THE SEVEN TRUMPET JUDGMENT EVENTS
The Final Triumph Over Evil (Part IV);
An Overall Picture of Things to Come, Revelation 11:14-19
We have seen that the world and its people will go through great tribulation, tribulation such as the world has never seen before. Scene after scene of catastrophe, terror, and horror have already been seen. Imagine what John must have been going through. He was having to look upon these scenes and be an eyewitness of these horrors.
This is what the present passage is all about. 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 lifted up and encouraged. Therefore, God gives him a broad overview of what is yet to come; John sees in sketch form the glory with the horror. This is the overall picture of things to come.
We viewed the following outline before, but it can help us as we look at it again:
- 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),
- Scene 3: The nations make a final rebellion and are destroyed (v. 18).
- Scene 4: God’s temple is opened (v. 19).
(Revelation 11:15) Kingdom of God – world:
Scene One — The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Son, Jesus Christ. As we saw before, the Greek tense is past tense, the kingdoms have become the Lord’s kingdom.
Remember, the scene jumps over all of history and shows our God and His Son, Jesus Christ ruling over the whole world. All the kingdoms of this world are done away with and all the people upon earth live and work as citizens of God’s kingdom.
We have also observed that earthly governments are evil, imperfect, and weak and are unable to bring utopia to man. Earthly governments are flooded with the effects of sin that enslave the citizens of this world. The world will be engulfed in sin and evil, selfishness and greed, 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. God is going to reign over the world and bring heaven to this universe. When? As we saw in our last study, this will occur during the millennium. The millennium simply means a period of time, a period of one thousand years, when Jesus Christ is to return after the Tribulation Age and rule over the nations and the people of earth.
Remember, utopia is coming to earth. Peace and prosperity are coming. There will no longer be:
*and all the other evils and imperfections that enslave the citizens of this world.
The kingdoms of this world are going to become the kingdom of our God and His Son Jesus Christ. God is going to reign over the world and bring heaven to this universe. Utopia will only come when Jesus Christ returns to rule the earth. Man fails and fails miserably in his attempts to clean up the world and to establish peace. God loves man and loves him dearly. Therefore, He is going to help man. God is going to send His Son back to earth to establish peace and prosperity for all. God is going to do for man what man has so miserably failed to do. This is the glorious promise of this passage.
“And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night” (Revelation 12:10).
“And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth” (Revelation 19:6)
“And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KNG OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS” (Revelation 19:16).
“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again unto the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him with a thousand years” (Revelation 20:4-6).
“He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: and he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end” (Luke 1:32-33).
“And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever” (Daniel 2:44).
“How great are his signs! And how, great are his wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is from generation to generation” (Daniel 4:3).
“And at the end of days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honored him that liveth forever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation” (Daniel 4:34).
“I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and steadfast forever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end” (Daniel 6:26).
“I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed” (Daniel 7:13-14).
(Revelation 11:16-17) God, Praise:
Scene Two — The Lord God Almighty is acclaimed. As soon as the angel gave a glimpse into the future that showed the victory of God, the twenty and four elders fell on their faces before God. They worshiped and praised Him for three things.
- They praised God as the Lord God Almighty.
- Lord: He deserved to be the Lord and Master, the ruler over all lives.
- God: He was the Creator and Maker of all, and He was the only one who deserved to be worshiped.
- Almighty: He was omnipotent, that is, all powerful. He can do anything, and He will always be able to execute His will.
- They praised Him as the Lord God who “is, and was, and is to come.” That is, He is eternal. He is the One existing now, who was always existing, and is to always exist. The God who possesses life forever and ever. Therefore, He is able to give life to whom He wills.
- They praised Him for taking His great power back from the world and beginning to reign in His rightful place. God has allowed Satan to have access to the world and to man. And, most unfortunately, man has chosen to follow Satan instead of God. But not all people. Some people have done exactly what God was after: they have freely chosen to believe and follow Him–freely chosen to love God supremely.
The result has been a world inhabited by a mass of people who deny and ignore God and only a few people who focus upon God. And the inevitable has happened, the selfishness and greed and lust that grips people who focus only upon self has consumed the world. The world is wrecked with so much sin and evil that problems have become so mammoth that they are now beyond solving.
But note: God is going to solve them. This is the declaration of the praise of the twenty-four elders. They have just witnessed the scene of the future, the scene where God has just taken back His power over the world from Satan. They have witnessed the rule of God’s love and righteousness upon earth.
“And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His Father David: and he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end” (Luke 1:31-33).
“Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever” (I Timothy 1:17).
“And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints” (Revelation 15:3).
“And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth” (Revelation 19:6).
“The LORD shall reign forever and ever” (Exodus 15:18).
“And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? And rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? And in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?” (2 Chronicles 20:6).
“Who is this King of Glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory” (Psalm 24:10).
(Revelation 11:18) Satan, Final Rebellion:
Scene Three – The nations of the world will make a final rebellion against God and will be destroyed and face the eternal judgment of God.
NOTE FIVE POINTS:
1. There will be the final rebellion of the nations against the Lord Jesus Christ at the END of the millennium (the thousand year rule of Christ upon earth). The devil and his followers are going to try to defeat Christ and His followers in a last ditch battle upon earth.
Remember: Christ will be ruling upon earth for one thousand years, and that is a long, long time. Over the period of the thousand years, people will do what people so often do now: become dull and lethargic to Christ and His power and to His call and will. Therefore, when Satan is loosed to tempt and lead them, many will attempt to overthrow Christ and His followers.
The result will be quick and catastrophic for the ungodly nations and people of this earth.
“And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, and shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city [Jerusalem]: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night forever and ever” (Revelation 20:7-10).
2. The wrath of God will fall.
“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son SHALL NOT see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him;” (John 3:36).
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness” (Romans 1:18).
“But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,” (Romans 2:8).
“Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience” (Ephesians 5:6).
“Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him (Psalm 2:12).
3. The dead will be judged.
“When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: and before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:” (Matthew 25:31-32).
“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” (Hebrews 9:27).
“The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptation, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:” (2 Peter 2:9).
“But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men” (2 Peter 3:7).
“Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world” (I John 4:17).
“…Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him” (Jude 14-15).
4. The godly will be rewarded, that is, the believers, the prophets, and those who fear God’s name.
“Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you” (Matthew 5:11-12).
“And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward” (Matthew 10:42).
“His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee (11) ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord” (Matthew 25:23).
“But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil” (Luke 6:35).
“Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free” (Ephesians 6:8).
“…Blessed are all they that put their trust in him” (Psalm 2:12).
Have you placed your trust in Jesus Christ?
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