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Revelation 16

King James Version
The Seven Bowls of God’s Wrath
1 And 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.
2 And 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.
3 And 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.
4 And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.
5 And 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.
6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.
7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.
8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
9 And 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.
10 And 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,
11 And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.
12 And 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.
13 And 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.
14 For 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.
15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
17 And 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.
18 And 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.
19 And 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.
20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.
21 And 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.1

References and notes
1.  King James Authorized Version
2.  Matthew Henry Complete Commentary on the Whole Bible -
3.  SDA Bible Commentary - Vol. 7 pgs 715-720





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In this chapter we have an account of the pouring forth of these vials that were filled with the wrath of God. They were poured out upon the whole antichristian empire, and on every thing appertaining to it.
I. Upon the earth, Revelation 16:2.
II. Upon the sea, Revelation 16:3.
III. Upon the rivers and fountains of water, Revelation 16:4. Here the heavenly hosts proclaim and applaud the righteousness of the judgments of God.
IV. The fourth vial was poured out on the sun, Revelation 16:8.
V. The fifth on the seat of the beast.
VI. The sixth on the river Euphrates.
VII. The seventh in the air, upon which the cities of the nations fell, and great Babylon came in remembrance before God.



Author of Revelation

The author of the Revelation repeatedly identifies himself as “John” (chs. 1:1,4,9;21:2;22:8).  The Greek form of this name, Ioannes, represents the common Hebrew name Yochanan, “Yohanan,” which appears numerous times in the later books of the OT, the Apocrypha, and Josephus. This identifies the author as a Jew.3


Who was this John?

Who was this John?  The NT mentions several men by this name, the Baptist, the son of Zebedee, who was one of the Twelve, John, who was surnamed Mark, and a certain relative of the high priest Annas.  Obviously the author of the Revelation could not be John the Baptist, for that John died before the crucifixion of Jesus; nor is there any reasonable probability that it was the relative of Annas, of whom there is no indication that he ever became a Christian.  The style, wording, and approach of the second Gospel are quite different from those of the Revelation, and there is no evidence that anyone in the early church ever seriously connected the Revelation with Mark.3


John the son of Zebedee

By a process of elimination, John the son of Zebedee and the brother of James is left for consideration.  He was not only one of the Twelve but also a member of Jesus’ inner circle.  Almost unanimously early Christian tradition recognizes him as the author of the Revelation. In fact, every Christian writer until the middle of the third century, whose works are extant today and who mentions the matter at all, attributes the Revelation to John the apostle, including the writers Justin Martyr at Rome (c. A.D.100-c.165), Irenaeus at Lyons (c. A.D.130-c.202) and Clement of Alexandria (died c. A.D. 235).3


Revelation Commentaries

Easy access to all the freely available Revelation Bible Commentaries. Also a CD of the complete Book of Revelation which consists of 22 PDF files scanned from original typed documents. These files can be downloaded by Adobe Acrobat to view on computer screen, or printed in booklet or other format.

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