A Study in Revelation
The Seven Bowls
As we continue from the previous chapter of John's vision of the harvest and the wrath, he records the scene in heaven as the seven angels prepare to pour out the seven bowls.
John sees another sign in heaven. The seven angels have the seven last plagues, where God's wrath is filled up. They are standing on the sea of glass with harps of God. And the sea of glass is mixed with fire with those who had victory over the beast and his mark and his image. These are the martyred saints who are purified resisted the Anti-christ.
And these martyred saints sang the song of Moses and of the Lamb proclaiming the marvelous works of God, His ways are just, proclaimed Him King of saints, and proclaimed He is holy and who can fear Him. And because of His holiness, all nations will worship before Him because His judgments are made known.
After the martyred saints of the Great Tribulation worshiped God, The temple of the tabernacle opened, and the seven angels with the seven plagues came out. And the four beasts gave the angels seven vials full of God's wrath. The temple filled with smoke of God's glory and from His power. No man was able to enter the temple until the seven plagues were finished.
As the Great Tribulation draws close to the end, John hears a voice from the temple commanding the angels to pour out the vials of wrath upon the earth.
The first angel pours out his vial on the earth which causes severe sores upon those who had the mark of the beast and upon those who worshiped his image. Throughout the vials, the plagues affect those who have the mark. God's saints are not affected.
The second angel pours out his vial on the sea which turns to blood of a dead man which kills every living soul in the sea.
The third Angel pours out his vial over the fountains and river and they turned into blood.
The angels of the waters proclaim God's righteousness and his judgments. Because the ones who ally themselves with the Anti-christ shed the blood of the saints. And they were given blood to drink through the streams and fountains,
The fourth angel pours out his vile on the sun, which gives power to the angel to scorch men with fire. as they were scorched with fire, they blasphemed God and they did not repent to give Him glory.
It's a sad condition for men who are given over to a deluding influence to believe the lie to worship the Anti-christ.1 Instead of repenting and asking for mercy, they blaspheme God while they suffer in plagues.
As the fifth angel pours out his vile on the beast's seat, his kingdom is filled with darkness, and they gnawed their tongues in pain. And they blasphemed God because of their pain and sores, And they did not repent of their deeds.
As we examine these scenes, men do not repent nor receive Jesus as their Savior. Men are so deluded because they rejected God, they believe the lie of the Anti-christ. And they are deluded so much, delight in their wickedness.2
The sixth angel poured ours out his vial upon the Euphrates River. And the river dries up. And the Kings of the earth become prepared to do battle. The three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon (satan) and the beast (Anti-christ) and out of the mouth of the false prophet. These unclean spirits of devils work miracles which goes out to the Kings of the earth and the whole world to gather them to battle on the day of the Lord at Armageddon.
The Lord Jesus will come "as a thief" at Armageddon and He will bless those who keep watch and keep their garments unless they walk naked and see their shame. Throughout the New Testament, Jesus always referred to His coming "as a thief as post-tribulational.6
As the seventh angel pours out his vial unto the air, a voice from the temple proclaims "it is done." And voices, thunder and lightning and a great earthquake follows. There was no other earthquake which was as great as this one. And the great city (Babylon) was divided into three parts, and all the cities of all nations fell. At this time the Great city of Babylon was remembered before, to face the fierceness of His wrath. And every island fled away, and the mountains could not be found. And every stone which weighed a talent came from the plague of the hail.
As we studied in previous chapters, a great earthquake occurs at the sixth seal and the mountains and islands moved out of their places.3 And at the same hour the two witnesses rise from the dead and are told to come up to heaven, a great earthquake occurred. 4 And in the previous chapter, the second angel proclaims "Babylon is fallen, is fallen."5 These events will happen at the same time Jesus returns from heaven. John's vision of Babylon carries further into the next chapter in Revelation.
As the plague of hail is thrown down to earth, men blasphemed God because the plague was exceedingly great. Throughout the vials, men do not repent, nor ask for mercy, nor do they give God the glory. They blaspheme Him instead.
1-2 Thessalonians 2:10-12.
2-2 Thessalonians 2:11-12.