SPECTACULAR EVENTS OF THE LAST DAYS
Seven Trumpet Judgments During the Great Tribulation,
In our last study we saw that the two witnesses are killed, resurrected, and caught up to heaven. This will be one of many spectacular events of the last days. Remember, that the breath of God will be breathed into the dead bodies of these two slain witnesses. They will stand to their feet, and when they do, fear will strike the hearts of all those who see them.
How many will see them?
- Will the whole world witness their resurrection as they had witnessed their dead bodies lying in the streets?
- Will the cameras of the media be focused on the two witnesses as they rise to heaven?
- We are not told how many will witness the event. Perhaps the whole world, many Jews seem to be affected by what happens (Revelation 11:13).
- Whatever the case, imagine the amazement when the two witnesses begin to ascend into heaven.
- The sight is bound to make an enormous impact upon those who witness it. Imagine the impact on you if you were present when this event takes place.
NOTICE how this parallels the resurrection and ascension of our Lord and symbolizes what is to happen to believers when Jesus Christ comes for His own. Every true believer has the glorious hope of being raised and meeting the Lord in the air.
“That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him:” (John 5:23).
“And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day:” (John 6:40).
“Jesus said unto her, ‘I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live’ ” (John 11:25).
“In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I WILL COME AGAIN, AND RECEIVE YOU UNTO MYSELF; THAT WHERE I AM, THERE YE MAY BE ALSO” (John 14:2-3).
“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then WE WHICH ARE ALIVE and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words” (I Thessalonians 4:16-18).
(Revelation 11:13) – Witnesses – Israel, Salvation: The two witnesses receive a great vindication.
- There will be a great earthquake.
- Seven thousand people will be killed.
- Then the most wonderful thing will happen: the rest of the Jews in Jerusalem will become fearful and give glory to the God of heaven.
- This points strongly to the conversion of the Jews, certainly to a great number of them repenting and giving true glory to God.
- Note exactly what happened: “the rest were greatly frightened and gave glory to the God of heaven.”
GEORGE LADD points out that when this phrase is used in Revelation and other Scriptures, it suggests true repentance (The Revelation of John, p. 159f).
“Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to Him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters” (Revelation 14:7).
“Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest” Revelation 15:4).
“And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: for they repented not to give him glory” (Revelation 16:9).
“Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready” (Revelation 19:7).
“And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it” (Revelation 21:24).
“Having your conversion honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, GLORIFY GOD in the day of visitation” (I Peter 2:12).
“And Joshua said unto Achan, ‘My son, GIVE, I PRAY THEE, GLORY TO THE LORD GOD OF ISRAEL, and make confession unto him; and tell me now what thou hast done; hide it not from me’ ” (Joshua 7:19).
“Let them give glory to the LORD, and declare his praise in the islands” (Isaiah 42:12).
“Give glory to the LORD your God, Before he cause darkness, and before your feet stumble upon the dark mountains, and while ye look for light, he turn it into the shadow of death, and make it gross darkness” (Jeremiah 13:16).
NOTE: This is either the salvation of Israel or one of the great movements toward salvation that the Jews will experience in the end time. This is the fulfillment or part of the fulfillment prophesied by Paul: that “all Israel shall be saved”
George Ladd has an excellent comment on this:
“Because of these mighty acts of God in the end time, the Jewish people will repent of their sins and give glory to the true God. Previously they have not glorified God; they had crucified his Messiah and rejected his prophets. But now they repent of their disobedience and glorify God” (The Revelation of John, p. 159f).
William Barclay says: The great interest of this passage lies in the fact that the unbelievers were won by the sacrificial death of the witnesses and by God’s vindication of them” (The Revelation of John, Vol. 2, p. 88).
Robertson quotes H.B. Swete as saying: “A general movement toward Christianity, induced by fear or despair – a prediction fulfilled more than once in history (Word Pictures in the New Testament, Vol. 6, p. 384).
Note: The great need for men today is to fear God, to fear His judgment so much that they will turn from sin, repent, and give glory to Him.
“And his mercy is on them that FEAR HIM from generation to generation” (Luke 1:50).
“But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him” (Acts 10:35).
“That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 15:6).
“For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (I Corinthians 6:20).
“By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name” (Hebrews 13:15).
“And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to FEAR the LORD thy God, to WALK in all his ways, and TO LOVE HIM, and to SERVE the LORD thy God with ALL thy heart and with ALL thy soul,” (Deuteronomy 10:12).
“Ye that fear the LORD, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye seed of Israel” (Psalm 22:23).
“What man is he that feareth the LORD? HIM SHALL HE TEACH IN THE WAY THAT HE SHALL CHOOSE” (Psalm 25:12).
“Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!” (Psalm 31:19).
REVELATION – The Final Triumph Over Evil (Part IV): An overall picture of Things to Come (Revelation 11:14-19).
- The third woe comes quickly; that is, the seventh trumpet is the third woe (Revelation 11:14-15).
- Scene 1: This world becomes God’s kingdom (v. 15)
- Scene 2: The Lord God Almighty is acclaimed (v. 16-17)
a. By the elder
b. As the eternal God
4. Scene 3: The nations make a final rebellion and are destroyed (v. 18)
a. The nations rebel
b. The wrath of God falls
c. The dead are judged
d. The godly are rewarded
e. The destroyers are destroyed
5. Scene 4: God’s temple is to be opened (v. 19)
a. God’s covenant and promises are seen to be true
b. God’s majesty is experienced
NOTE: The end time will be a period of horror and tragedy. The world and its people will go through great tribulation, tribulation such as the world has never seen before. Scene after scene of catastrophe and horror have already been seen. Imagine what John was going through. Now he was having to look upon these scenes and be an eyewitness of these horrors. This is the reason here and there throughout Revelation we have seen Christ give John a scene of hope and of the glory that is to come.
This is what the present passage is all about. John once again needs to be encouraged. Therefore, God gives him a broad overview of what is yet to come.
Revelation 11:14-15: Woe – Trumpet Judgments: The third woe will come quickly. By woe is meant a period of extreme grief, distress, suffering, affliction, and calamity. Remember: there are to be only three woes.
- The first woe will be the demonic locust-like creatures that sweep the earth and torment people (Revelation 8:13- 9:11).
- The second woe will be demonic military horse-like creatures that sweep the earth and kill one third of the ungodly people and evil population (Revelation 9:12-21).
- The third woe is the seventh trumpet, the judgments that result from the blast of the seventh trumpet.
But note when the seventh trumpet blasts there is no judgment and there is no woe that comes forth. Why? Because there are some things to be seen before the judgments take place. The judgments and woe of the seventh trumpet are the seven bowl judgments; that is, the seventh trumpet will blast forth seven more judgments, and these will be far worse than any of the judgments cast upon earth thus far. In fact, the bowl judgments will bring the climax of human history and the end of time as we know it.
But first, as stated, there are some things that we need to see and understand. And the first thing is most interesting: it is an overview of the events that are yet to take place in Revelation. The present passage leaps ahead and shows us in a broad summary what is to happen over the next ten chapters of this wonderful book. God prepared John’s heart for the terrible events that were yet to be revealed to him and prepared him by showing that God would triumph over evil and establish His kingdom forever. God gave John and gives us five scenes of what is yet to come.
(Revelation 11:15): Kingdom of God – World: Scene one — the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and His Christ (Son). The Greek tense is past tense, the kingdoms have become the Lord’s kingdom. The scene jumps over all of history and shows our God and His Christ (Son) ruling over the whole world.
All kingdoms of this world are done away with and all the people upon earth live and work as citizens of God’s kingdom. Presently, in our day and time, human governments involve…
- Authority and rule and reign: some earthy authorities and rulers are good, and some are bad.
- Laws: earthly laws favor some people and treat others unjustly.
- Work: some have jobs and others do not have jobs.
- Economies: some earthly economies are good, and others are bad.
- Protection: some earthly governments protect their citizens, others abuse and enslave them.
- Provision: some earthly governments provide for their citizens and help their citizens provide for themselves and others do not.
- Services: Some earthly governments provide good services for their people such as roads, sewage, water, jobs, and health care or else they provide poor service.
NOTE: The point is this: earthly governments are imperfect and weak and are unable to bring utopia to man. Earthly governments are flooded with the poor, hungry, homeless, sick, selfish, rich, proud, thieves, murderers, and all the other evils and imperfections that enslave the citizens of this world.
Earthly governments focus upon this earth and all the pleasures and possessions of this earth and upon war and conflict. But this is not the end; this is the glorious message of this point.
The kingdoms of this world are going to become the kingdom of our God and His Christ (Son). God is going to reign over the world and bring heavenly peace to this universe. When? During the millennium. The millennium simply means a period of one thousand years when Jesus Christ is to return to this earth and rule over the nations and people of the earth. Just think! Utopia is coming to earth. Peace and prosperity are coming. In our next study we will consider further these wonderful truths.
Now let us turn to how we can do something right now and live forever in God’s presence and enjoy all that He is bringing to earth. To enjoy God’s rule, we must first be part of His people. The question is, how do we become His people?
Let’s review John 3:16 and Romans 10:9-13 and look for the answer:
“For God so loved the world [you], that he gave his only begotten Son [the Lord Jesus Christ], that WHOSOEVER [could be you], BELIEVETH in him should not perish, but HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE” (John 3:16, KJV).
It is wonderful, God gives you the opportunity to exercise your free will and accept His Son as your personal Savior. You might ask “how do I do that?” Let’s answer the question with Romans 10:9-11). Note: you must exercise your will and follow what Paul directs in Romans 10:9-13. But your confession must be true for it to be effective.
“That if thou [you] shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus [accept Him as your personal Savior], and shalt believe in thine heart [your confession must be real] that God has raised him from the dead thou shall be saved…for whosoever shall CALL upon the name of the Lord SHALL BE SAVED [GIVEN GOD’S FREE GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE].”
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