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His arrangement is typical of the way the apocalyptic writers tended to arrange their material in groups of seven and of three and would regard three groups of seven as standing for perfection. The scene is in heaven. Before John tells of the seven angels with the seven bowls of wrath, he has a picture of those who came through martyrdom for Christ. They are standing beside the sea which looked as if it was of glass. We have already seen this sea in Revelation This time the glass is intermingled with fire, a natural addition in the circumstances.
This is a passage of judgment and fire in Scripture is often the symbol of judgment. There comes upon Egypt hail mingled with fire Exodus ; the chaff is to be consumed in the fire Matthew ; our God is a consuming fire Hebrews The whole scene is grimly illuminated with the lurid light of the fire of judgment which is to descend upon the earth. We are shortly to hear of the song of Moses. This is the song which Moses sang when the children of Israel had come triumphantly through the dangers of the crossing of the Red Sea. Even so, as H. Swete puts it, the martyrs have come safely through the sea of martyrdom and have arrived at the shore of heaven.
It is said that the martyrs have emerged victorious from their contest with the forces of Antichrist. There is something very significant here. The martyrs died the most savage deaths and yet they are said to have emerged victorious. It was the very fact that they had died that made them victors; if they had remained alive by being false to their faith, they would have been the defeated. Again and again the records of the early church describe a day of martyrdom as a day of victory.
In the record of the martyrdom of Saint Perpetua we read: "The day of their victory dawned, and they walked from prison to the amphitheatre as if they were walking to heaven, happy and serene in countenance. The real victory is not prudently to preserve life but to face the worst that evil can do and if need be to be faithful to death. Who shall not fear and glorify your name, O Lord?
Because you alone are holy; Because all the nations will come and worship before you; Because your righteous judgments have been made plain for all to see. The victorious martyrs sing two songs. They sing the song of the Lamb which, as we have seen, is the song which they alone could learn Revelation They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God.
This was the song which Moses sang in triumph to God after the safe crossing of the Red Sea. It is in Exodus Who is like thee, 0 Lord, among the gods, who is like thee, majestic in holiness, terrible in glorious deeds, doing wonders? The Lord will reign for ever and ever. It was sung at every Sabbath evening service in the synagogue. At every Jewish service the recital of the Shema compare the verb, Hebrew , the creed of Israel, was followed by two prayers--it still is--and one of these prayers refers to this song: "True it is that thou art Jehovah our God, and the God of our fathers, our King, and the King of our fathers, our Saviour, and the Saviour of our fathers, our Creator, the Rock of our Salvation, our Help and our Deliverer.
Thy name is from everlasting, and there is no God beside thee.
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A new song did they that were delivered sing to thy name by the sea-shore; together did all praise and own thee King, and say, Jehovah shall reign, world without end! Blessed be the Lord who saveth Israel. We set down first the words in the song and below them the Old Testament passages of which they remind us.
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O Lord, how great are thy works! Psalms ; The works of the Lord are great Psalms ; he has done marvellous wonderful things Psalms ; Wonderful are thy works Psalms The Lord is just in all his ways, and kind in all his doings Psalms All the nations thou hast made shall come and bow down before Thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name Psalms There is none holy like the Lord 1 Samuel ; Let them praise thy great and terrible name!
Holy is he! Psalms ; Holy and terrible is his name Psalms All the nations thou hast made shall come and bow down before thee, O Lord Psalms The Lord has made known his victory, he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations Psalms There is not one single word in it about their own achievement; from beginning to end the song is a lyric outburst on the greatness of God. Heaven is a place where men forget themselves and remember only God. Charles finely puts it: "In the perfect vision of God self is wholly forgotten.
Swete puts it this way: "In the presence of God the martyrs forget themselves; their thoughts are absorbed by the new wonders that surround them; the glory of God and the mighty scheme of things in which their own sufferings form an infinitesimal part are opening before them; they begin to see the great issue of the world-drama, and we hear the doxology with which they greet their first unclouded vision of God and his works.
And 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. The tent of witness, or the tent of testimony, is a common title in the Old Testament for the tabernacle in the wilderness Numbers ; Numbers ; Numbers It is, therefore, clear that John is seeing this picture, not in terms of the Jerusalem temple, but in terms of the ancient tabernacle.
It is from within the tabernacle that the seven avenging angels come forth.
In the centre of the Holy Place within the tabernacle lay the Ark of the Covenant, the chest in which were contained the tables of the ten commandments, the essence of the Law. That is to say, these angels come out from the place where the Law of God rests and come to show that no man or nation can with impunity defy the Law of God. They are clothed in a shining white robe and are girt about the breasts with a golden girdle.
The robes of the angels are symbolic of three things.