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    9 They were severely burned. They cursed the name of God, who has the authority over these plagues. They would not change the way they think and act and give him glory.
    They were SEVERELY BURNED.

The previous verse discussed the sun's heating capabilities. This is a SEVERE HEAT not a mere heat wave. Most likely this will exceed the air conditioning capacities and force people outdoors. This is only make matters worse and may explain the rest of this verse.

    1) THEY CURSED the NAME of GOD, who has the AUTHORITY over these PLAGUES.

These people don't have the Helper (John 14:15-31). The "ruler of this world" (John 14:30) has come and the Antichrist has NOTHING to do with Jesus. So these people, Antichrist's followers, too, will have nothing to do with Jesus or God. Hence they CURSE the NAME OF GOD!

     2) THEY WOULD NOT CHANGE the way they THINK and ACT and give HIM GLORY.

These people can't bring themselves to admit that they are getting their just punishment for taking the mark of the beast. Furthermore, they feel POWERless because even their "ruler of this world" leader cannot turn down the HEAT.

From a longer view, these people must be done away with in order for the prophesy in Isaiah 52:1-6 to become a reality. This bowl through the SEVERE HEAT of the sun is saying "Here I am.".

Glory to God only comes from a repentant and obedient heart. We believers, need help from Him who will make us stand in the presence of His GLORY (Jude 24-25). These people refuse to repent and will not stand in the presence of His GLORY but rather their knees will bow to Him (Isaiah 45:20-23-25).
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