Thursday, September 10, 2009

Revelation 11:15-19

Verse 15 "And 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."

As shown before, Satan's and antichrist's reign ends at the end of the forty-two months or 1260 days. Now Christ reigns alone from this point on. The kingdoms of the world have become the kingdoms of our Lord. When Christ was enduring the forty days of temptation in the wilderness, Satan offered him all the kingdoms of the world, if he would bow down to Satan. Satan had that right, as Satan owned the kingdoms of the world. He will own them until the reign of antichrist is over. But Christ knew that one day he would have to give them back. Now Satan's reign is over and Christ does own the kingdoms of the world. He has redeemed them back from Satan, and He will reign for ever and ever. Satan will never own the world again. Again, confirmation that this 1260 day period is the same period as the forty-two month reign of antichrist. The kingdoms of the world do not become Christ's until that time block is finished.

Verse 16-17 "And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, 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 reigned."

The order of Melchizedek now bow down and worship God praising Him first as He who was, is, and always will be - the eternal God. Then they thank Him that He has finally taken up His great power in its totally unrestricted sense and is reigning. This not only applies to God the Father, but God the Son. Christ is the one who will reign now. He is taking back control of the fallen universe from Satan's power. Everyone is grateful for that. This comes after the sixth woe, the sixth trumpet judgment, and the end of the 1260 days of the two witnesses. Again this confirms the whole mortgage redemption plan and that the seventh seal was part of this agreement and not God's wrath. This is the first time that God or Christ is being praised for taking back the reign from Satan. Had it happened earlier on, it certainly would have been praised before this.

Verse 18 "And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth."

The twenty-four elders announce that God's wrath has come, the time to destroy those who destroy the earth. Again, this is after the 1260 day period that runs during the second half of the 70th week. God's wrath begins with the seventh trumpet judgment that is after the second woe or sixth trumpet. It begins at the conclusion of the 1260 days and runs to the end of the 1290 days mentioned in Daniel. It also mentions that the time for the prophets and the saints to be rewarded has come. The time for the dead to be judged and rewards to be given is when the resurrection/rapture occurs. We had surmised previously that this was the case, and now it seems confirmed. This is telling us that the resurrection/rapture, which is the time for rewarding the saints, occurs after the second woe. Thus when the two witnesses are called up, it would seem that it is in the resurrection of everyone who has died. This was one of the verses that created such a discrepancy for me when I first thought the rapture was in chapter 6. A fair amount of time has passed from the time that occurred until the end of the 1260 days. A minimum of five months is required for the fifth trumpet judgment alone. It did not seem quite right that this huge gap of time would occur between the rapture and the judging of the dead and giving of rewards. We will run into the rapture in chapter 14, and it would seem to also indicate that the timing is at this same point before the seventh trumpet, so then there would not be a great amount of time between the rapture and giving of rewards, if the resurrection/rapture is here. Now God's wrath is going to be poured out and those who destroyed the earth will themselves be destroyed. As we are not appointed to God's wrath, and God's wrath is now going to be poured out, it makes sense that this is where the rapture occurs in the timing of events.

Verse 19 "And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail."

God is now pouring out His wrath, so His temple is opened up and the ark or His throne of the mercy seat is seen. In the temple on earth, the Holy Place was a building with two rooms. The first room was the Holy Place which had the table of shewbread, the menorah, and the altar of incense. The second room behind that was the Holy of Holies. In this room was the ark of the covenant, or mercy seat on which God sat when He was in residence at the temple. (For those of you who may not know Israel's history, God's glory left the temple, because of the people's sins and it did not return). There was a thick (6 inches or so) veil between the two rooms to prevent anyone from seeing God's glory, which would kill them. The high priest was allowed to enter one time a year on Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement to put the blood on the mercy seat. On that day alone, the priest went behind the veil to the ark. Now in heaven we see that the temple is opened and the ark can be seen. We had seen in our study of the festivals that the fall festivals were all about the Second Coming. This may very well be the Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur, as the temple has been opened and the ark is being seen.

God's wrath will produce lightning, thunder, earthquakes, and great hail. Again the voices may be the thunderings of the Trinity, but it may also be the screams of the inhabitants of the planet. We will see when we get to the seventh trumpet or vial (bowl) judgments that these exact same things occur on earth. This is to help us get our timeline correct to realize that this is indeed speaking of God's wrath and that it is the bowl judgments. These events are not to be confused with the events in the sixth seal. This time the sun and moon are not said to be darkened, the stars (meteors, which are not to be confused with hail which is a different thing entirely) are not falling, and the sky is not being rolled up like a scroll. Those events in the sixth seal matched exactly those events in Matthew and Joel. These events listed here will match exactly the events at the end of the bowl judgments. This is yet another confirmation that God's wrath is poured out after the 1260 days of the witnesses, which is in the last half of the 70th week.

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