An Analysis of the Seventh Bowl of the Apocalypse

Robert L. Thomas | May 18, 2010

The extent and structure of the seventh bowl of Revelation have not been completely clear. The angelic agent who shows the new Jerusalem and the structural pattern of the two major intercalations regarding Babylon and the new Jerusalem indicate that the bowl extends from 16:17 all the way through 22:5. A number of miscellaneous indications, including two dramatic announcements of the end, the battle of Armageddon, the final judgment of Satan, and the finality of the last of the last plagues, confirm this extended nature of the bowl. Potential objections to that conclusion have satisfactory answers. The core happenings of the bowl have their descriptions in eight scenes in 19:11-21:8, with the two major intercalations before and after them. This definition of the seventh bowl allows for it to have a nature similar to the seventh seal and seventh trumpet, provides for a proper literary structure of the book as a whole, and confirms the premillennial return of Christ.

Vol. 5, no. 1 (Spring 1994)

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Thomas, Robert L.. "An Analysis of the Seventh Bowl of the Apocalypse." The Master's Seminary Journal 5, no. 1 (Spring 1994): 73-96.