Heaven sings the song of Moses. Then seven angels appear. Each has a golden bowl filled with plagues. They are the final manifestation of God’s wrath. [UPDATED]
VERSE 1. I saw another great and marvelous sign in the sky: seven angels having the seven last plagues, for in them God’s wrath is finished.
the seven last plagues. After these seven, the punishments will be finished.
VERSE 2. I saw something like a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who overcame the beast, his image, and the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God.
those who overcame. They overcame. They were victorious, in three ways:
VICTORY #1. They overcame the beast. How? They simply did not worship the beast.
VICTORY #2. They overcame his image. How? They did not worship the image of the beast.
VICTORY #3. They overcame the number of his name. How? They did not consent to the number of the beast.
VERSE 3. They sang the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, “Great and marvelous are your works, Lord God, the Almighty! Righteous and true are your ways, you King of the nations.
the song of Moses. The song of Moses is found in Exodus chapter 15.
Great and marvelous are your works. Even though these people were probably martyred, they see God as great and marvelous.
They are not bitter. They do not regret their own martyrdom.
VERSE 4. Who wouldn’t fear you, Lord, and glorify your name? For you only are holy. For all the nations will come and worship before you. For your righteous acts have been revealed.”
VERSE 5. After these things I looked, and the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened.
the temple … in heaven. There is a Temple in heaven. It is the true Temple. The temples in Jerusalem were imitations of that heavenly Temple.
was opened. In the Old Testament, the Holy of Holies was not opened. The priests would not have subjected it to such carelessness.
But in heaven, it is wide open.
That does not denote carelessness. Rather, it means that the radical separation between God and us has been defeated. Now, we can know God the Father. Now, we can know Jesus Christ.
John 17:3. This is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and him whom you sent, Jesus Christ.
VERSE 6. The seven angels who had the seven plagues came out, clothed with pure, bright linen, and wearing golden sashes around their breasts.
VERSE 7. One of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God, who lives forever and ever.
seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God. A valuable gift is wrapped in expensive paper. This tells the receiver that the gift is of great value.
God’s wrath is wrapped in golden bowls. That tells us it has great value to the people who will receive it. Even God’s wrath is a valuable gift that expresses his mercy.
VERSE 8. The temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power. No one was able to enter into the temple until the seven plagues of the seven angels would be finished.
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