The Bowl Judgments

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Chapter 16 covers the seven bowl judgments. These are an expansion of the seventh trumpet judgement, just as the seven trumpet judgments are an expansion of the breaking of the seventh seal judgment. John introduces the seven angels to pour out the seven bowls of God’s wrath on the earth. In these plagues there are some similarities to the plagues in Egypt and the seven trumpet judgments.

      The Seven Bowl Judgments                                Plagues      Judgments

      1.   Ugly and painful sores on men (Boils) (v.2)     Ex. 9:10-11

      2.   Sea turns to blood and every thing dies (v 3)  Ex. 7:17-18

      3.   Rivers and fountains become blood (vv. 4-7)   Ex. 7:19-21   Rev. 8:8-9

      4.   The sun becomes scorching hot (vv. 8,-,9)              

      5.   Darkness and its agony (vv. 10-11)               Ex. 10:21-23 Rev. 9:1-2

      6.   Euphrates river dries up (vv. 12-16)              Ex. 14:21      Rev. 9:12-16

      7.   Thunder, earthquakes and hail (vv. 17-21)    Ex. 9:22-26  Rev. 11:18-19

As Babylon falls the people cursed God because the plagues were so terrible. The stage is now set for the dramatic and climactic second coming of Christ, revealed in chapter 19.


Even though men saw the hand of God in all these events they still went their own way. Lord help me to never be so stubborn I refuse to listen when you send messages to me.

Revelation 16:1-12 (English Standard Version)

Then I heard a loud voice from the temple telling the seven angels, "Go and pour out on the earth the seven bowls of the wrath of God." So the first angel went and poured out his bowl on the earth, and harmful and painful sores came upon the people who bore the mark of the beast and worshiped its image. The second angel poured out his bowl into the sea, and it became like the blood of a corpse, and every living thing died that was in the sea. The third angel poured out his bowl into the rivers and the springs of water, and they became blood. And I heard the angel in charge of the waters say, "Just are you, O Holy One, who is and who was, for you brought these judgments. For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and you have given them blood to drink. It is what they deserve!" And I heard the altar saying, "Yes, Lord God the Almighty, true and just are your judgments!" The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and it was allowed to scorch people with fire. They were scorched by the fierce heat, and they cursed the name of God who had power over these plagues. They did not repent and give him glory. The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness. People gnawed their tongues in anguish and cursed the God of heaven for their pain and sores. They did not repent of their deeds. The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, to prepare the way for the kings from the east.

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