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Study Guide: Revelation 15:1-8 - The Song of Moses

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Revelation 15:1-8

Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and amazing, seven angels with seven plagues, which are the last, for with them the wrath of God is finished.

And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mingled with fire—and also those who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name, standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands. And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying,

“Great and amazing are your deeds,

O Lord God the Almighty!

Just and true are your ways,

O King of the nations!

Who will not fear, O Lord,

and glorify your name?

For you alone are holy.

All nations will come

and worship you,

for your righteous acts have been revealed.”

After this I looked, and the sanctuary of the tent of witness in heaven was opened, and out of the sanctuary came the seven angels with the seven plagues, clothed in pure, bright linen, with golden sashes around their chests. And 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, and the sanctuary was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from his power, and no one could enter the sanctuary until the seven plagues of the seven angels were finished.

 


 

Main Idea:
As those redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, the display of God’s justice should overflow into praise, worship, and thanksgiving.

 

Summary:
This passage is the buildup to the final outpouring of God’s wrath that will be fully and finally displayed in the next chapter. John sees seven angels coming forth from the temple with seven bowls of God’s wrath to complete the final judgment of God.  At the same time, he sees the redeemed of the Lord standing in victory beside a sea of glass and signing a song of praise to our God.

 

Observation:

  • Our response to God’s judgment will be very different depending on whether or not we have been redeemed by Christ.  What are some of the different emotions each side should/will experience?
  • Who are the ones standing beside the sea of glass and singing a song of praise?  How did they become victorious? (see Rev. 12:11)
  • List out all the various attributes of God that are sung about in v. 3-4?
  • Why is it significant that the seven angels came out of the temple and were dressed similar to Christ (Rev. 1:13)? 

 

Application:

  • Reflect on God’s amazing grace given to you in Christ that spares you from God’s wrath.  Allow that truth to overflow into ceaseless praise.
  • Read back through the attributes of God in the song of Moses (v. 3-4) and praise God for who He is.
  • How does the reality of the cross simultaneously demonstrate God’s extraordinary love and just wrath?  Spend some time right now thanking God for his perfect love and justice.

 

Prayer:
Praise God for his redeeming grace and ultimate victory through the death and resurrection of Christ.  Pray for God to reveal his grace in a personal way to all those who have not yet trusted Christ.