Summary: The Bowl judgments, the climax of God’s divine dealings with a blasphemous earth, lead up to the second coming of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Rev.#52~16:-pt.2~9-12~ GOD POURS OUT HIS WRATH ON THE EARTH- DWELLERS ~5-1-10
” Revelation” as we’ were told in chapter 5:1 was a 7 sealed book. And it contained 3 sets of judgments, the 7 seals of judgment, 7 trumpet judgments & 7 vial judgments. The last seal, the 7th seal contains and opens up the seven trumpet judgments - and when the seventh trumpet judgment is opened, it opens up seven bowl judgments, or seven vial judgments that cover the second 3 1/2 years of the seven-year tribulation period.
The trumpet judgments and the Bowl judgments inflicted by the pouring out of the wrath of God are very similar in many ways.
In both the trumpets and the vials, the first in each series deals with the earth, the second with the sea, the third with rivers and fountains of water, the fourth with the sun, the fifth with darkness, the sixth with the Euphrates River, and the seventh with lightings, thunders, and a great earthquake.
But there are some differences; the first four trumpet judgments deal only with one-third of the earth, while the vial judgments seem to be universal and much greater in intensity.
The judgments described in the trumpet pronouncements and the vial pronouncements fall in rapid succession like trip-hammer blows, and they all will be consummated within a short period of time toward the close of the great tribulation.
The Bowl judgments, the climax of God’s divine dealings with a blasphemous earth, lead up to the second coming of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
After the rapture of the True Church in chapter 4: this crooked politician & strategic minded person will come on the scene, with his smooth talking and conniving ways he will appear to the people that at last we have a great leader, he is set on becoming world dictator as our current administration is doing today, as the old saying goes,” give the devil a inch and he’ll take a mile”.
The 1st half, 3 ½ years go fairly well, this great Political Leader, (that we know as the Antichrist) has brought a false peace and made an agreement with Israel, that he, with the backing of the 10 confederated nations of Europe-some times referred to as the U S o E, some times the Ec.C o E or
[R- R- E] would see to it that Israel could live in peace there in their own land, but as we’ll now see in the last half of the 7 years he breaks his agreement and he himself sets out to destroy the Jews.
Daniel 9:27 And he shall confirm** [strengthen the covenant with many**[Jews and Arabs] for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation**[offerings] to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation,*[ meaning destruction] and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
This verse in Daniel 9: tells of the coming of the Antichrist during the Tribulation Period that starts just after the Rapture of the church, he’s seen for the 1st time in chapter 6:2.
The Antichrist will pledge protection for Israel for a seven-year period, but in the midst of the week** he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation (Offering) to cease.
After three and one half years, the Antichrist will break his covenant with Israel and defile their new Temple that he allows them to build as he is in charge for a time.
In II Thessalonians 2:4 Paul declares that the Antichrist, the man of sin, will sit “… in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.”
Up until that point the Antichrist will have seemed to be Israel’s protector. His true intentions will at this point be revealed.
Revelation 13:5 says that power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. –3 1/2 years.—the last half, and lets be sure and notice that God allows him to continue, he will be carrying out Gods Plan.--
Let us never forget that all power comes from God, God will allow him to continue for 3 ½ more years, and let me remind us that the reason for the Tribulation in the 1st place is to punish the sinful Nations and His people Israel and to turn Israel back to Himself.
Jeremiah 30:7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble;-- let me point out that Jacob and Israel are one and the same person.
God changed Jacobs name to Israel, when we talk about Israel today we’re actually talking about the decendence of Jacobs 12 sons; the 12 sons are the heads of the 12 tribes of Israel.