Revelation 16:17–21 (ESV)
The Seventh Bowl
The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple, from the throne, saying, “It is done!” 18 And there were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, and a great earthquake such as there had never
been since man was on the earth, so great was that earthquake. 19 The great city was split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell, and God remembered Babylon the great, to make her drain the cup of the wine of the fury of his wrath. 20 And every
island fled away, and no mountains were to be found. 21 And great hailstones, about one hundred pounds each, fell from heaven on people; and they cursed God for the plague of the hail, because the plague was so severe.
The seventh bowl marks the end of God’s wrath, however you will hear similar word in chapter 21. Remember that these visions fit into a one pie (Revelation) and each slice of pie is the same revelation, but from a different perspective.
It is not a bunch of cycles of being finished, it one end with many perspectives. In today’s reading, the seventh angel pours out his bowl and a loud voice came out of the temple saying “It is done!” This reminds me of Jesus saying
“It is finished” while on the cross. Who is the voice speaking from the temple? It is the voice of God. God’s patience has run out and the “Last Day” has come in today’s reading. The time for repentance
has come and gone and the people are still cursing God. The bowls have been poured out on the land, waterways, ocean, and the sun. Now the bowl is poured out in the air. God’s wrath is against anything and everyone who did not repent.
There was lightning and thunder and a great earthquake, like never before. The earth is coming to an end. Hailstones about 100 pounds each fell from heaven on people. The mountains and islands are gone. In the midst of all this, the
people still curse God. I pray: Lord, I do not want to be on the receiving side of your wrath. Let my heart never be hardened and let me always seek you. You are my Lord and Savior, you have saved me from all this destruction.
I praise you and give you thanks. Amen.