| CHAPTER FIFTEEN
Verse 1 Amp Bible
THEN I saw another wonder (sign, token, symbol) in heaven, great and marvelous [warning of events of ominous significance]: There were seven angels bringing seven plagues (afflictions, calamities), which are the last, for with them God's wrath (indignation) is completely expressed [reaches its climax and is ended].
These plagues contain the final judgments, they're called the "Seven Golden Vials". This takes place after the Rapture praise God, no way do I want to be here when these take place.
Verse 2 NLT
I saw before me what seemed to be a glass sea mixed with fire. And on it stood all the people who had been victorious over the beast and his statue and the number representing his name. They were all holding harps that God had given them.
The sea of glass is fixed purity and holiness. These people which are us after the Rapture. The perfect blood of Jesus Christ and our surrendering to His Lordship is what makes us pure. Fire in the Greek is symbolic for that which tried the faith of the saints, producing what will glorify the Lord. What joy it will be for us to look upon the face of our Lord, and to be able to make a joyful song on harps.... for those of us that are tone deaf :( it will be an added blessing.
Verse 3-4 NLT
And they were singing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb: “Great and marvelous are your works, O Lord God, the Almighty. Just and true are your ways, O King of the nations. 4) Who will not fear you, Lord, and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous deeds have been revealed.”
For the full song read Ex 15:1-21 it's most beautiful in the KJV. We have such a mighty God and so much to be thankful for. This is a song of Redemption, the Lord's victory over the anti-Christ.
Dan 4:34-36 NIV
At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever. His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from generation to generation. 35) All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: "What have you done?" 36) At the same time that my sanity was restored, my honor and splendor were returned to me for the glory of my kingdom. My advisers and nobles sought me out, and I was restored to my throne and became even greater than before. 37) Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble.
We all need to have a reverential fear of the Lord. While He is our Father, He is still a most Holy God. There is a real lack of fear of God today and what does the Bible say of that?
The church then had peace throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria, and it became stronger as the believers lived in the fear of the Lord. And with the encouragement of the Holy Spirit, it also grew in numbers.
Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe. 29) For our God is a devouring fire.
He has paid a full ransom for his people. He has guaranteed his covenant with them forever. What a holy, awe-inspiring name he has! 10) Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom. Praise him forever!
Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment. 11) Wisdom will multiply your days and add years to your life. 12) If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit. If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer.
After this I looked and the sanctuary of the tent of the testimony in heaven was thrown open, 6) And there came out of the temple sanctuary the seven angels bringing the seven plagues (afflictions, calamities). They were arrayed in pure gleaming linen, and around their breasts they wore golden girdles.
John saw a temple in heaven like the Tabernacle in the Old Testament; which contained the Ten Commandments (Ex 32:15; 40:34-35). This signifies the judgments are the result of God's opposition to sin and man's rejection of Him. The bowls of wrath are sent forth from the temple.
So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.
The word Tabernacle means to “reside”.
1 Cor 3:16-17
Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you? 17) God will destroy anyone who destroys this temple. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.
We are the Tabernacle of God, His dwelling place.
And one of the four living creatures [then] gave the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath and indignation of God, Who lives forever and ever (in the eternities of the eternities). 8) And the sanctuary was filled with smoke from the glory (the radiance, the splendor) of God and from His might and power, and no one was able to go into the sanctuary until the seven plagues (afflictions, calamities) of the seven angels were ended.
This is the final judgment on this world before the reign of Christ. The fact that no one may enter the temple until the seven plagues are fulfilled show us that no one can intercede to stop this from happening. God’s judgment will be complete and without mercy. The smoke/smoke is God's glory.
2 Kings 8:10-13
When the priests had come out of the Holy Place, the cloud filled the Lord's house, 11) So the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord had filled the Lord's house. 12) Then Solomon said, The Lord said that He would dwell in the thick darkness. 13) I have surely built You a house of habitation, a settled place for You to dwell in forever.
Above Him stood the seraphim; each had six wings: with two [each] covered his [own] face, and with two [each] covered his feet, and with two [each] flew. 3) And one cried to another and said, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory! 4)And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who cried, and the house was filled with smoke. 5) Then said I, Woe is me! For I am undone and ruined, because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!
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