The Song Of The Victorious Ones

In Revelation chapter 15 as we see seven angels preparing to let loose the “seven last plagues” on planet Earth, we hear the song of the “victorious” ones seeing praises to God in heaven. These victorious ones are Christians that will refuse to worship the beast in the great tribulation. Most if not all of them are probably martyrs. This is the song that they will sing:

“Great and marvelous are your deeds,
    Lord God Almighty.
Just and true are your ways,
    King of the nations.[a]
Who will not fear you, 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 15:3-4 NIV)

They tell God “Great and marvelous are your deeds” out of thankfulness for all He has done. These martyred saints, who had to undergo much torture and hardship are not displeased with God for anything He has done. Now resurrected  they understand the importance and wisdom behind all of it.

They refer to Him as “The Lord God Almighty.” Nothing is every out of His control, even during the catastrophic period of the tribulation. The Beast never once is able to upset God’s plan.

They proclaim that God’s “ways” are “just and true.” Not only is God powerful and able to rule over the world, but He does it in complete justice and truth. His judgments, and His mercies are morally correct, and they are based on the truth of Who He is. The Beast, on the other hand, teaches his followers a religion and philosophy that are based on falsehood.

God is truly king of the nations. The Beast pretends to be king of the world, but He is overthrown quickly and proven to be an usurper.

The saints then ask the question: Who will not fear you, Lord, and bring glory to your name? The answer is no one. Even those who take the mark of the beast, who spend eternity in the lake of fire, will have to admit that they were wrong and worship Jesus (Philippians 2:9-11 NIV).

The saints loudly proclaim to God that “You alone are Holy.” There are lot of people who claim to be holy (completely set apart from the common sins of the world) But God is the only one who really is Holy. All of God’s Holy Saints (forgiven sinners) and created angels draw their Holiness from God.

The saints predict that All nations will come and worship before you. This is fulfilled in two ways. One, as I already mentioned, all people will be compelled to worship Jesus when He is revealed to them, even unbelievers (Philippians 2:9-11 NIV). The other fulfillment is the fact that the saints who dwell with God for eternity, the ones who believed and were forgiven of their sins, will come from all nations (Revelation 7:9, 22:2).

Finally, the saints declare that “your righteous acts have been revealed.” These acts include all of Gods dealings with human beings, but particularly on His judgment of the beast-worshipers and vindication of the saints. These acts have been revealed in one sense in the Bible, including this Revelation that John records for us in the book of Revelation. However, at some point in the future it will become even more revealed, when this book of prophecy becomes literal history. Blessed are those who believe it now.

 

 

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