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Scripture reading for December 24th: Revelation 15:1-8
Moses led the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt about 1500 years before Christ. After ten plagues that brought judgment on the gods of Egypt and those that followed them, the Egyptian army and Pharaoh decided to attack the unarmed Israelites as they faced the Red Sea. God, through Moses, opened the Red Sea and delivered His people. When they were safely on the other side and the Egyptian army was crossing, Moses held up his rod and the sea drowned all those in pursuit. Moses and Miriam led the people in a song of worship to God for His amazing deliverance! (Exodus 14-15)(Exodus 15:11)
“And I saw what looked like a sea of glass mixed with fire and, standing beside the sea, those who had been victorious over the beast and his image and over the number of his name. They held harps given them by God and sang the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the Lamb: “Great and marvelous are Your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are Your ways, King of the Ages. who will not fear You, O Lord, and bring glory to Your Name? For You alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before You, for Your righteous acts have been revealed.”” (Revelation 15:2-4)
John saw a company of people who had been victorious over the beast and had not taken his mark. These had been given harps by God and were singing the song of Moses. They had overcome by faith, many having been martyred for their refusal to accept his mark. They sang this song now to God and to the Lamb, worshiping Him for His justice and righteousness in judging the beast and those who refused to repent. God alone was holy and worthy of worship!
As they worshiped, the tabernacle of the Testimony was opened and the seven angels with the seven bowls of the wrath of God appeared. The heavenly temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and His power! As these faithful servants worshiped, God ordered the final seven plagues to be poured on the earth. God’s plan to eliminate evil and rebellion would take place suddenly and swiftly. Patient endurance had paid a big reward for those now in heaven. The worst was ahead for those in rebellion on earth!