The Old Testament in the Book of Revelation (Revelation 15:5–8)

This entry is part 39 of 52 in the series Revelation and Its Connections to the OT

Passage Summary 

John looked again and saw the scene continue as the sanctuary of the heavenly tabernacle was opened (15:5). Seven angels came out, clothed to symbolize their task―purifying and conquering the world through seven plagues for the Lamb to take His throne (15:6; cf. 1:13; 19:8). One of the four living creatures gave the angels the bowls, full of wrath, to complete the final acts of anger by God against unbelieving mankind (15:7). His burning indignation filled the sanctuary with smoke to anticipate and initiate this final, coming wrath and would not dissipate until it was finished (15:8).


Old Testament in the New 

Revelation Old Testament Connection Between the Two
15:5 Exod 38:21 The earthly tabernacle of testimony was patterned after the heavenly one (cf. Heb 8:5).
15:7 Isa 51:17, 22; Jer 25:15 Some kind of container holds the wrath of God to be drunk or poured out upon recipients.
15:8 Exod 40:34–35; 1 Kgs 8:10–11; 2 Chr 5:13–14; Isa 6:1–4 In both positive and negative contexts, God sometimes manifests His presence with smoke.

 A Parting Thought

God’s tabernacle cannot be entered until His wrath is over at this time. While upholding all things, His attention is primarily directed towards this judgment. The bowls are full and can be filled no more. What a frightening thing it will be for those who bear the final wrath of God at this time, and may we persevere to be assured that such wrath is not for us.

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