Blessed is he that watches, and keeps his
garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame." Verse 15.
15. What takes place under the seventh plague?
"And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air. . . . And there
were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great
earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake,
and so great. And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the
nations fell." Verses 17-19.
16. What accompanies the earthquake?
"And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the
weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the
plague thereof was exceeding great." Verse 21. See Job 38:22,23; Ps. 7:11-13.
17. What will the Lord he to His people at this time?
"The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter His voice from Jerusalem; and the
heavens and the earth shall shake: but the Lord will be the hope of His people, and the
strength of the children of Israel." Joel 3:16. See Jer. 25:30,31; Haggai 2:21;
Heb. 12:26; Ps. 91:5-10.
NOTE.-To prepare His people and the world for these terrible judgments, the Lord, as in
the days of Noah, sends a warning message to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people.
See Rev. 14:6-10.
18. Just before the pouring out of the plagues, what call does God send to His
people still in Babylon?
"And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, My people,
that you be not partakers of her sins, and that you receive not of her plagues. For
her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities." Rev.
18:4,5. See Gen. 19:12-17; Jer. 51:6.
NOTE.-As before the flood, many of God's people will doubtless be laid away to rest
shortly before the time of trouble. See Isa. 57:1; Rev. 14:13. Referring to the time
before the Flood, an ancient book says: "And all men who walked in the ways of the
Lord, died in those days, before the Lord brought the evil upon man which He had declared,
for this was from the Lord, that they should not see the evil which the Lord spoke of
concerning the sons of men."-Book of Jasher 4:20. See also chapter 5:21 of the same
19. How suddenly will the plagues come upon modern Babylon?
"Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and
famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judges
her. . . . For in one hour is thy judgment come." Rev. 18:8-10.
20. What famine will come at this time upon those who have rejected God's messages
"Behold, the days come, says the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the
land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord:
and they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run
to and fro to seek the Word of the Lord, and shall not find it." Amos 8:11,12. See
Luke 13:25; Prov. 1:24-26; Heb. 12:15-17.
21. What announcement is made under the seventh plague?
"And there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne,
saying, It is done." Rev. 16:17.
NOTE.-God made man to bless him. Gen. 1:28. When His blessings are abused, He withholds
them, to teach men their source and their proper use. Haggai 1:7-11. Judgments are sent
that men may learn righteousness." Isa. 26:9; 1 Kings 17:1. That men do not repent
under the plagues is no evidence that God has ceased to be merciful and forgiving. They
simply demonstrate that all have determined their destiny, and that even the severest
judgments of God will not move the ungodly and impenitent to repentance.
22. Just preceding Christs second coming, what solemn decree will go forth
showing that the cases of all have been decided?
"He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be
filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy,
let him be holy still. And, behold, I come quickly; and My reward is with Me, to give
every man according as his work shall be." Rev. 22:11,12.
23. What psalms seem to have been written especially for the comfort and
encouragement of God's people during the time of the seven last plagues?
Psalms 91 and 46. See also Isa. 33:13-17.