Brit Chadasha Foundations-Concepts in Revelation-Chapter 16

Rev 16.1-21 tells us about the bowls and how they will be used against the kingdom of the False Messiah and the false teaching coming out of it.

v 1…And I heard a loud voice (the Father) from the temple, saying to the seven angels, “Go and pour out the seven bowls of the wrath of God into the earth (these are the last judgments, right before the coming of Yeshua).”

v 2…And the first angel went and poured out his bowl into the earth (or land); and it became loathsome and malignant sores upon the men who had the mark of the beast (another case of the biblical concept “midah kneged midah” or “measure for measure.” If you take the mark, you are marked by sores) and worshipped his image.

v 3…And the second angel poured out his bowl into the sea (of false doctrine) and it became blood like that of a dead man and everything in the sea died (The people were poisoned by the very system that they thought brought life).

v 4…And the third angel poured out his bowl into the rivers and the springs of waters (channels of religious instruction) and they became blood (deadly to drink).

v 5…And I heard the angel of the waters (presiding over it) saying, “Righteous are you, who are and who was, O Holy One, because you did judge these things (the false doctrines and teachers);

v 6… for they (the false messiah, the false prophets, false teachers and leaders) poured out the blood of the saints (tribulation believers) and prophets (especially the two witnesses) and you have given them blood to drink (blood for blood). They deserve it (v 1-4).

v 7…And I heard the altar saying (it is personified here, prayers of the souls-Rev 6.9), “Yes, O Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.”

v 8… And the fourth angel poured out his bowl upon the sun (type of Messiah in Psa 19 and Mal 4); and it was given to it to scorch men with fire (the Scriptures about the Messiah are more clear bringing judgment and conviction-Isa 30.26; Mal 4.1-6).

v 9…And men will be scorched with fierce heat (the burning truth of the Messiah and what is going on and they are scorched and exposed, convicted-Mal 4.1-2) and they blasphemed the name of God who has the power over these plagues; and they did not repent (turn away) so as to give him glory.

v 10… And the fifth angel poured out his bowl upon the throne of the beast (Europe-Satan gave his throne to the beast in Rev 13.2) and his kingdom became darkened (they loved darkness rather than light-John 3.19-21; false messiah moves to the Middle East-Dan 11.45); and they gnawed their tongues because of pain (baffled over what is happening to their kingdom)

v 11…and they blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores; and they did not repent of their deeds.

v 12…And the sixth angel poured out his bowl upon the great river (channel of teaching) the Euphrates (symbolic of the flowing of false teaching and idolatry of spiritual Babylon. The east was symbolic of where false teaching comes from because of that. Abraham “crossed over” the Euphrates, leaving idolatry behind and coming to the land of Canaan) and its waters (teachings) was dried up (false teaching stopped; also, this was literally done by the Medo-Persians in the fall of Babylon) that the way might be prepared (get ready) for the kings of the east (the Lord is coming against all the false doctrine coming from mystical Babylon and may be a reference to the Messiah and his army, the elect, and giving the people a last chance to accept him. This phrase is applied to the Lord’s coming-Isa 40.3;Isa 62.10; Ezek 43.2; Matt 3.3; Matt 24.27; Luke 1.76. It may also be literal, meaning Japan, China, Korea, etc).

v 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 (frogs catch their prey with their tongue and people are “caught” by false prophets and their teachings);

v 14…for they are spirits of demons performing signs which go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them together for the war (not a battle) of the great day of God, the Almighty.

v 15… Behold, I am coming like a thief (to those unaware). Blessed is the one who stays awake (spiritually, studying and understanding the Scriptures) and keeps his garments (in the temple, if the watchman found someone asleep on watch, they would light his garments on fire. The “garments” refer to the ” spiritual soul.”), lest he walk about naked (exposed) and men see his shame (for who he really is).

v 16…And they (the demons, frogs in the mouth of Satan, the false messiah and the false prophet) gathered them together to the place which in the Hebrew is called Har-Magedon (meaning “mountain of the assembly or appointed times, the festivals” and is pronounced “Har Moh-ged” according to George Wigrams “Englishman’s Hebrew/Chaldee Concordance of the Old Testament”, Hendrickson Pub, Inc, p 672 and Brown, Driver and Briggs Lexicon, p 417. This does not mean the mountain of Megiddo. There is no “mountain of Megiddo” in Israel. This means “mount of the assembly” and the phrase is used in Isa 14.13. Satan has always wanted to be worshipped, sitting on the mount of assembly in the recesses of the north. This is a war over who will be worshipped and followed. It is over obedience to the Torah-Psa 15.1; Psa 24.3; 2 Thes 2.2-4. A picture of this battle is seen in the battle between Elijah and the prophets of Ba’al on Mount Carmel. There is no such thing as “the battle of Armageddon” in biblical eschatology. The last, great battle is in Jerusalem against the false messiah and is where the Lord comes back-Zech 14).

v 17… And the seventh angel poured out his bowl upon the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple from the throne, saying, “It is finished (come to pass).”

v 18…And there were flashes of lightning (illumination) and sounds (voices) and peals of thunder (controversy) and there was a great earthquake (a shaking), such as there had not been since man came upon the earth, so great an earthquake was it, and so mighty.

v 19… And the great city (mystery Babylon, the seat of spiritual Babylon, wherever that will be at this point of the Birth-pains) was split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell (allied with Babylon). And Babylon the great was remembered before God (this is the last chance for people to come out of her idolatry), to give her the cup of wine of his fierce wrath.

v 20… And every island fled away (governments collapse) and the mountains (various kingdoms) were not found.

v 21… And huge hailstones (stoning was the penalty for blasphemy in Lev 24.16; symbolically it means a hard truth given to break the self-will) about 100 pounds each, came down from heaven upon men; and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, because its plague was extremely severe.

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