The Seventh Trumpet— Christ’s Reign Foreseen
The seventh trumpet will bring seven bowl judgments. God’s final judgment on the earth will be compete. Christ will reign forever.
When all bowls have been unleased on the earth God’s final judgment on the earth will be compete.
15. When the seventh angel sounded his trumpet there were loud voices in heaven
“The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His [Messiah] Christ
There was excitement in heaven because the reign of Christ is close.
Christ will defeat Satan. That battle is coming. (MacArthur, John. New Testament Commentary: Revelation 1-11. [Chicago: Moody Publishers, 1999], 310)
He will reign forever and ever.”
His kingdom will be forever.
16. And the twenty-four elders, who sit on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God,
We first heard of the twenty-four elders in Revelation 4:4.
These elders are worshipping God by bowing with their faces on the floor.
17. saying, “We give You thanks, O Lord God, the Almighty
The elders are giving thanks to God and call Him O Lord God, the Almighty.
Who are and who were
This is referencing Revelation 1:4,8; 4:8.
This means that God is eternal. (MacArthur, 315)
You have taken
References Psalm 24:1
Your great power and have begun to reign
The time has come for Christ to use His great power and begin to reign.
18. The nations were enraged
The nations were mad because they do not want Christ to establish His Kingdom.
“The stubborn heart of man is in rebellion against God.” (McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume V: [Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983], 985)
The people will not repent!
They will not turn to God.
Even the dead will be judged.
Positive out of this is the time to reward the righteous has come.
Three groups of people are mentioned:
- Your bond-servants the prophets
- The saints
- Those who fear Your name
- Even the small and the great
(Easley, Kendell H., Holman New Testament Commentary: Revelation. [Nashville: B&H, 1998], 198)
And to destroy those who destroy the earth
This is “the negative aspect of judging.” (Easley, 198)
“God’s judgment on those who have led the earth into moral depravity is that they will be condemned to eternal destruction.” (Easley, 198)
19. And the temple of God which is in heaven was opened
McGee tells us God is dealing with Israel now. (986)
The ark of His covenant appeared in His temple
This signifies that the ark is available to believers in heaven.
The covenant that God made with Israel will be kept.
There were flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder and an earthquake and a great hailstorm.
They are also connected to judgment some which is in the future.
In this article Scripture quotations taken from the NASB1995. Copyright by The Lockman Foundation.
Easley, Kendell H., Holman New Testament Commentary: Revelation. Nashville: B&H, 1998
MacArthur, John. New Testament Commentary: Revelation 1-11. Chicago: Moody Publishers, 1999
McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume V: Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983