The Seventh Trumpet

Revelation 11:15-19

“The kingdom of the world has become
the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah,
and he will reign for ever and ever.”

Revelation 11:15b

When the seventh trumpet sounds, the final judgment and the fullness of God’s Kingdom are realized; those who “revere” His name, both “great and small” received their reward, and those who do not, receive His “wrath”.  With all of God’s enemies out of the picture, His reign in its fullness begins, and the entire creation is redeemed from the plagues of sin and death. “Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark of his covenant. And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, and peals of thunder, an earthquake and a severe hailstorm” (11:19). As we have seen before in Revelation, the “flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a severe hailstorm” are representations of God Himself; a theophany. The Ark of the Covenant, as we have seen, represents God’s presence in the midst of His people. Here we have a parallel with Exodus again: The people lived through the ten plagues of Egypt, and when they were completed, the people were set free from that land, and God’s presence dwelt with them over the ark. Now, in the fullness of the consummation of God’s church, God, who has delivered His people through the plagues of this present age, is present with them in His Kingdom.

We have also seen in earlier visions that the song at the end interprets for us what has been going on in the vision; here it is…

The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said:

“The kingdom of the world has become
the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah,
and he will reign for ever and ever.”

 And the twenty-four elders, who were seated on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying:

“We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty,
the One who is and who was,
because you have taken your great power
and have begun to reign.
The nations were angry,
and your wrath has come.
The time has come for judging the dead,
and for rewarding your servants the prophets
and your people who revere your name,
both great and small—
and for destroying those who destroy the earth.”

There isn’t anything in these verses that is hard to understand; this is all about the final judgment and the consummation of the Kingdom. What this should tell us is that even if we were confused on this symbol or that symbol, we have once again seen a vision that takes us through this present evil age from John’s time to the coming of Christ at the final judgment.  Of course as always, in spite of John’s clarity and what by now has become an obvious pattern, there are many views on these things…

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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