Verse By Verse Through Revelation (15:6-8)

The 7 Bowls

6 Out of the sanctuary came the seven angels with the seven plagues, dressed in clean, bright linen, with gold sashes wrapped around their chests.

“dressed in clean, bright linen, with gold sashes wrapped around their chests.” The passage points out that even though these angels are used to bring destruction to the world for the sins of men, they are described as righteous angels in God’s sight. That is because righteous judgment is being poured out.

7 One of the four living creatures gave the seven angels seven gold bowls filled with the wrath of God who lives forever and ever.

For more study on “the four living creatures” click here: Revelation (4:6-10)

The bowls are the plagues which are God’s wrath on sin.

8 Then the sanctuary was filled with smoke from God’s glory and from His power, and no one could enter the sanctuary until the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed.

This verse brings to mind 2 Chronicles 7:1-3 which says, When Solomon finished praying, fire descended from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the LORD filled the temple. 2 The priests were not able to enter the LORD’s temple because the glory of the LORD filled the temple of the LORD. 3 All the Israelites were watching when the fire descended and the glory of the LORD came on the temple. They bowed down on the pavement with their faces to the ground. They worshiped and praised the LORD: For He is good, for His faithful love endures forever.

The Living God is so powerful that not even the host of heaven can stand in His presence when He is displaying His power. Most likely, the reason why He would not allow anyone to enter His presence at the time, besides of what I first mentioned in the beginning, was that of the seriousness in dealing with human sin.


God takes one’s sin very seriously which should make us rethink when we are tempted to depart from the LORD’s path.


Verse By Verse Through Revelation (15:1-5)


1 Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and amazing, seven angels with seven plagues, which are the last, for with them the wrath of God is finished.

These 7 plagues which are the Bowls in Revelation 16 that will be brought by the angels of God, are the final judgments that will satisfy God’s righteous anger towards sinful humanity.

2 And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mingled with fire—and also those who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name, standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands.

“sea of glass mingled with fire” is a reference to God’s throne, see Revelation 4:6.

The believers who went through the great tribulation and did not accept the mark of the beast (666) or his name were given the honor to sing a song of praise in God’s presence.

3 And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying,
“Great and amazing are your deeds,
O Lord God the Almighty!
Just and true are your ways,
O King of the nations!

The song of Moses is a reference to having victory through God’s Mighty Power. If you go to Exodus 14, it takes you back to the time when God split the sea in two like two walls on either side. The Israelites passed through but the Egyptians were killed when the waters came back down on them. The LORD saved Israel that day and because of such a great deliverance from the Lord, Moses and the people sang a song of praise to God Almighty (Exodus 15).

In the same way, the believers who died in the great tribulation for not receiving the mark of the beast by being faithful to Jesus Christ through His power, they now show gratitude for their eternal rest in heaven and sing praises in God’s honor.

4 Who will not fear, O Lord,
and glorify your name?
For you alone are holy.
All nations will come
and worship you,
for your righteous acts have been revealed.”

Verse 4 could be in reference to Christ’s millennial reign

5 After this I looked, and the sanctuary of the tent of witness in heaven was opened

“the sanctuary of the tent of witness in heaven” refers to God’s Temple in heaven. See Revelation 11:19.

Verse By Verse Through Revelation (14:16-20)

Those who dare to go against the Living God will pay for it with their lives

16 So the One seated on the cloud swung His sickle over the earth, and the earth was harvested.

The angel seized those who have rejected Jesus Christ and cast them into God’s wrath.

17 Then another angel who also had a sharp sickle came out of the sanctuary in heaven.

It seems that this angel came to help the other one seated on the cloud to gather the people and make them ready for judgment.

18 Yet another angel, who had authority over fire, came from the altar, and he called with a loud voice to the one who had the sharp sickle, “Use your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of grapes from earth’s vineyard, because its grapes have ripened.”

The phrase “Yet another angel, who had authority over fire” most likely refers to the angel mentioned in Revelation 16:8 which will bring a plague upon those who dwell on the earth by making them burn, causing the sun to get extremely hot.

The angel with the authority over fire, tells the other angels that it is time to gather the clusters of grapes which refer to the disobedient. Their sin has come to its full capacity and now they will answer for it (Joel 3:13).

19 So the angel swung his sickle toward earth and gathered the grapes from earth’s vineyard, and he threw them into the great winepress of God’s wrath.

This passage could refer to bringing the nation’s army against Israel so that the Lord can judge them and wipe them out (Ezekiel 38:1-9, 14-16, 18-22).

20 Then the press was trampled outside the city, and blood flowed out of the press up to the horses’ bridles for about 180 miles.

“Then the press was trampled outside the city” this will take place outside of Jerusalem.

The 180 miles give a clear indication that it will be an immense army that will come against the Jewish people to wipe them out off the face of the earth if it is referring to Gog. But nonetheless, whichever army or nation(s), it makes it very clear that many people who attempt to go against the Living God will pay for it with their lives.