[QTVOTD] Being persecuted? -> Pray

“After this I looked and the sanctuary of the tent of the testimony in heaven was thrown open, and there came out of the temple sanctuary the seven angels bringing the seven plagues (afflictions, calamities). They were arrayed in pure gleaming linen, and around their breasts they wore golden girdles.  And the sanctuary was filled with smoke from the glory (the radiance, the splendor) of God and from His might and power, and no one was able to go into the sanctuary until the seven plagues (afflictions, calamities) of the seven angels were ended.” Revelation 15:5,6, & 8 ->me: This passage is all about the ushering in of the final judgement on the earth through 7 bowls of God’s wrath poured out on the earth by 7 angels; angels clad in gleaming linen and golden sashes.  The ‘Tent of Testimony’ can also be translated to ‘Tent of Meeting’ which was the place of God’s presence in the Wilderness with the Israelites.  So these gleaming angels come directly from the presence of God meaning that the judgement they bring comes with the fullest divine sanction.  My takeaway from this passage is that God’s wrath comes from His purity – it must happen.  When it is finally set into motion; verse 8 shows us that nothing can stop God’s final judgement until it is complete.  Verse 7, the one I left out for the sake of text, talks about one of the creatures at the foot of the throne of God giving the 7 angels 7 bowls of wrath.  The word for bowls is the same from Rev. 5:8 -> containing the prayers of the saints.  Makes me wonder if this again shows us that our prayers have more impact in the Temple of Heaven than we think.  Application: Prayer has to be my number one go-to activity when I am under oppression|being attacked by the evil one directly or through the ungodly.  God’s wrath and punishment will be more complete than I can fathom -> vengeance is His.

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