Archive for March 5th, 2018

Revelation 16

Revelation 16 has John seeing the bowl judgments begin.  “Go and pour out on the earth the seven bowls of the wrath of God”.  Here are the seven bowls of wrath:

Bowl # Poured out where? Result
1 Earth Harmful and painful sores
2 Sea Turned to blood
3 Rivers and Springs Turned to blood
4 Sun Scorched people with fire
5 Throne of the Beast Plunged into darkness
6 Great River Euphrates Dried up
7 Air Lightning, thunder, earthquake, hail

Party time will be over and there will be some serious God wrath in those end time days.  God’s been patient and has held back His wrath, but on that day it will flow.

In the middle of the wrath being poured out, these words are spoken by an angel.  “Just are you, O Holy One, who is and who was, for you brought these judgments. For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and you have given them blood to drink. It is what they deserve”! It is completely fitting that those who delighted in shedding the blood of the saints should now be forced to drink “blood.” They have refused the Living Water, and now will be given the water of death.  There is a price to pay for sin and how we choose to live.  God is a fair and righteous judge.

Not only is God’s justice fair, it is also pure and appropriate. There is no “vigilante justice” with God.  God’s wrath continues to flow after the angel makes it clear about God’s judgments.  Walvoord wrote “The wishful thinking of some that men would repent if they only knew the power and righteous judgment of God is shattered by frequent mention in this chapter of the hardness of the human heart in the face of the most stringent and evident divine discipline.”  God has given each of us plenty of opportunity to turn from our wicked ways and repent and come to Him.  He sent Jesus to make that as easy as possible.  But we have to overcome our hard hearts if that is to happen.

Before the final bowl is poured out, we see the enemies of God escaping to make one last effort to defeat Him.  “And I saw, coming out of the mouth of  the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like  frogs. For they are demonic spirits,  performing signs, who go abroad to the kings of the whole world, to assemble them for battle”.  They will gather the nations to do battle with God.  But Scripture makes it clear who wins that battle: “on the great day of God the Almighty”.  The winner of this battle is apparent. It is the great day of God, not the great day of man, not the great day of the Antichrist, not the great day of the dragon.  Our side wins!  Hallelujah!

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