"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" 1 Peter 3:15 (KJV)
The Terrorizing Wrath of God Part 3
“The Seven Bowls of God’s Wrath”
“5 Then I heard the angel in charge of the waters say:
“You are just in these judgments, O Holy One, you who are and who were;
6 for they have shed the blood of your holy people and your prophets, and you have given them blood to drink as they deserve.”
7 And I heard the altar respond:
“Yes, Lord God Almighty , true and just are your judgments.” NIV
We can see in these verses that God’s judgments are declared righteous; this is a reminder that even as terrible as these events may look, they are indeed the punishment that the Beast’s followers deserve. In these verses we can also see that God will make these Beast followers drink the blood of the Saints and Prophets they murdered.
In our previous article we discussed the first three Bowl of God’s Anger:
The Sea Turns Into Blood and
The Waters of the Rivers and Springs Turn Into Blood
As we continue, we step into the fourth Bowl of God’s Wrath:
4. The Sun Scorching People:
“8 The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and the sun was allowed to scorch people with fire. 9 They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify him.” NIV
I grew up in Puerto Rico where it is hot all year round. I’ve been to Yucatán, Mexico: close to the desert with temperatures reaching 110 degrees. Nevertheless, I can’t imagine this kind of heat as described in the Bible. The word Scorch in the Greek means: “Heat or the result of burning.” The word Seared means: “To bake.”
Imagine that you are filled with decomposed smelly wounds, with no food to eat, no water and a heat wave like you have never experience before? But with all the pain and death around, the Bible tells us “…they refused to repent and glorify him.” These people have un-repentant and prideful hearts; they are people that are marked with the mark of the beast, people with no hope, whose final destination will be in the Lake of Fire. Their un-repentant response is the greatest evidence that God’s judgments are true and righteous.
5. Darkness and Pain:
“10 The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness. People gnawed their tongues in agony 11 and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done.” NIV
Even in the midst of all these events, pain and the smell of death, they will continue to curse the God of heaven and refuse to repent. Again, with their response, they are confirming that God is right in what He is doing.