Summary: This is a study of chapter 16 in the book of Revelation. This is a controversial subject but takes a conservative approach to understanding the book.
Note: I used many sources to study this book, one of my favorites is Revelation: God’s Word for the Biblically-Inept by Daymond Duck and some out of different study bibles.
Title: The Seven Vials Revealed
Theme: God's judgment shown
Text: Revelation 16
Moses said to the Israelites Deut 28:15,27,35
But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee: (Deuteronomy 28:15 AV)
The LORD will smite thee with the botch of Egypt, and with the emerods, and with the scab, and with the itch, whereof thou canst not be healed. (Deuteronomy 28:27 AV)
The LORD shall smite thee in the knees, and in the legs, with a sore botch that cannot be healed, from the sole of thy foot unto the top of thy head. (Deuteronomy 28:35 AV)
Here we will see the pouring out of the seven vials. The great judgments. We are on the edge of the great war mentioned in vs. 14, 16, Dan 11:36-45. This is a mention of the anti-Christ who will lift himself up as God.
1 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.
Who's voice is this? Who is in the temple?
2 And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.
Now will be seen outwardly the inward condition of the heart. book The Oath
3 And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.
Reminder of what happens in Exodus 7:17-25; also of 2nd trumpet in 8: 8-9
difference is Ex only streams and ponds affected and in Rev 8 only 1/3 life dead
Water used to sustain life is now used for death
Now all in the sea dies.
4 And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood. 5 And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus.
What do you think about the phrase “angel of the waters”? Do you think that God has angels that are set up for different parts of the earth? In revelation 7 we see the angels of the four winds. What do you think would happen if they were not there?
God is righteous because he judges or he fulfills his promise to judge.
6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.
Why judgment? Because of the shed blood of the saints and prophets. Oh how many have been martyred or lost their lives? How many? who knows
7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.
the altar-the place of sacrifice Rev 6:9-11
And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled. (Revelation 6:9-11
What is God's judgments righteous?
John 3:19 the men of this world love darkness more than the light
Heb 1:9 as Christ example we must love righteousness and hate evil
Righteous art thou, O LORD, and upright are thy judgments. (Psalms 119:137 AV)
8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial 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 hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.
For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. (Malachi 4:1 AV)