Scripture Reading: Revelation 11:15-19
“Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, ‘The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever.” (Revelation 11:15)
When the seventh trumpet sounds, the final judgment is introduced. The eternal reign of Christ is declared to have come in its final fullness. Now every knee shall bow and all shall acknowledge His kingdom — “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever.”
The twenty four elders fell on their faces and worshiped God — “We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, who is and who was, for You have taken Your great power and begun to reign” (v. 17).
A description of the last judgment is also given — “The nations raged, but Your wrath came, and the time for the dead to be judged and for rewarding Your servants, the prophets and the saints and those who fear Your name, both small and great, and for destroying the destroyers of the earth” (v. 18).
Then the heavenly temple is opened to receive God’s people — “Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of the covenant was seen within the temple. There were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and heavy hail” (v. 19). The ark of the covenant is a symbol of the intimate and perfect fellowship between God and His people. It is a fellowship based on the atonement. The ark of the covenant was the place of the mercy seat. When the ark of the covenant is seen, the covenant of grace in all its sweetness is realized in the hearts and lives of God’s children.
As the vision of trumpets is brought to a close, great hope and encouragement are given to those who truly love Jesus. Whatever trials, persecutions, and hardships we may undergo in this world, they are not worthy to be compared with the glory that will be revealed to us (Romans 8:18).
On the other hand, those who reject Christ and seek to find their glory in this world are duly warned that the day of wrath is rapidly approaching. When that day comes, it will be too late for repentance. As I considered these things, this verse came to my mind — “Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (II Corinthians 6:2).
Lord Jesus Christ, Judge of all, I know the day is coming when the final judgment takes place. I pray for my friends and family members who do not know You. I pray for their salvation. Let me be bold in my witness to them and may they come to know the beauty of the gospel. Thank You that You have saved me and that I do not have to fear the final judgment. You have redeemed me by taking the punishment I rightly deserve. You bore God’s wrath, the same wrath that will be poured out at the final judgment, in my place. I bow before You in thanksgiving and praise.
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