The 7 Bowl Judgments of Revelation – 1

The seven Bowls of Wrath is the final series of judgments placed on unrepentant human beings. The first series was the opening of the 7 seals. The second series was the blowing of the seven Trumpets. Now Rev. 16:1 (NIV) John writes: “Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, ‘Go, pour out the seven bowls of God’s wrath on the earth.’”

If you remember what happened after the blowing of the Sixth Trumpet, the unredeemed left on the earth have really hardened their hearts against the God of their creation and have chosen to follow demons. However, God is still giving the unredeemed one last chance to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

The First Bowel of Wrath – Rev. 16:2

When people choose to worship the Antichrist rather than Jesus, they demonstrated their allegiance to the Antichrist by accepting the mark of the Beast (Rev. 13:11-18). This did enable them to buy and sell and be accepted by society. Now, they pay the penalty for doing so.

Rev. 16:2 (NIV): “The first angel went and poured out his bowl on the land, and ugly and painful sores broke out on the people who had the mark of the beast and worshiped his image.”

The Greek word for these sores is the very term the Septuagint (the Greek translation of the Old Testament) used to translate the Hebrew term for “boils” in the story of the Egyptian plagues in Exodus 9. Notice that it only affects those who have the mark of the Beast on them. No Tribulation saint suffers from this bowl judgment.

The Second Bowel of Wrath – Rev. 16:3

Remember what happened when the second trumpet was blown? One third of the sea was turned to blood. Now look what happens. Rev. 16:3 (NIV): “The second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it turned into blood like that of a dead man, and every living thing in the sea died.”

Can you imagine how large a disaster this would be? Billions of sea creatures die all at once and float to the surface. Multitudes of these would be washed up on the sea shores. Think of the filth and smell coming from this. And this is only the second of the seven bowls of judgment.

The Third Bowel of Wrath – Rev. 16:4-7

Now, God’s judgment is focused on the fresh water on the earth. Rev. 16:4 (NIV): “The third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood.” Now there is no fresh water to drink anywhere. Think of how terrible this will be.

Again, we need to look at this from God’s point of view. And we can understand it if we understand what is going on in heaven as this third bowl is poured out.

Rev. 16:4-7 (NIV): “The third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood. Then I heard the 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.’ And I heard the altar respond: ‘Yes, Lord God Almighty, true and just are your judgments.’”

You see, heaven understands that God has given them every opportunity to accept Him and yet they still reject Him. In fact, according to Rev. 9:21, they are worshipping demons and having fellowship with demons instead of with God. In other words, they are receiving exactly what they deserve.

“They are given blood to drink.” The Antichrist and his followers have been persecuting and killing Christians (Tribulations saints) and spilling their blood. The angel says that making them drink blood is a just punishment for spilling the blood of the saints.

The Fourth Bowel of Wrath – Rev. 16:8-9

Now, things get even worse. The unredeemed are covered with boils and have no water to drink and God makes things even hotter for them. Rev. 16:8-9 (NIV): “The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and the sun was given power to scorch people with fire. They were seared by the intense heat.”

Now, instead of the sun being darkened, it got much hotter and began to put out intense heat. Yet, they still refuse to repent.

Rev. 16:9 (NIV): “they cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify him.”

The Fifth Bowel of Wrath – Rev. 16:10-11

Now, to prove to the unrepentant that these are supernatural events created by God, Himself, and not natural events, He immediately shuts down the hot sun and plunges the earth into darkness. Notice that through all this, they still all those sores from the pouring out of the first Bowel of Wrath.

Why is God doing all this? The Antichrist had proclaimed himself god. Now God Almighty is showing the world that the Antichrist is not god because he cannot do anything about what is happening.

So what did the unrepentant do when this happened? Rev. 16:10-11 (NIV): “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.” There is still no repentance.

You would think that with nature changing so fast and drastically, that the unredeemed would acknowledge that God is trying to get their attention. But this is not what will happen. Yes, some will repent, but the majority hardened their hearts so much that they will not repent.

There are still two more bowls of wrath to be poured out. My next article will cover those.



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