Bowl 5, Darkness, Revelation Chapter 16 Verses 10-11 (NASB)

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    And the FIFTH ANGEL poured out his bowl upon the throne of the BEAST;

As you may recall, this throne was acquired from the DRAGON (Revelation 13:2). It appears as though the effects of this bowl's judgments spread outward throughout the all of the BEAST's kingdom (Matthew 4:1-11). Scholars have differing views as to how large this kingdom is. The views range among localized around Babylon (verse 19), the nations "visible" from the high mountain in the wilderness (Matthew 4:8-11), or the whole world.

There is one truth that is clear: God knows where this throne is (Revelation 2:13).

    and 1) his KINGDOM became DARKENED;

Check out the Old Testament version of this bowl judgment (Exodus 10:21-23). Note how movement is restricted for three days ... quite a challenge for our present day, very mobile society. This doesn't mean that this judgment is over in three days. A time span is not given for any of these bowl judgments.

Prophetically, DARKNESS is a destination for the enemies of God (Nahum 1:2-8). DARKNESS is located near the valley of decision (Joel 3:9-14-16). In the previous verse, those remaining on this earth after the fourth bowl had made a decision to NOT REPENT!

    and 2) they gnawed their tongues because of pain,

How appropriate the very tongue that blasphemes God (next verse) gets the "chewing out".

Science is just now beginning to understand how darkness runs down the physical body. Your strongest sense, sight, is useless, and the body becomes worn out trying to catch the dimmest ray of light. This takes its toll emotionally too.
    and they BLASPHEMED the God of HEAVEN because of their PAINS and their SORES;

This is difficult for us to understand. We usually cry out to the Lord in time of great difficulty. Even unbelievers will request prayer in times of great distress. But these people do just the opposite. They BLASPHEME the very God of heaven who could RESCUE them.

This isn't just any god they BLASPHEME; this is the God of HEAVEN (the highest dwelling place of God, the place of His Throne (Revelation 4:2), His ark of Covenant (Revelation 11:19), and the altar (Revelation 16:7)).

    and THEY DID NOT REPENT of their DEEDS.

The DEEDS most specifically are referring to their BLASPHEMING God but may include other acts of irreverence. This is the last CHANCE, apparently, for these people to REPENT because the word "REPENT" is not used anymore in the Revelation text.

These people are at their valley of decision (Joel 3:9-14-15) and openly and verbally CHOOSE to follow the antiChrist. By this time, the conscience is very numb or nonexistent. Society has lost its moral code and only knows the PAINS and SORES they are suffering are because of these bowl judgments. Lest we think this isn't possible in America, there is an organization determined to get the 10 Commandments, a good set of moral codes, removed from public buildings. By this time, I can guarantee that the antiChrist has had every plaque or inscription that refers to GOD removed. How fitting that DARKNESS (previous verse), which is equivalent to the spiritual unenlightenment that these people have, be the judgment for this lost moral code.
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