- John starts to describe the pouring out of the seven plagues
- With them God’s wrath is completed
- John saw those who had been victorious over the beast and its image and over the number of its name holding harps that were given to them by God
- They sang the Song of Moses and of the Lamb
- The song described God and who he is
- Then he sees the tabernacle of the covenant
- Angels came out of the temple with the plagues
- They dressed in shining linen with golden sashes
- One of the four living creatures gave the seven angels bowls filled with the wrath of God
- The temple filled with smoke from God’s glory and power
- No one entered the temple until the seven plagues came to completion
The seven last plagues are also called the seven bowl judgments. They actually begin in chapter 16. Unlike the previous plagues, these are universal. In Exodus 15 the song of Moses celebrated Israel’s deliverance from Egypt. The song of the Lamb celebrates the ultimate deliverance of God’s people from the power of satan. The imagery is like the time when the Ark of the Covenant resided in the Tabernacle. The angel’s garments are like the high priest’s clothing showing they are free from immorality and injustice. The smoke that fills the Temple is the manifestation of God’s glory and power. Nobody can escape his judgment. God’s glory is not only his strength but his perfect moral character. This reassures me that I can trust him.
Lord thank you for your moral character. Trust is a big deal to me and it gives me peace knowing I can trust you and that you will always keep your word. I know that your Word will come to pass. You are not a man that you should lie. You will always keep your promises and I know all of this will come to pass. You are God and who am I. Thank you for the gift of your salvation. In Jesus name.
Posted on Mon, December 21, 2015
by Brian Landers