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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Song of the Lamb

Revelation 15:1-8 NIV

Seven Angels With Seven Plagues


1 I saw in heaven another great and marvelous sign: seven angels with the seven last plagues—last, because with them God’s Wrath is completed.

2 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

3 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.

4 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.”

 

5 After this I looked and in heaven the temple, that is, the Tabernacle of the Testimony, was opened.

6 Out of the temple came the seven angels with the seven plagues. They were dressed in clean, shining linen and wore golden sashes around their chests.

7 Then 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.

8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from His power, and no one could enter the Temple until the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed.

 

Verse 3 And sang the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the Lamb.

Greek

 ᾄδουσιν τὴν ᾠδὴν Μωϋσέως τοῦ δούλου τοῦ θεοῦ καὶ τὴν ᾠδὴν τοῦ ἀρνίου

Greek word καί kaí (the most common New Testament conjunction, used over 9,000 times) – and (also), moreover, even, indeed (the context determines the exact sense).

With it, we can translate the Greek text to;

“And sang the song of Moses the servant of God , namely (indeed, even) the Song of the Lamb.”



What is the Song of the Lamb?

It is unthinkable that the Lamb (Christ Who was slain) sings for Himself. It is rather a ‘Song dedicated to the Lamb’ by Moses, the servant of God.

It becomes clear when we read Revelation 5:8-14.

8 And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.

9 And they sang a new song:

“You are worthy to take the scroll

and to open its seals,

because you were slain,

and with your blood you purchased men for God

from every tribe and language and people and nation.

10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,

and they will reign on the earth.”

11 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders.

12 In a loud voice they sang:

“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,

to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength

and honor and glory and praise!”

13Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing:

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb

be praise and honor and glory and power,

for ever and ever!”

14The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.

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