The Old Testament refers to the ‘Day of the Lord’ many places in the prophets.
Joel 2:11 “The day of the Lord is great; it is dreadful. Who can endure it?
God’s last judgment upon the earth comes thru the 7 bowls in the hands of 7 seven angels.
God’s final judgment will be very severe and devastating before Lord Jesus return to earth.
First angel pours out the first bowl of God’s judgment upon unsaved people as a result severe sores broke out on them
These people took the mark of the beast and worshiped his image.
Second angel pours out the second bowl on all sea water which turned into blood.
All the living creatures in the sea were dead and there was unbearable stink of the dead
This never ever happened in human history.
Due to the stink and the death in the sea unimaginable diseases spread all over the world.
Third angel pours out the third bowl on all fresh water which also turned into blood.
People have no water to drink.
They shed the blood of the believers and the prophets.
This is just punishment for what they have done.
They have to drink the blood themselves and they got what they deserved.
Fourth angel poured out the fourth bowl on the sun.
Intense heat was produced that scorched the people who were already suffering with severe boils or sores.
This scorching heat intensified their pain.
They cursed God and refused to repent and glorified God.
Fifth angel poured the fifth bowl on home of the beast, the antichrist.
God plunged the kingdom of antichrist into darkness.
I feel this is worldwide darkness as the Anti-Christ began to rule the whole world.
All unbelievers are subjected to this eerie darkness all over the globe.
The people continue to curse God with agony from the painful sores.
Their mouths got dry due to constant cursing.
Sixth angel poured out the sixth bowl on Euphrates River to dry it up.
Euphrates River is mentioned after Genesis 2 which is the longest river in Middle East.
Natural boundary is now lifted due to dried up Euphrates River inviting kings from the East to invade and battle against Israel.
Three impure spirits look like frogs came out from the unholy trinity.
The purpose is to deceive the kings and their armies to gather them for battle against Israel.
Satan’s intention is to wipe out Israel from the world map to prevent Christ’s rule on earth.
15th verse is addressing the faithful few in the tribulation period as the ungodly will be taken by surprise for the sudden coming of Christ.
We come across the word ‘Armageddon’ only once in the scripture.
Hebrew meaning is Mountain of Megiddo, north of Jerusalem; suitable battleground for the last battle before Christ’s return.
The seventh angel poured out the 7th bowl of God’s wrath on the air.
From the throne of God a loud voice saying “It is done”
From the cross our Lord Christ shouted saying “It is finished”.
In that shout Christ telling the Father that HIS work on earth is finished – the salvation for the humanity is accomplished.
Now Lord God Almighty shouting that HIS wrath on the unrepentant people is finished.
After God’s shout there was a great earth quake unparalleled in human history.
It is a global earth quake that never happened before with such serious consequences.
A) The great city was split into three parts – Jerusalem city
B) The cities of the nations collapsed – worldwide demolition of all cities.
C) The city of Babylon which could be seat of Satan or any city even it could be Rome or re-built Babylon.
D) Every island dissolved and all the big mountains leveled as if the never existed.
The great earth quake has a catastrophic effect on the globe and entirely altered the topography radically in a matter of moment
As if God Almighty is preparing the earth for our Lord Jesus for HIS millennial kingdom.
It is not earth quake that caused much damage to the people it is the hailstorm that never happened before.
Huge hailstones weighing 100 pounds fell on the unrepentant people who cursed God for the terrible plague of 100 pound hailstones.
This is like ‘stoned to death’ according to the Old Testament for sin.
In Lev 24:16 it is recorded that God will punish all blasphemers and unrepentant people by stone.
Till the last moment of God’s wrath people are still unrepentant and deserve HIS wrath.
God is always a just God as He gave multiple opportunities in the tribulation period to repent and accept the Lord Jesus as Savior.