Author’s Note: Most are afraid of the Book of Revelation. Christians are often easily frightened by the misconceptions of “Armageddon,” fabrications, or Hollywood’s portrayal of merely bad theology. Furthermore, most who attempt to read the book are easily confused. Therefore, More Than Judas will be spending the next several weeks analyzing the Book of Revelation.
Please understand this study will not attempt to expound on every minute detail in Revelation. 2 Minutes With God would quickly escalate into 2 Hours With God. However, this analysis will consider the critical aspects of each chapter, as well as their underlining purposes and application of the Scriptures. Each study will contain five critical points and one main idea. Because the text is so complicated, this will streamline the material in a “layman” reader friendly format.
For those who would like to further research this book, I suggest Warren W. Wiersbe’s, Be Victorious Study Guide on Revelation, or John MacArthur’s, Revelation-The Christian’s Ultimate Victory. Outside of scholarly publications, both accounts have been very influential to me in understanding such a difficult text.
Lastly, this daily devotional will be written for the common man- not the theologian. I seldom ever debate Eschatological perspectives. Nor do I ever plan to. I know brilliant biblical scholars on all sides that can make valid arguments for explaining their positions regarding Revelation. The most important task at hand is glorifying Jesus Christ- not to win the arguments amongst faithful Christians.
Nevertheless, for the case of this MTJ Study, everything will be considered through a Progressive Dispensationalist-Premillennial Viewpoint, a Pretribulation point of view concerning the Rapture, as well as a literal interpretation, which allows for symbolism of Scripture and Christ’s Second Coming. Please feel free to post any specific questions concerning the text in the Facebook thread.
Discussions regarding particular theological inquiries or philosophies can be had there.
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“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.’ 16 And the twenty-four elders, who were seated on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, 17 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. 18 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. 19 Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark of his covenant. And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a severe hailstorm.” ~ Revelation 11: 15-19
Here’s the main idea of the passage: “The Seventh Trumpet presents a scene of final judgment and the eternal Kingdom. As in 7:9-17, this scene provides a dramatic window into the ultimate Christian hope with God. In the midst of judgment, the reader is reminded of eternity with God.” (NLT Study Bible Commentary)
Here are the five points to know:
- But first let’s review: “The first six trumpets had been blown in 8:6-9:21, then there was an interlude, just as there had been an interlude between the sixth and seventh seals (6:1-8:5). In addition, the fifth trumpet had brought in what was considered the first of three ‘terrors’ (8:13), the sixth trumpet ushered in the second terror, and the seventh trumpet would bring in the third terror.” (Life Application New Testament Commentary)
- 15-19- “The second cycle of judgments (8:2–11:19) closes with a second description of the Second Coming by focusing on the last judgment (v. 18) and the triumph of God’s kingly rule (vv. 15, 17).” (R.C. Sproul’s Reformation Study Bible)
- 15- The seventh trumpet is sounded by the angel announcing the King’s arrival.
- 16-17- The Twenty-Four Elders are mentioned here similarly to Revelation 4: 8-11. However, the words of their song differ. “Here, God is and was, but no longer ‘is to come’ because He had come and fulfilled history. He had taken His great power, meaning He had unleashed His power against evil, and had begun to reign.” (Life Application New Testament Commentary)
- 18-19- “As in Daniel when the fourth world kingdom was followed by an everlasting kingdom from God (2:44-45; 7:27), so in Revelation the final time of stress climaxes in the advent of the kingdom of God after the judgment of the world. God’s reign is more enduring than any human rule. The final trumpet crescendos in a note of glorious proclamation of victory for the church and a woe for the earth dwellers. A persecuting kingdom gives way to the kingdom of our Lord.” (Asbury Bible Commentary)
How is this text applicable to the 21st Century?
Despite man’s attempt to eliminate God from society or this world, Christ will always be the Victor. Mankind will revolt, rebel, and attempt to quiet the Church- regrettably this is to be expected. As such there will be consequences. “That God will one day pour out His wrath on rebellious men is a major theme in Scripture.” (John MacArthur Study Bible) The Father will have the last word and will keep His promises we find in the Word of God.
No matter how dark this world becomes there is a Light (John 1:5) which will never burn away. Jesus is the sustaining hope (1 Peter 1:3-6). One day, King Christ will restore (Revelation 21:1-4), redeem (Ephesians 1:7) and seek the final revenge (Romans 12:17-21).
Quote: “The essence of our eschatological hope is to be with Jesus forever. Our hope is His person and His presence.” Augustus Nicodemus Lopes
Additional Readings: Revelation 12
Prayer: Father God, have mercy on me, the sinner. Consume me today. May Your Light outshine my mess. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.