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Title: Book of Revelation: Chapter 16


1
Book of RevelationChapter 16
  • Bowls of Wrath
  • Judgment Complete

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Revelation 161
Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying
to the seven angels, Go and pour out the bowls
of the wrath of God on the earth.
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The Commission
  • No partial judgment.
  • The wrath/plagues find their background in the
    plagues God sent upon Egypt.
  • Climax of the Apocalypse
  • God is about to reveal His final judgment against
    a wicked agent of Satan.
  • Not the final judgment of all the world

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The Commission
  • A loud voice from the templeit must be God,
    since no one else is in there.
  • Spoken to the seven angels.
  • Go and pour out into all the earth.
  • Warning is gone.
  • The fury of God.
  • His patience is over.

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Revelation 162
So the first went and poured out his bowl upon
the earth, and a foul and loathsome sore came
upon the men who had the mark of the beast and
those who worshiped his image.
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The First Bowl Poured Out
  • This would not affect the Christians.
  • Incurable disease (like the sixth plague in
    EgyptExodus 910ff)
  • Affected those who worshipped the beast and
    those who had the mark of the beast
  • Poured out on the same objects of nature as the
    four trumpets

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The First Bowl Poured Out
  • Three underlying reasons for Romes downfall
  • Natural disasters
  • Social decay
  • External invasions
  • Three objects affected by the trumpets and now
    repeated by the bowls
  • Symbolism reminds those persecuted that Rome
    would fall in timeaccording to Gods timetable..

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Revelation 163
Then the second angel poured out his bowl on the
sea, and it became blood as of a dead man and
every living creature in the sea died.
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The Second Bowl Poured Out
  • Into the sea
  • Became blood (Exodus 717-21)
  • Here, it is literally, blood like that of a dead
    man, (not fresh) and NOT the blood of a dead
    man.
  • Water is one of mans basic requirements.
  • Polluted water is dangerous.
  • Second trumpet (88,9)--maritime disaster warning.

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Revelation 164
Then the third angel poured out his bowl on the
rivers and springs of water, and they became
blood.
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Revelation 165
And I heard the angel of the waters saying You
are righteous, O Lord, the One who is and who was
and who is to be, because You have judged these
things.
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Revelation 166
For they have shed the blood of saints and
prophets, and You have given them blood to
drink. For it is their just due."
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Revelation 167
And I heard another from the altar saying, Even
so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are
Your judgments."
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The Third Bowl Poured Out
  • Into rivers and springs of water
  • Fresh, as well as salt, water stank with death as
    it turned to blood.
  • Men on earth were reaping what they had sown.
  • Bloodjudgment declared to be righteous.
  • Confirmed by the angel.
  • Righteous because of the blood of martyrs shed at
    the hands of Rome.
  • Made their blood run as water (176), and now all
    they have to drink is blood!

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The Third Bowl Poured Out
  • Deserve Gods wrath because they rejected the
    truth and shed the blood of its bearers.
  • Earlier, the martyrs under the altar had asked
    for vindication.
  • The altar represented as replying to praise the
    event.
  • The punishment fits the crime.
  • Because of her conduct, Rome is worthy of torment.

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Revelation 168
Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the
sun, and power was given to him to scorch men
with fire."
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Revelation 169
And men were scorched with great heat, and they
blasphemed the name of God who has power over
these plagues and they did not repent and give
Him glory."
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The Fourth Bowl Poured Out
  • A horrible effect on the sun.
  • Intensified for the non-Christians.
  • Frightening picture of sinners being tormented.
  • Fiery trial now for the non-Christians.
  • Blasphemy and impenitencefiery trial had
    hardened their hearts.
  • First four bowls happened quicklydid not move
    them to repent.
  • Theyre so far into sin, they cant repent.
    (Hebrews 66)

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Revelation 1610
Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the
throne of the beast, and his kingdom became full
of darkness and they gnawed their tongues
because of the pain."
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Revelation 1611
They blasphemed the God of heaven because of
their pains and their sores, and did not repent
of their deeds."
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The Fifth Bowl Poured Out
  • The first four bowls affected the earth in
    general, the fifth affects only the beasts
    throne and kingdom.
  • The beasts kingdom is darkened.
  • The very seat of authoritythe throne is
    attacked.
  • In darkness and painthings are getting pretty
    rough.
  • Again, there is impenitence and blasphemyhearts
    are becoming harder.

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The Fifth Bowl Poured Out
  • Center of the Roman empire.
  • A weakening and diminishing of Romes
    stranglehold on the world.
  • Difficulties of this magnitude have caused
    humbler nations to recognize their errors and
    repent.
  • These compound their sinfulness.
  • Unfortunately, sinful pleasures had led to
    internal rottenness.

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Revelation 1612
Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the
great river Euphrates, and its water was dried
up, so that the way of the kings from the east
might be prepared."
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The Sixth Bowl Poured Out
  • The River Euphrates is no longer an obstacle to
    invading armies (capture of ancient Babylon by
    Cyrus).
  • Romes greatest fears are about to materialize.
  • Gods army will bring pagan Rome to her knees.
  • Unable to protect herself from outside invaders,
    such as Parthians from the east.

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Revelation 1613
And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs
coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the
mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the
false prophet."
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Revelation 1614
For they are spirits of demons, performing
signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and
of the whole world, to gather them to the battle
of that great day of God Almighty."
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Revelation 1615
Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he
who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk
naked and they see his shame."
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Interlude Between Sixth and Seventh Bowls
  • The enemies gather together for war.
  • Satan will not go down without a fight!
  • Unclean spirits like frogs come out
  • Mouth of the dragon (Satan)
  • Mouth of the beast (civil persecution)
  • Mouth of the false prophet (false religion)
  • Spirits of the devils
  • Satan leads his army into battle with Gods army.

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Interlude Between Sixth and Seventh Bowls
  • Spirits of demons
  • Unclean spirits
  • God deceives the kings of the whole world into
    going out to battle!
  • Uses false propaganda to enlist others to fight
    with them.
  • 2 Thessalonians 28-12 1 Timothy 41,2
  • Caesar worship is a vain attempt to make the
    cause appear righteous.

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Interlude Between Sixth and Seventh Bowls
  • Satans army appears to be powerful and
    invincible.
  • The saints are exhorted to avoid being misled by
    appearances. (John 724)
  • God warns the saints that His coming will not be
    announced.
  • They need to be ready, so they will not to be
    caught unprepared.
  • Garmentsrepresent the types of lives they need
    to be living.

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Revelation 1616
And they gathered them together to the place
called in Hebrew, Armageddon."
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Battle of Armageddon
  • Armageddon literally means hill of Megiddo.
  • Derived from an actual place in the Valley of
    Jezreel.
  • Theres no literal hill or mount of Megiddo.
  • Towns of MegiddoJoshua 1711 Judges 127
  • Waters of MegiddoJudges 519
  • Valley of Megiddo2 Chronicles 3522 Zechariah
    1211

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Battle of Armageddon
  • Mount Megiddo is a plain located between the Sea
    of Galilee and the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Hint Since it isnt an actual, literal place,
    youd think it isnt an actual, literal battle.
  • Megiddo has been a strategic place in the history
    of Gods people.
  • A number of ancient battles were fought there.
  • Typically, it is the battleground for the forces
    of good and evil.

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Battle of Armageddon
  • Here, Barak and Deborah overthrew the kings of
    Canaan.
  • Judges 519
  • Here, Gideon defeated the Midianites.
  • Judges 633
  • Here, Saul defeated the Philistines.
  • 1 Samuel 318
  • Here, Ahaziah died of Jehus arrows.
  • 2 Kings 927
  • Here, Pharaoh-Necho overthrew Josiah.
  • 2 Kings 2329,30

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Battle of Armageddon
  • Remember, Revelation is filled with symbolic
    language.
  • If this scene is literal rather than figurative,
    the result is confusion
  • Unclean spirits appeared as frogs (1613)
  • Its physically impossible to have an army of 200
    million horseman, one mile wide and 85 miles
    long, to march in formation!
  • A great river of blood 200 miles long would not
    fit in the valley!

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Battle of Armageddon
  • The warfare is between the spiritual forces of
    righteousness and evil--God and Satan.
  • The Lord fought the battle and won by completely
    destroying the Roman Empire.
  • In this drama, He emerged as the victor.
  • 1919-21
  • Assures the saints of ultimate victory!

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Battle of Armageddon
  • Modern-day prophets frequently preach that this
    battle is
  • Between Russia, Israel, and the United States
  • Between other parties that figure into a world
    event
  • The ending of a great world war that leads to the
    final return of Gods Son
  • To signal establishment of an earthly kingdom
  • The beginning of a 1000-year reign from Jerusalem
  • It is not ahead of us in future historyit is
    behind us!

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Revelation 1616
Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into
the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple
of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is
done!"
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The Seventh Bowl Poured Out
  • The air is smitten.
  • It is doneit is finished!
  • The judgment has been completed.
  • The final bowl of divine wrath is emptied.
  • Final judgment is coming toRome.
  • A voice came from heaven, from the thronea
    divine pronouncement!

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Revelation 1618
And there were noises and thunderings and
lightnings and there was a great earthquake,
such a mighty and great earthquake as had not
occurred since men were on the earth!"
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Revelation 1619
Now the great city was divided into three parts,
and the cities of the nations fell. And great
Babylon was remembered before God, to give her
the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His
wrath."
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Revelation 1620
Then every island fled away, and the mountains
were not found."
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Revelation 1621
And great hail from heaven fell upon men, each
hailstone about the weight of a talent. Men
blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail,
since that plague was exceedingly great."
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The Seventh BowlGods Exclamation Point!!!
  • After that announcement there were
  • Lightnings
  • Thunderings
  • A great earthquake like none other that had ever
    appeared on the earth
  • The epitome of horror
  • Like Judah at the hand of Nebuchadnezzar (Ezekiel
    58,9)
  • Like prophesied for Jews at Rome (Matthew 2421)
  • The destruction of a mighty nation!

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The Seventh BowlGods Exclamation Point!!!
  • The division of the great city into three parts
    points to completeness of the destruction.
  • All nations fell who were in the league with Rome
    and who opposed God.
  • Weakened and dividedthey were easily conquered!
  • No place of refugeeven islands and remote
    mountains were removed.
  • Cup of wrath and its fiercenessgreat power
    magnified!

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The Seventh BowlGods Exclamation Point!!!
  • Great hail fell from heaven.
  • The scene was utter chaos.
  • A crescendo of wrath comes against Rome earth
    trembles the imperial city splits into thirds
    men run frantically to escape the pummeling hail
    falling on their heads!
  • What could they do? REPENTtoo late
  • What did they do? Blaspheme God!
  • Even 100-pound hail did not produce
    changecontinued to have confidence in the
    strength of men!

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