What is the Coming Tribulation All About? Part 17

October 22, 2014 at 11:19 AM 3 comments

The Seven Bowl Judgments

The Seven Bowl Judgments

Our previous article – What is the Coming Tribulation All About? Part 16 – got us up to (finally) The Seventh Trumpet judgment, which is what we are going to look at in this part. Revelation 11:15-19 is the text from Scripture that introduces this judgment to us.

Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying,

“The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.” 16 And the twenty-four elders, who sit on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, 17 saying,

“We give You thanks, O Lord God, the Almighty, who are and who were, because You have taken Your great power and have begun to reign. 18 And the nations were enraged, and Your wrath came, and the time came for the dead to be judged, and the time to reward Your bond-servants the prophets and the saints and those who fear Your name, the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth.”

19 And the temple of God which is in heaven was opened; and the ark of His covenant appeared in His temple, and there were flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder and an earthquake and a great hailstorm.

Obviously, the text above is the prelude to the blowing of The Seventh Trumpet that releases the judgments. After the Two Witnesses’ ministry on earth is done, stretching over 1,260 days or 3.5 years, they are killed, then three and a half days later are resurrected and called back to heaven. A tremendously destructive earthquake occurs destroying 1/10 of Jerusalem and killing 7,000 people. Those remaining are so afraid, they become temporarily humbled and give glory to God.

Now, an angel blows The Seventh Trumpet and several things happen. In essence, because we are nearing the end of the Tribulation/Great Tribulation, all things are as good as done. The kingdom of the world (Satan’s kingdom) has changed ownership, permanently, and has become the Lord’s. He will now reign forever and ever. He does so first by reigning 1,000 years on earth in the Millennial Kingdom. Once that is completed, His reign continues…forever. There is no break from His complete and total reign.

The remainder of the text reflects the praise from the mouths of angels, elders, and other creatures for God and His infinite reign, which will never again be challenged by anyone. When these complete their praise, verse 19 tells us that God’s Temple – the one in heaven – is opened and the Ark of His covenant is seen. Flashes of lightning and peals of thunder occur along with an earthquake and a hailstorm.

Much of the picture here reminds us of the setting of Mt. Sinai when Moses was taken to the top of the mountain and the mountain shook because of God’s voice when He spoke to the people. This is all in preparation for God to speak to the earth, once again through God the Son as He prepares to return to earth as Supreme Victor.

At this point, we are going to skip over a few chapters of Revelation to get to chapter sixteen. Here, we pick up the continuation of judgments from God Himself. Here, we see the contents of the Seven Bowls of judgment. Let’s take a look at them.

Bowl 1 – Loathsome Sores (Revelation 16:1-2)

Then I heard a loud voice from the temple, saying to the seven angels, “Go and pour out on the earth the seven bowls of the wrath of God.”

2 So the first angel went and poured out his bowl on the earth; and it became a loathsome and malignant sore on the people who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his image.

Whether the angels pour out all the individual bowls of God’s wrath at once or in succession, we really don’t know. God simply tells the angels to pour out the contents of the bowls and the bowls here are clearly labeled “the wrath of God.” This is not Satan’s wrath. It is not people’s wrath. It is God’s wrath directed to the people on the earth for their lack of surrender to His will.

The text tells us that the first angel poured out the contents of his bowl of God’s wrath and immediately people began experiencing loathsome and malignant sores. This happened to anyone who had taken the mark of the beast (whatever that turns out to be). God is done with these people. They are not protected from His wrath and will now experience it as a precursor of what is to come.

Bowl 2 – Salt Water to Blood (Revelation 16:3)

The second angel poured out his bowl into the sea, and it became blood like that of a dead man; and every living thing in the sea died.

This is massive. The contents of the second bowl of God’s wrath is poured out into the sea and the sea became blood. Because of that, everything in the sea that was alive died. There are no living creatures left because of this bowl of God’s wrath! Imagine the stench. Imagine that any desalinization systems that turned sea water into potable water would no longer work! Imagine what that would do to the world and its population.

Bowl 3 – Rivers and Water Springs to Blood (Revelation 16:4-7)

Then the third angel poured out his bowl into the rivers and the springs of waters; and they became blood. 5 And I heard the angel of the waters saying, “Righteous are You, who are and who were, O Holy One, because You judged these things; 6 for they poured out the blood of saints and prophets, and You have given them blood to drink. They deserve it.” 7 And I heard the altar saying, “Yes, O Lord God, the Almighty, true and righteous are Your judgments.”

The third bowl of God’s wrath turns the rivers and springs of waters to blood. Notice it does not say “like” blood, but they “became blood.” More stench, more death, and now a complete lack of potable drinking water. The addendum to this is that in essence, this judgment is payback for all the blood of the saint and prophets that the world has shed since the beginning. The world killed millions of believers and now, the only thing they will have to drink is the blood that represents the lives of these saints.

The Great Tribulation is not over yet. There are still several more bowls yet to be poured out onto the earth before it’s done. We will pick it up with The Fourth Bowl of God’s Wrath next time!

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  • 2. boldncourageous  |  November 13, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    “Obviously….” starts your interpretation of the seventh trumpet…
    Really? Why not take the literal view, rather than a speculative one? The Literal view is exactly what it is stating concerning the 7th trump. After the trump is sounded, the declaration concerning it commences. It is not about what has already happened in previous trumpet blasts. That would be adding to the Word… the book of Revelation to be exact, where a warning is attached at the end concerning that mistake.

    Did you forget the previous chapter already… chapter 10… It has the verses that pre-tribbers absolutely hate and ignore!

    [5] And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,
    [6] And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:
    [7] But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets

    The angel declares that there is “time no longer”, and that the mystery of God is finished, at the 7th trumpet. It declares the end of the age… the end of time itself. Vs. 7 parallels 1 Cor. 15:51,52, yet the pretribber NEVER addresses this verse… always the Chap. 11 verses concerning the 7th trumpet concerning the Last trumpet. The rapture is at the last trumpet as Paul declares that he declares the resolution of the mystery. These verses are the only ones in the Scripture which declares the last trumpet and the mystery surrounding it. Yes, THE ONLY ONES! The pretrib view attempts to find others… but really speculation is the name of the game. Every literal meaning is disposed of.

    The 7th trumpet declares that at this time “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever” The verb tenses aren’t mistaken at this time as you suppose with your speculation. They are 7th trumpet related.

    At the seventh trumpet the rapture takes place as declared by the Word. Jesus rules and reigns forevermore, and God rewards the righteous and judges the dead…. His wrath has come… it’s called Hell.

    The word for wrath here (thymos) is the same one used in 1 Thess. 5:9,10, We are not appointed to wrath… BUT to SALVATION and FOREVER living with Him. ETERNAL in nature not temporal as the pre-trib doctrine speculates. This Greek word for wrath is not used after this in Rev. Only used once before by MAN who declares that God’s wrath had come…Rev. 6:16,17. They must have watched a “Left Behind” flick, or perhaps be a pre-tribbers themselves. Only an apostate (2 Thess 2:3, Mark 4:18) pretribber can mock the mock, “Where is the promise of His coming?” as Peter states. They are the only ones that believed in an imminent rapture to begin with. Did you GET THAT… thymos is only used ONCE by GOD in the book of Revelation, and it is used to judge the dead… i.e. put them in Hell.

    I did notice that you understood that John ate the scroll in Chapter 10 and that the Words on the scroll are prophetic. The entirety of the chapter appears to have the main point to tell us that John “will prophesy again.”

    Obviously, you can’t have Jesus ruling and reigning forevermore at the last trumpet and then the anti-christ ruling 2 chapters later. But alas… the pretrib doctrine ignores this fact. The last trumpet is the end, and John prophesies AGAIN… starting in chapter 12. He gives the EXACT time of the beginning of the prophesy with the sign in heaven being the EXACT sign that the wisemen saw, the sign in the heaven. Chapter 12 starts with the birth of Christ and tells the story of the early church. The trumpets and the bowls are one in the same…. Guess What? Jesus Himself declares at the last bowl the rapture… Rev. 16:15

    [15] Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame

    Jesus didn’t misplace this Scripture as the pre-trib doctrine teaches. At this point He is STILL coming like a thief for those WATCHING and keeping their garments.

    If a rapture happened 7 years prior, Jesus would be lying concerning His declaration to the SAINTS, I come “as a thief…”
    Jesus is not the Liar! The pretrib doctrine IS the lie!


    • 3. modres  |  November 14, 2014 at 9:37 AM

      I absolutely REFUSE to get into this type of back and forth! It serves NO purpose whatsoever except to puff up.

      EVERY ONE of your assertions has been clearly and cleanly responded to by others. Have you not read them or do you only read what you’re comfortable with reading? In my considered opinion, your assertions are way off base because of your failure to adequately and rightly divide the Word. Then again, reading your comments makes me think I’m reading one of Dave MacPherson’s books filled to overflowing with sarcasm and a complete lack of humility.

      I’ve written several books on this subject. Ryrie and others have also written books on the subject.

      I’m TIRED of being called apostate by individuals like yourself who are so filled with arrogance that they can’t even see it!

      It is not the PreTribber that “mocks” his coming. If anything, it is the Preterist and those who adhere to Reformed or Covenant Theology who “mock” his coming because they believe He already returned “spiritually” in AD 70. If He already returned, He’s obviously not coming again, is He?

      If the Rapture happens AT the 7th Trumpet, it certainly does not come as a thief in the night. In fact, that phrase is for those who aren’t even LOOKING for his coming because they’re so occupied with the things of this world.

      The trumpets and bowls are completely different judgments – not the same. The seven trumpets come from the last seal and the seven bowls come from the seventh trumpet.

      You can believe what you want but STOP labeling PreTribbers as APOSTATES! You are guilty of judging MY heart and you have no right to do that.

      You sound like Dave MacPherson or Gary North. All these guys know how to do is castigate and denigrate people whose opinions differ from theirs.

      If the Rapture occurs BEFORE Jesus physically returns (at the end of the Tribulation), there is absolutely NO WAY to know WHEN, unlike your position or the PostTribber position. The Rapture does NOT start the Tribulation. The signing of the covenant in Daniel 9:27 does that. The Rapture can happen at ANY point between now and the start of the Tribulation. How does that negate the thief in the night concept? It doesn’t.

      However, YOUR belief does as does the PostTribber’s belief. Once the Tribulation starts, it would be fairly easy to determine at what point within the Tribulation the Rapture happens, wouldn’t it? Since it’s seven years in length and since we know at the halfway point, Antichrist sits in the Holy of Holies and declares himself to be God, it’s not at all difficult to know when the Rapture would occur if it’s at the 7th Trumpet as you hold or at the end of the Tribulation as others hold. If you can count, determining the Rapture would be fairly easy.

      In fact, the ONLY view that supports the thief in the night concept is the PreTrib Rapture view since I have absolutely NO clue as to when the Rapture will happen before the Tribulation begins, do you? No, you don’t. Even IF the Rapture was the event that kicked off the Tribulation (it’s not), there is STILL no way to know when it will happen as there are no signs BEFORE the event.

      The word “imminent” does not mean SOON. It means “at any moment.” Jesus is simply on the other side of this dimension, always near and always ready to be here. He is in the eternal present, not the future. Imminent does not mean He will be here any second now. It means He is on the other side of the “door” and can walk through it at any point (when the timing is right).

      I’ve allowed you to speak your mind though your opinion is fraught with error, ridicule, arrogance, and judgmental hypocrisy. I hope you got it out of your system because your comments will not be allowed from this point onward unless you understand how to love your brother. The fact that you do not consider me to be one and that I’m on my way to hell (as I’ve been told by many arrogant people like you over the years) simply shows me that you are unable to DISCUSS and treat me as an equal. You’re more interested in winning a point.

      Should you decide to come back WITHOUT your vitriol, your arrogance, your hypocrisy, your demeaning attitude that brings God no glory, THEN and ONLY then will we discuss things and your comments will be posted.

      But before you do, might I suggest you start reading some books (as I have done and continue to do) by those whose opinion you do not support concerning the Rapture?

      Who knows, but maybe the Lord will actually be able to erase some of the arrogance within you so that your demeanor brings Him glory instead of puffing you up. The saddest part is that you actually believe you are doing God a FAVOR by taking me to task with your efforts at bullying.

      It would seem the only thing you know about the PreTrib doctrine is what others have taught you about it. Read it for yourself and you’ll also find that when you read Ryrie, Walvoord, Constable and too many others to count, there is NO judgment on their part toward individuals like yourself. They are gentlemen through and through.

      By the way, if you are truly interested in being educated about the Bible and especially Revelation, I’d like to suggest a two volume book by ex-Reformed Theologian Dr. Tony Garland. He spent most of his adult life being taught that Dispensationalism, etc. was garbage from hell. Over the years he began to see error in his own beliefs. He became convinced that what he had been taught was wrong and is now a PreTribber. His work is called “A Testimony of Jesus Christ, Volumes 1 & 2.”

      Why don’t you take some of your accusations to him as he has much more knowledge than I do with the original languages as well? http://www.spiritandtruth.org/

      PS – You are unbelievable. It seems your entire blog is there to debunk PreTribbers? My goodness, that is unbelievable. That’s your whole mindset, to trash those who believe in the PreTrib Rapture? Wow, such a myopic vision could not have come from the Lord, yet you likely believe you are called to it.

      EVERY reason I have read by individuals such as yourself as to why PreTribbers are wrong has little to do with Scripture and everything to do with man-made excuses.

      I had one PostTribber tell me that I am fully deceived because I believe in the PreTrib Rapture. Therefore, when I awake to find that the Tribulation has begun, my “faith” in God will crumble completely. I will so deceived that I will accept the mark of the beast and will “lose” my salvation.

      What vapid stupidity. Why aren’t you dealing with salvation? Why aren’t you warning the lost of the fact that they are all one breath away from eternity? Instead, you – and many like you – have been caught up believing the lie that the PreTrib Rapture doctrine is so overwhelmingly DECEPTIVE that it is Satan’s biggest ploy to deceive the lost and Christians alike.

      What a sincere waste that you believe it is your mission to take on a portion of Eschatology instead of bringing the Gospel of Christ to the lost.

      That is tragic.


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