A message summary from April 24, 2016 from Pastor Gus Brown:
Then I heard a loud voice from the sanctuary saying to the seven angels, “Go and pour out the seven bowls of God’s wrath on the earth.” The first went and poured out his bowl on the earth, and severely painful sores broke out on the people who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his image.
Even in the midst of God’s judgment and wrath, He still does want people to repent from their sin and turn to Him.
Jesus is giving direction through the last of the seven bowls.
A loud voice was coming from the temple. It belonged to Jesus.
After this I looked, and the heavenly sanctuary—the tabernacle of testimony—was opened. Out of the sanctuary came the seven angels with the seven plagues, dressed in clean, bright linen, with gold sashes wrapped around their chests. One of the four living creatures gave the seven angels seven gold bowls filled with the wrath of God who lives forever and ever. Then the sanctuary was filled with smoke from God’s glory and from His power, and no one could enter the sanctuary until the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed.
There was such glory and power that was present where no one could enter. The great voice that comes out in Rev. 16:1 is that of Jesus Christ. There is no great joy in what He is taking place, because we must remember that even though He is just and right, He still desired for all to be saved.
A sound of uproar from the city! A voice from the temple–the voice of the Lord, paying back His enemies what they deserve!
The seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven saying: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Messiah, and He will reign forever and ever!”
A second angel followed, saying: “It has fallen, Babylon the Great has fallen, who made all the nations drink the wine of her sexual immorality, which brings wrath.” And a third angel followed them and spoke with a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he will also drink the wine of God’s wrath, which is mixed full strength in the cup of His anger.
While there are woes on earth, there is an excitement in heaven. The excitement is the kingdoms of the earth are becoming part of the kingdom of heaven. God is not joyful in all of what will take place, because He loves even the worst of those who are sinners.
The pouring of the bowls will be a time a great distress.
For at that time there will be great tribulation, the kind that hasn’t taken place from the beginning of the world until now and never will again!
Bowl: a vial with a wide mouth. A bowl has a wide opening at its top. A bowl pours out its contents all at one time. This implies that His wrath will happen very quickly. I think that the reason God does this is because He knows that this will be so terrible that it is to be done as quickly as possible.
The judgment of sin will move and end quickly. God will take swift action, which also still will reflect His grace and mercy.
God does indeed love everyone He has created. There is not a person who God hates.
The judgment will be over quickly because:
Who can I speak to and give such a warning that they will listen? Look, their ear is uncircumcised, so they cannot pay attention. See, the word of the Lord has become contemptible to them–they find no pleasure in it.
There comes a time when talking is over.
Ezekiel 18:23, 32
Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked?” This is the declaration of the Lord God. “Instead, don’t I take pleasure when he turns from his ways and lives?
For I take no pleasure in anyone’s death.” This is the declaration of the Lord God. “So repent and live!”
Understand that the heart of God will not take pleasure in punishing His children. Remember that He witnessed His Son dying on the cross for all of mankind.
Tell them: As I live” — the declaration of the Lord God — “I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked person should turn from his way and live. Repent, repent of your evil ways! Why will you die, house of Israel?
He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to His favor and will.
Even God Himself does not get what He desires. Some will perish even though He does not want that to happen.
We can’t picture God wrestling over this issue, but you can understand it better if you can see that God does not want any to perish, and that His love for us is measured in how Jesus Christ died for us.
The person born again in Jesus Christ is a completely different individual. That is His pleasure…to see people get saved, and not be condemned.
He won’t make you do something that you don’t want to do. His pleasure is to see His children get saved and not to suffer under His condemnation, for He will still act in righteousness. He is true to Himself.