Revelation—Part 10

Revelation 11: 15

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.”

The number seven in the Bible symbolizes completeness. And that is what seems to happen as the seventh angel sounds his trumpet as well. At least that’s the way I interpret this Bible verse.

The sounding of the seventh trumpet signals the long-awaited arrival of the Kingdom of God on earth. This trumpet, which is also called the third woe, will be one of the most important announcements in human history. The establishment of the Kingdom of God on earth is the fulfillment of biblical prophecies recorded throughout the Bible.

After the seventh trumpet, John hears the 24 elders worshipping God. Their praise of God also reveals what conditions will be like at that time.

Revelation 11:16-18

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.”

These elders say that the nations were angry, that God’s wrath has come, that the time for rewarding God’s faithful people has come and that God will soon destroy those who destroyed the earth.

It sounds scary, doesn’t it? But as long as we remain faithful to God (and that doesn’t mean being perfect because that’s impossible for us), then we have nothing to fear.

We are God’s children. And He will never forsake us!

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