REVELATION - THE END
OF THE AGE OF MAN
(A Synopsis of the Revelation of Jesus Christ)
The 3rd Sign – The Completion of God's
The Song of Moses and the Lamb
Prelude to the Bowl Judgments
Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous:
seven angels having the seven last plagues, for in them the wrath
of God is complete.
Sign in heaven
In Revelation John saw 3 groups of 7 angels
||The seven stars
|These are the angels of the seven Churches
8:2, 3, 6
||Seven angels who stand before God
|These are given the seven Trumpets
||15:1, 6, 7, 8;
|Seven angels who come out of the Temple
|These are given seven last Plagues
||Literally, a blow or stripe.
Figuratively, a public calamity, heavy affliction
These seven last plagues complete the wrath of God
This idea is also in Leviticus 26:21:
These seven last plagues are God’s judgment on a disobedient and
Then, if you walk contrary to Me, and are not
willing to obey Me, I will bring on you seven times more plagues,
according to your sins.
||Fierceness, indignation, hot anger, fury, rage
There are two words
for wrath or anger in Biblical Greek:
Orge is the more common word for God’s anger in the New Testament.
Thumos is used only 11 times, and 10 of the 11 are in Revelation. It is
the book that reveals the judgment of God against a Jesus-rejecting world.
What are some of the things that bring the wrath of God?
||(a volatile, passionate anger)
||(anger from a settled disposition)
...he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but
the wrath (orge) of God abides on him
For the wrath (orge) of God is revealed from heaven against
all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the
truth in unrighteousness.
But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness,
... neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor
coarse jesting, ... For this you know, that no fornicator,
unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, ... Let no
one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things
the wrath (orge) of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.
Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth:
fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness,
which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath (orge)
of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience.
If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives
his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also
drink of the wine of the wrath (thumos) of God, which is
poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation (orge).
Regardless of which of these two words are used, as it states in
|It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the
(2) And I
saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who
have the victory over the beast, over his image and over his mark
and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass,
having harps of God. (3) They
sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the
|"Great and marvelous are Your works,
Lord God Almighty!
Just and true are Your ways,
O King of the saints!
(4) Who shall not fear
You, O Lord, and glorify Your name?
For You alone are holy.
For all nations shall come and worship before You,
For Your judgments have been manifested."
The sea speaks of purification and cleansing as does the fire.
John saw the believers from the Tribulation who had overcome "the beast"
and his system. These are the people who "loved not their lives unto the
death" (Revelation 12:11).
(from The Bible Exposition Commentary. Copyright © 1989 by Chariot Victor
Publishing, and imprint of Cook Communication Ministries. All rights
reserved. Used by permission.)
|This entire scene is reminiscent of Israel following the Exodus. The
nation had been delivered from Egypt by the blood of the lamb, and the
Egyptian army had been destroyed at the Red Sea. In thankfulness to God,
the Israelites stood by the sea and sang "the song of Moses."
|The Tribulation saints whom
John saw and heard were standing by the "sea of glass" in heaven
(Revelation 4:6), just as the Israelites stood by the Red Sea. They
were singing "the song of Moses" and also "the song of the Lamb." "The
song of Moses" is recorded in Exodus 15, and its refrain is:
The LORD is my strength and song, and He is become my
|When Israel returned from Babylonian Captivity and reestablished their
government and restored temple worship, they used this same refrain at the
dedication services (Psalms 118; see especially v. 14).
The LORD is my strength and song, and He has become my
|In the future, when God shall can His people back to their land, Isaiah
prophesied that they will sing this song again (Isaiah 11:15-12:6). "The
song of Moses" is indeed an important song in the hymnal of the Jewish
For YAH, the LORD, is my strength and song; He also has
become my salvation.
(5) After these things I
looked, and behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony
in heaven was opened. (6) And
out of the temple came the seven angels having the seven plagues,
clothed in pure bright linen, and having their chests girded with
golden bands. (7) Then one of
the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden
bowls full of the wrath of God who lives forever and ever.
(8) The temple was filled with
smoke from the glory of God and from His power, and no one was
able to enter the temple till the seven plagues of the seven
angels were completed.
As John continued to look at the heavenly vision, he saw the temple
described as the tabernacle of Testimony. The allusion to a temple in
heaven seems to be the heavenly counterpart of the earthly temple. As it
was opened, the seven angels with their plagues exited from it. The clean,
shining linen of the angels indicates their purity, and the golden sashes
around their chests point to the glory of God.
(from Bible Knowledge Commentary/Old Testament Copyright © 1983, 2000 Cook
The temple filling with glory recalls the dedications of the earthly
temple in earlier times (Exodus 40:34-35; 1 Kings 8:10-11; cf. Ezekiel
10:3-4 for its withdrawal).
The Tabernacle at its consecration
Then the cloud covered the tabernacle of meeting, and the glory of
the LORD filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter the
tabernacle of meeting, because the cloud rested above it, and the
glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.
|1 Kings 8:10-11
||Solomon's Temple at its consecration
|And it came to pass, when the priests came out of the holy place,
that the cloud filled the house of the LORD, so that the priests
could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory
of the LORD filled the house of the LORD.
||Ezekiel's Temple just before judgment falls on
|Now the cherubim were standing on the south side of the temple when
the man went in, and the cloud filled the inner court. Then the
glory of the LORD went up from the cherub, and paused over the
threshold of the temple; and the house was filled with the cloud,
and the court was full of the brightness of the LORD's glory.
(from Jewish New Testament Commentary Copyright © 1992 by David H. Stern.
All rights reserved. Used by permission.)
|The smoke from God's Sh’khinah filled the sanctuary; in Exodus and Ezekiel
God's glory inhabited the sanctuary. These final “bowl” plagues come from
God's ultimate holiness.
|Thus it is no surprise to find that in heaven the sanctuary was filled
with smoke from God's Sh’khinah. At
Revelation 13:6, the beast insulted God's “name and his Sh’khinah, and those living
in heaven” and “was allowed to make war on God's holy people and to defeat
them.” Now the tables are turned, with God's people victorious, and God's
fury about to be poured out on those who follow the beast.