I was studying the Gospel of Mary (GoM) the other day and found it short and sweet. I believe that the powers of wrath are the powers binding humans to the corporeal/material world and to undo these bindings would lead down the path to liberation of the human predicament. When I did some more searching I found some interesting sites that detailed Revelations Bowls of wrath. I can’t say I agree with their translation but I find it interesting that they parralel The GoM’s Seven Powers of Wrath. It’s my hypothisis that Mary’s list and Revelations List are one and the same. In the GoM, she has a vision of the powers of darkness and it takes seven forms. In Revelations John too has a vision and it’s of seven Angels delivering Bowl of Wrath.
The first form is Darkness…The first angel spread painful sores.
The second form is Desire…the second angel turned the the sea into blood like that of a dead man and everyhting in the sea died.
The third appeared like Ignorance…The angel turned the rivers and springs to blood.
The fourth appeared as Death Wish…The sun was given the power to scorch people with fire.
The fifth form appeared as the fleshy kingdom…The fith angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom was plunged into darkness.
The sixth form was the foolish fleshy wisdom…the sixth poured out his on the great river Euphrates, and it’s water was dried up to prepare the way for the Kings of the East. Then three frog like demons leaped from mouth of a dragon, a beast and a false prophet and performed miraculous signs.
The seventh form appeared as angry persons wisdom…the seventh poured out his bowl into the air. Then came flashes of lighting, rumbles, pearls of thunder, and severe earthquakes. the great city split in three parts and the cities of the nation collapsed.
I wont add my own interpretation to these but I feel that Mary was merely reciting what would also be exposed in the Book of Revelation. Least we forget some scholars are now asserting that the Gospel of John may in fact be the Gospel of Mary. Not to say the Revelation of John is really Mary’s but to rather say that these two authors often echoed each other.