20. THE SEVEN BOWLS OF GOD'S WRATH.
Suggested reading: Revelation chapters 15 and 16.
In order to fully understand the Revelation of Jesus Christ through John, including chapters 15 and 16, we must remember that John throughout the receiving of the whole revelation, (physically speaking) never once left the Island of Patmos. But by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, John is able to see things, past, present, future, in the world of the dead, on earth and in the sky, all at the same time. (Eph.4: 9 – 10)
As John watched the Lamb open the seals in the sky, John was not just seeing in the sky but also things on earth and under the earth. As John was seeing the trumpets sounding in the sky, he was also seeing things on earth. When John is shown the things in chapters 15 and 16, he is again being shown things in the sky, on earth and under the earth. John is being shown into all these areas simultaneously.
Revelation 15:1 Then I saw another sign in the sky, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God. 2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gained victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. 3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, great and marvellous are your works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are your ways, the King of saints.
In Revelation chapter 15:1, we are told that John saw seven angels with the last seven plagues in the sky. Then in verse 2, John saw what looked like a sea of glass mixed with fire and standing beside the sea, those who had been victorious over the beast and his image and over the number of his name. They held harps given by God and sang the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the Lamb.
Although we are told that the seven angels are in the sky, we are not told where the saints are, other than they are standing by what looks like a sea of glass mixed with fire. These saints are in fact not in the sky with the angels, but are within the world of the dead in that place Jesus Christ calls paradise. This becomes clearer as we read on.
Revelation 15:5 And after that I looked, and, saw, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in the sky was opened: 6 And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles. 7 And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God, who lives forever and ever. 8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.
From verse 1 to 5, the seven angels are in the temple. As the angels leave the temple, the temple is filled with smoke from the glory of God and from his power so that no one could enter the temple. As there is no mention of the saints leaving the temple with the angels, we can safely say that the angels and the saints are not in the same place. John by the Spirit of Christ is seeing into two places at the same time. It’s as if, John has on eye focused on the angels in the sky and the other eye on the saints in Sheol/paradise.
How do we know that the saints are definitely not in the sky, before the angels pour out the seven bowls of God’s wrath? Because between the pouring out of the sixth and seventh bowls of God’s wrath, we (the saints who are still on earth) are given a reminder that when Jesus Christ comes, he will come as a thief, to those who are not expecting and watching for his coming. According to God’s word (1 Corinthians 15:23), the saints, those who are in Christ, will not be resurrected from the dead, until the coming of Jesus Christ.
Therefore if there are still Christians on earth during the outpouring of the sixth bowl of wrath, there are no saints in the sky (other than the 24 elders) when the angels first receive the seven bowls of God’s wrath.
Revelation 16:1 Then I heard a loud voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the bowls of the wrath of God upon the earth. 2 And the first went, and poured out his bowl upon the earth; and there fell a harmful and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and worshipped his image.
The powers in control of the world banking systems are currently working on a new system to replace both the cash and the plastic credit cards. It is being planned, that everyone will have to have a microchip, with their number, inserted under the skin on their forehead or right hand.
God’s word tells us that he, meaning the anti-christ, the ruler of the end time world empire, will force everyone to receive a mark on his right hand or forehead. As the Greek word for hand covers the whole arm from the elbow to the fingers, it is possible that this microchip will be inserted into the wrist. Although the world empire will only extend from Britain to Iraq, it is very possible that The World Bank will introduce this banking system worldwide, during the time of the seven-year covenant.
Revelation 13:16 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17 and that no man can buy or sell except he who has the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
It is possible, that every time we buy or sell, this number will be read by an infra-red light. After this cashless and card less system has been in use for some time, those who have been regularly exposed to this infra-red light will receive painful cancerous sores that will not heal. Also with most of the world,s doctors now having their right hand rendered useless by cancer, there will be a worldwide shortage of doctors. But Christians need not fear, because God is their healer.
Revelation 16:3 Then the second angel poured out his bowl upon the sea; and it became as the blood of the dead: and every living soul in the sea died. 4 And the third angel poured out his bowl upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.
The second bowl is poured out during the time of the second trumpet, and the third bowl is poured out during the time of the third trumpet. Both are poured out during the time of the fourth seal. Also because during this time, the rivers and the springs of water become blood, we know the two witnesses are operating at this time
Revelation 16:8 Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. 9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which has power over these plagues: and they did not repent and give him glory.
Revelation 16:10 Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl upon the throne of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they bit their tongues for pain, 11 and blasphemed the God of the sky because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.
When the fifth angel pours out his bowl, the kingdom of the beast becomes full of darkness. Because we know the sun will only be darkened once during the last ten-and-a-half-years, we also know that the fifth bowl is poured out during the time of the sixth seal, and during the time of the fifth trumpet.
Revelation 16:12 Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl upon the great river Euphrates; and its waters were dried up, that the way might be prepared for the kings of the east. 13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
It is during the sounding of the sixth trumpet that the sixth bowl of God’s wrath is poured out.
With the sounding of the sixth trumpet, the four angels bound at the great river Euphrates are released. These four angels convince the kings of the East to raise an army of two-hundred million, to make war for one year, one month, one day and one hour. With the pouring out of the sixth bowl of wrath, the great Euphrates is dried up to prepare the way for the kings of the East and their large army. After destroying Babylon, this large army will meet up with the other armies of the world on the great day of God Almighty.
Before that great day of God (the day of the battle of Armageddon), we are once again reminded that when the Lord Jesus Christ comes, he will come to those who are not expecting him, as a thief in the night. But those who are expecting him, and watch for his coming will be blessed.
Revelation 16:15 Look see, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. 16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon. 17 Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple in the sky, from the throne, saying, it is done. 18 And there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth. So mighty an earthquake, and so great, 19 the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. 20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. 21 And there fell out of the sky upon men, great hail stones about the weight of a talent (forty kilograms or eighty pounds): and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great. (Words in italics added.)
After the reminder that the Lord is still coming, and after the battle of Armageddon there is a severe earthquake, unlike any other earthquake the world has ever known. Every city in the world is destroyed, every island flees away and every mountain is brought low. Then huge hailstones fall from the sky upon mankind. This is the same earthquake and hailstorm, referred to during the sounding of the seventh trumpet. (Rev. 11:19)
In Isaiah chapter 40, this is what God has to say of this day.
Isaiah 40:3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness; prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. 4 Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill made low, the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth. 5 The glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and together all flesh shall see it; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”
After every valley is exalted and every mountain and hill is brought low by this great earthquake, the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall together see the glory of the Lord.
In the next chapter, we will focus on the glory of the Lord that will be revealed to all flesh, on that great and terrible Day of the Lord. For the righteous this will be a great day, a day full of joy and excitement, but for the unrighteous this shall be a terrible day, a day full of fear, pain, sorrow and grief.
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