My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Revelation 16

It is done

The first bowl gave people sores. The second turned the sea into blood. The third turned the rivers into blood, so that those with the beasts mark could drink the blood they shed. God is just. The fourth made the sun scorching. The fifth was poured on the beast's throne, and his world went dark, but people still didn't repent.

The sixth dried up the Euphrates for a battle. Frog-demons left the unholy trinity to go to the kings of the east to summon them for the final battle at Armageddon. Jesus comes like a thief.

Then the final bowl was poured. The very foundations of the earth shook. Cities were destroyed. Jerusalem split in three. The island and mountains were gone. It was done.

Key verse:
17. The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and out of the temple came a loud voice from the throne, saying, "It is done!"

My thoughts:
This is way the world ends. From here on in it's just tying up the loose ends, punishment and re-creation.

So obviously the concept of Armageddon is well cemented in the popular understanding of the end times, yet it is only a side note to this all. In case you weren't aware, Armageddon is a real identifiable place in Palestine.

God, in theory, could've made the world simply disappear with the click of his fingers, yet for some reason he chooses to go through this big nasty sequence. I guess it's to teach someone a lesson! I love the bitter justice of making those with the mark to drink the blood they spilt.


Anonymous Dale Williamson said...

Hi Peter, this is your mother - you already know that because I called you Peter (like St Peter and your granddad- not Pete like black Pete from walt Disney cartoons and European Chrsitmas traditions)

I am very proud of you for your achievement of reading through and commenting on the whole Bible. Well done son.

Lots of love
Your mum

7:53 pm

Blogger Pete W said...

This is where your comment went! You put it on the wrong chapter! Parents are funny

10:51 am


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