The Exodus Song of Moses and Jesus
In the passage before us today, we have a wonderful picture of the progress of redemption. In the OT God’s people were delivered from their bondage in Egypt through the power of God. If you remember some of the events, it will help you to understand what John is telling us here in Revelation 15.
The plagues were God’s means to destroy the Land of Egypt. As he send one after the other the land was destroyed. After God was finished with judgment there wasn’t much left. His wrath was poured out on the Egyptians by way of divine plagues.
What were the plagues? What was their purpose? If we can get a true understanding then it will help us see what is going on here in John’s vision.
In the prologue to the plague section in the Book of Exodus, God calls the plagues His signs and wonders (7:3). To begin with, this does not mean that they were to be seen as miracles to insight interest and amazement but that they were to have a deeper significance and meaning. The plagues have a strange way of pointing past themselves to something greater. They were also more than just punishment because they were to point even past punishment to judgment. Then there was an element of knowledge that accompanied the plagues.
Here’s what I mean…The plagues were to give the one experiencing them knowledge of his (this case Pharaoh) frailty at the hand of Almighty God. They warned him over and over that judgment was coming. Heed the warning of the plague and you will not experience more, fail to listen and you will ultimately suffer eternal judgment. We know that Pharaoh did not listen and suffered ultimate destruction.
The plagues also served as a warning not only to the other nations (Joshua 2:11) but also to future generations of Israelites (Exodus 10:2). God is not to be taken lightly. His commands are to be obeyed.
Jesus’ Coronation Ceremony
Primary Truth Taught- Christ is installed as King even before His enemies are defeated showing God’s supreme sovereignty over history.
Throughout Hebrew history whenever a victory was gained the victors sang a song to their God who gave them the victory. They recognized the fact that is is God who lends us aid in every circumstance; it is God who grants us victory. Victories may look different depending on the situation. It may be a victory over sin in your life or it may be a victory, as in the case of Moses and David, over an enemy. Again we see God as the Divine Warrior who comes to the aid of His people.
One great example is the Song of Moses as he celebrated God’s victory over the Egyptians…
The Two Satanic Beasts and Their Deadly Work
Primary Truth Taught- The two beasts are empowered by Satan to destroy those made in God’s image.
Chapter 12 has shown us a vivid picture of Satan, the dragon, being hurled out of heaven. No more does he have access to heaven, he was given the deathblow at Calvary. His goal, now on earth, is to pursue the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. How does He pursue God’s people if he was defeated at Calvary? Here in this chapter John tells us through visions how it is a defeated devil does his dirty work. He operates through two major entities, as we’ll learn today. I pray that we will learn from the Bible how Satan still, even though he is a dying enemy, has some level of power on earth.
As we’ll see, Satan works through the two beasts found here in Chapter 13. Now, when we speak of the two beasts don’t think about these being beasts like monsters or even certain people, the beasts are worldly institutions in which Satan powers to do his bidding, the first being secular governments and world leaders and the second being false religions and the false church.
See with me how these work together…
The Doctrine of God
Lecture Notes Chapter 41-The Doctrine Of Death
55 “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”
56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:55-57 (ESV)
- The Reason For Death
Men must die because of sin.
1 Corinthians 15:50 (ESV)
50 I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
Rom. 6:23 tells us that the wages of sin is death. Just like everything else in life, man tends to see death as the opposite of what it really is. Man sees it as the end of existence. God sees it as the continuation or the transferring of existence. It is really the BEGINNING for ALL MEN—the lost as well as the saved. Most don’t realize that.
Title: The Woman and the Dragon (Revelation 12:1-17)
Truth Taught: The Great Dragon, the accuser of God’s people, has been conquered by the blood of Christ and the testimony of God’s people, even unto death.
Pt.1- Recognizing the Key Characters (vv.1-6).
- The Woman
- The Great Dragon
- The Child
Pt. 2- The Great Dragon is defeated by the shed blood of Christ and the testimony of God’s people (vv.7-12).
Pt. 3- The preservation of God’s people by divine provision (vv.13-17).
Pt. 4- Application for enduring the wilderness journey.
The Seventh and Final Trumpet
Primary Truth Taught- With the seventh trumpet, God’s kingdom is completed and judgment executed.
John’s two-part interlude ended and now the church is ready to witness the next phase of redemptive history, Christ’s return.
The seventh trumpet coincides with the seventh seal, showing heaven right before the return of Christ.
This final segment of the trumpet judgments give us two hymns, the first praising God for His kingdom, the second, for His work, rewards and judgment.
I’ve never heard a praise song or a hymn for that matter praising God for His judgment on the lost world. Many probably can’t even comprehend this concept. However, when that day arrives it will be so right for God to do that that all believers will sing the hymn of praise for God’s justice against unbelievers.
Revealing Fully What the Prophets Only Saw In Part
Primary Truth Taught– God keeps His Church secure while ultimate victory is realized through suffering
This section corresponds to the visions of the 144,000 and the Great Multitude who were sealed by God. So, it’s placement, its content, and its OT allusions provide us with an interpretive basis. As we continue looking at this great book we see this interlude which is the same interlude shown in Chapter 7 being between the 6th and 7th cycle of the seals and the trumpets. Remember, we saw between the 6th and 7th seal judgment an interlude that was God’s way to encourage and equip His people to endure through persecution by reminding them and us that we are sealed. So too we see that today’s text shines more light on that time where God desires to ready His church for persecution and struggle that she will experience throughout history from John’s day and continuing through until the end.
In this section the prophecies of two OT prophets are highlighted then fulfilled in an amazing way. I always find it interesting how the New Testament writers present OT prophecies and then place a New Covenant twist on them and what we’re left with is a completed picture where the prophets only saw the portrait partially complete.