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Pamphlet 1886 Rev. kc 40-1
In chapter 14 we saw what was happening on earth at Christ's return. Now in chapter 15 we are going to see what is happening from the vantage point of heaven.
John now looks and sees yet another PICTURE, a sign, a supernatural wonder in heaven. He SEES seven angels who have the seven last plagues containing the wrath of God to be poured out upon the earth on that Day of Vengeance by the King of kings and Lord of lords.
The good news is that the wrath of God is complete, i.e. it will be fulfilled and over with in these seven plagues. Seven remember is the number of spiritual perfection or completeness. Even "gooder" news is that His wrath is poured out only on His enemies and NOT on His children who have already overcome and are now preparing to sing the Old Testament version of "We are the Champions".Rev. 15:1
And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.
Do you remember this sparkling, crystalline "sea of glass" from chapter 4 verse 6? It is the floor before the very throne of God. And now, standing on that pure sea of glass are those who have overcome Satan, and his one world system, and his deception of claiming to be the Messiah. And they have musical instruments to play as they sing in the next verse. 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.
Just and true are the ways of the King of Nations (as the texts read), i.e. the King of kings. And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.
And what is the Song of Moses and the Song of the Lamb? The "Ode of Moses" or "The Ballad of Moses the Servant of God" is the 32nd chapter of Deuteronomy, which sums up the plan of salvation, which draws from the entire Word of God, which is the Word of the Lamb, which is His Song.
It is, as Dr. Bullinger notes in the Companion Bible (Deut. 31:30), the key to the apocalypse of Rev. 15:3.
Because it tells of His greatness and of the proclamation of His Word and it tells the story of the plan of God, the plan of the Rock of our Salvation for His people. It tells of those would claim to be God's chosen people as taught in these latter times by the churches of Smyrna and Philadelphia, (Rev. 2:9 & 3:9) but whose rock is not our Rock for they are a perverse and crooked generation, and their vine is not of the true Vine.
It tells of how dearly and lovingly our Father brought forth and nourished and protected His people, giving them of the fattest portions and blessings of the earth and how after all that, they turned their backs and whored after other gods, provoking our Father to jealousy. It tells of how His people would become "lo ammi", which is to say "not my people" for period of time.
It tells of how He would scatter His people abroad and they would lose their identity, no longer calling themselves of the House of Israel and in fact calling themselves gentiles. It tells of how God would allow the "teeth of beasts" and the "poison of serpents" to come upon them to chastise them, and yet through all of this our loving Father would not forsake them.
Finally it tells how in the end, in the last days, that God would render vengeance to His enemies and to the enemies of His people, that they would know that He and He alone is Sovereign, and that there is no other rock but Him. It is that Day of Vengeance, the pouring out of those 7 Last Plagues, at which point we are in the Book of Revelation.
Yes, the overcomers of the beast and his system and his locust army will be singing the Victory Song, the Song of Moses, for in it we know the plan from the beginning and in the end we know that His Word has come to pass exactly as it was written. We have the victory!
So here is a question of paramount importance. When is the last time you heard the Song of Moses, the 32nd chapter of Deuteronomy, taught in your church, or even read for that matter? Of course many churches teach that you don't need to know the Book of Revelation because you're going to fly on out of here before all those events occur. Therefore they never read the 15th chapter of Revelation and are completely unaware that the overcomers will be singing the Song of Moses. I guess their names won't be printed among the choir members in the program directory. They will be elsewhere getting squeezed in the winepress.
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