after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into
them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them
which saw them.
they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And
they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.
the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the
city fell, and in the earthquake were slain
of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory
to the God of heaven.
second woe is past; and, behold,
the third woe cometh quickly.
think of what will be running through the minds of modernists, who do
not believe in the resurrection, when they see this on their television
These two witnesses will be raised
from the dead and will ascend into heaven in the same manner as the Lord
Jesus was, except for one thing. When this happens
the entire world will see it happen, courtesy of CNN or Fox News.
Witnesses to the end, these two unnamed men give testimony of
God’s greatness even by the way they are
leaving the scene of the crime against God that was committed by killing
When this earthquake hits 7000 men die. Notice that the
earthquake occurs within the hour that the witnesses are
raised up. God wants everyone to know there is a connection
between the resurrection of those two men and the subsequent earthquake.
Denying God’s two witnesses a proper burial at the time of their
deaths, the wicked men of
When this happens those who are left
alive will give glory to the God of heaven. Does this mean they are
saved? Does this mean they are repentant? “No,”
to both questions. When will people realize that giving glory to
the God of heaven is not necessary proof that a person is saved?
These men will be compelled by
circumstances to glorify the God of heaven. They will not do so by
choice. Why are they not saved by this
external act of contrition? Turn to Philippians 2.10-11. I think these
two verses are essentially happens when a person is really saved. You,
obviously, do not do these things to get
saved, but these are the things that happen when a sinner comes to Jesus
by faith. Ask yourself, then, whether or not
this is what happens in Revelation 11.13:
at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things
in heaven, and things in
earth, and things under
that every tongue should
confess that Jesus Christ is
Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
I did not know this passage was in the Bible when I was
saved, but I was doing what verses 10 and 11 say to do...and you
did this when you were saved, as well, if you are a saved person. But
those who will live through the earthquake will give glory to God
without submitting to His Son. The result?
They remain lost.
“With this event, the second woe is brought to its completion
and is evidently regarded as the final phase of the sixth trumpet. The
third woe contained in the seventh trumpet is
announced as coming quickly. The end of the age is rapidly
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.
“When the seventh trumpet sounds, John hears great voices in
heaven announcing that the kingdoms have become the kingdom of Christ
and that henceforth He shall reign forever and ever. In contrast to
previous instances where a single voice makes the announcement, here
there is a great symphony of voices chanting the triumph of Christ.”
Lest you think that the sounding of the seventh trumpet is a
single short blast, turn to Revelation 10.7 and read:
in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to
sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his
servants the prophets.”
Folks, Revelation 10.7 suggests to us that
the trumpet blast of Revelation 11.15 affects events in human history
that span 1003 and one-half years! This covers the last half of the
tribulation and the entire millennial reign of Christ!
When the trumpet begins to blast, the Bible says that there were
great voices in heaven shouting. The fact of their shouting rather
reminds me of
Joshua rose early in the morning, and the priests took up the ark of the
seven priests bearing seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark of
went on continually, and blew with the trumpets: and the armed men went
before them; but the rereward came after the ark of the LORD,
the priests going on, and
blowing with the trumpets.
the second day they compassed the city once, and returned into the camp:
so they did six days.
it came to pass on the seventh day, that they
rose early about the dawning of the day, and compassed the city after
the same manner seven times: only on that day they compassed the city
it came to pass at the seventh time, when the
priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, Shout; for
hath given you the city.
We know, from various passages of Scripture, that this present
world order that we live under is in the possession of and under the
domination of Satan. His reign over this world began at Adam’s fall,
and will continue until the 2nd coming of our
Lord Jesus. This is why Satan is described in one passage as “the
god of this world”
and in another passage as “the prince of the power of the air.”
The sounding of the 7th trumpet
indicates the fall of the world order and is, at the same time, the
trumpet blast announcing the royal entry of the King into His domain. A
domain over which He will reign for ever and
Turn to Psalm 2 and read along with me:
do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a
kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together,
against the LORD,
and against his anointed, saying,
us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in
shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore
have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
will declare the decree: the LORD
hath said unto me, Thou art
my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
of me, and I shall give thee
the heathen for thine
inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for
shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like
a potter's vessel.
wise now therefore, O ye kings: be
instructed, ye judges of the earth.
with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from
the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are
all they that put their trust in him.
There is no contest between the forces of good and the forces of
evil. There is no contest God and the devil. While it is true that you
and I are engaged in a struggle against our own sinful nature and the
forces of darkness, it is no struggle with God, just as it was not
struggle for the Lord Jesus Christ. My friends, God is in complete
Remember when the Lord Jesus Christ was tempted of the devil
after being baptized by John the Baptist?
Remember that Satan offered to give him all the kingdoms of this world,
Matthew 4.8-9. Imagine offering the Lord Jesus Christ what He, Himself,
Further, Satan was offering the Lord Jesus Christ what God the father
would present to Him in due time anyway. Did not Satan know this
already? Probably. But
sin makes you terribly stupid.
the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell
upon their faces, and worshipped God,
The last mention of these twenty-four elders not being seated on
their thrones (the Greek word translated “seats”
which the English word
throne is derived)
is in Revelation 5.14. In that verse they
fall down and worship the Lord Jesus Christ. Since then they have
apparently been sitting by as the seven seals are broken and as the
first six trumpets were sounded . . . I think
watching the glorious and terrible proceedings unfolding in this final
act of the great drama of redemption.
But with the sounding of the 7th
trumpet, and its signal of King Jesus bringing this earth back under His
Own dominion after so many thousands of years, these elders cannot
contain themselves. They do not just fall down in worship of Him. They
fall on their faces and worship God.
Recalling that these twenty four elders represent the church age
believers who will be raptured before the seven years of tribulation,
before the 70th week of Daniel begins, this is a picture of
the unrestrained worship and adoration of God by Christians, as they are
overcome with the majesty and wisdom of God’s plan unfolding.
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
This praise which these elders sing out
is a praise to God for once again exerting His rightful place over His
created universe. They actually express thanks to Him for fulfilling His
rightful role as the Almighty God of all creation.
This is seen in the Greek word
The word pantokrator
is compounded from two words. PantoV
means “all.” KratoV
refers to dictatorial authority. This means that the twenty-four elders
see their God to be the absolute dictator of all things. For that
they give praise and thanks.
Someone has to be in charge. Right?
Are you not glad that the one who is in charge is God, our wise and
majestic sovereign, and not some mere creature?
4. One point to make before moving on. The description of God as “which art, and wast, and art to come” is so much as saying that God is and was and is to come. Correct? But remember that in Revelation 1.8, the Lord Jesus Christ described Himself as the one “which is, and which was, and which is to come.” Thus, the Lord Jesus Christ and the Lord God Almighty are eternally self existent, from eternity past to eternity future. Another example of the Word of God showing Jesus to be eternal God.
Walvoord, page 183.
Ibid., pages 183-184.
2 Corinthians 4.4; Ephesians 2.2