Armageddon and the Seven Bowls of God’s Wrath (Revelation 16; Revelation 17)

Heart of a Shepherd

Mar 28, 2023



Armagedom e as sete taças da ira de Deus (Apocalipse 16; Apocalipse 17)


Harmagedon og Guds vredes syv skåle (Åbenbaringen 16; Åbenbaringen 17)


Armaghedonul și cele șapte boluri ale mâniei lui Dumnezeu (Apocalipsa 16; Apocalipsa 17)


Harmagedon und die sieben Schalen des Zorns Gottes (Offenbarung 16; Offenbarung 17)




아마겟돈과 하나님의 진노의 일곱 대접(요한계시록 16장; 요한계시록 17장)


Армагеддон і сім чаш Божого гніву (Об’явлення 16; Об’явлення 17)


Ha-ma-ghê-đôn và Bảy bát thịnh nộ của Đức Chúa Trời (Khải huyền 16; Khải huyền 17)


ہرمجدون اور خدا کے غضب کے سات پیالے (مکاشفہ 16؛ مکاشفہ 17)


Armageddon dan Tujuh Cawan Kemurkaan Tuhan (Wahyu 16; Wahyu 17)


Harmagedon och Guds vredes sju skålar (Uppenbarelseboken 16; Uppenbarelseboken 17)


อาร์มาเก็ดดอนและชามทั้งเจ็ดแห่งพระพิโรธของพระเจ้า (วิวรณ์ 16; วิวรณ์ 17)

Haitian Creole

Amagedon ak sèt bòl kòlè Bondye yo (Revelasyon 16; Revelasyon 17)


هرمجدون وأوعية غضب الله السبعة (رؤيا 16 ؛ رؤيا 17)


Ο Αρμαγεδδών και τα επτά κύπελλα της οργής του Θεού (Αποκάλυψη 16· Αποκάλυψη 17)


Har–Magedoni na Mabakuli Saba ya Ghadhabu ya Mungu (Ufunuo 16; Ufunuo 17)


Armageddon en de zeven schalen van Gods toorn (Openbaring 16; Openbaring 17)


Armaghedon e le sette coppe dell'ira di Dio (Apocalisse 16; Apocalisse 17)


Armagedón y las siete copas de la ira de Dios (Apocalipsis 16; Apocalipsis 17)


ארמגדון ושבע קערות זעמו של אלוהים (התגלות 16; התגלות 17)


Armageddon et les sept coupes de la colère de Dieu (Apocalypse 16 ; Apocalypse 17)


Armagedon i sedam zdjela Božjeg gnjeva (Otkrivenje 16; Otkrivenje 17)


हर-मगिदोन और परमेश्वर के क्रोध के सात कटोरे (प्रकाशितवाक्य 16; प्रकाशितवाक्य 17)

Chinese (Simplified)

哈米吉多顿和上帝愤怒的七碗(启示录 16 章;启示录 17 章)

Chinese (Traditional)

哈米吉多頓和上帝憤怒的七碗(啟示錄 16 章;啟示錄 17 章)


Армагеддон и семь чаш гнева Божьего (Откровение 16; Откровение 17)

French (Canada)

Armageddon et les sept coupes de la colère de Dieu (Apocalypse 16 ; Apocalypse 17)


Armagedon at ang Pitong Mangkok ng Poot ng Diyos (Apocalipsis 16; Apocalipsis 17)


آرماگدون و هفت کاسه خشم خدا (مکاشفه 16؛ مکاشفه 17)

Armageddon and the Seven Bowls of God’s Wrath (Revelation 16; Revelation 17) 

Scripture reading – Revelation16; Revelation 1 

Review – The Seventh Trumpet and Its Judgments (Revelation 11-15)

The seventh trumpet sounded in Revelation 11:15, and announced the third woe poured out on the earth and its inhabitants. Rather than repent of their wickedness, and turn to God, the nations of the world were stirred to anger and their sins demanded God’s judgments (11:18). The devil was revealed as the “great red dragon” (Revelation 12:3, 9), and the antichrist, empowered by him, was promoted to rule over a great coalition of nations (Revelation 13:1-2).


Another man of great wickedness, the false prophet, was empowered by the devil, and deceived the nations of the earth. He commanded all men and nations should worship the antichrist as god (Revelation 13:11-15). Men who refused “the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name,” were denied an opportunity to “buy or sell” (Revelation 13:17).


John beheld the Lamb, Jesus Christ, standing on mount Zion, and with him the 144,000 preachers of the tribulation (Revelation 14:1). The apostle, then, saw three angelic messengers sent from the throne of God (Revelation 14:6-8). The message of the third angel was a warning, that any who received the mark of the beast (antichrist) would be tormented forever (Revelation 14:11).


Two judgments followed the third angel, and the first was portrayed as a harvest of grain (Revelation 14:14-15), and the second a harvest of grapes (Revelation 14:17-20).  Then, John “looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened” (Revelation 15:5). “[S]even angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles [or belts worn round the waist] ” (Revelation 15:6). To each of the seven angels was given a “golden vial” or bowl filled with “the wrath of God” (Revelation 15:7).

Revelation 16 – Seven Bowls of God’s Wrath

Five of the Seven Bowls (Revelation 16:1-11)

The seven angels were sent, and commanded to pour God’s wrath out of their bowls upon those who worshipped the antichrist (beast), and had accepted his mark in their hand or forehead (Revelation 16:1). Each bowl or vial represented a judgment of God. The first angel poured out a judgment that caused “a noisome and grievous sore” (or ulcer, Revelation 16:2). The plagued poured out by the second angel turned the sea to blood, and so contaminated the waters that “every living soul [creature] died in the sea” (Revelation 16:3).


The third angel, bearing the third bowl, turned the fresh waters of the earth to blood (16:4). Destroying the fresh water of the earth would be catastrophic for all humanity. Lest any complain and protest God’s judgment, the angel declared spoiling the fresh waters with blood was a fitting judgment for mankind, for “they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy” (Revelation 16:6). Then, the altar itself said, “Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments” (Revelation 16:7).


The judgment borne by the fourth angel followed, and was poured out “upon the sun” (Revelation 16:8). The consequence was an increase in the sun’s heat and radiation that “men were scorched with great heat” (Revelation 16:8). Rather that repent, and call out to God for mercy, men “blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory” (Revelation 16:9).


Then, “the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat [throne] of the beast [antichrist]; and his kingdom was full of darkness” (Revelation 16:10). The darkness shrouded the lands and people ruled by the antichrist (Revelation 16:10), and the terror was so excruciating that men “gnawed their tongues for pain” (16:10b). Still, they did not repent, but “blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores” (Revelation 16:11).

The Sixth Bowl – The Euphrates River Dried Up (Revelation 16:12-14)

The judgment brought by the sixth angel was directed against “the great river Euphrates” (Revelation 16:12), which is the longest and most important river in the Middle East. The region depends upon the Euphrates for navigation (ships can sail up the river some 1200 miles), and irrigation of farms and orchards. Although a 2000-year-old prophecy, the unthinkable is happening today…the Euphrates River is drying up. With the salt water and freshwaters polluted by blood, and the Euphrates dried up, John saw what he described as “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” (Revelation 16:13). Frogs are deemed unclean (Leviticus 11:10, 41), and their vileness was symbolic of the demons that had influenced the antichrist and false prophet (Revelation 16:13). So, was revealed the means by which those evil men had influenced the earth (Revelation 16:14).


It was “the spirits of devils” that compelled “the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty” (Revelation 16:14). While the nations of the earth gathered “into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon” (Revelation 16:16), the Lord comforted those believers who had survived the judgments of the tribulation, and promised, “Behold, I come as a thief” (Revelation 16:14).

The Seventh Bowl (Revelation 16:17-21)

The seventh and final angel came forth with the wrath of God filling his bowl, and God lifted up His voice, and said with a loud voice, “It is done” (Revelation 16:17).  Thundering’s, lightnings, and an earthquake greater than any that had preceded it followed the pronouncement (Revelation 16:18). The city of Jerusalem 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.” (Revelation 16:19). The earth will be so devastated by the earthquake that islands and mountains will disappear (Revelation 16:20). Hail will fall from heaven, and the weight of each hail stone will be “about the weight of a talent” (100 pounds or more, Revelation 16:21).


Closing thoughts – I hope to address the balance of our Scripture reading (Revelation 17) at another time, and in another year. I conclude for now with the observation that men will refuse to repent of their sins, even though all mankind will have suffered before the Second Coming of Christ. Instead of crying to God for mercy, the wicked who refuse the Lord will blaspheme the name of God (Revelation 16:21). I close today with the invitation by the writer of Hebrews:


Hebrews 3:15 – “While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.”


* You can become a regular subscriber of the Heart of a Shepherd daily devotionals, and have them sent directly to your email address. Please enter your email address in the box to the right (if using a computer) or at the bottom (if using a cell phone).


Copyright © 2022 – Travis D. Smith 

Heart of A Shepherd Inc is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501c3, and is a public charitable organization.

Mailing address: Heart of A Shepherd Inc, 6201 Ehrlich Rd., Tampa, FL 33625.

You can email  for more information on this daily devotional ministry.