“And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened:” ~ Revelation 15:5
The Old Testament Tabernacle was not opened to everyone. There was only a brief period of time, when the tabernacle was set up as a single room tent. It was called the Tabernacle of David. When David brought the ark back to Israel, he set up his temporary tabernacle as a place where God could be openly worshiped. And he appointed special singers to always give praise to God as the ark was in this open tabernacle.
The ark represented the very presence of Almighty God amongst them. And David saw the presence of God as something to greatly rejoice over. But once the ark was moved into the temple at Jerusalem, again it was only the High Priest that would be able to see the ark.
In the New testament, when the gospel was spread to the gentiles, James recognized this new movement of God as being the equivalent of an open temple to the gentiles. And so he referred to the Tabernacle of David being set up again. And he quoted a prophecy from Amos the prophet concerning this.
“After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things.” ~ Acts 15:16-17
And so now here in Revelation 15, the Apostle John, who was not of the tribe of Levi and their priesthood, was also able to see the Tabernacle open.
What caused this spiritual New Testament Tabernacle to be opened?
It happened after the true saints are revealed to be worshiping as one in unity. They are singing the song of Deliverance because they are free from the hypocrisy of spiritual Babylon, and her deception and divisions. That is why just before this it states “… for thy judgments are made manifest.” (Revelation 15:4)
The clarity of a true gospel message that is free from false doctrines and hypocrisy was made known. So now there is a people that have been made clean, free, and separated from spiritual hypocrisy. And now a ministry to preach the full truth can be consecrated and anointed.
“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.” ~ Revelation 15:6
Like Jesus in the first chapter of Revelation, this ministry also is dressed pure and white. And they have a golden girdle around their breasts (or where their heart is.)
“And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.” ~ Revelation 1:13
This ministry has had Jesus’ Revelation revealed to their hearts and souls. Therefore they are anointed with the Revelation message: to pour out God’s judgement against the hypocrisy of spiritual Babylon.
“And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever.” ~ Revelation 15:7
“One of the four beasts” (“living creatures” is a more accurate translation) represents one of the ministers of the Lord that led the people in worship and reverence to Jesus: back when Jesus was taking the seals off of the book of Revelation (noted in Revelation chapter 4 through 6).
“And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever. And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.” ~ Revelation 5:14 – 6:1
And so again one of these same four beasts (living creatures) here in Revelation 15 is passing out to the anointed ministry a vial each. (Note: angel means “messenger” and seven means they have a complete message.)
Why are the Revelation vials full of the wrath of God?
Revelation vials “full of the wrath of God” means that these messengers were given a Revelation message to preach the strong judgments of God against all hypocrisy.
This Revelation message against hypocrisy and sin has been known for many years now. But few ministers have this anointing anymore because as a collective body, many have become lukewarm and lost a clear vision. And this is another reason why that these seven Revelation vials, that are poured out in Revelation chapter 16, need to be poured out again today.
Not until these Revelation vials are poured out, can people enter into the “open Temple” experience of God’s full presence.
“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.” ~ Reevaluation 15:8
This scripture is reflective of the mighty presence of God when Solomon’s Temple was finished and then dedicated to God.
“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.” ~ 1 Kings 8:10-11
This is the same pattern as here in Revelation. Let us read it again together to see:
“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. And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever. 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.” ~ Revelation 15:6-8
In Solomon’s Temple, the ministry had just finished their work to establish the temple by placing the Ark (representing the presence of God) within the temple. Then the temple was filled with the thick cloud of smoke.
In Revelation 15, the ministry had finished the work of bringing back God’s presence into the New Testament spiritual house of God: the church. That is why when they stepped out, God’s mighty presence filled the house. But!
“no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.”
People are not able to enter into God’s Holy presence today because they are marked by the deception of false teachings and the false safety of a false fellowship. This mark of religious pride and selfishness (the mark of the beast) is embedded deep within their minds understanding (their forehead) and their emotional false fellowship ties (a mark on their right hand of fellowship).
Why is the Revelation message so strong in Judgement?
Only a strong clear Revelation message poured out against false hypocrisy will prepare people to be able to enter into true and faithful worship. They not only need to be cleansed and freed from their sin, but they also need to be cleansed and delivered from their religious deception! This is why next in Revelation chapter 16, the vials of God’s wrath are poured out.
Are you able to enter into the presence of God, with the true people of God, in true and faithful worship? It is the only way you will make it to heaven and pass through the judgement bar of God to get in there.
Note: this diagram below shows where the 14th and 15th chapters are within the full Revelation message. These chapters are also part of the 7th trumpet message. To better understand a high level view of Revelation, you can also see the “Roadmap of Revelation.”