The Kingdom Proclaimed

Concern
  1. Victory is Proclaimed  (v. 15) - The seventh angel sounded his trumpet and there were loud voices in heaven saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!”
  2. The Twenty-Four Elders Worship God (vv. 16-18) - The elders fell on their faces and worshiped God giving thanks to the Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was and who is to  come. As the seventh trumpet is sounded loud voices are heard in heaven but no judgment is immediately announced. Instead, predictions of the thousand year Millennial Reign are made. From this fact we can see how the seventh trumpet stretches to Christ’s second coming. The loud voices in Heaven have this vital declaration to make  before the details of the last trumpet are revealed and the seven bowls of wrath are poured out in chapter 16. In other words, the seventh trumpet does not bring in the kingdom but shows that the time is very near. Four significant factors are fulfilled at this time (v. 18). (1) The wrath of God has arrived. (2) The judgement of the dead has come. (3) The rewarding of the godly will take place. (4) The destruction of the wicked.
  3. The Temple of God is Opened in Heaven (v. 19) - The temple of God was opened in heaven, and the ark of His covenant was seen in His temple. There were lightening, noises, thunderings, an earthquake, and great hail.

Application

Am I continually thanking God that as a Christian I will not have to go through the Tribulation? Lord help me to be more concerned about those who do not know the Lord and will be in the Tribulation.

Revelation 11:13-19 (English Standard Version)

And at that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven. The second woe has passed; behold, the third woe is soon to come. 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." And the twenty-four elders who sit on their thrones before God fell on their faces and worshiped God, 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. 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." 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.

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