Summary of passage: Out of the temple in heaven came 7 angels with 7 plagues. One of the 4 living creatures gave the angels 7 bowls containing the wrath of God. God was in the temple and all were banned until the 7 plagues had been completed.
6) The tabernacle of the Testimony where 7 angels emerged wearing clean linen and gold sashes. He saw one of the 4 living creatures give the 7 angels 7 golden bowls containing God’s wrath. Then he saw smoke for God’s glory and power in the temple.
7) Smoke accompanies God from His glory and power. Exodus says God is a cloud from God’s glory and no one can enter the tabernacle when God is present. 2 Chronicles says the same thing: the temple is filled with a cloud which is God’s glory and no one could enter. Isaiah describes the temple as filled with smoke. It also indicates God is about to act.
8 ) Personal Question. My answer: Been asked about comfort, help, and confidence so many times I’ve lost count. Basically because God is with me, I can do all things through Him who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13). I live and breathe because of God and will continue to do so in heaven afterwards. And for that I am unequivocally grateful.
Conclusions: Very basic questions. Passage is straight forward.
End Notes: This is the heavenly temple referred to in Exodus 25:8-9 and Hebrews 8:9. It was also the dwelling place of God during the Israelites’ wilderness wanderings (Exodus 40:34-5). It’s name comes from the fact the tent contained the two tablets of the covenant law brought down from Mount Sinai (Exodus 32:15; 38:21; Deuteronomy 10:5).
The angels come from God so there is no doubt this is His judgment. Their clothing reminds us that God’s judgment is pure and holy and righteous.
We see bowls of wrath in Isaiah 51:17, 22.
Conclusions to Revelation 15: Even though God is patient He will not excuse sin. Because He is holy and just He must judge sin.