Chapter 15

In chapter 15 we have more signs in Heaven and now we see the start of the seven last plagues.

The Temple in Heaven is opened and seven angels come forth with seven vials containing the wrath of the Lamb. This chapter is the preparation for Revelation chapter 16.

Revelation 15:1 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.

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.

Revelation 15:3 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.

Revelation 15:4 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 15:5 And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened:

Revelation 15:6 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 15:7 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 15:8 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.

The seven last plagues appear to fall under the seventh and last trumpet. As the seventh seal contained the seven trumpets, so the seventh trumpet contains the seven vials. And as seven angels sounded the seven trumpets, so in like manner seven angels are appointed to pour out the seven vials. In this chapter angels are shown as ministers of God for destruction. This chapter contains the opening vision which is preparatory to the pouring out of the vials.

Revelation 15:1 And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.

This vision comes from Heaven and is said to be great and marvelous meaning that it was something spectacular to look upon, something that would immediately catch the eye and hold John’s attention.

John sees seven angels that have been given the last plagues of the wrath of God. We saw the lead up to this in Revelation chapter 14 with the seven angels with the sickles reaping the earth. We now see that the mighty power of God is invested in these last seven plagues and in Revelation chapter 16 there will be sores and blood and immense pain and suffering with death and destruction.

Almighty God, El Shaddai, is now calling for the destruction of all who have worshiped at the foot of the image of the beast or the antichrist or any false god. God has given mankind every conceivable chance to come to faith in Him and now it is time for judgment.

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.

We have seen this before.

Revelation 4:6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal:

The difference is that in Revelation 4:6 the sea was clear but here in chapter 15 it is mingled with fire. Remember that fire is symbolic of judgment.

This is a beautiful picture of the saints of the tribulation period that have been victorious over the beast. What it does not imply is that they were not killed for their faith. These saints were obviously killed resisting the beast and had not taken the mark of the beast. That is why we see them standing on the sea of glass having the harps of God.

It is also interesting that there are three times in Revelation where we see people playing harps.

Revelation 5:8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.

Here the elders and the beasts (cherubim) have harps.

We see in Revelation 14:2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:

The 144,00 are the ones thought to have the harps in this verse.

And in Revelation 15:2 we see harps again with the people that had gotten the victory over the beast. Not everyone in Heaven will be playing a harp and it will most probably not be that big harp that a person sits behind so as to finger the many strings. It will most likely be something like the guitar. Can you imagine 144,000 Jews dragging the large harps around? I think guitars works for me.

Revelation 15:3 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.

Revelation 15:4 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.

Have you ever thought about the song of Moses? You have probably sung a variation of it in church. The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

This song is found in Exodus chapter 15 starting in verse 2. It is a picture of God bringing the children of Israel out of bondage and through the Red Sea. It is a song of deliverance just as it will be here in chapter 15 of revelation.

Exodus 15:1 Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.

Exodus 15:2 The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

Exodus 15:3 The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name.

Exodus 15:4 Pharaoh’s chariots and his host hath he cast into the sea: his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red sea.

Exodus 15:5 The depths have covered them: they sank into the bottom as a stone.

Exodus 15:6 Thy right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, O LORD, hath dashed in pieces the enemy.

Exodus 15:7 And in the greatness of thine excellency thou hast overthrown them that rose up against thee: thou sentest forth thy wrath, which consumed them as stubble.

Exodus 15:8 And with the blast of thy nostrils the waters were gathered together, the floods stood upright as an heap, and the depths were congealed in the heart of the sea.

Exodus 15:9 The enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my lust shall be satisfied upon them; I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them.

Exodus 15:10 Thou didst blow with thy wind, the sea covered them: they sank as lead in the mighty waters.

Exodus 15:11 Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?

Exodus 15:12 Thou stretchedst out thy right hand, the earth swallowed them.

Exodus 15:13 Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast redeemed: thou hast guided them in thy strength unto thy holy habitation.

Exodus 15:14 The people shall hear, and be afraid: sorrow shall take hold on the inhabitants of Palestina.

Exodus 15:15 Then the dukes of Edom shall be amazed; the mighty men of Moab, trembling shall take hold upon them; all the inhabitants of Canaan shall melt away.

Exodus 15:16 Fear and dread shall fall upon them; by the greatness of thine arm they shall be as still as a stone; till thy people pass over, O LORD, till the people pass over, which thou hast purchased.

Exodus 15:17 Thou shalt bring them in, and plant them in the mountain of thine inheritance, in the place, O LORD, which thou hast made for thee to dwell in, in the Sanctuary, O Lord, which thy hands have established.

Exodus 15:18 The LORD shall reign for ever and ever.

Exodus 15:19 For the horse of Pharaoh went in with his chariots and with his horsemen into the sea, and the LORD brought again the waters of the sea upon them; but the children of Israel went on dry land in the midst of the sea.

The Lord is God and blessed be His name and may the Rock of my salvation be exalted.

There is also the song of the Lamb and we find one of them in chapter 5 of Revelation.

Revelation 5:9,10 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals there of: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

The song of the Lamb is deliverance and salvation, it is love, it is grace and it is eternal. We will praise Him for 10,000 years times 10,000 years and that will only be the start of eternity, it will have just begun.

Revelation 15:5 And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened:

Once again this is the Holy of Holies, the dwelling place of God. We see in the next verse;

Revelation 15:6 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.

The seven angels coming from the throne room of God clothed with righteousness, pure and white with golden girdles about their breasts each carrying a plague to be poured out on an unbelieving world.

At this point in the narrative it is this writer’s view that God is finished with warnings and admonitions for the unbelieving world. In the words of an old television comedy, ‘Here Come the Judge’.

Revelation 15:7 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 15:8 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.

One of the cherubim that we saw in Revelation 6:6-9 now gives the golden vials to the seven angels and soon they will pour them out and the wrath of God will be complete.

Verse eight tells us that the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God. This reminds me of the times during the wanderings of the Israelites that God would inhabit the tabernacle and it would be filled with the glory of God and Moses could not enter into the tabernacle.

Exodus 40:34 Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.

Exodus 40:35 And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.

The Holy of Holies is closed to entrance until the last seven plagues are finished.

God is calling the ones that He has chosen to come to Him. He has said, Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

The way of salvation is open to all that will come to Christ in faith, none will be turned away. There is coming a day that the way to Christ will be shut and all that will be left will be the wrath of God falling on an unbelieving world.

May God richly bless you as you study His word.