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1: And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.
[15:1. The wrath of God began with the seven seals (ch.6), and will be finished with the seven last plagues, which are the seven vials (v. 7), Chapter 15 is an introduction to these "last plagues."]
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.
3: And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.
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.
[15:2-4. The sea of glass was before God's throne in 4:6. The victory over the beast is won through faith in Christ (2:7, 11, 17, 26; 3:5, 12, 21; 1 John 5:4, 5) and refusal to submit to the Antichrist. The song of Moses may refer to Exodus 15 or Deuteronomy 32. The deliverance of Israel from Egypt prefigured the deliverance of the Tribulation saints from the Antichrist. They praise and worship God for His power and His righteousness. All nations will come to worship God in the millennial kingdom.]
5: And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened:
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.
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.
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.
[15:4-8. The seven angels prepare to administer the last seven Tribulation judgments of Christ: the seven vials (cf. 16:1-17; 17:1; 21:9). The vials are actually shallow bowls (Gr. phialē), used for pouring libations (cf. 5:8; 1 Chr. 28:17; Jer. 52:18; Zech. 9:15; 14:20). The bowls are full of the wrath of God (cf. 2 Thess. 1:17-9), God has the right to judge, because He is the Eternal One, the Almighty. The temple represents the presence of God Himself. The smoke is like the incense that filled the Holy and Holies in the tabernacle. Until the seven plagues are finished, no one is able to enter into the temple./b> The time for intercession is past; God's judgment will now be completed.]