The Bowls Fulfilled; “It Is Finished”

I believe that the Bowls were completed when Jesus gave up his Spirit and declared “It is finished”. I believe that these two passages are referring to the same event.  

NIV John 19;30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished .” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.  

NLT Rev 16;17 Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air. And a mighty shout came from the throne in the Temple, saying, “It is finished!”

 There is another strong confirmation of this interpretation. Look at the resurrection of the dead described in Matthew 27. I think this the fulfillment of Rev 15:8, that ‘no one could enter the temple (heaven) until the seven bowls are completed’ passage. 

NLT Rev 15;8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from his power, and no one could enter the temple until the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed 

NLT Mat 27;50 Then Jesus shouted out again, and he released his spirit. 51 At that moment the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, rocks split apart, 52 and tombs opened. The bodies of many godly men and women who had died were raised from the dead. 53 They left the cemetery after Jesus’ resurrection, went into the holy city of Jerusalem, and appeared to many people.

I suspect that the other 6 bowls are also traceable through scripture. Lets take a look at them, one at a time.

 

First Bowl – Wrath poured out on the earth, but malignant sores on those with the Mark of the Beast.

 

NLT Rev 16;1 Then I heard a mighty voice from the Temple say to the seven angels, “Go your ways and pour out on the earth the seven bowls containing God’s wrath.” 2 So the first angel left the Temple and poured out his bowl on the earth, and horrible, malignant sores broke out on everyone who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his statue.

 

Could this be the “Plague of festering boils” from the soot that Moses and Aaron tossed into the Air? Take a look.

 

NLT Ex 9:1-12

A Plague of Festering Boils

8 Then the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Take handfuls of soot from a brick kiln, and have Moses toss it into the air while Pharaoh watches. 9 The ashes will spread like fine dust over the whole land of Egypt, causing festering boils to break out on people and animals throughout the land.”

10 So they took soot from a brick kiln and went and stood before Pharaoh. As Pharaoh watched, Moses threw the soot into the air, and boils broke out on people and animals alike. 11 Even the magicians were unable to stand before Moses, because the boils had broken out on them and all the Egyptians. 12 But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and just as the Lord had predicted to Moses, Pharaoh refused to listen.

 

Second Bowl – The sea became like the blood of a corpse.

 

NLT Rev 16:3 Then the second angel poured out his bowl on the sea [the masses of ordinary people], and it became like the blood of a corpse [separated into clot and serum]. And everything in the sea died [was converted].

 

Perhaps the sea, the masses of ordinary people, turning like the blood of a corpse, separated into clot and serum is a worldwide separation caused by the Exodus story, God’s deliverance of the Jews by his powerful plagues.

 

I believe that some accept this news with humble hearts, and honor God; and some proud people hear the story but deny God’s power, turning away from him, and still fighting against him.

 

Third Bowl – Those shedding the blood God’s holy people and his prophets, are rewarded with blood to drink

 

NLT Rev 16:4 Then the third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers[channels of religious teaching] and springs, and they became blood. 5 And I heard the angel who had authority over all water saying, “You are just, O Holy One, who is and who always was, because you have sent these judgments. 6 Since they shed the blood of your holy people and your prophets, you have given them blood to drink. It is their just reward.” 7 And I heard a voice from the altar, saying,”Yes, O Lord God, the Almighty, your judgments are true and just.”

 

We should first look into what “given them blood to drink” means.

 

NLT Lev 12; 14 The life of every creature is in its blood. That is why I have said to the people of Israel, ‘You must never eat or drink blood , for the life of any creature is in its blood .’

 

So whoever consumes blood will be cut off from the community. They no longer have access to Christ’s spirit. They are connected to the far less powerful spirit of the Antichrist.

 

I think this third bowl is when Christ formally separates the false priesthood, those who persecuted the prophets, from his flock. From this point on these priests were formally cut off from the vine. I believe the organized Christian churches and their “Lording Over” priesthood have reestablished this separated priesthood. I thinks this refers to is the Is 28 passage.

 

 

NLT Is 28;17 I will test you with the measuring line of justice and the plumb line of righteousness. Since your refuge is made of lies, a hailstorm will knock it down. Since it is made of deception, a flood will sweep it away. 18 I will cancel the bargain you made to cheat death, and I will overturn your deal to dodge the grave . When the terrible enemy sweeps through, you will be trampled into the ground.

 

In John 10;8 Jesus declares ‘All who came before me were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen to them.’

 

Both the John 10 and Is 28 passages are talking about shepherds. So all shepherds who came before Jesus were thieves and robbers! For a time after Jesus the call to the volunteer priesthood was observed, but this understanding was lost in the first few centuries. I believe that there were only perhaps one or two generations after Jesus that follwed the volunteer priest teachings. Pastors: A Profession Of Deceived Deceivers

 

Fourth Bowl – brought the gospel convicting all, but they rebelled not repenting, not turning to God, or giving him glory

 

NLT Rev 16:8 Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun [gospel], causing it to scorch everyone with its fire. 9 Everyone was burned by this blast of heat, and they cursed the name of God, who had control over all these plagues. They did not repent of their sins and turn to God and give him glory.

 

I think this bowl occurs during Jesus’ life. The sun, Jesus’ gospel message burns everyone with its fire was at its peak during the ministry of Jesus. I think the fourth bowl represents those who rejected Jesus’ demands that they eat his flesh and drink his blood and many turned away from the gospel.

 

NLT John 6:43 But Jesus replied, Stop complaining about what I said. 44 For no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them to me, and at the last day I will raise them up. 45 As it is written in the Scriptures ,they will all be taught by God. Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me. 46 (Not that anyone has ever seen the Father; only I, who was sent from God, have seen him.)

47 “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes has eternal life. 48 Yes, I am the bread of life! 49 Your ancestors ate manna in the wilderness, but they all died. 50 Anyone who eats the bread from heaven, however, will never die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; and this bread, which I will offer so the world may live, is my flesh.”

52 Then the people began arguing with each other about what he meant. “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” they asked.

53 So Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal life within you. 54 But anyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise that person at the last day. 55 For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. 56 Anyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. 57 I live because of the living Father who sent me; in the same way, anyone who feeds on me will live because of me. 58 I am the true bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will not die as your ancestors did (even though they ate the manna) but will live forever.”

59 He said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.

 

Many Disciples Desert Jesus

60 Many of his disciples said, “This is very hard to understand. How can anyone accept it?”

61 Jesus was aware that his disciples were complaining, so he said to them, “Does this offend you? 62 Then what will you think if you see the Son of Man ascend to heaven again? 63 The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 64 But some of you do not believe me.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning which ones didn’t believe, and he knew who would betray him.) 65 Then he said, “That is why I said that people can’t come to me unless the Father gives them to me.”

66 At this point many of his disciples turned away and deserted him. 67 Then Jesus turned to the Twelve and asked, “Are you also going to leave?”

68 Simon Peter replied, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life. 69 We believe, and we know you are the Holy One of God.

 

This drinking Jesus’ blood and eating his flesh is a hard truth that many could not accept. Drinking the blood, accepting Jesus’ life force, his Holy Spirit into our soul; and eating his flesh, understanding and applying his word in our lives, living by his power are both part of the new life in Christ.

 

Fifth Bowl - The beasts kingdom plunged into darkness

10 Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom was plunged into darkness. His subjects ground their teeth in anguish, 11 and they cursed the God of heaven for their pains and sores. But they did not repent of their evil deeds and turn to God.

 

Could this be Jesus’ reading the Isaiah scroll in Nazareth declaring the year of the Lord’s favor (Luke 4:19)? I think this correspond to the the kingdom of the beast being thrown into darkness.

 

Luke 4

The Temptation of Jesus

1Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert, 2where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.

3The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”

4Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone.

5The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. 7So if you worship me, it will all be yours.”

8Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.

9The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. 10For it is written:

” ‘He will command his angels concerning you

to guard you carefully;

11they will lift you up in their hands,

so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

12Jesus answered, “It says: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.

13When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.

Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

14Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. 15He taught in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.

16He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read. 17The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

18″The Spirit of the Lord is on me,

because he has anointed me

to preach good news to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners

and recovery of sight for the blind,

to release the oppressed,

19to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

20Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, 21and he began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

22All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” they asked.

23Jesus said to them, “Surely you will quote this proverb to me: ‘Physician, heal yourself! Do here in your hometown what we have heard that you did in Capernaum.’ ”

24″I tell you the truth,” he continued, “no prophet is accepted in his hometown. 25I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land. 26Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon. 27And there were many in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed―only Naaman the Syrian.”

28All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. 29They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him down the cliff. 30But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way.

 

So Jesus declares that this year, the year that Jesus read this scripture is “The year of the Lord’s favor!”

 

If this passage represents the 5th bowl, the throne of the beast would be the proud self – deserving synagogue in Nazareth. There are many passages that show that God will not tolerate human pride!

 

Sixth Bowl - Euphrates River dried up, the false church divided in 3, with their 3 frogs who work miracles gathering rulers for battle against the Lord at Armageddon.

 

Rev 16:12 Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great Euphrates River[the people who support the false church system], and it dried up so that the kings from the east could march their armies toward the west without hindrance. 13 And I saw three evil spirits that looked like frogs leap from the mouths [deceiving with words] of the dragon [devil], the beast [the religious-political power that the false church rides on], and the false prophet [false priesthood]. 14 They are demonic spirits who work miracles and go out to all the rulers of the world [decieving them with words] to gather them for battle against the Lord on that great judgment day of God the Almighty. 15 “Look, I will come as unexpectedly as a thief! Blessed are all who are watching for me, who keep their clothing ready so they will not have to walk around naked and ashamed.”[our white garments of salvation] 16 And the demonic spirits gathered all the rulers and their armies to a place with the Hebrew name Armageddon .

 

 

 

Jesus turns the people from following the Antichrist priesthood, to the true priesthood. Perhaps the teaching on the Good shepherd had the power to dry up the Euphrates riverbed and turn people from their false priesthood.

 

John 10;1-16

The Good Shepherd and His Sheep

1 “I tell you the truth, anyone who sneaks over the wall of a sheepfold, rather than going through the gate, must surely be a thief and a robber! 2 But the one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice. 5 They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice.” 6 Those who heard Jesus use this illustration didn’t understand what he meant, 7 so he explained it to them: “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who came before me were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen to them. 9 Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. 10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. 11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep. 12 A hired hand will run when he sees a wolf coming. He will abandon the sheep because they don’t belong to him and he isn’t their shepherd. And so the wolf attacks them and scatters the flock. 13 The hired hand runs away because he’s working only for the money and doesn’t really care about the sheep. 14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, 15 just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep, too, that are not in this sheepfold. I must bring them also. They will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock with one shepherd.

 

Jesus explains that he came to give us a rich satisfying life, that the shepherds that he allows thru his gate lay down their lives for the sheep. These men are contrasted with “fence jumpers”, hired hands who run when they see the wolf coming and work only for money! This understanding, Jesus’ requirement for a volunteer priesthood has been ignored for centuries to the detriment of the sheep.

 

Although Jesus’ words were able to “dry up the Euphrates River” in his time, the devil was able to deceive us back into his fallen systems. Looking thru history, it looks like men lost this understanding within a few generations of Christ’s resurrection.

 

Seventh Bowl – Jesus’ Death

NLT Rev 16:17 Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air. And a mighty shout came from the throne in the Temple, saying, “It is finished!” 18 Then the thunder crashed and rolled, and lightning flashed. And a great earthquake struck―the worst since people were placed on the earth. 19 The great city of Babylon split into three sections, and the cities of many nations fell into heaps of rubble. So God remembered all of Babylon’s sins, and he made her drink the cup that was filled with the wine of his fierce wrath. 20 And every island disappeared, and all the mountains were leveled. 21 There was a terrible hailstorm, and hailstones weighing seventy-five pounds [1.3 ft dia.] fell from the sky onto the people below. They cursed God because of the terrible plague of the hailstorm.

The Great Prostitute

17:1 One of the seven angels who had poured out the seven bowls came over and spoke to me. “Come with me,” he said, “and I will show you the judgment that is going to come on the great prostitute, who rules over many waters. 2 The kings of the world have committed adultery with her,

 

NIV John 19;30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished .” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

 

To understand where the Bowls fit in the prophetic timeline I offer this explanation:

 

The Prophetic Sequence;

1. The 7 bowls are first

2. Then we have the 7 seals

3. Finally we have the 7 Trumpets

 

Here are a few verses that support this chronology:

 

Rev 16;17 Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air. And a mighty shout came from the throne in the Temple, saying, “It is finished!” 18 Then the thunder crashed and rolled, and lightning flashed. And a great earthquake struck―the worst since people were placed on the earth. 19 The great city of Babylon split into three sections, and the cities of many nations fell into heaps of rubble.[Earthquake - represents revolution. Rev 16:18 speaks of a mighty earthquake, such as was not since men were on the earth. This great revolution will overthrow everything that is not of the Lord's establishment and approval. This revolution will affect all the governments of the world, socially, politically, financially and ecclesiastically.] God remembered all of Babylon’s sins, and he made her drink the cup that was filled with the wine of his fierce wrath. 20 And every island[representative Govt.] disappeared, and all the mountains [Authoritarian Govt.] were leveled. 21 There was a terrible hailstorm[storm of hard spiritual truths], and hailstones weighing seventy-five pounds fell from the sky onto the people below. They cursed God because of the terrible plague of the hailstorm.

 

The 7th bowl occurred at Jesus’ death – AD 32. The hard truths of the Gospel, of Jesus’ sacrifice, Destroyed the republics [islands] – humbled the organized churches [mountains] and nations, and divided Babylon into 3 pieces [The Roman Catholic, the Protestant, and the Jew]

 

Rev 17;1 One of the seven angels who had poured out the seven bowls came over and spoke to me.“Come with me,” he said, “and I will show you the judgment that is going to come on the great prostitute,

 

So the bowls finish before the fall of Babylon – the great hoar. The bowls finish before the seventh seal.

 

Rev 8;1 When the Lamb broke the seventh seal on the scroll, there was silence throughout heaven for about half an hour [20.8 yrs]. 2 I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and they were given seven trumpets.

 

20 years After 7th seal the trumpets start

 

Is 30;25 In that day, when your enemies are slaughtered and the towers fall, there will be streams of water flowing down every mountain and hill. [Talking about now - Every nation will hear spiritual truth]26 The moon will be as bright as the sun, and the sun will be seven times brighter\like the light of seven days in one! So it will be when the LORD begins to heal his people and cure the wounds he gave them. 27 Look! The LORD is coming from far away, burning with anger, surrounded by thick, rising smoke. His lips are filled with fury;his words consume like fire. 28 His hot breath pours out like a flood up to the neck of his enemies. He will sift out the proud nations for destruction. [talking about the fall of Babylon] will bridle them and lead them away to ruin. 29 But the people of God will sing a song of joy, like the songs at the holy festivals. You will be filled with joy, as when a flutist leads a group of pilgrims to Jerusalem, the mountain of the LORD―to the Rock of Israel. 30 And the LORD will make his majestic voice heard. He will display the strength of his mighty arm. It will descend with devouring flames, with cloudbursts, thunderstorms, and huge hailstones. 31 At the LORD’s command, the Assyrians [devil worshippers]will be shattered. He will strike them down with his royal scepter.

 

Take a look at Our Spiritual Horizon, The Sixth Seal this post discusses the seals in more detail.

 

Prayer:

Dear God,

Help us to understand our role, to better serve and honor you. May we be among those who correctly divide your word, those who will not be ashamed. We claim you promised wisdom as we expectantly seek you, seeking your wisdom, seeking your truth. In Jesus mighty name we pray, Amen.

Glenn

 

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