Handout No. 11
The Seven Last Plagues Introduced - Revelation 15:1-8
In previous chapters, we have seen the worshippers of the beast marked (for punishment) and theworshippers of God marked (for protection, as in Ezekiel chapter 9). Chapter 14 ended with theronouncement of judgment against Babylon (Rome) and the punishment of the wicked with thewrath of God.With chapter 15, we begin to see more details of the events leading to the glorious and triumphant ending of the book. In particular, we’re going to be introduced to the seven last lagues, representing God’s final and complete outpouring of wrath against the persecutors of His people. In reaction, we’re going see those who had conquered or overcome the beast and hisimage singing the song of Moses and the song of the Lamb.
I.Part 1: Setting the Stage – Another Great Sign (15:1)A.Another Sign in Heaven1.At this point we are no stranger to signs in heaven. We’ve seen them several times inthe second section of the book (e.g., 12:1, 3).2.Great and amazing – as we’ll see in the full details next week.B.Seven Angels1.Seven is the number of perfection, the union of God (3) and man (4).2.We have seen several other series of sevens in the book.
Seven seals (6:1ff)
Seven angels with seven trumpets (8:2ff)
Seven thunders (10:3-4)3.Seven plagues
A reference to the plagues of Egypt, which God used to deliver His people.
We’ll look at the details of the plagues in chapter 16, but note for now thereference to boils in 16:2, water turned to blood in 16:3-4, and darkness in16:10.
The final and full expression of God’s anger against the particular persecutorsof His people at that particular time
In contrast to the partial warnings and punishments that we’ve already seen.
Compare the 1/3 destruction in the first 4 trumpets to the full destruction inthe first four plagues (earth, sea, fresh water and sky respectively)