BOWL JUDGMENTS 5-7
part of chapter 16 reveals the remaining Bowl Judgements that will be
unleashed on the unrepentant people of earth, the impudent fistshakers
who insist on blaming God for their dire straits.
These stiff-necked people have rebelled against God and have ignored his
offer of salvation through forgiveness and restoration. These Satan
infected earthlings have bought into the Devil’s lies and are actively
fighting a no-win battle against Almighty God.
And yet, God loves them - still. As we will see in these remaining
judgements, God offers the "olive branch" to anybody who will turn to
The Fifth Bowl - Darkness and Pain
Verse 10: "Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the
beast, and his kingdom became full of darkness; and they gnawed their
tongues because of the pain."
"The throne of the beast" refers to the earthly world-wide "kingdom" of
the Anti-Christ. Since the Rapture of the Church, he has consolidated
the entire world into an unholy alliance dedicated to wiping out God’s
influence on his created world.
Remember the characters on the world scene at this point in time: The
Dragon is Satan himself. The Beast is the Anti-Christ, the world
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I CAN ONLY IMAGINE
Surrounded by Your glory
What will my heart feel?
Will I dance for you Jesus?
Or in awe of You be still?
Will I stand in Your presence?
Or to my knees will I fall?
Will I sing Hallelujah?
Will I be able to speak at all?
I can only imagine
Some day, all believers will stand before Jesus
in heaven. We will stand there, not as a group, but individually,
independently, all alone, face-to-face with our Creator, our Lord,
I got to wondering. What will I do? How will I
I can only imagine!
This famous song, written and performed by
MercyMe, should make all believers think about how they will respond
to the future face-to-face encounter with Jesus.
And, you know, there is not one right answer.
Some of us will just stand there in awe, in
reverence, not "able to speak at all".
I kind of feel like that will be my reaction.
I mean, you’re finally standing before Jesus!
There is nothing between you and him, no distractions, no place to
ZOE AT THE BEACH
You never know how your new dog is going to react
the first time she sees the beach.
Zoe was scared of the big bad ocean at first, but
quickly adapted, and even more quickly, learned to love it.
By the end of our few days in Myrtle Beach, we
couldn’t get her to come in to the camper at night - she wanted to
chase the waves, bark at the sea shells, play with the other dogs,
run with the kids.
And get herself generally beach-nasty!
When we came back to the camper for the evening,
she had to be cleaned up before the sand and salt water caused a
skin irritation. Plus, mama was not going to allow her to come into
the camper with the beach all over her.
By the way, the same rules applied to the
Zoe is not a fig fan of taking a shower. My wife
is not a big fan of giving Zoe a shower. I would not attempt to give
Zoe a shower!
OK - so we have a predicament. The dog is dirty,
with salt water and sand that will have to be washed off, knowing
all along that she will be at the beach again the next day.
Fortunately, we have an outside shower on the
camper. My wife and I acted as a "tag team" to hold our little
"beach bum" long enough to rinse cool water over her little legs and
Believe it or not, she actually got to enjoying
the shower about as much as she enjoyed the beach.