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Revelation 11:15-18 – The Kingdom of God and the Christ

Summary

The sounding of the seventh trumpet heralds God's kingdom and the destruction of whatever would threaten the earth.

Analysis

The plagues that fall on the earth as each of the first six trumpets are blown do not move the peoples of the world to repent (9:20-21). Therefore, an angel interrupts the movement toward destruction in Revelation 10 and commands John to prophesy again. In Revelation 11:1-12, God's witnesses call the world to repent, and they are killed and raised. After this, however, many people begin to fear and glorify God (11:13). Only when this occurs does the seventh trumpet sound and the heavenly voices announce that the world has become the kingdom of God and Christ (11:15). Repentance rather than destruction is God's desire. Moreover, God is the Creator and therefore opposes the powers that seek to ruin the creation. God's kingdom means the destruction of those forces that would destroy the world God made (11:18).

Revelation 11:15-18

The Seventh Trumpet

15 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 Messiah,*
and he will reign for ever and ever.’

16 Then the twenty-four elders who sit on their thrones before God fell on their faces and worshipped God, 17singing,
‘We give you thanks, Lord God Almighty,
   who are and who were,
for you have taken your great power
   and begun to reign.
18 The nations raged,
   but your wrath has come,
   and the time for judging the dead,
for rewarding your servants,* the prophets
   and saints and all who fear your name,
   both small and great,
and for destroying those who destroy the earth.’

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