Verse By Verse Through Revelation (16:11-15)

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11 and blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, yet they did not repent of their actions.

The people who received the mark of the beast (666) cursed God instead of repenting which confirmed that they were committed to Satan even though they knew that God had defeated their leader, the Antichrist. He was of no help to those whom he deceived against God’s judgments.


12 The sixth poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the east.

The phrase, “The sixth poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates” refers to the stage being prepared for the heaven and earth war, see Revelation 19:19.


13 Then I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming from the dragon’s mouth, from the beast’s mouth, and from the mouth of the false prophet.

This three unholy trinity will give the command to send out demons into the four corners of the earth to deceive those who are in a high position to mobilize them with an enormous army to fight against Jesus Christ with His army when He comes to earth to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords, see Revelation 20:1-2, 4..


14 For they are spirits of demons performing signs, who travel to the kings of the whole world to assemble them for the battle of the great day of God, the Almighty.

It seems that the leaders are only convinced through signs and miracles. That is why deception is so effective. It takes your focus away from the Biblical Truth and into the sign being performed.

This is exactly what is occurring within the Catholic Church, they see the statues of Mary crying blood, images in the skies but yet, they disregard the warning of Holy Scripture against idolatry.


15 “Look, I am coming like a thief. The one who is alert and remains clothed so that he may not go around naked and people see his shame is blessed.”

The word alert and clothed refers to the same thing. It means to make sure that you are walking in step with the Word of God and are watchful through prayer.

Insight: Naked

Nakedness in Scripture refers to sin (Isaiah 47:3).

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The Danger Of Compromising

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Compromise

-When a believer does it-

This is what the word truly means to me.

CompromiseTo Believe that God’s Word is the truth but indirectly is being rejected for the sake of someone’s feelings.

What ends up happening is that an argument or issue is put above the truth which pulverizes it to powder in a believer’s life. Now, they dangerously drift a long distance from the truth and the longer they stay there, the more of a possibility that apostasy will take place.

Hebrews 10:36-39

36 For you need endurance, so that after you have done God’s will, you may receive what was promised.
37 For yet in a very little while, the Coming One will come and not delay.
38 But My righteous one will live by faith; and if he draws back, I have no pleasure in him.
39 But we are not those who draw back and are destroyed, but those who have faith and obtain life.

“For you need endurance” All believers in Jesus Christ need to endure in the truth regardless of the outcome. If you notice, in the same verse it equates endurance with accomplishing God’s will. If we compromise how can you glorify the Lord since it will keep you from doing His will.

“But My righteous one will live by faith” What is faith? Faith, first of all, comes by hearing the Gospel of Christ Jesus as seen in Romans 10:17 which says, So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the message about Christ.

Second, faith must continue in God’s Word which feeds it as seen in Matthew 4:4 which says, But He answered, “It is written: Man must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

Compromising the truth will cause your faith in Jesus to become undernourished.

“and if he draws back, I have no pleasure in him.” Compromising the truth of Scripture causes the individual’s faith to draw back from the source (God) who strengthens it because it is connected to His Word, thus if one is tossed so goes the other. God abhors a compromiser. 

In verse 39, it clearly gives us hope that the Holy Spirit will keep us from compromising the truth and from drawing back away from Christ.

How Deception Works

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Satan is always hanging around and ready to deceive you

The Lord spoke to me this morning to share with you guys the working of deception. I would like to show a quick illustration.

Let us say that you walk into an office full of people for either an interview or to speak to a few of them. Immediately they start to reject you and say all kinds of evil against you. You become bewildered by their assessment of your character. You ask them, “where did you get that information about me? Who told you these things because it is not true?” 

What happened was that someone got to those people first before you arrived. That person spoke untruth about you as it was the truth. So when you came to see them they already were convinced of the type of person that was said about you. 

That illustration is seen in 2 Corinthians 4:4 which says, 4 In their case, the god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers so they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 

Satan works by blinding a person’s mind which is understood by convincing them that his message or his version of the truth is the correct one. Once a person is persuaded by a false message as the truth, when that which is The Truth comes to them, they will perceive it as false and thus reject the Biblical view of the person of Jesus Christ. Remember, that the person of Jesus is in question here because if you get Jesus wrong, it doesn’t matter which other parts of the Bible Satan allows (without attacking you in those areas) for you to get right because it won’t save you. 

Whatever you read online always check them with Scripture to make sure it is Biblically sound. Do not allow yourself to be deceived in some areas of Scripture but meditate on His Holy Word every day to be equipped with a special filter which captures everything that’s harmful to your faith.