Revelation 16 — The Seven Bowls of God’s Wrath
Revelation 17 — Babylon, the Prostitute on the Beast
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God’s wrath is poured out on the world…”as they deserve” (Revelation 16:6). Trouble after trouble, waves of wrath pulsing over the place we call earth. John’s vision includes what we know as radiation, perhaps a hole in the atmosphere: “The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and the sun was allowed to scorch people with fire” (16:8). Yet even though “they were seared by the intense heat” they refused to acknowledge God, instead “they cursed the name of God…they refused to repent and glorify him” (16:9). Throughout the bowls of wrath, the people cursed God, they were hardened beyond hard.
Chapter 17 is a vision of a “great prostitute.” I’ll not try to explain the vision, only to focus on this promise: “They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers” (17:14). Jesus wins. We win. So what do we do with this knowledge? Do we gloat and sit content that victory is assured? Lord, teach me your ways anew today. Break me into a thousand pieces and reshape me into the man you need in this hour. Keep me far from temptations of this world for your glory and for those who would worship you if we would but ask.