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SIH STSTA ICONTHE TEXT:

Rev 11:14-19 KJV

(14)  The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.
(15)  And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
(16)  And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,
(17)  Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.
(18)  And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.
(19)  And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.

 

THE INTRODUCTION:

Previously, in Revelation chapter 10, we saw John received a small book from Christ and then John was given a three-fold responsibility concerning that book: to receive the message of the little book; become familiar and understanding of it; and then to share it with his readers by recording it as a part of the Book of Revelation.

Here, in chapter 11:1-14, we find the contents of that little book.  In these verses, we will have shown to us why God’s wrath will fall against mankind:

  1. Revelation 11:1-2 – Rejection of the Worship of God
  2. Revelation 11:3-14 – Rejection of the Witness of God
  3. Revelation 11:15 – Preparation for the Conclusion Of God’s Wrath

 

 

THE EXPOSITORY STUDY:

The sixth trumpet, also described as  the second woe, was seen in Revelation 9:13-21.  Following the end of this trumpet, Revelation describes why these trumpets of wrath are being brought against sinful mankind in Rev 10:1-11:13. In our text for this study, Revelation now picks up where it left off in 9:21 by preparing the seventh trumpet of God’s wrath (the third woe) to sound.

 

Rev 11:14-19 KJV

(14)  The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.

We can clearly see that this verse resumes the look at the wrath of God that falls upon mankind.  We previously saw the second woe (trumpet 6) came to completion in 9:21 and, now, we pick up the narrative as the third woe (trumpet 7) prepares to sound.

 

(15)  And the seventh angel sounded;

The sounding of the 7th trumpet marks the beginning of the third woe.  The contents of this trumpet will be looked at in detail in Rev 15: & 16:.

 

and there were great voices in heaven, saying,

Who are these great voices? Probably these voices are the multitude in heaven that includes the saints (4 beasts and 24 elders) and elect angels.  They will be honoring Christ by describing His position as King of Kings and Lord of Lords…

 

The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

Trumpet seven will bring to completion God’s wrath that is falling against lost mankind.  In the process, the kingdoms of this world will fall and the visible reign of Christ will begin as eternity on the remade heavens and earth is ushered in at His second coming.  His reign is eternal and is described as “ages of the ages”.

Dan 2:44 KJV – “And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.”

1Co 15:24-28 KJV – “Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.  For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.

The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.  For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.  And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.”

 

The never ending nature of eternity is described as “ages of the ages”.  In other words, it extends throughout all ages (divisions of existence, generations), the last of which is the eternal age that has no ending, as in Psalm 146:10…  “The LORD shall reign for ever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the LORD.”

 

(16)  And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,

Following the praises of the Lord being proclaimed by the saved and angels, the 24 elders bow in humility and submission and begin to worship their Almighty Eternal King.

 

(17)  Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come;

They begin to verbally praise the Lord by emphasizing His authority (“Lord God”), power (“Almighty”) and His eternal nature (“which art, and wast, and art to come”).  They are giving thanks to their great Lord, but why are they thanking Him?

 

because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.

They are thanking Him because He has avenged their mistreatment and defeated His foes. He is now clearly seen to reign over them.  Please keep in mind the Lord has reigned in eternity past, and continues reigning throughout all time…

Psa 93:2 KJV – “Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting.”

Lam 5:19 KJV – “Thou, O LORD, remainest for ever; thy throne from generation to generation.”

 

However, at His second coming His reign becomes clear for all to see as He publically sends His wrath, defeats His foes,  and sets up His eternal reign with His people, and judges all mankind.  It is this public manifestation of His reign for which the saints of God are praising Him…

Dan 7:13-18 KJV – “I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.  And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

I Daniel was grieved in my spirit in the midst of my body, and the visions of my head troubled me.  I came near unto one of them that stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things. 

These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth.

But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.”

 

 

Outward proofs of His eternal rule…

 

(18)  And the nations were angry,

At Christ’s second coming the nations of this world will be angry at His great wrath that is poured out upon them.

 

and thy wrath is come,

In spite of the world’s anger and opposition to the Lord’s judgments, His vengeance falls upon them bringing them to utter defeat.

 

Proof #1: Although the Lost hate His wrath and oppose it, He still successfully sends His wrath against them, defeating them.

 

and the time of the dead, that they should be judged,

Following Christ’s defeat of His enemies, the time comes for the judgment of all men.

Proof #2:  The Lord’s judgment all of mankind, both lost and saved..

 

 

This judgment takes place in two phases….

and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great;

The first phase involves giving rewards to the saints for their faithfulness in the opportunities for service that were opened to them during their lifetime.  This takes place during the 1000 year reign and results in the receipt of rewards…

Rev 20:4 KJV – “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.”

 

and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.

The second phase of God’s judgment of mankind involves the judgment of the lost.  This is a judgment based upon two criteria, their names are missing in the Lamb’s book of life and the sinful acts they have committed on earth. This results in their final eternal disposition in the Lake of Fire…

Rev 20:12-15 KJV – “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 

And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”

 

(19)  And the temple of God was opened in heaven,

The tabernacle and then temple was God’s dwelling place on earth during the times of the Old Testament.  This heavenly temple is the source of the great wrath that falls upon lost mankind (Rev 14:15 etc). This temple found in heaven is symbolic of the center of God’s presence.  The opening of the heavenly temple symbolizes that God, as His wrath comes to a close and eternity begins, is now clearly revealing Himself as the One who is behind the wrath that falls upon lost mankind.

1Jn 3:2 KJV – “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”

 

and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament:

As the temple is opened, John sees the ark of his testament: a gold-covered wooden box that contained three objects: Moses’ rod, the table of Ten Commandments and a jar of manna (Hebrews 9:3-4).  This entire ark was found in the Most Holy Place where God Himself met with man.  It symbolized God Himself and His glorious attributes…

  1. The Gold of the ark – reminds us of His Deity and Kingship
  2. The Wood of the ark – reminds us of His Humanity, suffering and death
  3. Moses’ rod – reminds us of His miracle working ability and His faithfulness to His people as they live lives of service to Him.
  4. The table of commandments – reminds us of His authority to rule (King of Kings), and judge (Supreme Judge)
  5. The jar of manna – reminds us of His grace and endless divine supplies.

This is our Great Lord.  He is the One that will send His wrath bringing defeat upon lost mankind.

 

and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.

Keep in mind the “lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail“ all picture His greatness and is preparatory for His wrath to fall (Rev 4:5, 8:5, 16:19 etc).  With this great display of His greatness and might, the wrath of God is about to proceed.  This wrath will be described in great detail in Revelation 15: & 16:

 

CHRIST REVEALED:

In this text, we see Christ revealed as the Almighty, Eternally Reigning Lord that will defeat His enemies and graciously bless His people throughout eternity.  In this great display of His wrath and revelation of Himself, we can see Him as God; Sinless Man; Sacrifice For His People; Miracle Worker; Faithful, Protector, Comforter Of His People; King of Kings; Supreme Judge; Gracious, Merciful, and Forgiving; Ultimate Enabler and Caregiver  of His People.

And because of who He is, He deserves all the praise and glory from all mankind.

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY)

May we all see Christ in His greatness and have a renewed sense of need to praise and honor Christ for His person and His attributes and His workings among men (especially His Rulership and Ultimate, Total Victory gained over the powers of darkness).

Although, we cannot see Him clearly in today’s time, in the latter days we will see His glory clearly, as it will be displayed as His wrath falls upon lost mankind and throughout our eternity with Him…

1Co 13:12 KJV – “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”

 

May the Lord bless us as we seek to see Jesus in the pages of the book of Revelation.

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6 Comments

  1. […] Revelation 11:14-19 “Preparation For The Conclusion Of God’s Wrath (Trumpet 7)”. […]

  2. Pastor, thank you so much!

  3. SLIMJIM says:

    Thank you for this study

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