Rev 15:1-8                            Priests Unto God                                        4/9/2006         ßà   

  • Successive and Contemporaneous Events (Rev 15:1-8, Gen 15:16)

 

 

 

 

#1.       A Sea of Glass and Harps of God (Rev 15:2, 14:2-3)

 

 

 

 

·     The Second Song of Moses (Deut 32:1-4,11-12,39-43, 1Cor 10:4, Isa 46:11, Dan 4:35, Psalm 51:4)

 

 

 

 

#2.       His Priestly Duties (Rev 15:6-7, 1:13,6, Ex 28:8,40, Heb 9:11-14, Rom 12:1)

 

 

 

 

  • Just and True Are All Thy Ways (Rev 15:3, Rom 3:16-18)

 

 

 

 

#3.       The Best Forces Are in the Last Battle (Luke 17:24-30)

 

 

 

 

  • Seven Golden Vials and a Golden Censer (Rev 15:7, 8:2-5, Rev 6:10)

 

 

 

Please open your Bibles to the Revelation of Jesus Christ, Rev 15:1 (2X). Rev 15 is a chapter given to us to see the preparations God makes before pouring out the seven vials of wrath on the earth. And when we consider the general plan of this Revelation of Jesus Christ, when we consider the seven seals, and the seven trumpets, and the seven vials of wrath, we must remember that they are:

  • Successive and Contemporaneous Events (Rev 15:1-8, Gen 15:16)

In other words there are seven seals, but the first four seals are contemporaneous events, meaning that they occur at the same time. The seventh seal reveals itself as seven trumpets, but the first four trumpets are contemporaneous events; they occur at the same time. The seventh trumpet reveals itself as seven vials of wrath, but the first four vials are contemporaneous events; they occur at the same time. And the seventh vial is Judgment Day itself. But it is not in harmony with the contents of the Bible and with the contents of Revelation to take these seals and trumpets and vials as strictly successive, nor as being entirely contemporaneous. Taking them all as a whole, they are both successive and contemporaneous. In principle there is nothing new in the seven vials. Only there is progress again in the destruction of the church and of the world. The destruction was more severe in the seven trumpets than in the seven seals, and the destruction is more complete in the seven vials than in the seven trumpets. In fact, the destruction is entirely complete when the seven vials are poured out. So let us now turn to Rev 15:1-8 and see this prelude to the pouring of these seven vials of the wrath of God.

Re 15:1-2  And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last 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.

Re 15:3  And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.

Re 15:4-5  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:

Re 15:6  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 gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever.

Re 15:8  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.

What does it mean when we read in verse one, “for in them is filled up the wrath of God”. It certainly does not mean that God’s wrath was now completely satisfied, for God’s wrath continues to afflict the wicked in Hell forever and ever. But verse one tells us that the wrath of God on the sinners of this earth will now be full, and they must now stand before the Judgment throne. When God rained down fire and brimstone upon the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and Admah and Zeboim, God’s wrath on them was full, to the extent that for them the end of the world has come. But that is not the end of God’s wrath on them. They will still be arraigned before the throne of Christ, and they will be found guilty, and they will still endure God’s wrath for an eternity in Hell. Moreover, the wrath of God upon the wicked on this earth is not always disaster and calamity and pain. The wrath of God upon the wicked is also when God gives them up to uncleanness, and when God gives them up unto vile affections, and when God gives them over to a reprobate mind, and when God shall send them strong delusion that they should believe the lie. They may still live in luxury and free of any pain, but when they wallow in these sins it means that the wrath of God rests upon them. And God waits until their iniquity is full, like God said to Abraham in Gen 15:16, “for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.” This is what we must understand when we read in Rev 15:1 the words, “for in them is filled up the wrath of God”. Then we read in V.2 of:

#1.       A Sea of Glass and Harps of God (Rev 15:2, 14:2-3)

Re 15:2  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.

This scene is still in the old heaven, before the saints will enter into the new creation. Remember the symbolic nature of the scenes that God is painting before our eyes. We saw this sea of glass before in Rev 4:6. There the ones on the sea of glass were the four living creatures, the 24 elders, and a multitude of angels. In other words the sea of glass was still half empty, since this scene reflected the condition of heaven before the Lamb opened the first seal of the Book that represents the decree of God for all creation. Who are the ones in Rev 15:2 standing on the sea of glass? It is the church in glory. They are almost complete, for the end of the world is near. Please turn one page to Rev 14:2 (2X). This great multitude is representing the saints from all times, both OT and NT times. These are God’s elect, singing praises, for God’s providence has upheld them, God’s grace has kept them faithful to the end, and God is about to pour His vengeance upon their enemies. They are singing all through the pouring of the seven vials of wrath, and this vision is given to the saints on earth as a forward look, and as an encouragement that our complete victory is near. If our brethren of the family of Christ in heaven are singing, it means that they are absolutely certain that their brethren on earth will remain faithful and will not give up their battle against spiritual wickedness in high places. They are standing on a sea of glass like unto crystal, which means it looks transparent like a sea of crystal. To the saints in heaven the works of God will be transparent to all His children. This expanse that looks like a sea of crystal is a symbol of the splendor, as well as of the transparency, of all the works of God. In this sea of crystal before the throne the new creation in all its glory and beauty must have been reflected, but also the works of God on all the wicked is reflected in that it is mingled with fire. From the view of heaven all things shall reflect the glory and beauty and grace of Him who sits upon the throne. All things shall reflect His glory and righteousness and holiness. And all things shall be given to the saints as a gift.

All the saints “have the harps of God”. What does it mean that they have the harps of God? We have heard these harps before in Rev 14:2-3, where the faithful 144,000 stood with the Lamb of God on Mount Sion, and then they heard the voice of harpers from heaven. We have read in Rev 14:2-3,

Re 14:2-3  And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:      And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.

The saints on earth chime in with the saints in heaven as they sing the song of Moses and of the Lamb, glorifying God for His great salvation by grace, through the cross of Christ. They have harps of God, meaning that God Himself has given them their harps. He is the author of their harps. And He is at the same time the author of their song. Never would they have sung this song were it not for the grace of God. Never would they have remained faithful unless God through Jesus Christ had sustained them by His grace. Never would they have been able to sing this song, unless God Himself had formed them to be His people. That is why they have harps of God. And what do they sing? They sing the song of Moses and of the Lamb. Please turn in your Bibles to the prophecy of Deuteronomy, Deut 32:1 (2X). There are two places where we find the Song of Moses. Last week we saw the first Song of Moses, where Moses is rejoicing in the judgment of God on Pharaoh and on the Egyptian army. In the last verse of Deut 31 we read that Deut 32 is also called the Song of Moses. And we can see that this Song of Moses has essentially the same content as the first Song of Moses. Moses spoke the words of this song to the nation of Israel at the end of his life. God was about to have him die on Mount Nebo.

·  The Second Song of Moses (Deut 32:1-4,11-12,39-43, 1Cor 10:4, Isa 46:11, Dan 4:35, Psalm 51:4)

De 32:1 ¶  Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.

De 32:2-4  My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:          Because I will publish the name of the LORD: ascribe ye greatness unto our God.                    He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

What we see here in verse 1 is that Moses is pictured as the Word of God. And then he continues to praise the Name of the Lord, for God is very great. But when Moses described the works of God he calls Him “The Rock”. When we see this in the Bible we remember that Christ is called “The Rock”. There are at least 19 verses in the OT where Christ is identified as “The Rock”. Moreover, when we turn to the NT we read in 1Cor 10:4, “And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.” But here in Deut 32 God continues to describe how He took and nourished Israel, how He cared for them even though they repeatedly rebelled against Him, and how He finally brought judgment upon their enemies. In this song Moses praises God for His merciful and magnificent salvation program. Then God concludes this song with His promise to render vengeance to His enemies. Please drop down to verse 39, and there we read,

De 32:39-41, See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.            For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever.            If I whet my glittering sword, and mine hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and will reward them that hate me.

De 32:42  I will make mine arrows drunk with blood, and my sword shall devour flesh; and that with the blood of the slain and of the captives, from the beginning of revenges upon the enemy.

De 32:43  Rejoice, O ye nations, with his people: for he will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will be merciful unto his land, and to his people.

God states here in verse 39 that He is a totally sovereign and omnipotent God who does all things “according to the good pleasure of His will”. He says in verse 39, “I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal”. Like He says in Isa 46:11, “yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.” This is the God whom we are serving. This is the God who demands that we honor His sovereignty at all times. This is found everywhere in the Bible. For example we read in Dan 4:35, “And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?” And thus the Song of Moses praises God for His sovereignty in salvation, for the children of Israel certainly did not deserve His great deliverance out of Egypt. Likewise in the Song of Moses and of the Lamb the saints in heaven are praising God for having saved them. Of course their salvation was made possible by Christ’s sacrifice on the cross as the Lamb of God. Therefore what they are singing is also called “the Song of the Lamb”. But then we read here in verses 41-42 these vengeful words, “I will render vengeance to mine enemies”, and “I will make mine arrows drunk with blood”, and God says in verse 43, “He will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will be merciful unto his people.” Today people would say that this is a God full of revenges. Most people today would be offended by this aspect of God. And indeed this is the offense of the Gospel that would repulse most people who do not read the Bible. But this is the God whom Moses served. And this is the God whom we must serve. Is this an aspect of God that we have neglected so long? What aspect of God are we speaking about when we see Him full of revenge against His enemies? It is the aspect of His great love for those whom He chose to be His elect children. God’s great love for His elect demands that He will repay those who commit crimes against His elect children. God’s great love for His elect causes Him to declare that they are His own children, and thus any crimes committed against His children are crimes against Him. Therefore David could say “Against Thee, Thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Thy sight” (Psalm 51:4). Therefore God’s enemies are also the enemies of His elect children, and God’s attitude against them is well typified by Deut 32:11-12 (2X), where we read, “As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: So the LORD alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him.” As a ferocious eagle defends and avenges her young, so the Lord is the Defender and the Avenger of His elect children. This is a very important aspect of God we do not want to miss, for this attribute of God includes that Christ will be the Avenger on the house of Satan. Moreover, this aspect of Christ as the Defender and Avenger of His people is part and parcel of:

#2.       His Priestly Duties (Rev 15:6-7, 1:13,6, Ex 28:8,40, Heb 9:11-14, Rom 12:1)

Please turn again to the Revelation of Jesus Christ, Rev 15:6 (2X). Last week we have seen that the seven angels that are going to pour the seven vials of wrath are not angels but saints, taken out of the multitude on the sea of glass that are singing before the throne of God. We read in Rev 15:6-7,

Re 15:6  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 gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever.

Here are seven saints who have been chosen to afflict the enemies of God with the seven vials of the wrath of God, and they are “clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles”. Why are they girded with golden girdles? In Exodus chapter 28 God prescribed in detail the clothing for the High Priest and for the other priests. In Ex 28:8, 40 God prescribed golden girdles for Aaron and his sons. And last year when we were in Rev 1:13 (2X) we read that Christ was wearing a golden girdle. We know that Christ is our great High Priest, and thus it is no surprise that He is wearing a golden girdle here in Rev 1:13. And since we have read in Rev 1:6 that Christ has made us kings and priests unto God and His Father, it is also no surprise that the saints are clothed with a golden girdle. But it is a surprise that here in Rev 15:6, at the occasion of pouring the vials of wrath, God emphasized that the saints are clothed as priests. Why was it so important that they were clothed as priests? What are the duties of priests? Let us compare the priestly duties of the Lord Jesus and our priestly duties. Since we are commanded to become more and more like Christ we should expect some similarities there. Please turn in your Bibles to the Epistle to the Hebrews, Heb 9:11 (2X). What were the priestly duties of the Lord Jesus Christ when He came to earth the first time? Well the Lord Jesus came with two main assignments laid on Him by the Father. The first was that He must be the Lamb of God. In this He was unique. There is no one else who can even remotely come close to giving his or her life for the sins of someone else. But secondly the Lord Jesus came also as our High Priest. And in the function of priest He had two objectives. The first objective was that He came to be an Intercessor on behalf of us sinners, and He fulfilled that objective by preaching the Gospel. While He preached the Gospel He was interceding on behalf of those whom God intended to save at the preaching of Christ. The second objective was that He came to bring a sacrifice to God. In this He stepped in the footsteps of His predecessors, the OT priests, whose function it was to bring animal sacrifices. And once a year, on the Day of Atonement the High Priest brought the blood of his animal sacrifices behind the veil, on the Day of Atonement. Every single one of these OT animal sacrifices was pointing forward to the perfect Lamb of God, who was then sacrificed at about 3 O’clock in the afternoon on April 3, in the year AD 33, on the cross of Calvary. In other words, the Word of God tells us that Christ was the Lamb of God that was slain for our sins, but at the same time Christ was also the High Priest who killed the Lamb of God and brought His blood behind the veil of the Holy of Holies in the temple. But Christ as the High Priest did not do that on the Day of Atonement, but on the Day of Passover, since He was not of the priesthood of the order of Aaron, but He was of the priesthood of the order of Melchizedek. Let us read about this here in Heb 9:11-14,

Heb 9:11  But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;

Heb 9:12-13  Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.      For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:

Heb 9:14  How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

On that day Christ the Lamb of God hung on the cross. Where was Christ the High Priest? We do not know exactly. But God disclosed to us that spiritually Christ the High Priest took blood from Christ the Lamb of God and entered with that blood into the Holy of Holies, for we read in verse 12, “but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, (after) having obtained eternal redemption for us”. Thus in His priestly duties Christ was our intercessor by preaching the Gospel to us, and He brought a great sacrifice which was He Himself as the Lamb of God. What were the consequences of this great sacrifice that Christ as the High Priest brought? There were two consequences: The first was that the sins of all the elect of God were paid in full, which guaranteed that all the elect of God will experience becoming born from above at some point in their life, before their body dies. The second consequence was that all the non-elect were passed by, Christ did not pay for their sins, and thus all the non-elect will have to pay for their own sins in Hell. At the end of the world the second consequence will become manifest. During the sacrifice that our High Priest brought the wrath of God fell upon the Lamb of God for the sins He bore on behalf of those whom the Father planned to save, and at the end of the world the wrath of God shall fall on those who have died in their sins. We can see, therefore, that the office of the priest is to execute judgment on sinners to satisfy God’s demands that the wages of sin is death, meaning the second death. But only priests that are appointed by God have the authority to execute judgment. The Lord Jesus Christ was appointed by God, and He certainly has that authority. Likewise every one who truly has been born from above has been appointed by God to execute judgment.

Now let us see where our function as priests comes in. As priests we too are intercessors. We intercede for people around us when we preach to them the Gospel, and we pray to God on their behalf that God might save them. This is our job as intercessors. Our preaching to the non-elect is not accompanied by any response from them. Only the elect will respond in faith. Our prayers for the non-elect are not to their benefit, only to our benefit. Our prayers for the elect are answered favorably by God. But since we do not know who the elect are we are commanded to love our neighbors as ourselves and bring the Gospel to all people all over the world, and we are commanded to pray for all people all over the world, and let God decide whom He intends to save. As priests we too bring our sacrifices. What are those sacrifices? In the NT God is not as specific as He was in the OT. In the NT God treats us as adults, whereas in the OT God dealt with OT Israel as with children for whom He needed to specify the Law very precisely. But we do find in Rom 12:1, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” In other words, if we would dedicate our entire life and all our possessions in service to God, that would only be our reasonable service. God wants not just a fraction of our money, but God wants us completely, body mind and money. God does not ask from us a dead sacrifice, but He wants us to bring a living sacrifice. Then we should ask ourselves an honest question: Are we willing to do that? Are we willing to put all our resources to work for the furtherance of Christ’s Kingdom? Are we willing to give our time wherever it is needed?

Returning now to Rev 15:6 we see that the seven saints that were selected to pour the vials of the wrath of God on the earth are appearing as priests too bring judgment on the unsaved. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ as our great High Priest they will be active in the judgment process by pouring the vials over the earth. And while these seven saints pour the vials of wrath over the earth the saints on the sea of Glass are singing:

  • Just and True Are All Thy Ways (Rev 15:3, Rom 3:16-18)

Re 15:3  And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.

Whatever feelings we might have concerning God’s salvation plan, we must always believe that God’s ways are always just and true. When we stand at the brink of God’s judgment on the world, and we feel pity for the many who are still in their sins, we are reminded of the words Abraham spoke when God was about to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham said in Gen 18:25, “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” Abraham was concerned about Lot, who lived in Sodom. We might be troubled about many in our families of whom we know that they are not saved because they live for themselves. God does not need more time. God knows whom He is going to save. And sometimes we worry about the salvation of our children, but we have to leave that in God’s hand. Just and true are all Thy ways. Certainly the works of God are great and marvellous, and His ways are just and true. And the word “just” is in the Greek text the same as the word “righteous”. We praise our God that He is just. Since He is a just God He cannot allow Himself to forgive sinners by a divine mandate, like by waving His hand. To meet the demands of His Law and to satisfy His justice, He sent His only begotten Son into the world to pay for the penalty of the sins of all those whom He had chosen to save. All those who believe on the saving work of the Lord Jesus and show evidence in their lives that God has raised them from the deadness of their soul, are those for whom the Lord Jesus has paid the penalty for their sins. And since He is a just God He will not require another payment for our sins. Once is enough.

The saints on the sea of glass are also praising God for being true. It means that anything and everything that God has declared will come to pass. From long before the foundations of the earth, yea from everlasting past, God has written the names of those whom He wanted to be saved, and by the time Judgment Day comes, all of them shall have become saved. It also means that whatever we read in the Bible, it shall surely come to pass. But all the unsaved shall surely be turned into Hell, for God says in Rom 3:16-18, Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes. And when the seven saints come out of the temple to pour out the vials of the wrath of God it shall get even worse, for the unsaved do not repent to give God glory, but instead they shall blaspheme the God of heaven because of their pains and sores.

But the saints shall hold fast to their faith, even in the thickest of battle. It is for them an honor and a privilege to live in a time near the end, because:

#3.       The Best Forces Are in the Last Battle (Luke 17:24-30)

Please turn in your Bibles to the Gospel according to Luke, Luke 17:24 (2X). We must remember that there is only one FTP, and there is only one battle during the FTP, and that it is a spiritual battle. It is not a battle where a great deal of blood is flowing, and it is not a nuclear war that will wipe out mankind. But it is a battle for the souls of men. Satan does not care for our bodies. Satan wants our souls. Therefore it is a battle that brings great sorrow to the elect of God, but it is a battle that the unsaved of the world do not see, for when Christ comes no one of them expects Him. We read in:

Lu 17:24  For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.

Lu 17:25  But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation.

Lu 17:26  And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.

Lu 17:27  They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.

Lu 17:28-29  Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;                 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.

Lu 17:30  Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed”. For the unsaved it shall be business as usual. No one of them shall suspect that Christ is coming. But it will be a time of great tribulation for the saints, for they see the spiritual battle that is raging. But God shall have His strongest children, His best forces, in the world at that last period. In principle Antichrist and his power are in the world from the very beginning. Not only in the end, but already at the time of the Apostles the Gnostic movement was blossoming and gaining many disciples. Still more: Not only in the NT time but also in the OT time the powers of Antichrist were already in the world. In principle the people of God fight the same battle all through the ages. But we must remember that the focus is not on a bloody battle called Armageddon. The focus is on Babylon, the spiritual Babylon. This is what we need to understand. Please return now to Revelation 8:2 (2X). In rev 15:7 and in Rev 8:2 we read about:

  • Seven Golden Vials and a Golden Censer (Rev 15:7, 8:2-5, Rev 6:10)

Re 15:7  And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever.

As this vision unfolds, especially in chapter 16 when the seven vials are poured out upon the earth, we can see some similarity with the vision God gave us in chapter 8. There we read in Rev 8:2,

Re 8:2  And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.

Re 8:3-4  And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.                        And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.

Re 8:5  And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.

There was much incense in the censer. It had to do with the prayers of the saints. Back in Rev 6:10 the souls in heaven cried with a loud voice, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?” Then in Rev 8 the censer was filled with fire and cast into the earth. That censer represented two things, #1. It represented judgment upon the world, and #2. It represented the atonement provided by Christ’s sacrifice that protected the saints from that judgment. Then the seven angels blew their trumpets, and God poured out His wrath. Now in Rev 15 we see that the saints are given the vials of the wrath of God. Effectively God is answering their prayers and God is now saying to them, “The time to avenge your blood has come”. Let us pray that none of  us may be on the receiving end.       AMEN.

Let us turn to the Lord in prayer.