Revelation 15 states that the saints will sing the Song of Moses in heaven. We will look at the Song of Moses and the Time of the End in this final installment in the series.
The Song of Moses and the Time of the End
In our previous two installments, we asked when this song will be sung (after the Seventh Trumpet), and what this song most likely is (the song Moses sings in Deut. 32). We also examined the first half of this song that prophetically speaks of Israel prior to the 70th Week of Daniel.
In this installment we will discuss the future prophetic implications of the song. The future implications begin in verse 21 which we already looked at in the previous section:
They have made Me jealous with what is not God; They have provoked Me to anger with their idols. So I will make them jealous with those who are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation. (Deut. 32:21)
This jealousy of the Jews for Christians is also spoken of by Paul in Romans 10:19 and Romans 11:11.
But by their (the Jews) transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles, to make them (the Jews) jealous. (Rom. 11:11)
We must stop and ask, “are Jews jealous of Christians today?” The answer is “no.” When will this jealousy happen? The answer is after the Pre-Wrath Rapture of the Church! On the Day of the Lord, Christians and Old Testament saints will be resurrected and Raptured into the presence of Jesus. Every eye shall see Him and this Rapturing of the saints! However, the unrepentant will be left upon the earth to endure the Wrath of God. It is at that moment, the Jewish remnant will become jealous of the Christians. I plan to do a future article on this critical and misunderstood passage and fill in many more details.
Immediately after the Rapture, the Wrath of God will fall in the form of fire and brimstone. The Song of Moses confirms this in the very next verse:
For a fire is kindled in My anger, and burns to the lowest part of Sheol, and consumes the earth with its yield, and sets on fire the foundations of the mountains. (Deut. 32:22)
Other aspects of the Wrath of God which will fall upon the Jewish remnant are also made clear:
I will heap misfortunes on them; I will use My arrows on them. They will be wasted by famine, and consumed by plague and bitter destruction; and the teeth of beasts I will send upon them, with the venom of crawling things of the dust. Outside the sword will bereave, and inside terror—both young man and virgin, the nursling with the man of gray hair. (Deut. 32:23-25)
Notice that God says HE will do this. This confirms that these events mentioned here can only be attributed to the Wrath of God and not the entire 70th Week of Daniel. Also notice the four means of discipline are mentioned: sword, famine, plague, and wild beasts.
God then gives his motivation for not destroying the entire nation:
I would have said, “I will cut them to pieces, I will remove the memory of them from men,” Had I not feared the provocation by the enemy, that their adversaries would misjudge, that they would say, “Our hand is triumphant, and the Lord has not done all this . . . How could one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, Unless their Rock had sold them, and the Lord had given them up? Indeed their rock is not like our Rock, Even our enemies themselves judge this. (Deut. 32:26-27, 30-31)
God’s motivation is as a witness to his enemies, the Antichrist empire. Also notice the phrase, “their rock is not like our Rock.” Israel will trust in a false god (rock) who cannot save them.
God also states his Wrath is stored up for that time.
Is it not laid up in store with Me, Sealed up in My treasuries?
Vengeance is Mine, and retribution. (Deut. 32: 34-35)
The first aspect that jumps out at you from this verse is the phrase “vengeance is mine.” This is, of course, directly quoted by Paul which clearly shows this is talking about the future Wrath of God:
Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. (Rom. 12:19)
It is also quoted by the writer of Hebrews. This is a fascinating passage that discusses willful sin:
For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire which will consume the adversaries. Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God. (Heb. 10:27-31)
This passage in Hebrews clearly demonstrates that Christians (the passage is directed at those who have been sanctified by the blood) who continue in willful sin are subject to the Wrath of God and fire and brimstone. This key passage shows the folly of the hyper grace movement.
Also, returning to the Song of Moses, notice the reference to the treasuries that God has stored up for his Wrath. We see confirming verses in Job which is a reference to the hail that falls with the fire and brimstone at the First Trumpet (also pictured in the Gog of Magog war passage):
Have you seen the storehouses of the hail, Which I have reserved for the time of distress, for the day of war and battle? (Job 38:22-23)
The first sounded, and there came hail and fire, mixed with blood, and they were thrown to the earth; and a third of the earth was burned up, and a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up. (Rev. 8:7)
With pestilence and with blood I will enter into judgment with him; and I will rain on him and on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, a torrential rain, with hailstones, fire and brimstone. (Ezek. 38:22)
The Lord’s Vindication
God’s Wrath only lasts for a year and ten days. God will save the Jewish remnant after all their strength and self reliance is gone.
For the Lord will vindicate His people, and will have compassion on His servants, when He sees that their strength is gone . . . Indeed, I lift up My hand to heaven, and say, as I live forever(Deut. 32:36,40)
This concept is echoed in the book of Daniel.
I heard the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, as he raised his right hand and his left toward heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever that it would be for a time, times, and half a time; and as soon as they finish shattering the power of the holy people, all these events will be completed. (Dan. 12:7)
I find it absolutely fascinating that both of these verses include both the swearing by God’s name and the shattering of the power of the holy people (the Jewish remnant). Obviously this is talking about the same thing, the crushing of the self reliance of the Jews. Only then will God come to save them.
When Will He Come to Save the Jews?
Finally, the Song of Moses shifts its emphasis from the Jews to God’s vengeance on his enemies:
If I sharpen My flashing sword, and My hand takes hold on justice, I will render vengeance on My adversaries, and I will repay those who hate Me. I will make My arrows drunk with blood, and My sword will devour flesh, with the blood of the slain and the captives, from the long-haired leaders of the enemy. Rejoice, O nations, with His people; for He will avenge the blood of His servants, and will render vengeance on His adversaries, and will atone for His land and His people. (Deut. 32:41-43)
This is echoed in Isaiah:
The sword of the Lord is filled with blood, It is sated with fat, with the blood of lambs and goats, With the fat of the kidneys of rams. For the Lord has a sacrifice in Bozrah And a great slaughter in the land of Edom. (Isa. 34:6)
Who is this who comes from Edom, With garments of glowing colors from Bozrah, This One who is majestic in His apparel, Marching in the greatness of His strength? “It is I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save.” “Why is Your apparel red, and Your garments like the one who treads in the wine press?” “I have trodden the wine trough alone, and from the peoples there was no man with Me.
I also trod them in My anger and trampled them in My wrath; And their lifeblood is sprinkled on My garments, and I stained all My raiment. (Isa. 63:1-3)
God makes it clear that on the day he comes to save Israel, he will atone for his land and people (the Day of Atonement), and a great sacrifice will take place of his adversaries. This sacrifice parallels the sacrifices that take place on Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement).
And the verses in Isaiah are echoed by Revelation:
So the angel swung his sickle to the earth and gathered the clusters from the vine of the earth, and threw them into the great wine press of the wrath of God. And the wine press was trodden outside the city. (Rev. 14:19-20)
And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood. (Rev. 19:11-13)
All of these verses help us establish a chronology of the end times!
Notice how Jesus’s robe is already dipped in blood prior to returning to the earth to fight Armageddon! This is missed by nearly all commentators. It is dipped in blood during the Wrath of God which is poured out prior to Jesus returning to fight the Antichrist.
Also notice in Rev. 14, there are two harvests. The first is the harvest of the righteous when Jesus comes on the clouds and resurrects and raptures the righteous:
Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and sitting on the cloud was one like [l]a son of man, having a golden crown on His head and a sharp sickle in His hand. And another angel came out of the [m]temple, crying out with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, “Put in your sickle and reap, for the hour to reap has come, because the harvest of the earth is ripe.” (Rev. 14:14-15)
Only after the harvest of the righteous does the harvest of the unrighteous begin (treading the winepress of God) that we saw above. Finally, after the Wrath of God is poured out (when Jesus stains his garments), only then does he return to earth with the saints on white horses to do battle with the Antichrist. And we learned this happens on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.
This is discussed in much more length in Revelation Deciphered.
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After the 7th Trumpet, the Song of Moses is sung by the redeemed in heaven. It contains the prophetic pronouncement of God about Israel; from the formation of the nation till the Jewish remnant is saved by Jesus when he comes to fight Armageddon. It is the perfect song for the saints to sing. It summarizes God’s plan for Israel (the nation).