And the sixth angel poured out his vial on the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up…
I. "BEHOLD!" Here is a business infinitely more momentous than any other that can engage you.
II. "I COME." Jesus the Son of Mary — Christ the Son of God. He whose hands were filled with mercies, and whose heart overflowed with love. He comes to see how we have requited His love — what benefit we have derived from His glorious incarnation and His great redemption — what use we have made of His Word, of His Sacraments, of His Church, of His ministers, of His Sabbaths, of His grace. I come, not I will come, but I come — the present tense, I am coming, I am on My way. "Behold, I come as a thief": when all is repose, quietness, confidence, security. Such will, very generally, be the state of that generation of men who are living when the Lord descends at the last day. "Behold, I come as a thief." Most who die, die suddenly. A year before, a month before, they never thought of dying. Many never give a serious thought to death a week before they die, and some not even a day.
1. Watch, while others sleep.
2. Pray, while others trifle.
3. Labour, while others are idle.
(T. Nunns, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.