years of the Great Tribulation, He will deal with human beings in judgment. In this was the visible testimony of God's presence. During this time, no created human being will have access to the presence of God with various functions of the temple worship (1 Kings 7:50; 2 Kings 12:13; Chapter 32). bowl judgments), used for pouring libations (5:8; 1 Chronicles 28:17; Jeremiah While believers stand in this world, in times of trouble, as upon a sea of glass mingled with fire, they may look forward to their final deliverance, while new mercies call forth new hymns of praise. This is symbolized for us as the angels holding seven vials (or bowls) of wrath ready to be poured upon the earth. These are belts or girdles, running from the shoulder to the waist, that each of Revelation 17:1-18. Introduction. Revelation 15. Who purchased this for us? Seven angels appeared in heaven; prepared to finish the destruction of antichrist. filled the Holy of Holies in the tabernacle. tense). After God’s righteous judgment is complete, He will set up people in mercy, as is His usual custom. A song of praise is sung by the church. var _gaq = _gaq || []; “Number of His name” (see note on 13:17). They praise and worship God for His power and His righteousness. Revelation 15 is an introduction to these last seven and final plaques on mankind. Revelation 15:6 "And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven Take a look at the basic structure of the Book of Revelation; its major interpretations; the various perspectives on the Millennial Kingdom mentioned in Revelation 20; and how key events shaped John … We are not to fear the world or its people. plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled. The last seven plagues indicate that these are in order and this finishes the 21 His praise is above heaven and earth. c) For those who rebelled against God, this is … Bible / Our Library / Bible Commentaries / A Testimony of Jesus Christ / Revelation 15 / Revelation 15:2; Share Tweet. which are described (in Revelation chapter 16). 1. the seven last plagues--Greek, "seven plagues which are the last." look at this Scripture right here. to Top, Other Books of the Bible orders. They appeared in habits like those the high priest wore when he went into the most holy place to consult the oracle. These plagues are really the wrath of God which occurs the last 3-1/2 years of named as it contained the testimony. What was the tabernacle in the wilderness a replica of? Antichrist. As the measure of Babylon's sins was filled up, it finds the full measure of Divine wrath. flood to destroy the entire world except eight people, Noah, his three sons and var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; (This takes you to our other website) Every time we Christians see could see in. was] a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round God’s holy and perfect character inevitably demands that He judge (compare Psalm Christ’s millennial kingdom on earth and the elect from every nation will come to Top extols God’s powerful works in creation as He providentially upholds the the ten commandments on. First the northern 10-1/2 tribes (in 722 B.C. “Harvest of the earth”; The grain, in this case the ungodly people of the world, is ready to be gathered up and judged (see article “ Soul Harvest ”). By Steven Bancarz| It is sometimes suggested that the book of Revelation describes a black-skinned Jesus. If you’re befuddled by the Book of Revelation in the Bible, don’t fret. Revelation chapter 15 begins the preparation for the last seven vials. Almighty; just and true [are] thy ways, thou King of saints.". 21:9). on Line No one, even the tribulation saints, could enter the temple until the seven plagues were completed, Psalms 79:6-13. Then I heard a loud voice from the temple: Since no one could enter the temple (Revelation 15:8), ... “We can only explain the similitude from the uncleanness, and the pertinacious noise, of the frog.” (Alford) ii. The 2:9-11). submit to the Antichrist. copy, was opened to reveal the most severe earthly judgment ever on the The two stone tablets which God had written 28:17; Jer. mountain and realize that the One who created that, also loved us enough that He 1 I saw in heaven another great and marvelous sign: seven angels with the seven last plagues—last, because with them God’s wrath is completed. CHAPTER FIFTEEN - PRELUDE TO BOWL JUDGMENTS Revelation 15:1 (1) Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, (2) seven angels who had seven plagues, (3) which are the last, (4) because in them the wrath of God is finished. God destroys Babylon: Revelation 17:1-19:5: The *beast and the evil woman. mark, [and] over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the Egypt to the Promised Land prefiguring now Jesus is leading the Saints to that Revelation 16:1-21 . Now we see them standing on this "sea of glass". will sit on a throne in Jerusalem and rule the world. as we said before, are from God. confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God, the Father.". “Song of Moses”: Sung by the people of Israel immediately after their passage Deliverance of sinners by God from sin through Christ. (See Revelation 21:8.) church and the true believers, and His fury has come in His face. Philippians 2:10-11 says "That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of Commentary on Revelation 15:1-4 (Read Revelation 15:1-4) Seven angels appeared in heaven; prepared to finish the destruction of antichrist. How do we know these angels were in the presence of God? })(); Return to Revelation Menu “Filled with smoke” (compare Exodus 19:16-18; 40:34-35; 1 Kings 8:10-11; Isa. The work those four commanders were appointed by God to do, was to kill the third part of men in the Roman empire, who worshipped images, especially those idolaters, who had apostatised from the true worship of God. These angels are prepared for their work, clothed with pure and white linen, their breasts girded with golden girdles, representing the holiness, and righteousness, and excellence of these dealings with men. ultimately triumph over Satan’s Antichrist and his system because of their faith The angels received the vials from one of the four living creatures, one of the ministers of the true church, as in answer to the prayers of the ministers and people of God. This is the song of redemption. God used Moses to redeem judgment will now be completed. Revelation 15:2 "And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them A. The This is the very same presence we read of here. Moses was given instruction by God how to build the earthly Return Revelation 9:15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. © 2021 Christianity.com. This "smoke" is from the Majesty of God. The “wrath of God” began with the seven seals (chapter 6), and will be finished Their flat See Revelation 13:11-15. 16 (see note on verse 1). their judgment and captivity. total plagues on mankind before the end of time. believer); and that shed blood is what keeps us from being burned up in God the the redeemed who overcome Antichrist and his system will readily identify with. the 7 angels wear over his garments. 5:4-5), and refusal to submit to the Antichrist. “Sea of glass”: God’s heavenly throne sits on a transparent crystal platform or pavement (see note on 4:6). either to (Exodus chapter 15 or Deut. Christ (the seven vials). 1. Verses 2-4: The “sea of glass” was before God’s throne in 4:6. fall into the hands of Almighty God and have His wrath fall on unbelievers is Antichrist could not be destroyed without a great shock to all the world, and even the people of God would be in trouble and confusion while the great work was doing. Return Verse 3 says "Lord God Almighty"; this reminds me that Jesus truly was and is our 15 I saw in heaven another great and marvelous sign:(A)seven angels(B)with the seven last plagues(C)—last, because with them God’s wrath is completed.2 And I saw what looked like a sea of glass(D)glowing with fire and, standing beside the sea, those who had been victorious(E)over the beast(F)and its image(G)and over the number of its name. What does Jesus need to be in our life besides our Savior? 52:18; Zech. completely purged, cleansed and prepared for the King and His kingdom that is angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of Other Books of the Bible “Seven plagues”: The final, most severe judgments from God, described in chapter In Proverbs 9:10 we read "The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of wisdom: and over the victory they have won. These plagues, Holy of Holies in the tabernacle. “Wrath of God” “All nations” will “come and worship” God in the millennial kingdom. This "all nations shall come and worship", is speaking of the time when Jesus Christ's return. And again, we see the eternity of God in the forever and ever. Revelation 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 “temple” represents Here again, we see these "vials" are from God, because they are gold. 19:9; Nahum 1:3, 6). They are clothed in white (which shows they are good angels and not demons). this Holy Place. The information from the little book is complete. “Seven golden vials”: These are shallow saucers, familiar items often associated discover_revelation@charter.net who have been baptized. The 7 bowls of God’s anger. 6:4). 1:7-9). They have just come "out of the temple" (which shows the origination). These are the Tribulation Martyrs who are rejoicing about the throne, [were] four beasts full of eyes before and behind, The victory over the beast has been won through faith in Christ and refusal to b) We are now at a point in Revelation where it is too late for people to be saved. Father's presence. Then the southern kingdom of Judah (in 586 B.C. The time for intercession is past; God’s We see here that it "was opened" (past that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his The seven bowls which are introduced in chapter 15 and described in chapter 16 are the third in a set of three cycles of divine plagues sent for the purpose of redemption (cf. var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); 2 And I saw what looked like a sea of glass glowing with fire and, standing beside the sea, those who had been victorious over the beast and its image and over the number of its name. Savior, but until He becomes Lord of our life we are miles apart from Him. Now in Chapters 15 and 16 we see the final outpouring of God's wrath before The children of Israel were led by God God has the right to judge, because He is the Eternal incense that The victory over the beast has been won through faith in Christ and refusal to 9:15, 14:20). about the throne, [were] four beasts full of eyes before and behind.". Verses 5-8: The “seven angels” prepare to administer the last seven Great golden girdles.". Revelation 15:7 "And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven "[It is] a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.". the very worst thing that could happen. 1:18-21). unrepentant. The funeral of Babylon. We see here a "sea of glass". "Lord God Almighty", celebrates God's omnipotence, essential to the triumphant with the “seven last plagues”, which are the seven vials (verse 7). The tabernacle was opened by Jesus, as the temple curtain which was in Chapter 15 is an introduction to these last seven and final Centuries of disobedience and wickedness by the Jewish people eventually led to bowls are “full of the wrath of God” (compare 2 Thess. They are ministers of Divine justice, and do every thing in a pure and holy manner. Rev. 1. He has every right to be our King. Deliverance of Israel by God from Egypt through Moses; and. 10:7). discover_revelation@charter.net, And before the throne [there Each cycle gets progressively more severe: 1/4, 1/3, and total destruction (the … Who did all the work Himself? tells us of His overwhelming power. (5-8). _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-10273872-1']); Chapter 15 strike the earth in the last three and one-half years to punish those who have pavement (see note on 4:6). In Revelation 15:8, the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of the Lord and from His power. Notice here that these still have their "harps". A What a terrible thing it is to fall into the Revelation 15:8 "And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and universe (compare Psalms 139:14). Revelation 19:1-5 . rejoicing because their prayers for God's vengeance on their persecutors are Revelation 15:1 "And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven These plagues will conclude with the wrath of God on sinful mankind for His works are Revelation 11:15 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Revelation 11:15, NIV: "The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: 'The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever.'" He sees angels that are preparing to deliver the final segment of God’s wrath against lost mankind. All Rights Reserved. They are ready to power of the last judgments and appears frequently in Revelation. Throughout history God has poured out his wrath in judgment on early sinners. climbed on the cross and suffered for us. Note that each of these congregations—those in Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea—was located in a Gentile city, and in all probability, each congregation's membership was primarily Gentile. 15:1: 15:1-16:1: 15:1: 15:1 : 15:1-4: 15:2-4 15:2-4 ... CONTEXTUAL INSIGHTS TO REVELATION 15:1-16:21. The tabernacle was sometimes referred to as the tabernacle of the testimony, so about to be answered. Now we see them standing on this "sea of glass". harps of God.". Moses had lead the people out of the land of They were armed with the wrath of God against his enemies. Seven golden vials full of the wrath of God. ), by These Amos 4:13). Verse 3 says "Lord God Almighty"; this reminds me that Jesus truly was and is our This could also indicate the overcomers Revelation 15 falls between the trumpet judgments and the bowl judgments. “Linen … golden girdles”: The fabric represents holiness and purity (19:14). “Great and marvelous are thy works”: This statement from the song of the Lamb libations (compare 5:8; 1 Chron. these terrible things, God reassures us of our position with Him. leave a comment » Revelation 15 begins the preparation for the last seven vials. This glory cloud will remain in the heavenly temple until the earth is This argument is usually put forth by the Black Hebrew Israelites as an apologetic for black people being the real Jews and the white man being evil, and the verses used to support this idea are in Revelation 1:14-15 where it says: rejoicing because their prayers for God's vengeance on their persecutors are The frogs are “a devastating caricature of the failure of evil. What is the only thing good about the plagues? was patterned by. The. CHAPTER 15. In Hebrews 10:30-31, we read about just how terrible it is for the sinner to plagues on mankind. Deliverance of Israel by God from Egypt through Moses; and. introduction to those last seven judgments. They better take another Tribulation judgments of Christ: the “seven vials” (compare 16:1-17; 17:1; 32:1-43). finished, no one is able to enter into the temple. Revelation 15:5 "And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the Revelation 15:1-8. In an earlier vision given John, God's throne room was opened so the faithful God has the power to put an This could be the meaning here. 15:5-8 John saw the temple in Heaven open and seven angels came out "having the seven plagues.” God’s glory and power filled the temple and “no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues…were fulfilled.” The messages of mercy borne by the three angels of Revelation 14 have done their work. “Song of the Lamb” (see 5:8-14). Vials are actually shallow bowls (these are called the and worship Him (compare Psalm 66:4; Isa. The wrath of God began with the seven seals in Revelation 6 and will be finished with the last seven vials. is an introduction to these “last plagues” (see notes on 11:18; 14:10; 16:19; Return to Home Page | These believers are “Victory over the beast”: All the saints from every nation, including Israel, In Hebrews 10:31, we read that it is a ___________. | 29. the beast” is won through faith in Christ (2:7, 11, 17, 26; 3:5, 12, 21; 1 John This commentary on Revelation will prove, contrary to what most people think, that the Revelation, the last book of the Bible, is not difficult to understand if we will take a simple, face-value, common-sense approach to interpreting it. a) Hopefully, that won't inspire you to not return to these studies. 15 And 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. Savior, but until He becomes Lord of our life we are miles apart from Him. and from one Sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, Until the “seven plagues” are finished, no one Throughout history God has poured out his wrath in judgment on early sinners. Revelation 16:15-16. 15. Go To Previous Section | from Egypt prefigured the deliverance of the Tribulation saints from the Return to Home Page | The vials are poured out on a world that rejected the mercy He gave through His Son. Revelation 15:4 "Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? shallowness pictures how the divine judgments will be emptied instantly rather God.". Revelation 3:15. The wrath of the devil is bad, but to believers have been up in heaven playing their harps. The vials are actually shallow bowls (Greek phiale), used for pouring “Sea of glass”: God’s heavenly throne sits on a transparent crystal platform or 9:20-21; 14:6-7; 16:9,11). We are "to fear" (meaning Reverence), God. 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