The Seven Bowls of God’s Wrath
Chapter 16: 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.”
Revelation in Context
The ‘Battle of Armageddon’ is one of the most misrepresented verses in the Bible by memory verse Christians who harden their hearts against reading God’s word in context.
Seven is the number of completeness. This completes God’s wrath at the end of time, just as seven days completed God’s creation.
- It follows Christ’s Return. “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war….And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations” Rev. 19
- ‘It is clearly the eschatological “battle of on the great day of
God Almighty” (vs. 14). –Geo. Eldon Ladd, Revelation
- An eschatological battle, not a human battle. The armies are destroyed by “the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth” 19:21
- “The ultimate reality is the Lord’s return. This is the event which is the focus of the expectation of the saints.” –Ladd
Contrast with Off-The-Wall Interpretation of Ray Comfort
“While no respected biblical scholars have named the nations [in Rev. 16:16] they do agree that certain nations will come together against Israel in one climatic end-time battle called Armageddon.”
If any scholar has made such an interpretation, it is not Bible scholarship, but eisegesis—reading his own preconceived notions into the text (think Left Behind).