Armageddon: It is Finished – Revelation 15-16

By Rick Bayer, May 26, 2024

Armageddon: It is Finished – Revelation 15-16

I saw in heaven another great and marvelous sign: seven angels with the seven last plagues—last, because with them God’s wrath is completed. And I saw what looked like a sea of glass glowing with fire and, standing beside the sea, those who had been victorious over the beast and its image and over the number of its name. They held harps given them by God and sang the song of God’s servant Moses and of the Lamb:

“Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the nations. Who will not fear you, Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.”

After this I looked, and I saw in heaven the temple—that is, the tabernacle of the covenant law—and it was opened. Out of the temple came the seven angels with the seven plagues. They were dressed in clean, shining linen and wore golden sashes around their chests. Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls filled with the wrath of God, who lives for ever and ever. 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.

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

The first angel went and poured out his bowl on the land, and ugly, festering sores broke out on the people who had the mark of the beast and worshiped its image.

The second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it turned into blood like that of a dead person, and 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 I heard the angel in charge of the waters say:

“You are just in these judgments, O Holy One, you who are and who were; for they have shed the blood of your holy people and your prophets, and you have given them blood to drink as they deserve.”

And I heard the altar respond:

“Yes, Lord God Almighty, true and just are your judgments.”

The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and the sun was allowed to scorch people with fire. They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify him.

The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness. People gnawed their tongues in agony and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done.

The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the East. Then I saw three impure spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet. They are demonic spirits that perform signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty.

“Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.”

Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.

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

Revelation 15:1-16:17 NIV


The bowls of wrath are

God is holy, and His wrath is

God’s wrath is far than human wrath.

Object of God’s wrath is not creation but the anti-God forces that destroy God’s creation.


Related to wrath is God’s judgment. 4 facts about God’s judgment:

Judgment is

God’s judgment fits the crime

God’s judgment comes after the opportunity for

Judgment leads us to the

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

Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! Romans 5:9 NIV

of Worship

God is in over all

God is the Lord of

Questions for Discipleship group and/or personal study:


When you hear the words “wrath”, “judgment” or “Armageddon”, what comes to mind?

Go to the Source:

  1. Read Revelation chapter 15 and 16.
  2. Rick called this section of Revelation “the most tragic section”. Do you agree with his assessment? Why or why not?
  3. Does God seem cruel or unfair to you in reading this? Why or why not?
  4. Does reading this section from God’s vantage point change your opinion on this?
  5. In the midst of the chaos are some songs of worship (15:3-4; 16:5-7). Meditate on who God is by re-reading and personalizing these.

Live it out:

  1. “Great and mighty are your deeds” (15:3). What are three ‘great and mighty deeds’ that God has done in your life?
  2. When and how do you regularly give thanks to Him for His interventions in your life?