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words. Blessed are they who have been redeemed from wrath and for whom there can be
#46. The Song of Moses,
and the Song of the Lamb (15: 1-4).
pp. 100 - 103
Chapter 14: occupied with a brief foreshadowing of the seven vials of wrath and the
condition of the Lord's people during that dread period. It indicates that the climax sin is
reached under the commands of the False Prophet, and that the fall of Babylon is closely
connected with the blasphemy associated with the Beast. The torment of fire and
brimstone and the smoke of that torment which ascends for the ages of the ages reveals
the intensity of these seven last plagues, while the blessedness of the dead "from
henceforth" shows the frequency of martyrdom during this time. The whole is
summarized under the figures of the harvest and the vintage.
Before this series is given we are permitted a glimpse of the FIRST FRUITS
(14: 1-5), and these sing a NEW SONG. In chapter 15:, before the seven vials are
poured out, we see the overcomers of the Beast, who also are a kind of FIRST FRUITS
from the harvest of the earth. These, instead of singing a new song, sing the Song of
Moses and of the Lamb. The key to the understanding of the seven vials of wrath is
found in the "Song of Moses".
There is a division of opinion as to what is intended by the title "The Song of Moses".
Some contend with a fair show of reason that the triumph over the host of Pharaoh in the
Red Sea is echoed by the greater triumph over the Beast and his image. This looks to
Exod. 15: as the Song of Moses. The Companion Bible and others however see a
reference to Deut. 32:, which is distinctly and repeatedly called the "Song" of Moses,
and which rehearses the ways of God with His people, vindicating the justice of His
judgments, and revealing the inner causes both of Israel's defection and the nation's
In Deut. 31: 19 we read, "That this song may be a witness for Me against the
children of Israel". In verse 21 and in verse 22 that "Moses wrote this song the same
day". The burden of the song is given in verse 29, the evil which will befall them in the
latter days. The song itself occupies the whole of Deut. 32: It traverses the dealings
of God with His people right to the end: the idolatry of Israel, the worshipping of strange
gods, the forgetting of God, their resemblance to the vine of Sodom. The song concludes
with a call to the nations to rejoice with His people, the threat of vengeance for the blood
of His servants, and the promise of mercy to His land and people.