Summary: Jesus comes the second time 1. to Judge the dead 2. to reward his saints, all those who reverence His name, but small and great 3. to destroy those who destroy the earth
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 Christ, 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 saints and those who reverence your name, both small and great— and for destroying those who destroy the earth.”
This is the 7th Trumpet. . . the 6th was in Chapter 9. . . and the next judgment, the beginning of the Bowl judgments, begins in chapter 15
15 I saw in heaven another great and marvelous sign: seven angels with the seven last plagues—last, because with them God’s wrath is completed. . . .
This is, therefore, the introduction of the end of human history, and the judgment of God. The natural thing for the host of heaven is to praise God for bringing an end to injustice and war and misery and pain and sorrow and hunger and suffering and illness and the reign of Satan. This morning I’d like to focus on the three things Jesus is coming to do
1. Judging the dead
2. Rewarding God’s servants, saints & those who reverence His name, both small and great
3. Destroying those who destroy the earth
1. Judging the dead
In John’s day, there may be many candidates who deserved God’s judgment, including Caligula and Nero. In our day, we don’t have to go far to find tyrants and people of unimaginable evil who’s record cries out to us for a justice beyond this world.
(from wiki) Josef Mengele (German: [ˈjoːzɛf ˈmɛŋələ] ( listen); 16 March 1911 – 7 February 1979) was a German SS officer and a physician in the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz. He earned doctorates in anthropology from Munich University and in medicine from Frankfurt University. He initially gained notoriety for being one of the SS physicians who supervised the selection of arriving transports of prisoners, determining who was to be killed and who was to become a forced laborer, but is far more infamous for performing human experiments on camp inmates, including children, for which Mengele was called the "Angel of Death".
. . . . Mengele's experiments also included attempts to change eye colour by injecting chemicals into children's eyes, various amputations of limbs, and other surgeries such as kidney removal, without anaesthesia. Rena Gelissen's account of her time in Auschwitz details certain experiments performed on female prisoners around October 1943. Mengele would experiment on the chosen girls, performing forced sterilization and electroconvulsive therapy. Most of the victims died, because of either the experiments or later infections.