Starting our study into Revelation 15
Revelation 15:1 ‘I saw in heaven another great and marvellous sign, seven angels with the seven last plagues – last, because with them God’s wrath is completed.’
We are coming to the end of this present age. The seven angels are dispatched with the plagues or bowls of wrath that will bring God’s perfect judgements to an end.
The outpouring of these bowls of wrath is described in all their gory detail in the next chapter. It does not make for pleasant reading but the consolation is that things are moving quickly to its final conclusion.
Revelation 15:2 ‘And I saw what looked like a sea of glass mixed with fire and, standing beside the sea, those who had been victorious over the beast and his image and over the number of his name.’
We have come across this sea of glass before, in Revelation 4:6. It leads up to the throne of God. Here, we see it is mixed with fire and it is associated with the beast and his image and number.
We can draw two conclusions here.
Firstly, the mention of ‘fire’ points towards the judgement of God about to be issued from His throne upon this world.
Secondly, the mention of ‘fire’ points towards the blood shed by the martyrs who refused to bow down before the beast and renounce their faith.
We are told that these martyrs have been victorious against the evil demands of the antichrist. They have not bowed before his image or accepted his evil nature.
Revelation 15:2a ‘They held harps given them by God and sang the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the Lamb.’
The bitterness of martyrdom gives way to eternal celebration. Their victory has always been dependent upon the strength that God provides and this is reflected in the harps given to them by God.
And what a glorious celebration. The enemy has been defeated and the bowls of wrath will bring this evil age to a conclusion. The joy of eternity awaits!
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- Revelation 16:1 Painful SoresAnd so we enter into a grim and melancholy chapter. There is little cheer to be found here. Those who have taken the mark of the beast, hoping to find some form of reward or relief, and having surrendered their soul to the worship of the beast in some shape or form, now find themselves reaping a bitter harvest of ugly and painful sores.
- Revelation 15:8 HolinessPlease click image and scroll down to see full picture. Once again, these precious verses remind us that God moves in heavenly righteousness. The seven angels are dressed in robes of perfect holiness and they carry the seven plagues that will purge and cleanse this corrupted world. The temple is filled with the glory of God as He brings perfect holiness and righteousness to bear down on this earth.
- Revelation 15:3 A Deeper UnderstandingPlease click image to reaf full post and scroll down. If you struggle with the horror of Revelation then you are certainly not alone. The absolute horror reflects the weight of sin that has corrupted man to the core. But as we embrace these sacred truths, they will bring us deeper, far deeper than ever before, into an understanding of the heart, into an understanding of the perfect holiness of God.
- Revelation 15:3 Moses and JesusPlease tap image to see full post The mention of both Moses and Jesus the Lamb in the same sentence strengthens the idea that Jesus will be the perfect Moses, who will deliver Israel, imprisoned or exiled by the antichrist and lead them victoriously back to Jerusalem.
- Revelation 15:1 Glass and FireThe bitterness of martyrdom gives way to eternal celebration. Their victory has always been dependent upon the strength that God provides and this is reflected in the harps given to them by God. And what a glorious celebration. The enemy has been defeated and the bowls of wrath will bring this evil age to a conclusion. The joy of eternity awaits!