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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

The Conclusion of God's Wrath (Rev 15)

Revelation 6-19 describe the 7-year Tribulation of God's wrath which will be carried out after the Church Age in the form of 7 seal judgments, 7 trumpet judgments, and 7 bowl judgements. Revelation 15 introduces the 7 bowl judgments.

I think Revelation 15 can leave us with a few questions. Fore example:

1) Why are plagues and wrath described as "great" and "marvelous?"

  • Great means large, in the widest sense.

  • Marvelous means an awe-evoking sight, passing human comprehension, causing amazement joined with terror.

so, this last set of judgments will be tremendously worse that the previous Seal and Trumpet judgments. In the bowl judgments, God's wrath will be finished.

Note that this also tells us the timeframe of God's Tribulation period.

In Revelation 6, we are told the seal judgments are the beginning of God's wrath:

Revelation 6:16-17 "and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?"

Here in Revelation 15, we are told the wrath of God is finished with the bowl judgments.

Revelation 15:1 Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels who had seven plagues, which are the last because in them the wrath of God is finished.

2) Who will go through this 7-year Tribulation period?

The short answer is, those who are still alive on this earth at the end of the church age and have refused to repent and believe in Jesus, will go through this 7-year period of wrath.

John 3:36 He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.

Romans 2:5 But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God.

But the purpose of this 7-year period of God's wrath is to bring unbelievers to repentance and belief in Jesus. Those who have already repented and believed in Jesus will not see God's wrath because Jesus took the wrath we deserve on the cross.

1 Thessalonians 5:9-10 For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him.

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

3) Are "plagues" and "bowls full of the wrath of God" the same thing?

Revelation 15:5-7 After these things I looked, and the temple of the tabernacle of testimony in heaven was opened, and the seven angels who had the seven plagues came out of the temple, clothed in linen, clean and bright, and girded around their chests with golden sashes. Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God, who lives forever and ever.

  • Wrath is thumos, an outburst of passionate anger.

  • Plague is plege, a heavy affliction, a public calamity.

So these seven plagues are going to be poured out with bowls of God's wrath at an intensity beyond what this earth has ever seen or could even imagine.

4) If we have already chosen to repent and believe in Jesus, why do we need to know about this horrible period of wrath yet to come?

Two reasons:

First, because every single one of us knows people who are close to us and far from God.

Second, because our purpose is to go share the gospel message of salvation with those people who are close to us and far from God.

But if we don't truly know how bad that future wrath of God will be, we will likely not have any sense of urgency to share the gospel message of salvation with those who desperately need it. In fact, we may choose not to share because it just never ends up on our to-do list for any given day.

So what about you?

Have you repented and trusted in Jesus as your Lord and Savior?

Who around you is God calling you to share with today?

Dear Lord, Thank you for the blessing Revelation has been in my life just as You promised in Revelation 1:3. Through this writing my eyes have truly been opened to see current event through the lens of End-Times Bible prophecy. But even more than that Lord, I can clearly see that You do not wish for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. But how will they be able to repent and believe in You if they do not hear? Lord, put it on my heart who I am to share your gospel message of salvation with while there is still time. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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