Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Based Upon Revelation 15:2, 3
“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. And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.”
The story of the exodus has so many encouraging applications. When God sent Moses to the evil Pharaoh to tell him to set Israel free, it was indicative of our deliverance from sin, and God’s victory in the end times. Just as the Pharaoh had God’s people in slavery, the devil has enslaved the entire world. Just as the Lord employed a seemingly protracted process to deliver them while utterly vanquishing Pharaoh, He has employed a process through Christ to save us from sin, utterly defeating the devil. Just as the Lord was able to preserve His people during the plagues that fell upon the Egyptians, He will preserve His people during the seven last plagues.
“For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD. And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 12:12-13). “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” (Revelation 18:4). When the Lord had completed His deliverance of the Israelites, they rejoiced. “Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea. The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him. The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name.” (Exodus 15:1-3).
Likewise, upon our final deliverance from this sinful earth, God’s people will rejoice. “And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.” (Revelation 15:3-4).
In the last battle for supremacy, the devil will institute the mark of the beast, signifying his defiance of the holiness of God and His prerogatives. Those who are in love with Jesus and live for Him will be kept faithful. “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.” (Revelation 3:10-11). It is indeed a blessing to know that the same God who kept His people Israel during the Exodus is more than able to preserve His people through the closing events of the last days. One day soon, we will sing the victory song.