What is the purpose of the Bowl Judgments? “Annialitive Wrath.” These judgments are severe and extreme.
God is now releasing His wrath with full force on this world that has now become extremely wicked and evil. These Judgements that God will be throwing at them are so supernatural, that these people will know, without any shadow of a doubt, that it is really God doing all of this.
Its a miracle that anyone has survived to this point of the seven year tribulation. God is about to release the worse judgments to date, called the Bowl Judgments.
There are basically two type of people left.
1. Those that have blatantly rejected the Gospel message and sided with the Antichrist by accepting his mark called the Mark of the beast. These people, in their free will choice have doomed themselves to hell for eternity, it was their choice. God provided ample opportunities given the cause and effect of the last 14 judgments to repent and call to Jesus Christ to save them.
2. And finally, the hard hearted, both Jew and gentile, the stubborn ones who still refuse to accept Jesus as their savior and Messiah and also reject the Antichrist. The Jews who chose to remain behind in Israel after the Antichrist defiled the temple which caused a remnant to flee to Petra. It is these that refuse to live under the authority of the Antichrist by not accepting the mark, most are probably on the run fearing being caught without the mark. And the Jews who chose to say in Israel will be horribly persecuted by the Antichrist
The Bowl Judgments are much different in scope and effect than the last two sets of judgments.
The Seal Judgments, (Redemptive Wrath) targeting those that sided with the Antichrist and his sycophants who murdered Christians by trying to stifle the message of salvation, The Apostle John describes the martyred saints as crying out for justice to God, John also states that the number of the martyred could not be counted and compares their numbers to grains of sand along a sea shore.
The Trumpet Judgments, (Destructive Wrath) are probably the most unique of all the judgments. Cosmic occurrences, stars falling etc. God strikes the earth in thirds. The world will see strange creatures that sting anyone without the seal of God on their foreheads. An army of 200 million horseman that kill 1/3rd of mankind. Hail and fire are thrown to earth burning trees and grass. A great burning star called Wormwood falls from heaven poisoning a third of all fresh water and a third of all sea life, and ocean going vessels are destroyed. This set of judgments are geared towards the unrepentant and those who haven’t made up their minds about Jesus Christ. A second chance so to speak.
The Bowl Judgments, (Annialitive Wrath) are also unique in the fact that when the bowls are poured out by the seven angels, the affect of each judgment causes extreme punishment to those targeted by these judgments. The Bowl judgments target those that sided with the Antichrist, then God turns His eye towards the Great Harlot, meaning the Antichrists government, and his seat of power.
Horrible malignant sores and boils.
For instance, the first bowl causes horrible malignant sores and boils on those that took the mark of the Antichrist. I don’t know about you but I have a experienced a few boils in my life, on one occasion I experienced what is called a carbuncle, a very large type of boil. I suffered with this thing for two weeks, now imagine boils and carbuncles all over your body covering every inch, the pain would be excruciating to say the least, millions will die.
Another of the Bowl judgments that is unique is The Fourth Bowl Judgment.
In this judgment God literally turns up the heat. We have already seen that God has already struck causing a third part of the sea to turn to blood during the 2nd trumpet, but the second bowl includes all oceans and seas. Imagine when all living creatures in the worlds oceans and seas die. Think of the unbearable stench and disease.
The Object of the Fifth Bowl—The throne of the Beast.
While the remaining population is still reeling from the horrible sores and dreadful heat and bloody oceans God will turn His attention the the Antichrist, his seat of government (Babylon) and his evil kingdom. Suddenly at this point utter darkness is poured out on the beast’s throne, the very place of his rule, and neither Satan nor the Antichrist can do anything alleviate this judgment.
God is not done with the Antichrist and the Great Harlot. The Fifth bowl God attacks the throne of the Antichrist casting it into utter darkness. In God’s next move He literally wipes out the Antichrist throne and all the mechanisms that run his short lived empire.
Babylon is Destroyed. Revelation 18:1.
After these things I saw another angel, who possessed great authority, coming down out of heaven, and the earth was lit up by his radiance. He shouted with a powerful voice:
“Fallen, fallen, is Babylon the great!
She has become a lair for demons,
a haunt for every unclean spirit,
a haunt for every unclean bird,
a haunt for every unclean and detested beast. For all the nations have fallen from the wine of her immoral passion, and the kings of the earth have committed sexual immorality with her and the merchants of the earth have gotten rich from the power of her sensual behavior.”
This particular event or attack results in a multifaceted judgment and a continuation of the fifth bowl judgment, not just against the person (Antichrist and his False Prophet,) but against the religion of worshiping the images of the Beast, and the required Mark of the Beast instituted by the False Prophet, but will include Gods wrath against an evil and corrupt system of government. A system stained by the blood of all the tribulation saints slain under the Antichrist government and anyone working within his system. Prior to this attack every facet of daily living and business is organized through the seat of the Antichrist, Babylon.
When God sends His mighty angels to wipe out and burn the city I can’t emphasize enough the fact that every facet of the Antichrists government will be destroyed, all commerce, banking, and religious dealing will be gone, this causes the nations of the world to weep bitterly.
Revelation 18-10. They will stand a long way off because they are afraid of her torment, and will say, “Woe, woe, O great city, Babylon the powerful city! For in a single hour your doom has come!”
Revelation 18:14-19 clarifies this fact. (The ripe fruit you greatly desired has gone from you, and all your luxury and splendor have gone from you –they will never ever be found again!)
18:15 The merchants who sold these things, who got rich from her, will stand a long way off because they are afraid of her torment. They will weep and mourn, 18:16 saying,“Woe, woe, O great city –dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet clothing,and adorned with gold,precious stones, and pearls.
18:17 because in a single hour such great wealth has been destroyed!” And every ship’s captain, and all who sail along the coast seamen, and all who make their living from the sea, stood a long way off.
18:18 and began to shout when they saw the smoke from the fire that burned her up,“Who is like the great city?”
18:19 And they threw dust on their heads and were shouting with weeping and mourning,“Woe, Woe, O great city –in which all those who had ships on the sea got rich from her wealth – because in a single hour she has been destroyed!”Then we see the Sixth Bowl is poured out and
The Great Euphrates River literally drys up.
The Euphrates river is allowed to dry up to prepare the way for the kings of the east to come for the last and final battle on planet earth. The kings of the east are China and several other Asian nations. A Side Note, when we think of the term or phrase (Armageddon) we are hit with images of nuclear war and massive worldwide destruction, honestly this thinking and understanding of Armageddon is a misconception, more like a misnomer.
The Valley of Armageddon, or “Harmagedon, is refereed to as the The Central Jezreel Valley, and will be a central rally point to organize the coming battle to conquer Israel and fight against Jesus Christ.
Jezreel means “God will Sow.” roughly 380 square kilometers in size, is bounded on the north by the Nazareth mountains and Mount Tabor, on the east and south by Mount Gilboa and the mountains of Samaria respectively, and on the west by Mount Carmel.
Megiddo was the name of a fortified city and a plain in northern Palestine, present day Northern Israel,The plain of Megiddo was strategically located, a kind of natural battlefield and the scene of one notably disastrous battle, the defeat of King Josiah at the hands of Pharaoh Neco of Egypt (2 Kings 23:29-30; 2 Chron 35:20-24).
The Seventh Bowl. Revelation 16:17-21.
“Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, “It is done!” And there were noises and thunderings and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth. Now the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And great Babylon was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath. Then every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. And great hail from heaven fell upon men, every hailstone about the weight of a talent. And the men blasphemed God because of the plagues of the hail, since that plague was exceedingly great. ”God proclaims in a loud voice from the throne “it is done” at that point a massive worldwide earthquake literally changing the face of the planet forever. But were not done here.
The world awaits the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
Next. The First Bowl Judgment.