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Seven Last Plagues
(Revelation 15.1-2a)
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"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. And I saw what looked like a sea of glass glowing with fire and standing beside the sea, those who had been victorious over the beast and its image and over the number of its name." (Revelation 15.1-2a)

Glass Fire Sea

Ten Plagues of EgyptJohn of Patmos told of the pouring out of the seven last plagues, comprising terrible sores, a sea of blood, rivers and springs of blood, sun scorching, darkness, the great battle in Heaven and finally an announcement of the coming of Jesus. This would have been a great encouragement to Jesus' followers. John of Patmos' arrangement of the numbers here in two sets of seven is typical of the way the apocalyptic writers tended to arrange their material in groups of ten, seven or three. Two groups of seven would be regarded as approaching perfection.

Lake of Fire

Lake of FireBefore John of Patmos told of the seven angels with the seven last plagues, he described a picture of those who had come through martyrdom for Christ. They were standing beside the seas of glass glowing with fire. Glass has been made from antiquity as jewelry, beads, window panes and tableware. It was however very rare and extremely precious. It appeared here as a glass fire sea that is glass intermingled with fire.

Judgement in Fire

AngelsThis was an important passage of judgment where fire and burning in Scripture are together the symbols of judgment. The whole scene was grimly illuminated with the light of the fire of judgment which was to descend upon the earth.

"Seven Last Plagues"
by Ron Meacock

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