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The Great Bowls of Wrath (29 of 40)
Series: God's Special Book of Blessing
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
May 4, 2003
Now with Bibles in hand, we come this morning to Revelation chapter 16 as we continue our study of GOD'S SPECIAL BOOK OF BLESSING.
Last Sunday, John gave us an introduction to this chapter in chapter 15. Now somebody asks, "Why go to all the trouble to introduce chapter 16? Is an introduction really necessary?" Well, apparently God thought so because chapter 16 is so horrifying. So rather than running into it, we've eased into it.
Revelation 16 records the earth's worst days! They will come just prior to the battle of Armageddon. And prior to the last battle on earth, God will give mankind one last chance to be saved. In fact, God does that with every person: one last chance to be saved, one last chance to get right with Him! That's why the Bible says that "today is the day of salvation" because nobody knows when their last chance to make heaven will be! It is the biggest gamble a person can make: putting off receiving Jesus!
Those who are left behind will have one last chance to decide "for" Jesus Christ. And to help get their attention, God is going to unleash seven final judgments, seven last judgments and we read about them here in Revelation 16.
Now before we begin reading, let me say that if you have never prayed to receive Jesus Christ into your life, if you have never experienced that change in your life that the presence of Jesus brings, and if you are not sure that you are saved, then you better pay close attention to chapter 16 because you might be here when these things take place.
These are God's
Great Bowls of Wrath
Now keep in mind as we take a look at these bowls of wrath that they will be poured out in rapid succession. In other words, the first bowl will be poured and the second bowl will immediately follow until all seven bowls are emptied.
(1) THE FIRST BOWL.
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