Summary: This is the 13th sermon in the series "The End". This sermon concerns the Seventh Trumpet Judgment and celebration in Heaven.
Sunday Evening June 23, 2002 Bel Aire Baptist Church
Series: “The End” [#13]
TERRIBLE TRUMPETS (PART 4)
2. When the seventh angel blew the trumpet three dramatic events occurred.
An Announcement Of Victory (Verse15)
1. These “great voices” were probably the choirs of heaven. The great announcement is that the kingdom (John uses the singular because “the beast” now has the world under his control) of this world belongs to Jesus Christ. Of course, Christ does not claim His royal rights until He returns; but the victory has already been won. Satan offered Him the world’s kingdoms, but He refused the offer (Matthew 4:8-9 (quickview) ). Instead, He died on the cross, arose and returned victoriously to heaven; and there the Father gave Him His inheritance (Psalm 2:4-9 (quickview) ).
2. However, we must not incorrectly assume that our Lord is not reigning today, because He is. According to Hebrews 7:1-2 (quickview) , Jesus Christ is “King of righteousness” and “King of peace.” He is enthroned with the Father (Revelation 3:21 (quickview) ), and He will reign until He defeats all His foes (1 Corinthians 15:25 (quickview) ). Today, He rules over a spiritual kingdom; but in that future day, He will reign over the nations of the world and rule with a rod of iron.
3. No matter how difficult the circumstances might be, or how defeated God’s people may think they are, Jesus Christ is still King of kings and Lord of lords, and He is in control. One day, we shall triumph!
An Acclamation Of Praise (Verse 16-18)
1. The elders left their own thrones and prostrated themselves in worship before God’s throne. They gave thanks for three special blessings: that Christ reigns supremely (Revelation 11:17 (quickview) ), that He judges righteously (Revelation 11:18 (quickview) ), and that He rewards graciously (Revelation 11:18 (quickview) ).
2. In Revelation 4:10-11 (quickview) , the elders praised the Creator; and in Revelation 5:9-14 (quickview) , they worshiped the Redeemer, Here the emphasis is on the Conqueror and the King. Keep in mind that in John’s day the church on earth looked as though it were defeated, for Rome was the conqueror and king. John was reminding the saints that they were “a kingdom of priests” reigning with the Savior (Revelation 1:5-6 (quickview) ). It may seem at times that the throne of heaven is empty, but it is not. Jesus Christ has both power and authority-in fact, all Authority.
3. Christ not only reigns supremely, but He judges righteously (Revelation 11:18 (quickview) ). The Lamb is also the Lion! In Revelation 11:18 (quickview) , we have a “table of contents” for the remainder of the Book of Revelation. These events did not take place the instant the angel blew his trumpet; he simply signaled the beginning of the process, and now these events would take place as planned.
4. “The nations were angry.” What do the nations have to be angry about? Certainly the Lord has been good and gracious to them. He has provided their needs, assigned their territories, and graciously postponed His judgment to give men opportunity to be saved. Even more, He sent His Son to be the Savior of the world. Today God offers forgiveness to the nations! What more could He do for them?