(Revelation 15:1) Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels who had seven plagues, which are the last, because in them the wrath of God is finished.
The people who became believers during the Tribulation, who have been martyred, are in heaven praising God...
In previous scripture, we saw that the first set of seven judgments involved the bowls of incense which were the collected prayers of the saints (Revelation 5:8).
The second set of seven judgments involved the collected prayers of the believers martyred in the Tribulation (Revelation 8:3).
Now - the third and last set of seven judgments will involve the collected wrath of God!...
From this we see:
- the seven angels are clothed in bright white linen, girded around their chests with golden sashes (15:6)
- the last set of judgments (which will the most severe) will be released by the seven angels with the seven plagues (15:1)
- one of the four living creatures gave the seven angels the seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God (15:7)
Personal experience: I love how God includes us in everything and takes our prayers very seriously! And then He adds to that something infinitely greater!
Regarding my younger brother who was involved in the occult... Over the many years, I prayed a lot over that situation! And then, as I matured, when I finally didn't really know how to pray, I would simply say, "Lord, I am groaning for my brother right now! YOU know what is needed!"
It is amazing what came out of those dark times! Not that we never have any problems. But - my brother became a believer. Our once dysfunctional family is fully reconciled. And through everything, I have learned how to forgive, confess and graciously love.
If God would have JUST answered my prayers the way I requested, things would not have turned out as nicely! Like, at all!!!