The last four bowls poured out in Rev. 16 are upon:
The Sun (King Cyrus, or Koresh, “The Sun”)
The Throne of the Beast
The River Euphrates (Diverting the River)
The Air (Conquest of Babylon)
These four are patterned historically after the original history of the Persian conquest of Babylon. First, Cyrus came to power in 550 B.C., as the rising of “The Sun.” Next, he overthrew the thrones of Medea and Lydia (546 B.C.). Next, his army diverted the river Euphrates in order to enter the city of Babylon through the river (537 B.C.) Last, this led to the conquest of Babylon, ruled spiritually by “the prince of the power of the air” (Eph. 2:2).
Diverting the River Euphrates
Queen Nitocris was the mother of the biblical Belshazzar (Dan. 5:1). On the night Babylon fell, when the hand wrote on the palace wall, it was this queen who remembered Daniel and pulled him out of retirement to interpret the dream (Dan. 5:10-12).
Years earlier, Queen Nitocris wanted to build a bridge over the Euphrates to connect the two halves of Babylon. Up to that time, the people had to use boats to ferry the people across the river. So first she had her workmen dig a huge basin 47 miles in circumference just north of the city. At the same time she prepared large stones for the bridge. When all was ready, a canal was dug from the river to the basin, and the water was diverted. This allowed them to set the stones in the dry river bed to build the bridge over the Euphrates.
Babylon itself was a city foursquare with each side nearly 14 miles in length and a total circumference of 56 miles. The wall itself was 85 feet thick and 300 feet high. Herodotus tells us in Book 1 of The Histories,
“On the top of the wall they constructed, along each edge, a row of one-roomed buildings facing inwards with enough space between for a four-horse chariot to pass. There are a hundred gates in the circuit of the wall, all of bronze and bronze uprights and lintels.”
When Cyrus and Darius came to conquer Babylon, they met with little success at first. Herodotus tells us,
“The siege dragged on, no progress was made, and Cyrus was beginning to despair of success. Then somebody suggested or he himself thought up the following plan: he stationed part of his force at the point where the Euphrates flows into the city and another contingent at the opposite end where it flows out, with orders to both to force an entrance along the river-bed as soon as they saw that the water was shallow enough. Then, taking with him all his non-combatant troops, he withdrew to the spot where Nitocris had excavated the lake (which was then a marsh) and in this way [reopening the canal] so greatly reduced the depth of water in the actual bed of the river that it became fordable, and the Persian army, which had been left at Babylon for the purpose, entered the river, now only deep enough to reach about the middle of a man’s thigh, and, making their way along it, got into the town. . .
The Babylonians themselves say that owing to the great size of the city the outskirts were captured without the people in the centre knowing anything about it; there was a festival going on, and they continued to dance and enjoy themselves, until they learned the news the hard way. That, then, is the story of the first capture of Babylon.”
But the fall of Babylon itself is the subject of the seventh bowl, so for now, we must confine our remarks to the sixth bowl upon the Euphrates—the prelude to the fall of Babylon.
Comparing the Trumpets and the Bowls
Up to now we have not really shown the parallel between the trumpets and the bowls. They are similar in principle, and the main difference is in their application. Essentially, the seven trumpets dealt with more of a long-term prophetic fulfillment from the first century to the end of the Pentecostal Age (1993).
We then saw a short-term prophetic fulfillment of these trumpets from 1993 to 2000. Then the seven vials began to be poured out, one each year. These vials in some ways were like short-term fulfillments of the long-term trumpet blasts.
First Trumpet and First Bowl
8:7. And the first sounded, and there came hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were thrown to the EARTH.
16:2. And the first angel went and poured out his bowl into the EARTH.
Second Trumpet and Second Bowl
8:8. And the second angel sounded, and something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the SEA.
16:3. And the second angel poured out his bowl into the SEA.
Third Trumpet and Third Bowl
8:10. And the third angel sounded, and a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the RIVERS and on the SPRINGS OF WATERS.
16:4. And the third angel poured out his bowl into the RIVERS and the SPRINGS OF WATERS.
Fourth Trumpet and Fourth Bowl
8:12. And the fourth angel sounded, and a third of the SUN and a third of the moon and a third of the stars were smitten.
16:8. And the fourth angel poured out his bowl upon the SUN.
Fifth Trumpet and Fifth Bowl
9:1, 2, 12. And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star from heaven which had fallen to the earth; and the key of the bottomless pit [“the abyss”] was given to him. And the sun and the air were darkened by the smoke of the pit … The first woe is past; behold, two woes are still coming after these things.
16:10. And the fifth angel poured out his bowl upon the throne of the beast; and his kingdom became darkened.
Sixth Trumpet and Sixth Bowl
9:13. And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, one saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river EUPHRATES.”
16:12. And the sixth angel poured out his bowl upon the great river, the EUPHRATES … And I saw coming out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs.
Seventh Trumpet and Seventh Bowl
10:7. But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, then the mystery of God is FINISHED. (11:19) And the TEMPLE of God which is in heaven was opened … and there were flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder and an EARTHQUAKE and a great HAILSTORM.
16:17. And the seventh angel poured out his bowl upon the air; and a loud voice came out of the TEMPLE from the throne, saying, “IT IS FINISHED.” (16:21) And huge HAILSTONES, about one hundred pounds each, came down from heaven upon men.
The similarity of these trumpets and bowls have caused some to believe that they are speaking of the same thing or the same event. However, this is actually an example of how history is prophecy. These repetitions are never precisely the same, because they always take a modified FORM. But the SPIRIT is the same.
For that reason, we may reapply elements of a trumpet to the events of the corresponding bowl. The last three trumpets are three woes. Likewise, the last three bowls are like three woes in our own day being visited upon the Throne of the Beast, the Euphrates, and the Air. Since the fifth bowl upon the Throne of the Beast was poured out at Tabernacles of 2004, we ought now to expect to see evidence of these things shortly.
The Three Frogs
In comparing the sixth trumpet with the sixth bowl, we also should be aware of another parallel. During the time of the sixth trumpet, the Mighty Angel of Rev. 10 was presented to the world, and with it the “little book” (due to the printing press), the Reformation, and the “everlasting gospel” being preached in the great missionary movement of the 1800’s. But in the sixth bowl we have a similar but opposite counterpart in the three frogs sent to gather the nations to Armageddon.
These frogs come out of the mouths of the dragon, beast, and false prophet. The frogs should be seen as the unclean counterpart to the sword that comes from the mouth of the Lamb (Rev. 19:15). The frogs essentially represent unclean words—a false and violent gospel—that convince nations to go to their destruction.
13 And I saw coming out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs. 14 for they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them together for the war of the great day of God, the Almighty… 16 And they gathered them together to the place which in Hebrew is called Har-Magedon [“Armageddon”].
The dragon [Dragon Court, FFI #181] represents the highest power on earth that is hidden behind the scenes—Witchcraft with all its occult manifestations—who teach “order from chaos.” They are the planners, who create chaos and destruction in order to build upon its ruins their New World Order. They call themselves Luciferians.
The beast represents the power of the organizational Christian Church System that allowed men to usurp the rule of Christ. This in turn allowed violent men to take control of the Church System in order to lead them into chaos, disillusionment, and finally into destruction.
The false prophet represents the power behind Islam. The powers of the “dragon” knew that they could easily motivate many Muslims into angry and violent reaction by creating a Zionist “State of Israel” and then demanding justice for the theft of their land.
The powers behind all of these religious movements induce their sincere followers to fight over the city of Jerusalem. Their purpose and goal is to destroy Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in one final blow and to replace them with Luciferianism as the one-world religion.
Luciferianism Moves to America: 1801 A.D.
The Bible makes no real distinction between Satanism, Luciferianism, Wicca, and other forms of the occult, but lumps them all together under the name “Witchcraft.” So for our purposes, this is how we will define Witchcraft.
A Luciferian group known as the Order of the Palladium (or Sovereign Council of Wisdom) was founded in Paris in 1737. Palladism had been brought to Greece from Egypt by Pythagoras in the fifth century before Christ. This cult was introduced to the inner circle of the Masonic lodges. It was aligned with the Palladium of the Templars, who brought it into Masonry.
In 1801, Isaac Long, a Jew, is said to have brought a statue of Baphomet to Charleston, South Carolina, where he helped to establish the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite. Recall from FFI #195 that Baphomet represents Masonic wisdom and is, in effect, their god, whether recognized as such or not. Isaac Long apparently chose Charleston because it was geographically located on the 33rd parallel of latitude.
There are many low-level Freemasons who think that their Order is or was closed to both Jews and Roman Catholics. This misconception probably arose after 1869 when Grand Commander Albert Pike became the head of the Ku Klux Klan. However, out of the original eleven founders of the Lodge in Charleston, S.C., no less than four were Jews: Israel de Lieben, Abraham Alexander, Emanuel de la Motta, and Moses Clava Levy.
At least four more were Roman Catholics from Ireland and France: Thomas Bartholomew Bowen, John Mitchell, Jean Baptiste Delahogue, and Comte de Grasse.
There were at least two Protestants: Isaac Auld and Frederick Dalcho (1770-1836)
The final one, James Moultrie, was a member of St. Philip’s Church in Charleston and was buried there, but I do not know if this was a Catholic or Protestant Church. All of this information was published in 1964 by the Supreme Council, 33°, in Washington D.C. under the title: History of the Supreme Council, 33°, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Southern Jurisdiction, U.S.A. 1801-1861, by Ray Baker Harris, 33°.
Albert Pike was Isaac Long’s successor, and he changed the name of the Order to the New and Reformed Palladian Rite (or Reformed Palladium).
Albert Pike: The Illuminist Luciferian
Pike also worked closely with Giusseppe Mazzini of Italy (1805-1872) who was a 33° Mason, who became head of the Illuminati in 1834, and who founded the Mafia in 1860. Mazzini was a high-level planner for the Italian revolution in 1848. Together with Mazzini, Lord Henry Palmerston of England (1784-1865), and Otto von Bismarck of Germany (1815-1898)—all 33° Masons—Albert Pike used the Palladian Rite to bind all Masonic groups under one umbrella.
Mazzini recruited Pike into the Illuminati in order to create an American branch of Illuminists that would operate inside American Freemasonry as a most secret society within a secret society.
Mazzini wrote a letter to Pike dated January 22, 1870, instructing him on how use Freemasonry as an instrument of Luciferian Illuminism:
“We must allow all the federations to continue just as they are, with their systems, their central authorities and their diverse modes of correspondence between high grades of the same rite, organized as they are at the present, but we must create a super rite, which will remain unknown, to which we will call those Masons of high degree whom we shall select. With regard to our brothers in Masonry, these men must be pledged to the strictest secrecy. Through this supreme rite, we will govern all Freemasonry which will become the one international center, the more powerful because its direction will be unknown.”
This explains Pike’s meteoric rise in Masonry. Until 1853 he had never even heard of the Scottish Rite (p. 244 of Ray Harris’ book, History of the Supreme Council). On page 254 Harris says that Pike was elected to receive the 33° on April 25, 1857. Pike became an “active member” of the Supreme Council on March 20, 1858 (p. 257). He was elected Grand Commander on Jan. 2, 1859.
Pike’s Plan for the New World Order
Canadian Naval Commander William Guy Carr (1895-1959) wrote on page 224-225 of his book, The Red Fog Over America,
“One reader put me in touch with the Rev. Father Eustace Eilers, of the Passionist Missions, Birmingham, Alabama. After an exchange of credentials Father Eilers provided me with a copy of ‘The Mystery of Freemasonry Unveiled’ written by His Eminence Cardinal Caro Y Rodriguez of Santiago, Chile, first published in 1925. This book confirmed everything I had said regarding the way the Illuminati established control of universal Freemasonry AT THE TOP. . . Cardinal Rodrigues substantiated what he published by documentary evidence undoubtedly obtained from the Secret Archives of the Vatican. He says that not one Mason in one hundred, below the 32nd degree, even suspects the Illuminati are in control AT THE TOP. Those 32nd degree Masons who have been in contact with us, since, agree with what he says…
“To prove this statement the Cardinal quotes from a letter signed by General Albert Pike…
“The letter is dated August 15th, 1871. It is addressed to Pike’s Illustrious Brother Gussepi (Joseph) Mazzini, who had directed the Illuminati’s revolutionary program, in accordance with Weishaupt’s plan, since 1834…
“On page 188 the Cardinal names several authorities who made reference to Pike’s letter and plan in 1895 and 1896.”
Albert Pike’s 1871 letter to Mazzini proposed three world wars needed to accomplish their purposes:
“The First World War must be brought about in order to permit the Illuminati to overthrow the power of the Czars in Russia and of making that country a fortress of atheistic Communism. The divergences caused by the "agentur" (agents) of the Illuminati between the British and Germanic Empires will be used to foment this war. At the end of the war, Communism will be built and used in order to destroy the other governments and in order to weaken the religions.”
“The Second World War must be fomented by taking advantage of the differences between the Fascists and the political Zionists. This war must be brought about so that Nazism is destroyed and that the political Zionism be strong enough to institute a sovereign state of Israel in Palestine. During the Second World War, International Communism must become strong enough in order to balance Christendom, which would be then restrained and held in check until the time when we would need it for the final social cataclysm.”
“The Third World War must be fomented by taking advantage of the differences caused by the "agentur" of the "Illuminati" between the political Zionists and the leaders of Islamic World. The war must be conducted in such a way that Islam (the Moslem Arabic World) and political Zionism (the State of Israel) mutually destroy each other. Meanwhile the other nations, once more divided on this issue will be constrained to fight to the point of complete physical, moral, spiritual and economical exhaustion…We shall unleash the Nihilists and the atheists, and we shall provoke a formidable social cataclysm which in all its horror will show clearly to the nations the effect of absolute atheism, origin of savagery and of the most bloody turmoil. Then everywhere, the citizens, obliged to defend themselves against the world minority of revolutionaries, will exterminate those destroyers of civilization, and the multitude, disillusioned with Christianity, whose deistic spirits will from that moment be without compass or direction…will receive the true light through the universal manifestation of the pure doctrine of Lucifer, brought finally out in the public view. This manifestation will result from the general reactionary movement which will follow the destruction of Christianity and atheism, both conquered and exterminated at the same time.”
The frog of Freemasonry is Witchcraft (Luciferianism). The frog of Judaism and evangelical Christianity is militant Zionism. Islam’s frog is militant Islam fighting Zionists and Christians. Few sincere followers of these frogs know that they are being used for a sinister purpose and will ultimately be betrayed by their unknown leaders.
On the other hand, these Luciferians are also blinded by their own pride and do not realize that the God of Heaven is using them to destroy all of man’s religious systems on earth to prepare the way for the Kingdom of God. That peaceable Kingdom will not be ruled by violent men.