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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Revelation Chapter 16

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: John the Apostle
Date Penned: (95 AD)
Overview: God Reveals the Future to John (c 1-22)
Theme: Messages for the Church (c 4-22)
Message: The Seven Plagues (v 1-21)

Revelation 16 Commentary

(16:1-21) The Vials of God's Wrath - The vial judgments are God's complete and final judgement on the earth. The end has come. There are several similarities between the vial judgements and trumpet judgements. but the differences are 1) These vial judgements are complete where the trumpet judgements are partial 2) the trumpet judgments still give the unbelievers the chance to repent, but the vial judgements do not 3) mankind is indirectly affected by several of the trumpet judgements but directly attacked by all the vial judgements. The outpouring of these bowls occurred in rapid succession, one right after the other. When the first angel poured out his bowl, everyone broke out in horrible sores. The second angel poured out his bowl. This time the sea became like the blood of a corpse, killing everything in it. The third angel poured out his bowl of God’s wrath, and this time the rivers and springs—the inland waters—also turned to blood. leaving people with nothing to drink. The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun. This intensified the sun’s heat so that it scorched people with its fire. When the fifth bowl was poured out, the Antichrist’s kingdom was plunged into darkness. When the sixth angel poured out his bowl, the great Euphrates River was dried up so that nothing could hold back invading armies. Finally, the seventh angel poured out his bowl, he did so into the air, which was followed by a mighty shout that came from the throne of the Temple. It announced that it is finished. This also was followed by thunder,lightning, and an earthquake (the hailstorm is described in 16:21). The earthquake would be greater than ever before in human history.History was finished; the end had come—profeticlly speaking. With the bowl, God’s wrath was completed. The reason for the creation of mankind was coming to fruition.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

The End of Repentance

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we Continue in the book of Revelation with Chapter 16 and in today's text we see the wrath of God being poured out on the Earth. The end has come. There are many similarities between the vial judgements and the trumpet judgements but there are 3 main differences (1) The vial judgements are complete where the trumpet judgements are partial (2) The trumpet judgements still give unbelievers the opportunity to repent, but the vial do not, and (3) mankind is indirectly affected by several trumpet judgements but directly attacked in the vial judgements. In making application we see the end of repentance. How sad. Reminds me of when a person on death row has his last appeal revoked and you see his fate is certain. This text reminds us that we can repent now but we are not promised of tomorrow. Don't be foolish, repent, when the Lord convicts you. Tomorrow may be too late.  


Revelation 16

Revelation 16

 1And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.

 2And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.

 3And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.

 4And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.

 5And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus.

 6For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.

 7And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.

 8And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.

 9And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.

 10And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,

 11And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.

 12And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.

 13And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.

 14For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

 15Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.

 16And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

 17And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.

 18And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.

 19And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.

 20And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.

 21And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.