The Seventh Trumpet Judgment.
We are shown that heaven is beginning to rejoice because they know the end is very near.
Revelation 11:15-19. The Seventh Trumpet Judgment.
“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!”
And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshiped God saying: “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.
The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that You shall 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.
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.”
Let’s start with the first loud voices and their words.
The Kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and His Christ, He shall reign forever. Jesus Christ has inherited everything The Father has created. The entire planet earth, with all it’s kingdoms and people that go into re-populate the earth and the beginning of His 1000 year reign. All in Heaven are rejoicing in the power of God and His Son and their great power. Heaven is rejoicing because the end of all this trouble is now is clear view.
The 24 Elders are seen falling on their faces and worshiped God saying: “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. These Elders are seen in Revelation 4 and represent the Raptured Church. “Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads.”
The nations and kingdoms are angry and will continue to rebel against God’s authority.
Heaven proclaims that they will be righteously judged at the Great White Throne Judgment and that great rewards are promised to all God’s servants, great and small. Those that threaten to destroy the earth will be destroyed.
And we get to a very interesting part of the passage, it proclaims the Ark of The Covenant dwells within God’s Temple. For many, many centuries people have looked for the Ark, but have never found it because it dwells with God in the New Jerusalem. God commissioned the Ark and had it built by His design, so in all reality, the Ark belongs to God and He can do with it as He pleases.
And finally we see that again God will send another round of lightnings, noises, thunderings, an earthquake, and great hail” that ushers in the last and final set of judgments. The third and final woe make up the whole of the bowl judgments.