Summary: Week 35 in a Wednesday evening study through the book of Revelation
“Prelude to the Bowl Judgments”
Date: April 9, 2003
Place: Allendale Baptist
This is the 35th lesson in our study.
Chapter 15 is the shortest chapter in the Book of Revelation with only 8 verses.
Chapter 15 introduces the 7 bowls of wrath, God’s final judgments at the close of the 7 year Tribulation period.
In this chapter we will see another sign in heaven.
Chapters 15 & 16 belong together because in them we will see the pouring out of the 7 bowls of wrath
We will see that these judgments will come quickly and each one stronger in fury and with greater intensity.
Many commentators you read may tell you that the purpose of the tribulation is for the purifying of the church.
It is not. The purpose of the great tribulation is judgment on a Christ rejecting world.
In the first four verses we will see that the tribulation saints in heaven worship God because He is holy and just.
This is another interlude
This statement connects this chapter with chapter 12:1 the first sign.
These seven angels of wrath are connected with the judgments to follow until Christ comes.
“The wrath of God” marks the final judgment of the great tribulation. God has been patient, long-suffering and slow to anger but now it comes to an end.
“sea of glass” refers to the image we were given in chapter 4:6 of the transparent crystal platform or pavement God’s heavenly throne sits upon.
“Those who have the victory over the beast, over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name.”
In his vision John saw the believers from the tribulation who had overcome the beast and his system.
These are the ones se saw in Rev. 12:11 who; ”loved not their lives unto the death”
In Rev. 13:17 we noticed these faithful did not cooperate with the satanic system and receive the mark of the beast and were unable to buy or sell.
Now they are in heaven, in the presence of God.
Having “harps”. Again a symbol of music, of great joy and celebration.
Verse 3 & 4
They praise God for his “works” and His “ways”.
Name some of His works. Name some of His ways.
These words testify of God’s righteousness of God’s judgments in anticipation of what He is about to do.
When the nation of Israel returned from Babylonian Captivity and reestablished their government and restored temple worship, they used similar words.
The song of Moses celebrated God’s redemptionof His people from slavery.
“The song of the Lamb” celebrates the final deliverance from Satan and all the evils of spiritual life.
They sang that God’s works as well as His ways are “Great and marvelous”.