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Revelation 15:1-4

“and I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.”

Once again we are reminded that these are not cunningly devised fables but that there were eye witnesses who saw and recorded a testimony for those who should come after. Not that this testimony is the source of life and conversion but, as Peter wrote, it is for to call to remembrance those things which we have been taught. John saw yet another sign and again it is not of this world. Flesh and blood have no part in it and no man was present in the operation or execution of this wonder. Twice in this passage it is recorded that this is ‘great and marvellous’ and those words equate the sign in heaven and the works of the Lord God Almighty. Therefore the seven last plagues which fill up the wrath of God are His works and His doing. He alone has ordained this wrath and the recipients of it. This is the new song of deliverance that is sung by the redeemed for He has done marvellous things: His right hand and His holy arm has gotten Himself the victory. He has made know that salvation and His righteousness He has openly shown in the sight of all the nations (Ps. 98:1). The day of the righteous vengeance came at the same time as the year of the redeemed. Christ fulfilled the law for His people and executed the law against His enemies when He tread upon the wine press of the fierceness of the wrath of God. He took the cup and drank it when He, who knew no sin, became the sin of His people and, at that time and in those days (Joel 3:1f), He poured out the cup of the wrath of God upon the wicked. These events are demonstrated in the shedding of the blood of the sacrifice of the old patterns given in the mount. Both the judgment of God and the propitiation for sin are one in the same and in both cases, “and I looked and there was none to help; and I wondered that none to uphold; therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me and my fury it upheld me” (Is. 63:5). If salvation has come unto His people then is it not complete? And if it is complete has not also the fury of the wrath of God against the condemned been completed? Hence the seven plagues are the completed work of the Lamb of God who took away the sin of His people and the rider of the white horse who came forth conquering and to conquer with that two edged sword proceeding from His mouth (Rev. 6:2).

And unto all for whom the blood is shed is the victory. He stood as the head of His house and as the builder of the house and since He by His holy arm has gotten Himself the victory then also is the victory to the army of heaven which follows after Him (and no I do not think that means an arm of angels “Thou art beautiful, O my love, as Tirzah, comely as Jerusalem, terrible as an army with banners” {Song 6:4 & 10}.) This victory is not by the arm of the flesh for no man is worthy or capable to stand with Him in the conflict. The conflict is not of this world, “for we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers against rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Eph. 6:12) and the “weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds, casting down imaginations ad every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (II Cor. 10:4), therefore the victory is by faith and that not of yourself it is the fruit of the Spirit and the faith of the Son of God who loved us and gave Himself for us. Because His children are one with Him and have always been in Him, His warfare is their warfare, His faith is their faith and His victory is their victory, “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments and His commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world and this is the victory that overcometh the world, our faith” (I John 5:3f).

Therefore they have gotten the victory the beast, over his image (icon), and over his mark and the number of his name (Rev. 15:2). Remember that the number of his name is the number of a man so the victory over his number is the victory over the corruption, wretchedness and vanity of the body of this death in the resurrection of Christ Jesus our Lord, who is the resurrection and the life. Everyone who is named in the Lambs book of life has not, does not and never will bear the mark of a man for they are born from above and even though they have an earthen vessel afore prepared for them and they are in the world, they are not of the world (John 17:16) and Christ has prayed for them that the Father would Keep them from the evil of this world. Even though they have been made subject to vanity by the will of God, they are not vain for they are a peculiar people and an holy nation of kings and priests unto their God. Each and every one of these has their Father’s name in their foreheads, they have been washed, bought and sealed by the blood of the Lamb and they all have harps wherewith they sing that new song, the song of Moses the servant of God and of the Lamb.

This is a new song because it pertains to the new covenant which He has made with His true Spiritual Israel, not like the one He made with the children of Israel, which covenant they broke, but an everlasting covenant based on His eternal love for the Son and His people (John 17:26). The covenant at Sinai was agreed to by the children of Israel before they even heard what it was (ex. 19:8) and broken before they even received it. They vowed that they could be like God and keep His covenant, sight unseen, and were condemned before they attempted to establish their righteousness. God said, “If ye will obey my voice indeed and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people” (19:5) and without the imputed faith of the Son of God they failed and their house was left unto them desolate. But in the new covenant he said, “Thou shalt love the Lord they God with all thine heart and with all thy soul and with all thy might” (Deut. 6:5) and since the everlasting love of the Father is upon His peculiar people, zealous of good works, they love Him because He first loved them.

All the works of God are great and marvellous, righteous and true. Herein is the security of the hope of the true Israel of God; absolutes instead of contingencies, axioms instead of conditions, hope and the testimony of faith instead of the tangible proof of this world which is temporary. All nations have seen the testimony of our God and therefore thou are without excuse oh man that judges, for God has shown it unto all, even those whom He has blinded and put the things of this world into their hearts that they cannot find out the things of God by searching.

“All nations shall come and worship before thee for thy judgments are made manifest” (15:4). God has given Him a name above every name and at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that He is the Lord God Omnipotent and that He reigns forever and ever, Amen.

Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
January 2, 2011