Today we are looking at Revelation chapter 16. This chapter continues the account of God’s judgments on the wicked. It describes the bowl judgments. This is the third 7 part series of God’s wrath that is literally poured out.
The first judgment is ugly and painful sores on those who had the mark of the beast and who worshipped him. The second bowl turns the sea into blood and kills all the living things in the sea. The third bowl judgement turns the rivers and springs into blood. This judgment appears to ruin ALL the waters of the whole earth.
After the 3rd judgment an angel declares that God is just to avenge the wicked. The angel says,
“You are just in these judgments,
You who are and who were, the Holy One,
Because you have so judged;
For they have shed the blood of your saints and prophets,
And you have given them blood to drink as they deserve.”
Then the altar agreed with this and said,
“Yes, Lord God Almighty,
True and just are your judgments.”
The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun and the sun was given power to scorch people with fire, but instead of them repenting, they cursed God. The fifth bowl plunged the kingdom of the beast into darkness and even in their anguish the wicked still cursed God. The sixth judgment dries up the Euphrates River to prepare the way for the kings of the East. Then demons begin to gather up the kings of the earth to battle against God at Armeggedon.
The seventh judgment occurred and out of the temple came a loud voice saying, "IT IS DONE!" The seventh was an earthquake like no other that the Earth has ever seen. Cities everywhere fall apart and are destroyed, mountains literally crash down, islands completely disappear and 100 pond hailstones bombard the earth.
God remembered how civilization had mocked him and turned His fury on the them. He is done and no longer holds back. He shows His power and judgment.