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Chapter 15: The Seven Angels with the Seven Plagues

The Seven Angels With the Seven Plagues -- Revelation Chap. 15


The information from the little scroll (book) of Rev. 10 is now complete. John in this chapter sees the final preparation that takes place in Heaven before the outpouring of the seven vial judgments from God. The vials are poured out on a world that rejected the mercy He gave through His Son, Jesus Christ. They would not have His Son save them from the cycle of sin and death on the Earth. This chapter is the introduction to the judgments to cleanse the world from evildoers so that a kingdom of righteousness can be established on the Earth. The judgments themselves are described in the next chapter, 16.

In Revelation 15:1, John sees another great sign in Heaven. He sees seven angels with the last seven plagues that complete the wrath of God. After these plagues, Jesus will come, defeat the beast and set up the Kingdom of God on Earth. As angels carried out the wrath of the Lamb in the trumpet judgments, angels will also carry out the wrath of the Father on all who did not accept God’s Son to rule over the Earth.

In Revelation 15:2, those who got victory over the beast are standing on what appeared to be a sea of glass. The sea of glass John sees is actually a sea of people. The fire seen within this sea is the Holy Spirit that dwells in their midst. Those now standing on the foundation made pure are the Jewish saints (the 144,000) who died during the great tribulation. They got victory over the beast by dying for their faith in Jesus. They proved this faith by not bowing to the image of the beast or receiving his mark or his number (666). Now that the tribulation saints are in heaven, the bride is completed (all the saved Jews and Gentiles are now together in Heaven). The timing of this is near the end of the tribulation.

Then in chapter 15, verses 3 and 4, the Jewish saints that came out of the tribulation sing the song of Moses and the song of the Lamb. The King of the Saints is Jesus. The words of the song that they sing are given in the verse 3. The song is one of victory, like the song Moses wrote telling about Israel’s deliverance from Pharaoh’s army at the red sea. They also sing a song of eternal redemption through the blood of the Lamb. In their song, they proclaim the holiness of God and sing that all nations shall come and worship before the Lord after the final judgments are poured out.

After the tribulation saints are in Heaven and singing songs of victory, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony is opened in Heaven. This is the Holy of Holies. The tabernacle made on Earth was just a copy of what Moses was told was in Heaven. The tabernacle of the testimony contained the “Ark of the Covenant.” The earthly copy contained the Ten Commandments, manna, and Aaron’s rod. The Ark seen in Heaven will be a witness against the world because the world has now rejected everything in it. They rejected the covenant in heaven that contains the Word of God (Jesus), the true bread of life (Jesus) and God’s choice for high priest (Jesus).

Out of the temple come the seven angels that have the task to bring the seven last plagues that will come on all those who rejected God and who worshiped the beast. The white linen that the angels wear shows that these angels are righteous and stand in the presence of God. Their golden girdles indicate that these seven angels are priests in the heavenly temple and have full authority from God to carry out His commands.

In verses 7 and 8, the seven golden vials full of the wrath of God are given to the seven angels by one of the four living beasts that surround the throne of God. After this is done, the temple is filled with smoke from the glory of God and no one is able to enter into the temple until the seven plagues are fulfilled. This is indicating that the judgment is firm and there will be no intercession before God to delay or intercede against these judgments. Since those on Earth have rejected God’s son, the only thing they have left to receive is His wrath.