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Title: Revelation 16

Revelation 16
  • The Seven Bowls of the Wrath of God

Cycles of Seven
Cosmic Conflict theme (Rev. 12-14)
The 7 Bowls of Gods Wrath
  • Then I heard a loud voice from the temple
    telling the seven angels, Go and pour out on the
    earth the seven bowls of the wrath of God.
    (Revelation 161)

(T) Trumpets and (B) Bowls 1 and 2
  • T Hail, fire, and blood fall on the earth
  • B The bowl is poured on the earth
  • T A blazing mountain falls into the sea 1/3 of
    the sea becomes blood, 1/3 of the sea creatures
  • B The sea turns to blood Every living thing in
    them dies

(T) Trumpets and (B) Bowls 3 and 4
  • T A blazing star falls on 1/3 of rivers and
  • B The bowl is poured rivers and fountains
  • T 1/3 of sun, moon, and stars are struck
  • B The bowl is poured on the sun, resulting in

(T) Trumpets and (B) Bowls 5
  • T Shaft of the bottomless pit is opened sun and
    air are darkened with smoke locusts torture
    people who are not protected by Gods seal
  • B The bowl is poured out on the throne of the
    beast, plunging it into darkness. People gnawed
    their tongues in agony.

(T) Trumpets and (B) Bowls 6
  • T The four angels bound at the great river
    Euphrates are released 2 million cavalry kill
    1/3 of humanity
  • B The bowl is poured out on the great river
    Euphrates kings assemble for war, Armageddon

(T) Trumpets and (B) Bowls 7
  • T The seventh trumpet ends with loud voices in
    heaven that announce the coming of the kingdom of
    God and Christ a scene at the Covenant Box and
    with flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals
    of thunder, an earthquake, and heavy hail.
    (Revelation 1119)
  • B The seventh plague ends with A loud voice
    from the throne in the temple and with flashes
    of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder, and
    a terrible earthquake.(Revelation 1617-18)

Satanic activity in the bowls
  • And I saw three foul spirits like frogs coming
    from the mouth of the dragon, from the mouth of
    the beast, and from the mouth of the false
    prophet. These are demonic spirits, performing
    signs, who go abroad to the kings of the whole
    world, to assemble them for battle on the great
    day of God the Almighty (Revelation 1613,14)

  • Satan works through the elements also to garner
    his harvest of unprepared souls. He has studied
    the secrets of the laboratories of nature, and he
    uses all his power to control the elements as far
    as God allows. When he was suffered to afflict
    Job, how quickly flocks and herds, servants,
    houses, children, were swept away, one trouble
    succeeding another as in a moment. It is God that
    shields His creatures and hedges them in from the
    power of the destroyer. But the Christian world
    have shown contempt for the law of Jehovah and
    the Lord will do just what He has declared that
    He would-He will withdraw His blessings from the
    earth and remove His protecting care from those
    who are rebelling against His law and teaching
    and forcing others to do the same. Satan has
    control of all whom God does not especially
    guard. He will favor and prosper some in order to
    further his own designs, and he will bring
    trouble upon others and lead men to believe that
    it is God who is afflicting them. (GC, pg. 589)

  • I was shown that the judgments of God would not
    come directly out from the Lord upon them, but in
    this way They place themselves beyond His
    protection. He warns, corrects, reproves, and
    points out the only path of safety then if those
    who have been the objects of His special care
    will follow their own course independent of the
    Spirit of God, after repeated warnings, if they
    choose their own way, then He does not commission
    His angels to prevent Satan's decided attacks
    upon them.

  • It is Satan's power that is at work at sea and
    on land, bringing calamity and distress, and
    sweeping off multitudes to make sure of his prey.
    And storm and tempest both by sea and land will
    be, for Satan has come down in great wrath. He is
    at work. He knows his time is short and, if he is
    not restrained, we shall see more terrible
    manifestations of his power than we have ever
    dreamed of. (E.G. White, Last Day Events, pg.

Key Questions
  • Sin
  • Inherent natural consequence
  • External imposed penalty
  • Gods law
  • Descriptive of how things are
  • Proscriptive (imposed)
  • Gods wrath
  • Natural consequence
  • Imposed

Sin inherent penalty
  • Judah, you have brought this on yourself by the
    way you have lived and by the things you have
    done. Your sin has caused this suffering it has
    stabbed you through the heart. (Jeremiah 418)

Gods Law The Law of Love
  • The only obligation you have is to love one
    another. Whoever does this has obeyed the LawIf
    you love others, you will never do them wrong to
    love, then, is to obey the whole Law (Romans
  • For the whole Law is summed up in one
    commandment Love your neighbor as you love
    yourself (Galatians 514).  

  • Jesus answered, Love the Lord your God with all
    your heart, with all your soul, and with all your
    mind. This is the greatest and the most
    important commandment. The second most important
    commandment is like it Love your neighbor as
    you love yourself. (Matthew 2237-39 GN)

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  • Whoever hits his father or his mother is to be
    put to deathwhoever curses his father or his
    mother is to be put to death (Exodus 2115,17)
  • Put to death any woman who practices magic. Put
    to death anyone who has sexual relations with an
    animal. Condemn to death anyone who offers
    sacrifices to any god except me, the LORD
    (Exodus 2218-20)
  • Do not have sexual intercourse with any of your
    relatives. Do not disgrace your father by having
    intercourse with your mother. You must not
    disgrace your own motherNo man or woman is to
    have sexual relations with an animal that
    perversion makes you ritually unclean (Leviticus

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  • We know that the Law is good if it is used as it
    should be used. It must be remembered, of course,
    that laws are made, not for good people, but for
    lawbreakers and criminals, for the godless and
    sinful, for those who are not religious or
    spiritual, for those who kill their fathers or
    mothers, for murderers, for the immoral, for
    sexual perverts, for kidnappers, for those who
    lie and give false testimony or who do anything
    else contrary to sound doctrine. (1 Timothy

  • What, then, was the purpose of the Law? It was
    added in order to show what wrongdoing is
    (Galatians 319).
  • The law was added because we needed it when we
    were such rebels. Until the time when we were
    mature enough to respond freely in faith (trust)
    to the living God, we were carefully surrounded
    and protected by the Mosaic law. (Galatians
    323-26, The Message).

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  • Do not cook a young sheep or goat in its
    mothers milk (Exodus 2319)
  • Weave the tunic of fine linen. Make the turban
    of fine linen. The sash will be the work of an
    embroiderer. Make tunics, sashes, and hats for
    Aarons sons to express glory and beauty. Dress
    your brother Aaron and his sons in them. Anoint,
    ordain, and consecrate them to serve me as
    priests. Make linen underwear to cover their
    nakedness from waist to thigh. (Exodus 2839-42
    The Message)
  • Dont use steps to climb to my Altar because
    that will expose your nakedness. (Exodus
    2025,26 The Message)

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Three types of obedience
  • We obey for hope of reward and/or for fear of
  • We obey because we love God
  • We obey because we agree with God and see that
    everything he has asked us to do makes sense.

  • And now I give you a new commandment love one
    another. As I have loved you, so you must love
    one another. If you have love for one another,
    then everyone will know that you are my
    disciples. (John 1334,35)

The Law of Love giving, serving, loving
  • Whoever sins is guilty of breaking God's law,
    because sin is a breaking of the law. (1 John
    34 GNB)
  • A-nomia
  • Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also
    practices lawlessness sin is lawlessness. (1
    John 34 FBV)

  • Sin is a state of internal rebelliousness against
    God and his law of love
  • How terrible for you, teachers of the Law and
    Pharisees! You hypocrites! You clean the outside
    of your cup and plate, while the inside is full
    of what you have gotten by violence and
    selfishness. Blind Pharisee! Clean what is inside
    the cup first, and then the outside will be clean
    too! (Matthew 2325-26)
  • This leads to external sinful actions

  • Bacterial Meningitis
  • Symptoms headache and fever
  • Treatment narcotics, NSAIDs
  • Root cause bacterial infection
  • Treatment antibiotics
  • Treating the root cause is what ultimately leads
    to resolution of the headache and fever
  • Untreated death

  • Sin
  • Symptoms murder, selfishness, stealing, lying
  • Treatment Rules
  • Root cause breakdown in our trusting
    relationship with God rebelliousness against
    Gods way Anything that is not based on faith
    is sin. (Romans 1423)
  • Treatment restored trust and relationship with
  • Untreated death, self destruction

Gods Law Descriptive or proscriptive?
  • Is Gods law is an imposed legal decree? If so,
    the punishment is externally imposed
  • In this model, Jesus saves us by suffering Gods
    imposed punishment for the breaking of the law
  • Is Gods law a principle of how Gods universe
    operates (the law of love)?
  • In this model, God seeks to save us from the sin
    that inherently seeks to destroy us Jesus
    restores our trust and the broken relationship
    Jesus reveals the terrible consequences of
    separation from God caused by sin

I will punish (28 times, NIV)
  • But if you will not listen to me and carry out
    all these commands, and if you reject my decrees
    and abhor my laws and fail to carry out all my
    commands and so violate my covenant, then I will
    do this to you I will bring upon you sudden
    terror, wasting diseases and fever that will
    destroy your sight and drain away your life...I
    will set my face against you so that you will be
    defeated by your enemies those who hate you will
    rule over you, and you will flee even when no one
    is pursuing you. If after all this you will not
    listen to me, I will punish you for your sins
    seven times over. I will break down your stubborn
    pride and make the sky above you like iron and
    the ground beneath you like bronzeIf you remain
    hostile toward me and refuse to listen to me, I
    will multiply your afflictions seven times over,
    as your sins deserve. I will send wild animals
    against you, and they will rob you of your
    children, destroy your cattle and make you so few
    in number that your roads will be deserted.
    (Leviticus 2614-22)

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  • You shall not make for yourself an idol in the
    form of anything in heaven above or on the earth
    beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow
    down to them or worship them for I, the LORD
    your God, am a jealous God, punishing the
    children for the sin of the fathers to the third
    and fourth generation of those who hate me, but
    showing love to a thousand generations of those
    who love me and keep my commandments. (Exodus

  • A son is not to suffer because of his fathers
    sins, nor a father because of the sins of his
    son. Good people will be rewarded for doing good,
    and evil people will suffer for the evil they
    do. (Ezekiel 1820)
  • Turn away from all the evil you are doing, and
    dont let your sin destroy you. (Ezekiel 1830)

  • We are not to regard God as waiting to punish
    the sinner for his sin. The sinner brings the
    punishment upon himself. His own actions start a
    train of circumstances that bring the sure
    result. Every act of transgression reacts upon
    the sinner, works in him a change of character,
    and makes it more easy for him to transgress
    again. By choosing to sin, men separate
    themselves from God, cut themselves off from the
    channel of blessing, and the sure result is ruin
    and death. Letter 96, 1896

What is being held back?
  • After this I saw four angels standing at the
    four corners of the earth, holding back the four
    winds so that no wind should blow on the earth or
    the sea or against any tree. (Revelation 71)
  • Then another angel, who is in charge of the
    fire, came from the altar. He shouted in a loud
    voice to the angel who had the sharp sickle, Use
    your sickle, and cut the grapes from the vineyard
    of the earth, because the grapes are ripe! So
    the angel swung his sickle on the earth, cut the
    grapes from the vine, and threw them into the
    wine press of Gods wrath. (Revelation 1418-19)

Gods wrath in the Bible
  • My anger will flame up like fire and burn
    everything on earth. It will reach to the world
    below and consume the roots of the mountains. I
    will bring on them endless disasters and use all
    my arrows against them. (Deuteronomy 3222,23 )
  • They fail to see why they were defeated they
    cannot understand what happened. Why were a
    thousand defeated by one, and ten thousand by
    only two? The Lord, their God, had abandoned
    them their mighty God had given them up
    (Deuteronomy 3229,30)

Babylonian Captivity
  • I will fight against you with all my might, my
    anger, my wrath, and my fury. I will kill
    everyone living in this city people and animals
    alike will die of a terrible disease. Anyone who
    stays in the city will be killed in war or by
    starvation or disease...
  • It will be given over to the king of Babylonia,
    and he will burn it to the ground. I, the LORD,
    have spoken. (Jeremiah 215,6,9-10)

  • Gods anger is revealed from heaven against all
    the sin and evil of the people whose evil ways
    prevent the truth from being known. God punishes
    them, because what can be known about God is
    plain to them, for God himself made it plain.
    (Romans 118,19)

  • They say they are wise, but they are
    fools instead of worshiping the immortal God,
    they worship images made to look like mortals or
    birds or animals or reptiles. And so God has
    given those people over to do the filthy things
    their hearts desire, and they do shameful things
    with each other. They exchange the truth about
    God for a lie they worship and serve what God
    has created instead of the Creator himself, who
    is to be praised forever! Amen. Because they do
    this, God has given them over to shameful
    passions.Because those people refuse to keep in
    mind the true knowledge about God, he has given
    them over to corrupted minds, so that they do the
    things that they should not do. (Romans

The Romans destroy Jerusalem
  • In this way they have brought to completion all
    the sins they have always committed. And now
    Gods anger has at last come down on them! (1
    Thess. 214-16)

  • Because of our sins he was given over to die
    (Romans 425)
  • At noon the whole country was covered with
    darkness, which lasted for three hours. At three
    o'clock Jesus cried out with a loud shout, "Eloi,
    Eloi, lema sabachthani?" which means, "My God, my
    God, why did you abandon me?" (Mark 1533-34)

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