Revelation Chapter 16 – Bowls of Wrath

“I heard a loud voice from the sanctuary say to the seven angels, “Go, and pour out on the earth the seven bowls of God’s fury!”

Yochanan hears a loud voice from the heavenly sanctuary telling seven angels to pour out the seven bowls of Elohim’s fury on the earth. The Hebrew word for ‘fury’ is chemah and means ‘heat’ and or ‘burning anger.’ The earth will be judged by Elohim with plagues similar to what He did to judge Egypt’s and her gods.

That Day is a Day of fury, a Day of trouble and distress, a Day of waste and desolation, a Day of darkness and gloom, a Day of clouds and thick fog, a Day of the shofar and battle-cry against the fortified cities and against the high towers [on the city walls]. I will bring such distress on people that they will grope their way like the blind, because they have sinned against Adonai. Their blood will be poured out like dust and their bowels like dung. Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to save them. On the day of Adonai’s fury, the whole land will be destroyed in the fire of his jealousy. For he will make an end, a horrible end, of all those living in the land” (Zephaniah 1:15-18).

“Therefore I will act in fury, my eye will not spare, I will have no pity. Even if they cry loudly right in my ears, I will not listen to them” (Ezekiel 8:18).

“In fury you stride across the land, in anger you trample the nations” (Habakkuk 3:12).

“So the first one went and poured his bowl onto the earth, and disgusting and painful sores appeared on all the people who had the mark of the beast and worshipped its image.”

The first bowl of wrath or plague will bring disgusting and painful sores on all the people who took the ‘mark of the beast’ and worshipped its image. The Hebrew word for ‘mark’ is tav and can also mean ‘sign.’ The word tav is also the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

Hebrew Word Pictures

Tav or תו

Tav is a picture of ‘crossed sticks’ and means ‘covenant sign.’

Vav is a picture of ‘nails’ and means ‘to bind together’ or ‘binding.’

Tav is a word picture for ‘being bound to the sign of the ‘crossed sticks’ or cross.

It is interesting that the ‘sign’ of the beast in this instance has nothing to do with being bound to the ‘covenant sign’ of Yeshua or the cross. The ‘mark of the beast’ will be a perversion of this ‘sign’ and people will be bound together with and through it. Though taking the ‘mark of the beast’ may not seem painful, bad or wrong in the immediate, it has severe future consequences in connection with the wrath of yod hey vav hey – painful sores on the body.

In Egypt, Elohim sent a plague of boils. This plague was against Thoth, the Egyptian god of medicine and theology. The plague in Hebrew is shechiyn or ‘burning’ spots. In Greek the word for sorcerer is pharmakeus and from where ‘pharmacy’ comes from. This word means ‘poison’ and is used in religious rituals. Elohim’s wrath is being poured out against a religious ‘beast’ that uses the poison of pharmaceuticals to draw people into a religious system.

The plague in Egypt was brought about because the sorcerers were responsible for taking the ashes of human sacrifices and casting them into the air.  Floating in the wind over the people of Egypt was considered a blessing. With the judgment plague, the ash remains of human sacrifice burned the flesh of the Egyptians. It would seem the ash remains of human sacrifice, the murder of the innocent, will once again burn the flesh of not just Egypt, but all of humanity that bought into the sacrificial system.

“Adonai said to Moshe and Aharon, “Take handfuls of ashes from a kiln, and let Moshe throw them in the air before Pharaoh’s eyes. They will turn into fine dust over all the land of Egypt and become infected sores on men and animals throughout Egypt.” So they took ashes from a kiln, stood in front of Pharaoh and threw them in the air; and they became infected sores on men and animals” (Exodus 9:8-10).

“The second one poured out his bowl into the sea, and it became like the blood of a dead person, and every living thing in the sea died.”

The second bowl of wrath turned the sea to blood and every living thing in the sea died. The third bowl when poured out also turns the water of the rivers and springs into blood. According to what the angel says, this is a judgment against those who poured out the blood of the Jewish people and the prophets.

In Egypt the first plague was turning the Nile River into blood. This first Egyptian plague is against Hapi, the god of the Nile. Turning the water of the Nile River into blood was not only a judgment on the god of the Nile, but a sign to Egypt that Elohim controls their water supply, their lifeline. Moshe warns Pharaoh of the coming plague so he would understand with whom he is dealing.

The first bowl of Elohim’s wrath brought judgment onto those who took the ‘mark of the beast,’ but now the seas turning to blood, shows the world Who is in control of the heavens and most especially, the earth, and, who is judging the world. The third bowl of Elohim’s wrath turns the rivers and streams to blood as a reminder that much blood has been shed in the world – beginning with Abel, continuing to the murder of infants in the Nile, to the murder of toddlers during the days of Yeshua, to the modern times and the murder of the pre-born, and ultimately to the last days’ martyrs.

Many people believe that religious wars have killed more people over time than any other type of war. This is not true. In our modern era alone over 150,000,000 people have been murdered by Communist dictators like Stalin, Lenin, Mussolini, Hitler, Kim Jon, Pol Pot (Cambodia) and Mae setoung. Many of those murdered were religious people who just wanted to live free lives, but had atheist, anti-semitic leaders. As the end of days progress even more people will be murdered because they are believers in the God of Isra’el and the ‘beast’ will want to remove all thought and realities of His existence. The ‘beast’ and his cohorts will suffer the great consequence of having to suffer too – drink the blood of those they have murdered.

“Adonai, the God of the Hebrews, sent me to you to say: ‘Let my people go, so that they can worship me in the desert.’ But until now you haven’t listened; so Adonai says, ‘This will let you know that I am Adonai: I will take the staff in my hand and strike the water in the river, and it will be turned into blood” (Exodus 7:17).

“The third one poured out his bowl into the rivers and springs of water, and they turned to blood. Then I heard the angel of the waters say, “O HaKadosh, the One who is and was, you are just in these judgments of yours. They poured out the blood of your people and your prophets, so you have made them drink blood. They deserve it!” “Then I heard the altar say, “Yes, Adonai, God of heaven’s armies, your judgments are true and just!”

“The third angel sounded his shofar; and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky onto a third of the rivers and onto the springs of water” (Revelation 8:10).

The angel of the waters spoke about the judgments of the Holy One being ‘just.’ The altar in the sanctuary responds with “Yes, Adonai, God of heaven’s armies, your judgments are true and just!”

According to Revelation 6:9, the altar responds with the voices of the martyrs. This is not the altar of sacrifice, but the altar of incense inside the sanctuary where the prayers of Elohim’s people rise like incense. This is the altar under which are those who have been martyred for proclaiming the Word of Elohim – His Torah, Yeshua.

“Another angel came and stood at the altar with a gold incense-bowl, and he was given a large quantity of incense to add to the prayers of all God’s people” (Revelation 8:3).

“When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been put to death for proclaiming the Word of God, that is, for bearing witness” (Revelation 6:9).

“The fourth one poured out his bowl on the sun, and it was permitted to burn people with fire. People were burned by the intense heat; yet they cursed the name of God, who had the authority over these plagues, instead of turning from their sins to give him glory.”

The fourth bowl of Elohim’s wrath is poured out on the sun. It became so hot that it burnt people with fire. Instead of turning from their sins and giving glory to the God of Isra’el who had authority over the judgments, they curse Him.

This judgment is also against Ra, the Egyptian god of the sun. He was worshipped for his warmth and life, but Elohim proves His authority and power over the sun by making the warmth hot as fire. His wrath becomes hotter than the sun and burns the people on the earth.

“And S’dom, ‘Amora and the surrounding cities, following a pattern like theirs, committing sexual sins and perversions, lie exposed as a warning of the everlasting fire awaiting those who must undergo punishment” (Jude 7).

“Therefore, as fire licks up the stubble, and the chaff is consumed in the flame; so their root will rot, and their flowers scatter like dust; because they have rejected the Torah of Adonai-Tzva’ot, they have despised the word of the Holy One of Isra’el” (Isaiah 5:24).

“Here comes the name of Adonai from afar, his anger burning, in thick rising smoke. His lips are full to the brim with fury, his tongue a consuming fire” (Isaiah 30:27).

“The fifth one poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom grew dark. People gnawed on their tongues from the pain, yet they cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and sores, and did not turn from their sinful deeds.”

The fifth angel pours out his bowl of Elohim’s wrath on the throne of the beast bringing on darkness. This darkness can be felt. People gnaw on their tongues from the pain of the darkness and curse Elohim. It seems these bowls come quickly as the people are still dealing with their pains and sores from the first judgment.

The ninth plague in Egypt yod hey vav hey is intense darkness. This judgment is also against Ra, the ‘evil’ one.  A darkness that could be felt covered the entire land of Egypt. The Egyptians spent three days and three nights in the tomb of death’s abyss.  This bowl of wrath judgment reveals the evil darkness in the souls of humanity. Human souls have become so dark that they don’t repent from their evil deeds.

“Adonai said to Moshe, ‘Reach out your hand toward the sky, and there will be darkness over the land of Egypt, darkness so thick it can be felt!’” (Exodus 10:21)

“Give glory to Adonai your God before the darkness falls, before your feet stumble on the mountains in the twilight, and, while you are seeking light, he turns it into deathlike shadows and makes it completely dark” (Jeremiah 13:16).

“The sixth one poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water dried up, in order to prepare the way for the kings from the east. And I saw three unclean spirits that looked like frogs; they came from the mouth of the dragon, from the mouth of the beast and from the mouth of the false prophet. They are miracle-working demonic spirits which go out to the kings of the whole inhabited world to assemble them for the War of the Great Day of Adonai-Tzva’ot.”

With the sixth bowl of Elohim’s wrath is poured out on the Euphrates River, its water dries up to make way for the kings from the east. In Revelation 9:13-15, with the sounding of the sixth shofar blast, four angels are released to kill one third of mankind; the number of soldiers riding horses was two hundred million!

The Euphrates River runs from Turkey through Syria and into Iraq to the north of Isra’el. According to the land promise given to Abraham, Isra’el’s northern boundary is supposed to be at the Euphrates River, a large protective river like a moat. However, because of their disobedience, Isra’el has never occupied the entire land promised to Abraham. Divine judgment through war and captivity always came from the north whether it was from Assyria (Syria), Persia (Iran) or Babylon (Iraq).

Though deliverance will come from the east and the Mount of Olives, it is with the ‘drying up of the river’ that Elohim Himself will come out of the north to deal with His enemies and the ten kings.

“That day Adonai made a covenant with Avram: “I have given this land to your descendants — from the Vadi of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates River…” (Genesis 15:18).

Out of the north comes a golden glow, fearsome majesty surrounding God. Shaddai, whom we cannot find, whose power is immense, in his great righteousness does not pervert justice” (Job 37:22-23).

Many people believe the ‘kings of the east’ come from the Orient, however, all end times prophesy centers around Isra’el and, specifically, Jerusalem and so those kings will come from the countries of those who want to see Isra’el destroyed from the face of the earth. The Hebrew doesn’t use the word ‘east,’ but ‘from the direction of the sun rising.’ As Satan gathers the kings of the earth and makes his move to destroy Isra’el and the chosen people, Elohim ‘dries up the river Euphrates’ as He Himself rescues His people. This is the ‘sign of the Son of Man’ that all the earth will see.

“Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, all the tribes of the Land will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with tremendous power and glory” (Matthew 24:30).

From the mouths of the dragon, beast and false prophet come three unclean spirits that are symbolized by the unclean amphibian, the frog. Though frogs were the second plague placed on Egypt to judge Heket, the Egyptian goddess of fertility and renewal, these ‘frogs’ are demonic spirits being spewed out of the mouths of the evil threesome.

“Go into Pharaoh and say to him, ‘Here is what Adonai says, ‘Let my people go, so that they can worship me.  If you refuse to let them go, I will strike all your territory with frogs’” (Exodus 7:26).

This triune of united demonic voices coming from Satan, the anti-messiah, and the lying prophet will have the ‘frog power’ of divination, boasting, and flattery to deceive the whole world by their ability to do miracles through their seductive words and actions. They will entice the kings of the world and two hundred million people to gather together for the great War of the Great Day of Adonai through their croaking out evil speech against the Most High and leaping around the world with their delusions of grandeur.

(“Look! I am coming like a thief! How blessed are those who stay alert and keep their clothes clean, so that they won’t be walking naked and be publicly put to shame!”) And they gathered the kings to the place which in Hebrew is called Har Megiddo.”

In this little interlude, Yeshua reminds his people that he is coming like a thief. He reminds those who stay alert and keep their clothes clean of their blessing of not being naked and publicly shamed. These are similar words that the messengers spoke to Sardis and Laodicea. The congregation in Sardis was told that they had the appearance of being alive, but were dead. They needed to ‘wake up’ as Yeshua would return like a thief. Only a few in Sardis had not soiled their clothes and were worthy of walking with Yeshua in white. The messenger to Laodicea told that congregation they were neither hot nor cold, but lukewarm and worthy of being vomited out of Yesua’s mouth. They felt their riches were their salvation, but in actuality they were poor, blind, pitiful and naked. They were told to exert themselves and repent!

Har Megiddo is the Hebrew for the mountain or hill of Megiddo. Megiddo is an ancient city in Isra’el where archeological digs or tels reveal the remains of a multitude of cultures. It was originally where the kings of the Hitties, amorites, Canaanites, Perrizites, Hivites, and Jebusites were defated by Joshua (Joshua 17:11). It became the land inheritance of Manasseh. Deborah dealth with Sisera and Barak in Megiddo (Judges 5:19). King Josiah, who disobeyed a command of Elohim died in battle at Megiddo (2 Kings 23:29-30). The prophet Zechariah also refers to the plain of Megiddo, or the Jezreel Valley that sits below the hill of Megiddo in his prophecy about the return of Messiah and the mourning of Isra’el.

“And I will pour out on the house of David and on those living in Yerushalayim a spirit of grace and prayer; and they will look to me, whom they pierced. They will mourn for him as one mourns for an only son; they will be in bitterness on his behalf like the bitterness for a firstborn son. When that day comes, there will be great mourning in Yerushalayim, mourning like that for Hadad-Rimmon in the Megiddo Valley. Then the land will mourn… ” (Zechariah 12:10-12).

From the Hebrew Megiddo comes the infamous Armageddon that generally refers to the ‘end of the world;’ however, it is really where Elohim’s judgment of peoples of the world takes place. And, it is where the deceptive ‘frog’ demons draw the kings of the world to meet and battle with Elohim.

The seventh one poured out his bowl on the air, and a loud voice came out of the Temple from the throne, saying, “It is done!” There were flashes of lightning, voices and peals of thunder; and there was a massive earthquake, such as has never occurred since mankind has been on earth, so violent was the earthquake. The great city was split into three parts, the cities of the nations fell, and God remembered Bavel the Great and made her drink the wine from the cup of his raging fury. Every island fled, and no mountains were to be found. And huge seventy-pound hailstones fell on people from the sky. But the people cursed God for the plague of hail, that it was such a terrible plague.”

The seventh angel pours his bowl of Elohim’s wrath on the air and a loud voice comes from the Temple and the throne in heaven saying, “It is done!” The judgments of yod hey vav hey on the earth, with the kings and peoples of the nations, will be complete with the seventh bowl of wrath on the air. By judging the air, He judges the Ruler of the Powers of the Air, the Adversary.

“You walked in the ways of the ‘olam hazeh [this world] and obeyed the Ruler of the Powers of the Air, who is still at work among the disobedient” (Ephesians 2:2).

With this bowl on the air, the earth is shaken to its core. There are flashes of lightning, voices, and peals of thunder – all from the heavenly realm as the presence of yod hey vav hey. There is a massive earthquake such as never happened since mankind has been on earth. As the sixth seal was broken in Revelation 6:12, along with the earthquake, the sun turns black as sackcloth and the moon becomes blood red.

Jerusalem is split into three parts, cities of the nations fall – cities like Tokyo, Japan; Beijing, China; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Shanghai, China; Mexico City, Mexico; Cairo, Egypt; Mumbai, India; Istanbul, Turkey; Moscow, Russia; New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, San Francisco, United States. Every island flees, mountains are leveled. Huge seventy-pound hailstones fell on people from the sky.

The final bowl of Elohim’s wrath is humongous hailstones. This is reminiscent of the seventh plague in Egypt against Nut, the goddess of sky and heavenly bodies. Just like in Egypt, chaos hits the heavens and earth.

“I will cause a hailstorm so heavy that Egypt has had nothing like it from the day it was founded until now.  …Every human being and animal left in the field that hasn’t been brought home … will die. … Moshe reached out with his staff toward the sky, and Adonai sent thunder and hail, and fire ran down to the earth…. It hailed and fire flashed up with the hail.  … (Exodus 9:17-18).

This is Elohim remember to finally judge Bablyon the Great, to make this ‘beast’ drink the cup of His fury. Even with such power and judgment, those who remain alive curse Elohim for such a terrible judgment.

“When that day comes, when Gog invades the land of Isra’el,’ says Adonai Elohim, ‘my furious anger will boil up. In my jealousy, in my heated fury I speak: when that day comes there will be a great earthquake in the land of Isra’el; so that the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the wild beasts, all the reptiles creeping on the ground and every human being there in the land will tremble before me. Mountains will fall, cliffs crumble and every wall crash to the ground” (Ezekiel 38:18-20).

“Adonai has someone strong and powerful. He comes like a hailstorm, a destructive tempest, like a flood of water, rushing, overwhelming; with his hand he hurls them to the ground” (Isaiah 28:2).

“Adonai will make his glorious voice heard, and he will reveal his arm descending with furious anger in a flaming firestorm, with cloudbursts, tempests and hailstones” (Isaiah 30:30).

Chapter 17 – The Whore and The Beast

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