Why are the Revelation vials of wrath poured out?
It is important to recognize the problem that is resolved by pouring out the vials of God’s wrath. From the last scripture of chapter 15 we read the reason:
“…and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.”
These final plague vials of wrath are critical to people being able to enter into the holy presence of God. Otherwise we are hindered, because of the confusion of many years of religious deception. This confusion has caused our minds and hearts to doubt the plain truths of the gospel. So much so that many have lost their ability to have complete faith and obedience to God. Consequently, with sin still working in their life, people cannot have communion with God’s Holy Spirit. They cannot enter into his holy temple experience.
And so God has sent a ministry today to pour out gospel judgement upon hypocrisy! This judgement vial preaching is necessary so people can get free from the lies of earthly religion. The pouring of the vials is a completion of the judgement upon the evils of sin and hypocrisy, consequently the scriptures states that in these vials “is filled up the wrath of God” (Revelation 15:1). And so now the command is given to pour them out:
“And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.” ~ Revelation 16:1
Revelation is a spiritual book, just like the rest of the Bible. So this earthly target is the spiritual condition of those who do not behave like and follow the Spirit of Jesus Christ.
“But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is , there is confusion and every evil work.” ~ James 3:14-16
Jesus’ kingdom is a heavenly kingdom on Earth: for those who act heavenly and live a holy life. It doesn’t matter if you are very religious, or are even a preacher. If you have envying and strife between you and others, you are earthly. And this vial is being poured out upon you also.
“He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.” ~ John 3:31
It is this earthly twist to how the gospel has been misused, that God is so strong against. God hates hypocrisy!
“For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.” ~ Philippians 3:18-19
And so the first minister angel speaks, and a vial of judgement is poured out on the Earth. And those who are spiritually earthly are affected.
Note: When the first trumpet angel sounded in Revelation 8:7, one third of all trees, and all green grass was burned up, showing the effect of the preaching of the Word of God upon those who seem to be righteous (trees of righteousness) and sinners (the grass). But the pouring out of the vials is the final completion of God’s judgments. Consequently, earth is all that is left once all trees and grass is burned up: showing us in the final judgments of the preached wrath-vials, that everyone that is earthly will not be able to endure the preaching of sound doctrine.
“And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.” ~ Revelation 16:2
Why was the first Revelation vial poured on the Earth to affect those marked by the beast?
Beasts are earthly and carnal. Therefore a vial poured out on the Earth will affect those with beast-like affections. They received this beast-like mindedness through their religious affiliations.
“Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.” ~ Romans 1:22-25
Instead of worshipping God in Spirit and in truth (by obedience to the scriptures in a pure heart), these changed the truth to make room for their earthly, beastly lusts. When they did so, they worshipped themselves, instead of God. Their religion became a beast idol that looked and behaved like them.
“Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.” ~ Psalm 49:20
And so a true Christian’s spiritual battles are often against people with a religious beast like spirit.
“If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die.” ~ 1 Corinthians 15:32
People with beast like spirits are more concerned with this earthly life, so they live without a conscience toward heavenly things and a life hereafter. So beast-religion preachers manipulate people by earthly sensual messages for their own selfish purposes.
“But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption; And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you; Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children.” ~ 2 Peter 2:12-14
Consequently a judgement vial of wrath must be spoken against these hypocrites. And so people who are marked in their mind and their fellowship by this beast spirit: they find the message against them a “noisome and grievous sore” because it is designed to stop their corrupt influence.
“Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake. One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies. This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith.” ~ Titus 1:11-13
So what is our heart and mind on this? Do we think evil against this vial of judgement from God?
“But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.” ~ Jude 1:10
Does judgement upon hypocrisy cause you a “noisome and grievous sore”?
Note: this diagram below shows where the first vial message is within the full Revelation message. These “vials of God’s wrath” messages complete the purpose of God to destroy the influence of hypocrisy. To better understand a high level view of Revelation, you can also see the “Roadmap of Revelation.”