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.
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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. 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. The elders are giving thanks to God and call Him O Lord God, the Almighty.
Which art, and wast, and art to come
This is referencing Revelation 1:4,8; 4:8.
This means that God is eternal. (MacArthur, 315)
Thou hast taken
References Psalm 24:1
The time has come for Christ to use His great power and begin to reign.
Seventh Trump – Nations Angry
18. The nations were angry
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 thou shouldest reward the saints 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 shouldest destroy them which 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 was opened in heaven
McGee tells us God is dealing with Israel now. (986)
And there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament:
This signifies that the ark is available to believers in heaven.
The covenant that God made with Israel will be kept.
And there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.
In this article Scripture quotations taken from KJV.
New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB1995)
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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