Summary: This sermon deals with the plagues God sends during the last half of Tribulation and how people react to them.
Time Is Up For The Unbelievers
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
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.
The plagues on Egypt actually happened
so we should expect these awful judgments to happen as well.
VERSE 2 So 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.
This first bowl judgment causes foul and loathsome sores
for those who choose to worship Antichrist rather than Jesus.
Their allegiance to the Antichrist is demonstrated
by accepting the mark of the beast.
God responds by sending on them a plague of sores.
These awful sores afflict only those who worship the Antichrist
who have accepted the mark of the Beast.
The sores do not come upon those alive
who had turned to Jesus for salvation during the Tribulation.
This judgment falls on the human race
because of their worship of the Antichrist.
Only those bearing the mark of the beast will get those awful sores.
God will not bring judgment on those who turn to Jesus
during the last half of Tribulation.
He will protect them just as He did the Israelites
during the plagues that fell on Egypt.
VERSE 3 Then 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.