The Bowl Judgments (Revelation 16:12-16)

I. THE JUDGMENT THAT IS COMMANDED

II. THE JUDGMENT THAT IS COMMENCED

a. The cancerous sores

b. The contamination of the sea

c. The corrupted streams

d. The catastrophe of the sun

e. The consuming suffering

“The holy land has been chosen by God as the stage upon which two crucial events take place. One on a mountain and one on a plain. Mount Calvary and the Plain of Megiddo are the two altars of sacrifice that dominate the history of the world. Both are blood baths. Both are the descent of wrath upon sin. Both are brought about by God’s bitterest foes. From each proceeds a supper: One a feast of remembrance for the people of God, and the other a feast of retribution for the carrion. At Mount Calvary there rang up the gates of heaven a victorious cry, ‘It is finished.’ At the plain of Armageddon there rings down to earth an answering cry, ‘It is done.’” – John Phillips

f. The campaign of spitefulness

Revelation 9:13-15 Then the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 14 one saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” 15 And the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released, so that they would kill a third of mankind.

Isaiah 11:15 (NASB) And the Lord will utterly destroy the tongue of the Sea of Egypt; And He will wave His hand over the River With His scorching wind; And He will strike it into seven streams And make men walk over dry-shod.

Exodus 8:5 (NASB) Then the Lord said to Moses, “Say to Aaron, ‘Stretch out your hand with your staff over the rivers, over the streams and over the pools, and make frogs come up on the land of Egypt.’ “

Leviticus 11:10-11 (NASB) 10 ‘But whatever is in the seas and in the rivers that does not have fins and scales among all the teeming life of the water, and among all the living creatures that are in the water, they are detestable things to you, 11 and they shall be abhorrent to you; you may not eat of their flesh, and their carcasses you shall detest.

Mark 13:22 (NASB) for false Christs and false prophets will arise, and will show signs and wonders, in order to lead astray, if possible, the elect.

Revelation 19:17-19 (NASB) 17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried out with a loud voice, saying to all the birds which fly in midheaven, “Come, assemble for the great supper of God, 18 so that you may eat the flesh of kings and the flesh of commanders and the flesh of mighty men and the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them and the flesh of all men, both free men and slaves, and small and great.” 19 And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies assembled to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army.

Zechariah 14:1-4 (NASB) 1 Behold, a day is coming for the Lord when the spoil taken from you will be divided among you. 2 For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city will be captured, the houses plundered, the women ravished and half of the city exiled, but the rest of the people will not be cut off from the city. 3 Then the Lord will go forth and fight against those nations, as when He fights on a day of battle. 4 In that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in its middle from east to west by a very large valley, so that half of the mountain will move toward the north and the other half toward the south.

Joel 2:31 (NASB) “The sun will be turned into darkness And the moon into blood Before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes.

Psalms 2:1-12 Why are the nations in an uproar And the peoples devising a vain thing? 2 The kings of the earth take their stand And the rulers take counsel together Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, 3 “Let us tear their fetters apart And cast away their cords from us!” 4 He who sits in the heavens laughs, The Lord scoffs at them. 5 Then He will speak to them in His anger And terrify them in His fury, saying, 6 “But as for Me, I have installed My King Upon Zion, My holy mountain.” 7 “I will surely tell of the decree of the Lord: He said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You. 8 ‘Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, And the very ends of the earth as Your possession. 9 ‘You shall break them with a rod of iron, You shall shatter them like earthenware.’ “10 Now therefore, O kings, show discernment; Take warning, O judges of the earth. 11 Worship the Lord with reverence And rejoice with trembling. 12 Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way, For His wrath may soon be kindled. How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!

Matthew 24:43 (NASB) “But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into.

Luke 12:39 (NASB) “But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have allowed his house to be broken into.

1 Thessalonians 5:2 (NASB) For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night.

III. THE JUDGMENT THAT IS COMPLETED

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