Isaiah 46 & Revelation 16

Isaiah 46

    Bel bows down; Nebo stoops;
        their idols are on beasts and livestock;
    these things you carry are borne
        as burdens on weary beasts.
    They stoop; they bow down together;
        they cannot save the burden,
        but themselves go into captivity.
    “Listen to me, O house of Jacob,
        all the remnant of the house of Israel,
    who have been borne by me from before your birth,
        carried from the womb;
    even to your old age I am he,
        and to gray hairs I will carry you.
    I have made, and I will bear;
        I will carry and will save.
    “To whom will you liken me and make me equal,
        and compare me, that we may be alike?
    Those who lavish gold from the purse,
        and weigh out silver in the scales,
    hire a goldsmith, and he makes it into a god;
        then they fall down and worship!
    They lift it to their shoulders, they carry it,
        they set it in its place, and it stands there;
        it cannot move from its place.
    If one cries to it, it does not answer
        or save him from his trouble.
    “Remember this and stand firm,
        recall it to mind, you transgressors,
        remember the former things of old;
    for I am God, and there is no other;
        I am God, and there is none like me,
    declaring the end from the beginning
        and from ancient times things not yet done,
    saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,
        and I will accomplish all my purpose,’
    calling a bird of prey from the east,
        the man of my counsel from a far country.
    I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass;
        I have purposed, and I will do it.
    “Listen to me, you stubborn of heart,
        you who are far from righteousness:
    I bring near my righteousness; it is not far off,
        and my salvation will not delay;
    I will put salvation in Zion,
        for Israel my glory.”

(Isaiah 46 ESV)

Revelation 16

    Then I heard a loud voice from the temple telling the seven angels, “Go and pour out on the earth the seven bowls of the wrath of God.”

    So the first angel went and poured out his bowl on the earth, and harmful and painful sores came upon the people who bore the mark of the beast and worshiped its image.

    The second angel poured out his bowl into the sea, and it became like the blood of a corpse, and every living thing died that was in the sea.

    The third angel poured out his bowl into the rivers and the springs of water, and they became blood. And I heard the angel in charge of the waters say,

    “Just are you, O Holy One, who is and who was,
        for you brought these judgments.
    For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets,
        and you have given them blood to drink.
    It is what they deserve!”
        And I heard the altar saying,

    “Yes, Lord God the Almighty,
        true and just are your judgments!”
        The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and it was allowed to scorch people with fire. They were scorched by the fierce heat, and they cursed the name of God who had power over these plagues. They did not repent and give him glory.

    The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness. People gnawed their tongues in anguish and cursed the God of heaven for their pain and sores. They did not repent of their deeds.

    The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, to prepare the way for the kings from the east. And I saw, coming out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs. For they are demonic spirits, performing signs, who go abroad to the kings of the whole world, to assemble them for battle on the great day of God the Almighty. (“Behold, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake, keeping his garments on, that he may not go about naked and be seen exposed!”) And they assembled them at the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.

    The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple, from the throne, saying, “It is done!” And there were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, and a great earthquake such as there had never been since man was on the earth, so great was that earthquake. The great city was split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell, and God remembered Babylon the great, to make her drain the cup of the wine of the fury of his wrath. And every island fled away, and no mountains were to be found. And great hailstones, about one hundred pounds each, fell from heaven on people; and they cursed God for the plague of the hail, because the plague was so severe.

(Revelation 16 ESV)

Revelation 16: The cry from the throne echoes the cry from the cross — “It is done.” In the cry from the cross, we see how Jesus inaugurated the Kingdom of God through His death and resurrection setting forth the infiltration of His Kingdom in the midst of this world. However, this has been done in such a way that the consummation of that Kingdom only reaches its fulfillment, as we see here, during the final cry from His throne. 

We currently live during the time period between the cry from the cross and the cry from the throne. While the first cry brought forth the redemption of God’s people, that final cry will bring forth God’s decisive and final judgment of God’s enemies. Now is the time of salvation.