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Chapter 15

The Seven Vials of Gods Wrath

We are coming to the close of Daniels 70th week and we are told that Gods wrath (fury) is filled up with these last seven plagues (Re. 15:1-8). And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels having the last seven plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God. 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. 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. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? For thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest. And after that I looked, and behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened: And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles. And one of the four beasts [living creatures] gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth 145

for ever and ever. And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power: and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled. Here we see those who have been victorious over the beast standing on a sea of glass. In Revelation 21:18 the term clear glass is likened unto pure gold. Possibly these overcomers were standing on an expanse of gold, pure and translucent, signifying the purity and holiness of Gods heaven. This sea of glass is mingled with fire. In Revelation 3:18 God counsels His saints buy gold tried in fire that they might be rich. These overcomers have bought gold by doing the works of God and taking victory over the beast and his image; God thus describes them as being rich. 1 Corinthians 3:13 states that every mans works will be tried by the refiners fire to prove what sort it is, whether it is consumed like stubble or is purified like gold. These overcomers seem to be "standing" on their works, which have survived the refiners fire. The words to Moses song are given in Deuteronomy 32:1-43. This song sets forth the mercy shown to the Israelites, who later turned from God to the worship of false gods, which brought on God's vengeance. As a result of their perfidy, their sins became as those of Sodom and Gomorrah, and their wine as the poison of dragons and the venom of asps. He describes their vine as coming from Sodom and Gomorrah, their grapes as being filled with poison, and their clusters as being filled with bitterness. This pretty well describes the condition of mankind on earth at the time He pours out His wrath. Deuterono146

my 32: 36 NIV, says the Lord will execute judgment when He sees that the strength of His servants is gone and none are left, slave or free. There is nothing that holds Him back now. The song that the overcomers sing is also described as the song of the Lamb. By our being grafted in, the NT church is also included in this prophetic song. I believe this song is given as a warning to the latter-day church. As much as God loved the people of Israel, He had no alternative but to pour out His vengeance on them because of their turning to other Gods. In the same way, people in end-times churches can become enemies by turning away from God and worshipping the antichrist. Deuteronomy 32:36 is an arresting scripture, for it seems to imply that none of God's servants (believers) will be left when He comes to avenge and repay: all will apparently be either raptured, martyred, or will have turned to the whore church of the false prophet. This condition occurs just before God pours out His wrath on the earth. None of His true servants can be left on earth since He has promised that His wrath would not fall on His own. In Deuteronomy. 32:37 NIV God asks, "Now where are their gods, the rock they took refuge in, the gods who ate the fat of their sacrifices and drank the wine of their drink offerings?" In Revelation 15:5, John sees the temple (holy place) of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven opened, and seven angels come out. This is the same temple referred to in Revelation 11:19 as the temple of God, and in Revelation 14:17 as the temple that is in heaven. It seems that angels are dispatched 147

from the temple as they receive their assigned tasks. In this scripture the seven angels receive seven golden vials (or bowls) full of the wrath of God that are soon to be poured out on the earth. Revelation 15:8 states that no man (GNT says no one) can enter the temple until the seven plagues of these seven angels have been fulfilled.