Bowl - Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
Bowl[ 1,,G5357, phiale ]
(Eng., phial") denotes "a bowl;" so the RV, for AV, "vial," in Revelation 5:8; Revelation 15:7; Revelation 16:1-Revelation 16:4, Revelation 16:8, Revelation 16:10, Revelation 16:12, Revelation 16:17; Revelation 17:1; Revelation 21:9; the word is suggestive of rapidity in the emptying of the contents. While the seals (ch. 6) give a general view of the events of the last "week" or "hebdomad," in the vision given to Daniel, Daniel 9:23-Daniel 9:27, the "trumpets" refer to the judgments which, in a more or less extended period, are destined to fall especially, though not only, upon apostate Christendom and apostate Jews. The emptying of the "bowls" betokens the final series of judgments in which this exercise of the wrath of God is "finished" (Revelation 15:1, RV). These are introduced by the 7th trumpet. See Revelation 11:15 and the successive order in Revelation 11:18, "the nations were wroth, and Thy wrath came ...;" See also Revelation 6:17; Revelation 14:19-Revelation 14:20; Revelation 19:11-Revelation 19:21.