persecuted David. He prospered for a little while.

God has wrath but it is righteous wrath. The wrath of God has been accumulating against the wicked. Like a steam engine that is getting too full of steam, the engineer lets off a little. So God lets off a little at Sodom, and a little at the flood. And from time to time he pours out some to an end. But in all his mighty judgments he has held back in reserve a portion of his wrath.

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness.”

“What if God willing to show his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction.” Rom. 9:22.

Now in this book of Revelation we have a strange sign, great and marvelous, to represent the omnipotent wrath of God. Is this against God’s righteousness? Is it against his justice? I say, no.
“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. And they sang the song of Moses the servants of God and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true thy ways, thou king of saints. Who shall not fear thee, 0 Lord, and glorify thy name? For all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are’ made manifest.” Verses 2, 3, 4.

“And after that I looked and behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened.” Opened in the Church of Christ.

“And the seven angels came out of the temple, (somewhere in the kingdom), having the seven last plagues— (none after this), clothed in pure white linen, having their breasts girded with golden girdles.”

“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. And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God (his wrath is to glorify him as well as his grace), ‘and from his power; and no man could enter into the temple till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.” Verses 5. 6, 7, 8.

Now there is a set of unbelievers in the world going around telling the people how God is all merciful, and this scripture here is to anticipate that saying “why doth he find fault, for who hath resisted his will?“ Some of God’s people are ready to deny the works of God’s wrath. But God’s people who have the true gospel are going right on and declare that his judgments are true and righteous.

I do not understand God’s Wrath, but I know that the good book teaches that a seven fold portion of his wrath shall be poured upon the wicked who know not God and do not obey him. Burt this will not prevent the nations from coming to worship God. The fourth verse says, “all nations shall come and worship before thee; for they judgment are made manifest.”The temple of the tabernacle was opened. God’s people are to become more united and are going to go to preaching on the horrible judgments of God, that they may take the warning that is for their good.

One of the four beasts gives the seven awful vials. The providence of God in nature will furnish, the terrible changes that is to fulfill this part. The four departments of nature, the mineral, the vegetable, the animal, the human, seem to me to show four beasts, that stood around the throne. One of these in nature, the mineral kingdom, is to furnish the seven bottles of poison that will fill up the seven bottles of God’s holy wrath, that is to be poured out during the time from the first coming of Christ to his second coming.

All the judgments and plagues of God fall upon the earth, not upon heaven, the church. But we will see that Moses had about ten plagues, but now we see seven, which sets forth finality. These are the seven last plagues. Under Moses the plagues went just before the deliverance of Egypt. So now these plagues are just before the final and last, and complete and glorious deliverance.

After these last plagues, then as Moses led the children out of Egypt, so then, and now we are near the mighty and eternal deliverance, of all the antitypical Israelites.

God said to Moses. “I will multiply my signs, and will harden the heart of Pharaoh, in the land of Egypt.” So brethren these plagues are signs of God’s wrath against sin that has refused to let God’s people go. So God is now pouring out his wrath on the earth and man that holds us down till the last enemy—death—shall be wiped out.I believe in signs, because God poured out his signs in Egypt, and now says, “I saw another sign in heaven, seven angels having the seven last plagues.”

Now as these signs come to pass we are to read the history that is written before hand. Who are these plagues to fall on? The plagues of Moses did not fall on God’s people, but fell on their enemies. Not a single plague fell on the children of Israel. So these plagues are to fall on those who know not God and obey not the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.But now I want to refer to the sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over his number of his name. These are the witnesses of Jesus and his people that believe in him and do not worship idols.

They sang the song of Moses and the song of the Lamb. That is they sang the honor and glory of God in his law and justice, as well as the song of redeeming grace in the Lord Jesus. Both must honor and glorify his holy name, all thy works shall praise thee, and thy saints shall bless thee. The work of God in nature, and the works of God in the law as well as grace, shall bless him, that is worship him. Nature does not worship him exactly in the same sense that the saints do. But they must all praise him. They stand on a sea of glass mingled with fire. What is this sea of glass and fire? It is the transparent righteousness of Christ, mingled with the cleansing rod of chastisement of God which is to humble them and from time to time deliver them from the idolatry of the dragon and the beast, and the old mother of harlots—Babylon.

But I contend that God could have kept the Titanic from sinking, yet he let her go down as a just and holy judgment, just exactly where it belonged. Some of God’s people die under mercy. Some people die and no mercy is seen. This is the way that old Pharaoh went down under the plagues that were sent on him in Egypt and the Red Sea. But he did not repent. So these kind do not repent yet, but harden their hearts against the right thing.

“And the fifth angel poured out his vial, or bowl, upon the seal of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain. And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.”

Here we see. Like wet clay they are hardened under the works of the mighty God, when if their hearts were right they would have humbled themselves and repented in sack-cloth and ashes. There was a man and his family in that awful storm at Miami, Fla., last winter that lost all they had in that wicked place, but as he saw the mighty plague of God upon the people he prayed for mercy, and while his wife was frightened almost to death, but it was revealed to the man that God was going to save them and so he became calm and told his wife that they would come out all safe but loose their effects. This man and his wife has since joined the Primitive Baptist church.

When the judgments of God are falling thick and last and men go right on blaspheming God, you know at once they belong to the crowd of Pharaoh’s kinfolks. Who can describe the bloody revolution of France? The awful plague that broke out once over the Roman empire, in Europe, Asia and Africa, land is estimated that (25,000,000) twenty-five million people in Europe died of this plague. But instead of the- general people being humbled as they ‘should, they went to killing thousands of the Jews as they were so full of superstition, that they thought they were to blame for this awful plague on the people.

But we come now to the most striking passage upon this question of the terrible plagues ‘upon this modern age.

“And the sixth angel poured out his vial (or bowl) upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.” Now we are not to take this strange symbol to be literal, neither are we to take any of the others to be literal. But they are great signs to show in a nutshell just what is to come upon the earth and on the people. There is coming a great battle called Armageddon. The kings of the earth are to be prepared for this battle. But we are not to look so much for a natural battle, but something on that line for a figure must be somewhat like the thing that it points to or else it is not a figure of that thing.

This great river is and was the dead line between the ancient eastern and oriental world, and Europe was considered the occidental or western world. So in this sixth or nearly the last vial of the wrath of the eternal God we are to see this dividing line giving away. That is just what is taking place.

The river Euphrates was the dividing line between the Jews and their enemies in Assyria and Persia. Finally the Lord turned these enemies loose on the Jews and soon they were reduced to submission and this proved the end of the freedom of the Jews. So now the time is here when the enemies of the Christian world will be turned loose, and then the time of the end is at hand. The river was supposed to prevent the passage of enemies because of the water, but now in this figure the water is dried up, so we are to know that the road is open for the way of the kings of the east.

“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. For they are the spirits of devils working miracles, which go forth to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of the great day of God Almighty.”Some have thought that the unclean spirits consisted in the following evils. First: Evolution or Higher Criticism, the German Infidelity. This is bad and far reaching. Elder Hassell says: “It has denied the infallibility of the Old and New Testament

scriptures, substituting carnal reason for spiritual faith, nature for God, incarnation, atonement, resurrection, ascension, and the return of the Son of God to earth to raise the dead, etc.

Elder Hassell mentions as second frog, the Russian Bolshevism, the most extreme socialism and anarchy. Then he mentions the Roman Catholic church. These are in some measure the main evils of our day, which is working to destroy every agency for good.

But I must take the position that the frogs are working in the line from which they originated. The first came from the Dragon. Who and what is this Dragon? I claim this to be imperial Rome. The twelfth chapter of this book of Rev. shows that the Dragon that persecuted the woman that was clothed with the sun was the first great enemy that the dear old church of Jesus met up with. This spirit of imperialism brought on the great German war. This same spirit is now working in the Second Beast, United States and Great Britain. These two are today practically ruling the Second Beast that is to do all this final evil that shall fill the world with crime and idolatry. This second Beast is to run till the second coming of Jesus Christ back to the earth.

Two of the greatest evils of earth are these, first, the perversion of temporal government from its right channel to benefit the general people, and the second is this; the perversion of Christianity. Here now is where our greatest danger and trouble lies. No person doubts but what these two very things are now being greatly perverted. Three unclean frogs are now working just exactly in these two lines. The greatest perversion now in religion is no doubt the Roman Catholics. Here I come in line with Elder Hassell to some extent. But she has many daughters, and here lies the danger in Protestant countries. The so-called Protestants have the major sway now in the United States and England. They are traveling as fast as they can hike along toward the Catholics. Formality and infidelity are taking the day with the great body of people. Here are the places that the frogs are working. In society, in religion, and in the Government, here the three frogs are fast poisoning all the Waters. The family no longer guides the life of the child.

Society is fast going the road to destroy the influence of the family rule and control, and when that is done all of her teaching will not be of benefit, but a curse. The child will only be a stronger power for wickedness and shame. Thus the new late frog is fast ruining the homes of the land.

Now I call your attention to another frog, the false religion in the world. The world is getting full of counterfeits. Some would tell us that all are now counterfeits. If there was no true church there would have been a Babylon nor any other false church. So my kind reader there ‘has ever been a true church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “I build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” And again he said, “Ye are a city set upon a hill whose light can not be hid.” The church of Christ is the simplest thing hi the world. The Babylon the mother of harlots is one of the most mysterious things now known on earth. No one could possibly learn just what it would take to make a true member of the main society of

Babylon. What is the use to have society of which you can hardly tell when you are in or when you are out.This religion frog is a queer fellow. He assumes all the different shapes and modes, and can live in the water or out of the water. He will take sprinkling for baptism or he will take immersion for baptism. He is like the schoolteacher that could teach either the flat system, or the round system.

He will take salvation by grace or he will take salvation by works. He believes the truth and more too. And this more too is to destroy the real truth of God. These frogs were to go to the kings of the earth and to the whole world. That’s what modern missions is doing now. They follow with the same great steamboat that takes our Ambassador to the foreign country. The same boat also takes the agent for the great commercial organization of the merchants of the earth, that not only robs the poor Chinaman out of his silk, but also dodges the main part of the high tariff, and then robs the home people by mixing this silk with cotton and then selling it for silk.

The great foreign mission board makes arrangements with the kings of the earth, to work in his territory under the protection of our foreign Ambassador to that foreign government. Thus they go forth to the kings of the earth to gather together to the battle of the great day of God Almighty. Notice how this foreign frog also goes to the whole world. Yes this is the thing

that they claim is to be done. Get the whole world into this affair. Now if it indeed got the heathen into Christ that would not be a frog. But do they do so? I say no. They make him two fold more the child of delusion than they themselves. They surely compass land and sea to make a proselyte, but not a child of God. For even the true gospel is not to make sheep but to

feed them. Here is the great frog doctrine in the nutshell, that they think they will make sheep for God. But Jesus told Peter to feed the sheep. Surely if any could make sheep, the twelve apostles could, but they were to feed the lambs and to feed the sheep.

It is my idea that this last work of the frogs is the work connected with the sixth vial of God’s wrath. And as the river Euphrates is introduced, it seems to show that the main place where this thing of a terrible war will be in some countries around the boundary of Europe and Asia.There is where the greatest conflicts of earth have been started. Near the Black sea is where the first great conflict was set up the council of Nice. Near there many kings have lost their lives.There is no real intelligence in the noise around a frog pond. There are coarse voices and finer voices, and they may have some significance, as Paul says there is no sound but has some  signification. But unless these sounds connect so as to convey some intelligence, there is no meaning, nor information imparted. What then is it? Confusion. This is exactly why Babylon means confusion to us.

This religious frog is the most dangerous frog of all because it becomes a kind of a woman and gets a ravenous beast trained to kill people and murder even some sixty million of them as if she was doing a religious act. You see that is confusion. Sure enough it is, but this proves it to be of the devil and that Babylon mentioned in the eighteenth chapter of Revelation, that is to receive double the punishment that she has inflicted upon others. She is to go down like casting a mill stone into the sea.

GOD DELIVERS

It was true that Hezekiah and his army could not withstand Sennacherib and his army; but when the omnipotent God took a hand, 185,000 of Sennacherib’s men perished in a night and his enterprise came to an end. Read 2 Kings 18th and 19th chapters.

The Assyrian came down—like the wolf on the fold,
And his cohorts were gleaming in purple and gold;
And the sheen of their spears were like stars on the sea,
When the blue wave rolls nightly on deep Galilee,
Like the leaves of the forest when summer is green,
host with their banners at sunset were seen;
Like the leaves of the forest when autumn hath blown,
host on the morrow lay withered and strown.
For the Angel of Death spread his wings on the blast,
And breathed in the face of the foe as he passed;
And the eyes of the sleepers wax’d deadly and chili,
And their hearts but once heaved, and forever grew still!
And there lay the steed with his nostrils all wide,
But through it there rolled not the breath of his pride;
And the foam of his gasping lay white on the turf,
And cold as the spray of the rock-beating surf.
And there lay the rider distorted and pale,
With ‘the dew on his brow and the rust on his mail;
And the tents were all silent, the banners alone,
The lances uplifted, the trumpets un-blown.
And the widows of Ashur are loud in their wail,
And the idols are broke in the temple of Baal;
And the might of the Gentile, un-smote by the sword,
Hath melted like snow in the glance of the Lord.
-—Byron.
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