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7 Bowls and Armagedon


Rev. 15 – 16.

Here in chapter 15 we have the introduction to the 7 bowls…or 7 vials.

But if you remember, back in chapter 6 we had the opening of the seals…and the seals revealed that Rome was about to collapse.

Now, as we have studied this book I hope you have picked up on one of the major themes that has been evident all the way through…and that is the SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD.

These Christians that the book is written to were tempted, because of Rome’s power, influence, and wealth, to think that Rome was all powerful.

With that said, lets start now in chapter 15…and as we go through this chapter I want you to imagine how this must have been read and heard by the people of the day…people who were and would suffer a severe persecution at the hands of the Romans.

Rev 15:1

And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels who had seven plagues, which are the last, because in them the wrath of God is finished.

And here where he says that “in these seven plagues…the wrath of God is finished.”

Vs. 2  And I saw, as it were, a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who had come off victorious from the beast and from his image and from the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, holding harps of God.

Back in chapter 4 we saw the “sea of glass” and it’s purpose was to protect God’s holiness.

And notice the three things that “those who came off victorious” had over come…the beast, his image, and the number of his name.

Rev 15:3-4

3 And they sang the song of Moses…

  3 And they sang the song of Moses the bond-servant of God and the song of the Lamb…

 3 And they sang the song of Moses the bond-servant of God and the song of the Lamb saying…

“Great and marvelous are Thy works, O Lord God, the Almighty;  Righteous and true are Thy ways, Thou King of the nations.

4 “Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify Thy name? For Thou alone art holy;  For all the nations will come and worship before Thee, For Thy righteous acts have been revealed.”

5 After these things I looked, and the temple of the tabernacle of testimony in heaven was opened, 6 and the seven angels who had the seven plagues came out of the temple, clothed in linen, clean and bright, and girded around their breasts with golden girdles.

 7 And one of the four living creatures gave to 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 one was able to enter the temple until the seven plagues of the seven angels were finished.

Now, lets go into chapter 16 and the 6 Bowls of Wrath.

Rev 16:1   And I heard a loud voice from the temple, saying to the seven angels, “Go and pour out the seven bowls of the wrath of God into the earth.”

And notice, the voice says, “Go”. When God says “go”, angels and wise men “go.”

And I want you to notice the command, “Go and pour out the seven bowls of the wrath of God into the earth.”

2 And the first angel went and poured out his bowl into the earth; and it became a loathsome and malignant sore upon the men who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his image.

3 And the second angel poured out his bowl into the sea, and it became blood like that of a dead man; and every living thing in the sea died.

 4 And the third angel poured out his bowl into the rivers and the springs of waters; and they became blood.

 5 And I heard the angel of the waters saying, “Righteous art Thou, who art and who wast, O Holy One, because Thou didst judge these things; 6 for they poured out the blood of saints and prophets, and Thou hast given them blood to drink. They deserve it. ” 7 And I heard the altar saying, “Yes, O Lord God, the Almighty, true and righteous are Thy judgments.”

 8 And the fourth angel poured out his bowl upon the sun; and it was given to it to scorch men with fire.

 9 And men were scorched with fierce heat; and they blasphemed the name of God who has the power over these plagues; and they did not repent, so as to give Him glory.

 10 And the fifth angel poured out his bowl upon the throne of the beast; and his kingdom became darkened(this is a term that speaks of it being so dark you cannot see to move) ; and they gnawed their tongues because of pain,

 11 and they blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores; and they did not repent of their deeds.

 12 And the sixth angel poured out his bowl upon the great river, the Euphrates; and its water was dried up, that the way might be prepared for the kings from the east.

Now, in the next few verses we are going to see the battle of Har-Megedon.

 13 And I saw coming out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs;

 14 for they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them together for the war of the great day of God, the Almighty.

 15(“Behold, I am coming like a thief. Blessed is the one who stays awake and keeps his garments, lest he walk about naked and men see his shame.”)

So, here in verse 13-15 we are told that war is coming between the terrible trio…and the Lord.

 16 And they gathered them together to the place which in Hebrew is called Har-Magedon.

 Now, remember, this is all a vision and it all takes place under the pouring out of a bowl.

 17 And the seventh angel poured out his bowl upon the air; and a loud voice came out of the temple from the throne, saying, “It is done.”

 Now, verse 18 and in this verse you have the epitome of horror.

18 And there were flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder; and there was a great earthquake, such as there had not been since man came to be upon the earth, so great an earthquake was it, and so mighty.

 19 And the great city was split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. (The fact that Rome was split by an earthquake stresses the utterness of its destruction…as well as its allies.

 And Babylon(the symbolic name of Rome) the great was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of His fierce wrath.

 20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.

 21 And huge hailstones, about one hundred pounds each, came down from heaven upon men; (surely the people would repent now…wouldn’t they?)

and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, because its plague was extremely severe.

The seven bowls have been poured out. Judgment on Rome is complete. Rome is destroyed.

As we go into chapters 17-18 we will see the OBITUARY for the fallen empire.