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Revelation 16:4
16:4. Then the third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood.

It is about the third bowl of the wrath of God on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood.
It is the same as the first plague in Egypt.

Exodus 7:14-17
7:14. So the LORD said to Moses: "Pharaoh's heart is hard; he refuses to let the people go.
7:15. "Go to Pharaoh in the morning, when he goes out to the water, and you shall stand by the river's bank to meet him; and the rod which was turned to a serpent you shall take in your hand.
7:16. "And you shall say to him, 'The LORD God of the Hebrews has sent me to you, saying, "Let My people go, that they may serve Me in the wilderness"; but indeed, until now you would not hear!
7:17. 'Thus says the LORD: "By this you shall know that I am the LORD. Behold, I will
strike the waters which are in the river with the rod that is in my hand, and they shall be turned to blood.

The waters' becoming blood has happened in Egypt when the Israelites wanted to go out of Egypt to Canaan, the Promised Land.
The waters became blood because it was under the influence of Pharaoh who hardened his heart.

In the past time, Pharaoh made the rule that the people might not go into the river before he did. It means that Satan put the bad influence to the Egyptians, including the Israelites who were colonized.

Likewise, on the last days or approaching the church of God's going out of the world to the New Jerusalem, Satan will put his influence to the activity and source of human's life physically and spiritually, so the waters become blood--the third bowl of God.

So, the waters' becoming blood is caused by the hardness of the heart of Satan that influences human's heart, so they harden their heart like him.

The facts found in the hardness of the heart like Satan are as follows:

  1. Being disobedient to God's word, even blaspheming the true teaching Word.
    Exodus 7:14,16
    7:14. So the LORD said to Moses: "Pharaoh's heart is hard; he refuses to let the people go.
    7:16. "And you shall say to him, 'The LORD God of the Hebrews has sent me to you, saying, "Let My people go, that they may
    serve Mein the wilderness"; but indeed, until now you would not hear!

    God's word is the Word whose secret is revealed through one verse that explains the other verses in the Holy Bible.

  2. 'they may serve Mein the wilderness but indeed, until now you would not hear' means that one is not faithful in the ministry to God up to unwilling and unable to minister to and worship God.
    Exodus 7:15
    7:15. "Go to Pharaoh in the morning, when he goes out to the water, and you shall stand by the river's bankto meet him; and the rod which was turned to a serpent you shall take in your hand.

    If one is unfaithful in the ministry up to unable to worship, he will be touched by Satan's formula, namely saying: "Later." He just says: "Later" in the ministry and prayer.
    Consequently, his activities and source of life are controlled by Satan.

    'stand bythe river's bank' is God's formula, namely we precede Satan. That is why the morning prayer is very important, so we are faster than Satan. Satan cannot influence our activity and source of life, so it keeps in the influence of God.

  3. Being engraved with sins up to the peak. It means that one just commits sins up to the peak, even enjoys to sin. He does not feel guilty anymore.
    Jeremiah 17:1-2
    17:1. "The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron; With the point of a diamond it is engraved On the tablet of their heart, And on the horns of your altars,
    17:2. While their children remember Their altars and their wooden images By the green trees on the high hills.


    The horns of the altar should be given blood and held, so the sin is forgiven.
    But here, the sin is engraved on the horns of the altar. It means that there is no forgiveness. Not feeling guilty means that one never confesses his sins.

Consequently, one experiences the third bowl, so the waters become blood. It is the suffering and curse, namely weariness, heavy burden, tears up to the spiritual death. He never experiences the satisfaction. The fact is dry words, namely gossiping and slandering. If it continues, he will experience the second death or perdition in the hell forever.

That is why we must make effort, so we have a gentle heart and the waters become wine.
The gentle heart is the place of Holy Spirit or the sweet wine or the living water.

The usefulnesses of Holy Spirit are as follows:

  1. Holy Spirit changes us from the fleshly men to the spiritual ones like Jesus. It means that the waters become wine.
    Titus 3:5
    3:5. not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,

    John 2:2-5
    2:2. Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding.
    2:3. And when they
    ran outof wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, "They have nowine."
    2:4. Jesus said to her, "Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me?
    My hour has not yet come."
    2:5. His mother said to the servants, "Whatever He says to you,
    do it."

    What must be changed so that the waters become wine?

    • The fleshly attitude becomes the spiritual one, namely anxiety--running out of wine but saying having no wine--is changed into totally trusting to God.

    • Being hurry and dictating God are changed into being patient in waiting the time of God--'My hour has not yet come'.
    • Disobedience is changed into obedience to the true teaching Word--'do it'.
    • The waters that become wine are tasted. It means that the mouth is changed from the idle words to the sweet ones, namely the true, good, and honest ones.
      Having the idle words such as lie, gossip, and blasphemy are the same as becoming the den of thieves that is controlled by Satan.

      The true, good, and honest words are the same as becoming the house of prayer, so the waters become wine.

    If the spiritual miracle happens, Holy Spirit will do the physical one as follows:

    • Creating something that does not exist yet. There is the miraculous power of God to protect and take care of our physical life in the midst of the crises of the world until the time when the Antichrist reigns over the world.
      Spiritually, we experience the heavenly bliss. We always give thanks to God.

    • The impossible thing becomes possible.

  2. Holy Spirit makes us minister to God faithfully and fervently until the finish line, namely our death or Jesus' second coming.
    Romans 12:11
    12:11. not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;

    We also worship God and give thanks to Him fervently.

  3. Holy Spirit puts to death the sinful deed up to the peak, so we can live in righteousness and holiness.
    Romans 8:13
    8:13. For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

    If we are holy, God will use us in the building of the perfect body of Christ.
    Ephesians 4:11-12

    4:11. And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,
    4:12. for
    the equipping of the saintsfor the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,

    As a result, all things become in order and beautiful in due time.

    When Jesus comes a second time, we will be changed up to perfection like Him, so we are worthy to greet His coming on the glorious clouds. We do not stumble in words. We drink the sweetest wine. We enter the marriage supper of the Lamb of God, the One-Thousand-Year Kingdom of Peace (the upcoming Paradise), and the New Jerusalem forever.

Do not let the waters become blood! Let us become gentle. Holy Spirit will help us. Indeed, the flesh does not want to be changed, but Holy Spirit will change us, and the miracle can happen in our life. Holy Spirit will help until we live in righteousness and holiness up to perfection when Jesus comes a second time.

God blesses us.

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