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Keys to Revelation- chapter 15

Written by: Capoccia, Tony    Posted on: 05/12/2003

Category: Bible Studies

Source: CCN

                        Keys to Revelation - Chapter 15

Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (C) 1978 by the New York International Bible Society, used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers.

          BIBLE TEXT                                  COMMENTARY

REV 15:1  I saw in heaven another        [another great...sign] - Since the great and marvelous sign: seven          first chapter John has observed one angels with the seven last plagues-      amazing revelation after another. -last, because with them God's wrath is completed.                      [seven last plagues] - The anger of                                           God has been pent up until now, when                                           it is about to burst forth.  These                                           plagues are the last warning God will                                           give to man.  Mankind cannot say that                                           God failed to communicate His anger                                           over their sinful ways.

                                          [wrath is completed] - These plagues                                           usher in the final phase of God's                                           judgment of mankind on earth.

REV 15:2  And I saw what looked          [sea of glass] - Same glass that was like a sea of glass mixed with fire      seen by Moses in Exodus 24:10, "..and and, standing beside the sea, those      saw the God of Israel. Under His feet who had been victorious over the          was something like a pavement made of beast and his image and over the          sapphire, clear as the sky itself." number of his name. They held harps      This sea is before the throne of God given them by God                        (REV 4:6) and simply speaks of His                                           great glory and majesty.

                                          [mixed with fire] - Adds to the awe                                           of our Mighty God, speaking of divine                                           judgment proceeding from His precious                                           holiness.

                                          [those...victorious] - The martyred                                           dead that have been destroyed by the                                           beast and his followers.  They would                                           not worship the beast or receive his                                           mark.

                                          [held harps] - These instruments                                           were seen in the hands of the elders                                           in REV 5:8 and the 144,000 in 14:2.                                           Harps are an instrument that pleases                                           God and can be expected to be played                                           all through eternity in praise and                                           honor of His name.

REV 15:3  and sang the song of            [song of Moses...Lamb] - The Song of Moses the servant of God and the          of Moses has been identified in the song of the Lamb: "Great and              following two sections of the Bible marvelous are your deeds, Lord God        EXO 15:1-8 and DEU 31:30-32:47.  But Almighty. Just and true are your          here a new song is listed, and titled ways, King of the ages.                  (REV 15:3-4) the Song of Moses and of                                           the Lamb. 

                                          This song is a song of praise to God                                           for His great and marvelous acts.                                            The song does not rejoice in the                                           judgment of God upon His enemies but                                           the righteousness of His great                                           redemptive acts.

REV 15:4  Who will not fear you, O Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed." 

REV 15:5  After this I looked and        [the temple] - The tabernacle of in heaven the temple, that is, the        Testimony.  In the OT it was called  tabernacle of the Testimony, was          the "tent of the testimony" and opened.                                  contained the ark with the stone                                           tablets from Sinai (NUM 17:7; 18:2;                                           EXO 32:15; DEU 10:5).  It was the                                           place where God met with man.

                                          This earthly tent was modeled after                                           a heavenly tabernacle where God                                           dwelled. In this verse, it represents                                           the very presence of God.

REV 15:6  Out of the temple came          [Out...came] - Out of the presence of the seven angels with the seven          God came the seven angels.  These are plagues. They were dressed in            same angels mentioned in 15:1.  clean, shining linen and wore golden sashes around their chests.        [shining linen] - Like the garments                                           of the saints, they represent the                                            righteousness and holiness of the                                           wearer.  Their robes also denote the                                           nobleness and sacredness of their                                           position.

                                          [golden sashes] - These angels are                                           servants of the God of the Universe                                           and one would expect that they would                                           be adorned with precious garments.                                            The sash was used in both the OT and                                           NT times to hold up the long flowing                                           robes.

REV 15:7  Then one of the four            [living creatures] - Guardians of the living creatures gave to the seven        Throne of God seen in (4:6; 5:6; 6:1; angels seven golden bowls filled          7:11; 14:3; 15:7; 19:4) and they act with the wrath of God, who lives          as intermediaries between God and for ever and ever.                        these avenging angels.

                                          [bowls] - In REV 5:8 there were                                           golden bowls filled with incense                                            which represented the prayers of the                                           saints.  God now answers these prayer                                           requests, for judgment upon sin and                                           "His Kingdom Come" by filling golden                                           bowls full of His wrath.

                                          [wrath of God] - Our God is a Holy                                           and righteous God who must by His                                           nature punish sin and all who fail                                           to give Him the glory that He                                           deserves.  Man can never "pay back"                                           to God for the wrong they have done                                           towards Him.  Torment and agony for                                           ever and ever is what God has decided                                           will satisfy and yet even that never                                           will pay the price.

                                          The wicked with their free wills have                                           willfully chosen to disobey God and                                           have refused His grace in order to                                           remain in their sin.  The writer of                                           Hebrews said of God's wrath, "It is                                           a dreadful thing to fall into the                                           hands of the living God" (HEB 10:31).

REV 15:8  And the temple was filled      [filled with smoke] - Symbolizes the with smoke from the glory of God          power and glory of God (EXO 19:18; and from his power, and no one            40:34; ISA 6:4).  The smoke here could enter the temple until the          reveals the presence of God and that seven plagues of the seven angels        He is glorifying Himself by judging were completed.                          sin and a wicked world with the seven                                           last plagues. 

                                          [no one could enter] - The glory of                                           God was so dense and no one could                                           stop His final judgments for the time                                           for intercession is past.

Tony Capoccia BIBLE BULLETIN BOARD Box 130 Shreveport, LA 71110 Modem (318) 949-1456 300/1200/2400/9600 Baud

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