Revelation 15

Progressive Parallel Interpretive Approach:

Each section begins with the risen Christ & ends with a picture of His coming victory.

First half of Revelation: The conflict between the Church & the world

1) Christ message to His church 2) The seven seals 3) The seven trumpets

Second half of Revelation: The conflict between the Church & the world is a manifestation of the war in Heaven between Christ & satan (the dragon / accuser)

Ch. 12-14:13 - The dragon & the woman

Ch. 14:14 - 16 - God's final judgment

As we begin a new perspective on Christ's victory, we've already seen God's wrath poured out on those who had the mark of the beast. But in that earlier perspective, we saw that those plagues were preceded by trumpet blasts warning people to repent, and that even in the as the plagues, dragons and beasts came there was time for them to repent.

This current perspective has two key differences. First, it begins with a picture of all of God's people (so that includes you!) having been made victorious by God's grace standing around a sea of crystal praising God. The saints will not need to endure the bowls of wrath that will be poured out.

Secondly, unlike the seven trumpet blasts, these bowls of wrath will give no warning and leave no time for repentance. These are the seven last plagues, because with them God's wrath is completed.

Prayer For The Day: Holy Father; thank you so much for the patience you have shown to me. I've done so much that deserves your full wrath, but rather than pour it out on me, you've given me warnings, corrections, and best of all, forgiveness, since you poured out the wrath I deserved on to your Son. In His name I pray, Amen.

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