The Sun & the Vial Judgments of Revelation 16

A solar flare is a major explosion on the sun’s surface that often ejects energy out to space. Solar flares are events that should not be underestimated because they are capable of knocking out electrical grids and communication systems across the globe. I mention the dangers of solar flares because I believe the Book of Revelation indicates that Earth will be adversely impacted by a major solar flare in the future. In this article, I will discuss the possibility for a major solar flare to harm Earth during the end times.

The 4th Vial Judgment

The pouring of the seven vial judgments are events that will take place in the latter part of the end times and they will target the wicked people of the earth. The fourth vial judgment mentions that the sun will scorch men with fire:

“(8) And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. (9) And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.” (Revelation 16:8-9)

The sun is the aggressor when it uses the power it is given to scorch men with fire. I believe it is likely that the sun will send a massive amount of solar energy towards Earth during this time via a solar flare. The fact that men will be scorched with great heat suggests this is not an ordinary solar flare. Something extraordinary will happen. Perhaps the solar flare will be extraordinary because it will be given power by a divine source to punish people on Earth and/or perhaps the Earth’s atmosphere will be weakened by prior events to the point that it struggles to shield the planet from the incoming solar energy.

The 5th Vial Judgment

The description of the fifth vial further strengthens the idea that Earth is going to be scorched by a major solar flare during the vial judgments. The Antichrist’s kingdom is going to fall into complete darkness in the aftermath of the sun’s attack, which is consistent with the idea of the electrical grid being knocked out after a major solar flare:

“(10) And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, (11) And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.” (Revelation 16:10-11)

God created the universe, including the sun. It is well within God’s authority to empower the sun to scorch people on Earth. Therefore, it should unsurprising to us to read how men will be scorched by the sun and how darkness will envelop the kingdom of the Antichrist afterward. Furthermore, it should not be difficult for us to imagine these events happening when we know that solar flares can be a cause of these events.

If you want to learn about the 100 lbs. hailstones that will impact the earth following the pouring of the seventh vial judgment, click this link for my article on the topic: Revelation 16:21: The Largest Hailstones Ever

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Wayne Croley
Wayne Croley

Hi! I’ve studied and written about Bible prophecy since I was a teenager. My goal is to make Bible prophecy easy for you to understand while avoiding the sensationalism seen elsewhere. I am the author of Prophecy Proof Insights on the End Times, a comprehensive book about the end times. I hold an M.B.A. and degrees in Managerial Economics and Political Science.

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