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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “smoke from the glory of God and His power”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 15:8 KJV

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.

 

John, when describing this vision, describes the manifestation of the glory and power of the Lord as smoke.  This is a very telling statement.  This helps us to understand that, when we see the Lord’s presence being described as a “cloud” or as “smoke” it is because His being and power is like a flame that puts forth this cloud of smoke as a manifestation of His presence.

Fire, as an instrument of light, purification, and destruction can be used as a wonderful representation of many of the Lord’s attributes…

  1. His holiness
  2. His purification
  3. His anger
  4. His enlightening
  5. His power
  6. His majesty

When we put all the above together, the Lord’s presence manifests itself as a cloud of smoke to represent HIS GREATNESS!

 

In many places in the Old Testament Scriptures, His presence is described as a glorious fire and/or a cloud of smoke.  As we read these verses, notice in every case our Lord’s greatness is being emphasized through the use of the manifestation of the fire and clouds of smoke …

 

  1. The Lord ratifying His covenant with Abraham – Gen 15:17 KJV

“And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces.”

  1. The burning bush seen by Moses – Exo 3:2-4 KJV

“And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.  And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.  And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.”

  1. Leading the Israelites through the wilderness – Exo 13:21 KJV

“And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:”

  1. On Mt Sinai with Moses – Exo 19:18 KJV, Exo 24:16 KJV

“And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly.”

“And the glory of the LORD abode upon mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days: and the seventh day he called unto Moses out of the midst of the cloud.”

  1. His presence in the Tabernacle/Temple – Exo 40:34-35 KJV, 2Ch 5:14 KJV

“Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.   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.”

“So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God.”

  1. Christ, symbolized by the Majestic King Solomon – Son 3:6-7 KJV

“Who is this that cometh out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all powders of the merchant?  Behold his bed, which is Solomon’s; threescore valiant men are about it, of the valiant of Israel.”

  1. Protective presence of the Lord throughout eternity – Isa 4:4-6 KJV

“When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning.   And the LORD will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defence.   And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.”

  1. The Lord’s presence in the temple of Isaiah’s vision – Isa 6:4-5 KJV

“And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.  Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.”

 

There is no more fitting conclusion to our devotional this morning than a text that aptly applies the truth of our Lord’s presence being as fire to our each of our lives (Heb 12:28-29 KJV)…

“Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may SERVE GOD ACCEPTABLY WITH REVERENCE AND GODLY FEAR:  For our God is a consuming fire.”

 

All I can say is …. Amen and Amen!

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “seven golden vials full of the wrath of God”

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Rev 15:7 KJV – “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.”

 

 

At Christ’s second coming, the wrath of God will be poured out upon lost mankind.   In this vision, this wrath of God is said to be held in bowls waiting to be poured out.

The idea of God’s wrath being held and then poured out is found in at least 2 places in the Old Testament…  In both Psalm 75:8 and Jeremiah 25:15, God’s wrath is pictured as wine being held in a glass and later the enemies of Jehovah are forced to partake of it.

 

What awesome pictures of His wrath!  In every instance, His wrath is shown as great, unable to be stopped by man, and yet under the absolute control of the Lord:

  1. From God’s point of view…He is the One that prepares the wrath, He is the One that chooses when and how to send it upon lost mankind, and it always accomplished what He desires.
  2. From man’s point of view… they cannot stop His wrath, they cannot hide from His wrath, nor can they survive it. His wrath against the lost at His second coming will result in their final, total physical destruction, as well as their eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire.

 

This wrath of God is symbolized in Revelation 19: as a great war that is fought against Satan and his kingdoms on this fallen earth.  The end result of His wrath?  The total devastation of Satan, his kingdom, and his followers…

Rev 19:11-21 KJV  – “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.   His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.   And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.  

And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.  

And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.   And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.  

And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;    That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.  

And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.   And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.   And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.”

 

May we all glorify and honor our Lord, not only due to His love, grace and blessings to us; but also for His complete absolute control of His wrath, His justice, His avenging of His saints, and His final and complete victory over Satan and his kingdom on earth.  It is only through our understanding of both His Merciful Kindness and His Holy Justice that we can come to a more complete appreciation of the wonderful Lord that we serve.

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 15:5 KJV

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

 

 

In John’s vision angels, as they departed from the presence of God, is said to be departing the temple.  This heavenly temple uses the Old Testament temple as the basis for its symbolism (1 Kings 8:1-11).

This same symbolic heavenly temple is given the title “the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony”.  Why was this temple given this title?  Again, to understand this title we must look back at the OT temple.

The OT temple can be described as being “of the tabernacle”, because it is directly linked to the OT tabernacle in several ways.  Keep in mind that the OT tabernacle was a portable tent in which:

  1. God dwelled – God’s presence was seen as a cloud of glory that would descend upon the tabernacle
  2. God was worshipped – The Jews would participate in worship observances at the tabernacle
  3. Christ was typically revealed – Through the use of types it represented Christ and His work

 

This tabernacle was used during the wilderness wanderings of the Jews.  However, once the Jews inhabited the promised land a mobile place of worship was no longer needed.  Solomon then built the fixed temple that fulfilled the same three purposes (listed above) as did the tabernacle.  This is why the temple is described as “the temple of the tabernacle”, reflecting that it finds it basis for its existence, and purpose, in the tabernacle.

The title for the symbolic heavenly temple continues with the phrase “of the testimony” or “of the witness”.  Again, a quick look at the OT temple gives us a better understanding of this phrase.

One of the chief purposes of both the OT tabernacle and temple was to reveal Christ to the worshipping Jews prior to Christ’s first coming.   Through the usage of these pieces of furniture, and the sacrifices that were made, a tremendous testimony of Christ was being presented to the Jewish worshippers.  In other words, the tabernacle and then the temple was a constant witness of Christ and His work on behalf of His people.   This is why the phrase “of the testimony” so aptly fits in the title of the temple… it testified of the Christ that was yet to come.

 

Folks, in one sense, as those who are saved, we are living New Testament temples.  God dwells in us (in the person of the Holy Spirit), He is to be worshipped in us (by loving, thankful, submitted hearts), and finally, we are to be living testimonies of Christ to those around us (through our words and deeds).

Are we living as temples for the Lord’s glory?

2Co 6:16-18 KJV – “And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.   Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,   And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “the song of Moses the servant of God”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 15:3 KJV

(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.

 

“The song of Moses the servant of God” is probably talking about one of the two songs related to Moses found in the Bible:

  1. Exodus 15:1-19 – the song that is sung at the deliverance of the Israelites deliverance from Egypt bondage
  2. Deut 31:30-32:43 – the song sung just prior to Moses’s death.

Why would both of these be called the song of the Lamb?  Both of these glorify Christ (Exodus 15:1 and Deut 32:3)…

Exo 15:1 KJV  –  “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…”

Deu 32:3 KJV  – “Because I will publish the name of the LORD: ascribe ye greatness unto our God…”

 

Moses led the children of Israel to sing both of these songs which brought honor and glory to Jehovah.  What a wonderful testimony Moses left for the Israelites and us as well…

Following miraculous delivery of the Israelites from Egyptian bondage, Moses refused to take credit for this wonderful escape but, instead, led them to sing praises to the Lord for His gracious deliverance.  Then, as one of his last actions on earth, Moses led the Israelites to praise and honor Jehovah for all He had done for them.

 

Then from our text, we can see that we will follow his great example at His second coming, by singing songs to glorify and honor the Lord for His salvation and final wrath that will be shown against lost mankind.

Even today, may we seek to follow Moses’ example by glorifying the Lord for His many wondrous works in our lives and seek to leave an example of a life dedicated to honoring the Lord even until the day of our death.

 

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Revelation 15: Summary

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SUMMARY OF THE CHAPTER:

 

 

In the previous chapter, we have been presented to us the truth that the Lord will deliver His people from this fallen earth just prior to the falling of His wrath upon sinful mankind. This was symbolized by two differing reapings of the earth.  Now we continue looking at God’s wrath that will fall at His second coming by looking at the final stages of His wrath.  The last part of His wrath is called the seventh trumpet.  The contents of this trumpet will be shown to us in seven symbols.  These symbols are vials (bowls) of wrath that are poured out upon the lost.

In chapter 15, we will see the contents of trumpet 7 being prepared to fall upon Satan’s kingdoms.  In chapter 16, we see the actual bowls described in detail as they are poured out…

I.   Revelation 15:1-8
A.  Preparation For Seven Last Plagues (15:1-4)
B.  The Seven Vials Of Wrath Revealed (15:5-8)

 

SUMMARY OF EACH DIVISION OF CHAPTER:

  1. Revelation 15:1-4 – Preparation for the Seven Last Plagues

The chapter opens with a new vision being presented to John.  He sees angels that are preparing to deliver the final segment of God’s wrath against lost mankind.  This is symbolized for us as the angels holding seven vials (or bowls) of wrath ready to be poured upon the earth.

John sees God’s people standing before the throne in heaven singing songs of praise for His upcoming wrath and victory over Satan and His kingdom.  They are described as victors, those who will be victorious over Satan and his kingdom.   They are seen standing on the sea of glass that lay before the throne.  This pictures their partaking of salvation and the fellowship with God, both of which come through the work of Christ, the Lamb of God.

 

  1. Revelation 15:5-8 – The Seven Vials Of Wrath Revealed

John then sees the bowls of wrath being revealed in heaven.

John begins by seeing the symbolic heavenly temple opened as the angels of God proceed out from God’s presence symbolized by the priestly breastplates that they were wearing.   These angels are seen as righteous wearing pure white linen and actively doing God’s bidding by sending His wrath upon lost mankind.

As the angels departed from the temple they are given the bowls of wrath from one of the living creatures.  These creatures symbolize those who possess eternal life, those saved by God’s grace.  This helps us to understand that the saved play a part in the motivation for God’s wrath to fall.  It is due to the abuse they have suffered at the hands of the lost, and their prayers for divine retribution that they motivate the Lord to send His wrath against the lost.

Following the angels departure from the temple, John sees the temple filling with smoke symbolizing God’s greatness and His anger and wrath which has reached a “boiling point” and is about to be unleashed.

 

WHAT’S COMING NEXT IN THIS SERIES?:

In this chapter, we saw the seven vials of God’s wrath were being prepared to fall upon lost mankind.  In the following chapter (Revelation 16:), we will see this last portion of God’s wrath reveled in great detail.  This portion of God’s wrath brings an end to the judgment of the lost on earth and brings physical destruction upon Satan and his kingdoms (political and religious) and those who partake of their sins…

 

I.  Revelation 16:1-21
A.  Command To Pour Out Vials (16:1)
B.  Vial One (16:2)
C.  Vial Two (16:3)
D.  Vial Three (16:4-7)
E.  Vial Four (16:8-9)
F.  Vial Five (16:10-11)
G.  Vial Six (16:12-16)
H.  Vial Seven (16:17-21)

 

May the Lord bless us as we seek to see Jesus in the pages of the book of Revelation.

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “a sea of glass mingled with fire”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 15:2 KJV

“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.”

John sees a sea of glass mingled with fire proceeding from the throne of God. To better understand this symbol we need to look at this sea where it is first mentioned in Revelation 4:5-6…

“And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.   And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.”

In this passage, the sea of glass is symbolic of salvation through the gospel message which is the water of life.  This sea proceeds from, and leads to, the throne of God, which is representative of acceptance by God and entering into His presence having an eternal relationship with Him.

The seven Spirits of God, symbolic of the seven ministries of the Holy Spirit, line this sea of glass lighting the way to the throne.  This helps us to understand that it is through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, revealing and applying the Word to the sin-hardened heart of man, that we can come to a saving faith in Christ through His Word.

If we turn our attention to our original text, we can see that the phrase “the sea of glass mingled with fire” is describing the sea of glass reflecting light from the seven lamps (the Holy Spirit).   Also, we are told those who have gotten the victory over Satan and his kingdom are standing upon the sea.  This helps us to see that those who are victors are saved individuals who are now enjoying the blessings of eternal communion with God.

What a wonderful thought … the living water (the gospel message) when illuminated by the Holy Spirit will lead men to a relationship with God Himself.  What a wonderful blessing to know that those of us who have been saved through faith have entered into a relationship with Almighty God and will be in His presence praising, glorifying, and worshipping Him as His wrath falls upon lost mankind.

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Revelation 15:1-8 “The Preparation Of The Seven Bowls Of Wrath”

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THE TEXT:

 

 

Rev 15:1-8 KJV

(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(5)  And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened:
(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.
(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.
(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 INTRODUCTION:

In the previous chapter, we have been presented to us the truth that the Lord will deliver His people from this fallen earth just prior to the falling of His wrath upon sinful mankind. This was symbolized by two differing reapings of the earth.  Now we continue looking at God’s wrath that will fall at His second coming by looking at the final stages of His wrath.  The last part of His wrath is called the seventh trumpet.  The contents of this trumpet will be shown to us in seven symbols.  These symbols are vials (bowls) of wrath that are poured out upon the lost.

In chapter 15, we will see the contents of trumpet 7 being prepared to fall upon Satan’s kingdoms.  In chapter 16, we see the actual bowls described in detail as they are poured out…

I.   Revelation 15:1-8
A.  Preparation For Seven Last Plagues (15:1-4)
B.  The Seven Vials Of Wrath Revealed (15:5-8)

 

II.  Revelation 16:1-21
A.  Command To Pour Out Vials (16:1)
B.  Vial One (16:2)
C.  Vial Two (16:3)
D.  Vial Three (16:4-7)
E.  Vial Four (16:8-9)
F.  Vial Five (16:10-11)
G.  Vial Six (16:12-16)
H.  Vial Seven (16:17-21)

 

THE EXPOSITORY STUDY:

Rev 15:1-8 KJV

 

(1)  And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous,

John now has a new subject beginning to be presented to him.  He sees “another sign”  ie a different series of symbols now to be presented to him.  He describes these signs as:

  1. in heaven – helping us to understand that are originating from the Lord and affecting life here on earth.
  2. great – large, attention grabbing, exceeding
  3. marvelous – causes much wonder and amazement, beyond imagination

 

 

seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.

John now sees angels appearing in this vision.  Angels throughout the Bible simply speak the message God gives them or does the wrok that God has commissioned them to do.  Being angels, helps us to understand that they are about to do God’s work on His behalf with His authority.  John describes them as:

  1. seven in number – the complete, perfect number. They are going to bring to perfect completion the work that God has given them to do.
  2. having the seven last plagues – these bowls will symbolize the wrath of God that will fall upon mankind. These bowls of wrath are the final stage of God’s wrath falling upon lost mankind.  It will bring His wrath to an end.  The lost of this world will be totally, physically destroyed by the end of this series of bowls.

(Note the angels will actually possess the plagues in verse 7.  John is describing them as holding the plagues now to differentiate them from other angels we have seen and will see in Revelation.)

These bowls are described as “in them is filled up the wrath of God” symbolizing that the bowls hold God’s wrath and, when tipped, will pour out God’s wrath upon lost mankind.

 

(2)  And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire:

This is the same “sea of glass” that we saw in the Rev 4:5-6 passage.  It is “mingled with fire” as it reflects the lamps of fire that are positioned near to it before the throne of God…

Rev 4:5-6 KJV – “And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.  And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.”

Prior we have seen that this sea of glass symbolized the way of salvation which gives access to God.  The lamps of fire symbolize the cleansing work of the Holy Spirit, and the reflective glass symbolizes the revealing of the lost person’s true condition and the true person of Christ, both of which are accomplished through the gospel message.

 

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.

Those standing on the sea are genuine believers in Christ who have accepted the gospel message.  In the original language they are said to be “caused to stand” on the sea of glass.  In other words, they did not stand upon the sea of simply their own ability but God, through His grace caused them to stand on the sea.  He called them and gave the mthe ability to repent and believe the gospel message (John 6:44, Roms 5:6, 7:18).

They are described as (presented to us as “overcomers” – 1 John 5:4):

  1. them that had gotten the victory over the beast – They have prevailed over Satan’s kingdom
  2. them that had gotten the victory over his image – They have prevailed over the false teachings of the kingdom
  3. them that had gotten the victory over his mark and the number of his name – not selfish, humanistic, rebellious
  4. them that have the harps of God – they are prepared to worship, praise and honor the Lord.

At the very beginning of the time of God’s wrath the saints are praising the Lord for His great works (Rev 7:9-17)… now, as the final stages of His wrath begin, they are continuing to praise Him.  Apparently throughout the time of God’s wrath falling upon the lost, the saints of God will be praising and honoring Him for His justice, grace, and faithfulness to His promises.

 

(3)  And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying,

A part of the praise that is given to Christ during the falling of His wrath is singing songs of praise to Him.  These songs are described in two ways… the song of Moses and the son of the Lamb.

Perhaps, this is the same song given two different names.  If that is so, it is probably taking about one of the two songs related to Moses found in the Bible:

  1. Exodus 15:1-19 – the song that is sung at the deliverance of the Israelites deliverance from Egypt bondage
  2. Deut 31:30-32:43 – the song sung at Moses’s death.

Why would both of these be called the song of the Lamb?  Both of these glorify Christ (Exodus 15:1 and Deut 32:3)

Or, perhaps “the song of the Lamb” is describing an entirely different song.  If this is the case, this may be referring to one of the two songs that has been sung previously in Revelation (Rev 5:6-10, Rev 14:3) ?

 

The contents of this song include 10 reasons to praise the Lord… 

Great and marvellous are thy works,

  1. Praise for His great works among men (includes both works of salvation and works of wrath) (Psa 126:2, Psa 8:3-9)

 Lord God Almighty;

  1. Praise for who He is, the Master, One who deserves all worship, and All powerful One (Rev 4:8, 11:17, 16:7, 21:22)

 just and true are thy ways,

  1. Praise for His Justice and Truthfulness (Faithfulness) of His lifestyle and leadership (Psa 18:30, Psa 145:17, Isa 55:9)

 thou King of saints.

  1. Praise for His Rulership in the lives of His people (Dan 7:14, Jer 10:7, I Cor 15:25)

 

(4)  Who shall not fear thee, O Lord,

  1. Praise for His greatness and the need to reverence and fear His chastening and punishment of sin (Isa 8:13, Prov 1:7)

 and glorify thy name?

  1. Praise for His deserving of the greatest honor and praise possible. (Psa 22:23, 1 Pet 4:11)

for thou only art holy:

  1. Praise Him for He is sinless, totally separated from sin and separated to the use of God (Isa 6:3, Exo 15:11, Psa 99:9)

for all nations shall come and worship before thee;

  1. Praise Him for He is Savior of All Mankind (Jew and Gentile alike) (John 3:16)
  2. Praise Him for He is so great all men (both lost and saved) will come before Him and bow to Him (Psa 22:27-28, Isa 66:23)

for thy judgments are made manifest.

  1. Praise Him because His decisions are fair and just. (Psa 103:6, Zeph 3:5, Rom 2:2)

In summary this song is sung to praise Him because of His works, His person and His authority that He possesses over all things.

 

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

John now sees the doors of the temple in heaven (a symbol of God’s presence and worship in the midst of heaven) to now open.

The title given to this symbolic temple is important.  John describes it as “the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven”.  In other words, it is the:

  1. temple – dwelling/worship place of God
  2. tabernacle – that was associated with the tent of worship in OT
  3. testimony – that testified of the Lord to those who see it
  4. in heaven – located in the eternal dwelling place of God.

This heavenly temple is being emphasized to be the revealer of the Lord.  By studying the symbolism of the temple of Revelation and those that entered and departed from it, we can learn MICH about the Lord and His workings among men on earth and throughout eternity.

 

(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.

John now sees seven angels departing out of the temple.  This tells us that these angels are about to do the bidding of God.  They are coming from His presence, indicating they have been sent on a mission.

These angels are described as:

1.  seven angels – their work is perfect and will complete the work that God has given to them.

2.  they possess the seven plagues of God – identifying them from all the other angels John has seen. Their role in completing God’s wrath upon the lost sets them apart from any other angels he has seen

3.  clothed in pure, white linen – they were sinless (not fallen angels). They are about to send God’s RIGHTEOUS wrath upon lost mankind.  It is deserved wrath, they will not be committing sin by sending it.

4.  they wear gold girdles (breastplates)– the priests wore gold breastplates symbolizing Christ’s ministry of mediation and intercession. How can the work of the OT priest help us to understand the work of these angels?…

5.  The work of these angels will be as the “go-between” between God and sinful man, sending His wrath upon them. In that sense, they are God’s intercessors standing between God and sinful mankind at His coming.

6.  Also… they are seen seeking God’s face then coming out of the temple prepared to obey His commands. This, too, is like the priests who would enter the temple seeking to know God’s will and then depart and fulfill His will among the Isrealites.

 

(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.

John now sees one of the four living creatures giving these angels the bowls of the eternal God’s wrath.  Remember, the prayers of the saints play a very important role in initiating God’s wrath and final defeat of sinful mankind.  (Revelation 8:1-5)

These are said to be full of His wrath, symbolizing for us that His patience has come to an end and final defeat of the lost is at hand.  The holding back of any of His wrath has now come to an end and it is time for it to be poured forth fully.

 

(8)  And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power;

The temple is now filled with smoke as His anger and wrath have reached its “boiling point”.  In this we can see His great glory and power as His wrath will be displayed to its fullest with these final bowls being poured forth.

 

and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.

The smoke of His wrath is so great none can enter His presence until His wrath is now brought to completion.  It is not a time for grace or mercy (in allowing men to enter His presence) now is the time for His judgment against sin to commence, as His judgment against sin reveals His majesty.  Job 14:13, Psa 76:7, Nahum 1:6, Exo 40:36, Ezek 44:4, Isa 6:4, 1 Kings 8:10

 

 

CHRIST REVEALED:

In this section of Revelation we see Christ presented as both the Savior and the Holy Judge of all mankind…

  1. As the Savior of His people we see Him receiving the praise, honor and worship of His people throughout eternity.
  1. As Holy Judge, we see His wrath falling upon sinful mankind through His holy angels. This wrath is being sent to punish their rejection of Christ as their Creator, Lord, and Savior; and to recompense their abuse and opposition to His people.

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY)

The truth of Christ being both Savior and Judge goes hand in hand… each role enhances the other…

  1. As He judges the lost, His people see the punishment they deserve and grow in appreciation for what He has done for them.
  1. As Savior, His work on the cross was a clear display of God’s righteous anger against sin. This display of anger enhances our understanding of the greatness of His wrath that will fall at His second coming.

 

As we stop and dwell upon Christ as our Savior and the Judge of all mankind, may we see both His grace and just wrath with a new, greater understanding and appreciation for all He has done for us.

 

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SYMBOLS EMPLOYED IN THIS TEXT:

 

  1. another sign in heaven
  2. seven
  3. angels
  4. sea of glass
  5. fire
  6. the beast
  7. his image
  8. his mark
  9. his name
  10. harps of God
  11. the Lamb
  12. the temple
  13. the tabernacle
  14. heaven
  15. was opened:
  16. pure and white linen
  17. breasts girded with golden girdles

18,  seven golden vials

19.. smoke

 

 

 

THE RELATED SCRIPTURES:

 

 

SUPPLEMENTAL STUDIES/NOTES:

 

 

Christ The Lamb Of The New Testament

SIH STSTA ICONWhen the Word of God calls Christ the Lamb, it is teaching us many different truths about Christ. Let’s take our time and study what the Bible teaches us when it calls Jesus the Lamb.

 THE SCRIPTURE:

 John 1:29 (KJV)

29) The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

John 1:35-36 (KJV)

35) Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples;

36) And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!

Acts 8:26-35 (KJV)

26) And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert…

32)  The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:

33) In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.

34) And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man?

35) Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.

1Pet 1:13-21 (KJV)

13) Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;…

18) Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, [as] silver and gold, from your vain conversation [received] by tradition from your fathers;

19) But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

20) Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,

21) Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

Rev 5:6-14 (KJV)

6) And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth…

12) Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

13) And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, [be] unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.

14) And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four [and] twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.

Rev 6

1) And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.

Rev 6:16-17 (KJV)

16) And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:

17) For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

Rev 7:9-17 (KJV)

9) After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

10) And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb…

17) For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

Rev 12:11 (KJV)

11) And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

Rev 13:8 (KJV)

8) And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Rev 14

1) And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty [and] four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.

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:

3) And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred [and] forty [and] four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.

4) These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, [being] the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb…

12) Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

Rev 15:3-4 (KJV)

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.

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.

Rev 17:14 (KJV)

14) These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him [are] called, and chosen, and faithful.

Rev 19:7-9 (KJV)

7) Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

8) And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

9) And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed [are] they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

Rev 21:9-27 (KJV)

9) And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife…

27) And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither [whatsoever] worketh abomination, or [maketh] a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Rev 22

1) And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

2) In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, [was there] the tree of life, which bare twelve [manner of] fruits, [and] yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree [were] for the healing of the nations.

3) And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:

4) And they shall see his face; and his name [shall be] in their foreheads.

5) And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

 THE STUDY:

1.  John 1:35-36 – He is the Lamb of God– He is sent by, and shares Deity with, the Father

    1. Rev 6:1 – In control of future world events
    2. Rev 6:16-17 – Delivers the wrath of God
    3. Rev 14:1-5 – The redeemed are firstfruits dedicated to God and Lamb
    4. Rev 14:6-12 – Lamb oversees judgment of Lost
    5. Rev 15:3-4 – Song of Praise sung to both Father and Lamb
    6. Rev 17:14 – He overcomes wicked because He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords
    7. Rev 21:9-26 – He possesses an eternal city where He dwells with His people.
    8. Rev 22:1 – He shares throne with Father
  1. John 1:29 – He is the Lambof God – He takes away the sin of the world through His sacrifice.
    1. Acts 8:26-35 – He gave His life on the cross, willingly, innocently like a Lamb to the slaughter.
    2. 1 Peter 1:13-21 – His blood was shed like a sacrificed Lamb that was without blemish or spot.
    3. Rev 5:6-14 – His shed blood redeemed men from every kindred, tongue, people, nation. Made them Kings and Priests and will reign.
    4. Rev 7:9-17 – His blood saves and secures eternal future with God.
    5. Rev 12:11 – His blood gives victory to followers over world, sin and death
    6. Rev 13:8, 21:27 – Lamb slain basis of spiritual life that is given to those in Book of Life
    7. Rev 19:7-9 – Has an intimate love relation with His people based upon His righteousness given to the saints.

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

For those who are saved …

Christ, the Lamb of God, has sent the perfect example of self-sacrifice for us to follow.  After realizing all He has done for us by giving Himself on the cross to pay for our sins, should we not be willing to sacrifice ourselves for Him.

For those who have yet to be saved…

When we realize what Christ, the Lamb of God, has done to make possible the forgiveness of sin; should we not turn to Him by faith, trusting in His work to save us from our sins and secure our eternity with Him.

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