Revelation of John 15* A song of praise is sung by the church. (1-4) Seven angelswith the seven plagues; and to them one of the living creaturesgives seven golden vials full of the wrath of God. (5-8)1-4 Seven angels appeared in heaven; prepared to finish thedestruction of antichrist. As the measure of Babylon's sins wasfilled up, it finds the full measure of Divine wrath. Whilebelievers stand in this world, in times of trouble, as upon asea of glass mingled with fire, they may look forward to theirfinal deliverance, while new mercies call forth new hymns ofpraise. The more we know of God's wonderful works, the more weshall praise his greatness as the Lord God Almighty, the Creatorand Ruler of all worlds; but his title of Emmanuel, the King ofsaints, will make him dear to us. Who that considers the powerof God's wrath, the value of his favour, or the glory of hisholiness, would refuse to fear and honour him alone? His praiseis above heaven and earth. 5-8 In the judgments God executes upon antichrist and hisfollowers, he fulfils the prophecies and promises of his word.These angels are prepared for their work, clothed with pure andwhite linen, their breasts girded with golden girdles,representing the holiness, and righteousness, and excellence ofthese dealings with men. They are ministers of Divine justice,and do every thing in a pure and holy manner. They were armedwith the wrath of God against his enemies. Even the meanestcreature, when armed with the anger of God, will be too hard forany man in the world. The angels received the vials from one ofthe four living creatures, one of the ministers of the truechurch, as in answer to the prayers of the ministers and peopleof God. Antichrist could not be destroyed without a great shockto all the world, and even the people of God would be in troubleand confusion while the great work was doing. The greatestdeliverances of the church are brought about by awful andastonishing steps of Providence; and the happy state of the truechurch will not begin till obstinate enemies shall be destroyed,and lukewarm or formal Christians are purified. Then, whateveris against Scripture being purged away, the whole church shallbe spiritual, and the whole being brought to purity, unity, andspirituality, shall be firmly established.
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