15:1 And I (John) saw another wonder (sign) in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels having the seven last calamities (plagues); for in them completed (is filled up) the passion (wrath) of Yahweh.
Anytime there was an angel seen in John’s vision, that angel had a specific message from Yahweh. There were seven angels that revealed Yahweh’s Spirit to the churches. Each messages caused a response from the believers that caused a calamity.
Even though Yahweh’s Spirit was revealed in great and marvelous ways, many in the churches did not see or understand the move of Yahweh because they were bound by their carnal way of thinking. They gave Yahweh’s love, motives, actions, and the same qualities as the beastly nature in the unconverted man. In order to bring mankind into himself, Yahweh first poured himself out upon the believers, thereby, allowing them to react to his Spirit, learn of this nature, and mature into his image.
Eph. 3:16-21, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; that Christ (the Anointing) may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of Yahweh. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, unto him be glory in the church by the Anointed SAVIOR throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
15:2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mixed (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 Yahweh.
The word “sea” comes from the word “salt;” a sea is a body of water that has salt in it. The word “glass” means “transparent.” In order to make clear glass, you use water, white sand, salt, lime, and extreme heat. These ingredients together symbolized the standard by which the overcomers were to live:
the water symbolized Yahweh’s Word of Truth (Eph. 5:25-27), the white sand symbolized the unlimited number of believers (Gen. 22:15-18; Hosea 1:10), the salt represented their good attitude (Matt. 5:13; Mark 9:49-50), the lime represented Yahweh’s grace (John 1:14; Eph. 2:10), (Lime softens glass so it is not easily broken. Grace helped them to continue on.) the fire and the heat, represented correction, judgment (1 Cor. 3:13-15, 1 Pet. 1:7, Isa. 4:4-6,).
The sea of glass was first mentioned in Revelation 4:6; it was before the throne but was not mixed with fire. The fire symbolized the cleaning process that gave the overcomers victory over their beastly nature. The fire made it possible for them to be in the image of their FATHER and to no longer be in the image of the beast. They no longer walked after the lust of the flesh, lust of the eye, or the pride of life.
Remember the number of the beast is the number of man (Rev. 13:18). These overcomers were reborn from above and were sons of Yahweh; they were immature manifestations of their FATHER—they were immature reflections of his righteousness and truth (John 1:12; Rom. 8:14; 1 John 3:1-2).
The harp was a symbol of praise and worship.
Ps. 33:1-4, Rejoice in Yahweh, O you righteous: for praise is comely for the upright.2 Praise Yahweh with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. Sing unto him a new song; play skillfully with a loud noise. For the word of Yahweh is right; and all his works are done in truth.
Ps. 43:3-4, O send out your light and your truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto your holy hill, and to your tabernacles. Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God.
Ps. 71:22-23. I will also praise you with the psaltery, even your truth, O my God: unto you will I sing with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel. My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto you; and my soul, which you have redeemed.
In chapter fourteen, John’s vision begin with the ministry of the disciples as they stood with the Lamb on Mount Zion and ended with the fruit of the Spirit flowing out of a many membered body of believers. Now John is given a glimpse of the results of that great ministry.
Eph 4:11-16, He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of Yahweh, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: from whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplies, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, makes increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
15:3 And they (the victorious) sang the song of Moses the servant of Yahweh, and the song of the Lamb, saying, “Great and marvelous are your works, Lord Yahweh Almighty; righteous (just) and truth (true) are your ways, (thou) King of nations (saints).
4 Who shall not reverence (fear) you, O Lord, and glorify your name? for you only are holy: for all nations shall come and worship before you; for your judgments are (made) manifest.”
In the Old Testament, songs were sung on occasions of thanksgiving and triumph.
Ps. 40:1-3, I waited patiently for Yahweh; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he has put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and reverence (fear), and shall trust in Yahweh.
The song of Moses and of the Lamb was one of the songs sung by the overcomers. Moses is a representative of the old order, which included the ceremonial laws and the tabernacle in the wilderness with all its ordinances. These were all shadows of the new administration that was established by the Anointed SAVIOR (Heb. 8:5; 10:1). Their song of victory announced the bringing into reality that which the shadows symbolized. The life of Moses was the shadow and the SAVIOR (Lamb) was the substance of the shadow (Heb. 9:8-10). Steven proclaimed this when he delivered his last message to the unbelieving Jews.
Acts 7:35-38, This Moses whom they refused, saying, Who made you a ruler and a judge? the same did Yahweh send to be a ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the angel which appeared to him in the bush. He brought them out, after that he had showed wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red sea, and in the wilderness forty years. This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall you hear (Deu. 18:15.). This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spoke to him in the Mount Sinai, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us.
In the second and third chapters of Revelation, we have learned about each of the works of the seven churches and the results of their works. The overcomers’ song revealed the works of Yahweh and the results. It revealed his righteous and true character, his position, his power, and his wisdom. The song declared his position as the King of nations. They sang of his magnetism and divinity, saying, “Who shall not reverence you and glorify your name?” The overcomers sang of Yahweh’s ability to draw all people unto himself. Then they finished their song by declaring his judgments, that is, his decisions where understood.
15:5 And after that I looked, and, (behold,) the temple (sacred place) of the tabernacle of witness (the testimony) in heaven was opened:
The word “temple” in this verse comes from the word “sacred.” In the Old Testament, the sacred place in the Tabernacle of Witness was called the Holiest of Holies. It was the place where Yahweh communed with the High Priest. John was seeing a vision; therefore, what he saw was the sacred place where Yahweh dwells in the heavenly realm; where he and man can communicate with each other. The way was opened for man to come into full maturity, into the full knowledge of the Son of Yahweh: into the fullness of the Anointed Word. The way was opened into Life and immortality.
Rom 8:10-11, If Anointed (Christ) be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is Life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up the SAVIOR from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also make alive (quicken) your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwells in you.
15:6 And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven calamities (plagues), clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles.
John was prepared to hear the seven messages that came out of the tabernacle of witnesses. The seven messengers would reveal to him seven calamities. The angels being clothed in pure white linen with their breasts girt about with golden girdles signified that their messages were righteous and true.
15:7 And one of the four Living Creatures (beasts) gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the passion (wrath) of Yahweh, who lives forever and ever.
8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of Yahweh, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven calamities (plagues) of the seven angels were completed (fulfilled).
John’s vision is not clear as to which one of the Living Creatures gave the seven angels the golden vials full of the passion of Yahweh. Each of the Living Creatures symbolized the SAVIOR in his various stages; therefore, in all of his stages—Lion, Bullock, Man, or Eagle—the SAVIOR as the Word revealed Yahweh’s passion to those who had ears to hear.
Notice that the temple was filled with smoke. This smoke is symbolic to Yahweh’s presence his emotion, sentiments, and desires, which is based upon the principles of love, righteousness, and truth. The temple was filled with Yahweh’s compassion and his judgments that came from his glory and power.
Yahweh’s glory is his divine nature which is far beyond man’s carnal understanding. Yahweh’s glory is his splendor and holiness; it emphasizes his greatness and authority. The power of Yahweh is the substance of that which he is—Life-force. All things were created by him and nothing exists without him. He is omnipotent, omniscience, and omnipresence. The seven messages would reveal the essence of Yahweh’s compassion, his power, and his judgments. These seven messages caused stress upon the natural mind, but through these messages would come complete understanding of Yahweh’s working within man. Then the believers would understand Yahweh’s love, his power, and his judgments. The way into the spiritual reality of the Holiest of Holies would be understood. But to get there, there had to be a spiritual awakening, a crucifixion of the fleshly nature and a dedication.
Eph. 4:22-24, That you put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that you put on the new man, which after Yahweh is created in righteousness and true holiness.
Col. 3:1-4,8-14, If you then be risen (come out of death) with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of Yahweh. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in Yahweh. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall you also appear with him in glory. …also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his actions (deeds); and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him. Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. Put on therefore, as the elect (sons) of Yahweh, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do you. And above all these things put on love (charity), which is the bond (uniting) of perfectness (mentally and morally complete).
2 Cor. 5:1-4, For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of Yahweh, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: if so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.