Friday, April 17, 2009

Bible Study: Revelation - What Was, What Is, What Is To Come - Chapter 16

Please forgive this rough draft format, as these are my raw study notes. I felt a great sense of urgency to publish them rather than waiting until I had the time to pretty them up. Thank you and I pray that God blesses you through this material.


Take a few minutes to savor Revelation Chapter 16. Then return here and ponder the thoughts, answer the questions, and be sure to leave comments about your own revelations.

16:1 — See Psalms 69:24; Isaiah 66:6 (AMP) — ???; the sound of the Lord repaying His enemies is heard from the temple.

16:2-9 — compare 1St 4 bowls to 1St 4 trumpets in 8:7-12. More intense pain and destruction, now.

16:2 — 1st bowl — ugly and painful sores — compare to 6th Egyptian plague (Exodus 9:9-11) and Job 2:7-8, 13.

See Exodus 9:10-11; Deuteronomy 28:35 (AMP)

16:3 — 2nd bowl — blood like a dead man — thick, viscous, yuck! Jesus' blood is life. This blood is death!

16:4 — 3rd bowl — springs and rivers become blood. See Exodus 7:17-21 (AMP)

16:6 — See Psalms 79:3 (AMP)

16:7 — is this the moment the martyrs beneath the altar have been waiting for? See 6:9-11 and 10:6. No. The altar itself is responding! The Int'l Bible Commentary says this may be because the altar witnessed the martyrs' prayer in 6:10.

See Psalms 119:137 (AMP)

16:8 — 4th bowl — sun empowered to scorch people with fire. Fire — pyr — fire, flames (Strong's 4442/KWSB 4786). See Revelation 14:18.

What do you think the fire represents? Does this appear to represent judgment due to sin? Can you see the fire destroy what has been corrupted by sin?

16:9 — these people do not repent. They are not given the chance to do so because this is God's judgment being poured out. They have missed all of the opportunities that God has given them and they continue to curse Him. WOW! That is supreme arrogance!!! Sounds like Lucifer, doesn't it?

16:10 — 5th bowl — poured over the throne of the beast. His kingdom is plunged into darkness. See Exodus 10:21 (AMP)

16:12-13 — 6th bowl — Euphrates dries up to prepare the way for the kings from the east. Three evil spirits resembling frogs came out of the mouths of the dragon, beast and false prophet.

16:12 — The Euphrates River was a natural protective boundary against the eastern empires. If it dried up, nothing could hold back invading armies.

See Isaiah 11:15-16 (AMP)

16:13 — The imagery of the demons coming out of the mouths of the three evil rulers probably signifies the verbal enticements and propaganda that will draw many people to their evil cause.

See Exodus 8:3; 1 Kings 22:21-23 (AMP) 16:16 — See 2 Kings 9:27 (AMP)

16:17-18 — this was even greater than the quake that tore the curtain of the temple after Jesus said "it is finished". See John 19:30.

16:17 — 7th bowl — poured out into the air. Loud voice from throne says, "It is done." Can you see the parallel of Jesus' final words from the cross, "it is finished"?

See Isaiah 66:6 (AMP) — the sound of the Lord repaying His enemies is heard from the temple.
16:18 — "no earthquake like it has ever occurred since man has been on the earth" — this will be an incredible earthquake!

See Exodus 19:16; Daniel 12:1 (AMP)

16:19 — what is "the great city"? Babylon the great? Remember my Bible's study notes from 11:8 says that it may be Jerusalem, Rome, Babylon or some other city that is symbolic of the world opposed to God.

16:21 — huge hailstones — WOW! 100 pound hailstones are huge! See Exodus 9:23 (AMP)

  • Remember that the main message of the book of Revelation is the infinite love, power and justice of the Lord Jesus Christ. How is this evident in today’s text?
  • What attributes of God do you see in this chapter?
  • What scripture seemed to be God speaking directly to you? What is He teaching you in these verses? How does He want you to respond?

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