THE SEVEN ANGELS WITH THE SEVEN LAST PLAGUES
"They sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the
Lamb, saying…Who shall not fear Thee, O Lord, and glorify Thy name? for
Thou only art holy: and all nations shall come and worship before
Thee; for Thy judgments are made manifest" (Rev. 15:3-4).
Nothing is more evident in the Word of God than the fact that God has a
great and wonderful plan which He is working out among the nations of
earth. Many saints recognize that God has a predestined purpose
for each of His people, an appointed end for Israel, a glorious purpose
for the Church, and a foreordained plan for the manifest sons of God.
We must also understand that the Lord has a determined plan and purpose
for ALL NATIONS. God is actively dealing with NATIONS! Many
wonderful prophecies reveal God’s ultimate purpose for the nations of
mankind, when "ALL the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto
the Lord, and ALL KINDREDS OF THE NATIONS shall worship before Thee, for
the kingdom is the Lord’s and HE is the governor among the nations.
Yea, ALL KINGS shall fall down before Him: ALL NATIONS SHALL SERVE HIM"
(Ps. 22:27-28; 72:11)). It is obvious that all nations do not
today serve the Lord, neither do all kings (rulers) fall down before
Him. China does not serve the Lord, neither do its rulers
acknowledge Him. Turkey does not serve the Lord. Egypt does
not serve the Lord. Vast numbers of nations in Europe, Africa,
Asia, and even in the Americas do not today serve the Lord, and few of
their rulers fall down before Him. But the day is surely coming
when all nations shall be joined to the Lord and fulfill their
obligations to Him as their Maker and Redeemer!
That is the prophetic message in the song of Moses and the Lamb!
All the holy sons of God sing that song, for it is the song of
redemption and kingdom blessing for all men and every nation.
Only the blessed company of the overcoming sons of God intone
this song of salvation for the nations! Only the
enlightened elect of the Lord in whose hearts have been birthed the
beautiful truths of reconciliation, manifest sonship, and the triumph of
the kingdom of God, who have departed out of the precincts of religious
Babylon, passing through the purifying processes of the sea of glass
mingled with fire, have been given voice to sing the beautiful strains
of this song of Moses and the Lamb! Others cannot at this
time learn this song, for their minds are blinded by the deceptions of
the harlot church systems which see only doom and gloom for the nations
and eternal damnation for the vast majority of earth’s inhabitants.
Rejoice, O ye sons of God, and lift the song up on high!
Do you not think that it is most significant that the song states
clearly that all the nations shall come and WORSHIP before the Lord?
It does not say that they will profess to be Christians, or that they
will be baptized, join the churches, attend services, study the Bible,
keep the traditions, observe the rituals and ceremonies, or a thousand
and one other things that people do to distinguish themselves as
"Christian." Oh, no! But all nations shall come before the
Lord and — worship! The thing that makes all the
difference is what is meant by "worship." The late Carl Schwing
stated it so well when he wrote, "Today, as always, the Father is
seeking those who will worship Him in spirit and in truth. Such
worship is not part of the mainstream’s preplanned programs or rituals.
It has nothing to do with the day of the week, nor the hour of the day,
nor the location. It does not matter if we are standing, kneeling,
or sitting. Nor does it matter how much time we spend, or how many
words we speak. It is the joy of worshipping Him face to
face and hand to hand and heart to heart. It is a divine bonding
of our spirit with His Spirit. It is a deeper knowledge of Him, a
knowing of Him, the pathway of Life. When we enter this
place of profound worship in the spirit, we have gone beyond the natural
senses of seeing, touching, feeling, doing…into the realm of knowing
that He is face to face with us…knowing that His hand is holding
ours…knowing that the conversing is from His heart to ours and from our
heart to His. Perchance, we would see His face, or touch His hand,
or feel His heartbeat, because He who hears in secret rewards us
openly…it is because He has anointed our closet with the oil of His
presence, and has given us a flashback of a time we have long
forgotten." Think of it! All nations shall come before the
Lord and shall WORSHIP! No wonder only the elect sons of God can
sing this song — only the ministry of the sons of God can deliver
the nations into this place! The church systems bring people and
nations into the practicing of religion — the sons of God bring
them before the Father as WORSHIPPERS! Worship in spirit and in
truth! What a song! What a
transformation! What a destiny!
This is the hour, my friend, when the song of Moses and the Lamb is
ringing out through the corridors of the world for all mankind to hear!
Here let us pause long enough to call your attention to the thought that
Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, is an infinite musician, and sings a song
that is infinite in every perfection connected with song or singing.
Has it ever dawned in your understanding that the firstborn Son of God
is the consummate, superlative, and transcendent Singer, and that He
Himself is the leading voice in this great song of Moses and the Lamb?
We often hear of David sweeping his harp and singing his sweet psalms,
but why should we overlook the fact that the Lord has His harp, and is
the choir-leader in that ultimate song of complete victory which is sung
on the shores of the Glassy Sea? John tells us in another place
that he heard the voice of Jesus like the sound of many waters!
When the great waves billow up and break on the sea-shore, they give
forth all the sounds of the octave, from the deepest bass to the highest
treble; and so the voice of Jesus sounded to John — His voice leading a
multitude of voices — like the beautiful music of many waters on the
rocks at Patmos.
I have heard it, too, and have stood enraptured in that heavenly choir
as my voice has blended with His and with those elect sons of God
singing just as the writer to the Hebrews has shown: "For it was an act
worthy of God and fitting to the divine nature that He, for whose sake
and by whom all things have their existence, in bringing many sons into
glory, should make the Pioneer of their salvation perfect through
suffering. For both He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified
all have one Father. For this reason He is not ashamed to call
them brethren; for He says, I will declare (reveal) Your name to my
brethren: in the midst of the worshipping congregation I WILL SING
HYMNS OF PRAISE TO YOU!" (Heb. 2:10-12, Amplified).
THY JUDGMENTS ARE MADE
"Who shall not fear Thee, O Lord, and glorify Thy name? for Thou only
art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before Thee; for Thy
judgments are made manifest" (Rev. 15:4).
We are living in an hour when God is moving mightily in the hearts of
His called and chosen people preparing them to bring forth righteous
judgment in the earth. "For the time is come that judgment must
begin at the house of God" (I Pet. 4:17). Judgment begins at
the house of God, saith the Lord! Oh, how that message has been
butchered by the ministers of Babylon! Do you know what most folk
believe it means? They think it’s saying that God is going to
bring the hammer down on His people. To them it speaks of severity
or an awful day of accountability and reckoning. That’s not what
the inspired apostle is saying at all! First of all, the
"judgment" is not a negative, it’s a positive. It translates the
Greek word krisis from which comes our English words
crisis, critical, and criteria. A krisis, a crisis or
critical time, is a turning point. Very sick people
often reach the point of crisis where their fever breaks, or they regain
consciousness; it is the turning point in their illness, the crisis
where their condition begins to improve.
God’s judgments are always unto victory! In the New Testament
context God’s judgments are neither punitive nor vindictive, but rather
therapeutic and corrective. Ray Prinzing once pointed out: "The
certainty of justice and correction is sure — not as a negative whipping
as payment for sin, but as a chastening to teach, a discipline to learn
— ‘For when Thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the
world will learn righteousness’ (Isa. 26:9). The process is
not an end in itself, but the means to an end — through all the
judgments a vital correction is made, bringing forth a ‘godly sorrow
that worketh repentance to salvation’ (II Cor. 7:10). His
judgments do not save us, but they condition and prepare us to receive
HIM who is our salvation. They cause us to turn to the Lord in
repentance, and we find He has been drawing us to Himself through it
People quote the scripture, "Judgment must begin at the house of God,"
and their first thought is, "Oh, my, Ananias and Sapphira are going to
fall over dead any minute now!" But that’s not what this passage
is saying. The King James translation is faulty. "Judgment
must begin at…" "At" is the Greek preposition apo
meaning "away from." It’s not a picture of God bringing wrath
down upon the people of God, but it’s a picture of His righteous,
redemptive judgments flowing like a river out from or away
from the house of God! It is not the house of God receiving
the judgment, it is the house of God dispensing the judgment!
Young’s Literal translation reads, "It is the time of the beginning of
the judgment from the house of God." The Concordant New
Testament says, "It is the era for the judgment to begin from the
house of God." The Emphatic Diaglott renders, "Because the season
is coming for the judgment to begin from the house of God." The
message is clear — contrary to what we have been taught and have
believed — the time is not coming for judgment to begin UPON or AT
the house of God, rather, the time comes for judgment to PROCEED FROM
THE HOUSEHOLD OF GOD!
As the prophet has said, "But in the last days it shall come to pass,
that the mountain (kingdom, government) of the house of the Lord shall
be established in the top of the mountains (strong kingdoms), and it
shall be exalted above the hills (weaker kingdoms); and people shall
flow unto it. And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let
us go up to the mountain (kingdom) of the Lord, and to the house of the
God of Jacob; and He will teach us His ways, and we will walk in His
paths: for the law shall go forth from Zion, and the word of the
Lord from Jerusalem. And He shall judge among many people…"
Can we not see by the passage above that the house of God, the mount
Zion of God, and the holy city Jerusalem, are the source of the
law of God, the word of God, and the judgment of God! Oh, yes, the
judgment does indeed begin or start with each one of us as He does His
wonderful work within; then as our own house has been thoroughly judged
and made right, and the sons are perfected and made ready, this judgment
goes from or out from the household of God
to bring correction and blessing to the nations. It cannot flow
out until it has first been wrought within. It is within God’s own
people that the judgment of God does its perfect work. Therefore
do we stand upon the glassy sea singing with all our hearts, "All
nations shall come and worship before Thee; FOR THY JUDGMENTS ARE MADE
MANIFEST!" Where are God’s judgments — their reality, power,
purpose, and accomplishment — made manifest, made
apparent, visible, plain, clear, discernable, perceptible? IN THE
LIVES OF GOD’S ELECT!
Ah, here is a people that knows the ways of His judgments, a people in
whom and through whom the righteous judgments of God can be executed!
The scriptures are continually revealing this grand and glorious truth.
The Lord Jesus Himself explained it on this wise: "For the Father
judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son…and hath
given Him authority to execute judgment…because He is the Son of man"
(Jn. 5:22,27). To the faithful in Christ Jesus we now proclaim
this message — that judgment which is committed to the Head Son is
executed through His body, His many brethren. "And I saw
thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them…and
they reigned with Christ" (Rev. 20:4). "I beheld and the same horn
made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; until the Ancient
of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most
High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom"
Many people hesitate to believe that the saints will judge the world
(and even angels!) because of the words of Jesus wherein He said, "Judge
not that ye be not judged…" (Mat. 7:1). But Jesus wasn’t telling
us not to judge! He went on to say, "For with what judgment ye
judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be
measured to you again" (Mat. 7:2). If you consider with reverent
honesty these words of the Lord, who is the righteous Judge, you
will see that Jesus was not telling us not to judge, rather, He is
showing us HOW to judge! At another time Jesus said, "WHEN ye
judge, judge righteous judgment." Ah, that is the
crux of the whole matter! DO NOT JUDGE UNLESS YOU CAN JUDGE
RIGHTEOUS JUDGMENT! That is why the judgment is given only to the
saints, to the overcoming sons, to the house of God,
to the holy city Jerusalem, and to the mount Zion
The Greek word for judge in the words of Jesus above is krino
meaning "to discriminate, to exercise discernment, to make a decision."
To tell us not to judge would be like telling parents never to make a
wise decision for their child. So the reason the adversary
created that religious spirit — that we shouldn’t judge — is because if
we don’t have judgment we have no victory, for judgment and justice are
unto victory. Without judgment no decisions are made. It is
like the morals in today’s society — no absolutes, no black and white,
it’s all gray, it’s all "relative," and our children and young people
are crying out for those absolutes. Jesus taught absolutes, and He
didn’t teach us not to judge, He taught us how to judge.
After speaking of judging He went on to say, "And why
beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest
not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy
brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam
is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out
of thine own eye; and then thou shalt see clearly to cast out the mote
out of thy brother’s eye" (Mat. 7:3-5).
It should be plain to every understanding heart that divine judgment
will not be given into the hands of hypocrites. That is the point
the Lord is making! All judgment is committed unto the SON,
therefore judgment is given only to SONS. To the hypocrites the
Lord is saying, "The problem is you can’t see your brother. The
reason you can’t see your brother is because you have a beam in your eye
— in your vision, in your understanding. In how you see your
brother you have a beam, a huge obstruction, a grotesque perversion."
The Greek word here means a beam so big that it could hold up or support
an edifice — it’s a joist, a log. The mote is just a little speck,
a grain of grit that blows into the eye. You get onto your brother
about the mote — the speck — that is in his eye, which you can’t even
correctly discern because of the beam, the huge chunk of humanity, that
is in your own eye. It is of great importance that we see how it
is that the MANIFEST JUDGMENTS OF GOD are revealed only through that
company that has crossed over the sea of glass mingled with fire
and been purged and purified, have gotten the victory over the
beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his
name. These sing the song of Moses and the Lamb, proclaiming that
the time has come when all nations shall come and worship before the
Lord, for within them HIS JUDGMENTS ARE MADE MANIFEST! Oh,
the mystery of it!
If we are not judging by the nature of Jesus, if we are not judging in
the same spirit He does, if we are not the personification of His
goodness, forbearance, mercy, long-suffering, and redemptive power, then
we are not the manifestation of HIS JUDGMENTS and are worthy of being
censured and removed from the throne of judgment. Judgment
doesn’t flow out of what you know. Judgment doesn’t flow out of a
title, position, or office. Judgment flows out of the life and
nature of the Son of God! "…for THY judgments are made
manifest." Ah, my dear brother, my precious sister, do you
desire a part in the glorious ministry by which the world shall be
judged? Then my prayerful recommendation to you is that you draw
very close to the heart of Jesus, sit at His feet, tarry long in His
presence, fall intensely in love with Him, learn His ways, be filled
with His Spirit, be joined in one mind, life, and nature with Him
and He will create within you the heart of a redemptive sonship judge!
His judgments will be manifest IN YOU. The wonderful result will
be that all nations will come and worship before Him! That is the
It is the uncovering of that people in whom God has inwrought and
birthed His righteous judgments to deal with the sin, ignorance, and
rebellion of men, bringing deliverance, producing a mighty change unto
salvation and righteousness. He will deal with every man according
to the measures needed to correct and make right what is wrong in him.
Is that not how He has dealt with us, His firstfruit company? If
you yet entertain the carnal notion that by judgment God will
sentence every man according to what he deserves, then Jesus would
have to apologize to those men who crucified Him, because He didn’t give
them what they deserved! Rather He prayed for them, "Father,
forgive them, for they know not what they do." Do you believe God
answered that prayer? The lovely One from whose gracious lips
these redemptive words fell also said, "Father, I thank Thee that Thou
hast heard me. And I know that Thou hearest me always…"
If I were to say, "I am sincerely convinced and truly hope that I
shall see every reader of these lines get exactly what they deserve,"
would it not strike terror in your soul? Let us then stand assured
of this marvelous fact: BECAUSE OF CALVARY you deserve the best
God has to give and all men deserve the best of God through you!
"Who shall not fear Thee, O Lord, and glorify Thy name? for Thou
only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before Thee;
for Thy judgments are made manifest."
The following words by brother Scott Paris are so instructive here.
"When your heart is after God, you can be comfortable in His holy
presence, for His concern is for the heart. His courts of holiness
cannot be tramped on by those whose hearts are cold and who externally
produce shows of humility and personal commitment. Father never
has, and will never be satisfied by external displays of godliness or
religious activity. New truth from the seven golden vials is
beheading you to the old letter-of-the-word interpretation. You
abandon your heart to His will and look eagerly for His full
manifestation in you. And in your brokenness, and only in
brokenness, do your hands drip with His oil. And your vessel
overflows with His living water. You are chosen to restore the
ancient ruins, and to recover the people lost to generations of
desolations. A word from your lips delivers a man into the kingdom
of Father’s dear Son. You are reclaiming what the enemy has
claimed, you are delivering to the Father what past generations have let
degenerate. Your hands, your words, your acts of love, flowing
with His presence, shall restore a generation to God. With untold
joy, you realize that it is not too late to experience the fullness of
God. Yes, it is clear now. So clear. You were never
called just to sit in a pew. You were called to minister from
within the Father. He called you to be redeemed, and to redeem.
Your life is now to flourish with His life, resurrection life, as a
priest of God and of Christ (Rev. 20:6). How could you have
missed it? To be converted merely to hold on until the end was
never Father’s purpose and intention, but to flourish with His love as
all creation is gathered into Him. We came out of His fullness to
enter into His allness. He is ‘all in all’" —
THE TEMPLE OF THE
TABERNACLE OF THE TESTIMONY
OPENED IN HEAVEN
"And after that I looked, and behold, the temple of the tabernacle of
the testimony in heaven was opened" (Rev. 15:5).
"And after that…" How wonderful this is! But after what?
Ah, after we can sing the song of Moses and the Lamb, after all these
beautiful fruits are expressed in our walk, after all the righteous
judgments of God are manifest in our lives, after all that — not before,
not during, but after — "I looked, and behold, the
temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened."
The tabernacle was erected in the wilderness and the temple was a
permanent building on the same plan builded in Jerusalem. Both
buildings were divided into two apartments — the holy place and the most
holy place — the latter being typical of the realm of the fullness of
God. The word "tabernacle" in our text is the Greek word skene
meaning a "tent." It refers to both compartments, holy place and
most holy place, for in the wilderness both were housed in one tent
structure made of skins. The word "temple" is in the Greek naos
meaning "to dwell," thus indicating the dwelling place of God, or
the most holy place. The "testimony" is the ark of the covenant
containing the testimony of God, that is, the tables of the law,
the golden pot of manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded. Thus the
expression "the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony"
signifies "the tent of God’s dwelling containing the ark of His
covenant" — that is, THE MOST HOLY PLACE — that is what John saw opened
in the heaven of the Spirit of the Lord!
Truly, we are the temple of the living God, as God has said!
The scriptures about the temple of God are so beautiful, so clear, that
we are surprised when we hear people speaking of the temple of God as
something the Jews or the Antichrist will build over in Jerusalem.
We are God’s building! We are God’s house!
We are living stones built up a spiritual house — the temple of the
Lord! God dwells in us! Your body is the
temple of the Holy Ghost! There is a temple of the testimony,
the most holy place, within each one of us. This most holy place
is our spirit, where we receive the witness of God. It is where
His life (golden pot of manna) dwells, where His word (tables of the
law) is revealed, and where His divine choosing (Aaron’s rod) is known.
This most holy place of God is within us as the sacred temple of our
being. The only problem is that the world hasn’t been able to
see the Christ in us!
That the temple, or most holy place, was opened bespeaks a truth
higher and far more glorious that that of the rent veil. In
that long ago temple on earth centuries had passed and it seemed as if
that veil would hang there forever shielding the glory of the Lord.
And then a lone and desolate figure, upon a cross on a hill outside of
Jerusalem, cried as He died, "It is finished!" Suddenly the
earth shook and reeled, like a drunkard, the mighty immovable rocks rent
and split. In that awesome moment two huge invisible hands reached
down and took hold of that veil in the temple, so strong that six yoke
of oxen could not pull it apart, and those divine hands tore it asunder
from top to bottom. I have heard people say that when that veil
was rent at the crucifixion of our Lord, the two compartments of the
holy place and the most holy place were made one. But that
cannot be! Yes, the veil was rent, split — but the veil was
still there! It had only been split down the middle, like
the curtain on the stage of a theater. The compartments were still
In His resurrection and ascension the Lord Jesus did not stand in
relation to His elect in a most holy place from which the veil had been
removed, for of His entrance into that realm of fullness in God the
writer to the Hebrews testifies, "That by two immutable things, in which
it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation,
who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before
us: which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and
steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; whither
our forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high
priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek" (Heb. 6:18-20).
Again, "Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the
holiest, by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which
He hath consecrated for us, THROUGH THE VEIL, that is to
say, His flesh" (Heb. 10:19-20).
Can we not see that Jesus went through the rent veil into
the fullness of divine life and glory. By that rent veil He opened
and consecrated the way for us to follow, to pass THROUGH the veil
into that glorious realm. NOWHERE IN THE BOOK OF HEBREWS
DOES IT SAY THAT THE VEIL IS REMOVED! The veil was rent,
but not taken away. The way into that most holy place
consecrated for us is through the veil. You can’t pass
"through" a veil that isn’t there! Therefore the veil remains to
this day! We will understand a great mystery when we see that the
veil is the converging point between the "in part" realm and the realm
of God’s FULLNESS. The way into the fullness of God, into the full
stature of sonship, has been opened by Jesus, our forerunner. By
His resurrection and ascension He has entered in! And now we, His
younger brethren, have boldness by the blood of Jesus to enter into the
Holiest — but that is only one half of the divine equation.
"Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest…let
us draw near." It is a call to God’s elect to enter in through
the rent veil, into the place to which the blood has been brought, where
our great high priest lives, where the ineffable glory of the Most High
God shines so brightly, where the golden pot of manna of His
incorruptible life is revealed, where the heavenly law of His
divine nature is disclosed, where Aaron’s rod signifying His divine
priesthood on behalf of all creation officiates — there to live and walk
and work always in the fullness of the Father!
Christ Jesus has opened the way into the Holiest of all!
This is the full salvation and the full inheritance of God that belongs
to the saints! Oh, the glory of the message! For fifteen
centuries Israel had a sanctuary with a most holy place into which,
under pains of death, no one might enter. But now the call goes
forth: Enter in! The veil is rent! The way through has been
consecrated for you! God wants to welcome you to His bosom, into
His fullness. Henceforth you are to live in union with Him.
Son of God, daughter of God, the Father longs for thee to enter in, to
know and dwell in His fullness forevermore! This has been "present
truth" in our generation. Multitudes of God’s elect have received the
call to enter beyond the veil into the fullness of God! Yet
— when the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony is opened
in heaven, something transcendent transpires — the veil is
removed! In fact, even the outer covering of skins that
enclose the "sanctuary" is likewise stripped away and the
most holy place of God stands opened, revealed in the heavens!
None of the coverings that have concealed His glory is any longer there.
There is no need for any to have boldness to "enter in beyond the veil,"
nor is there any need for any to "come out from behind the veil."
THERE IS NO MORE VEIL! The temple of God stands wide open in the
heavens of the Spirit, revealed for all to see! It is most solemn
to contemplate that no longer do men only enter in to that most holy
place, but there is also released from thence a mighty transforming
ministry right out of that center of holiness and power!
Ah, yes, we are the temple of the living God! The
only problem is that the world has not been able to see the glorious
fullness of God in Christ within us because of the veil, the outer
covering of flesh. But here the veil is removed, the ark of God is
seen, the full glory of God is revealed, the sons of God are manifest
(unveiled, uncovered) and GOD IS SEEN! Just as a curtain opens
at the beginning of a Broadway play revealing the set and the characters
in the play — so God draws back or removes the veil so that no man has
to pass through the veil in order to behold the glory of God. It
is a manifestation, a revelation of the full nature,
glory, and power of God out of His temple of sons! Oh, God, what a
word! But not only is there glory streaming out of the temple,
there are also seven angels having the seven last plagues. What
can it mean? The Word of God tells us very plainly that the source
of judgment is the same as the source of mercy. Both
flow from the heart of God! Both are essential to His nature.
Both can be understood only at the cross of Jesus Christ.
Therefore both are redemptive in character! Chapter fifteen
of the Revelation gives the source of all the judgment messages that
follow. God reveals His innermost sanctuary, the place of His
throne, which is also the place of His heart, and shows us that judgment
flows from there. Great is the mystery!
THE SEVEN ANGELS COME OUT OF
"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" (Rev. 15:6).
Let us now consider one of the significant "keys" to understanding the
book of Revelation. The "revelation" means an "unveiling" or a
"revealing." This revelation is given in symbols, and only the
spirit of truth from God can decipher the symbols. The visions
were given to John "in the spirit" and it is only "in the spirit" that
understanding comes. The reasonings of the natural mind are
completely fruitless and entirely futile. There are key words
throughout the book. One of the key words is the term "temple."
We find that word first used in chapter three, verse twelve, and then
appearing a total of sixteen times throughout the book. When you
follow through you find that God promises to make the overcomer a pillar
in the temple of God, God measures the temple, opens the temple, speaks
out of the temple, sends forth the ministry of His messengers out of the
temple, and many other wonderful things. All that happens
concerning the temple takes place in relation to the very same
temple, which temple we are! Understand what is
happening to the temple, what’s happening in the temple,
what’s happening around the temple, what’s coming forth from
the temple, and you will see clearly what God is doing n to His
people, what God is doing in His people, what God is doing
around His people, and what God is bringing forth out of the
midst of His people. God’s people are His temple people!
John’s vision now returns to the seven angels with the seven last
plagues. The ministry of the symbolic "seven messengers" streams
forth from the precincts of the ark within the temple — from the very
throne of God — from the very heart of God — the heart-throne of mercy
and of judgment. The seven last plagues come out of the temple!
It should be plain to any thinking mind that when we look at these
seven last plagues we are not seeing something that is coming from the
Russians, nor from the Red Chinese, nor from some ecological disaster,
nor from some alien attack from outer space, nor out the bottomless pit,
nor from the mouth of the great red dragon, nor from the antichrist in
Israel, for these are things which proceed out from the very glory in
the temple of God, that is, out from the midst of God’s called
and chosen elect! The vials are indeed judgment vials — and is
it not the saints who shall judge the world!
Judgment is coming out of God’s temple, but keep in mind, my beloved,
that nothing breaks forth out of the temple of God that has not been
first worked into that temple!
Now consider the scene! The seven messengers come out of the
temple, having the seven last plagues, clothed in pure and dazzling
white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles.
In consideration of these beautiful truths it will be instructive to
look again at the significant scene in chapter eight of the Revelation.
"And I saw seven angels which stood before God; and to
them were given seven trumpets" (Rev. 8:2). Before God!
Before the throne! In the Holiest of all! Is it not clear
that the position of these seven angels with the seven trumpets is
identical with the position of the seven angels with the seven last
plagues, as well as the seven lamps of fire, which are identified as the
seven spirits of God? The great truth is that these are the
same seven angels of the seven churches! Therefore,
the sound of their trumpets is a sound that comes out of the midst of
God’s elect! Consider this, my beloved. Seven lamps of fire
are burning before the throne, right where the seven angels proceed
from. Ah, it is a ministry out from the midst of
God’s elect — seven trumpets — a seven-fold message.
They are sounding forth a word in the power of the
seven-fold anointing of the Spirit! And now they are seven
messengers bearing seven vials of the passion of God — and
they go forth again under that same seven-fold anointing!
These messengers represent the coming forth of a powerful proclamation
and operation of the Spirit that comes directly from the throne of God!
They come out of the naos, out of the innermost shrine of the
temple, out from the deepest depths of the divine Spirit, and out from
the manifest presence of the Lord in the temple of His body, right out
of the heart of God in His called and chosen elect. The ministry
that goes forth is HIS MINISTRY — not the programs of man, not the
schemes and plans of carnal men building kingdoms, supposedly for God,
but actually for their own ego trip. For this ministry they are
anointed to bring judgment upon God’s carnal people, to bring chastening
and purification, to correct what is wrong in the house of the Lord!
Oh, how wonderful these things are!
As you follow these seven angels all the way through the book of
Revelation, you find that their relationship is to everything that
happens in the three realms men live in upon earth. They sound the
trumpets that affect the earth-realm. These same angels pour out
their vials into the earth-realm. Follow these seven angels and
you will see how they are identified with every activity of God that
affects the earth-realm! The vials are God moving in a
ministry out of His temple of sons in a seven-fold dealing to effect the
purification of all the people of God yet dwelling in the low realms of
the flesh and the carnal mind — the vast multitudes of nominal,
immature, carnal Christians. Out of this qualified, holy temple of
His dwelling proceeds this ministry.
This ministry is represented as "seven angels" or "seven messengers" who
are dressed in the garb of priests, they come out of the
temple arrayed "in pure and white linen, and having their breasts
girded with golden girdles." Nearly all commentators agree that
the description alludes to the vestments of the priesthood, signifying
that they come walking in the nature and power of divine priesthood,
thus denoting a positive work of God rather than a
negative one. The gold around their breasts represents the
divine life and nature; their heart is the heart of their Father.
Such oneness with the divine nature of God, their ministry is totally
righteous, executing the will of God to perfection and unto victory.
They are not sent to destroy men’s lives, but to deliver, purify,
mature, and transform them!
The question follows — Why do the messengers come out of the most holy
place, out of the "temple of the tabernacle of the testimony" — that is,
specifically, out of the place of dwelling of the "testimony" which is
the ark of the covenant. It is designated that it is
from the dwelling place of the ark that the seven
messengers come forth bearing the seven last plagues in which is filled
up the wrath or the passion of God. Let us consider with all
solemnity this ark which seems to be the authority, purpose, and power
behind the activity of the seven messengers!
It is a certain box or chest, not very large, some five feet long and
three feet high and broad, resting in the most holy place. It had
other functions as well, for when Israel traveled through the desert,
the ark always went before them, carried at the head of the procession
by the priests, and all the multitude followed the ark. It
preceded Israel as they entered their promised land, and was carried
before them in all of their battles, gaining the victory over their
enemies. It brought blessing, power, glory, and triumph wherever
it went! It represents a truth — and that truth it really is, that
dwells in the sanctuary and that is moving on before them and on which
their eyes are always fastened for inspiration, hope, direction, and
victory. The central truth of the ark is that they are God’s
chosen people. How can we know this? We know because it
is just that — THE ARK OF THE COVENANT. It is the ark of
the "covenant" between God and His people! God has entered into
covenant with His people, making them uniquely HIS, and the ark is the
testimony of that covenant, the place where God and His people meet and
converge. God’s presence, life, nature, glory, and power in and
upon that ark, together with the people following and exalting the ark,
constitutes the covenant between Yahweh and Israel. That
truth — the union between God and His people — not any mere box of wood
and gold — is the reality which leads Israel into the place of
It is inside the ark, this truth of their union with God, in the shape
of three sacred and venerable objects — two stone tablets, upon which
God had written His law, a golden pot of manna miraculously preserved,
and a rod with buds upon it which had been the divine evidence of His
priesthood among them in the house of Aaron. God’s law, that is,
His nature; God’s incorruptible life; and God’s divine
priesthood, order, selection, and anointing — those are the
SPIRITUAL REALITIES represented within the ark of the Lord’s covenant.
These are the power within His covenant with His people!
The power of God’s covenant with you, my beloved, lies in His nature,
His life, and His ordination. Apart from these you can never
be the people of God! What qualifies you as a son of
God is the inworking of His divine nature, His incorruptible life, and
His mighty hand of dealing. This is the "ark" of His covenant!
These three realities grouped together within the ark constitute the one
truth — that God is our God and we are His people, the expression and
manifestation of Himself in the earth! He has taken us for
Himself, we belong to one another, He is our inheritance, we are His
image and glory, His life is our life, His heart is our heart, His mind
is our mind, His nature is our nature, and His purpose is our purpose.
His land is our land! In Israel of old, it was that truth which
they set at the head of their army; around that truth the silver
trumpets blew; behind it the whole multitude of people marched; and when
they camped that truth was set at the very center of their encampment.
They followed after it all the day-time, and they clustered around it
all the night. No wonder that the ark in which the symbols of that
great and eternal truth were enshrined came to be as God present in
their midst! When it was lifted up it was indeed God rising to go
against His enemies and theirs. When it was set down upon the
ground it was God Himself planting Himself among the many thousands of
Israel. Oh, the wonder of it!
And now, how far off all this seems! How long ago, how far away
this caravan of Israelites trampling along through the weary sand
between Egypt and the Promised Land, with their strange ark borne along
before them! But if we have really got what the picture means, and
if you have really minds and hearts to look not at the symbol across the
ocean and across the millenniums, but to grasp the spiritual reality
it conveys to us, I hope to make you see in that procession
following the ark the picture of the new covenant now
established between God and His spiritual people, the picture of a life
reconciled, sanctified, regenerated, quickened, begotten again,
covenanted, given away and dedicated to God, a people joined to the Lord
as one spirit, His very own sons, to bear His image, to manifest HIM in
the earth, and bring His kingdom to pass.
The soul led and protected by its covenant with God — that, then, is
what the ark represents. I think we often hesitate at that word
"covenant." It has an ancient sound. It was a word under
which Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob conceived their relationship with
God. It was also the arrangement between the nation of Israel and
Yahweh. But now it often seems as if the word had a hard kind of
"contractual" sound about it. It would seem to us as if God is
standing and weighing out His love and blessing, grain by grain, against
the scrupulously exacted equivalent which man is called upon to render.
It seems to miss the whole idea of freedom and spontaneousness which we
rather love to make prominent in the thought of our relationship with
God. It seems as though God is saying, "If you will keep up your
end of the deal I will keep up mine, we’ve got a contract you know, and
I’m going to hold you to it." It appears as though our
relationship with God is performance based. It demands too much
self-effort and places too much responsibility upon us to
measure up to God’s requirements.
Yet, is it not true that it is impossible for God to do anything for
man, without man’s meeting God with a response? Is it not true
that we must "yield" ourselves under the mighty hand of God, in order
for Him to exalt us? God smote Saul of Tarsus down on the road to
Damascus and chose him as a special vessel unto His purpose, but did not
Saul respond, saying, "Lord, what will you have me to do?" The
Lord instructed him to go into the city and perform certain things, and
Saul arose and obeyed, and became the great apostle God had chosen him
to be. That is covenant! God cannot bless and use a
people unless the people are obedient. God cannot speak to a soul
unless that soul will listen. God cannot lead a man unless that
man will follow. "As many as are led by the Spirit of God,
they are the sons of God," — not "as many as are
pushed, shoved, or compelled!" The kingdom of God is
embodied in this reality of necessary mutualness in the relationship of
God and man — covenant. "Draw near to me, and I will draw near to
you." "Do this, and you shall live." "If you will be my
people, then I will be your God." "I will be a Father to
you, and ye shall be my sons and my daughters." "The
marriage of the Lamb is come, for His wife hath made herself ready."
"Ask and it shall be given, seek and ye shall find, knock and it
shall be opened unto you." In every case, for God and man to come
together both must do something, God cannot meet live men as the
sunlight strikes a dead rock, merely giving itself to what is helpless,
but as the sunlight strikes a live tree which must open to receive its
bounty. There is no covenant with the rock. There is a
covenant with the tree!
Jesus is called "the mediator of the new covenant." Ah, the
believer has entered into a covenant with God! It is a great and
precious truth. What does it mean? Jesus said of this
covenant, "This is the new covenant in my blood." Therein
lies the secret power of this covenant! "In my blood" signifies
the power of HIS LIFE. "The life of the flesh is in the
blood." Blood denotes life — and the new covenant is not a
written, dry, cold contract on paper. Oh, no! This covenant
is in His blood, in the power of HIS DIVINE LIFE! It
is a LIVING CONTRACT, binding by the energy of a united life as we are
made one in Him. "He that is joined to the Lord is one
spirit" — that is the Living Covenant! "For this is the
covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days,
saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in
their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a
people…" (Heb. 8:10).
That is a man’s covenant-consciousness under the new covenant. The
covenant is in the power of His indwelling life. It is not the
tablets of the law in a wood and gold box, but the power of His divine
nature released in a people! It is not a golden pot of manna in
the ark, it is His incorruptible life raised up within us! It is
not Aaron’s rod that budded laid in a chest in the most holy place,
rather it is His anointed ministry imparted into our lives by the
power of the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven! And when a man
becomes aware that out of that inward covenant where God has met and
joined with him in the depths of his being is arising the impulse and
destiny of his life; that what is keeping him, guiding him, empowering
him, and filling him with understanding, wisdom, faith, joy,
righteousness, and power all issues from His union with God in the
spirit — that man has himself become the "ark" of the
When our spiritual mind begins to comprehend that God has entered into a
living covenant with all His people, then we are able to understand
clearly why God would send His seven-angels-ministry to pour out the
vials of plagues upon His people. We are living in the hour when
God has a controversy with His people because they are not keeping
the covenant! He is leading, but they are not following!
Untold millions of the Lord’s redeemed people are carelessly and
ignorantly living beneath their privileges. He is speaking, but
they are not listening. He is calling, but they are not
responding! God’s people are destroyed for lack of knowledge, for
those who spread the table before them feed them the husks of God’s
word, and not the corn. He has redeemed them for a purpose,
but they have other plans. They expect to be blessed, but will not
be obedient. They have polluted the sanctuary, they have walked
after the flesh instead of the spirit, they have mistaken the soulical
for the spiritual, they have loved the outward forms of religion while
despising the reality, having a form of godliness they deny the power
thereof, they have chosen law over life, error over truth, and have
broken the covenant of life which would draw them into the Holiest of
Therefore the Lord will come to His people as a refiner’s fire and as
fuller’s soap; and He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and
He shall purge the sons of Levi, and purify them as gold and silver,
that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness (Mal.
3:1-3). This is also the ministry of the seven angels and the
seven plagues! Purging is getting rid of unwanted and unnecessary
material. When Hitler came to power in Germany he instituted a
"purging" of the government. He cast out all those who were not in
favor of his agenda and whom he believed he could not trust to cooperate
completely with him. Those were put out of office.
When a conspiracy to get rid of him was discovered there was another
purge. Those involved in the purge were not just relieved of their
responsibilities, they were executed. Every time there was a
change of leadership in the old Soviet Union there was a purge of the
high officials. Many were demoted to a lesser office, some were
retired altogether, while others were promoted to higher positions of
power. Some were even put to death. This is what is called a
The Lord comes forth out of His holy place to purge and to
purify His people! The only difference is that in this purge
He is not getting rid of some of His people, but He is getting rid of
the one man who is deceiving and polluting His people —
old Adam. Oh, yes! It is the old Adamic man with his carnal
mind, his human mentality, his earthly desires, his fleshly ways, his
distorted vision, his vain philosophies, his soulish religion, his
demonic lies and deceptions — this is the man He comes to
purge away! Purging and purification are simply the PROCESS OF
ELIMINATION. The fiery ordeal does not make the silver any better
or any more silver than it already is. The intense heat of
the furnace does not improve the quality of the gold. It merely
removes the impurities so that the gold is pure — unmixed with
the dross of no value.
The message is just this: If you are a carnal Christian living below
God’s high purpose for you — breaking His living covenant of
righteousness, glory, wisdom, and power — THE SEVEN ANGELS HAVING THE
SEVEN LAST PLAGUES ARE COMING AFTER YOU!