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The Third Bowl & the Troubled Fountain

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Presently we are in the midst of a study of the seven bowls of wrath in Revelation 16. The third angel poured out his bowl of wrath from God upon the rivers and the fountains of waters (Revelation 16:4), and the wrath of God turned the waters into blood. It may be that Revelation 16:5-7 is a summary of the first three bowl judgments.[1] What occurs here is the angel of the waters speaks out and declares the Lord righteous for his judgment (Revelation 16:5). The reason he offers for his declaration is that they (i.e. the earth and the sea and the fountains of waters, which include the rivers that form from the flow of the fountains) **they** have shed the blood of the saints and the prophets. Therefore, i.e. because of the blood guilt of the earth, the sea, and the fountains of waters, the Lord gave them blood to drink (Revelation 16:6). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Second Bowl and the Sea

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We are considering the seven bowls of wrath as mentioned in Revelation 16. They represent the Lord’s final judgment upon mankind. The second angel poured out his bowl containing the wrath of God upon the sea (Revelation 16:3). As a result, the sea became “as the blood of a dead man” (cp. Exodus 7:14-24), and every living soul in the sea died! How should we understand this? For centuries literalists have been looking for events to occur that would validate their understanding that sometime in the future the judgment of God would turn the sea all over the world into a reddish color. The sea, or at least parts of it have been known to turn red in color, such as China’s Dead Sea and the phenomena that occurred in Sydney, Australia in February of 2016. However, are these natural events what John had in mind when he mentioned the sea had become “as the blood of a dead man” (Revelation 16:3)? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The First Bowl and the Grievous Sore

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Many have written or spoken about the seven bowls of wrath in Revelation, chapter sixteen, some calling them the seven last plagues. These incorporate the whole wrath of God, and men love to tell us what that might mean. Of course, some tell us these things will yet occur in our future, while others conclude they have been occurring throughout church history. So, things have been written, and voices have been heard, and opinion has been formulated, and sides have already been taken. But, what if most of what has been written or spoken about in the Apocalypse that formulated Christian opinion about the, so-called, End Times, was all wrong. What if, the Apocalypse was written about the judgment of the Jews during the first century AD, just as the writers of the New Covenant text have been telling us? What if… Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Glory of God Filled the Temple

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John closes the fifteenth chapter of the Apocalypse by telling us he saw seven angels come out of the Temple in heaven, and they had the seven plagues. They were clothed in pure white linen, with their breasts girded in gold. He also saw one of the four beasts, and he had seven golden bowls or vials, which were full of the wrath of God, and he gave them to the seven angels Then John said that the Temple in heaven was filled with smoke from the power and the glory of God (Revelation 15:6-8). What does this mean? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Temple OF the Tabernacle of Witness

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After the sign of the seven angels was seen (Revelation 15:1), and after John saw the overcomers standing upon the glassy sea before the throne of God (Revelation 15:2, and after John heard them sing the Song of Moses and the Song of the Lamb (Revelation 15:3-4), he looked and saw in heaven that the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony was open (Revelation 15:5). But, what kind of language is “the Temple OF the Tabernacle etc.” To some scholars this doesn’t make sense. Others immediately say it refers to the Holy of Holies, but they don’t bother to explain what “the Temple OF the Tabernacle” means. Still others tell us that probably the Tent of Meeting or the Tabernacle of Witness is in view (Numbers 9:15; 17:7), rather than the Temple at Jerusalem. What can be said of these things? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Song of the Lamb

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John tells us that the overcomers of Revelation 15:2 sang the Song of Moses and the Song of the Lamb (Revelation 15:3-4), but what is the Song of the Lamb? Many scholars would point us to the song in Revelation 5:9-13, but, if we consider the exact words of Revelation 15:3, we have to admit the song OF the Lamb would not be a song about the Lamb. The Lamb is the one praising God in Revelation 15, while the Lamb is the object of praise in Revelation 5:9-13. I believe the Lamb, the One who was Jesus, is praising the Father in this chapter. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Glassy Sea

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According to John’s record, the very next thing he saw, after mentioning the seven angels with the seven last plagues was “a sea of glass, mingled with fire” (Revelation 15:2). The text says that those who were victorious over the beast, his image and the number of his name were able to stand upon the glassy sea (thalassa – G2281), which was “mingled with fire” (Revelation 15:2). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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