The Third Bowl Of Revelation 16

This Revelation Timeline Decoded Bible study focuses on the 3rd bowl of Revelation 16.

Summary: The 3rd Bowl was poured out as the bloody French Revolution spread out from the major cities (seas) to the more rural areas (rivers and springs, smaller groups of people) where they had shed the blood of saints and prophets, and now it was time for them to drink the same fate.

To understand why the French people deserved the wrath of God, here is a summary of some of the persecutions of the saints in France:

1477 A.D. – When Pope Sixtus IV commanded a crusade against the Waldensian Christians in southern France, Roman Catholic soldiers responded by murdering many thousands of these Bible-believing Christians – men, women, and children. (1)

1540-1570 A.D. – Papal Rome sent army after army of Roman Catholic soldiers into southern France and surrounding areas in an attempt to exterminate the Waldensian Bible-believing Christians.

These Roman Catholic armies butchered up to 900,000 Waldensian Christians – men, women, and children – during that thirty-year period. (2)

Think of Monks and Priests, in holy garments — directing, with heartless cruelty and inhuman brutality — the work of torturing and burning alive innocent men and women, and doing it in the Name of Christ — by the direct order of the “Vicar of Christ!”

1572 A.D. Roman Catholic soldiers butchered upwards of 100,000 French Protestants (Huguenots) during the St. Bartholomew massacre that started in Paris. Butchery of Protestants then spread to the countryside.

The (Roman Catholic) king of France had cleverly arranged a marriage between his sister and Admiral Coligny, the chief Protestant leader.  There was a great feast with much celebrating.  After four days of feasting, the soldiers were given a signal.

At twelve o’clock midnight, all the houses of the Protestants in the city were forced open at once.  The admiral was killed, his body thrown out of a window into the street where his head was cut off and sent (first to the Roman Catholic Cardinal of Lorraine, and then on) to the pope.

They also slaughtered many other well-known Protestants. In the first three days, over ten thousand were killed.  The bodies were thrown into the river and blood ran through the streets into the river until it appeared like a stream of blood. From Paris, the destruction spread to all parts of the country. Very few Protestants escaped the fury of the Roman Catholic persecutors.

At Orleans, a thousand were slain of men, women, and children, and six thousand at Rouen.

At Meldith, two hundred were put into prison, and later brought out by units, and cruelly murdered.

At Lyons, eight hundred were massacred. Here children hanging about their parents, and parents affectionately embracing their children, were pleasant food for the swords and bloodthirsty minds of those who call themselves the Catholic Church. Here three hundred were slain in the bishop’s house; and the impious monks would suffer none to be buried.

At Augustobona, on the people hearing of the massacre at Paris, they shut their gates that no Protestants might escape, and searching diligently for every individual of the reformed Church, imprisoned and then barbarously murdered them.


Upon hearing of the bloodshed in Paris, Pope Gregory XIII celebrated by declaring a jubilee day of public thanksgiving.

Guns were fired in salute and the Pope ordered the striking of a commemorative medallion.

Subsequently, Gregory XIII also commissioned a mural by Giorgio Vasari to hang in the Vatican depicting the wondrous St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre. The king also commanded the day to be kept with every demonstration of joy, concluding now that the whole race of Huguenots was extinct. (3)

1685 A.D. – Roman Catholic French King Louis XIV, at the urging of his father-confessor, Jesuit priest Pere La Chaise, revokes the “Edict of Nantes” that had granted religious liberty to all Frenchmen. (4)

King Louis XIV then orders his murderous dragoons to persecute the French Protestant Huguenots which resulted in 500,000 innocent Protestants (men, women, and children) being butchered!

The Popish French governors in each parish declared that the king would no longer suffer any Huguenots (French Protestants) in his kingdom, that they had to change their religion and become Catholic, either freely or by force.

The Protestants replied that they ‘were ready to sacrifice their lives and estates to the king, but their consciences being God’s they could not so dispose of them.’

Instantly the troops seized the gates and avenues of the cities, and placing guards in all the passages, entered with sword in hand, crying, “Die, or be Catholics!” And they practiced every wickedness and horror they could devise to force them to change their religion. (4)

You can read the gruesome details as recorded in Fox’s Book of Martyrs.

So you can clearly see that the French people had obeyed the orders of the Popes of Rome, to shed the blood of the saints in France; and now it is time for their blood to be shed, as Messiah exacts vengeance for His saints.

Revelation 16:4-7, Then the third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood. And I heard the angel of the waters saying: “You are righteous, O Lord, The One who is and who was and who is to be, Because You have judged these things. For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, And You have given them blood to drink. For it is their just due.”And I heard another from the altar saying, “Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are Your judgments.”

The French armies killed many saints around the Rhine, Danube and Po River Valleys.  Lutherans, Moravians, Hussites, Albigenses, Waldenses, Vaudois, and Huguenots, willingly laid down their lives for the true faith of Jesus Christ

Now the French people would have their blood shed in the very same places. And the rivers were filled with their blood.

Piedmont, in northern Italy, which had all but exterminated the Waldenses, and turned their wild and lonely valley into a slaughter-house, was overrun by merciless invaders, and filled with the horrors of ruthless spoliation and bloodshed.

Albert Barnes in his Notes on the Bible points out that four points as to this vial are clear:

  1. That is would succeed the first mentioned, and apparently, at a period not remote.
  2. That it would occur in a region where there had been persecution.
  3. It would be in a country of streams, and rivers, and fountains.
  4. It would be a just retribution for the bloody persecutions which had occurred there.

In this interpretation of it he follows Elliot, who says, “During the year 1792 war was declared by France against Germany, and the next year against Sardinia; consequently all those towns watered by the Rhine and Alpine streams became scenes of carnage. Metz, Worms, Spires; the towns formerly desolated by Attila, suffered. Another French army entered upon the countries situated on the Meuse, a branch of the Rhine; a third advanced into Piedmont, the Alpine frontier.”

In 1797 Bonaparte attacked the Sardinians and Austrians. The course he tracked was from the Alpine rivers through Northern Italy, till he reached Venice. Every river was a scene of carnage and he crossed seven in succession. The Alpine rivers were turned to “blood.”

Again in 1799 the “fountains of waters” were dyed in blood, the French having suffered reverse and been driven out of all the placed they occupied in North Italy with much bloodshed.

Was it not so that the cruelties – of the French and Piedmontese, and the rulers of Savoy, against the Waldenses, the Huguenots and Calvinsits, from the end of the thirteenth to the end of the eighteenth century, and of Austria against the Hussites, the Waldenses and Lutherans in Lombardy, Moravia, and the Netherlands already related – did call out for retributive justice? “How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost Thou not avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth.”

From The People’s New Testament Commentary, 19th Century

There are two marks given which help us to locate the seat where the plague of the third vial is poured. 1. It must be a region of rivers and fountains of waters. 2. It has evidently been the scene of terrible persecutions of the people of God.

This very region which was full of rivers, was the home of the Albigenses. Against them the Papacy had hurled its fanatical legions from generation to generation. The blood of the Protestants of the Alps had for centuries dyed the rocks and streams with crimson

David Nikao Wilcoxson


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2 – Grace Gems – Evil Popes

3 – Book of Martyrs -The Bartholomew Massacre at Paris, etc.



The 7 Vials of Revelation by Graeme Hotter

Albert Barnes’ Notes on the Bible Revelation 16:4-7

The People’s New Testament Commentary – Revelation 16?

History Unveiling Prophecy by Henry Grattan Guinness?

The Book of Revelation by Charles A. Jennings, p. 190

The Present Reign of Jesus Christ by Robert Caringola. p 220-221

Next Revelation Timeline Decoded Bible Study: Revelation 16 – 4th Bowl Judgment

The 3rd bowl of Revelation represents the bloody French Revolution spredding out from the major cities (seas) to the more rural areas (rivers and springs, smaller groups of people) where they had shed the blood of saints and prophets, and now it was time for them to drink the same fate.



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5 thoughts on “The Third Bowl Of Revelation 16”

  1. So, you’re shutting down comments now when you get a question you dont like?

    Now the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th bowl pages are closed for comment. LOL, only the most important considering where we are. I just posted a comment in the last 48 hours on the 5th bowl page, about the 6th bowl, because comments were closed on that page, and my comment was ignored and the comments closed. I gave a specific legitimate question about the interpretation of the Euphrates drying up. How is the 6th bowl punishment on the rcc?

    I’ve commented a few times before, about the dual earthquakes in 536 and 540, and more recently on the feasts page. I dont just comment to comment. I also asked about armageddon and sending you something to look at, that is scripturally sound, and not what you are suggesting, and is more in depth than the Euphrates question. You didnt respond.

    So, this is an interesting development David. A lot of people have been able to look backwards and see, as history proves prophecy, but looking forward from here isn’t the same, huh??

    If you can’t address what I’m asking, then that throws up a big red flag for those of us with discernment.

    And to think I was about to send you a donation.

    Since I’m sure you’re likely to not respond now, I also dont agree with the three frogs being three wars from the info you provided, without much more proof and elaboration. You provide nothing concrete for that leap of faith that there must be three wars or that is what that scripture is referring to.

    And the way you blew off 2030 was also interesting. Yeah, that person threw out a bunch of conjecture, but that date and timeframe has other obvious support, from analyzing some time frames and the rise and fall of the length of the church ages and the seals, bowls and trumpets, and a few other interesting prophecies re the pope, and even Jesus’s own words about returning in the past. Even the simple fact that its their great reset date is supporting because we know Satan is a counterfeitor. 27-34 ad was a significant time, 2,000 years from that is coming up, and that alone should garner attention.

    Probably just lost a big fan and potential monthly donation. I don’t know what to think, but I do know if you can’t address what I asked you, then that’s a problem.

    I hope I’m wrong, god bless.

    • Tom, your last comment was on this page:
      I replied to it, explaining how the drying up of the Euphrates River affected the RCC, so I didn’t shut down your comment.

      As for the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th bowl pages; the WordPress software program is set up to allow comments on all pages, but for some reason they were not enabled on those pages and a few others. I went through the list of all of the pages and have enabled comments. Thanks for making me aware of the problem.

      On what website/page did you comment about the feasts page? I would think that it would be the website, as that’s the focus, but I don’t see a comment.

      Where did you ask about Armageddon?

      Please understand that I get a lot of comments on the many different websites, on Facebook, on YouTube and via email, so it’s hard to keep track of everything and respond to everyone.

      That’s fine to disagree about the three frogs explanation. I do not just point to three world wars, but to Communism, Nazism, and Political Zionism, the false social constructs that the enemy created to pit people groups against each other, to push their agenda. What is your explanation for the prophecy?

      The Messiah 2030 The Prophetic Messianic Timeline video gave some interesting explanations in the video, but it’s full of false prophecy fulfillment explanations which mislead people.

      I hope that provides clarity.
      God bless,

      • Ok, glad to here I was wrong. Thank you for replying. I know you’re busy.

        I dont have an answer for the 3 frogs, but how you framed it here makes more sense, regardless of the intricacies and hidden truths behind 2 of those movements, which I assume you understand.

        Regarding the Euphrates, i feel there may be multiple fulfillments, because the drying up for support of Mystery Babylon has been happening for decades, and especially in the two recent decades as God reveals the truth to everyone, if they have eyes to see what has transpired. But maybe it’s just a continuation of the support drying up and we are literally at end of this process in the 6th bowl, on the doorstep of the 7th, which also would support the 2030 narrative.

        Regarding Armageddon, I dont necessarily think its about war in the middle east as much as it is about the last hill to die on. With that said, its possible they may incite it anyways to achieve their goals, as the physical manifestation of whats happening spiritually.

        God bless

        • I give the explanation of Communism, Nazism, and Political Zionism, the false social constructs that the enemy created to pit people groups against each other, to push their agenda, on this study:

          The timing of the drying up of the Ottoman Empire fits the timeline, as the fifth vial points to the Popes being removed from civil power in 1798 AD.

          And the drying up of the Ottoman Empire prepared the way for the kings of the east, the Khazar Jews to take control of Palestine, as the Turks lost control of the land in the early 20th century.

          I think that the battle of Armageddon may be pointing to the enemy seeking to wipe out Messiah’s saints, who are called Holy Jerusalem. We see this narrative in Revelation 19-20.

          God bless,

          • Thank you, makes sense. So theres likely a literal battle in middle east as final step to help them attempt to achieve their final goal against the saints worldwide, all while all of their deceptions are being brought to light. Ok, im with you 100% now. Thank you.

            God bless,

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