The day of judgment is coming

It has been said that D.L. Moody, one of the great preachers and evangelists of recent years looked into the faces of more people than any man who ever lived and that he reduced the population of hell by 2 million. Many would say that Billy Graham has reached millions with the Go … More

Wrath

Chapter 15 is preparatory to the seven Bowl Judgments. In Chapter 11 John gave us the seven Seal Judgements, the seven Trumpet Judgments and now he leads us to the seven Bowl Judgments in chapter 16. Why does there need to be these three series of seven judgments? Only God knows the real answer to this but we can see a pattern of (1) the initial encounter, (2) the intensive assaults, and finally (3) the consuming blow. These bowl judgements take place at the end of the Tribulation.

  • The Scene opens back in Heaven

John is shown a sign in heaven that is described as great and marvelous (v.1). Seven Angels, each having a plague and ready to perform their duties, proceed from the Temple fully equipped for their tasks (vv. 1,5,6). They appear to be priests as well as angels because they are dressed in pure and white linen with golden girdles which marks them as priests. Before judgment falls, John sees a group of victorious saints, with harps, and they are singing the song that Moses sang (vv. 2-4) when he crossed the Red Sea (Ex. 15:1-19). This song of Moses commemorated the greatest deliverance in the history of Israel and now is being sung by the victorious martyrs who are brought through the sea of persecution to the promised land of heaven. John also sees one of the four living creatures give the seven Angels the seven golden bowls of wrath (v. 7). When this is done smoke fills the Temple, making it impossible for anyone to enter until these bowls or wrath are poured out on the earth (v. 8).

Application

God’s day of judgment is coming on this wicked world. I need to ask myself - am I doing all I can to warn people and give them the message of God’s way of escape through His Son?

Revelation 15:1-8 (English Standard Version)

Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and amazing, seven angels with seven plagues, which are the last, for with them the wrath of God is finished. And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mingled with fire--and also those who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name, standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands. And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, "Great and amazing are your deeds, O Lord God the Almighty! Just and true are your ways, O King of the nations! Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship you, for your righteous acts have been revealed." After this I looked, and the sanctuary of the tent of witness in heaven was opened, and out of the sanctuary came the seven angels with the seven plagues, clothed in pure, bright linen, with golden sashes around their chests. And 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, and the sanctuary was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from his power, and no one could enter the sanctuary until the seven plagues of the seven angels were finished.

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