The seven vials or the seven bowls of judgment that God pours out on the earth in the end times is what we are going to look at in this blog post.
Some people don’t like to look at the Book of Revelation because they think it’s hard to understand or it’s too scary for them. But I assure you, this is not something you want to skip because, in Revelation 1:3, this is what John says,
“Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.”
Not only does God want us to read it, but He also wants us to hear it, hear with our hearts so that we can understand it. And then do what? Keep it. Because we want to keep the commandments of God.
Because in the Book of Revelation, it says only those who keep the commandments of Jesus Christ will enter His Eternal Kingdom. Not only those who claim to believe in Him with lip service but those who actually keep the commandments of Jesus with genuine faith in the Book of Revelation.
There are seven seals, seven trumpets. And now we’re looking at the seven bowls. It’s important to look at these seven bowls of judgment. Because the bible says after these seven plagues, the wrath of God is complete.
Sometimes you say, “Oh Jesus died on the cross.” But it means nothing to us until you understand the absolute holiness and the righteousness of God, that His wrath to be poured on the earth.
As we read these seven bowls of judgment of God why Jesus came to die on this earth. Because His wrath is true. Because He is holy. And He is righteous. And one day, the time of grace will expire and there’s no more time to repent. Revelation 16:1
“Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, ‘Go and pour out the bowls of the wrath of God on the earth.”
The First Bowl – Loathsome Sores
“So the first went and poured out his bowl upon the earth, and a foul and loathsome sore came upon the men who had the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image.” (Revelation 16:2)
In Revelation 13, we’re told that those on the earth who take the mark of the beast on the right hand or on the forehead, they’re the ones who are unwilling to die for the faith. Because without the mark of the beast, you can’t buy, you can sell. And that means that eventually, you’re going to starve to death with no clean water to drink.
And if you cannot see that we are living exactly in this time where the mark of the beast system has been set up. And if you can’t see that is what’s going on in the world today, then I pray that you get on your knees and you see God.
When was the last time that you’ve seen the whole world united? That you need some kind of a vaccine passport. Because if you don’t have this vaccine, you can’t go to the theaters, you can’t go to the restaurants, you can’t even go to work.
And that’s why there are so many uproars in society today. People who don’t want to take this vaccine. Now, I am not saying that this vaccine today is absolutely the mark of the beast. I don’t think it is because when you read the Book of Revelation 13, it says that those who take the mark will also worship the beast.
There’s no beast in our society today that demands people to worship him. So we’re not at that place but we’re so so close. Can you not see it? It wouldn’t be so far-fetched.
They say now you’re going to take another type of vaccine and because we can track people those who actually had it or those who haven’t. Now we’re going to put something on your right hand, on your forehead so that we can track it.
And then before you know it, some guy comes into the world scene and becomes that beast. And those who don’t worship him cannot buy and cannot sell certain things that are already happening today. People losing their jobs, people losing their livelihood, and even their families and persecuted nations around the world who are against Christianity.
And so God says, those who are not willing to truly live for the kingdom of Jesus Christ, the first bowl and the first plague is that they will have loathsome sores on their bodies for those who take the market of beast and those who worship his image.
The Second Bowl – The Sea Turns to Blood
“Then the second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and they became blood as of a dead man; and every living creature in the sea died.” (Revelation 16:3)
What a scene!
Can you imagine a day when everything in the sea dies? There’s no more fish that you can eat. No more seafood. And in fact, if you look into the sea, into the water, all you can see is blood. What a sight that will be. And that is the second plague. The second bowl of the judgment of God.
The Third Bowl – The Water Turns to Blood
“Then the third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood.” (Revelation 16:4)
“And I heard the Angel of the waters saying: ‘You are righteous, O Lord, the One who is and who was and who is to be, because you have judged these things.” (Revelation 16:5)
“For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and you have given them blood to drink. For it is their just due.” (Revelation 16:6)
“And I heard another from the altar saying: ‘Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are Your judgments.” (Revelation 16:7)
Not only are the sea that we see in the world are going to turn into blood, but the rivers and the springs of water are also going to turn into blood. How are you going to drink water when the sea, when the springs of water in the rivers all turn into blood?
This is going to be such a horrible time. And that is only the third bowl that God pours out on the earth. And you need to understand, it says right here in the first five, that God, You are righteous, O Lord, for Your judgments to be poured out on the earth.
Why? Because they have shed the blood of saints and prophets. The Christians who have been killed and martyred all through the years. Their blood is now crying out and God is now repaying all the works of darkness and those who are persecuted and martyred, the faithful believers who have not renounced their faith in Jesus Christ.
The Fourth Bowl – Men are Scorched
“Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and power was given to him to scorch men with fire.” (Revelation 16:8)
“And men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God who has power over these plagues; and they did not repent and give Him glory.” (Revelation 16:9)
Many people today who don’t believe in God say “Well, God has done nothing for me. That’s why I don’t believe in Him.” But have they thought about the fact even scientists say that the sun, the distance between the sun and the earth is so precise that just moving a slight little bit will cause the sun to actually burn up the atmosphere and burn up the earth.
And this is what is happening right here in the fourth bowl. That God is finally saying, scorch men with fire. Burn them up with great heat.
And guess what? Men did not glorify God. They keep on blaspheming Him. They cursed Him saying things that I could not even imagine how people will blaspheme God and they did not repent and did not give God the glory.
This is why it’s so important for you and I today, that repentance is now! It is not tomorrow and it’s not the next hour. It is right now to get on our knees to see God because when these bowls are poured out on the earth, you can see that there are many people who don’t even see the need or have the ability to repent anymore because the judgments are so fierce.
So you and I, maybe ask ourselves today this question: Have you repented? Have you given God the glory of what He has done in your life? Have you given Him praise that He has saved you from the pit of darkness so you don’t have to receive these plagues?
The Fifth Bowl – Darkness and Pain
“Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast and his kingdom became full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues because of the pain.” (Revelation 16:10)
“And they blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and they did not repent of their deeds.” (Revelation 16:11)
In the midst of all the darkness and all the pains and the judgment that God is pouring on the earth. What is surprising to see here is that people did not repent of what? Their deeds!
Today you’ll hear in churches that repentance is not about turning away from your sin, is not about the deeds. Repentance is just about changing your mind.
“Oh! I believe in Jesus!”
“Oh, I repent!”
“I believe in Him.” and that’s it.
But what do you see here? People did not repent of their deeds. They keep on blaspheming God! Keep on doing their sexual immorality. Keep on worshiping idols and money and things that they do not see, they worship those things and they don’t give God the glory. And this is the reason why they’re receiving the judgments of God.
The Sixth Bowl – Euphrates Dried Up
“Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates and its water was dried up so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared.” (Revelation 16:12)
“And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.” (Revelation 16:13)
“For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of the great day of God Almighty.” (Revelation 16:14)
Commonly known as the Battle of Armageddon. Revelation 16:15, Jesus says,
“Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.”
Did you catch what Jesus says here? I’m going to come as a thief. I’m going to come at a time when you’re not looking for Me. At the time when you’re not expecting Me, because you’re busy doing your own thing, eating, and drinking, merry-making, doing business at the time when you’re not aware I’m going to come back. And all these plagues will be poured on the earth because you did not keep watch the coming of the Son of Man.
And that’s why Jesus says, “Blessed is He who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walks naked and sees his shame.” (Revelation 16:15)
Why do we need to watch if our eternal salvation is eternally secured? If God randomly selects people before the foundation of the world, unconditionally elected them. As some would say, why do we need to keep watch? If it is true, as the pastors tell us in the churches today, that God always has grace for you no matter how you live, and why is it that we need to keep watch?
What is Jesus saying here? I tell you one thing, I will take the words of Jesus any time, any day, one million times over what I hear in the church today. Now, I’m not saying that there are no good churches today.
Now, I’m not saying that there are no good churches today. I’m going to tell you, you need to measure what you hear in the church today with the bible. Because the bible warns us that in the end times, there will be many, many who are sleeping.
That means that the church that you’re going to may not be preaching the whole counsel of God. And before you point your finger at your pastor and the congregation, I want to ask you.
Where are you?
Are you standing up for the gospel of Jesus Christ?
Are you sharing the word of God?
Are you encouraging the believers?
Is your life filled with the revival fire of the Holy Spirit?
Where everywhere you go, people are touched by God?
If your pastor or your congregation is not touching the people of God, maybe YOU! Maybe God is sending you as the spark, as the fire to touch those people around you because this is not the hour to play games. Either you’re keeping watch and keeping your garments or you’re walking naked and seeing your shame. That is what Jesus is saying.
“They gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon.”
Again, it’s commonly known as the battle of Armageddon. When all the nations and all the armies of the world are going to come and fight against the Lamb of God.
But you know what? As we relate in the Book of Revelation, the Lamb who was slain, Jesus Christ, is going to come back on a white horse. And those of us who are truly with Jesus Christ repented of their sins and trusted in Him. That is going to be a glorious day!
The Seventh Bowl – The Earth Utterly Shaken
“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!” (Revelation 16:17)
“And there were noises and thundering and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as has not occurred since men were on the earth.” (Revelation 16:18)
“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.” (Revelation 16:19)
“Then every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. And great hail from heaven fell upon men, each hailstone above the weight of a talent.” (Revelation 16:20-21)
“Men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, since that plague was exceedingly great.” (Revelation 16:21)
If we look back into history, we’ll see that there are many earthquakes that are so devastating, nine point something and above, and destroy so many people’s lives and the infrastructure of those nations.
But do you know what? That one day, those earthquakes that are so great in history are going to seem so minuscule because of this earthquake of the seventh bowl of the judgment of God that’s going to be poured out on the earth.
Hail is going to fall and all these calamities because the wrath of God has poured out. And yet get this again, people did not repent of their deeds and men continue to blaspheme God because of the hail and the atrocities they were experiencing.
If there’s ever a time for us to be alert, to be wide awake, to be the watchman, to make sure that our lives are clean, to make sure that we’re following the Lord, Jesus Christ with genuine faith and preaching the gospel and being busy about the Father’s business.
This is the time to do it because you see the world news, you see what they’re doing in the media, you know the agenda of what they’re trying to propagate.
And the more important question is on the day when they say “If you do not take the mark of the beast and if you will not worship the beast and claim allegiance with him with a mark on your forehead, then you will die. You can’t buy and you can’t sell.” Will you be able to do it?
Don’t just say, “Oh yeah, I can do it.” “Think practically right now.” And my heart cries out.
There are so many Christians today, without even thinking, “Oh yes, let’s just go take a vaccine. Let’s go take a shot.” They are not even aware what’s unfolding in the Book of Revelation is before their very eyes.
And one of the main reasons I think that happens is because people, especially Christians have lied to themselves and say, “Well, I can’t understand the Book of Revelation.” But that is such a great lie from the devil.
Share this with people who need to need to hear it. Share the gospel, worship God, stay close to Him because we are in an hour that we must cling on to Lord Jesus Christ.
God bless you!