6 And [kai] the seven [hepta] angels [aggelos] came [exerchomai] out of [ek] the temple, [naos] having [echo] the seven [hepta] plagues, [plege] clothed [enduo] in pure [katharos] and [kai] white [lampros] linen, [linon] and [kai] having their
breasts [stethos] girded [perizonnumi] with [peri] golden [chruseos] girdles. [zone]KJV-Interlinear
6 and the
seven angels who had the seven plagues came out of the temple, clothed in
linen, clean and bright, and girded around their breasts with golden girdles. NASB
Here is our reference to the Holy of Holies, the temple, 'naos,' is a specific reference to the inner room of the tabernacle, Gods symbolic dwelling place here on earth, and Gods actual dwelling place in heaven.
Remember that heaven is the place of reality, and earth is the place of shadows. The best we can do here on earth is symbolizing those things that are in heaven, through examples. And using the term 'shadow' is the best example for showing the extreme lack of substance here, versus the phenomenal realities (beyond our imagination) that exist in heaven.
When you compare a shadow to the real thing, there is a huge difference between the two. Shadows have no texture, no color, no aroma, no substance, no feel, no sound, nothing but an outline of sorts, of something, but not the real thing.
Thus far in Revelation, we have had the written word revealed, the seven seals are the written future, which is going to come to pass. Those who think they can change the future and defer or avoid these things, are fools and in rejection of God. In fact it is they who are actually going to make these things come to pass through their own indifference and rejection of prophecy.
Remember that in our current dispensation, a great apostasy is coming. Apostasy is not only a rejection of truth, and Christianity, but an embracing of worldly lies. Secularism is going to be the order of the day, some day. Even more so that it is today.
This will pave the way for the anti-christ and his religion (himself) when the Tribulation begins, as well as all of the crime, rejection of authority and rejection of everything good and respectful, as sin becomes unrestrained after the Rapture.
We have studied the seven trumpets, announcements of that which is coming. No one has an excuse. You have no excuse for not knowing what is coming, and certainly of what your obligations are to God, and the opportunities that are available to you.
Seven angels represent the completeness of Gods action. Nothing is left out and nothing more will be needed in this action. These are seven angels, actual angels. They are in heaven right now, just waiting their call to duty.
They will come out of the temple. They will be sent forth by God Himself.
With them, they will carry for delivery to humanity, seven judgments. These will be the most horrific judgments in all of human history. Nothing before this will compare to what is coming.
Clothed in white, with golden breast plates, these angels are outfitted in the righteousness and justice of God. Pure and perfect and just, in every way possible, they are going to enter the picture of history with the blessing and command from God Himself.
As we have already studied, this is not a story for the imagination, but one of the reality of what lays ahead for humanity. No command of the stars, not space travel to galaxies far, far away, no ascension to some higher plane of existence due to mans own goodness or good intentions. None of that.
Your life now, is one of preparation for the next life. You can roll your eyes at the imagery of this book, and be impressed with special affects in movies, or you can open your eyes to the realities and possibilities of your own destiny, and be impressed with God and His plan.
In either case, Gods plan will advance along without so much as a hiccup, and you can advance along with God, or you can ignore the whole thing and discover your mistake in the next life.