Chapter 16 (The Wrath of God–The Seven Vials)-The Coming of the Son of Man Part 2



Following the outline given to us by Christ we have entered into the fourth section of prophecy yet to come as found in the 24th chapter of Matthew. We have seen the beginning of sorrows, the end, and the great tribulation. Now we come to the last portion of Messianic prophecy which is the coming of the Son of Man. “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other” (Matt. 24:29-31). There is no needed fancy outline for this very raw and vivid chapter. This is the simple and undiluted wrath of God poured upon the nations of men that rejected God and His anointed. The seven vials of God’s wrath, which were introduced in the last chapter now become immediate. “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.” The angels have ceremoniously received the vials from the hand of the beast who brought them from God out of the temple. Now they are commanded to pour them out upon the earth. There will be no mercy mixed therein and there will be no call to repentance. God announces the implementation of these judgments with a “great voice.” The voice came out of the temple for which now no persons but God are therein. It was with a great voice that God gave the law (Deut. 5:22). It is now with a great voice that God judges men according to His law. Joel rightly spoke of this context: “And the Lord shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the Lord is great and very terrible; and who can abide it” (Joel 2:11)? It is the voice of Christ (Rev. 1:10). The God who spoke all things in existence with His word now speaks in judgment. What a fearful day is coming!