SEVEN BOWLS OF THE WRATH OF GOD
The seven bowls of the wrath of God, come from seven angels, who come from the tabernacle of testimony in heaven. This would be the place of two important things. One, the mercy seat that the blood of Jesus was applied to in heaven which would not be covering those on earth during this time as they all will have heard the Gospel and rejected it. Many will have taken the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. Two, inside the Ark of the Covenant, would be the Law. These 7 angels are coming for the deliverance of "wrath."
The opportunity for salvation will end at the Rapture and the 144,000 remnant Jews will realize that the false-Messiah they had accepted was not the real Messiah and that Jesus Christ of Nazareth in fact was and is the real Messiah, but will realize it too late to make the Rapture. Therefore will be sealed for their protection from the seven trumpets of judgment and the seven bowls of wrath. These last 3 1/2 years are strictly a time of wrath and judgment. And those not sealed that survive it, will only survive it until the Battle of Armageddon whereupon its completion, the Lord will "harvest the grapes of wrath," meaning, the rest of mankind, the most evil people of all time on earth, will be terminated.
This is very real and very serious. The time to be saved is today. The time to see loved ones saved is today. Not only will a person need to be saved to make it through the tribulation (the first three and one half years before the rapture), but a person will need to know their Bible in order to recognize all the deception that will be like a flood. And need to be close to the Lord to have the strength to endure. How many times, does the Bible say beware of false teachers and prophets? The only way to recognize them is by knowing the truth of God's Word for oneself.
The Seven Bowls of the Wrath of God
"After these things I looked, and behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened. And out of the temple came the seven angels having the seven plagues, clothed in pure bright linen, and having their chests girded with golden bands. Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God who lives forever and ever. The temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from His power, and no one was able to enter the temple till the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed." Revelation 15:5-8 These come from the tabernacle of the testimony of heaven. As in Ark of the Covenant & Mercy Seat. They rejected God's mercy sent through His Son, Jesus Christ and chose the evil one and against God. They will have no covering as per their choices and will have to face the judgment and wrath of their choices.
Bowl 1 / Revelation 16:2 "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." All the people with the mark of the beast and who had worshiped his image, got foul & loathsome sores.
Bowl 2 / Revelation 16:3 "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." The sea became as dead man's blood and all in the sea died. All.
Bowl 3 / Revelation 16: 4-6 "Then the third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood. And 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. For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, And You have given them blood to drink. For it is their just due." Waters turned to blood. Recompense.
Bowl 4 / Revelation 16:8-9 "Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and power was given to him to scorch men with fire. And 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." Bowl poured on the sun and mankind gets scorched with tremendous heat; literally. Also, this is confirmation, the day of salvation is past; they only blaspheme God now. No one gets saved without being chosen and led by the Holy Spirit and the day of salvation has past.
Bowl 5 / Revelation 16:10-11 "Then 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. They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and did not repent of their deeds." Bowl poured on beast and his kingdom. Darkness comes. Tongues gnawed in pain. No repentance going on...
Bowl 6 / Revelation 16:12 "Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared." Bowl poured on Euphrates River and it dried up, making way for kings of the East' preparations. They will join in against God at Armageddon and the way is being allowed for them.
But wait, the dragon has to make ready for Armageddon and the Lord says, He will come like a thief by surprise again; it is a warning to not be there!
Revelation 16:13-16 "And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to 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 am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame." And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon." God gave them what they needed for battle. And He will handle them. Thought for consideration: Why did Jesus at this point and time, have it inserted here about His coming? The writer of this article believes, it is there to warn all who read this: Stay right with God. You won't want to be on the bad side. Keep your garments clean and your sins covered (by Christ). Those who do not, will wind up on the wrong side of judgment.
Bowl 7 / Revelation 16:17-21 "Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, "It is done!" And there were noises and thunderings and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth. Now the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And great Babylon was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath. Then every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. And great hail from heaven fell upon men, each hailstone about the weight of a talent. Men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, since that plague was exceedingly great." In this last section of scripture, when John writes "It is done!" - It really is DONE. But John was not done. He starts recapping as he wants to begin to tell about mystery Babylon. This is another "interruption." Other men besides John put chapter and verse markings that seemed right to them. We need discernment to follow John, please consider it and see what holds out to make sense and come together.
There are more verses in other areas about Armageddon. It seems right to list them here:
"Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God."
"And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS."
"Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, "Come and gather together for the supper of the great God, that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, both small and great."
"And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh."
To the writer of this article, this is the end of 6000 years of mankind living in a fallen world. In the very next verse, which happens to be in another chapter (20:1), Satan himself, is bound and cast into a pit thousand years. There are still 1000 years of millennial reign of Christ to come on a recovered earth and then Satan will be released for a season of testing for those born during that time and a short battle as he tried to thwart God again. But when his short season and short battle are over, it's OVER. He will be put away forever. Did I say FOREVER? YES, FOREVER! And there will be a new heaven and a new earth (old universe and earth destroyed) and sin will be no more. No more fallen natures to deal with and no more devil or demons. A clean and wonderful eternity with our wonderful God and we to be His joy as His people. Now this is a happy ending (and beginning).
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