Archive for March 2nd, 2018

Revelation 15

Revelation 15 has John giving us a preview to the seven bowl judgments which God has prepared to end it all.  “Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and amazing, seven angels with seven plagues, which are the last, for with them the wrath of God is finished”.  But before those are released, there is a sight of victory.  “And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mingled with fire—and also those who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name, standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands”.

The beast is dead and God has prevailed.  These seven last plagues are God’s judgment on a disobedient and contrary world.  But before those plagues are loosed, there is a time of worship and adoration.  “And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying,  Great and amazing are your deeds, O Lord God the Almighty! Just and true are your ways, O King of the nations! Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship you, for your righteous acts have been revealed”.  God is worthy of our praise, now and at the time of the end.  He is mights and worthy of our praise.

Then come the angels with the seven plagues.  “After this I looked, and the sanctuary of the tent of witness in heaven was opened, and out of the sanctuary came the seven angels with the seven plagues”.  These angels bring God’s judgment. It is significant that they come directly from the sanctuary, from the presence and throne of God. They do not act on their own authority, but God’s.  This is His plan and this happens based on His plan and authority.  The angels serve at His hand.

And 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, and the sanctuary was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from his power, and no one could enter the sanctuary until the seven plagues of the seven angels were finished”.  God equips them with the wrath that will end everything.  And the fact that no one can enter the sanctuary until it is finished declares that judgment is now irreversible. Nothing can hinder it any more, because access to this temple in heaven will not long be denied.

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