Revelation 16:1-22

Sunday Morning Bible Study

May 6, 2012


Do people see Jesus? Is the gospel preached? Does it speak to the broken hearted? Does it build up the church? Milk – Meat – Manna Preach for a decision

The apostle John found himself caught up into heaven before the throne of God.

He saw Jesus take a scroll from the hand of God that had been sealed with seven seals.

As Jesus broke each seal and unrolled the scroll a little further, events begin to take place on the earth and the seven year period we call the Tribulation begins to unfold.

The Tribulation is a time when God’s wrath is poured out on an unbelieving world and God begins to make right all the things that have been so wrong.

We have now passed the middle of the Tribulation period when the antichrist has been unmasked as pure evil, and we now turn to see the final judgments brought on the world.

We saw the preparations in heaven for the final judgments as seven angels came out of the Temple in heaven and each angel was given a bowl filled with God’s wrath.

16:1-22 Seven Bowls

:1 Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, “Go and pour out the bowls of the wrath of God on the earth.”

:1 loud voice

Since no one is able to enter the Temple (Rev. 15:8) this must be God.

:1 pour outekcheo – to pour out, shed forth

:1 bowlsphiale – a broad shallow bowl, deep saucer

The Greek word may make us think of test tube vials, but it’s probably more likely that these “bowls” look like the Jewish “mizrak”, a cup with a long handle on it. One of the purposes of a mizrak is to pour out liquids, like the blood of a sacrifice.

These bowls are filled with the wrath of God.

:1 the wrath of God

Be careful of thinking that God is some angry old man just waiting to wipe out people on the earth. This is about God making things right on the earth.

(Eze 33:11 NKJV) Say to them: ‘As I live,’ says the Lord God, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?’

In the Greek Old Testament (LXX), this word translates the Hebrew word “mizrak”, the containers used in the Tabernacle and Temple worship. It might be used for grain, oil, wine, or blood. They are used to collect stuff, like the blood from a sacrificial animal. They are used for sprinkling stuff, like the blood from a sacrifice.

The Temple Institute has made a few of these mizrakim, and they have handles.

bowlmizraq – bowl (for wine); basin (vessel for throwing or tossing a liquid)

(Nu 7:13 NKJV) —13 His offering was one silver platter, the weight of which was one hundred and thirty shekels, and one silver bowl of seventy shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil as a grain offering;

(Am 6:6 NKJV) —6 Who drink wine from bowls, And anoint yourselves with the best ointments, But are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph.

(Zec 9:15 NKJV) —15 The Lord of hosts will defend them; They shall devour and subdue with slingstones. They shall drink and roar as if with wine; They shall be filled with blood like basins, Like the corners of the altar.

(2 Ki 12:13 NKJV) —13 However there were not made for the house of the Lord basins of silver, trimmers, sprinkling-bowls, trumpets, any articles of gold or articles of silver, from the money brought into the house of the Lord.

:1 wraththumos – passion, angry, heat, anger forthwith boiling up and soon subsiding again; glow, ardour, the wine of passion, inflaming wine (which either drives the drinker mad or kills him with its strength)

:2 So the first went and poured out his bowl upon the earth, and a foul and loathsome sore came upon the men who had the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image.

:2 sorehelkos – a wound producing pus

:2 foulkakos – of a bad nature; wicked; destructive

This word is usually translated “evil”

:2 loathsomeponeros – of a bad nature; wicked, bad

This is another word that’s usually translated “evil”, maybe an even worse “evil” than the previous word.

:2 upon the men who had the mark

It seems appropriate that the “evil” people who have the mark of the “evil” beast would be afflicted with “evil” sores.

:2 a foul and loathsome sore

We’re going to see that more than a couple of these bowl judgments are very similar to the plagues in Egypt when Moses brought the Israelites out of Egypt.

In Egypt, the 6th plague involved dust that became boils on people.
(Ex 9:8–9 NKJV) —8 So the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Take for yourselves handfuls of ashes from a furnace, and let Moses scatter it toward the heavens in the sight of Pharaoh. 9 And it will become fine dust in all the land of Egypt, and it will cause boils that break out in sores on man and beast throughout all the land of Egypt.”
In Egypt, dust became boils.
In Revelation, the bowl is poured out on the “Earth” and men develop sores.

Bowl 1: On Earth - sores

:3 Then the second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it became blood as of a dead man; and every living creature in the sea died.

:3 the seathalassa – could be all the oceans, could be the Mediterranean Sea

:3 blood as of a dead man

Perhaps this is speaking of a dark colored ocean, kind of like an oil spill.

:3 creaturepsuche – breath; life; the soul

:3 livingzao – to live, breathe, be among the living (not lifeless, not dead)

:3 every living creature in the sea died

With the Second Trumpet judgment (8:8-9), a third of the sea was turned to blood and one third of living creatures in the sea died.

Now the entire sea is affected. Total environmental disaster.

Bowl 2: On Sea – sea turns bloody / death

:4 Then the third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood.

:4 riverspotamos – a stream, a river

:4 springspege – fountain, spring

:4 the rivers and springs of water

With the Third Trumpet judgment (8:10-11), a third of the rivers are polluted and many died from the bitter water.

Now it seems that all the fresh water is affected and turned into blood.

In Egypt, this is like the first plague where the Nile River was turned to blood.

(Ex 7:20 NKJV) —20 And Moses and Aaron did so, just as the Lord commanded. So he lifted up the rod and struck the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh and in the sight of his servants. And all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood.
The River Nile was turned into blood for a time.

Bowl 3: On Fresh water – turns bloody

:5 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.

:5 righteousdikaios – observing divine laws; innocent, faultless, guiltless

:6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, And You have given them blood to drink. For it is their just due.”

:5 the angel of the waters

The last bowl was poured out on “springs of water”, now the “angel of the waters” adds his commentary.

:6 have shed ekcheo – to pour out, shed forth

This is the same Greek word that’s used to describe the angels “pouring out” their bowls.

The people have “poured out” the blood of the saints, now something is being “poured out” on them.

:6 just dueaxios – having the weight of another thing of like value, worth as much

This is the word we often see translated as “worthy”. It’s the picture of a merchant with a pair of balance scales. You ask for one pound of wheat. He puts a one pound weight on one side of the scales and then pours out wheat until the scales are balanced, and the wheat is equal to the weight of the one pound weight.

People are getting what they deserve.


Any thief knows that the easiest way to steal gasoline from a car is to siphon it from the other guy's tank into your own. Stick a rubber hose in his gas tank, suck on the other end of the rubber hose until you get a mouth full of the gas, then spit it out. From then on the gasoline will flow into your tank. A thief decided to siphon gas from Dennis Quiggley's motor home in Seattle. When Dennis, inside the motor home, heard the noises outside he investigated and discovered the thief curled upon the ground violently vomiting. Intending to suck up the contents of the gas tank the thief had put his hose into the wrong hole -- and had sucked up the contents of the sewage tank instead. The thief, a boy age 14 will not be prosecuted, Dennis and the police agree that he has suffered enough.
Associated Press, 8/7/91

:7 And I heard another from the altar saying, “Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are Your judgments.”

:7 altarthusiasterion – the altar for slaying and burning of victims used of

:7 another from the altar saying …

At the beginning of the Tribulation, there were souls under the altar:

(Re 6:10 NKJV) And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”
That time has now come and God’s judgment is being poured out.

:7 Even sonai – yea, verily, truly, assuredly, even so

:7 Almightypantokrator (“all” + “power”) – he who holds sway over all things; almighty

:7 truealethinos – that which has not only the name and resemblance, but the real nature corresponding to the name; real, true, genuine; opposite of counterfeit

:7 righteousdikaios – observing divine laws; innocent, faultless, guiltless

:7 true and righteous are Your judgments


Appropriate justice

This is one of my favorite verses to remember when I come up against something I don’t understand, like a tragedy that just doesn’t seem fair no matter how you look at it.
Another verse I like to remember is from Genesis, when Abraham is haggling with God about the destruction of Sodom.  Abraham says,
(Ge 18:25 NKJV) Far be it from You to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be as the wicked; far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”
You and I might wince at some of the things that will be happening on the earth, but that’s because we don’t see things as they truly are.
For the angels in heaven who see things from God’s perspective, they see that God is completely appropriate in the judgment that is being carried out.
Evil people are getting evil sores (v. 2)
The pouring out of saints’ blood brings God’s wrath poured out.
Sometimes things happen that just don’t seem fair. We don’t like the way things seem to be turning out.
It was 1812 in France, and Louis, a boy of 3, was sitting in his father’s workshop. The father was a harness-maker and the boy loved to watch his father work the leather. One day he was playing with his father’s tools and accidentally put an awl into his eye. He lost sight in that eye, and when the eye became infected and the infection spread to his other eye, Louis became totally blind.

You and I might be angry at what seems to have been a great tragedy to a boy.  But that’s not the whole story.

A few years later, Louis began attending a school for blind children.  He was such a good student he became a teacher’s aide.  When he heard about a communication system devised by a French Army captain called “night writing” using raised dots on paper, he adapted it into his own alphabet.  He was only fifteen years old.  The letters would be created using an awl, the same kind of instrument that had blinded him in the first place.  Louis Braille and his new alphabet opened up a new world for blind people, all because of an accident.

The story of a boy that seemed so tragic ended up being a good thing for many people.  But you wouldn’t see it that way until you got to the end of the story.

Bits and Pieces, June, 1990, pp. 23-4.

Here in Revelation, we are seeing the end of a story, as seen from heaven’s perfect perspective.
These aren’t bad things that are turning out okay, but these are bad things that are being dealt with.
Those who are watching from the balcony of heaven realize that God knows what He is doing.


Our forgiveness

Sometimes we are the ones who have screwed things up and we are the ones who deserve to be punished.
Some of us take it upon ourselves to punish ourselves whether it’s by ruining our lives with alcohol, or taking it out on our family.
If we were to be pinned down about our behavior, we’d have to be honest and say, “Well I deserve it for what I’ve done”.
Beloved, someone has already paid for your screw up.
Jesus Christ died on a cross in order to pay for our sins.
(Is 53:5 NKJV) But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.

Instead of us being wounded for our transgressions, He was.  Instead of us being bruised or chastised for our sins, He was.  He paid for us.

God did something amazing at the cross.  He exchanged our sins for the goodness of Jesus Christ.
(2 Co 5:21 NKJV) For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
And now, if we will come to God and ask for forgiveness, God can forgive our sins and still maintain justice.
(1 Jn 1:9 NKJV) If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
justdikaios – observing divine laws; innocent, faultless, guiltless
The Greek word for “just” is the same word that’s translated “righteous” in our passage.
Justice (righteousness) requires that every offense be paid for.

Our sin has already been paid for when Jesus died on the cross.

When we confess our sin to God and God forgives us, it’s because the offense has been paid for – no cutting of corners.

:8 Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and power was given to him to scorch men with fire.

:8 sunhelios – the sun

:8 power was givendidomi – to give

More literally, “it was given to him …”

:8 to scorchkaumatizo – to burn with heat, to scorch

:9 And men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God who has power over these plagues; and they did not repent and give Him glory.

:9 were scorchedkaumatizo – to burn with heat, to scorch

:9 heatkauma – heat; of painful and burning heat

:9 blasphemedblasphemeo – to speak reproachfully, rail at, revile, calumniate, blaspheme

:9 they blasphemed the name of God

After what Gayle taught about the name of God …

:9 powerexousia – power of choice, liberty of doing as one pleases; the power of authority (influence) and of right (privilege)

:9 repentmetanoeo – to change one’s mind, i.e. to repent; to change one’s mind for better, heartily to amend with abhorrence of one’s past sins

:9 glorydoxa – in the NT always a good opinion concerning one, resulting in praise, honor, and glory; splendor, brightness

:9 did not repent and give Him glory

(Ro 1:18–23 NKJV) —18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.

Bowl 4: On the sun – scorching with fire

This is serious global warming.

: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.

:10 full of darknessskotoo – to darken, cover with darkness

:10 they gnawedmassaomai – to chew, consume, eat, devour

:10 painponos – great trouble, intense desire; pain

:10 his kingdom … darkness

In a sense, the world has become the kingdom of the antichrist, but more specifically the revived Roman Empire (Europe) is the kingdom of the antichrist.

Could this be some sort of eclipse? Could it be a power blackout?

The darkness is combined with pain.

It might be pain from the sores they have, or it could be pain from the darkness itself.
The ninth plague in Egypt was also about darkness, and it was a darkness that could “even be felt”
(Ex 10:21 NKJV) Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, darkness which may even be felt.

Some have suggested that it too was painful.

:11 They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and did not repent of their deeds.

:11 blasphemedblasphemeo – to speak reproachfully, rail at, revile, calumniate, blaspheme

:11 painsponos – great trouble, intense desire; pain

:11 soreshelkos – a wound, esp. a wound producing a discharge pus; a sore, an ulcer

:11 pains and … sores

Pains from verse 10. Sores from verse 2.

:11 did not repentmetanoeo – to change one’s mind, i.e. to repent; to change one’s mind for better, heartily to amend with abhorrence of one’s past sins

:11 deedsergon – business, employment, that which any one is occupied; any product whatever, any thing accomplished by hand, art, industry, or mind; an act, deed, thing done

:11 They blasphemed the God of heaven

They gnaw their tongues, but they don’t hold back from using those same tongues for blaspheming God.

The world is angry with God and is unrepentant. They do not want to change.

In describing hell itself, Jesus said,

(Mt 25:30 NKJV) …There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
Maybe this painful darkness is a preview of things to come.


Tough times reveal your heart.

Sometimes tough times surprise us, and things come out of our mouths.
Is it cursing or praise?
I’ve heard it described that your heart is like a cup, and when you get “bumped”, then the things in your heart come spilling out.
The things that come out of your mouth only show you your heart's condition.

(Mt 15:18 NLT) —18 But the words you speak come from the heart—that’s what defiles you.

James presents the ideal:
(Jas 1:2–3 NKJV) —2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.

Bowl 5: On antichrist kingdom – painful darkness

:12 Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared.

:12 great river Euphrates … dried up

From the Caucasus Mtns of Armenia, it flows southwesterly across east-central Turkey, then generally southeast through Syria and Iraq, ending in the waters of the Persian Gulf. It joins with the Tigris in southern Iraq, and from that junction continues on as the Shatt al Arab. Overall it's (2,235 miles) (3,596 km) in length, and is certainly the longest river in the Middle East. Historically important in ancient history, the once great city of Babylon stood on its banks.

The river Euphrates runs from Turkey, into Syria, through Iraq, and empties out into the Persian Gulf.

If the Euphrates dries up, then the nations east of the Euphrates are able to head west to Israel and the battle of Armageddon.

Some of the nations east of the Euphrates include Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and China.

:12 dried upxeraino – to make dry, dry up, wither

:12 its water was dried up

Each country on the Euphrates has dams to stop the river.

In Turkey there’s a huge dam under construction called the Ataturk Dam.  It’s reservoir is big enough to completely stop the entire flow of the river.  It was scheduled to have been completed in 2010, but the World Bank held up the funding for the project until an agreement was made between Turkey, Syria, and Iraq on water sharing from the Euphrates.

:12 might be preparedhetoimazo – to make ready, prepare

Drawn from the oriental custom of sending on before kings on their journeys persons to level the roads and make them passable

John the Baptist came to “prepare the way” of the Lord. The river is dried up to prepare the way for the kings of the east.

:12 the east

The Greek is literally “the rising sun”

risinganatole – a rising (of the sun and stars); the east (the direction of the sun’s rising)

sunhelios – the sun

The Japanese call their nation Nippon or Nihon, both literally mean “the sun’s origin”, or the Land of the Rising Sun.

:13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.

:13 the dragon … beast … false prophet

The dragon is Satan. The beast is the antichrist. The false prophet is the religious leader that will cause the world to worship the antichrist.

:13 unclean spirits like frogs

John sees demons involved with Satan, the antichrist, and the false prophet.

Perhaps this might be a picture of them speaking and causing demonic activity to take place on the earth.

With the plagues of Egypt under Moses, it is interesting to note that the second plague involved frogs coming up from the river and covering the land.

:13 uncleanakathartos – not cleansed, unclean

:13 frogsbatrachos – a frog

:14 For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

:14 performingpoieo – to make; to do

:14 signssemeion – a sign, mark, token

:14 the whole worldoikoumene – the inhabited earth; the universe, the world

:14 to gathersunago – to gather together, to gather; to bring together, assemble, collect

:14 battlepolemos – a war; a fight, a battle

:14 to gather them to the battle

These frog-demons will perform miracles that will deceive the nations to gather to fight against God at Armageddon.

When the battle actually begins to take place, the nations won’t be fighting each other, but they’ll be waiting for Jesus to return and fight Him.

(Re 19:19 NKJV) And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army.

Bowl 6: On Euphrates – War preparations

:15 “Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.”

We’ll come back to this verse later.

:15 thiefkleptes – an embezzler, pilferer; one who steals by stealth

(Mt 24:42–44 NKJV) —42 Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

(1 Th 5:2 NKJV) —2 For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.

(2 Pe 3:10 NKJV) —10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.

(Re 3:3 NKJV) —3 Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.

:15 who watchesgregoreuo (“Gregory”) – to watch; metaph. give strict attention to, be cautious, active

:15 keepstereo – to attend to carefully, take care of; metaph. to keep, one in the state in which he is

:15 garmentshimation – a garment (of any sort)

:15 nakedgumnos – unclad, without clothing, the naked body

:15 shameaschemosune – unseemliness, an unseemly deed; of a woman’s genitals; of one’s nakedness, shame

:16 And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon.

:16 ArmageddonArmageddon – the hill of Megiddo

The Hebrew is “Har-Megiddo” (hill of Megiddo)

The ancient city of Megiddo used to be an important city in the north of Israel. It sat on a major trade route and controlled the business that flowed into the prosperous valley of Jezreel. The ruins at Megiddo have over twenty layers of various civilizations that have been built on that spot. Many battles were fought in this area due to its key location.

Play Megiddo View Map clip.

Several notes:

1.  This place by itself is too small for the last big battle. This valley is not big enough for all the armies of the world.  It is only 5 x 50 miles long.

2.  The fighting will stretch over 200 miles. (Rev. 14:20)

3.  There will be fighting around Jerusalem. (Zec. 14:2)

4.  There will also be fighting in Jordan (Bozrah). (Is. 63:1-4)

:17 Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, “It is done!”

:17 airaer – the air, particularly the lower and denser air as distinguished from the higher and rarer air

:17 It is doneginomai – to become, i.e. to come into existence, begin to be, receive being

This is not the word that Jesus spoke on the cross (“It is finished” – tetelestai)

The last bowl of God’s wrath has been poured out.

:18 And there were noises and thunderings and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth.

:18 noisesphone – a sound, a tone; a voice

:18 thunderingsbronte – thunder

:18 lightningsastrape – lightning

:18 earthquakeseismos – a shaking, a commotion; an earthquake

:18 a mighty and great earthquake

Last year’s (2011) earthquake in Japan was a 9.0 on the Richter scale. The largest earthquake so far was a 9.5 in Chile in 1960.

This one will be the biggest one ever.

:19 Now the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And great Babylon was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath.

:19 BabylonBabulon – “confusion”

:19 rememberedmimnesko – to remind

:19 cuppoterion – a cup, a drinking vessel

:19 the great city

This could be talking about Jerusalem (Rev. 11:8; Zech 14:4)

It’s probably talking about Babylon – which we’ll talk about in chs. 17-18.

:19 great Babylon

The next two chapters will go into detail about the fall of Babylon.

:20 Then every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.

:20 islandnesos – an island

:20 fled awaypheugo – to flee away, seek safety by flight

If you are around by this point in the Tribulation, don’t take a trip to Hawaii.

:21 And great hail from heaven fell upon men, each hailstone about the weight of a talent. Men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, since that plague was exceedingly great.

:21 hailchalaza – hail

:21 talenttalantiaios – a weight or worth of a talent; a talent of silver weighed about 100 pounds (45 kg); a talent of gold, 200 pounds (91 kg)

:21 fellkatabaino – to go down, come down, descend

:21 plagueplege – a blow, stripe, a wound; a public calamity, heavy affliction, plague,

:21 exceedinglysphodra – exceedingly, greatly

:21 great hail from heaven

The largest hail to fall in the United States was 8 inches in diameter, weighing just under two pounds in South Dakota.

These hailstones weigh between 75 to 200 pounds each (a talent).

Bowl 7: On the air – earthquake, hail


Bowl 1: On Earth - sores

Bowl 2: On Sea – sea turns bloody

Bowl 3: On Fresh water – turns bloody

Bowl 4: On the sun – scorching with fire

Bowl 5: On antichrist kingdom – painful darkness

Bowl 6: On Euphrates – War preparations

Bowl 7: On the air – earthquake, hail

:15 “Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.”

:15 I am coming as a thief


It’s not too late

I think that the Lord interrupted John’s frantic writing and has inserted these comments to remind us that for those of us reading this now, it is not too late.
Repentance – turning around – the world will be experiencing disaster but will be unwilling to turn around.
For us, it’s not too late to turn around.
Let’s pretend that today’s date is April 10, 1912.  You and I are standing on the docks at Southampton in England, and you have a ticket in your hand to board the RMS Titanic.  But I’m a little strange, and in fact I’m a time traveler from the future, and I tell you that you shouldn’t get on that boat.  I argue with you.  I try to steal your ticket.  I even try to tackle you just before you walk up the boarding ramp.  But you are determined to get on the Titanic.  You’ve been told it’s the safest ship in the world.
It’s not too late to turn around.
There may be times when God allows difficulty into our lives – not because He hates us, but because He is trying to get our attention to turn around. He knows the future.
Jesus is trying to remind us that this world is heading for disaster.  It’s going down.  It’s time to stop counting on the world.
Pay attention to the warning now so you’ll be ready.

:15 Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments


Be Ready

The language speaks of staying awake and keeping your clothes clean (which is living a good life).
If you were to get a call from someone you like, and they invite you to a night out on the town:  A nice restaurant and maybe a show.

What condition would you be in when they came to the door?

Asleep?  Sitting on the couch, eating potato chips and drinking root beer in your underwear in front of the TV?

What kind of condition do you want to be in when Jesus says it’s time to come home with Him?
(Heb 12:1–2 NKJV) —1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
If you want to run a race well, you ought to be wearing the right clothes.  You ought to be in training.  You ought to be ready for when the starting gun goes off.
A young man applied for a job as a farmhand.  When asked for his qualifications, he said, “I can sleep when the wind blows.” This puzzled the farmer, but he took a liking to the young man and hired him.  A few days later, the farmer and his wife were awakened in the night by a violent storm.  They quickly began to check things out to see if all was secure.  They found that the shutters of the farmhouse had been securely fastened.  A good supply of logs had been set next to the fireplace.  The farm implements had been placed in the storage shed, safe from the elements.  The tractor had been moved into the garage.  The barn had been properly locked.  All was well.  Even the animals were calm.  It was then that the farmer grasped the meaning of the young man’s words, “I can sleep when the wind blows.”  Because the farmhand had performed his work loyally and faithfully when the skies were clear, he was prepared for the storm when it broke. Consequently, when the wind blew, he had no fear.  He was able to sleep in peace.
Are you ready?  Can you “sleep when the wind blows”?