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Seven Avenging Angels (Revelation 15.5-6)

"After 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." (Revelation 15.5-6)✞

Tabernacle

The Tent of the CovenantThe Tabernacle is called "The tent of witness," or "the tent of testimony", or tabernacle of the covenant law in the Old Testament. The Tabernacle of the Testimony of the people of Israel was "the portable earthly dwelling place for the divine presence" during the wilderness wanderings. Tabernacle means simply a "residence" or "dwelling place." Numbers 9.15-16 describes it in this way, "On the day the tabernacle, the tent of the covenant law, was set up, the cloud covered it. From evening till morning the cloud above the tabernacle looked like fire. That is how it continued to be; the cloud covered it, and at night it looked like fire." It is therefore clear that the Apostle John is seeing this picture, not in terms of the Jerusalem temple, but in terms of the ancient tabernacle in the wilderness called also the tent of the covenant.✞

Seven Avenging Angels

The Ark of the CovenantIt is from within this tabernacle that the seven avenging angels or the seven angels with the seven plagues come forth. In the center of the Holy Place, within the tabernacle, lay the Ark of the Covenant, the chest in which were contained the tablets of the ten commandments as well as Aaron's rod and a portion of the manna kept from the wilderness wanderings. The ark was the holy of holies to the Jewish people. These seven angels came out from the place where the Law of God rested to show that no person or nation could with impunity defy the Law of God, it was so holy.

"Seven Avenging Angels"
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by Ron Meacock

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