Tag: bowls of wrath
Scripture reading for December 22nd: Revelation 16
In quick succession, the seven angels with the seven last plagues pour out the bowls of God’s wrath on the earth. These plagues bring to remembrance the plagues that God brought through Moses upon Pharaoh’s kingdom. Sores broke out on the people with the beast’s mark and the sea turned to blood, killing all living creatures. The rivers and springs became blood as well. “Then I heard an angel in charge of the waters say: “You are just in these judgments, You who are and Who were, the Holy One, because You have so judged; for they have shed the blood of Your saints and prophets, and You have given them blood to drink as they deserve.” (Revelation 16:5-6) Surely God is just and true in His judgments! (Revelation 15:3)
The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and gave it scorching power and the fifth poured his bowl on the throne of the beast and turned his kingdom into darkness. The sixth angel poured his bowl on the Euphrates River and dried up it’s waters. Evil spirits came out of the mouths of the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet and they sent spirits of demons to draw the kings of the whole world to gather them for the final battle on the “great Day of God Almighty.” (See Joel 3:1-3,9-16) In spite of these judgment, the people of the earth curse God and blaspheme His Name! Sin is surely deceptive!
“Behold, I come like a thief! Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed.” (Revelation 16:15) The words of Jesus bring encouragement to His people to stay awake! This will happen suddenly and only those ready will make it! (See Matthew 24:42-44, 25:1-13)
Scripture reading for December 25th: Revelation 16:1-21
John heard a loud voice from the temple commanding the angels: “Go, pour out the seven bowls of God’s wrath on the earth.” At this command, each of these seven angels obeyed in sequence. The first angel brought ugly sores on all who worshiped the beast. The second angel’s bowl turned the sea to blood and brought death to every living creature in the sea. The third angel’s bowl turned all the rivers and springs of water to blood.
John heard an angel proclaim: “You are just in these judgments, You who are and who were, the Holy One, because You have so judged; for they have shed the blood of Your saints and prophets, and You have given them blood to drink as they deserve.” (Revelation 16:5-6) God is the only one who can repay justly, because He is the only One who is Holy and omniscient! God commands His people not to take vengeance because it belongs to Him alone. (Romans 12:17-20; Deuteronomy 32:35) His judgment is poured out on those who have shed blood: they are given blood to drink!
The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun and people on earth are scorched by fire. Global warming was taking place in this instance and it was caused by God’s wrath against sin on earth! The fifth angel poured his bowl on the throne of the beast and plunged his kingdom into darkness. John notes: “Men gnawed their tongues in agony and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done.” (Revelation 16:10-11)
The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the River Euphrates, and its water dried up to make way for the kings of the East. Three evil spirits come from the dragon, beast, and false prophet to draw them to battle with God. The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air and a voice from the throne shouted, “It is done!” There was a great earthquake that shook the great city (Rome or Babylon) splitting it into three parts and collapsed the cities of the nations. It also leveled the mountains and sunk the islands of the sea! Hailstones of a hundred pounds fell on men and they cursed God! The warning: “Behold I come like a thief! Blessed is he who stays awake . .” (Revelation 16:15a)
Scripture reading for December 29th: Revelation 14-16
God is love and He is kind and loving towards all He has made. Some people focus just on this fact and believe that because God is loving, that all men will be saved and none will perish. However, God is also just and punishes sin and rebellion. “I saw in heaven another great and marvelous sign: seven angels with the seven last plagues–last, because with them God’s wrath is completed.” (Revelation 15:1) John’s attention was again captured by this sign. He had written about the seven seals opened by the Lamb, the seven trumpets blown by seven angels, and now seven angels with seven bowls of the wrath of God.
He then saw a company of people in heaven, playing harps and singing the song of Moses. Moses and Miriam led the Israelites in a song of worship because of God’s deliverance from their enemies characterized by Pharaoh and his army. In John’s vision these overcomers were singing of God’s ultimate triumph over their enemies and the wonder of God’s marvelous deeds that would bring all nations to worship Him. As they worshiped, the tabernacle of testimony was opened and the seven angels appeared with their golden bowls of God’s wrath. The tabernacle was God’s dwelling place among men. God wanted to be close to His people and mark them with His presence. Worship opens our hearts to experience God’s presence and understand His will.
As the bowls are poured out on the earth at the command from the temple, plagues struck the people of the earth as in the days of Moses. Despite the signature of God’s great power, people refused to repent but instead cursed God and gnawed their own tongues in agony. (Revelation 16:8-9) The sixth bowl released three evil demon spirits that looked like frogs and they came out of the mouth of the satanic trinity of beast, dragon, and false prophet. These spirits enabled miraculous signs that would deceive the kings of the whole world and bring them to the final battle. (Revelation 16:12-14)
Another warning by Jesus: “Behold, I come like a thief! Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed.” (Revelation 16:15) Believers must be ready and clothed in Christ’s righteousness to avoid judgment. Check your own heart and life today. Jesus is coming!