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Revelation Chapter 15
Rev. 15:1And 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.
The Third Great Sign From Heaven
This will be the third of three great signs in heaven:
1.) the sunclothed woman Israel (Revelation 12:1)
2.) the great red dragon Satan (Revelation 12:3)
3.) seven angels with seven last plagues. (Revelation 15:1)
This sign will be great and marvelous because of its terrible nature
and amazing result. It will bring on the full
wrath of God which will cause the fall of Satan and his devilish crew.
Rev. 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.
The Second Glassy Sea
This will be the second glassy sea to appear in heaven. The first glassy sea will be clear as crystal. This one
will be mixed with fire. The sea symbolizes the masses of humanity, and the fire represents judgment
The Tribulation Saints will come up out of the sea of humanity. They will have been in a fiery persecution. they are
those who had been victorious over the beast and his image and over the number of his name. They will not be
deceived by the Antichrist or his False Prophet. They will be tracked down and ordered to take the Mark of the Beast
but will refuse. For their refusal they will face retaliation in the form of torture and death. Victory,
however, will still be theirs because they will lose their earthly life but will gain an eternal one.
When they reach heaven God will give them harps. Their earthly trials will have caused a lot of crying, but when they
get to heaven they will sing and play.
Rev. 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
The Song Of The Lamb
The Tribulation Saints will sing two songs;
1.) the song of Moses
2.) the song of the Lamb.
The song of Moses is found in the Old Testament. It celebrates the victory God gave Israel when he brought her out
of Egypt. Pharaoh's army chased after the Hebrews to recapture them, but his troops were drowned in the Red Sea.
The song of the Lamb is found in this verse. It celebrates God's reign and victory over all the nations. The
deeds of Jesus are great and marvelous because he died for the sins of the world and will defeat Satan. The ways
of Jesus are just and true. He is never unjust, never untruthful. His judgments are righteous. His words are accurate
and reliable. Jesus is the King of the ages. He is the eternal King. The one who has reigned, is reigning,
and always will reign.
Rev. 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.
Fear And Glory
Today, few people speak of having a reverential fear of the Lord or of giving glory to him. We seem to think there
is somethings wrong with these. However, these are of the utmost importance now and in heaven for three reasons:
1.) Jesus should be feared and glorified because he alone is holy. He is the only one to live by all of God's
standards, the only one worthy of our worship, the only one who never sinned. He has been hallowed or set apart for
God's special purpose: an atonement for our sin.
2.) Jesus should be feared and glorified because he will be worshipped by all nations. The day will come when he
will deal with the godless leaders of this world. He will do away with them, and every nation will worship him.
3.) Jesus should be feard and glorified because his righteous acts will be revealed. The terrible judgments of
the Tribulation Period will be righteous acts of Jesus. He will deal with those who did not accept his mercy.
Rev. 15:5 And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the
tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened:
Under The Law
The Temple in heaven will be opened. Then the Holy of Holies inside the Temple will be opened, followed by the Ark of the
Covenant inside the Holy of Holies. The Ark of the Covenant contains the Ten Commandments, which are sometimes
called the Law of the Testimony.
Those who reject the grace and mercy God offers through the death, burial, and resurrection of his Son will be judged under
the Law (the Ten Commandments). In rejecting what God offers, they also reject Jesus. Many, including the Jews, do not
realize this most important point. By rejecting Jesus, they reject God, and have themselves open to be judged under the
Law of Moses in the Old Testament.
Rev. 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.
Seven Angels With Seven Plagues
Seven angels will come out of the Temple. They will be dressed in clean, shining linen signifying their righteousness. They
will wear golden sashes around their chests signifying their royal priesthood.
These seven angels will move away from the Temple and the mercy seat. they are royal and powerful priests preparing
to pour out the wrath of God. Those on earth will receive judgment without mercy. Because they have flouted God, followed
the Antichrist, took the Mark, worshiped his image, and rejected Jesus, they will face the full fury of God.
Rev. 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 Seven Angels Of God's Wrath
The four living creatures will hand the seven angels seven bowls filled with the wrath of God. Some Bible translations
call these bowls "vials," but that does not do justice to the meaning of this verse. When a bowl is upset the liquid is
suddenly dumped out. That is the picture we have here. God's wrath will be suddenly dumped out on the inhabitants of earth.
In the Old Testament, once a year on the Day of Atonement, the high priest would take a bowl of blood from a
sacrificial animal into the Holy of Holies and dump it on the mercy seat over the ark of the covenant. God had him do that
to offer atonement for the sins of the people. Since the Antichrist and his followers will not accept the blood of Jesus as
an atonement for their sins, these priestly angels will be given bowls filled with God's wrath instead of the blood of
Jesus. And instead of dumping the bowls on the mercy seat, they will dump them on the earth.
Rev. 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.
Things just keep getting worse for those who reject God. When the priestly angels leave the Temple, it will be filled
with smoke from the glory and power of God. No one will be able to go back in or enter the Holy of Holies. No one
can change their mind and pour blood on the mercy seat. There will be no more mercy, no more delays, and no more opportunities
to repent until the seven plagues have passed.
This is a warning--> to those on earth who won't listen to the pleas of God made through his
messengers - the 144,000 Jews, the two witnesses, the angel, and others. At some point in the Tribulation Period, God
will say, "It's over. The destiny of those who keep rejecting my Son is sealed forever."
He will pour out his wrath, keep people away from the mercy seat, and refuse to hear the pleas of those crying out for
one more chance.