"After these things I looked, and behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened. And out of the temple came the seven angels having the seven plagues, clothed with pure bright linen, and having their chests girded with golden bands. Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God who lives forever and ever. The temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from His power, and no one was able to enter the temple till the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed. Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, 'Go and pour out the bowls of the wrath of God on the earth.' " [Rev. 15:5-16:1]
These verses picture a lot of things going on in the heavenly temple, but I was particularly struck by one thing; during the time that the angels are pouring the seven plagues on the earth no one is allowed in the temple except God. Evidently he wants to be alone.
Of course, that started me thinking as best I can in mere human terms: Why does God want to be alone while so much punishment and destruction are being visited on the earth? Those who receive the plagues are lost; there is no second or third chance. The Christ has been crucified, the gospel has been preached, the final call for repentance and salvation has been given and the last person has rejected the call.
So why does God want to be alone?
The best I can understand it (strictly in anthropomorphic terms) is that a father is destroying his children; children he has raised and nurtured; children over whom he has wept and for whom he died.
I have no idea what God is doing alone in His temple but I can think about it from my perspective as a father. Perhaps He is weeping (He has done that before [John 11:35]); perhaps He is in mourning at the loss of so many souls He created. Certainly, there is no celebrating their well-deserved punishment.
What verse eight says to me is that God, indeed, is Love because He wants to be alone to think, as only God can do, about the terrible Personal loss He has suffered, all because of sin and its author.
Pray that we will not give God a reason to mourn over our loss because we have chosen to accept His sacrifice, His Grace, His gift of eternal life, and as our sign of promise (in frail human terms) we serve Him and daily search the heavens for His return.
God Bless. e.c.