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Revelation Chapter 15 – Song of Moshe

“Then I saw another sign in heaven, a great and wonderful one — seven angels with the seven plagues that are the final ones; because with them, God’s fury is finished” (Revelation 15:1).

Many times Elohim uses constellations and planets as ‘signs in the heavens.’ It was an astronomical event, ‘a star in the east,’ that led the magi from Persia/Arabia to see the newborn King of Isra’el. In fact, the magi were actually astronomers who charted the heavens and prophesied Biblical events through the movements of the heavenly bodies. Because of this, some suggest that the ‘sign in heaven’ of the seven messengers is where the constellation Pleiades is found among the planets and other stars.

“He alone spreads out the sky and walks on the waves in the sea. He made the Great Bear, Orion, the Pleiades and the hidden constellations of the south. He does great, unsearchable things, wonders beyond counting” (Job 9:8-10).

This ‘sign in heaven’ is a great and wonderful one. The Hebrew word גדול or gadol means ‘great’ in intensity and magnitude. The word for ‘wonder’ in Hebrew is פלא or pele and means ‘a wonder that is so extraordinary that it’s hard to explain.’ Pele is also used in reference to Elohim’s acts of redemption and judgement.

The seven messengers have seven plagues. The Hebrew word נגע or nega and means ‘a stroke,’ ‘mark,’ ‘blow,’ or ‘infection.’ Each of the plagues in the judgment of Egypt were a blow to their gods. Each time Elohim struck Egypt, they suffered economically, physically and spiritually. Because of the idolatry of self on earth, Elohim, in His fury, sends plagues.

The Hebrew word for ‘fury’ is עברה or ebrah and means ‘overflow’ and ‘rage.’ Other Hebrew words are חמא or chema and קצף or qetzef that mean ‘anger’ and ‘wrath.’

“I saw what looked like a sea of glass mixed with fire. Those defeating the beast, its image and the number of its name were standing by the sea of glass, holding harps which God had given them” (Revelation 15:2).

The next part of Yochanan’s vision is a ‘sea of glass mixed with fire.’ The ‘sea of glass’ is mentioned in Revelation 4 though it is not mixed with fire. Many believe that the ‘sea of glass’ is a reference to the Bronze Laver in the Temple. This Laver was used by the priests to wash themselves from the remains of the offerings before going into the Holy Place. The Laver was made from the mirrors or glass given to the Hebrews by the Egyptians as they were leaving their life of slavery.

“I watched, and that horn made war with the holy ones and was winning, until the Ancient One came, judgment was given in favor of the holy ones of the Most High, and the time came for the holy ones to take over the kingdom” (Daniel 7:21-22).

“For the Day will not come until after the Apostasy has come and the man who separates himself from Torah has been revealed, the one destined for doom. He will oppose himself to everything that people call a god or make an object of worship; he will put himself above them all, so that he will sit in the Temple of God and proclaim that he himself is God” (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4).

Defeating the ‘beast’ will not be an easy war for the holy ones, the 144,000 from chapter 14. They will have to endure patiently as they wait for the ‘Ancient One’ to return and give them rulership over the Kingdom. They will have to stand against a lawless world system that rejects the Torah. They will have to stand against worshipping the ‘image of the beast.’ They will have to refuse ‘marked’ by the beast without ability to buy or sell. They will have to reject the ‘man of lawlessness’ when he sits in the Temple proclaiming himself to be God. At any moment, they can be martyred for maintaining their faith in Yeshua, the foundation on which they built their faith, and obeying his commands.

“For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Yeshua the Messiah. Some will use gold, silver or precious stones in building on this foundation; while others will use wood, grass or straw. But each one’s work will be shown for what it is; the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire — the fire will test the quality of each one’s work” (1 Corinthians 3:11-13).

The people standing by the ‘sea mixed with fire’ have been removed from the refining fire of judgment and persecution as a ‘sea’ symbolizes peoples and nations of the world. They have ‘defeated the beast’ and it’s time to receive their reward.

The Hebrew word translated for ‘harp’ is כנור or kinnor though the actual instrument is unknown. The first time kinnor is found in Scripture is Genesis 4:21 saying that Yuval was the ancestor of all who play lyre and flute. David played the lyre for King Saul to comfort him whenever an evil spirit tormented him (1 Samuel 16:16). The lyre was used when King David tried to move the Ark to the threshing floor. These ‘harpists’ from Revelation 14 not only play their harps, but praise God with a ‘new song’ on a ten-stringed harp.

“God, I will sing a new song to you; sing praises to you with a ten-stringed harp” (Psalm 144:9).

“They were singing the song of Moshe, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb:

The original song of Moshe was written just before he died in Deuteronomy 32. He was commanded by God to write down the words of the song and teach it to the Israelites as a witness for Him against the people of Isra’el. This is a second song that not only is the song of Moshe, but also the song of the Lamb, the Messiah of Isra’el.

“Great and wonderful are the things you have done,
    Adonai, God of heaven’s armies!
Just and true are your ways,
    king of the nations!
Adonai, who will not fear and glorify your name?
    because you alone are holy.
All nations will come and worship before you,
    for your righteous deeds have been revealed
” (Revelation 15:3-4).

Psalm 98

“Sing a new song to Adonai, because he has done wonders. His right hand, his holy arm have won him victory. Adonai has made known his victory; revealed his vindication in full view of the nations, remembered his grace and faithfulness to the house of Isra’el. All the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God. Shout for joy to Adonai, all the earth! Break forth, sing for joy, sing praises! Sing praises to Adonai with the lyre, with the lyre and melodious music! With trumpets and the sound of the shofar, shout for joy before the king, Adonai! Let the sea roar, and everything in it; the world, and those living in it. Let the floods clap their hands; let the mountains sing together for joy before Adonai, for he has come to judge the earth; he will judge the world rightly and the peoples fairly.”

In this song of Moshe and the Lamb, Yeshua Tzva’ot, the God of heaven’s armies is praised for His greatness. The word tzva’ot comes from the Hebrew word tzava and means “that which goes forth to fight” or “an army of people created to accomplish a mission.” Yeshua is the Commander of the greatest army in heaven and on earth. The 144,000 chosen from the 12 Tribes of Isra’el were created as a special forces to take the message of the Kingdom to the nations of the earth.

Yeshua is also called the “King of Nations” who is holy or set-apart from every other king of the universe. Because of his righteous acts, his greatness, his truth, and his justice, all nations will come and worship him. The question, “Who will not fear and glorify your name?” is rhetorical. There will be no one who doesn’t fear and glorify the name of Yeshua.

“Therefore God raised him to the highest place and gave him the name above every name; that in honor of the name given Yeshua, every knee will bow — in heaven, on earth and under the earth — and every tongue will acknowledge that Yeshua the Messiah is Adonai — to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11).

“After this I looked, and the sanctuary (that is, the Tent of Witness in heaven) was opened, and out of the sanctuary came the seven angels with the seven plagues. They were dressed in clean bright linen and had gold belts around their chests. One of the four living beings gave to the seven angels seven gold bowls filled with the fury of God, who lives forever and ever“(Revelation 15:5-7).

After the 144,000 harpists sing their song of praise, the Tabernacle in heaven was opened and seven angels with seven plagues came out from it. They are dressed ‘plainly’ in linen with gold belts around their chests. The Hebrew word for clean is טהור or tahor and means ‘pure’ as well as ‘clean.’ This is a purity that is ceremonially or ritually clean. When they come out of the Tabernacle, they become the object of reverent fear as they wait to receive their military orders from I AM. Each of the seven messengers is given a bowl filled with the fury of Elohim.

The word ‘bowl’ in Hebrew is גלה or gulah and means ‘basin.’ Such a bowl brings forth the idea of Elohim ‘washing his hands’ of the wickedness of the nations by pouring out His wrath.

“Then the sanctuary was filled with smoke from God’s Sh’khinah, that is, from his power; and no one could enter the sanctuary until the seven plagues of the seven angels had accomplished their purpose” (Revelation 15:8).

The Tabernacle fills with the Divine Presence of Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh in the form of smoke. The Hebrew word for ‘smoke’ is עשן or ashan and means ‘anger’ which brings into action great destruction. No one can enter the Tabernacle until the seven messengers accomplish their purpose.

Chapter 16 – The Bowls of Wrath

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