Chapter 15

 

Prelude to the Final Judgements. v1 - 8.

 

It is to be noted that the series of visions given to John in Revelation do not follow each other in strictly chronological order. The events in chapters fifteen and sixteen actually precede those in chapter fourteen.

 

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

 

John sees another great and wonderful sign in heaven - seven angels holding seven bowls containing the seven last plagues to be poured out in judgement on the world. These are the last to be poured out for with them God's wrath is complete.

 

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."

 

Before the particulars of the seven bowls are given, another vision is seen. John sees what seemed to be a sea of glass blended with fire, representing God's holy and righteous judgements.   Standing on the sea  are those who have not bowed down and worshipped the beast or his image or received his mark. These are the victorious ones. They have harps in their hands, which were given them by God that they might worship Him.

 

3. "They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying: "Great and marvellous are Your works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true are Your ways, O King of the saints!"

 

Accompanying themselves with these harps they sing the song of Moses and the Lamb. These are not two different songs but one, a song of praise and thanksgiving such as that Moses gave the Israelites to sing after their deliverance from Egypt (Exodus chapter 15). It is sung in honour of the Lamb, the Lord Jesus Christ, who is our mighty deliverer (Rev. 5:9 - 13).

 

Their song:

 

Exceedingly great and wonderful is the work of God, especially evidenced in the redemptive work of Christ. He is just and true in all that He does and is Lord of those He has redeemed.

 

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 judgements have been manifested."

 

There will be no one who will not revere His Name, bow down to Him, honour and praise Him (Phil. 2:9 - 11; Rom. 14:11). He alone is perfectly and to the highest degree, holy.   All nations will pay Him homage for His righteous acts have been seen. Ps. 86:9.

 

5. "After these things I looked, and behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened."

 

After this John saw that the way into the presence of God; the dwelling place and throne of God (the heavenly holy of holies) 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."

 

John's attention returns to the seven angels bearing the plagues coming out from the presence of God. They are dressed in pure bright linen and have a golden sash across their chest, a mark of the divine authority which is given them (Rev. 1:5).

 

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."

 

One of the four living creatures gave to each one of the angels a golden bowl filled with the wrath of God i.e. the seven plagues. "Who lives forever and ever." "The particular object in referring to this attribute here appears to be, that though there may seem to be delay in the execution of his purposes, yet they will be certainly accomplished, for he is the ever-living and unchangeable God" (Barnes).

 

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."

 

When this was done the sanctuary was filled with a smoke because of the glory of God's presence and by His mighty power (Ex. 40:34). Because of this no one was able to enter until the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed. Most commentators agree that during this time no intercessions can be made.

Revelation 15 Bible Study

 

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