(Chapter 16 zooms in on earth. It repeats and gives new information on the seven trumps and seals.)
1: And I heard a great voice out of the Temple saying to the seven angels, "Go forth, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God into the earth."
2: And he first went forth, and poured out his vial into the earth; and there fell (lit. came or became) a noisome and grievous ulcer (the disease of the ages) upon the people which had the mark of the beast (you can wear that mark in your forehead today, see 13:16), and upon those worshiping his image (= the one world system, both religious and political).
3: And the second poured out his vial into the sea (= the peoples of the world, see 17:15); and it became as blood of a dead man (= spiritual death for those that have the mark of the beast, not a physical death): and every living creature died in the sea (= sea of humanity).
4: And the third poured out his vial into the rivers and fountains of waters (all the waters = peoples of the world as in v.3); and they became blood (= spiritual death, not physical death).
5: And I heard the angel of the waters say, "You are righteous, Which is, and was, You Holy One, because You have judged thus.
6: For they shed the blood of the saints (see Acts 9:13) and the prophets (they = Kenites = the sons of Cain. See Matt.23:31-35), and You have given them blood to drink; they are worthy." (= they deserve it.)
7: And I heard the angel of the altar, "Even so, O Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are Your judgments."
8: And the fourth poured out his vial upon the sun (= light); and it was given to him to scorch people with fire (= the Holy Spirit. See 11:5)
9: And people were scorched with great heat (= the Truth of God's Word), and blasphemed the name of God, Which has the power over the plagues: and they repented not to give Him glory. (because they think God is already here, they are worshiping antichrist = Satan the great deceiver)
10: And the fifth poured out his vial into the throne of the beast; and his kingdom became darkened; (= absence of truth) and they gnawed their tongues for pain.
11: And they blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and because of their sores, and repented not of their deeds. (see v. 9)
12: (Here we have the beginning of completion of the 666 of 13:18) And the sixth poured out his vial into the great river Euphrates (see 9:14); and the water thereof was dried up, in order that the way of the kings that came of the east (lit. the rising of the sun) might be prepared.
13: And I saw three unclean spirits (here we have the unholy trinity) as it were frogs (a very unclean animal) come out of the mouth of the dragon (= Satan), and out of the mouth of the beast (= the political system), and out of the mouth of the false prophet (= the religious system, i.e. the "rapture" theory).
14: For they are spirits of demons, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to do battle of the great day of God the Almighty. (which was shown to John)
15: (This verse forms a parenthesis) Behold, I come as a thief (i.e. not expected if they think Jesus is already here and they are worshiping the false thinking it is Him, and then the real Jesus comes). Blessed is he that watches, and keeps his garment (= the Gospel armor & righteous acts. He wants workers that can make a stand), in order that he not walk naked, and they see his shame.
16: And he (i.e. Satan. At this time he is sitting in the temple pretending to be God) gathered them together into the place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon. (= the mount of Megiddo. Therefore in Palestine, not Europe. Megiddo translated means the gathering place of the crowd)
17: And the seventh poured out his vial into the air (= the spiritual, breath of life body which we turn into at Christ's return, not the atmosphere. Air is a bad translation. See also 1 Thess.4:17 where it also should be translated spiritual body also, and clouds there = a large gathering); and there came a great voice out of the Temple, from the throne saying, "It is done."
18: And there was (lit. came to be) lightnings, and voices, and thunders; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, or so great. (See entire chapter of Zech. 14)
19: And the great city became divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell; and great Babylon was remembered before God (see Dan. 4:30), to give to her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath. (Christ Himself pours this out, see 14:10 & Isa. 51:17. This is the cup that He asked of God to pass before his crucifixion. Christ was not weak.)
20: And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. (mountains = nations.)
21: And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent (= 120-180 lbs. hail stones): and men blasphemed God because of the plague of hail; for the plague thereof is very great.