The Gospel in Revelation: The Last Song

In Revelation 15:3, there is a song which expresses gratitude for the long-anticipated victory over evil in this world. “And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, ‘Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are Thy ways, Thou King of saints.’” This is a song of victory! It is called the song of Moses, taking us back to the triumph of Israel over the Egyptian army at the Red Sea. This song of triumph is the last recorded song in Scripture. But it is not the last song. The song of the Lamb will fill heaven and echo through the hills and valleys of earth for eternal ages. The redeemed will never forget the One Who washed us from our sins in His own blood.

What is about to occur on earth as this song is upon the lips of the redeemed is catastrophic. The pouring out of God’s wrath will be far more terrible than any events whichhave ever occurred. Seven angels with the seven last plagues in vials or bottles, empty their contents upon the ungodly of earth.

As we look back over God’s dealings with man, we often see God’s mercy mixed with judgment. Asaph’s commentary concerning Israel demonstrates this. “Yea, many a time He turned His anger away, and did not stir up all His wrath” (Psa 78:38, KJV) Now the time for mercy is over.

The bottles of God’s wrath are full to the brim. There will be no restraint. Victory is certain, and so the song of Moses is appropriate at this time. Antichrist, the world’s leader and his followers, face the agony of these plagues, and will finally be defeated at the battle of Armageddon.

Many victory songs have been sung prematurely. The great empires of Egypt, Babylon, and Greece, seemingly invincible, have fallen and their songs have ceased. Only one kingdom will ultimately triumph; that of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will sit upon the throne of His glory and rule in righteousness. Every kingdom will fall before Him. Every knee will bow.

The second part of the song is that of the Lamb. It may seem unfitting for the subject of this victorious song to be of a meek and gentle lamb. The lion character of Christ might seem more appropriate against this backdrop of judgment, and yet, it is because He is the Lamb that we can be freed from our sins and saved from this judgment.

We shall never cease to love Him and sing the wonder of God’s mercy and grace. God’s judgment fell unrestrained on the Lamb. “Your wrath lies heavily upon me, and Thou hast afflicted me with all Thy waves” (Psa 88:7, ESV) Wave after wave of God’s judgment fell upon Him until God was satisfied that full payment was made for sin. Jesus, the Lamb, said, “It is finished!” Here is a cry of victory, one by which all others pale into insignificance; a victory to sing about. This is the final victory, the last song of this age. It will lead us into a new age where we will sing His praises while ages roll on.