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REVELATION - THE END OF THE AGE OF MAN
(A Synopsis of the Revelation of Jesus Christ)

CHAPTER FIFTEEN

The 3rd Sign – The Completion of God's Wrath
The Song of Moses and the Lamb
Prelude to the Bowl Judgments



Revelation 15:1

(1)  Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous: seven angels having the seven last plagues, for in them the wrath of God is complete.
(NKJV)


The 3rd Sign in heaven

In Revelation John saw 3 groups of 7 angels
1. 1:20 The seven stars
These are the angels of the seven Churches
2. 8:2, 3, 6 Seven angels who stand before God
These are given the seven Trumpets
3. 15:1, 6, 7, 8;
16:1, 17:1, 21:9
Seven angels who come out of the Temple in heaven
These are given seven last Plagues
 
Plagues plege  (NT:4127) Literally, a blow or stripe.
Figuratively, a public calamity, heavy affliction

These seven last plagues complete the wrath of God

This idea is also in Leviticus 26:21:

Then, if you walk contrary to Me, and are not willing to obey Me, I will bring on you seven times more plagues, according to your sins.

These seven last plagues are God’s judgment on a disobedient and contrary world.

Wrath thumos  (NT:2372) Fierceness, indignation, hot anger, fury, rage

There are two words for wrath or anger in Biblical Greek:
thumos (a volatile, passionate anger)
orge (anger from a settled disposition)
Orge is the more common word for God’s anger in the New Testament. Thumos is used only 11 times, and 10 of the 11 are in Revelation. It is the book that reveals the judgment of God against a Jesus-rejecting world. What are some of the things that bring the wrath of God?

John 3:36
...he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath (orge) of God abides on him

Romans 1:18
For the wrath (orge) of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.

Ephesians 5:3-6
But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, ... neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, ... For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, ... Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath (orge) of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.

Colossians 3:5-6
Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath (orge) of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience.

Revelation 14:9-10
If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath (thumos) of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation (orge).


Regardless of which of these two words are used, as it states in Hebrews 10:31
It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.


Revelation 15:2-4

(2)  And I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory over the beast, over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God. (3)  They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying:

"Great and marvelous are Your works,
Lord God Almighty!
Just and true are Your ways,
O King of the saints!
(4)  Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name?
For You alone are holy.
For all nations shall come and worship before You,
For Your judgments have been manifested."
(NKJV)

The sea speaks of purification and cleansing as does the fire.

John saw the believers from the Tribulation who had overcome "the beast" and his system. These are the people who "loved not their lives unto the death" (Revelation 12:11).

This entire scene is reminiscent of Israel following the Exodus. The nation had been delivered from Egypt by the blood of the lamb, and the Egyptian army had been destroyed at the Red Sea. In thankfulness to God, the Israelites stood by the sea and sang "the song of Moses."
The Tribulation saints whom John saw and heard were standing by the "sea of glass" in heaven (Revelation 4:6), just as the Israelites stood by the Red Sea. They were singing "the song of Moses" and also "the song of the Lamb." "The song of Moses" is recorded in Exodus 15, and its refrain is:
(Exodus 15:2)
The LORD is my strength and song, and He is become my salvation
When Israel returned from Babylonian Captivity and reestablished their government and restored temple worship, they used this same refrain at the dedication services (Psalms 118; see especially v. 14).
Psalms 118:14
The LORD is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation.
In the future, when God shall can His people back to their land, Isaiah prophesied that they will sing this song again (Isaiah 11:15-12:6). "The song of Moses" is indeed an important song in the hymnal of the Jewish nation.
Isaiah 12:2
For YAH, the LORD, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.
(from The Bible Exposition Commentary. Copyright © 1989 by Chariot Victor Publishing, and imprint of Cook Communication Ministries. All rights reserved. Used by permission.)

Revelation 15:5-8

(5)  After these things I looked, and behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened. (6)  And out of the temple came the seven angels having the seven plagues, clothed in pure bright linen, and having their chests girded with golden bands. (7)  Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God who lives forever and ever. (8)  The temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from His power, and no one was able to enter the temple till the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed.
(NKJV)


As John continued to look at the heavenly vision, he saw the temple described as the tabernacle of Testimony. The allusion to a temple in heaven seems to be the heavenly counterpart of the earthly temple. As it was opened, the seven angels with their plagues exited from it. The clean, shining linen of the angels indicates their purity, and the golden sashes around their chests point to the glory of God.
(from Bible Knowledge Commentary/Old Testament Copyright © 1983, 2000 Cook Communications Ministries.)

The temple filling with glory recalls the dedications of the earthly temple in earlier times (Exodus 40:34-35; 1 Kings 8:10-11; cf. Ezekiel 10:3-4 for its withdrawal).
Exodus 40:34-35 The Tabernacle at its consecration

Then the cloud covered the tabernacle of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter the tabernacle of meeting, because the cloud rested above it, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.

1 Kings 8:10-11 Solomon's Temple at its consecration
And it came to pass, when the priests came out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the LORD, so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the LORD filled the house of the LORD.
Ezekiel 10:3-4 Ezekiel's Temple just before judgment falls on Jerusalem
Now the cherubim were standing on the south side of the temple when the man went in, and the cloud filled the inner court. Then the glory of the LORD went up from the cherub, and paused over the threshold of the temple; and the house was filled with the cloud, and the court was full of the brightness of the LORD's glory.
 
The smoke from God's Sh’khinah filled the sanctuary; in Exodus and Ezekiel God's glory inhabited the sanctuary. These final “bowl” plagues come from God's ultimate holiness.
Thus it is no surprise to find that in heaven the sanctuary was filled with smoke from God's Sh’khinah. At Revelation 13:6, the beast insulted God's “name and his Sh’khinah, and those living in heaven” and “was allowed to make war on God's holy people and to defeat them.” Now the tables are turned, with God's people victorious, and God's fury about to be poured out on those who follow the beast.
(from Jewish New Testament Commentary Copyright © 1992 by David H. Stern. All rights reserved. Used by permission.)



 

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