“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. 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. And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest. Revelation 15:1-4
Chapter 15 opens with a quick glance at seven angels carrying the seven last plagues. But then it quickly shows us again a picture of the joyful ones around the throne, who have won the victory over evil through the power of Jesus.
Whenever there is something sad that has to be told, our loving Jesus always gives us first, a view of something happy to encourage us. It is a good idea that if we have to show anyone a mistake they have made, or some other negative thing, that we first say something kind and cheering to them.
Here we see the saved ones again, all joyful before God’s throne, and they are all declaring something very important. They are singing the song of Moses, and the Lamb. This is a song about unselfish love that wins the victory over evil by humble self-sacrifice; the song of people who have learned to love as Jesus loved.
They are also saying that God is fair and good, even though we are going to see some terrible things happen in the next few chapters of Revelation, things that will and must take place after the close of probation for this wicked world, still it is the love, mercy and justice of our loving Father in heaven that makes these things needful. They are agreeing with what God has to do, even though it is sad and terrible.
“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. And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever.” Revelation 15:5-7
Then we see the temple opened and out of it come seven angels. They are dressed in white linen, which shows they are pure and holy, like Jesus. One of the four beasts gives each angel a golden vial, which is ‘full of the wrath of God’. Remember that these ‘beasts’ represent some of the people who have been saved.
“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, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.” Revelation 15:8
What a very sad thing that our loving God, who has patience, unselfishness and kindness beyond anything we can even imagine; this wonderful Being who tells us His mercy is new every morning; has to finally pour out wrath on those He has done everything to save, but who have despised all His goodness and are determined to kill His faithful children.
How cruel and wicked it is to wear out the patience of One so good. But still, it isn’t a case of God finally loosing His temper, Oh, no indeed. It is necessary for the good of others that these terrible plagues have to fall on the wicked world. There are several reasons for them. One is that these wicked ones are determined to murder all of God’s faithful children and blot them from the earth. He will not allow this to happen.
Another reason is to show to the universe that nothing God could do, would ever get these rebels to change. No matter what, they will curse God and still go on being wicked and cruel.
The last verse of chapter 15 tells us that nobody is in the heavenly sanctuary at this time. Probation has closed forever on the earth. The mercy and love, which for all the years of earth’s history, has been poured out for people through Jesus, has finally ended. The world is left to its chosen ways, while the faithful ones are surrounded by heavenly angels and protected.
Oh, readers; Jesus, our Great High Priest is still pleading at present in the Most Holy Place of the Heavenly Sanctuary. The Day of Atonement judgment is going on. How soon all of our names will come up, we don’t know, but signs are all around us that the mercy of God will soon cease, and our probation will close forever.
Jesus, as our High Priest has all power in Heaven and Earth. Anything we need to be able to overcome sin, and have a character like His and be saved, is available to us now. Do not wait or put it off. Do not listen to those who say all you need is to believe; Remember the Bible says in the Letters to the churches, (Revelation 2-3) They that overcome will receive the promises; not just they who believe. And we can overcome, we must! But Jesus is there to give us the victory He has already won for us. His victory enables us to live a life like Jesus lived, in the power that He gives us.
We have to want that sinless life, we have to choose to have it. If we want to give Jesus lip-service while we still cling to our darling sins, we will be lost. Those who are saved at last will hate sin just as God hates it. They will have rejected all of its so-called pleasures and see it for the hideous, cruel thing that it is.
Trust and Obey—
For there’s no Other Way
To be Happy in Jesus—
But to Trust and Obey.