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Summary: This sermon deals with the plagues God sends during the last half of Tribulation and how people react to them.

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Time Is Up For The Unbelievers

Revelation 16:1-11

1 Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, "Go and pour out the bowls of the wrath of God on the earth."

2So the first went and poured out his bowl upon the earth, and a foul and loathsome sore came upon the men who had the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image.

3Then the second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it became blood as of a dead man; and every living creature in the sea died.

4Then the third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood.

5And I heard the angel of the waters saying: "You are righteous, O Lord,

The One who is and who was and who is to be, Because You have judged

these things.

6For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, And You have given

them blood to drink. For it is their just due."

7And I heard another from the altar saying, "Even so, Lord God Almighty,

true and righteous are Your judgments."

8Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and power was given to him to scorch men with fire.

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

10Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom became full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues because of the pain.

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

We come to Revelation chapter 16 in our sermon series.

It describes the final 7 Bowls of the wrath of God.

This is the high point of God's punishment of sinners

during the 7 year Tribulation period.

In this chapter we will see God offers no repentance to unbelievers.

God’s patience has run out!

The judgments we will read about are similar

to the 10 plaques God sent on Egypt

and to the trumpet judgments of chapters 8 and 9.

The bowl judgments are more total and worldwide in their effects

than were the trumpets

and generally affect people more directly.

So let’s get into today’s passage.

VERSE 1 Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, "Go and pour out the bowls of the wrath of God on the earth."

The 7 angels are holding bowls containing the judgments

that are about to fall on the earth.

They seem reluctant to pour out these bitter judgments.

However, they are obedient to the voice of God when He speaks.

These bowls are poured out

during the last 3 and ½ years of the 7-year Tribulation period.

Four of these 7 judgments are similar to the 10 plagues

God sent on Egypt to free the Israelites from pharaoh.

Part of the 6th judgment that dries up the Euphrates River

and produces frogs also happened before.

Frogs were generated as one of the plagues of Egypt.

We also know that God rolled back the Red Sea

so that the Israelites could walk on dry ground.

So there’s nothing new when God dries up the Euphrates River

so that the kings of the East may march over on dry ground.


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