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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. The intense heat seared them, 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 plunged its kingdom into darkness. People in agony gnawed their tongues and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and sores. But they refused to repent of what they had done." (Revelation 16.8-11)✞

Refused to Repent

The SunThe Scriptures interconnect fire and judgment. 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 struck a third of the sun, 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 unbelievers' hostility and hardness of heart. Even when God fully and completely reveals his power, many will still refuse to repent and continue to curse God's name.✞

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 blackness 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 — that people can feel.' 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 "people could feel it." In the countryside in Ontario, Canada, where we lived, there were no city lights on some nights, and it was pitch black!


An Unrepentant CriminalThere is a refrain running through this chapter of Revelation 16. The people on whom these terrors fall curse God, but they refuse to repent, impervious to both God's goodness and severity. 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 from 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"
by Ron Meacock © 2021

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