Rev 15:7 KJV – “And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever.”
At Christ’s second coming, the wrath of God will be poured out upon lost mankind. In this vision, this wrath of God is said to be held in bowls waiting to be poured out.
The idea of God’s wrath being held and then poured out is found in at least 2 places in the Old Testament… In both Psalm 75:8 and Jeremiah 25:15, God’s wrath is pictured as wine being held in a glass and later the enemies of Jehovah are forced to partake of it.
What awesome pictures of His wrath! In every instance, His wrath is shown as great, unable to be stopped by man, and yet under the absolute control of the Lord:
- From God’s point of view…He is the One that prepares the wrath, He is the One that chooses when and how to send it upon lost mankind, and it always accomplished what He desires.
- From man’s point of view… they cannot stop His wrath, they cannot hide from His wrath, nor can they survive it. His wrath against the lost at His second coming will result in their final, total physical destruction, as well as their eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire.
This wrath of God is symbolized in Revelation 19: as a great war that is fought against Satan and his kingdoms on this fallen earth. The end result of His wrath? The total devastation of Satan, his kingdom, and his followers…
Rev 19:11-21 KJV – “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.
And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.”
May we all glorify and honor our Lord, not only due to His love, grace and blessings to us; but also for His complete absolute control of His wrath, His justice, His avenging of His saints, and His final and complete victory over Satan and his kingdom on earth. It is only through our understanding of both His Merciful Kindness and His Holy Justice that we can come to a more complete appreciation of the wonderful Lord that we serve.
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