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Old 08-09-2019, 05:36 PM
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The wrath of God

The Wrath Of God

And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth forever and ever.

From the time of John’s vision nearly 2,000 years ago we have passed through seven letters to seven churches, seven seals, the opening of the book, seven trumpets, seven thunders, the rise of two beasts, the mark of the beast, and the twice reaping of the earth. We now arrive at the pinnacle of judgment in the seven golden vials. Few things could be more fearful than seven vials bubbling over with the wrath of God.

Having arrived at so climactic a point in the history of humanity, the narrative pauses at a dramatic turn. Recall the Exodus story of the wilderness tabernacle’s completion:

So Moses finished the work. Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.

In the first book of Kings account, when at long last the ark of the covenant was placed into Solomon’s completed temple:

And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the Holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the Lord, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of the Lord.

The third chapter of Malachi is beautifully fulfilled in John the Baptist and Jesus at the Jordan river. The temple is complete, the legal age of priesthood reached, and the Lord suddenly comes to his temple: Jesus, the Christ of God.

This repetitive experience at the completion and inauguration of temples could be argued again in an upper room of Jerusalem. But to repeat it here in Revelation, and connect it to the seven vials seems somewhat out of place. And yet, here it is:

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.

All of the previous such mentions of the glory of God filling the temple, had to do with successful completion and inauguration of a temple and its ministry. But here: the temple in heaven has been opened, the seven angels with the seven golden vials usher out and stand awaiting their command. It is during this pause, that the glory of the Lord fills the temple.

But perhaps this mention in Revelation is not so out of sorts with the earlier mentions after all. Remember that thus far, much has happened in the Revelation. Much death and destruction and upheaval. We are deep into the Revelation here at the seven vials. That being said, recall how this chapter on the final seven judgments began. John sees:

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.

Could it be that in the entire history of humanity on earth, these overcomers on the sea of glass are the final group of redeemed souls? Could it be that the temple…that heavenly building of which we are fitly joined together…has reached completion with the arrival of these overcomers? If so, then it would certainly stand to reason that the glory of God would fill the temple as it reaches completion. The final seven angels of judgment usher out of the temple. The final group of redeemed humanity stands upon a sea of glass before the throne. The glory of God fills the temple. The command is given, to go and pour out your vials.
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The Wrath Of God

And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth forever and ever.

From the time of John’s vision nearly 2,000 years ago we have passed through seven letters to seven churches, seven seals, the opening of the book, seven trumpets, seven thunders, the rise of two beasts, the mark of the beast, and the twice reaping of the earth. We now arrive at the pinnacle of judgment in the seven golden vials. Few things could be more fearful than seven vials bubbling over with the wrath of God.

Having arrived at so climactic a point in the history of humanity, the narrative pauses at a dramatic turn. Recall the Exodus story of the wilderness tabernacle’s completion:

So Moses finished the work. Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.

In the first book of Kings account, when at long last the ark of the covenant was placed into Solomon’s completed temple:

And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the Holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the Lord, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of the Lord.

The third chapter of Malachi is beautifully fulfilled in John the Baptist and Jesus at the Jordan river. The temple is complete, the legal age of priesthood reached, and the Lord suddenly comes to his temple: Jesus, the Christ of God.

This repetitive experience at the completion and inauguration of temples could be argued again in an upper room of Jerusalem. But to repeat it here in Revelation, and connect it to the seven vials seems somewhat out of place. And yet, here it is:

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.

All of the previous such mentions of the glory of God filling the temple, had to do with successful completion and inauguration of a temple and its ministry. But here: the temple in heaven has been opened, the seven angels with the seven golden vials usher out and stand awaiting their command. It is during this pause, that the glory of the Lord fills the temple.

But perhaps this mention in Revelation is not so out of sorts with the earlier mentions after all. Remember that thus far, much has happened in the Revelation. Much death and destruction and upheaval. We are deep into the Revelation here at the seven vials. That being said, recall how this chapter on the final seven judgments began. John sees:

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.

Could it be that in the entire history of humanity on earth, these overcomers on the sea of glass are the final group of redeemed souls? Could it be that the temple…that heavenly building of which we are fitly joined together…has reached completion with the arrival of these overcomers? If so, then it would certainly stand to reason that the glory of God would fill the temple as it reaches completion. The final seven angels of judgment usher out of the temple. The final group of redeemed humanity stands upon a sea of glass before the throne. The glory of God fills the temple. The command is given, to go and pour out your vials.
It makes me think of Peter's admonition to the church that they were hastening the day of God (2 Peter 3:12, marg.) as if the day of judgement waits upon the church being completed and matured.
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It makes me think of Peter's admonition to the church that they were hastening the day of God (2 Peter 3:12, marg.) as if the day of judgement waits upon the church being completed and matured.
Good point my brother.
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