Revelation Chapter 15

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Revelation Chapter 15

 

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.

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.

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.

15:4 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.

15:5 And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened:

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.

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.

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.

The preview of the seven last plagues is now given. The redemptive acts of God and the review of history from the time of Jesus to the present time has been fully reviewed to show that Almighty God has done all that He can do for the winning of mankind to Himself through the everlasting gospel. The plagues are the judgments of God directed against the false gods of our age

 

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and demonstrate to the universe that neither the appeals and invitations of mercy nor the threatenings of wrath can induce the finally impenitent to love and serve God. God in great sorrow has to say at the end of time: "Ephraim [is] joined to idols: let him alone." Hosea 4:17.

Verse 1 talks about the wrath of God. The wrath of God is the expression of His supreme disappointment and sorrow at being spurned. There is no element of or trace of the attitude "Take that!" or "This will teach you!" or "You are getting what you deserve!" In great reluctance God brings judgments upon mankind. It is a law of reality that we get what we sow—we reap what we plant. These relationships are under the direction and management of God.

Verses 2–4 show us those having the victory over the beast, his image, his mark, and the number of his name, united with God, heart to heart. They praise Him in the setting of the seven last plagues of God’s wrath. The reason this is so significant is that God is doing now at the end of the great controversy what He could not do at the beginning of the great controversy because it would have been totally misunderstood and misconstrued by Satan. Satan has always used circumstances to further his own ends. Had God destroyed Satan and his angels at the beginning of the great controversy it would never have been apparent that sin results in death and that the most loving act of God would be to cleanse sin and sinners from the universe. God used great prudence in dealing with sin as well as great love (Ephesians 1:8). In contrast, now at the end of the great controversy, plague after plague is poured out on the wicked and upon Satan’s kingdom, and there is not a ripple of fear through the universe. In stead of fear, there is praise and wonder and admiration of God’s great patience and endurance to put up with Satan’s rebellion as long as He has.

In Verses 5–6 we see a connection between the law of God and the plagues. In great mercy God has delayed justice. However there is a limit to God’s forbearance of rebellion against His law. The fact that the seven angels are given the seven vials of the wrath of God in the temple before the law of God (the testimony

 

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to God’s character) shows the connection between the broken law and the wrath of God. The pure white linen of the angels’ dress symbolizes their righteous lives. Righteousness is right doing. (See Deuteronomy 6:25 and 1 John 3:7.) The golden girdles on their breasts symbolize the love and faith that motivates the angels to do right.

In verse 7 one of the four cherubims (see Revelation 4 and Eze. 1:5; 10:20) gave the angels the golden vials. There is system and order in heaven with each playing their assigned role.

In Verse 8 we are told that pouring out the seven golden vials of the wrath of God is a priority activity, and nothing else goes on in the temple at the same time.