Summary: The plagues of the seven bowls
Opening: The political conventions are over and the speeches are done.
Now we have come to the seven plagues brought by the seven angels to finish the wrath of God on the earth.
In the King James Bible the word last means finished, which is what Jesus spoke on the cross just before He died when He said, “It is finished.”
Jesus meant that the debt of mans sin against God was finished.
Now those who have rejected the work of Christ will realize that God’s patience is finished.
The “Sea of Glass” is a symbol of all the believers who came through the Tribulation.
The martyrs are singing the song of Moses.
The Jews have sung this song for thousands of years to commemorate their deliverance from Pharoah’s army at the Red Sea.
Their song also becomes the “Song of the Lamb”.
Jesus brought them deliverance and made them joint heirs in the Kingdom of God.
In verse five the Heavenly Tabernacle was opened and John was permitted to look into the Holy of Holies.
John refers to it as the tabernacle of testimony meaning its function was both a witness to man and a witness against him.
It was a witness to man in that its furniture and function told of the way man must approach God.
It witnesses against him because the necessity of the rituals was a constant reminder that man was unworthy to come into the presence of a holy God in his own merit.
Illustration: Becoming a member of a club.
Out of the temple came seven angels with the seven final judgments of God.
Do you remember when we I this series and told you that each level was going to be more severe than the previous one?
The seven trumpets were worse than the seven seals and now the seven bowls are going to be the worst.
The seven plagues needed to be fulfilled before any man could enter the temple.
Now the people who did not repent are about to be judged and God now closes His ears to their cries because it is too late.
Illustration: Same as Noah when he closed the door to the Ark.
In chapter 14 we saw the final harvest of the believers but now it was too late and the destiny of everyone on earth is about to be settled.
Revelation 16 Read verse 1-16
Bowl one was a plague of malignant painful sores poured out on all those people who accepted the mark.
This is similar to the plague of boils that God allowed Moses and Aaron to spread over Egypt in the 9th chapter of Exodus.
Now as horrible as this sounds it will be mild compared to where they spend eternity.
The 2nd bowl was poured into the sea and every living thing died. Remember in the 8th chapter how 1/3 of the sea died?
Even after this man would not repent so now God’s wrath kills everything in the water.
Bowl 3 turns the water into blood, once again similar to Moses turning the Nile into blood but here we are told all the water.
In verse 6 we are told why God inflicts this horrible judgment on the earth.
They have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and you gave them blood to drink and they deserve it.
Bowl number 4 delivers a global heat wave. Finally Al Gore will get his global warming.