Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Preparation of the Vials (Part III)

"And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened: And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles." (Revelation 15:5-6)

Naos (naos) is the Greek word behind temple. This word often refers to the innermost portion of a temple. The Holy of Holies in the heavenly temple was opened, and from it came seven angelic messengers whose attire matches their mission. The white of their garments calls to remembrance the holiness of God. The golden girdles which bind together their clothes suggest value, determination and focus. They are prepared to carry out even the hardest of tasks. Pouring out such awful judgments is never pleasant, yet the wills of these messengers are aligned with the righteous desires of God. Mercy has been extended; God's fear has been refused; judgment day has come. The angels are not driven by faulty emotions but by the pure wisdom of God.

"And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever. And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled." (Revelation 15:7-8)

The Almighty is ascribed the trait of eternality. This world and the heavens that contain it will pass away (II Peter 3:10). Yet, God's nature, wisdom and salvation will continue. He is eternal, and He offers eternal life to the one who will simply trust the Lord Jesus Christ as His Savior.

I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish...(John 10:28).

As the holy presence of God forbade the priests from entering Solomon's temple (I Chronicles 7:2), even so it is seen forbidding entrance to all until the administration of the seven plagues has been completed. The unmoveable presence of God indicates His determination in bringing about the end of these events. All possibility of entreaty has been taken away. The temple is seen as impassable, and God will not be swayed from His righteous course. The unalterable nature of such things calls to mind God's words to Jeremiah. "Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, yet my mind could not be toward this people: cast them out of my sight, and let them go forth (Jeremiah 15:1)." Some things cannot be reversed. The kingdom of Christ seems so far away at times; however, when the proper hour for its advent arrives, no one will be able to stop it.

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