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The Seven Bowls of God’s Wrath February 19, 2016

Posted by flashbuzzer in Books, Christianity.
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Here are my thoughts on Revelation 16.

Summary: In this passage, John observes seven angels dispensing the just wrath of God on the:

  • land
  • salt water
  • fresh water
  • sun
  • throne of the beast out of the sea
  • Euphrates River
  • air.

Yet those who are struck by these plagues – and have persecuted believers – refuse to repent of their sins; moreover, they curse God and continue to worship the beast out of the sea. Babylon the Great is destroyed by the last plague.

Thoughts: Here, we see that those who are struck by plagues from God refuse to repent of their sins; moreover, they curse Him. This caused me to ponder the rationale for their actions:

  • did they deny the existence of God and view these plagues as natural disasters?
  • were they agnostics who did not view these plagues as convincing proofs of the existence of God?
  • did they acknowledge the existence of God – while asserting that they still controlled their ultimate destiny?
  • did they acknowledge the existence of God – while asserting their right to withhold their worship from Him?

My thought is that the third and fourth reasons are the most likely – based on a cursory reading of the text; perhaps God will shed some insights on this point in the next life. In any case, as believers, we should strive to avoid their fate and glorify God in this life.

Verse 16 includes the only reference to Armageddon in this book. I recall leafing through a Gospel tract that described a climactic battle between God and Satan – and their respective armies – at Armageddon; perhaps the authors of that tract utilized eschatology to convince their readers of the urgency of salvation. While there may be a climactic battle between God and Satan at Armageddon at the end of time, I am certainly curious as to whether God had a different battle in mind – featuring the Roman empire – when He dictated the contents of this book to John. Admittedly, my knowledge of ancient military history is weak; thus, I do not know of a battle in the 1st (or 2nd) century that would fit the description that John provides here. If any readers have any thoughts on this point, feel free to leave a comment.

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