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Fourth Angel Curse
(Revelation 16.8-11)
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"The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and the sun was allowed to scorch people with fire. They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify him. The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness. People gnawed their tongues in agony and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done." (Revelation 16.8-11)

Refused to Repent

The SunThe people realized that these judgments came from God because they cursed him for sending them. But still they refused to repent and to recognize God's authority. Christians should not be surprised at the hostility and hardness of heart of unbelievers. Even when the power of God is fully and completely revealed, many will still refuse to repent and continue to curse the name of God. The fourth terror was the scorching of the world by the sun, the fifth was the coming of thick darkness reminiscent of the darkness which came upon Egypt in Exodus 10.21-23. "Then the Lord said to Moses, 'Stretch out your hand toward the sky so that darkness spreads over Egypt — darkness that can be felt.' So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and total darkness covered all Egypt for three days. No one could see anyone else or move about for three days. Yet all the Israelites had light in the places where they lived." We note the miracle that the people of Israel had light where they dwelt but the Egyptians could not even see one another. The darkness was so black that "it could be felt." This reminds me of where we live in the countryside when on some nights there are no city lights and it is just pitch black!

Where they Dwelt

An Unrepentant CriminalIn Revelation 16, we had a refrain running through this chapter. The men on whom these terrors fell cursed God, but they refused to repent, impervious alike to the goodness and to the severity of God. We are bound to ask ourselves whether we are different. We do not doubt the existence of God, we know that God is interested in us and in the world which he has made, we are well aware of God's laws, we know his goodness and we know as in Romans 11.22 "The kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off." Sin has its punishment, and yet time and time again we go on our own selfish and sinful ways.

"Fourth Angel Curse"
by Ron Meacock

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