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Ruthe's Secret Roses - by Ruth Marlene Friesen
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7 Angels with 7 Bowls of Plagues!

John's continuing vision now revealed a large number of people standing beside a sea that was as calm as glass. They were the ones who had been victorious over the beast and his image; they had a special song to sing, giving God glory.

But then John saw the Heavenly temple open up again, and seven angels came out wearing clean white linen and golden sashes around their chests. One of the four living creatures (with all those eyes), gave each of them a golden bowl filled with the wrath of God. His glory filled His temple so that no one could enter the temple until the seven plagues in those bowls were completed.

A loud voice from the temple sent them to pour out God's wrath on the earth. By now, of course, only the very wicked beast and those with his mark were left.

The first angel poured out his bowl on the land, and ugly, painful sores broke out among the people that had the mark of the beast.

The second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it turned to blood like that of a dead man (which is thick and coagulated, or gelled, right?) Every living thing in the sea died.

The third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood. Then John heard the angel in charge of all the waters say to God, "You are just in these judgments, You, who are and were the Holy One, for they have shed the blood of Your saints and prophets and You have given them blood to drink, as they deserve." (So this is how the blood of the martyrs is avenged!)

John heard the very altar of God respond, "Yes, Lord God Almighty, true and just are Your judgments."

With no water to evaporate from earth and to form clouds and rain, the next judgment seems a natural consequence.

The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and it had power to scorch people with fire. They were seared by the intense heat, but they just cursed God and refused to repent.

The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom was plunged into darkness. People gnawed on their tongues for agony, and cursed God, but refused to repent.

The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and it dried up. This created a causeway along which the kings from the east (China and perhaps other countries of Asia) came marching in.

Next John saw three evil spirits, in the form of frogs come out of the mouths of the dragon, the beast and the false prophet. They went out to the kings of the whole earth to put it into their minds to gather together for the great world battle on God's appointed day, at the place called Armageddon.

Now the seventh angel pours out the final bowl of God's wrath. He poured it out in the air, and out of the throne in the heavenly temple came a loud voice saying, "It is done!"

There were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, and a severe earthquake such as never had happened before. The great city split into three parts, and all the cities of all the nations collapsed. Every island fled and no mountains could be found. All were leveled! From the sky huge hailstones of about a hundred pounds each fell on the people.

Besides being majestic in holiness, all-powerful, all-knowing, all-wise, AND perfectly just, God is very thorough. We shall see Him finishing off His judgments with a few more angels, - who obey God unquestioningly, as do they all.

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