12 One [mia] woe [ouai] is past; [aperchomai] and, behold, [idou] there come [erchomai] two [duo] woes [ouai] more [eti] hereafter [meta]. [tauta]KJV-Interlinear
first woe is past; behold, two woes are still coming after these things. NASB
With one woe over, John
states flatly that two more are coming.He does not suggest that they might come, or could possibly be avoided,
but that they were already on their way.
John wrote these words
over 1900 years ago.People throughout
the ages have read these words and people throughout the ages have known what
was to take place at some point in the future.
Unfortunately the people
that these judgments will apply to, do not seem to be familiar with these
prophecies, nor anything else regarding the truths that the Bible
discloses.Perhaps that is why the world
by then, will be in such a desperate way. Ya think?
People standing at a bus station
reading the bus schedule make better use of the information that they are
reading, than the folks who will be living through these judgments during the
Prophecies are specific, definite,
and firm.People that they apply to, know
exactly what and when, because they will experience them first hand.They also have an out.But will they take it?
The fifth trumpet
discloses the first woe.Woe. ‘ouai,’ means grief.This is now in the feminine and as such means
that a period of pause will occur so that one can at least exhale with some sigh
of relief once the suffering ends.
The demons are rounded up
and sent back into the Abyss. They do
not remain out on the loose.Jesus
Christ controls history.
The sixth trumpet will reveal
the second woe.It will be worse than
the first.The second woe extends to
Rev. 11:14, and the third woe will run from Rev. 11:15-19, and then the seven
bowl judgments will be revealed and unleashed.
With each incremental
judgment things will get worse and worse and worse for humanity.And while many will eventually be humbled
enough (caving in under the extreme pressure) to believe in Christ, and thus be
saved, many more will still refuse to believe.
Such is the power of
arrogance.Once you surrender yourself
to arrogance, it is more and more difficult to escape from.Stubbornness and ego just refuse to let
go.Embarrassment becomes a greater
enemy and threat insuring disaster and failure, thus preventing faith and success
People always have a
period within which to make their commitment to Christ.That commitment takes but a second to think
six simple words, ‘Father, I believe in Jesus Christ.’And that is all it takes to be saved and
reserve for yourself, a place in heaven.And, I might add, avoiding a place in the eternal
fires of the Lake of Fire.
It has been that way
since the time of Adam.It remains even
now, the only way to be saved, and it will remain that way until the end of
All you have to do to be saved, is to believe in Christ.All that the people who will live in the
Tribulation, need to do to be saved, is to believe in Christ.It is literally the simplest thing to do.
And yet so many will
refuse to even think those simple words.That is the quintessence of stubbornness and stupidity.And so, more grief will be on its way.