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61. Fourth Angel Curse
Revelation 16.8-11

"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 SunFire and judgment are interconnected in the Scriptures. Here in Revelation 16.10, "The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and the sun was allowed to scorch people with fire." The fourth angel is also active earlier in Revelation 8.12, "The fourth angel sounded his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them turned dark. A third of the day was without light, and also a third of the night." The people realize that these new judgments come from God because they curse him for sending them. But still, they refuse to repent and to recognize God's authority. Christians should not be surprised at the hostility and hardness of heart of unbelievers. Even when God fully and completely reveals his power, many will still refuse to repent and continue to curse the name of God.✞

Fourth Terror

The fourth terror is the scorching of the world by the sun. The fifth is 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 other miracle that the people of Israel have light where they dwell, but the Egyptians cannot even see one another. The darkness is so black that "it could be felt." In the countryside in Ontario, Canada, where we live, on some nights there are no city lights, and it is just pitch black!

Unrepentant

An Unrepentant CriminalThere is a refrain running through this chapter of Revelation 16. The men on whom these terrors fall curse God, but they refuse 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 concerned about us and the world which he has made. We are well aware of God's laws and his goodness. 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. Despite everything, we look to the kindness of God upon us.✞

"Fourth Angel Curse"
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by Ron Meacock

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