One of the primary purposes of this blog was to HIGHLIGHT God’s glorious RESCUE plan for HIS CREATION…. from beginning to end, Genesis to Revelation.
In the beginning (Genesis/Bereshit), mankind fell..hard into sin. Adam and Eve partook of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, launching them out of Heaven, out of sinlessly perfect bodies, and out of relationship with God. We could point our fingers at Adam and Eve and say “Thanks alot guys”, but honestly, we would all have likely done the exact same thing. Ever since that fateful day in HIS story, mankind continues to eat from the same nasty fruit…thinking that somehow it will satisfy. But it never does, which is why we have RELIGION, drug addictions, alcoholics, pornography and gaming and gambling addictions, sex addictions and the like.
Wisdom tells us that we were CREATED to be in a RELATIONSHIP with our Creator; however, we LOST that Communion with God in the Fall. Since that fateful day, however, mankind has sought to RE-ESTABLISH that LOST relationship in a myriad of his own ways (RELIGIONS). Man’s Religions are NOT, nor have they EVER BEEN, sanctioned by God. Like Adam and Eve, most of mankind clothes themselves in FIG LEAVES, relying on SELF to remove the stain of sin and restore a right relationship with God. Fig leaves were not a very useful type of clothing then, and they are no better now. Man’s good works cannot restore a right relationship with God. God alone is the ONLY ONE who can BRIDGE the CHASM that our sin created! God has ONLY ONE SOLUTION to bring mankind back into RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with HIMSELF, and that is HIS SON JESUS CHRIST who died 2000 years ago on Calvary’s Cross, was buried, and rose after 3 days and 3 night, victorious over sin and the Grave.
Like Adam and Eve’s eldest son Cain, the majority of mankind still REJECTS God’s CHOSEN PATH of RESTORATION and instead chooses their own way. Like Cain, many offer up “good works”, comparable to a sacrifice of grain and vegetables, as a feeble attempt to restore what was lost at the Fall. However, God rejected Cain’s offering of vegetables and will REJECT any feeble offering of our own good works that ALWAYS lead to “SELF-righteousness.” SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS was the issue of the Pharisees during Jesus’ day and continues to be an issue today!
God will ONLY ACCEPT the SACRIFICE OF HIS SON JESUS as the SOLE means to RESTORE a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with HIMSELF.
Adam and Eve’s son Cain was following a spirit of rebellion in that he chose to offer a sacrifice of his own choosing rather than PRECISELY follow the plan ordained by God, which was to offer an animal sacrifice....a blood sacrifice that ultimately points to the time when GOD’S own SON would SHED HIS BLOOD for the sins of mankind. We think today..”What’s the big deal?’Fruits and vegetables over an animal sacrifice……Well, to God it was a VERY big deal because the animal sacrifice was pointing to GOD’S OWN FUTURE SACRIFICE of HIS SON.
Cain offered a bloodless offering– fruits of the ground. Cain offered a gift that expressed no repentance for sin. We do the same thing when we REJECT Jesus Christ! God wants us to fully understand that the wages of sin is DEATH. Sin causes DEATH, and the COVERING for sin requires DEATH…either God’s death in our place (Jesus Christ on the Cross), or our own death at the Great White Throne Judgment. Sin cannot simply be “brushed off”. This is written into God’s immutable laws and the reason that GOD HIMSELF took on the likeness of HUMAN FLESH and came to this earth to pay these wages FOR US! Jesus PAID the wages that we are NOT going to WANT to pay when the time comes!
Leviticus 17:11: For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement.’
Hebrews 9:22: And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.
Because of the fall of man, every part of God’s creation was subjected to a curse (Romans 8:20). Under that curse, all creation groans: the ground was cursed for Adam’s sake, thorns and thistles and noxious weeds began to grow, all of Eve’s daughters labored painfully in childbirth, and death entered the world (Genesis 3:14–19). Adam and Eve had never SEEN death, and really didn’t grasp how horrible it is…until GOD sacrificed animals to clothe them in animal skin. Only then did Adam and Eve witness the HORROR of THEIR OWN SIN, the DEATH that sin causes! Adam and Eve had to SEE this DEATH for themselves to fully appreciate the magnitude of their FALL! It is no wonder, then, that the Fall of man also brought changes in the nature of animals, many now having a wild and sometimes very dangerous nature.
The closer we draw to the time of the end, the more we will see the upheaval of the earth in massive storms, earthquakes, fires, floods, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions. Jesus spoke of this great upheaval as “birthpains“. What is being birthed? The Kingdom of God on earth, or the visible earthly manifestation of God’s currently invisible Kingdom in Heaven.
Romans 8:22: For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. 23 And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.
Satan is currently the god of this world, and has been since Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit. Satan comes to steal, kill, and destroy everything that God calls GOOD. But God is in the rescue business, and He planned to rescue HIS CREATION from the clutches of satan from the very beginning. In-fact, God planned to rescue HIS CREATION before the UNIVERSE was spoken into existance. Before the earth was born, God’s Salvation plan through HIS SON JESUS was already conceived. He KNEW mankind would FALL…and GOD was PREPARED with a PLAN.
As God Himself preached the GOSPEL (GOOD NEWS) in Genesis 3:15, Jesus Christ did indeed deal a MORTAL BLOW to the head of the serpent at Calvary’s Cross, when He took upon Himself the sins of ALL MANKIND, those who would only BELIEVE! But…there is more yet to God’s plan, which is why sin still exists in the world. When Jesus said “It is Finished”, He was speaking about the REDEMPTION of man. This was a HUGE DEAL! The instant when Jesus said “IT IS FINISHED” was THE single, Most important moment in HIS STORY, since God said “Let there be Light”!
However, God’s story is not yet complete. God is not finished with us yet. Though the snake’s head (satan) was dealt a mortal blow at Calvary’s Cross, his body is still thrashing about seeking whom it may drag down to the pit with him until GOD’S PLAN is COMPLETELY FINISHED. And by the looks of this world, satan has quite a following.
God already made atonement for sin 2000 years ago, but He has yet to irradicate sin completely and restore the earth to its former glory.
The book of Revelation details the CULMINATION of God’s plan of the ages!
- Jesus Christ and the world preparing for the birth of the children of God (Resurrection),
- the marriage supper of the Lamb (Rapture),
- the gathering together and PROTECTION of Israel, God’s Jewish children,
- the final JUDGMENT of all wicked and sinful people who aligned themselves with satan’s rebellion to destroy God’s creation,
- the final judgement of satan, the fallen angels, the demons, and
- Jesus Christ’s Glorious Kingdom coming down from HEAVEN to EARTH.
Once Jesus Christ returns to the earth, there will be 1000 years of peace as Christ’s kingdom reigns on the earth. Satan and his minions will be locked up in the bottomless pit and have ZERO ACCESS to mankind or the nations during this time. This is the “Kingdom Age”, a time of REST and RESTORATION (a Sabbath’s Rest).
After the 1000 years are complete, satan will be loosed from his holding cell for a “short season” to once again deceive the nations to go up against the Lord of Hosts, God Almighty, in a final attempt to overthrow King Jesus. He will fail miserably, and the Great White Throne Judgement will ensue, where all those whose names are NOT written in the Lamb’s book of Life will be judged. At this point, satan, his minions, and all those people NOT written in the Lamb’s book of life will be thrown into the LAKE OF FIRE, where they will REMAIN for AN ETERNITY. Forever, and ever and ever is a VERY LONG TIME..and UNIMAGINABLY LONG TIME for NON-STOP PAIN AND SUFFERING, SORROW AND MISERY! This is why God’s desire is for ALL to be saved and none to be lost. This is why God so loved the world that HE gave His One and only BEGOTTEN SON so that WHOSOEVER would BELIEVE in HIM would NOT PERISH (SPEND ETERNITY IN THE LAKE OF FIRE)..but have EVERLASTING LIFE in ETERNAL PARADISE (KINGDOM OF GOD). Praises to Jesus!
Once the judgements are complete, God will then literally bring His Throne down from Heaven to earth, and the two will become one again. Heaven and earth will be FULLY REUNITED…BETTER than the GARDEN OF EDEN! HALLELUJAH! And God’s Kingdom will reign FOREVER and EVER!
But before we can get to the new Heaven and new earth, we must first discuss the final judgements that are going to come upon this earth. God must PURIFY the World before HE brings HIS KINGDOM TO EARTH.
The book of Revelation, the “GRAND FINALE’ of God’s Plan, contains three series of judgements that will come upon the earth. We can consider these to be layers of judgement laid over each other with each layer more severe than the one before.
- The seven seals – THE FOREWARNINGS of the COMING JUDGEMENTS. which we find in Revelation Chapter 6:1-7
- The SEVEN TRUMPETS – SIX TRUMPETS – SATAN’S WRATH – Revelation Chapters. 8 – 9.
- The SEVENTH TRUMPET announces seven bowls of wrath – GOD’S WRATH – found later in Rev. chapters 15 – 16.
This seven seals are more like a severe warning and wakeup call saying……“God’s judgements are on the way.”
Although it SEEMS as if THE SEALS ARE God’s Judgement, when we consider that no one is actually hurt until the 144,000 are sealed (Rev. 7:3), we realize that the SEALS are primarily WARNINGS or “SHOTS OFF THE BOW”, if you will, PREPARING the world for the upcoming TRUMPET and BOWL JUDGEMENTS.
In previous posts, we detailed the SEVEN SEALS and the SEVEN TRUMPETS. (Prophecy)
This post focuses primarily on the SEVENTH TRUMPET which ANNOUNCES the 7 BOWLS of GOD’S WRATH.
The seventh Trumpet is the final Trumpet to blow as God TRANSITIONS the kingdom of this world to the Kingdom of God on earth. The seventh Trumpet sets in motion the wrath of God, the Return of Christ, and the rescue of His JEWISH people – ISRAEL.
Revelation 11:15: Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying,
“The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.” 16 And the twenty-four elders, who sit on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, 17 saying,
“We give You thanks, O Lord God, the Almighty, who are and who were, because You have taken Your great power and have begun to reign.
18 And the nations were enraged, and Your wrath came, and the time came for the dead to be judged, and the time to reward Your bond-servants the prophets and the saints and those who fear Your name, the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth.”
Once that seventh Trumpet is blown, God will POUR out His 7 bowls (vials) of WRATH on a REBELLIOUS and STUBBORN world. These seven bowl judgments are AIMED DIRECTLY at the antichrist’s kingdom of darkness, we now know as the “New World Order”. Sure, the antichrist will eventually be successful in creating enough chaos around the globe to bring in the New World Order as “the final solution”, but it won’t be final. According to the Bible this beast kingdom will only last for 3.5 years before Jesus Christ comes to take back what is rightfully HIS…PLANET EARTH! Glory to God!
First Bowl Judgment
Revelation 16: Then I heard a loud voice from the temple, saying to the seven angels, “Go and pour out on the earth the seven bowls of the wrath of God.”
2 So the first angel went and poured out his bowl on the earth; and it became a loathsome and malignant sore on the people who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his image.
When the 7th Trumpet sounds, God declares that it is now TIME for Him to DESTROY those who are DESTROYING the earth. God has been very, very patient and long-suffering, allowing evil to continue in order to save more people and bring them to His Kingdom. We will also discover that MANY of these plagues harken back to the original 10 plagues of Egypt, when God brought His people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.
Exodus 9:8: Then the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Take for yourselves handfuls of soot from a kiln, and let Moses throw it toward the sky in the sight of Pharaoh. 9 It will become fine dust over all the land of Egypt, and will become boils breaking out with sores on man and beast through all the land of Egypt
The first bowl of wrath only affects those who have taken the mark of the beast. All people who have aligned themselves with satan’s rebellion will suffer from horrible, malignant boils. This MAY indicate that at the time the first bowl of wrath is poured out, there are still people on the earth who have not yet taken the mark.
Second Bowl Judgment
Rev. 16:3: The second angel poured out his bowl into the sea, and it became blood like that of a dead man; and every living thing in the sea died.
The 2nd bowl of God’s wrath is similar to the first plague in Egypt (water turning to blood), and also the second Trumpet, where 1/3 of the creatures in the sea died, and also the ships. In God’s Wrath, not only 1/3 of the Sea die..now EVERY LIVING THING in the SEA (ocean) dies.
Third Bowl Judgment
The 3rd bowl of God’s wrath is also similar to the first Egyptian plague of turning water into blood. This bowl of wrath will be poured out on all of the FRESH DRINKING WATER of the earth. CLEAN DRINKING WATER will no longer exist in the antichrist kingdom. The antichrist and his people enjoyed pouring out the blood of those who opposed him…well, God is going to ensure that the antichrist and his followers have nothing but BLOOD to drink.
Rev. 16:4: Then the third angel poured out his bowl into the rivers and the springs of waters; and they became blood. 5 And I heard the angel of the waters saying, “Righteous are You, who are and who were, O Holy One, because You judged these things; 6 for they poured out the blood of saints and prophets, and You have given them blood to drink. They deserve it.” 7 And I heard the altar saying, “Yes, O Lord God, the Almighty, true and righteous are Your judgments.”
Revelation 16 makes it very clear that God’s judgments are right and true. As difficult as these judgments sound, at the point where God pours out His judgments, there really aren’t any righteous people left on the planet. All God’s Church and the children were raptured some time ago. The Tribulation Saints will have been martyr’d at this point for REFUSING the mark of the beast, and God’s elect Jewish 144,000 will not be affected by these plagues. They are being PROTECTED by God. God is pouring out these bowls of wrath on the antichrist kingdom. Like Sodom and Gomorrah, if God could have found 10 righteous people on the earth, He would likely have held back these judgments. Notice also that these people who are now being served blood to drink have poured out the blood of the saints and the prophets. (Rev. 6:9-11). God is AVENGING the precious blood of the martyrs. These people delighted in shedding the blood of righteous people on the earth, and in the end, all clean drinking water will be gone as God gives them only BLOOD to drink. The angels are clear….”They deserve it”. The antichrist came to kill, steal, and destroy…and as we see, this earth is being totally destroyed. The wickedness and evil will eventually kill everything on this earth. But God has a plan. He has to FIRST PURGE the evil off of the earth, and THEN Jesus will come to set up HIS RIGHTEOUS KINGDOM.
Fourth Bowl Judgment
Revelation 16:8: The fourth angel poured out his bowl upon the sun, and it was given to it to scorch men with fire. 9 Men were scorched with fierce heat; and they blasphemed the name of God who has the power over these plagues, and they did not repent so as to give Him glory.
Check out the attitude on the earth at this point. This is how we KNOW that all righteous people are now GONE. NOBODY REPENTS. Though these people are now SUFFERING BADLY, they REFUSE to REPENT, they REFUSE to give God Glory! They REFUSE to seek God and ask for MERCY! Why did God choose the sun for this plague? One of the “gods” of Egypt was Ra, the “sun god”, who was basically the devil (satan). ELOHIM (FATHER/SON/HOLY SPIRIT) is now making it CRYSTAL CLEAR, HE is the ONLY TRUE GOD. ELOHIM, the GREAT IAM is the ONLY ONE who governs the sun, moon, and stars!
God has always lavished mankind in mercy. Even as late as the 6th Trumpet, we saw God’s mercy. Remember, the 6th Trumpet was announced by the angel who was near the horns of the alter. The horns of the alter always represented a place of refuge, a type of God’s mercy. But nobody repented in the 6th Trumpet, and nobody repents here, at the 7th Trumpet, when God pours out His Bowls of wrath.
Sixth Trumpet: Rev. 9:13: Then the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
God is ALWAYS merciful, if only people would TURN TO HIM and be SAVED... But these people REFUSE. They have taken the mark of the beast, and are now hook, line, and sinker in bed with the antichrist. Once a person takes the mark, they no longer belong to God Almighty and are no longer eligible for His mercy. They have made themselves the “property” of the beast (antichrist). Sadly, these horiffic 7th Trumpet judgments are only the BEGINNING of SORROWS for those who have given themselves to the beast and taken his mark! Those who take the mark of the beast will be ETERNALLY LOST in the LAKE OF FIRE, where their SUFFERING and TORMENT will NEVER END!
Fifth Bowl Judgment
The fifth bowl is a direct hit on the Antichrist and his forces. While the first four seemed to generally afflict the entire world, this particular one lands right on the Antichrist and his kingdom. This plague will be similar to the plague of darkness that struck Egypt just prior to the death of the firstborn, and God bringing His people out of Egypt. That darkness was described as a THICK DARKNESS, one that could be FELT. Spiritual DARKNESS is thick, it’s evil, it’s antichrist.
The curses and plagues (bowls of judgment) and horrors will be so bad that men shall gnaw their tongues because of the pain. Yet in spite of all this, they curse God and REFUSE to repent!—Think of that! It’s going to be hell here and hell hereafter for those who insist on being unrepentant and rebellious against God.
Revelation 16:10: Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom became darkened; and they gnawed their tongues because of pain, 11 and they blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores; and they did not repent of their deeds.
Isaiah 13: 9-13: Behold, the day of the Lord comes, cruel, with both wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate; and He will destroy its sinners from it. For the stars of heaven and their constellations will not give their light; the sun will be darkened in its going forth, and the moon will not cause its light to shine.
I will punish the world for its evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; I will halt the arrogance of the proud, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. I will make a mortal more rare than fine gold, a man more than the golden wedge of Ophir. Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth will move out of her place, in the wrath of the Lord of hosts and in the day of His fierce anger.
People like to play games with God. They mistake God’s patience, His Long-suffering and mercy for embracing or accepting sin. They think that God tolerates sin, and that He will never punish sin. He didn’t do it yesterday, and He hasn’t done it today, so they think He won’t do it tomorrow. We need to be very careful not to mistake God’s incredible PATIENCE and MERCY with TOLERANCE and ACCEPTANCE of sin. These too, are lies from the devil. God HATES SIN…all sin! God will one day soon, pour out His Wrath over sin and sinners, and we do NOT want to be caught in this nightmare.
For if we REFUSE God’s FREE GIFT OF GRACE, that HIS OWN SON JESUS CHRIST took the WRATH OF GOD that is due ALL SINNERS onto Himself, there is nothing LEFT but the horrifying expectation of JUDGMENT.
As for me and my house…we choose THE LORD!
Revelation 16:12: The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river, the Euphrates; and its water was dried up, so that the way would be prepared for the kings from the east.
The sixth angel dries up the great Euphrates River to prepare the way for the armies of the east. In fact, the kings and armies of the entire earth will be summoned together for one last great battle. The Antichrist and his forces, even in their anger and their torment and their pain and their torture, are planning one last decisive battle for world domination. They are still reviling and cursing God and creating even more destruction in a final horrible war called “the Battle of that Great Day of God Almighty.”
We’ll detail the final bowl of wrath, the BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON, in the next post. These posts are very sobering, and frankly, difficult to write. But these are God’s TRUTHS and we need to know about them so we can CHOOSE WISELY!