Chapters 12 through 14 are parenthetical chapters; they put a pause on the story line to further explain important things for us to understand.
Revelations chapter 15 and 16 reveal the last seven judgments seen as seven golden bowls. These seven bowls are released after the church is gathered together with Jesus Christ.
The judgments seen in Revelations seem severe, but remember, the Lord is “not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance’ (See 2 Peter 3:9). His judgments remove those who refuse to repent while bringing as many people to repentance as possible.
Revelation 16:4-6 gives us some insight into the righteousness of God's judgments. It says, “Then the third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood. And I heard the angel of the waters saying: "You are righteous, O Lord, The One who is and who was and who is to be, Because You have judged these things. For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, And You have given them blood to drink. For it is their just due."” These judgments that seem severe are God allowing the unrepentant people to reap the fruit of their own actions.
Revelation 18:20 says, "Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you holy apostles and prophets, for God has avenged you on her!" God’s judgments vindicate the wickedness done to His people.
Chapters 17 and 18 deal with the end time Babylon and the harlot religion who the “inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication” (See Rev. 17:2). This “religion” will be responsible for helping to unifying the nations and then many will worship “the beast” and his image. These are those who do not love truth, but instead have pleasure in unrighteousness.
Below is a chart of key end time events.
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan