THE EDGE OF ETERNITY
Revelation 11:15-19 (NKJV)
Seventh Trumpet: The Kingdom Proclaimed
15 Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” 16 And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshiped God,
“We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty,
The One who is and who was and who is to come,
Because You have taken Your great power and reigned.
18 The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come,
And the time of the dead, that they should be judged,
And that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints,
And those who fear Your name, small and great,
And should destroy those who destroy the earth.”
19 Then the temple of God was opened in heaven, and the ark of His covenant was seen in His temple. And there were lightnings, noises, thunderings, an earthquake, and great hail.
In Chapters 6-11, we have studied the events of the great tribulation. In chapters 12-19, we will be covering the same ground again. Except, this time, we will see a different slant on things. Same scenes different angle. v.15-19 are a summary statement. A syllabus, if you will, of the events that will lead up to the dawn of eternity.
Folks, one day, time will cease to exist! We will step from this time oriented world into an era that is not affected by time.
Let’s look into the events that will lead to the edge.
I. v.15 THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE REIGN OF CHRIST
A. Jesus Christ will not actually take the throne until Rev 19:11.
B. Kingdoms – Now belong to Satan, he controls every government in the world! (Matt. 4:8-10). But, one day soon, they will belong to Jesus Christ! Imagine a world controlled by the Holy Son of God!
1. Jesus Christ – Reign In Power – (Rev. 19:11-16)
C. Eternal – This King will never abdicate, die or be dethroned! (Psa. 145:13)
D. Is Jesus King in your life? There are two kinds, which is HE?
1. Totalitarian Monarch
2. Constitutional Monarch – (Ill. Example – England)
II. v.16-19 THE ADORATION OF THE REDEEMED OF CHRIST
A. v.16-17 The 24 elders, representing the redeemed of Christ, burst into song. They praise Him because He has retaken what is rightfully His! (Ill. He has also answered the prayer of the ages – Matt. 6:10)
B. Nations Were Angry – The rebellion in man vents it’s hatred toward God! (Ill. Trying to kill the Jews!)
C. They Wrath Is Come – Rom. 1:18ff During the last 3 1/2 years, God’s wrath will pour itself in torrents upon the earth (Heb 12:29).
D. The Time Of The Dead –
1. Resurrections – Rev 20:4; 20:12
2. Judgments – Rev. 20:11-15 (Ill. Judgment will come to all men who reject Jesus!)
E. Rewards – O.T. Saints and Tribulation Saints. All of God’s People will be rewarded! All the Pauls and Peters, and even the rest of us too! (Rev. 22:12).
F. Destroy the Destroyers – Satan, every demon and every person who followed him will be cast into the lake of fire – Rev. 20:10
G. Temple – On Jewish ground, the church has no temple!
Opened – Access (Ill. As in the old days!)
Ark – 2nd. Most important article of worship in the Jewish religion.
There are 5 names for the Ark in Scripture and they all speak to what the Lord is doing!
1. Ark of Covenant (Num 10:33) Contained the Law – God’s Law has been transgressed and He is angry.
2. Ark of Testimony (Ex. 25:22) Testified to God’s holiness and man’s sin. God is still holy and man is still a sinner!
3. The Ark of God (1 Sam. 3:3) It was the only visible throne of God. God is still on His throne!
4. The Ark of Strength (Psalm 132:8) Because of miracles and works associated with it. God is still in power!
5. The Holy Ark (2 Chron. 35:3) Because it is where God dwelt! God is still alive and well!
H. All of these things are to encourage the Jewish people in the midst of their trials. (I’ll tell you, this also encourages me!)
I. Lightnings, thundering, earthquakes, great hails etc – Speak of the horrors that are ahead!
Time is running out!
We must be motivated to reach our generation for Jesus!