- Having been given the seven bowls of God’s wrath, the angels are then given the command to pour them out on the earth.
- The first angel poured his bowl on the land and ugly, painful sores broke out on everyone who had the mark of the beast and worshiped his image.
- The second angel poured his bowl on the sea and it turned to blood. Every living thing in the sea died.
- The third angel poured his bowl on the rivers and springs and they turned to blood as well.
- The angel in charge of the waters then speaks of God’s justice in His judgment. The inhabitants of the earth shed the blood of His saints and prophets, so they have been given blood to drink as they deserve.
- The altar responds saying “yes, Lord Almighty, true and just are your judgments”.
- The fourth angel poured his bowl on the sun and it was given power to scorch people with fire.
- People cursed the name of God because they were seared by the intense heat and the rest of the plagues, but they would not repent and glorify Him.
- The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast and his kingdom was plunged into darkness. In the darkness, men would gnaw on their tongues in agony and curse the God of heaven because of their pains and sores, but they would refuse to repent.
- The sixth angel poured his bowl on the Euphrates and it dried up. This was to prepare the way for the kings of the East.
- Then John saw three evil spirits looking like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet. These evil spirits are the spirits of demons who perform miraculous signs. They will go throughout the world, gathering kings to join them in the battle against the God Almighty on the great day.
- Then Jesus then reminds John that He comes like a thief in the night. Blessed are those who stay awake and keep their clothes with them so they will not be naked and shamefully exposed.
- The spirits then gather the kings of the world together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.
- The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air and from the temple and the throne came a loud voice saying “It is done!” Then there were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, and the most severe earthquake that has happened while men have inhabited the earth.
- The earthquake was so great that the great city was split into three parts and the cities of the nations collapsed.
- God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the full cup of His wrath.
- Every island fled away and the mountains could not be found.
- Huge hailstones, weighing around 100 pounds, fell from the sky and fell on people. People cursed God because of the plague of hail because of how terrible it was.
Amongst the destruction of God’s wrath being poured out, Jesus reminds those who follow Him to be ready. We can get easily distracted at what is to come or even what is happening around us right now. But Jesus calls out, urging us to stay awake so that we will not be shamefully exposed. Am I awake and patiently waiting with my clothes ready? Or am I sound asleep without a care in the world?
Jesus, I am so easily distracted by the tragedies and news of this world, and the worst is yet to come. Would you keep my heart full of compassion for the world around me, but also keep my eyes fixed on you and looking forward to your return. I pray this week, as we celebrate your first coming that I would have a heart and mind that looks forward to your second coming. Is there anyone you would have me “wake up” this week? I pray you would use me this week. Amen.
Posted on Tue, December 22, 2015
by Brian Landers