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Sunday, December 18, 2022

Revelation Advent Calendar - Chapter 16

Then I heard a loud voice from the temple telling the seven angels, "Go and pour out on the earth the seven bowls of the wrath of God."

So the first angel went and poured out his bowl on the earth, and harmful and painful sores came upon the people who bore the mark of the beast and worshiped its image.

The second angel poured out his bowl into the sea, and it became like the blood of a corpse, and every living thing died that was in the sea.

The third angel poured out his bowl into the rivers and the springs of water, and they became blood. And I heard the angel in charge of the waters say,

   "Just are you, O Holy One, who is and who was,
        for you brought these judgments.
    For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets,
        and you have given them blood to drink.
    It is what they deserve!"

And I heard the altar saying,

    "Yes, Lord God the Almighty,
        true and just are your judgments!"

(Revelation 16:1-7)

God does not pour out His wrath on people. Romans 1:18 says "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth." God has and will, however, pour out His wrath on sin in order to eradicate it from existence. You don't want to be hanging on to that sin when God's wrath hits it! Here's a song that just might hit you like a bowl of wrath...

I'm sure you've heard the story Gomorrah and of Sodom
If hell is not an endless pit I'm sure they're at the bottom
Of all of their abilities the greatest one was math
Their multiples of curses equaled a bowl of wrath

Bowl of wrath
Breakfast on the crooked path
Bowl of wrath
Bowl of wrath
Breakfast on the crooked path
If you choose to laugh
You can have a bowl of wrath

Moses came down from the mount one dark and gloomy morn
His eyes and heart fell in distress when he saw the golden form
A ghastly frown fell to his face, "You like this golden calf?"
"Well, get your knives and slay it, and have a bowl of wrath"

You Who were,
You are just.
You Who are,
You are just
We've spilled Your Blood, and killed Your saints
And wrath's what we deserve.
You are just in these judgements
The Holy One

Seven bowls before me, served up with all God's rage
I would've had to eat it, 'til Jesus paid sins wage
I'll take my cross up daily, in You I'll take a bath
Please clothe me in Your righteousness, not in a bowl of wrath

One of the bowls of wrath manifests itself in the final world war of the history of planet Earth. But, as David and the Giants tell us in this bonus song, in reality it's always in God's control!

The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, to prepare the way for the kings from the east. And I saw, coming out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs. For they are demonic spirits, performing signs, who go abroad to the kings of the whole world, to assemble them for battle on the great day of God the Almighty. ("Behold, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake, keeping his garments on, that he may not go about naked and be seen exposed!") And they assembled them at the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon. (Revelation 16:12-16)

He's got it under control
He's got it under control

Rainy days, rainy nights
Sometimes come our way
Sometimes up, sometimes down
Your Word lets me know it's okay
We're not afraid of the night
'Cause we are the children of light

He's got it under control
He's got it under control
No matter what the circumstance
He's got it under control

When there's mountains you can't climb
The road never seems to end
Just remember you're not alone
The Lord is more than a friend
I know you've heard it before
We need to hear it some more

"We interrupt this program to bring you the following emergency broadcast. Russia has invaded Israel. I repeat: Russia has invaded Israel. Soviet caravan troops are now entering the battle of Armageddon."

He's got it under control
I wanna tell you right now
No matter what the circumstance
He's got it under control

He's got it under control
He's got you under control
So don't you worry
Everything is alright
He's got the world under control...

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