1-8. The Sixth Vision "In Heaven".
1. The seven angels.
2-4. Worship offered.
5-7. The seven angels.
8. Worship no longer possible.
(In this chapter we learn a new song, the "Song of Moses". We will also learn what is happening in heaven during the time of God's wrath being poured out on the earth. When you put chapters fourteen and fifteen together, you will have a view of what is happening following the seventh trumpet.)
Revelation 15:1 And I saw another sign in Heaven, great and marvelous: seven angels holding the seven last plagues, for in them is filled up the wrath of God.
(These seven last plagues completes the "wrath of God". The seven plagues are identical with the seven seals and the seven trumpets. This is giving us a different view of the preparation for the delivery of them to the earth. When you put the seals, thunders, trumpets, and plagues together, you get an exact view of what this earth will be going through in these final few years. Many of these events have started years ago, however all will take place before the generation of 1948 [or 1967, and the taking of Jerusalem] passes away.)
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, standing on the sea of glass and having the harps of God.
(The "glassy sea" we are looking at here, are those who had the victory over Satan [Antichrist] and his system. They resisted Satan in every way. The sea of glass are all the people who remained true to Jesus Christ. They are God's election. They and only they. Its time for for the music.)
3 And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying,
(Two songs are specified in this verse. In connection with the "song of the Lamb" cp. Ps. 86:9-12. Isa. 66:15,16,23. Zeph. 2:11. Zech. 14:15,16 &c. "Great...made manifest" [v.3,4]. These are the words of the song of the Lamb; distinct from, but the compliment of, the song of Moses.)
"Great and marvelous are Thy works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true are Thy ways, Thou King of saints!
(We are in heaven here, and heaven is where ever Christ is. The greatest clue to understanding God's overall plan is given right here in this verse. They had all overcome, and they all were in one place when they all sang this same song. This song, the "Song of Moses" is the victory song given in Exodus 15:1-19, and also in Deuteronomy 32:1-43.
A victory song always tells how you gained the victory, so it is important for us to know what is in the song. This song then will also let us know how we can have the victory over Satan. The Song of Moses is the key. It will tell us what will be happening, what we are to do about it, and the nearness God will be to us when it is all going on at the end of this earth age.
The time of the song covers the time of the pouring out of the plagues. It begins in knowledge, wisdom and your understanding. Let's review this song, but the entire sons will be given at the end of this chapter of Revelation.
Deuteronomy 31:30 And Moses spake in the ears of all the congregation of Israel the words of this song, until they were ended.
This is what Moses spoke to all Israel, and they were to be guided by this song to be victorious. Go to Deuteronomy 32 and read all of the first 43 verses. It is God telling you what to expect in our day. It's telling you how to become an overcomer. In the fourth verse the overcomers sing; "He is the Rock", and notice the capital "R". "His work is perfect for all His ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is He"
In the fifth verse; "They have corrupted themselves, their spot is not the spot of his children: They are a perverse and crooked generation." The ones called "they" refers back to the "Rock", and are the ones who were of the "Rock" but became crooked and perverse. They are of the five churches of Revelation 2 and 3, that took on the "spots" of the Kenites: The ones who allowed Satan's children to deceive them. "They" were not acceptable to the Lord, as were the churches of Smyrna, and Philadelphia. God's children know the difference between the Kenite spots, when in their midst, and their own kind. We are direct by and through His word.
Chapter 32:1-43 is what we are to know, to keep our hearts and minds pure in the days of Antichrist. While your doing your studying, just remember who is doing the singing. They are all the saints of God, who had the victory over Satan, the beasts, his mark, and his name [Revelation 15:2]. This is the Song of Moses.)
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."
(He is just and fair. He gives out rewards and punishments. See 19:6-9. This is part of the "Song of Moses". On the first day of the Millennium, every knee shall bow to the Lord. All shall be in their soul [spiritual] bodies, and understanding will not be hampered by any physical or mental defects. Then all will see the Holiness of the Lord Jesus Christ, and our Heavenly Father.
This day of the Lord will also start a time of teaching, and those who are the overcomers will be the rulers and teachers [priests] during the Millennium. Ezekiel 40 through 44 details the events of this time.)
5 And after that I looked, and behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in Heaven was opened;
(This verse is basically from the "Septuagint", you have a translation that came from the Hebrew to Greek, to the Latin, then on to the English. "The temple of the tabernacle of the testimony", should read, "The tabernacle of the congregation". But, of who? More then likely it is from both sides of the gulf in heaven, those with the victory, and those who do not have victory.
Heaven's door is again opened, and others are about to be booted out. Satan and his fallen angels were booted out five months earlier, as we have seen in Revelation 9:5, 10, and now another group of souls are about to leave for earth.)
6 And the seven angels, having the seven plagues, came out of the temple, clothed in pure and white linen and having their breasts girded with golden girdles.
(This verse shows what goes to make up the priest's apparel. The seven angels are preparing to make and install priests. The "fine linen" in the Hebrew text reads, "precious stones pure and bright". These precious stones go to make up the breast plates of the priest. Each tribe is represented by their own stone. The tabernacle here is the Millennium tabernacle.)
7 And one of the four living beings gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God,
(God's answer to prayers on enemy. There is no wrath for God's children, only His enemies.)
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.
(Smoke here signifies the presents of God. We are at a point of time where Christ has returned to earth, and the beast has been conquered, as well as the entire system. The priest robes have been put on, and the "congregation of the tabernacle" has been put on. And now something is about to happen in heaven. The door to heaven is shut at this time. No "rapture". But don't worry, IF your not His enemy He will protect you right were you are at. Remember and go to the story of the three Hebrew children, Shadrach, Mechach, and Abednego, in the Book of Daniel.)