The Seven Bowls of the Seven Plagues
6. What John saw—
—God’s sanctuary of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened.
—The seven angels who had the seven plagues (afflictions, calamities) came out of the temple.
—They were wearing pure white and gleaming linen with gold sashes across their chests.
—One of the four living beings handed each of the seven angels a gold bowl filled with the wrath of God, who lives forever and ever.
—The Temple was filled with smoke from God’s glory and power.
—No one could enter the Temple until the seven angels had completed pouring out the seven plagues.
7. God’s presence—
The Temple was filled with smoke from God’s glory and power.
No one could enter the Temple until the seven angels completed pouring out the seven plagues.
Exodus 40:34-35 AMP
Then the cloud [the Shekinah, God’s visible, dwelling presence] covered the Tent of Meeting.
The glory and brilliance of the Lord filled the tabernacle.
Moses was not able to enter the Tent of Meeting because the cloud remained on it, and the glory and brilliance of the Lord filled the tabernacle.
The house of the Lord was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not remain standing to minister because of the cloud;
The glory and brilliance of the Lord filled the house of God. AMP
Isaiah saw this,
And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, and the temple was filling with smoke.
Similar incidents where the people could not remain standing happened when the Pharisees gave Judas a contingent of Roman soldiers and Temple guards to arrest Jesus. When Jesus identified Himself as the one they came to find saying, “I am He,”
As Jesus said “I am he,” they all drew back and fell to the ground! John 18:3-6 NLT
8. There is nothing like the manifested presence of God.
When Isaiah saw God’s throne room and experienced His presence, he said, “It’s all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. I have filthy lips, and I live among a people with filthy lips. Yet I have seen the King, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.”
No earthly event comes close to this experience. Reading about it isn’t the same.
Words and paintings cannot convey it.
Our physical bodies are overwhelmed.
Our souls are undone when we see or feel His Glory, Majesty, and Holiness.