Revelation 16:8–16 (ESV)
8 The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and it was allowed to scorch
people with fire. 9 They were scorched by the fierce heat, and they cursed the name of God who had power over these plagues. They did not repent and give him glory.
10 The fifth angel poured out his bowl
on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness. People gnawed their tongues in anguish 11 and cursed the God of heaven for their pain and sores. They did not repent of their deeds.
The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, to prepare the way for the kings from the east. 13 And I saw, coming out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the
false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs. 14 For they are demonic spirits, performing signs, who go abroad to the kings of the whole world, to assemble them for battle on the great day of God the Almighty. 15 (“Behold, I am coming like a thief!
Blessed is the one who stays awake, keeping his garments on, that he may not go about naked and be seen exposed!”) 16 And they assembled them at the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.
we look at the 4th, 5th, and 6th bowl of wrath. Again we get a picture that God will prevail and his wrath is mighty. The fourth bowl is poured on the sun. People are scorched with fire. I know there are a lot of people that question
whether the fires of hell are real or are they metaphors. I know that there is enough examples of fire that I know that I don’t want to be there. Whether it is real or metaphorical. God’s wrath will come and it will be real.
The people that are scorched by the heat will curse the name of God. Why? Because of their hardened hearts. They will not repent.
The fifth angel pours out his bowl of wrath on the throne of the
beast and its kingdom was plunged into darkness. This coincides with all the talk from Jesus over light and darkness. Jesus says: John 8:12 “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not
walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” This plague again resembles 10:21-29.
The sixth bowl is poured out in the Euphrates River and it dries up to prepare for the Kings of the East.
It is interesting that most of the enemies of God or God’s people came from the East. The Assyrians, the Babylonians, the Medo-Persians, and the Seleucids came from the East. Even Nero was feared to rise again from the East.
The appearance of three unclean spirits coming out of the mouth of the dragon, the second beast, and the false prophet. They are assembling for the Great Battle when Jesus interupts them and says: 15 (“Behold, I am coming like a thief! Blessed
is the one who stays awake, keeping his garments on, that he may not go about naked and be seen exposed!”) I’m sure this caught them off guard, because he comes when they least expect him... like a thief in the night. The scene is being set
for Armageddon. I pray: Lord, keep me and protect me from Armageddon. You are my savior and you save me and all believers from these bowls. Help me to stay faithful unto the end. Lord, I know you are the creator of all things
and I know the battle is already won. To you I give all the glory. Amen.