Reading the Word
Revelation 11:15–19 (ESV)
15 Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.” 16 And the twenty-four elders who sit on their thrones before God fell on their faces and worshiped God, 17 saying, “We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, who is and who was, for you have taken your great power and begun to reign. 18 The nations raged, but your wrath came, and the time for the dead to be judged, and for rewarding your servants, the prophets and saints, and those who fear your name, both small and great, and for destroying the destroyers of the earth.” 19 Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was seen within his temple. There were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake, and heavy hail.
Understanding and Applying the Word
At the sound of the seventh trumpet, we do not find the description of another judgement as with the first six. Instead, we find a heavenly scene that once again tells us of the twenty-four elders. We get an announcement that “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and his Christ…” With this announcement, the elders fall on their faces and worship God for beginning to reign.
In one sense God has always reigned over all of creation. However, there has been a continual presence of sin and evil in the world. In this passage we read of a time when God will bring this state of things to an end as he brings judgment on the nations and reward to his servants. Let us look forward to that day when the all-knowing God brings his righteous judgement on sin. Let us not fall under that judgment, but let us repent and turn to Christ for forgiveness while there is still opportunity.
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