Revelation 15:1-16:21 Comments by Stephen Ricker
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King of Ages
Comments for Study 11

Revelation 15:1-16:21
Memory Verse: 8

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I. The Song of Moses (15:1-4)

>1. What does verse 1 tell us about a time line in the book of Revelation?

* Revelation 15:1 "I saw in heaven another great and marvelous sign: seven angels with the seven last plagues--last, because with them God's wrath is completed."

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>What's the intent of a plague? (Exodus 5:1-3; Lev. 26:23-25; Josh. 22:17-18)

* Exodus 5:1-3 "Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, "This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'Let my people go, so that they may hold a festival to me in the desert.'" Pharaoh said, "Who is the LORD, that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the LORD and I will not let Israel go." Then they said, "The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Now let us take a three-day journey into the desert to offer sacrifices to the LORD our God, or he may strike us with plagues or with the sword."

* Leviticus 26:23-25 "'If in spite of these things you do not accept my correction but continue to be hostile toward me, I myself will be hostile toward you and will afflict you for your sins seven times over. And I will bring the sword upon you to avenge the breaking of the covenant. When you withdraw into your cities, I will send a plague among you, and you will be given into enemy hands."

* Joshua 22:17-18 "Was not the sin of Peor enough for us? Up to this very day we have not cleansed ourselves from that sin, even though a plague fell on the community of the LORD! And are you now turning away from the LORD? "'If you rebel against the LORD today, tomorrow he will be angry with the whole community of Israel."

* Psalm 106:28-30 "They yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor and ate sacrifices offered to lifeless gods; they provoked the LORD to anger by their wicked deeds, and a plague broke out among them. But Phinehas stood up and intervened, and the plague was checked."

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>What was John looking at? (2, 4:6)

* Revelation 15:2 "And I saw what looked like a sea of glass mixed with fire and, standing beside the sea, those who had been victorious over the beast and his image and over the number of his name. They held harps given them by God"

* Revelation 4:6 "Also before the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal. In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back."

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>2. How were those who were there victorious?

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>Who is the subject of the song of Moses? (3; Deut 32)

* Revelation 15:3 "and sang the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the Lamb: "Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the ages."

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>What can be learned from the name "Lord God Almighty"?

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>What does it mean that God is called King of the ages? (Joel 2:1-2; Matt. 12:32)

* Joel 2:1-2 "Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming. It is close at hand-- a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness. Like dawn spreading across the mountains a large and mighty army comes, such as never was of old nor ever will be in ages to come."

* Matthew 12:32 "Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come."

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>3. What does it mean to fear the Lord? (4)

* Revelation 15:4 "Who will not fear you, O Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed."

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>What does it mean to bring glory to his name?

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>What does it mean to be holy?

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II. The Tabernacle of the Testimony (15:5-8)

>4. What is the tabernacle of the Testimony? (5; Exodus 40:20-21)

* Revelation 15:5 "After this I looked and in heaven the temple, that is, the tabernacle of the Testimony, was opened."

* Exodus 40:17-21 "So the tabernacle was set up on the first day of the first month in the second year. When Moses set up the tabernacle, he put the bases in place, erected the frames, inserted the crossbars and set up the posts. Then he spread the tent over the tabernacle and put the covering over the tent, as the LORD commanded him. He took the Testimony and placed it in the ark, attached the poles to the ark and put the atonement cover over it. Then he brought the ark into the tabernacle and hung the shielding curtain and shielded the ark of the Testimony, as the LORD commanded him."

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>Why is it heaven? (Acts 7:44-50)

* Acts 7:44-50 "Our forefathers had the tabernacle of the Testimony with them in the desert. It had been made as God directed Moses, according to the pattern he had seen. Having received the tabernacle, our fathers under Joshua brought it with them when they took the land from the nations God drove out before them. It remained in the land until the time of David, who enjoyed God's favor and asked that he might provide a dwelling place for the God of Jacob. But it was Solomon who built the house for him. However, the Most High does not live in houses made by men. As the prophet says: 'Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. What kind of house will you build for me? says the Lord. Or where will my resting place be? Has not my hand made all these things?'"

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>5. Who came from the temple? (6)

* Revelation 15:6 "Out of the temple came the seven angels with the seven plagues. They were dressed in clean, shining linen and wore golden sashes around their chests."

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>Why couldn't anyone enter the temple? (7-8)

* Revelation 15:7-8 "Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls filled with the wrath of God, who lives for ever and ever.And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from his power, and no one could enter the temple until the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed."

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III. The Seven Angles With Seven Bowls (16:1-21)

Revelation Time line

>6. What was the order the the seven angels? (1)

* Revelation 16:1 "Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, "Go, pour out the seven bowls of God's wrath on the earth."

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>What did the first angle do? (2)

* Revelation 16:2 "The first angel went and poured out his bowl on the land, and ugly and painful sores broke out on the people who had the mark of the beast and worshiped his image."

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>What did the second angel do? (3)

* Revelation 16:3 "The second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it turned into blood like that of a dead man, and every living thing in the sea died."

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>What did the third angel do? (4)

* Revelation 16:4 "The third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood."

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>7. What does it mean that an angel is in charge of the waters? (5-6)

* Revelation 16:5-6 "Then I heard the angel in charge of the waters say: "You are just in these judgments, you who are and who were, the Holy One, because you have so judged; for they have shed the blood of your saints and prophets, and you have given them blood to drink as they deserve.""

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>Why did he say God was just in the judgments?

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>What is an altar used for and why would it say that? (7; Exodus 24:6)

* Revelation 16:7 "And I heard the altar respond: "Yes, Lord God Almighty, true and just are your judgments."

* Exodus 24:6 "Moses took half of the blood and put it in bowls, and the other half he sprinkled on the altar."

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>8. What did the fourth angle do? (8-9)

* Revelation 16:8-9 "The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and the sun was given power to scorch people with fire. They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify him."

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>What did the fifth angle do? (10-11)

* Revelation 16:10-11 "The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom was plunged into darkness. Men gnawed their tongues in agony and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done."

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>What does the response of fallen man show of sinful man's heart?

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>What did the sixth angel do? (12)

* Revelation 16:12 "The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the East."

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>What last attack preparation came from the evil trio? (13-14)

* Revelation 16:13-14 "Then I saw three evil spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet. They are spirits of demons performing miraculous signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty."

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>9. What does Jesus mean when he says he is like a thief? (15)

* Revelation 16:15 "Behold, I come like a thief! Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed."

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>What is to be completed at a place called Armageddon? (16-17)

* Revelation 16:16-17 "Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon. The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and out of the temple came a loud voice from the throne, saying, "It is done!"

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>10. What happened at the world wide earthquake? (18-20)

* Revelation 16:18-20 "Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since man has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake. The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed. God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of his wrath. Every island fled away and the mountains could not be found."

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>Who did men blame when the large hailstones fell? (21)

* Revelation 16:21 "From the sky huge hailstones of about a hundred pounds each fell upon men. And they cursed God on account of the plague of hail, because the plague was so terrible."

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