The world was in darkness. The world was a mess. God sent His Son to be Light, Hope and The Way back to God, the Creator. His Son was rejected by many. He was accepted by a few who spent their lives following Him, establishing His church with Jesus as the Head of the church. This Jesus died to save us, to bring us back to God. He was the sacrificial Lamb, perfect, without blemish and voluntarily, though He had the power to stop it, laid down His life for ours and was nailed to a cross. It had to happen so that our debt of all our sin was paid in full. It had to happen so that a relationship with God, the Father could be established once again. We are heirs with Jesus Christ our Lord because of Jesus’ work, His mission on earth, on that cross. And still many say no.
Jesus poured out His life. For those who reject him still, mock Christianity and continue in selfish evil ways, there is a new “pouring out”. God commands, “Begin! Pour out the seven bowls of God’s wrath on earth!”
Revelation 16, The Message
Pouring Out the Seven Disasters
16 I heard a shout of command from the Temple to the Seven Angels: “Begin! Pour out the seven bowls of God’s wrath on earth!”
2 The first Angel stepped up and poured his bowl out on earth: Loathsome, stinking sores erupted on all who had taken the mark of the Beast and worshiped its image.
3 The second Angel poured his bowl on the sea: The sea coagulated into blood, and everything in it died.
4-7 The third Angel poured his bowl on rivers and springs: The waters turned to blood. I heard the Angel of Waters say,
Righteous you are, and your judgments are righteous,
The Is, The Was, The Holy.
They poured out the blood of saints and prophets
so you’ve given them blood to drink—
they’ve gotten what they deserve!
Just then I heard the Altar chime in,
Yes, O God, the Sovereign-Strong!
Your judgments are true and just!
8-9 The fourth Angel poured his bowl on the sun: Fire blazed from the sun and scorched men and women. Burned and blistered, they cursed God’s Name, the God behind these disasters. They refused to repent, refused to honor God.
10-11 The fifth Angel poured his bowl on the throne of the Beast: Its kingdom fell into sudden eclipse. Mad with pain, men and women bit and chewed their tongues, cursed the God-of-Heaven for their torment and sores, and refused to repent and change their ways.
12-14 The sixth Angel poured his bowl on the great Euphrates River: It dried up to nothing. The dry riverbed became a fine roadbed for the kings from the East. From the mouths of the Dragon, the Beast, and the False Prophet I saw three foul demons crawl out—they looked like frogs. These are demon spirits performing signs. They’re after the kings of the whole world to get them gathered for battle on the Great Day of God, the Sovereign-Strong.
15 “Keep watch! I come unannounced, like a thief. You’re blessed if, awake and dressed, you’re ready for me. Too bad if you’re found running through the streets, naked and ashamed.”
16 The frog-demons gathered the kings together at the place called in Hebrew Armageddon.
17-21 The seventh Angel poured his bowl into the air: From the Throne in the Temple came a shout, “Done!” followed by lightning flashes and shouts, thunder crashes and a colossal earthquake—a huge and devastating earthquake, never an earthquake like it since time began. The Great City split three ways, the cities of the nations toppled to ruin. Great Babylon had to drink the wine of God’s raging anger—God remembered to give her the cup! Every island fled and not a mountain was to be found. Hailstones weighing a ton plummeted, crushing and smashing men and women as they cursed God for the hail, the epic disaster of hail.
Pause for reflection…
–“You’re blessed if, awake and dressed, you’re ready for Me.”
–Are we ready?
Dear Heavenly Father,
Your revelation of Jesus Christ, who will come back for His own is powerful imagery of what You are capable of doing to balance the scales of this corrupted world. May we be alert, dressed and ready when you return. May we be found securely faithful, not leaning to the left or right, but smack dab in the center of Your love with all that is in us. You are my King and Lord of my life.
In Jesus Name, Amen