Revelation 16:1-11

 The First Five Bowls of Wrath

The Book of Revelation tells us the wrath of God will come from the Rider on the White Horse (the Sanctified Church) who treads out the wrath of the Almighty God:

“He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty.”   Revelation 19:15

This wrath comes by the end time saints and the Angels, as hinted by Revelation 15:7.

The seven bowls of wrath correspond to the seven trumpets, and describe the work of the Angels to bring God’s wrath on those who do not obey the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Trumpet Bowl of Wrath
1 hail and fire sores on those who worship the image and receive the mark of the beast
2 sea sea (baptisms/salvation of death in false churches)
3 rivers and springs rivers and springs (the lawless drink the spirit of a demon called Wormwood)
4 sun, moon, and stars are darkened (matches the fifth Bowl of Wrath) righteousness of the sun (the glory of God)
5 Release from the bottomless pit the kingdom of the beast is darkened
6 Armageddon Armageddon
7 Flaming fire and Judgment Flaming fire and Judgment

Rev 16:1
a loud voice – the voice of the Spirit of Christ, as the Archangel, Rev 1:10, who directs the seven Angels

Rev 16:2 (First Bowl)
those who had the mark of the beast and worshiped his image – the changing of the Sabbath Day and the Trinity doctrine. These are two great blasphemies of the beast that arose in the fourth Century, we discussed in Chapter 13. The sores are the discomfort of those who try to maintain these doctrines. These sores are metaphorically inflicted by the hail and fire of the first trumpet.

Rev 16:3 (Second Bowl)
poured his bowl into the sea – As mentioned “the sea” represents man’s salvation throughout the Book of Revelation. The baptisms of those who worship the image of the beast, and receive his mark, result in spiritual death.

every living thing in the sea died – why is there a difference from “a third” of the creatures in Chapter 8, and “every living thing” in Chapter 16?  The focus of Chapter 8 is the effort of the Angels to remove the lawlessness from the kingdom of heaven, and the deliverance of God’s people from the plagues. But Chapter 16, purely describes the wrath on the kingdom of the beast. This is obvious in the first and fifth bowls of wrath.

Rev 16:4 (Third Bowl)
into the rivers and spring of waters and they became blood – as we discussed in Rev 14:6, the rivers and springs of water throughout the Bible and especially in the Gospel of John, and Revelation, refer to the Holy Spirit. Those in the kingdom of the beast will not be drinking the Holy Spirit, but a very unholy spirit.

Righteous You are…You have given them blood – “righteous” emphasizes the spiritual nature of this blood. This is the judgment of the “lawless” who continue to embrace false teachings.

to drink – this is the “drinking of a spirit” – a demon whose name is Wormwood, see Rev 8:11. The “drinking of the Holy Spirit” is explained in John 4:14.

Rev 16:8 (Fourth Bowl)
the sun  –  the sun is God, the glory of God, as described in Revelation 1:16; 12:1; 19:17; 21:23. The Spirit of Christ, as the body of Christ, being the Kingdom of heaven, has a face “shining as the sun” in Revelation 1:16 (see also Mat 17:2); Paul called this “the glory of God  in the face of Christ,” (2 Cor 4:16), “the radiance of the glory of God” (Heb 1:3). Therefore, Paul said that Christ would destroy the lawless one “by the appearance of His coming” (2 Thess 2:8). This refers to Christ’s end time coming in the Body of Christ, as the Rider on the White Horse.

to scorch men with fire – Daniel 7:10 describes the “river of fire” that proceeds from God to consume the kingdom of the beast. This is the Spirit of God, the Spirit of truth that proceeds from the Father. John 16:8 tells us: “He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment.” 

they blasphemed the name of God – perhaps referring to the true name of God, as they have worshiped the false name of the God of the Trinity. This may be a blasphemy of the name of Jesus, which Trinitarians cannot understand as the name of God; they believe the name of God to be Yahweh, Yahu, Yehovah, etc.  In the fifth bowl of wrath, when the kingdom of heaven is completely cleansed, they will blaspheme God Himself, as they abandon their false religion.

Rev 16:10 (Fifth Bowl)
poured his bowl on the throne of the beast – meaning the power of the beast is now completely taken away, as described in Revelation 19:20. The kingdom of heaven has been fully cleansed after 1,000 years. In the next bowl of wrath, Satan will be released from the bottomless pit to gather the nations together.

his kingdom became darkened – this is equivalent to the fourth trumpet; the sun, moon and stars are darkened as the final lawlessness is removed.

they gnawed their tongues – which is likely a reference to the false “praying in tongues” in the kingdom of the beast.

they blasphemed the God of heaven – not only His name now, but God Himself. Those in kingdom of the beast have completely lost all reverence for God, as they abandon their false religion.