“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 the 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.”
This is another of God’s judgments that are two-fold.
The Great Euphrates River literally drys up.
The Euphrates river is allowed to dry up to prepare the way for the kings of the east to come for the last and final battle on planet earth – the battle of Armageddon. The kings of the east are China and several other Asian nations.
The second part of this judgment is symbolic in context and points to three (3) unclean spirits “frogs” that come out of the Dragon (Satan) The Beast (The Antichrist) and the False Prophet.
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The common feature of this passage is “the great river Euphrates” (v. 12). Here, instead of 200 million cavalry (REV 9:16-17), John sees “the kings from the East” coming across the Euphrates, representing the kings of the whole world assembling for a great battle at Armageddon, which is a place, and not the name of the great battle, and here three evil spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet. Source Biblegateway.com
Three Frogs. Unclean Spirits. Evil Spirits.
The evil spirits of this verse are literally “unclean spirits, fallen angels ” Their identity is not given, but will have great power to perform “signs” we don’t know what signs these unclean spirits will perform before the kings of the world, but whatever they may be, they are enough to rally their troops and people to a point that they will begin to assemble and travel to the Valley of Megiddo in Israel.
The Central Jezreel Valley.
Jezreel means “God will Sow.” Roughly 380 square kilometers in size, is boardered on the north by the Nazareth mountains and Mount Tabor, on the east and south by Mount Gilboa and the mountains of Samaria respectively, and on the west by Mount Carmel.
The word Armageddon conjures up twentieth-century images that are mostly foreign to the book of Revelation. The term in its immediate context refers not to a battle, but to a place.
Armageddon, or “Harmagedon,” was as strange to the book’s original readers as it is to us today. It is a Hebrew name in a Greek book and, unlike the Hebrew name “Abaddon” (9:11), is given in Hebrew only, without a Greek translation. The first syllable, har, is the Hebrew word for “mountain,” so that the name could be read “mountain of Mageddon” or “mountain of Megiddo.”
In the Bible, Megiddo was the name of a fortified city and a plain in northern Palestine present day Northern Israel,The plain of Megiddo was strategically located, a kind of natural battlefield and the scene of one notably disastrous battle, the defeat of King Josiah at the hands of Pharaoh Neco of Egypt (2 Kings 23:29-30; 2 Chron 35:20-24).
Megiddo is mentioned twelve times in the Old Testament, ten times in reference to the ancient city of Megiddo, and twice with reference to “the plain of Megiddo”, most probably simply meaning “the plain next to the city”.
John’s prophetic voice suddenly gives way to the voice of Jesus himself (v. 15). It is the first time Jesus has spoken directly since dictating the seven messages of chapters 2 and 3, and his words sound very much like words from those messages: “Behold, I come like a thief! Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, so that he may not go naked and shamefully exposed.” This word of warning to the book’s readers comes very abruptly in its context. Probably the reference to the great day of God Almighty (v. 14) suggested the image of “the day of the Lord,” which in early Christian instruction was said to come “like a thief in the night,” a tradition known to both Paul and his readers in 1 Thessalonians 5:2 (compare also Matt 24:43 and Luke 12:39).
For John’s readers the words represent a hopeful time shift from that near future day, when, too late for repentance, the world moves inexorably to its doom, back to a present in which there is still time to “Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die,” so as to walk with Jesus “dressed in white” (3:2, 5).
Either you’re on God’s side–the victorious side–or perish with those who are deceived by the dragon, the beast and the false prophet. Article snippets Source: Biblegateway.com