Handout No. 12
The Seven Bowls of God’s Wrath & Armageddon - Revelation 16
Do you fear the imminent political escalation leading to the Battle of Armageddon? Well, maybeyou’ll feel a little better to know that’s not what this chapter is about, and the battle of Armageddon as mentioned in Revelation 16 has nothing directly to do with our present Twenty-irst Century time. Chapter 16 shows seven angels commanded to pour out the wrath of Godcontained in seven bowls. These bowls represent divine judgments upon the immoral andidolatrous people of the Roman Empire, and specifically upon those involved in emperor worship(which was the main source of Roman persecution against the church). Like the seven trumpetudgments earlier in Revelation, these judgments are answers to the prayers of the saints andtheir primary purpose is an attempt to bring the evil people of that ancient time to repentance,and to bring vengeance upon them in response to what they’ve done to God’s people.
I. Pouring Out the Seven Bowls of God’s Wrath (16:1-21)A.
The Angels’ Commission (v.1)1.
The voice is probably God’s, since it comes from the heavenly temple, and (as of 15:8) no one else is in it (at least in the sanctuary).2.
A lot of blasphemy, vain boasting, heathenism, and of course, persecutions had comeout of Rome.3.
Until this point in the text, God has been saying a lot about his wrath (5
time sinceCh.13). He wants us to understand clearly it’s what this is. None of it is an accident!4.
It’s a short, terrifying statement!B.
The First Bowl (vv.1-2)1.
“Angels, the good ones, are wiser than humans. When God says ‘go’ they just get upand go. You think there’s a lesson here for us? The bowls parallel the trumpets. Thetrumpets were to warn, but the bowls are to recompense. The time for warning isover. The trumpets are partial, but the bowls are total and complete.” –McGuiggan,
Sores on those with the mark of the beast. This reminds us of the 6
plague uponEgypt, which, we are told in Exodus 9:11, came even upon Pharaoh’s priests/magicians.C.
The Second Bowl (v.3)Joshua Paas