Sunday, February 9, 2020

The Revelation of Christ – Part 36: The First Bowls

The Revelation of Christ – Part 36:
The First Bowls
Pastor Bruce A. Shields
House of Faith Church | www.PS127.org | www.TruthDigest.org

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SERMON INTRODUCTION
The Book of Revelation, or the Revelation of Christ, is the most challenging book in the bible.

Because of this fact, many avoid it or ignore it altogether. Some fear lack of understanding; others afraid to misinterpret, which I guess it is better to avoid than dive in and get it completely wrong.

Many times, when a new believer comes to me for direction, they want to jump right into Revelation and find out what’s to come.

This is equivalent to deciding one day to learn Mandarin and sitting down to author a novel in Chinese that very same day.

Or, a kindergartner learning how to count, and then trying to calculate quantum mechanics calculations.

The words in Revelation have caused much debate on rapture, judgment, even some who claim John was writing about the events in his day in code rather than Jesus Christ revealing to him about the coming events and Judgment.

A special blessing is promised to those who read Revelation.

Although it may be a difficult book, we could all use a special blessing, reading this is good for us all, and with the help of the Holy Spirit, we will take the Revelation of Christ in small portions and gain understanding, little by little.

SERMON SERIES

THE THINGS WHICH SHALL BE – The Coming Judgment
Part 10 – The Throne of God
Part 11 – The Scroll and Seven Seals
Part 12 – The Lamb is Worthy
Part 13 – The First Seal

Part 14 – The Second Seal
Part 15 – The Third Seal
Part 16 – The Fourth Seal
Part 17 – The Fifth Seal

Part 18 – The Sixth Seal
Part 19 – The 144,000 Sealed
Part 20 – The Great Multitude
Part 21 – The Seventh Seal
Part 22 – Trumpets 1-4
Part 23 – The 5th Trumpet (1st woe)
Part 24 – The 6th Trumpet (2nd woe)
Part 25 – The Mighty Angel
Part 26 – The Two Witnesses 
Part 27 – The 7th Trumpet and 3rd Woe 
Part 28 – The Woman and the Dragon I
Part 29 – The Woman and the Dragon II
Part 30 – The Beast out of the Sea
Part 31 – The Beast out of the Earth
Part 32 – The Lamb and the 144,000
Part 33 – The Three Angels
Part 34 – Harvesting the Earth
Part 35 – The Seven Angels with the Seven Plagues

TODAY’S SERMON - THE THINGS WHICH SHALL BE – The Coming Judgment
Part 36 – The Seven Bowls of Wrath

SCRIPTURE READING

Revelation 16:1-7

Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, “Go, pour out the seven bowls of God’s wrath on the earth.”

2 The first angel went and poured out his bowl on the land, and ugly, festering sores broke out on the people who had the mark of the beast and worshiped its image.

3 The second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it turned into blood like that of a dead person, and every living thing in the sea died.

4 The third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood. 5 Then I heard the angel in charge of the waters say:

“You are just in these judgments, O Holy One,
    you who are and who were;
6
for they have shed the blood of your holy people and your prophets,
    and you have given them blood to drink as they deserve.”

7 And I heard the altar respond:

“Yes, Lord God Almighty,
    true and just are your judgments.”




          I.      A LOUD VOICE FROM THE TEMPLE
a.   Remember the symbolism of “loud”
                                     i.   “I heard a loud voice…”
                                    ii.   Loud can mean, powerful in strength, authority in the one who speaks, loudness as in volume, or all of the above.
                                   iii.   Here, I believe it speaks as all of the above
                                   iv.   It is loud, powerful, authoritative, and it is a “command” by the One who has authority to command such an order.


b.   It came from the Temple
                                     i.   Further proof of who is speaking
                                    ii.   The judge of all creation, the one who created all and everything existing created by Him
                                   iii.   Jesus


c.   This is the one who is worthy, whose judgments are just and true
                                     i.   Vs 7
                                    ii.   a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, “Go, pour out the seven bowls of God’s wrath on the earth.”


         II.      THE FIRST TWO BOWLS
a.   Bowl One of God’s Wrath is poured out
                                     i.   The first angel went and poured out his bowl on the land
                                    ii.   Ugly, festering sores broke out on the people who had the mark of the beast and worshiped its image.


b.   Bowl Two of God’s Wrath is poured out
                                     i.   The second angel poured out his bowl on the sea
                                    ii.   It turned into blood like that of a dead person, and every living thing in the sea died.


c.   The Results
                                     i.   Those who had the mark of the beast AND worshipped its image were the first to be judged
                                    ii.   Then the sea turned “blood” like that of a “dead” person and everything in the sea died (sea meaning all oceans)
1.   This Second Bowl that was poured out must be like a disease which killed everything, causing the dead in the sea to bloat and rot and festering puss filled bloody bodies to burst filling the seas and making it appear as coagulated dark soupy dead-man’s blood.


        III.      THE THIRD BOWL
a.   Bowl Three of God’s Wrath is poured out
                                     i.   The third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood.
                                    ii.   Apparently while the Second plague was aimed at the oceans, the third took care of the rivers and springs (meaning all fresh water)


b.   The Results
                                     i.   John then hears this after the Third Bowl was poured out

                                    ii.   Then I heard the angel in charge of the waters say:
“You are just in these judgments, O Holy One,
you who are and who were;
for they have shed the blood of your holy people and your prophets,
 and you have given them blood to drink as they deserve.”

                                   iii.   The first three bowls of God’s Wrath judges specific targets in a specific way
1.   “They” shed the blood of your holy people and your prophets
a.   All those who serve the beast
2.   You give them blood to drink as they deserve
a.   This is what the beast (Satan, Antichrist & False Prophet) wanted
b.   This “blood” is their unholy communion
c.   Their covenant that they must drink and take part of
d.   Refusing the Blood of Christ, repentance and drinking into the New Covenant with God, all those who follow the Beast will now have a never-ending covenant with him
e.   An eternal afterlife reserved for those who have turned against their first abode, or against God and His Salvation


c.   The Altar Responds
                                     i.   And I heard the altar respond:

“Yes, Lord God Almighty,
  true and just are your judgments.”

                                    ii.   Why “the altar”?
1.   This represents the sacrifice of the Lamb
2.   The “blood” of Christ
3.   The “True” communion
4.   The Covenant with God through Christ

                                   iii.   The Altar (the “blood shed for remission of our sins”) acknowledges that God’s Wrath which poured out the blood of judgment for the enemy of God is “True” and “Just”

                                   iv.   True and just as in, they worked for it, they desired this path, and they will now eat the fruits of their labors.

CONCLUSION –
The Beast (unholy trinity – Satan, Antichrist and False Prophet), and all those who follow them now have their covenant in blood, and their covenant (just as ours with Christ through His blood) will be everlasting judgment.

NEXT WEEK: The Fourth through Seventh Bowl




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