Revelation 15 today. The victor's choir prepares for the "last" plagues as God's final wrath is poured out on all the earth. Here are some insights I had this morning as I studied and prayed: -Vs 1: John sees seven angels with seven plagues which signify the final wrath of God poured out, the consummation of the battle between Christ and Satan.
-Vss 2-4: All those who had conquered death, especially the martyred, had harps and the song of God. There is always a victor's song in their hearts, like Moses sang after the defeat of the Egyptians (see Exodus 15). For God's victorious people, songs of victory must always be on our lips. The evil one hates it when we sing God's praises. These folks conquered the beast by steadfastly holding onto their faith, even when threatened with death.
-Vss 5-8: Seven angels emerge from God's sanctuary, the inner chamber of worship and ready themselves to execute God's final acts of judgment against all wickedness.
-Vs 8: This verse is of special interest. As God readies himself to order his angels to perform the highest judgment, a glory filled the sanctuary so intense that no one could come close or enter heaven's sanctuary "until the seven plagues were finished." The judgments are severe. The end of history is near.
For all of us reading this chapter, and throughout Revelation, we are struck by the fact that God is just and fair in all he does. He hates sin and unrighteousness. He will deal with all sin one day. Until then, we continue to worship the Lamb, the one slain for our sin. We have a constant song of victory on our lips. Perhaps this song in Revelation 15 should be sung by us all, no matter what obstacle we may be facing:
"Great and amazing are your deeds, O Lord God the Almighty! Just and true are your ways, O King of the nations! Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship you, for your righteous acts have been revealed."
Sing well today, your song of victory, those of you who believe in Jesus, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!