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Peter Barnes: Revelation 16
(6 May 2018)
SERMON NOTES: THE SEVEN BOWLS OF WRATH (Revelation 16)
Every island, sea, and mountain,
Heaven and earth, shall flee away;
All who hate Him must, confounded,
Hear the trump proclaim the day;
Come to judgment! Come to judgment, come away!
- God’s just wrath against sin.
The bowls of wrath are a reminder of the plagues against the Egyptians in Moses’ day:
(a) sores – 16:2.
(b) the sea is turned to blood – 16:3.
(c) waters are turned to blood – 16:4-7.
(d) the scorching sun – 16:8-9.
(e) darkness and pain – 16:10-11.
(f) Armageddon – 16:12-16. This is not like Lord of the Rings, yet this points to it. This will happen suddenly – 16:15; see 3:3.
(g) judgment on Babylon – 16:17-21. Deut.32:4.
- God’s afflictions are meant to lead us to repentance.
– 16:9, 11. Look at how it ends – 16:21.
– Michael Foucault lived a ‘liberated’ lifestyle, argued in favour of pederasty, experimented with hallucinogenic drugs, and died of AIDS. In 2007 California banned the use of ‘mom’ and ‘dad’ from all school textbooks, and the state suffered its worst bushfires in living memory.
– Luke 13:1-5; Job’s friends.
- God will have the victory.
– compare Rev.16:17 and John 19:30 (not the same Greek word).
Because the sinless Saviour died
My sinful soul is counted free
For God the Just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me.