October 29, 2006

Seventh Trumpet Sounds/Revelation 11:15-19

Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and voices could be heard shouting in heaven, calling, The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever.

The twenty-four elders, enthroned in the presence of God, prostrated themselves and touched the ground with their foreheads worshipping God with these words,

We give thanks to you, Almighty Lord God, He who is, He who was, for assuming your great power and beginning your reign. The nations were in uproar and now the time has come for your retribution, and for the dead to be judged, and for your servants the prophets, for the saints and for those who fear your name, small and great alike, to be rewarded. The time has come to destroy those who are destroying the earth.

Then the sanctuary of God in heaven opened, and the ark of the covenant could be seen inside it. Then came flashes of lightning, peals of thunder and an earthquake and violent hail.

Cecil B. DeMille eat your heart out


At 5:51 a.m., Blogger david said...

Then the sanctuary of God in heaven opened, and the ark of the covenant could be seen inside it.

The ark represents the presence of HaShem's glory and acted as a standard for the armies of Israel as they marched into battle. El Shaddai -- the Lord of hosts is about to go to war against the armies of the earth. Everything to this point has been preamble.

At 1:29 p.m., Blogger forrest said...

I'm really sorry that I let so much of this go by without comment, because we're in critical territory here.

If you want to look at what's going on in the gospels we all consider so familiar and nonproblematical... Jesus goes around proclaiming that the "Kingdom of God" is arriving.

This is IT! That "kingdom" meant God's Reign, not God's realm... And that is precisely what this passage is talking about, the time when that reign becomes apparent.

There's also that awkward matter: Who are "those who are destroying the earth"? Oh help, oh help, oh bother; I think I have an idea that I don't like! But that will be for another post.


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