The Seven Bowls Judgments

Now come to the seven final judgments of God that are to come upon the earth and its inhabitants:

"1 And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God. 2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God...5 And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened: 6 And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles. 7 And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever. 8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled." (Revelation 15:1-2, 5-8)

The First Bowl

"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. 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." (Revelation 16:1-2)

Prior to the emptying of this bowl, the last physical judgment upon humanity was the fifth trumpet sounding which unleashed a horde of locust-type creatures. They had the power to torment humans for five months yet not kill them. Now the followers of the Antichrist will be afflicted with loathsome ulcers. Those still living who have not accepted the mark of the Antichrist nor worshipped him will be spared this judgment.

During some of the plagues that God sent upon a rebellious Egypt during the time of Moses, He supernaturally protected His people. The insects that came upon the Egyptians did not bother the Israelites. The cattle of the Egyptians were afflicted with disease while God spared the Israelites' cattle. When hail fell upon Egypt, it did not fall in the Land of Goshen where the children of Israel were living. When God brought a darkness, which the Egyptians could actually feel, over their entire countryside, the Israelites had light in their places of habitation. Finally, when the Angel of Death killed the firstborn of Egypt, he passed over those who had the blood of the lamb on their dwelling places. (Exodus 8:22-24; 9:4-7; 9:22-25; 10:21-23; 12:1-30)

The Second Bowl

"And the second angel poured out his bowl upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea." (Revelation 16:3)

 The oceans of the world turn into blood and every sea creature dies as a result. With the physical pain that rebellious humanity is suffering at this point they now have the added distress of an unimaginable stench from the bloody water and dead creatures of the sea.

The Third Bowl

"And the third angel poured out his bowl upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood. And I heard the angel of the waters say, You are righteous, O Lord, Which are, and was, and shall be, because You have judged thus. For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and You have given them blood to drink; for they are worthy. And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are your judgments." (Revelation 16:4-7)

Next, God pours out His wrath on the fresh water systems of the earth. Just as God used the false gods of Egypt to judge that nation so now He is turning man's drinking water into blood because they had slain millions of God's peoples. Before they were bloodthirsty in killing the followers of Jesus Christ, now they will have their fill of blood while they are thirsting for water.

Some people say that a God of love would not punish nor pour out His wrath upon humanity. By saying this they are actually sitting in judgment of God. If He does do what the Bible tells us He is going to do during the Tribulation Period then these people are saying that God is not a loving God. Yet after this third bowl judgment, heaven declares that God's judgments are "true and righteous".

The Fourth Bowl

"And the fourth angel poured out his bowl upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, Who has power over these plagues: and they repented not to give Him glory." (Revelation 16:8-9)

With no fresh water to drink and already in severe pain, God sends an unbearable heat upon mankind. The term "global warming" does not do justice to what the earth will experience with this judgment.

The hearts of men will be irrevocably hardened by this point that they will continue to blaspheme God rather than repent of their rebellion against Him.

The Fifth Bowl

"And the fifth angel poured out his bowl upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds." (Revelation 16:10-11)

This judgment of darkness falling over the kingdom of the Antichrist is similar to the one that God poured out upon the Egyptians when they would not free His people. In that story God said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt." (Exodus 10:21) This darkness will not only keep people from seeing anything but they will also probably feel the oppressiveness of it.

The pain at this point is so excruciating that humans will chew on their tongues in response. Yet again they continue to blaspheme and hate God because of their sufferings and refuse to repent of their evil ways.

The Sixth Bowl

"And the sixth angel poured out his bowl upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And He gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon." (Revelation 16:12-16)

Earlier we read that the sixth trumpet judgment freed four angels who were bound to the Euphrates River. There John saw an army of 200 million men on the move. With this sixth bowl judgment we see a consummation of that earlier trumpet judgment.

The kings of the east and their massive army try a power move against the Antichrist. They cross the dried-up river (probably through Iraq) in order to attack him and his army. But this battle is not only going to be between the East and the West but also the North and the South.

 The satanic "trinity" of the Devil, Antichrist, and False Prophet is going to send out demonic spirits to gather the rest of the world to the "battle of that great Day of God Almighty". The armies of the world converge on the plains of Esdraelon in the northern part of Israel in the valley of Megiddo (some believe that the name Armageddon is a reference to Megiddo). While this war is raging an angel pours out the seventh bowl judgment on the earth, which is also the final judgment that God brings during the Tribulation Period.

The Seventh Bowl

"And the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air; and there came a great voice out of the Temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath. And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great." (Revelation 16:17-21)

The historically unprecedented noise and light show of this final judgment will be unimaginable. Then a worldwide earthquake shakes the planet. The "great earthquake" that John sees here was spoken of by Isaiah:

"18 And it shall come to pass, that he who fleeth from the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit; and he that cometh up out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the snare: for the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth do shake. 19 The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly. 20 The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again. 21 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth. 22 And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited. 23 Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously." (Isaiah 24:18-23)

This earthquake destroys the cities of the world including "Babylon". It appears that this shaking of the earth "to and fro like a drunkard" will level mountains and sink islands in the oceans.

Finally, hailstones weighing more than one-hundred pounds each, rain down on the earth and once again cause those still alive to blaspheme God.

This final, apocalyptic storm, which includes thunder, lightning, an earthquake, and hailstones will occur as the armies of the world are slaughtering each other in Israel. However, the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ will terminate all these events.

A voice comes out of the Temple in Heaven and declares, "It is done!" The Tribulation Period judgments of the world for its rebellious rejection of God and His Son are over.

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