Seven Angels

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seven angelsAfter this I looked, and I saw in heaven the temple—that is, the tabernacle of the covenant law—and it was opened. Out of the temple came the seven angels with the seven plagues. They were dressed in clean, shining linen and wore golden sashes around their chests. Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls filled with the wrath of God, who lives for ever and ever. Revelation 15:5-7

These are the final plagues of the wrath of God. They reveal the righteousness of God from the very temple of God. When they are released, God fills the temple with the smoke of His glory and power so great, no one could enter until all is completed. In a sense, attention is diverted to this final act of judgment upon the earth. It interesting that these angels deliver seven or the fullness of plagues. Plagues are often the result of our fallen world and unclean lifestyle. The fitting conclusion to the receiving he wrath of God, is that it is just and righteous. Its the saving hand of God removed from a corrupt world.

The pouring out of the wrath of God is hard to envision because I know the grace of the living God. His goodness is what I receive day by day. His righteous judgment and wrath have passed over me and landed upon the Lamb of God in my place. Do I see these righteous acts of God as an equally valid expression of His character? I do. While some may have difficulty, (and sometimes I do), the judgment of God is fully right, fair, and just. Notice that it all emanates from the ‘tabernacle of the covenant law’. If only mankind had remained in the covenant law of God.

Lord Jesus, from Moses came the law, with You grace and truth. Thank you again, that I will escape the wrath of God. Your grace is precious indeed. Thank you for a wonderful weekend, perfectly scripted, full of mini-miracles. Thanks for moving my by the leading of the Holy Spirit.

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