The war between God and Satan gets real when the first four bowls target followers of the Beast with festering sores (Rev. 16:2). Then seafood dies in a poisoned sea (Rev. 16:3) and drinking water becomes blood to drink repaying them for slaughtering the church (Rev. 16:4-7). Then solar flares scorch with great heat (Rev. 16:8-9).
Imagine the scene. The Dragon and his Nephilim on earth, “scientific Atheism” claiming they and YHWH God and His angels are all extraterrestrials. The BIG LIE? The combined forces of man and Dragon can defeat YHWH (Rev. 16:13-14).
But God proved that a lie, they were powerless against Him. The strong delusion BIG LIE is being contradicted, by reality.
And men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God who has power over these plagues; and they did not repent and give Him glory.(Rev. 16:9 NKJ)
Still convinced they can win, they shake fists wag tongues challenging God: “Is that all you got! Unable to kill us, we’re still standing!” That is how they “blasphemed the name of God”, denying His power and glory.
The Fifth bowl strikes the throne of the Beast casting his kingdom into darkness. Insulting tongues are then gnawed from extreme pain from the sores (Rev. 16:10-11).
Interpreters miss the change, the rebels lost their confidence. Until now they insulted the “name of God” as “weak” (Rev. 16:9), but after God revealed His power He is “the God of heaven”. They still blaspheme, but its clear they gained some respect for His power. Their boasting seems hollow, it lacks the confidence of before.
The Dragon, the Beast and the False Prophet, who seemed invincible, have proved to be powerless against God. But as God did to Pharaoh, permitting magicians delude the Egyptians they could resist (Ex. 7:11-13, 22-23), so God permits unrestrained spiritism inspire the strong delusion of scientific atheism gathering them to Armageddon.
13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
14 For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. (Rev. 16:13-14 NKJ)
The demonic flying frogs symbolize the ufo delusion. The inspired propaganda works, they gather at Armageddon.
The Euphrates / Kings of the East symbolism:
The Euphrates was the divinely ordained easternmost boundary (Gen. 15:18). In Genesis “east” is associated with rebellion:
Movement toward the east in Genesis, consequently, consistently appears in the context of rebellion and sin. Adam and Eve are expelled in an eastward direction from Eden (Gen 3:24), a direction in which the murderer Cain also moves (Gen 4:16) as well as a humanity that refuses to obey God and erects the tower of Babel (Gen 11:2–4). The momentum of catastrophe is finally reversed by Abraham’s movement away from the east toward the west, even as he forbids his family to return east (Gen 24:5–8). Catastrophe continues to strike those who, like Lot, prefer to move eastward (Gen 13:11–13).-Ryken, L., Wilhoit, J., Longman, T., Duriez, C., Penney, D., & Reid, D. G. (2000). In Dictionary of biblical imagery (electronic ed., p. 225). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
Ancient maps put East on top, not North like today. Four angels bound in the river Euphrates are loosed to kill a third part of men, but its their 200 million demonic cavalry (Rev. 9:16-19) that do the actual killing. It follows the four angels were “demonic Kings of the East”, fallen angels from the “sun rising”, spiritual wickedness from heavenly places (Eph. 2:2; 6:12). The Euphrates dried up water representing the restraint of their evil is “now taken out of the way” (2 Th. 2:7) just as it was earlier in Revelation 9:1-3, 14.
Back to the War
Now we connect the dots. Beast followers have lost heart; God easily overcame the combined forces of the Dragon, Beast and False Prophet and their wondrous technology. They were powerless before Him.
The evil triumvirate is clearly losing, confidence of the people slipping away (Rev. 13:4). So a massive propaganda campaign made more convincing by the use of deceiving spirits deluding energy is required to “get everyone back on board”. The spirits do signs and wonders authenticating the lie they can defeat God. Likely, the skies fill with unprecedented UFO spectacle. Rebellious earth is deceived, they join the Beast’s army at Armageddon to fight God (Rev. 16:13-14, 16).
Flash back to sometime after the 3 1/2 years change from Chancellor Adonikam to Emperor 666 Beast
News from the East and North that Russia Turkey Iran and allies destroyed rebuilt Babylon enrages Emperor Adonikam the Assyrian and he builds up his forces for a massive attack re-positioning them in Megiddo and mountains of Israel (Dan. 11:44-45), their proverbial “Waterloo” Armageddon.
The destruction caused a World Wide Depression (Rev. 18:9-11)
The Beast with two horns like a lamb (Britain & America) rise up to join the Beast in his time of need. They create a quantum computing “image of the Beast” AI that networked with all devices is “like God” able to see and hear everything in real time, and kill any who try to harm it.
With the combined military might of Britain and America the Beast “King of the North” puts down the rebellion against his rule. Russia, Iran, Turkey and allies “stand down.”
Flash forward to just before Armageddon
Upon seeing all these things many convert to Christ and all who endure to the end (the arrival of Christ) will be gathered up by Christ’s Holy Angels (Mat. 24:13; Mk. 13:13) even though they missed the rapture:
Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. (Rev. 16:15) KJV
The sign of Christ’s coming is an opening in the heavens (Rev. 19:11) flashing lightning from east to west (Mat. 24:27, 30-31).
He who bears the two edged sword will soon ride through it, with His holy myriads to execute judgment on the ungodly for all the ungodly things they said about Him in an ungodly way (Jude 1:14-15).
God’s Spirit a Mighty Wind shakes the heavens, flying wings of abomination fall from the sky like leaves from a tree. The mighty Nephilim slain where they stand (Is.13:4-13; 24:17-22; 34:1-8; Rev. 6:12-13; 16:17-21).
In terror men see these things, and try to flee but every possible island or mountain of refuge flees (Rev. 16:20).
Then the aerial bombardment begins (Rev. 16:21).
The King has returned to utterly destroy the forces gathered at Armageddon (Rev. 19:11-21; 14:17-20). Blood “even unto horse bridles” symbolizes these died the death, eternal destruction from the presence of the Lord, there is no resurrection to life possible these destined for Second Death (Rev. 20:12-15). Those who accepted the Mark of the Beast or worshiped his image will be eternally tormented (Rev. 14:9-11) along with Satan and his Antichrist Beast and False prophet (Rev. 19:20; 20:10).
The “telescoped prophecy” in the sixth seal included some of the above events, and also includes what happens after Armageddon (Rev. 6:11-17). There is a great shaking (4578 σεισμός seismos) violently shaking the entire matrix of the meta-universe. The Sun becomes black, and moon blood signifying this is the great and terrible day of the LORD (Joel 2:31; Mt. 24:29-31; Mk. 13:24-27). The rapture of the church already happened (Rev. 14:14-16), now Christ sends out His angels to gather all saved after the rapture, the Archangel Michael and forces gather the Elect of the children of Israel (Dan. 12:1; Joel 3:11-16). The stars of the heaven dissolve but Satan’s ufo fleet fall like dead leaves falling to the earth (Rev. 6:13-14; Isa. 34:4. 2Pet. 3:12) slain in the heavens by the strong wind of God the Holy Spirit the Sword of God (Isa. 34:4-5).
The very sky of our matrix will be rolled back like a scroll and everyone yet on earth are in total terror seeking to hide from God Almighty looking down at them (Rev. 6:15-17).
Then the Son of man comes in His glory, the Saints human and angelic are with Him. He has come to judge all who survived these things, to separate the sheep from the goats.
All who vicariously received Him by receiving believers in their time of need, will be saved. All who aided the Beast hunting them down, are cast into everlasting fire:
31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.
32 “All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.
33 “And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on His right hand,`Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35 `for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;
36 `I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying,`Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?
38 `When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?
39 `Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’
40 “And the King will answer and say to them,`Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
41 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand,`Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:
42 `for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink;
43 `I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’
44 “Then they also will answer Him, saying,`Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’
45 “Then He will answer them, saying,`Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’
46 “And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” (Matt. 25:31-46 NKJ)
With this awesome display power, God proved the Big Lie absurd, Satan and his co-conspirators never a chance.
Though they join forces, the wicked will not go unpunished (Prov. 11:21 NKJ)
After this, Christ’s 1,000 year Kingdom on earth is set up. Satan bound for a thousand years. Then another test for mankind, all who found it impossible to live righteously (Rev. 20:1-15). But that is for another post. By the way, the Temple in Ezekiel is clearly symbolic, that’s implicit not only by its size, but also by its divergence from the Laws of Moses. Christ’s sacrifice fulfilled the law and its requirement for animal sacrifice (Dan. 9:24). That too is for another post.