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Revelation 15

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Verses 1-8

Chapter 15

And now we come to the prelude to the final seven plagues, by which God's judgment will be completed upon the earth and the earth prepared for the reign of Jesus Christ.

And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is completed the wrath of God. [filled up, accomplished] And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire ( Revelation 15:1-2 ):

The sea of glass that is before the throne of God now being mingled with fire for the fiery judgments that are to come.

and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over the image, and over the mark, and over the number of his name, and they were standing on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God ( Revelation 15:2-3 ),

These are redeemed Israel who have been saved during the Great Tribulation period who have received Jesus Christ as the result of the two witnesses and the hundred and forty-four thousand who will also be bearing witness to them at that time. So they sing the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the Lamb.

saying, Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints ( Revelation 15:3 ).

Here is the song that is proceeding the final judgments of God poured out upon the earth and again the justice of God is declared. All the way through this Great Tribulation period, voices from the throne, from beneath the throne, crying out "holy and just are thy ways, righteous and true are thy judgments".

There will never be a question or a doubt of the righteousness of God. Man does that now. How could a God of love do this or that or the other? And man challenges the justice and the righteous of God now, but when the final time comes throughout eternity there can never be any challenge of the fairness of God, of the righteousness of God or the judgments of God. There will always be that declaration of "holy and true are thy ways, thy judgments, O Lord".

Even as God sought to protect the innocence of Jesus in His death, by many testimonies, Pilate examined Him even by scourging. And after this Roman inquisition, Pilate said, "I find no fault with Him"( John 19:4 ), a testimony of the innocence of Jesus. Judas, the one that betrayed Him, when he threw the money down on the floor said, "I have betrayed innocent blood"( Matthew 27:4 ), a witness to the innocence of Jesus. And finally as He was hanging there on the cross, the one thief said to the other, "We are here because we deserve to be here, but this man has done nothing amiss"( Luke 23:43 ). God protected the record. Jesus was innocent. He was the just one dying for the guilty.

Now through the Great Tribulation, God's justice, God's righteousness, God's fairness is constantly being vindicated and declared. Just and true are thy ways thou King of Saints.

Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for only thou art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest. And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened: 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 ( Revelation 15:4-6 ).

So, there are seven angels bringing now the seven final plagues, the judgments of God, and in this will the judgment be complete.

And one of the four cherubim gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials [little bowls] full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever. 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, until the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled ( Revelation 15:7-8 ).

Now, there is in heaven a temple of which the earthly tabernacle was a model, the very presence and place of God's dwelling there within the Holy of Holies. Now, even as when Moses established the earthly tabernacle and the presence of God came down like a cloud, and Aaron and the others could not stand to minister because of the power of God's presence that was there in this cloud.

So, now in heaven as we see the temple of God, we see this cloud covering it during this final pouring forth of the judgment of God. And no man is allowed entrance during this period of time. I believe the reason why is that God is in His temple weeping over what is taking place upon the earth.

You remember that Jesus said to His disciple one day, "He who has seen me has seen the Father, why sayest thou then, show us the Father"( John 14:9 ). You remember when Jesus was looking at Jerusalem, and He began to weep. "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that stonest the prophets and all that have come from God to thee; how often I would have gathered you together as a hen that gathereth her chicks, but you would not; and now is your city laid unto you desolate"( Matthew 23:37 ). Your children are going to be slain in the streets. They are going to put an embankment around you. And He was describing the agony, the judgment that was going to come upon Jerusalem because of their failure to recognize their day of visitation. "If you would have only known in this thy day that things that belong to your peace, but they are hid from your eyes; and now as a result of this thy judgment that is going to come." And Jesus was weeping as He could see the judgment that was going to come upon them. Jesus said, "If you have seen me, you have seen the Father."

God does not delight in the death of the wicked. In fact, through the prophet Ezekiel, God said, "Turn ye, turn ye, for why will ye die; behold I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked"( Ezekiel 33:11 ). I believe that God weeps over the wickedness of man and those that remain obdurate in their rebellion against God to death.

And so as God's final plagues are poured out, the temple is closed for man and covered with a cloud, as I believe God sits in the temple weeping over what man has necessitated as a result of his rebellion. And God is forced to put away the evil in order to prepare the earth for the righteous reign of His Son throughout the kingdom age. Awesome.

And now we move into chapter sixteen, next week sixteen, seventeen and eighteen, as we are two more weeks and we should finish the whole book.

Father, we thank you for salvation offered to us so freely through Jesus Christ. Thank you for your love, sending Your Son, taking our guilt, the innocent dying for the guilty, purchasing our redemption, making us children of God, making possible, Lord, our dwelling with You. Now, Father, in Jesus' name, let us hide your word away in our hearts. May the Holy Spirit impress upon our hearts the truth of your Word and thus may we live in accordance with that truth. In Jesus' name, Amen.

May the Lord be with you and give you a beautiful week. Fiercesome and awesome things are coming upon the earth. Jesus in talking about them said, "Pray ye always that you'll be counted worthy to escape these things that are going to come to pass upon the earth, that you might be standing before the Son of Man" ( Luke 21:36 ). That is my prayer. I want to walk in close fellowship with Jesus Christ. I wouldn't dare walk any other way at this point. I am convinced that the day of the Lord is at hand. In the same place where Jesus said, "Pray that you will be accounted worthy," He also said, "When these things begin to come to pass, look up, lift up your head, your redemption draweth nigh."

Hey, when they begin to develop computer chips and the Smart cards and begin to put them into sample marketing and all, look up, lift up your head, your redemption is getting nigh. We are not far off from that time when they will require everyone to take this mark in their right hand or in their forehead. The technology exists. It is being used in an altered form right now. Already being used the same system that can be easily transferred into everyone receiving that mark for identity. "Look up, lift up your head, your redemption draws nigh."

The Lord is coming soon. And the words of Jesus to us in this day is, "Watch ye therefore and be ready for you know not the day or the hour the Son of Man is coming." Look up, lift up your head, your redemption is drawing nigh. Walk with Him. I would say run with Him. God bless you as you run with Jesus this week. "

Bibliographical Information
Smith, Charles Ward. "Commentary on Revelation 15". "Smith's Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/csc/revelation-15.html. 2014.
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