Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and seated on the cloud one like a son of man, with a golden crown on his head, and a sharp sickle in his hand. 15 And another angel came out of the temple, calling with a loud voice to him who sat on the cloud, “Put in your sickle, and reap, for the hour to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is fully ripe.” 16 So he who sat on the cloud swung his sickle across the earth, and the earth was reaped.
17 Then another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle. 18 And another angel came out from the altar, the angel who has authority over the fire, and he called with a loud voice to the one who had the sharp sickle, “Put in your sickle and gather the clusters from the vine of the earth, for its grapes are ripe.” 19 So the angel swung his sickle across the earth and gathered the grape harvest of the earth and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. 20 And the winepress was trodden outside the city, and blood flowed from the winepress, as high as a horse's bridle, for 1,600 stadia.[About 184 miles; a stadion was about 607 feet or 185 meters]
15 Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and amazing, seven angels with seven plagues, which are the last, for with them the wrath of God is finished.
2 And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mingled with fire—and also those who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name, standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands. 3 And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying,
“Great and amazing are your deeds,
O Lord God the Almighty!
Just and true are your ways,
O King of the nations[ages]!
4 Who will not fear, O Lord,
and glorify your name?
For you alone are holy.
All nations will come
and worship you,
for your righteous acts have been revealed.”
5 After this I looked, and the sanctuary of the tent[tabernacle] of witness in heaven was opened, 6 and out of the sanctuary came the seven angels with the seven plagues, clothed in pure, bright linen, with golden sashes around their chests. 7 And 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, 8 and the sanctuary was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from his power, and no one could enter the sanctuary until the seven plagues of the seven angels were finished.
Heaven like the clouds? We sometimes laugh about clouds in Heaven and yet this passage says clouds are part of Heaven. We could see this passage as frightening, let's look instead at this as an entrance to eternity.
The plagues would have been terrifying to live through. My son and I spent an evening watching a documentary on the plagues. We were about to go out to dinner - after about 15 minutes of watching, standing up, we sat and watched the end of the documentary. One village in England kept immaculate records. The survivors married again and had more children, leaving descendants today. DNA records revealed the DNA simply did not hold the plague. The survivors were untouched physically. We could call that a predestination DNA.
One of the chapters in Revelation says our great oceans are not part of the new heaven and earth. This records there is a large body of water like glass. This is reassuring and very pleasing to those of us who love water, as a thing of beauty in His creation.
Jesus' disciples record when they did not recognize the risen Messiah, suddenly their hearts grew warm within them, as they began to recognize Him. To me, I love the old Hymns, mingled in with new music, I love to hear the old Hymns are sung. Like a Hymn. W r i t t e n by Moses. This makes my heart warm to hear this.
and the sanctuary was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from his power
Earth is a "seeing through a mirror dimly." We know this from this verse in this passage, Solomon witnessed the Temple of God fill with this smoke. We would wonder how God hears all of our prayers, Revelation also records God inhales our prayers and He hears. His ways are not ours. His are Holy.