The Last Exodus
(Revelation 15)

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Revelation 15 introduces Jesus as the judge who rescues His people. Here we see the profile of those who are controlled by God. It is a legal case that documents their right to exist in heaven. The symbols used involve the people in the Holy nation.

In the study of Revelation Chapter 14, we saw the warning given to the church to get out of Babylon and avoid its corruption. This is because God intends to execute the plan that will punish them. Now we see the picture of the church, the symbolic 144,000 who were victorious. They obeyed the warning and have left Babylon. They began the exodus and are now standing on the Sea of Glass.
Before the seven last plagues we see their status in heaven. They are victorious. They are pictured as standing on the Sea of Glass ready to cross over. They may not have escaped martyrdom, but they have escaped corruption. They are victorious.
Several prophecies and examples teach that God considers His people to be under the protection of His tabernacle at some point before the Second Coming and their arrival in the Promised Land.

The New Exodus

The Angels With The Plagues.
And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God. (Revelation 15: 1)
The vision begins with the angels preparing for the plagues because this is the next phase in the judgment. The judgment has been completed. Those who listened to the warnings have been sealed. They are on their way to Mount Zion to meet God. In His sanctuary they will hide while the plagues pass over them.

Crossing The Sea Of Glass.
And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. (Revelation 15: 2)

Notice The Parallels
The Exodus story gives us an example. Revelation gives us a picture of the end time spiritual fulfillment of this example.

Sabbath Rest Denied. The seven last plagues are God's response to the Beast power refusing to allow God's end time people to keep His Sabbaths". It leads up to the new Exodus, the final exodus of God's people, to the God of the Sabbath and to God's "Shabath" (God's Rest).

Come Out. God calls His people to "Come out of her", just like the Children of Israel were to come out of Egypt.

"And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that you be not partakers of her sins, and that you do receive her plagues." (Revelation 18: 4)

Plagues. God sends plagues.

The First Exodus

Let us look at the Old Testament story of the Exodus to find some additional insight. This time Israel was passed through the waters under the protection of God.
Let My People Go. And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, This said the Lord God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast to me in the wilderness.
Challenges God. And Pharaoh said, Who is the Lord, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the Lord, neither will I let Israel go.
Worship or Plagues. And they said, The God of the Hebrews has met with us: let us go, we pray you, three days' journey into the desert, and sacrifice to the Lord our God; lest he fall upon us with pestilence, or with the sword.
No Sabbath Rest. And the king of Egypt said to them, Therefore do you, Moses and Aaron, let the people from their works? get you to your burdens. And Pharaoh said, Look, the people of the land now are many, and you make them rest from their burdens.
(Exodus 5: 1 -5)

Pharaoh Prevented A Sabbath Rest.

The context here is that Moses and Aaron are asking Pharaoh to allow the people to hold a feast, a "chagag" or "chag". This literally means "a sacred Sabbath festival feast".

Verse 5, "rest" is "shabath" or "Sabbath rest". So, the people of Israel wanted to hold a Sabbath to God, to keep the Sabbath, and Pharaoh refused to allow them to go. He went so far as to say "Who is this God, I do not know Him". In Verse 3, Moses said that the people needed to honor the Lord's Sabbath or they would suffer the "plagues" and the sword. These are the same issues as the end time. The beast refuses to let the people worship on the Sabbath. God sends the plagues and then He comes with a sword.

God Sent Ten Plagues. God's response to Pharaoh was to send the ten Plagues.

The Feast Of Tabernacles
While the events on the first exodus show us the activities of the enemies of God, the feast of tabernacles are primarily concerned with the activities of the people of God during the same period.
So we should look at the imagery of the Feast of Tabernacles and compare them to this point in time.

The Song Of Moses
God is Righteous and Great.
And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are your works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are your ways, you King of saints. Who shall not fear you, O Lord, and glorify your name? for you only are holy: for all nations shall come and worship before you; for your judgments are made manifest. (Revelation 15: 3-4)
This song is the response of the righteous to the decisions of the judgment on the great day of atonement. He has chosen them as His people and He has rejected the wicked and will punish them with the plagues. These people have a faith built upon both the Old and New Testaments. They sing the song of Moses. The song of the victory over those that would keep them from the worship of the True God and the keeping of His Shabath. They sing the song of the Lamb. The song of the victory that Christ gives over death, the grave and over sin.

Those Who Love God.
And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, To keep the commandments of the Lord, and his statutes, which I command you this day for your good? (Deuteronomy 10: 12,13)

The Last Exodus: The Song of Moses At The Crossing Into Canaan (Promised Land)
Just before Israel crossed the Jordan into Canaan, Moses read the law to them and He created a new song. The message of the three angels is patterned after this song. The message of the seven thunders is this final song when God pours out the four cups of the Passover before the last exodus. Revelation 15 chronicles the journey of those who obeyed the messages of the three angels. These stories cover the following themes in their structure.

Event Sea of Glass 3 Angels Message Song of Moses Song of The Lamb7 Thunders
Revelation 15 Revelation 14 Deuteronomy 32 Revelation 5Revelation 10
Victory of the Saints Warning the Last Generation Warning the First Generation Victory of the LambThe Mystery Ends
Worship God The victorious ones worship God (Verse 3-5) Angel 1 First Angel Remember the greatness of God (Verse 1-4) Glorify the Lamb Glory to God
I Am the LORD your God
x Fear God Will fear and glorify and worship God (Verse 3-4) Fear and glorify God (Verse 7) Give greatness to God (Verse 3) Worthy (Verse 9, 12) God gives light
x Judgments Judgments are revealed. Temple opened (Verse 4-5) The hour of judgment has come (Verse 7) Righteous, faithful, no injustice (Verse 4, 41-43) Seven spirits sent to the earth (Verse 6) God calls all nations for judgment
x Creator Great and marvelous works (Verse 3-4) Worship creator (Verse 7) God created us (Verse 6) Purchased the nations (Verse 9)
The Kingdoms The kingdom of God is established (Verse 3-4) Angel 1 Second Angel
Kingdom fell
God chose Israel (Verse 5-14)Kingdom of priests (Verse 9-10) Babylon falls
x Foundations God is the king who lives forever (Verse 7) Babylon has fallen (Verse 8) Jacob was found in the wilderness of Babylon (Verse 9-10)He purchased people from every nation with His blood. They are a kingdom of priests Called out of the wilderness
x The nations All the nations worship God (Verse 4) Corrupted nations (Verse 8) Gave nations an inheritance (Verse 8) Nations leave Babylon.
1. Freedom Freedom
x Laws The righteous acts of God revealed (Verse 4) Wine of immorality (Verse 8) Rebellion (Verse 15)
Warning Victory Angel 1 Third Angel The fruits of apostasy (Verse 15-43)Lamb is Worthy Fruit of the Spirit.
2. Deliverance Delivered
x Idolatry warning Victory of the beast and his image (Verse 2) Worship beast and image (Verse 9) Made God jealous with strange gods, sacrificed to demons (Verse 16)Lamb is to be worshipped (Verse 12-13) Born in the image of God
x Identification Victory over the number of his name (Verse 2) Mark of the beast (Verse 9) The numbering of the people (Verse 8)Broke the seal New names
Sealing ends
3. Redemption Redeem
x Plagues Seven angels with the vials of the wrath of God, the seven last plagues (Verse 6-7) Drinks wine of the wrath (Verse 10) Punished with plagues (Verse 23-27)He was killed and suffered the wrath of God for us (Verse 9) Seven last plagues
x Smoke Smoke from the glory of God filled the temple (Verse 8) Smoke of torment (Verse 11) Fire consumes the earth (Verse 22)Incense, prayers (Verse 8) Persecution rages
x The saints Victorious saints on the sea of glass sing the song of Moses (Verse 2) Saints keep commandments (Verse 12) God vindicates His people (Verse 36-40)Purchased with His blood (Verse 9) Heaven
3. Release Release

The Wrath Of God: (The Open Temple)
And after that I looked, and, saw, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened: (Revelation 15: 5)
After the crucifixion the temple was opened. He earned this right at His death when the veil between the two rooms was torn. This was the Most Holy Place section of the temple which was opened once per year on Yom Kippur (the day of atonement). During the great day of atonement in 1844, Christ kept this place opened after the judgment was complete because He is going to allow those whom He has chosen to enter after cleansing the temple.

The Inauguration Of The Leper Priest
As the new kingdom of priests are ordained after Yom Kippur, they must wait seven days in the temple as required for their inauguration. (Exodus 29: 26, 35, 37 and Leviticus 8: 33).
You shall not go outside the doorway of the tent of meeting for seven days, until the day that the period of your ordination is fulfilled; for he will ordain you through seven days. (Leviticus 8: 33)
Their inauguration is during the seven days of the feast of booths (Nisan 15-21) or immediately after the day of Atonement (Nisan 11-17). These temporary booths represent the temple. They flee from the wrath of the beast and wait in the temple. After this they can serve as priests. Although the inauguration service is for the High Priest, a change has been made which allows an ordinary priest to go into the Most Holy Place for the first time. So the service itself is probably to consecrate anyone who will be allowed to approach the throne of God in the Most Holy Place.
In Leviticus 14, the same seven day waiting period is required for someone who had been cleansed of leprosy and is still waiting outside the camp, separated from the people.
So, the symbolism is not just that we are priests, we are a nation of leper priests.

Day 10 Day 11-14 Day 15-22
1844 Yom Kippur Temple Remains Opened Plagues Feast of Tabernacles
Dead Judged Judgment Ends Priests
Priests Named
Holy Spirit
Former Rain
Holy Spirit
Latter Rain
Day 1 to 6 Day 7
(Great Hosannah)
Day 8
(Read the Torah)
Judgment (Sealing) Ordination (Inauguration) Second Coming
After the end of this Yom Kippur, the temple never closes again. This is a repetition of another prophecy about this time period. The temple remains opened after the judgment and we can see the ark of the covenant because it is the Most Holy Place that is opened.
Incense The Seven Golden Bowls Incense
Incense Offering. These bowls with the wrath of God are symbolized as the firepans full of coal for the incense offering on the day of Atonement.

Prayers of the Martyrs. The cloud of incense from the bowls are the prayers of the saints. They asked for justice in the fifth seal.
And they cried out with a loud voice, saying, "How long, O Lord, holy and true, will you refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?" (Revelation 5: 10)
God now answers these prayers and takes revenge on the wicked.

Emptying the Firepan. Before the Most Holy Place is closed, the high priest enters one more time to remove the firepans and the coals used in the ceremony. The emptying of these pans at the end of the Day of Atonement is the pouring out of the wrath of God.

Closed Temple. No one can enter the temple because it is closed for a year. The plagues last one year. At the end of the year, all the righteous people enter the temple in heaven when it opens permanently.

"And the nations were angry, and your wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that you should give reward to your servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear your name, small and great; and should destroy them which destroy the earth.
And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail."
(Revelation 11: 18-19)

The Seven Last Plagues.
And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles. And one of the four beasts gave to the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who lives for ever and ever. (Revelation 15: 6-7)
The angels come out of the temple with the plagues. As we will see in our next lesson, all of these plagues are sent from each piece of furniture in the sanctuary. The plagues fall during the time between the end of judgment and the coming of God. During this 3½ to 4 day period the righteous prepare to live with God. They wait and watch for His coming.
In addition to the plagues, the wrath of God is added. This wrath destroys the false sanctuary and the disobedient people.

Intercession Ends (Probation Closes).
And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled. (Revelation 15: 8)
At the end of the judgment, when the priests are chosen, then the declaration of Revelation 21: 11 becomes true. Why? Because there is no more intercession in the temple. During the seven last plagues there is no one to speak up for the lost.
Let the one who does wrong, still do wrong; and the one who is filthy, still be filthy; and let the one who is righteous, still practice righteousness; and the one who is holy, still keep himself holy. (Revelation 22: 11)
In the Exodus story Pharaoh and the Egyptians refused to listen to God. They hardened their hearts and rejected God. In the same way many people in the end times will harden their hearts to God, and will not turn to Him before it is too late. This verse suggests that once God's judgment period begin to fall, that man's probation will be over. During this period of the seven last plagues judgment, men will be unable to enter God's sanctuary through prayer.
How will the righteous remain faithful? This is when the power of the Latter Rain falls. The Holy Spirit is poured out in full on the fruit harvest. The rain comes into the booths. God keeps them righteous by writing His law in their hearts.

The Last Year On Planet Earth
The timeline of the last exodus appears to follow the pattern of the first two great exodus journeys. From the moment when mercy ends (or "probation closes") it took one year to reach the promised land. While the wrath against the wicked was raging outside the ark, the people of God were safe on the inside. However, it was still an horrendous journey.
Savior Final Call Travail Mercy Ends Wait Angel with vial One Year of Wrath Wait Mountain
Noah Preached (120 years) Ridicule Door Closes 7 Days Ark Flood Ararat
Moses Let My people go Slavery Mark on Door 1 Night Ark, Booths Egypt to Kadesh Sinai
Jesus Gospel (2000 years) Persecution Temple closes 7 days Booths 7 Last Plagues Zion

The Church in the Womb. Before she travailed she brought forth. Before her pain came she gave birth to a boy. Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Can a land be born in one day? Can a nation be brought forth all at once? As soon as Zion travailed, she also brought forth her sons. "Shall I bring to the point of birth and not give delivery?", says the Lord. "Or shall I who gives delivery shut the womb?", says your God. (Isaiah 66: 7-9)
The Waiting Period
After the righteous have been approved they still have to wait before deliverance.
For the final generation this period may be the ten days between Yom Kippur and Tishri 21, when judgment is sealed and judgment is delivered.
Or, after waiting seven days, God comes on Tishri 17 (the ark landed on that day). Then the resurrection and rapture and grandeur lasts for 3½ days. The wicked are destroyed on Tishri 21.
107 Days17Rapture21Death
WaitSecond ComingStoning

Repeat Repetition and Enlargement
There is a sequence of events that are common in each story.

Event Judgment ends Sealed Harvest Holy Spirit Angel with vial Persecuted Rescued
End time Come out of Babylon Name of God Israel Latter Rain Sea of Glass Seven Last Plagues Second Coming
Exodus Let My people go Mark of God Israel Baptism Red Sea Army destroyed Sinai
Feasts Yom Kippur In the Book Fruit Rain Live in Booths Great Hosannah Read the Torah

Study to show yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.   2 Timothy 2: 15 Time: 40 minutes
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Copyright   Updated : August 2008
Author: Laverna Patterson. Editor: Patterson (January 2008)
See the credits for our supporting contributors for the "Sea of Glass" and "The First Exodus".
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