“And, behold, the third woe cometh quickly (14b.).”
These woes are primarily for the disobedient children of wrath. They had once heard the gospel and believed for a time but have fallen of altogether, In their eagerness to make themselves count among the worldly they are also vocal in treating God more as a bogy and a cruel unjust God. Their preoccupation with world had dulled their spiritual sensitivity to dismiss the word of God as inconsistent with spirit of the times. Naturally they are pressed in service by the power of the prince of the power of air. So the first woe sounded by the fourth trumpet is to set his realm in a bad light. “Light of the sun moon and the stars is cut by one third; due to disruption in thermal currents smoke, probably methane gas belching out from the ocean floors thicken the air; As a result man’s rational judgment is affected. More than a million in Europe by the present count are likely to meet premature deaths. So we are already seeing its effect slowly adding up. When the sixth trumpet sounds the second woe would set to work and it is in terms of depopulating the earth by one third.
“And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever (v.15)”.
The world aged and devastated by cumulative sin of the ungodly in terms of mismanagement neglect and rank violence shall be in a twinkling repossessed by God. Of this we read thus, “Fall on us, and hide us…from the wrath of the Lamb (Re,6:16-17).” It shall be too late for the living to realize all their enterprises on the earth were spent to worship an empty god,- mammon or whatever name the power of the prince of the power of air would have assumed. Satan and his cohorts shall be contained for good. ‘There were voices in heaven, which we have read previously, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory honor and power: (Re.4:11;5:13-14)”
16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, (vv.16-18)
Memorial in heaven shall continue as foreordained and they are, in a manner of speaking the Book of remembrance for the saints and blessed nations who shall walk in the light of eternity (Re.21:24). In their continual thanksgiving and praise before the throne of God no memory of the consequences of fall of man shall be found. “And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth (v.18)”.
“And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament:… (v.19a).”
Testimony of God is forever. “The foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his (2 Ti.2:19).” The Ark of the Covenant or testament refers to the Jewish standpoint by which the Spirit validates the two witnesses of Jesus Christ,- grace and truth as having preserved the testimony of Almighty God as a memorial in heaven.
“And there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail(v.19b).
This expression,’lightenings, voices, thunderings’ as was discussed earlier refers to the covenant God made with Israel and the Law of Moses. So it is from Jewish angle we had hitherto examined the wrath of the Lamb.