We are in Revelation 15, and John will start to “zoom in” again.
In the previous chapter, John zoomed out for a moment to show us an overview. And, the last scene is of Jesus Christ at the Battle of Armageddon.
God is still there “arms wide open” to accept those who repent. Every one, who accept the Gospel during the Tribulation, is one more saved from the final wrath of God.
God in His mercy and grace, sends out to evangelise, to warn, and to harvest. He uses:
- 144,000 through the earth to evangelise. See Revelation 7.
- Two witnesses in Israel, but there ministry is on a global scale. See Revelation 11.
- An angel flying in mid air to warn the people. See Revelation 14.
Note! Those who repent during the Tribulation, will die for Christ. The beast system is one of total control, there is no hiding. See Revelation 12:11 “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.”
Jesus himself harvested a final time before the winepress of God’s fury.
GOD’S WRATH IS JUST
The concept of God’s wrath upsets our modern sentiment. It is not political correct. And, it is not tolerant. But, the Bible speaks of God’s wrath as part of His glory. The Gospel would mean nothing without the message of God’s wrath against sin.
God does not delight in death and suffering. Neither does He sweep sin under the carpet. The cross was the answer, because somebody has to pay. Jesus died in our place, but some will choose to reject this gift. See Crucifixion, why so bloody?
God’s wrath is not God blowing off steam . It is God fulfilling an eternal purpose.
VERSE BY VERSE
Revelation 15:1 And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.
No more warnings, and no holding back. The wrath of God is about to came down on the earth dwellers.
“Last plagues”, because these are the last seven plagues of the twenty one plagues.
Revelation 15:2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.
These are those who were victorious over the beast. Those that were faithful to God unto death, the tribulation martyrs.
Twice in the book of Revelation, John mentions a “sea of glass” near the throne of God. It may correspond to the vessel in which the priests washed in preparation for service in the Old Testament. He did not elaborated on it.
These martyrs are now worshipping God with music in heaven.
Revelation 15:3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.4 Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.
They sung one song, but with two titles. The song of Moses represented the Old Covenant. And, the song of the Lamb represented the New Covenant. The song is of perfect union between the two.
These Tribulation saints are focused on God only, and their song gave praise to:
- God’s works. See “great and marvellous are thy works.”
- God’s ways. See “just and true are thy ways.”
- God’s worthiness. See “who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy.”
- God’s worship. See “all nations shall come and worship before thee.”
The song is being sung, and it’s sound echoed through heaven. Then, God’s final series of judgments, the seven vials, came out.
Revelation 15:5 And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened.
Long ago, God told Moses to build a tabernacle. God himself gave Moses the measurements, based on the heavenly temple layout. See Exodus 25:8-9 and Hebrews 8:9. Here, it referred to the heavenly reality of the tabernacle.
Revelation 15:6 And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles.
Out of this temple came the seven angels having the seven plagues. They were coming from the presence, and the throne, of God. It is God himself that ordained it.
Their clothing of “pure and white linen” a reminder that God’s judgment is pure and righteous.
Revelation 15:7 And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever.
The vials are shallow golden bowls. It makes for pouring out the contents swift and complete.
“For ever and ever” refers to the description of God in Revelation 1. He who was, who is, and who is forever.
SMOKE IN THE TEMPLE
Revelation 15:8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.
Once upon a time, Moses could not enter the Tabernacle. It was because of the cloud, the “Shekinah” glory of God. See Exodus 40.
Here, a reminder that God’s wrath is part of His glory.
THIS IS PART OF A SERIES:
- Revelation, Why bother?
- Revelation, Overview
- Revelation, Chapter 1
- Revelation, Chapter 2
- Revelation, Chapter 3
- Revelation, Chapter 4
- Revelation, Chapter 5
- Revelation, Chapter 6
- Revelation, Chapter 7
- Revelation, Chapter 8
- Revelation, Chapter 9
- Revelation, Chapter 10
- Revelation, Chapter 11
- Revelation, Chapter 12
- Revelation, Chapter 13
SOURCES FOR REVELATION, CHAPTER 15:
- The Seven Letters to the Seven Churches by Dr. Chuck Missler
- Revelation by Dr. Baruch Korman
- The Unveiled Christ of Revelation by Dr. John Barnett
- A Light in the Darkness by Rick Renner
- 101 Answers to Questions About the Book of Revelation by Dr. Mark Hitchcock
- Revelation: A Chronology by Dr. Jimmy De Young
OTHER SOURCES FOR REVELATION, CHAPTER 15: