The Book of Revelation-Chapter 15

1) And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels who had seven plagues (angels are often use3d by the Lord (Psa 104.4) which are the last, because in them the wrath of God is finished (no more plagues after this, only the coming of the Lord).
2) And I saw, as it were, a sea of glass (speaks of the tranquility of God’s people. The type for this is the Molten Sea outside the temple building) mixed with fire (judgment), and those (believers) who had come off victorious from the beast (the false messiah) and from his image and from the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass (Greek “epi” meaning “towards” the sea, having come to it and standing at it. The allusion is to Israel standing on the shore of the Red Sea, or Yom Suf, having passed victoriously through it and the Lord destroying Pharaoh. This also alludes to the coming destruction of the false messiah) holding the harps of God (types of the timbrels that were played by Miriam and the women-Exo 15.20).
3) And they sang the song of Moses, the bond-servant of God (Exo 15.1-18-speaks of the first redemption and their deliverance from the Pharaoh and Egypt at the Red Sea. It is called the “Shirat Ha Yam” or “song of the sea” and very eschatological. In Jewish thought, it is called “a new song” on p 449 of the Hertz Siddur. Deut 32.1-43 is also called the “song of Moses” because it was right before his death. It is called “the Ha’azeinu” and sung by the Levites as the drink offering is poured out at the morning Mussaf on the Sabbath. The Ha’azeinu is very eschatological) and the song of the Lamb (the song of Moses is also called the “song of the Lamb” because it talks about the deliverance from another Pharaoh called the false messiah, from another Egypt called Europe and speaks of the second redemption), saying, “Great and marvelous are your works, O Lord God, the Almighty; righteous and true are your ways, you King of the nations (The Lord and Satan, with the false messiah, have a controversy as to who will be “King of the nations” and here they hail the Lord as King before the final judgments fall).
4) Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify thy name?” For you alone are holy; for all the nations will come and worship before you (in Ezekiel’s Temple, during the Messianic Kingdom-Isa 2.2-4; Isa 66.23; Zech 14.16; Micah 4.1-5. The conversion of the nations will not happen till Yeshua comes-Psa 22.27-31) for your righteous acts have been revealed.”
5) And after these things I looked, and the temple of the tabernacle of testimony (the “edut” or the Torah which God has given as a witness-Rom 3.21) in heaven was opened (meaning a deeper revelation is coming, in this case, judgment)
6) and the seven angels who had the seven plagues came out of the temple, clothed in linen, clean and bright (truth and righteousness), and girded around their breasts (heart of servants) with golden girdles (they represent the Lord-Rev 1.13).
7) And one of the four living creatures (the Chai’ot) gave to the seven angels seven golden (from God) bowls full of the wrath of God, who lives forever and ever.
8) And the temple was filled with smoke (divine judgment in progress) from the glory of God and from his power; and no one was able to enter the temple until the seven plagues of the seven angels were finished (Lam 3.44 says “You have covered yourself with a cloud (the smoke) so that no prayer (intercessory) can pass through”).

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