Friday, June 7, 2013

The Seventh Bowl of Wrath - The third Woe

   Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, “It is done!”
   And there were noises and thundering and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth.
   Now the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell.
   Then every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.
   And great hail from heaven fell upon men, each hailstone about the weight of a talent. Men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, since that plague was exceedingly grea
t. 16:17-21 

The Angel of the Air

   Here we resume the interrupted story from 10:7. Remember, this is the third woe which was heralded by the seventh trumpet!

   When this, the last angel poured the seventh bowl of wrath on the air, a voice said, it is done. 16:17.  The words, it is done, surely must include the completion of the Church of Christ, and her rapture.

   Emptying the seventh bowl happens immediately after the blowing of the seventh trumpet announces its launch;
11:15-19.  Because this bowl is poured out after the last great battle, it is obvious that the Church will still be on earth during the battle at Armageddon, because, after all, this is the trumpet call that calls the Church home.  When the seventh bowl is empty, Jehovah's wrath will be appeased.

   In 11:19, when the seventh trumpet sounds to announce the rapture, we find these words, Then the temple of God was opened in heaven, and the ark of His covenant was seen in His temple. And there were lightnings, noises, thunderings, an earthquake, and great hail.  Here, in
16:18, we find the almost identical words, there were noises and thundering and lightnings, and there was a great earthquake.  Obviously, the seventh bowl of wrath refers to the same scenario as the seventh trumpet blast does; the rapture of The Church and the last great destruction on earth.

After the removal of The Church from this world, doomsday comes quickly and harshly.  Then happens the greatest earthquake that this world has experienced in the history of humankind. 

Because of this cataclysmic earthquake, the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell.  It is easy to see that a Jewish writer, who hated Rome, could have been referring to Rome, without naming it, as the great city. 

   The earthquake also destroyed many other cities.  If the writer was making reference to Rome, maybe it was not to a geographical place but rather to a spiritual Rome; the Church based in Rome; the Roman church which he saw in the future.  If that is true, the statement, the cities of the nations fell, surely must also speak of all the other non-Christian churches who fly the Christian flag. 

   The islands of the world were moved from their places and the mountains were not found.  Is he saying that the mountains were leveled, or is he saying that they were underwater.  Was it the earthquake, or a giant comet that caused this devastation? 

On March 12, 1998, a news report said that an asteroid is hurtling towards the earth and that it would probably plunge into an ocean in Oct. 2028 (30 years from the year of the newscast).  The following day the news report said that it would probably not hit the earth at all but if it did, it would have the impact of 100 atomic bombs such as hit Hiroshima.   One does not want to be a doomsday prophet, but, could we say, the Bible already told us about this meteorite crash 1900 years ago?  If there was any truth to this report would the present day astronomers, almost twenty years later, not be telling us more about this?

   I find it interesting that ever since the last comet exploded over Russia astrologers and reporters are talking much about future comets.  Now they are not saying "if", they have changed that to "when".  They are even wondering what the inhabitants of earth can do to keep the comets from reaching earth. 

Saint Peter, writing about the final distruction on the earth, said, And God has also commanded that the heavens and the earth will be consumed by fire on the day of judgment, when ungodly people will perish. But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and everything in them will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be exposed to judgment. 2 Peter 2:7+10 New Living Translation. According to Peter, our engineers will not save humanity from that ordeal. 

   great hail from heaven fell upon men, each hailstone about the weight of a talent.  If we accept that the word, talent, refers to the “common talent”, and the word, pound, to refer to a 16 ounce pound, we see that each hailstone weighs about 75 pounds.   That seems impossible, but we must remember that by this time the weather, the sea, and the rivers have changed.  Who knows what these changes might do to affect the hail storms?  

By then it will be too late to ask Jehovah for forgiveness and mercy.

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