Starting our study on Revelation chapter 16. This is a fairly dark chapter and so be warned!
Revelation 16:2 ‘The first angel went and poured out his bowl on the land and ugly and painful sores broke out on the people who had the mark of the beast and worshipped his image’
And so we enter into a grim and melancholy chapter. There is little cheer to be found here. Those who have taken the mark of the beast, hoping to find some form of reward or relief, having surrendered their soul to the worship of the beast in some shape or form, now find themselves reaping a bitter harvest of ugly and painful sores.
And these are just a prelude to the endless torment that awaits them in hell unless they repent.
Revelation 16:3 ‘The second angel poured out his bowl on the sea and it turned to blood like that of a dead man and every living thing in the sea died.
This graphic description of a dead man’s blood just about sums it all up. Those who worship the beast have set themselves on a corrupt course of navigation that leads to the shores of death itself.
Revelation 16:4 ‘The third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood.’
Spring water is the very essence of life that God graciously offers to those who are thirsty.
Revelation 21:6 ‘To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.’
But yet those who spurn the offer of God’s grace are left with nothing but blood to drink.
Revelation 16:5 ‘Then I heard the angel in charge of the waters say: “You are right in these judgements, you who are and you who were, the Holy One, because you have so judged.’
In the midst of the unfolding of these horrors shines the bright and blazing lamp of God’s holiness. The judgements of God bring life and wholesomeness to those who follow the light of salvation, but those who follow the darkness, only have eternal judgement to endure.
Revelation 16:6 ‘…for they have shed the blood of your saints and prophets and you have given them blood to drink as they deserve.’
We reap what we have sown.
Revelation 16:8 ‘The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun and the sun was given power to scorch people with fire. They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the name of God who had control over these plagues but they refused to repent and glorify him.’
God created the sun to bring life and happiness to this world, but for those who deliberately choose the path of rebellion, the sun will become an intense curse instead. They know the source of these curses but still they refuse to glorify the Creator or bow before Him. Instead they bow before their own creations.
Revelation 16:10 ‘The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast and his kingdom was plunged into darkness.’
Evil men prefer the dark, hoping it will hide their wicked deeds. Yet the darkness they crave for will come to plague them.
They revel in the darkness.
John 3:19 ‘This is the verdict: Light has come into this world but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.’
They worshipped the spectacular light show of the beast but now are plunged into darkness.
2 Corinthians 11:14 ‘And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.’
Revelation 16:11 ‘Men gnawed their tongues in agony and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and sores but they refused to repent of what they had done.’
This verse seems to totally sum up the fallen tragedy of men. They curse the very One who could save them. They are stubborn in unrepentance and will be until the very end. God has waited with infinite patience but the end has finally come.
Thank you for reading this tough post…
- Revelation 19:11 Faithful and TrueOur testimony is that Jesus has been faithful and true and stood alongside, through every storm that has been thrown at us, and never let go of us ever!
- Revelation 19:10 The Testimony of Jesus…One understanding of the testimony of Jesus is that he will return as the radiant King; and he will bring peace and righteousness to this earth when he establishes his kingdom and reigns from Jerusalem.
- Revelation 19:9 InvitedThe Church as a whole will be invited to the wedding as a corporate being but we will also be invited as individuals, by virtue of our personal salvation that we have received.For many of us who are not usually invited to high-society events and who are often left out and behind, this comes as a blessing indeed!
- Revelation 19:7 Eager AnticipationIn the same way, we are called to look forward to the day when we meet with Christ Jesus, on the day that he returns in power and glory. He is our blessed hope and our lives lived here on earth should be directed towards this coming moment.
- Revelation 19:7 A Wedding!I pray that we will live out our salvation with fear and trembling, and walk closely with our Lord, that we might walk with confidence and reassurance, knowing that we will be warmly welcomed and honoured as a guest, wearing the white robes of righteousness.