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The Sixth Bowl (Euphrates Dried Up)
The sixth bowl dries up the Euphrates river to make way for the kings of the east. Demons go out to the nations of the earth to gather them for the battle with God. It takes a very depraved mind or a strong deception to trick people into believing that they can defeat the God of the universe in a battle with mortal weapons.
● The Euphrates river dries up
● The Euphrates is used by the armies to the east to travel to Armageddon
● Demons gather kings together in Israel at Armageddon
“Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared. 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. 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. Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.” And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon.”
The Euphrates is the longest and one of the most historically important rivers of Western Asia. Together with the Tigris, it is one of the two defining rivers of Mesopotamia. It is approximately 2,800 km (1,700 mi) long. The Euphrates receives most of its water in the form of rainfall and melting snow, resulting in peak volumes during the months April through May. Since rain and snow is the primary source of the river it’s likely that the extreme heat in the 4th bowl prevents snow and therefore assists in the drying up of the river. That isn’t to say that there won’t be other reasons why it dries up such as dam construction or supernatural intervention. Currently the Euphrates restricts movement from the east to the west due to its large width which ranges from about 45m (147ft) to about 2.7km (1.67mi) at its widest point.
Gathering Against God
To finish off this bowl, demons will go out to the ends of the earth from the satanic trinity and gather together the nations in Armageddon to battle God. They absolutely cannot win against an eternal God who made them, the earth and the universe. The likeliest reason why they believe they have a chance against God is all the movies that come out of Hollywood depicting humans defeating aliens and gods who attempt to invade. That, plus the fact they will be deceived by demons. As we know God will destroy them with the brightness of His coming.
Coming as a Thief
Verses 15 and 16 in Revelation 16 are a parentheses between the 6th and the 7th bowl, just like between the 6th and 7th seals and the 6th and 7th trumpets. It does NOT mean that this is the point when the rapture occurs – although if you’re following along in the tribulation you would already know this.
○ Dried Up
● Nahum 1:4 “He rebukes the sea and makes it dry, and dries up all the rivers.”
● Genesis 8:7 “Then he sent out a raven, which kept going to and fro until the waters had dried up from the earth.”
● Joshua 2:10 “For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt”
● Joshua 4:23 “for the Lord your God dried up the waters of the Jordan before you until you had crossed over, as the Lord your God did to the Red Sea, which He dried up before us until we had crossed over,”
If you understand the way the Bible is set out with its heptadic structure there could be a potential time gap here between the 6th and the 7th bowls.
If this post has made an impact on your life and you want to take the next step, head to:
Part 1 – Introduction
Part 7 – Left Behind?
Part 10 – Post Rapture Steps
Part 13 – The Tribulation (First Half)
Part 30 – Mid Tribulation
Part 38 – Armageddon
For a full list of the parts, see the bottom of Part 1.