Personally, I don’t see much point to go into detail about the 7 Vials for a few reasons. They will be poured out after the Rapture, and on the people remaining on the earth who refused to acknowledge Christ as the one true living God. They are clearly the work of the Lord. Since they are the acts of God, they will be supernatural in nature and any logical analysis of them would be pointless.
Suffice it to say that if you are around when they are poured out, you deserve to experience them. But here’s a quick rundown.
Vial 1 – Grievous Sores
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)
Vial 2 – The Oceans & Sea Become ‘Blood’
And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man; and every living soul died in the sea. (Revelation 16:3)
This Vial is nearly identical to the 2nd Trumpet except it is not limited to a third of all saltwater. Here we seem to see it affecting all oceans and seas. Also, I think ‘blood’ in this case is merely symbolic for them becoming thoroughly poisoned and unable to sustain any life. Whether it is actual blood or not is unimportant since the result is widespread death and destruction.
Vial 3 – Freshwater Becomes ‘Blood’
And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood. (Revelation 16:3)
This is similar to the 2nd Vial, but affects freshwater.
Vial 4 – Heatstroke
And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
This might represent a major degradation of the ozone layer or possibly a pulse in the sun’s output.
Vial 5 – Darkness
And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,
Similar to the plague of Egypt that worried the egyptians the most. For no apparent reason, there will be total darkness for an unnaturally long period. Most likely several days. This will be unnerving to everyone since it will be contrary to the one thing everyone takes for granted… the sun always rises in the morning. Well, what if it doesn’t?
Vial 6 – The Euphrates River is Dry
And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. (Revelation 16:12-14)
This is the preparation for the Final Battle, which everyone knows as Armageddon. It still hasn’t happened, but is merely days away.
And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon. (Revelation 16:16)
Vial 7 – It Is Done / Armageddon is About to Begin
And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great. (Revelation 16:17-21)
The stage has been set. All non-believers have been given the chance to atone for their sins, but they have refused. Christ is about to return to chew gum and kick ass. If you see Him coming at this point, you might notice that He is all out of gum.