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Exploring Revelation
“Revelation 16:1-2”
by Art Sadlier   
March 14th, 2010

"And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth."

In chapter 15 we saw the preparations for the last judgments. We are now well into the last part of the tribulation period. The Jewish remnant has fled into the wilderness and the fierce slaughter of the beast is raging. Those who refused the mark of the beast are fleeing for their lives. Multitudes are being caught and executed, famine and drought are plaguing the earth. The hour of judgment is now come. God has a time, for millenia God has winked at sin but now is the time for judgment. Galatians 4:4 says, "But when the fulness of time was come, God sent forth his Son....".  God had a time to send to send His Son into the world and He has a time to bring judgment to the world, now is the time!

No more mercy! Too late!  Too late! Jermiah said, "The harvest is past, sumner is ended and we are not saved". The hour for judgment can no longer be delayed.

If only the world would realize that their will be a payday someday!

The seven angels have been chosen. Each one has a wide shallow bowl in his hands, the bowls are filled up with the stored up wrath of God. These judgments are not for conviction and conversion, these are a pure expression of the burning anger of God against sinful men. this is the vengence of an angry God. That anger will never be quenched, it will burn for all of eternity.

The wide bowls fascilitate the quick out pouring of the judgments. The angels are given their final marching orders, "A great voice out of the temple", it is the voice of the Glorified Christ and it is He that is full of wrath. Isaiah spoke of this day in Isaiah 63:4, "For the day of vengance is in my heart" This is the wrath of the Lamb. Christ drank of the wrath of God for our sins on Calvary, we have partaken of the cup of salvation, now those who have refused salvation will drink of the wrath of God.

Sin is an afront to a holy God, it is perpetuated by those whom a holy God has created, this judgment is a vindication of God's sovereignty and his righteousness.

My friend, the cup of salvation is still open to you, drink of it now before it is forever to late.

Let us keep in mind that these judgments are future and literal.


"And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and greivious sore upon men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image". verse 2.

The first angel comes forth from the temple in heaven. He flies swifly around the earth, tilting his bowl as he goes until every portion of the earth has received the bitter contents. His task is to spread a hideous, malignant cancerous sore on all men everywhere who have received the mark of the beast. Absolutely every person who had received the mark. But the plague did not affect those who refused the mark of the beast.

"Grievous sore"  This is evidently a cancerous very painful sore that cannot be healed. We are reminded that this is a similar plague to the one God plagued Pharoah with.

You may be inclined to think that God is not just in handing down such judgment, we see this scene from man's perspective. God is merciful, but He is also just and holy. He cannot tolerate sin, we had better learn that before it is forever too late. We can understand that there could be no heaven as long as sin is present.

Remember that God allowed Satan to afflict Job with boils, now Satan and his servants are recompensed.

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