Summary: This sermon looks at the beginning of God's last series of judgments upon unbelievers. It also emphasizes the need to worship the Lord.
Do You Have Reason To Worship The Lord?
1 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. 2And 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. 3They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying: "Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty!
Just and true are Your ways, O King of the saints!
4Who 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."
5After these things I looked, and behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the
testimony in heaven was opened.
6And out of the temple came the seven angels having the seven plagues,
clothed in pure bright linen, and having their chests girded with golden
7Then 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.
8The 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.
Revelation chapter 15 begins the preparation for the last 7 bowls.
The wrath of God began with the 7 seals in chapter 6
and will be finished with the last 7 bowls.
Chapter 15 is an introduction
to these last 7 and final plaques on mankind.
God has poured out his wrath in judgment on early sinners.
Adam's sin in the Garden of Eden
brought the entire human race under judgment.
By Noah's days, people had turned so wicked
that God sent the judgment of the flood
to destroy the entire world except 8 people.
Noah, his 3 sons and their wives were saved on the Ark..
Centuries of disobedience and wickedness by the Jewish people
eventually led to their judgment and captivity.
The northern 10 and 1/2 tribes were conquered in 722 B.C.
by the Assyrian Empire.
The southern kingdom of Judah was conquered in 586 B.C.
by the Babylonian Empire.
Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by God with fire.
Now in Chapters 15 and 16 of Revelation
we will see the final outpouring of God's wrath on mankind
before Jesus returns to earth to set up His Millennial kingdom.
Chapter 15 begins the introduction to those last 7 judgments.
This chapter sets the stage for the last 7 bowl judgments
that cover the last 3 and 1/2 years of the tribulation
which are described in Revelation chapter 16.
VERSE 1 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.
The 7 angels prepare to deal out the last 7 judgments.
They are called the 7 bowls or in some translation the 7 vials.
Bowls or vials were actually shallow bowls
used for pouring drink offerings to the Lord.
The bowls in Revelation are full of the wrath of God.
The word "seven" in scripture often means completeness
so here it means God’s wrath on mankind will be completed.
The only good thing about these plagues
is that the Christians are in heaven when this occurs.
To fall into the hands of Almighty God
and have His wrath fall on unbelievers
is the very worst thing that could happen.
These plagues will bring to a close the wrath of God
on sinful mankind for rejecting His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
The last 7 plagues indicate that these are in order
and this finishes the 21 total plagues on mankind.
VERSE 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.
We saw back in chapter 4 the sea of glass.
It was located in front of God's throne.
Here John sees the same place,
but now it was mixed with the fire of God's judgment.
The victory over the beast has been won through faith in Jesus
and refusal to submit to the Antichrist.
These are the Tribulation Martyrs.
The harps indicate they are rejoicing and singing praise to God.
These believers are rejoicing
because their prayers for God's vengeance on their persecutors
are about to be answered.
VERSE 3 They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying: "Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true are Your ways, O King of the saints!