Objects of God’s Wrath
Revelation 16 contains the story of the seven angels who poured out their seven bowls. These bowls represent God’s wrath ful judgment on those that worship the beast. After the third bowl is poured out, we have this interlude of praise to God:
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.” And I heard another from the altar saying, “Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are Your judgments” (Revelation 16:5-7).
We learn in Revelation 17:15 that the waters “are peoples and multitudes and nations and languages.” These are those who “did not repent and give Him glory,” and “did not repent of their deeds” (Revelation 16:9, 11).
The irony of this passage is that those guilty of bloodshed are given blood to drink as punishment. The implication is that their punishment fits their crime. This is how God dispenses justice to the wicked; each one will be punished according to his wickedness. This means that God’s judgments are true and righteous because He will not punish anyone more than he deserves.
This set of judgments given against the wicked in this chapter is final because Jesus is King over His Kingdom (Revelation 11:15). All will be judged by the words of Christ (John 12:48). This means there is no other standard that will excuse mankind of its wicked behavior. Christ is the final standard of judgment. Let’s use that standard to live for Him so that when judgment comes, we won’t be objects of God’s wrath.