7 Bowls—4th cycle
Illus: CITY OF GOD
brings to mind what has already been alluded to in and the worship around God’s throne.
The 7 bowls represent the cup of God’s wrath, which in the OT makes the nations drunk
Wake yourself, wake yourself up! Stand up, Jerusalem, you who have drunk the cup of his fury from the Lord’s hand; you who have drunk the goblet to the dregs— the cup that causes people to stagger. There is no one to guide her among all the children she has raised; there is no one to take hold of her hand among all the offspring she has brought up. These two things have happened to you: devastation and destruction, famine and sword. Who will grieve for you? How can I comfort you? Your children have fainted; they lie at the head of every street like an antelope in a net. They are full of the Lord’s fury, the rebuke of your God. So listen to this, suffering and drunken one—but not with wine. This is what your Lord says— the Lord, even your God, who defends his people— “Look, I have removed from your hand the cup that causes staggering; that goblet, the cup of my fury. You will never drink it again.
The bowls lead up to the 2nd coming of Christ (just like the previous cycles have covered the church age until the return of Christ.
The judgments of God against evildoers are depicted in the bowls. IMPRECATORY PSALMS.
Notice!! Final plagues—complete judgement. Meaning this cannot be a reference to a certain time frame solely in the future.
This is why the Symbolic—Cycle approach is best IMO. 7 layer dip.
SEA of GLASS
Something like a sea of glass, similar to crystal, was also before the throne. Four living creatures covered with eyes in front and in back were around the throne on each side.
Image of God’s power to subdue the chaos. Image of God being the initiator of judgment.
and the Song of Moses (Similar to the new song in )
NATIONS—fulfilling the Abrahamic covenant.
The Temple—Exodus imagery of Sinai
The foundations of the doorways shook at the sound of their voices, and the temple was filled with smoke.
Let every survivor, wherever he resides, be assisted by the men of that region with silver, gold, goods, and livestock, along with a freewill offering for the house of God in Jerusalem.”
Loud voice—God speaks and it happens
1—earth/land the plagues fall on the ungodly. Mar of the beast. Exodus imagery.
2—like the Egyptian blood plague
3—longer, more detail—like bowl 6 (CREATION pattern…NEW CREATION). God’s servants praise him
4—Fire judgment like OT
A fire devours in front of them, and behind them a flame blazes. The land in front of them is like the garden of Eden, but behind them, it is like a desert wasteland; there is no escape from them.
Look, the Lord will come with fire— his chariots are like the whirlwind— to execute his anger with fury and his rebuke with flames of fire.
YET the people do not repent but are instead bitter with God. 1) Repentance is the true sign of the believer 2) City of God—Roman pagans blamed the Christians for the fall of Rome.
5—darkness (Egypt) and again a refusal to repent which leads then to rage and ultimate defeat.
Then the kings of the earth, the nobles, the generals, the rich, the powerful, and every slave and free person hid in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains.
Euphrates —drys up for quick movement
say to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels bound at the great river Euphrates.”
The Beast in ;
As we continue in Revelation we will get more and more detail about this final battle. It is important to note that has already describes this eschatological battle.
The FALSE Trinity (fulfilling )
This final battle is reminiscent of the final standoff between God and Pharaoh
In Hebrew Armageddon means “mount of Megiddo” Which was between Mesopotamia and Egypt and could handle a large army. Symbolic.
The final battle described here is primarily spiritual in nature. This is not like a battle between two nations. Believers are scattered around the world. This is the city of God vs the city of men.
7—the last bowl brings the cycles of judgment to an end and describes the Second Coming.
The removal of islands and mountains resembles the final shakings of the earth in
Then another horse went out, a fiery red one, and its rider was allowed to take peace from the earth, so that people would slaughter one another. And a large sword was given to him.
the sky was split apart like a scroll being rolled up; and every mountain and island was moved from its place.
Then I saw a great white throne and one seated on it. Earth and heaven fled from his presence, and no place was found for them.
This imagery of the final battle comes from Ezekiel 38-39