Revelation Chapter 15
Chapter 15 is a prelude to the final judgement of God. The initial out pouring of his judgement began back in chapter 8 with the sounding of the first trumpet. Remember the seven seals revealed the four horses, souls that are slain for the word of God, and ominous signs in the sun and moon. Stars falling accompanied by a great earthquake. The seventh seal reveals the seven trumpets. The first of which begins the out pouring of God's wrath upon the beast and his kingdom. This also coincides with the beginning of the final 3 1/2 year period of the tribulation.
The initiation of this period is marked by Antichrist going into the temple and proclaiming that he is God. As his reign begins, so does the wrath of the almighty one. The seventh trumpet rev 11:15 reveals the seven bowls of the final out pouring of the wrath of God along with a whole lot of information about the end time conditions and participants.
Revelation 15:1.. And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God. So the last events are about to take place. This is at the end of the tribulation period. The wrath of God is complete with these last plagues.
Verse 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. Verse 3.. And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. Verse 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.
Who are these that gain victory over the beast, over his image, over his mark, and over the number of his name? This is the nation Israel. It started with the first fruits, the 144,000, and culminates in the national salvation of Israel. They started out long ago being delivered by God through Moses and end up being delivered by God through Jesus. They sing the song of Moses and the Lamb. Here is the song proceeding the judgments that will be poured out upon the earth.
Verse 5.. And after that I looked, and behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened: Verse 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. Verse 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. Verse 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 Lord's ways are just and true. He is fair. Even as the record of the innocent life of Jesus was preserved. John chapter 19 the Roman government finds no fault in Him.
When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate said unto them, You take him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him.
Matthew chapter 27 his betrayer finds no fault in Him. Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see you to that.
And even the thief on the cross finds no fault. Luke 23:41, 42 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Do you not fear God, seeing you are in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man has done nothing amiss.
So now God's righteous judgment is about to be poured out upon the earth. It is recorded as just and true.