Sun, Jul 16, 2000

Thy Kingdom Come!: Revelation 11:14-19

Ministry of Pastor Joe Guglielmo teachings through the Bible, verse by verse for a better understanding of Gods Word.
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THY KINGDOM COME!

REVELATION 11:14-19

In our study this morning, we will come to the end of the trumpet judgments, the seventh trumpet, the third woe. The seven seal judgments, the seven trumpet judgments and the seven bowl judgments give to us a different perspective of what will be taking place during the tribulation period as these different judgments of God come upon a Christ rejecting world. And it is important to note that the primary focus of these judgments will occur during the last half of the tribulation period or as it is known, "The Great Tribulation."

As our study unfolds this morning you will see that the sounding of the seventh trumpet will lead us up to and through the setting up of the millennial kingdom of God, where Jesus Christ will rule this world as king. Revelation chapter 10 gives us some insight into this section of Revelation. We read in verse 7, "but in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, the mystery of God would be finished, as He declared to His servants the prophets." Revelation 10:7.

What did God speak to the prophets and servants about? God spoke many things to the prophets and the servants, but what is being spoken of here is related to the kingdom of God as we shall see. The mystery of God will be "finished," TELEO in the Greek, which means to "accomplish, make an end, expire, full up, conclude."

Remember in revelation chapter 10 we said that during Jesus Christ’s first coming, the kingdom of God was internal and spiritual. That God was going to rule from the throne’s of our hearts. But with the blowing of the seventh trumpet, the kingdom that was internal and spiritual will become external and physical, as Jesus Christ rules and reigns from the throne of David, in Jerusalem. A literal kingdom will be set-up here on the earth. You might wonder what kind of judgment that is, but think about what will happen to those who reject Christ. Judgment and exclusion from the kingdom of God will come upon all those who refuse to believe and surrender their lives to Christ. Yes, to the unbelievers the sounding of the seventh trumpet is judgment, the third woe. But to those who believe, it is peace and joy as Christ will dwell among us and rule this world in righteousness.

REVELATION 11

VERSE 14

In Revelation 8:13 we read, "And I looked, and I heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, ‘Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!"

The first woe spoke of demonic locust-like creatures that are unleashed from the pit of hell and will inflict pain upon man for 5 months. The pain will be so intense that man will want to die, but death will take a holiday for those 5 months.

The second woe spoke of a 200 million man army that will kill 1/3 of the earths population. We saw that for 5 months death has taken a holiday, but now it returns with a vengeance.

Since the sounding of this second woe back in Revelation 9:13, we have been waiting for the third woe to be announced. And here in Revelation 11:14 we see that this third woe is quickly coming upon man. And as I said earlier, this third woe speaks of the establishment of the kingdom of God and God’s righteous judgment upon those who "...did not repent of theirmurders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts" and come into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. (Revelation 9:21).

VERSE 15

In most of your Bible’s you have the word "kingdoms", but in the best manuscripts it is "kingdom", in the singular form. You see, Christ purchased back the kingdom of this world from Satan by His death on the cross of Calvary almost 2,000 years ago. It has become his kingdom. And now it is time for Christ to take possession of this world, which He will never give up.

This may be a difficult concept to swallow for some of you, but this world is Satan’s. Remember when Jesus was being tempted by Satan in Matthew chapter 4. We read beginning in verse 8,"Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, ‘All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me." Matthew 4:8-9. If they did not belong to Satan, if they were not in his possession, he in no way could have offered them to Jesus. It would be an empty offer. But this world was handed over to Satan by man, when Adam rebelled against God in the Garden of Eden and sinned.

Now an interesting point which Satan throws into the face of Jesus during this wilderness tempting is seen in Luke’s description of this event. In Luke 4:6 we read, "And the devil said to Him, ‘All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish." Satan, being the ruler of this world, brags to Jesus that all this authority was given to him, again through the fall of man, and he could give it to whoever he wants, because this world belongs to him. All that Jesus had to do was to bow down and worship Satan, and Satan would have given this world to Him. He did not have to go to the cross if He wanted it all now, but of course He came to do the will of the Father and in no way would bow down and worship a creature in which He Himself has created. But again, Satan’s desire is for worship and he will go to any measure to get it.

We see in Revelation chapter 13 that Satan gives this authority over to the Beast, the Antichrist. The Antichrist will have control over the earth and that through this man, Satan might be and I should say will be, WORSHIPED!

In speaking of Satan, Jesus said in John 14:30, "I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me." (Also John 12:31, John 16:11, II Corinthians 4:4, Ephesians 2:2, Ephesians 6:12). Satan is the ruler of this world but soon Jesus Christ will return to take back this world which He purchased with his blood. It is as Psalm 24:1 tells us, "The earth is the LORD'S, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein."

And so this seventh trumpet that sounds, introduces to us, and includes the seven bowl judgments of the wrath of God that is reveled to us in Revelation chapter 16. Now the phrase "have become" is in the aorist active indicative tense in the Greek. What that means is it describes a future event, making it so certain that it can be spoken of as if it already has taken place. God’s kingdom will be established! That is certain! It is as Zechariah 14:9 says, "Andthe LORD shall be King over all the earth. In that day it shall be‘ The LORD is one,’ andHis name one."

VERSE 16

Here again we see the twenty-four elders before God. In Revelation chapter 4 we saw them around the throne of God. We said that these twenty-four elders represented the church of Jesus Christ. The number "24" represented the entire church of God. This is illustrated for us in I Chronicles chapters 23 and 24 where we see king David divide the priests into what you might call shifts. Each one would serve about 2 weeks. When these 24 elders or priests gathered together, they represented the many thousands of priests.

And what does the church do before God? They fall on their faces to worship Him. We saw this in Revelation 4:10-11, "the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying: ‘You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created." Also, in Revelation 5:8-10 we read once again, "Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and thetwenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full ofincense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying: ‘You areworthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, And have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth."

Heaven is a place of worship, and Paul tells us what our response to the Lord should be as we live in this world. In Hebrews 13:15 we are told, "Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.The Worship of God begins now, and it will continue on in heaven, through eternity! And I think one of the points the Holy Spirit is making here is the more you sit before God, the more you spend time with Him, the more you get to know Him, the more you will worship Him. You see, worship is the result of spending time with Jesus, it is a natural response.

Notice what James tells us, "Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you..." James 4:7-8a. You draw near to God through a commitment in knowing Him through His Word, through the cleansing of your daily sins by confession, and with a contrite spirit of humility before Him. You see, the way you get to know someone is by spending time with him, and as you do you will become more like him. Remember what king David cried out, and I pray it is also our prayer, "As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness." Psalm 17:5.

As you get to know the Lord more and more, and you see His rich love for you, even as wicked as we are, you will fall on your face and come before Him to worship Him. As we get to verse 19 of this chapter you will see the result of worship.

VERSES 17-18

In Revelation chapter 5 we see the church sing a song of redemption. That is the redemption of man back to God through the death and resurrection of Christ. Now in Revelation chapter 11 we see the song of praise that is being sung by the church who is anticipating the second coming of Jesus Christ and the establishment of His rule on the earth. In fact, there is a hint that this hymn speaks not only of the millennial reign of Christ but up through the Great White Throne Judgment, where all those who have rejected Christ will be cast into the lake of fire.

When we see God respond in "wrath" against the nations many times we look at God’s anger through the eyes of man. We see His actions as an outburst of His temper. Or even an irrational response to a situation. No, God’s anger, His wrath is not irrational, or an outburst of His temper, but a righteous response to the conduct of the nations. It is a holy indignation against sin. Walvoord puts it this way as he compares the wrath of man to the wrath of God. He says: "The wrath of men is impotent, the wrath of God is omnipotent. The wrath of men is wicked, the wrath of God is holy." A big difference to say the least!

Listen to what Psalm 98 says regarding God’s judgment of the earth. We read "For He iscoming to judge the earth. With righteousness He shall judge the world, and the peopleswith equity.Psalm 98:9. This fact we can rest in, God’s judgment is fair to all. He is not a respecter of persons. He can’t be bought. His judgments are not evil. God’s love for us is rich and deep. He is longsuffering towards us. He does not want anyone to perish, thus, the free gift of life is given to all, through Jesus Christ, to all who will receive it by faith. If you refuse, then God’s judgment upon you is fair, it is righteous, for you have rejected the gift of life.

Notice why it has taken so long for God to pour out His wrath upon a Christ rejecting world. Peter tells us "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up." II Peter 3:9-10. That is God’s love for us, not willing that any should perish, but the choice is yours to either accept or reject the gift of life.

But man’s judgments come from a wicked heart. Thus, we see all kinds of unrighteous judgments coming forth. People can and have been bought. Man is a respecter of persons and those that are wealthy, well-known, are treated differently than the common person. Evil judgments stem from an evil heart and only God can judge righteously. Jeremiah tells us "Theheart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it? I, the LORD,search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings." Jeremiah 17:9-10.

Now when did the nations become angry with God and plot against Him? During the first coming of Jesus Christ we see those who opposed Him try to kill Him at His birth and during His earthly ministry. But John is speaking of another time when the nations will come against God, a final assault you might say.

Psalm 2 gives us an interesting description of this event. We read "Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, ‘Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us." Psalm 2:1-3.

The reason for their rebellion is they want to break away from God. They don’t want anything to do with Him. Thus, they make war against God. It is during this blood bath, the final battle, the battle of Armageddon, in which the kings of the earth will turn and come against God. Revelation 19:19 says, "And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies,gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army."

But the battle against God will be short-lived. How can man fight a battle against God and win? He can’t and that is why Psalm 2 goes on to say how God will respond to this rebellion. We read"He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the LORD shall hold them in derision. Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, and distress them in His deep displeasure." Psalm 2:4-5.

God is saying that man’s plan’s are foolishness. God will not tolerate this behavior and if man wants to be separated from God, then God will give them the desire of their hearts. He will cast them into eternal darkness, the lake of fire, where they will be eternally separated from Him and eternally tormented.

God’s plan for a king to rule the earth is far different from man’s. Man wants to rule this earth and in doing so we see wars and fighting, all kinds of destruction, so they can establish their kingdom. Even in the church of Jesus Christ we can see this take place. Why does this go on, especially in the church? James expounds on why these things go on. He says "Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannotobtain. You fight and war..." James 4:1-2b.

James is saying the reason these things are going on is because of our selfish lust to obtain possessions. Wars are fought to obtain land, or what is in the land. Selfish motives. But God is going to set a king to rule from the throne of David who will do so in righteousness.

Psalm 2 goes on to say "Yet I have set My King on My holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the LORD has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, today I have begotten You. Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron; you shall dash them to pieceslike a potter's vessel." Psalm 2:6-9. Jesus Christ will put an end to all rebellion as He rules the earth and fulfills the promise made to David through his linage, that his Son would reign for eternity. (See II Samuel 7:8-17, Revelation 5:5, Revelation 22:16).

Also, notice what Paul told the Thessalonians as he tried to encourage them during a time of persecution in which they were going through. He said "since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you, and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because ourtestimony among you was believed." II Thessalonians 1:6-10.

God’s longsuffering is coming quickly to an end and we will soon see His righteous judgment come upon all those who have rebelled against Him.

VERSE 19

Remember earlier how the 24 elders fell on their faces before God and worshiped Him. We said that this type of behavior is seen in those who spend time with God, those who are growing in their relationship with Him. Thus, afer the hymn of the church in verses 17 and 18, we see God reveal His presence before us in verse 19.

The temple proper, which is being spoken of here, and the Ark represented the very presence of God. Paul expounds on this heavenly wisdom, as God reveals Himself to us, as he spoke to the Corinthian church. In I Corinthians chapter 2 Paul says "...‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.’ But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God." I Corinthians 2:9-11.

You see, if you want to know God more, search the Scriptures and let the Holy Spirit open your eyes and reveal to you the nature and character of God. Man can not do this on his own, even though he tries, for he gets a distorted picture of God. As God said to Jeremiah, "And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:13.

This chapter opened with a false temple in Jerusalem where God was not to be found, and ends with a true temple in heaven where God dwells. And God is about to take that heavenly temple and set it up in Jerusalem where God will dwell and reign as king. Thus, Psalm 2 ends with this solemn warning, "Now therefore, be wise, O kings; be instructed, you judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him." Psalm 2:10-12. Receive His grace and mercy before that comes to an end and judgment comes upon this land.

You see, the message of the trumpet judgment, the seventh trumpet, is that Jesus Christ is the Sovereign King of kings and Lord of lords, and one day He will take His throne on this earth, taking it back from the usurper, Satan, and from man, who through his sin has polluted this earth with filthiness. As the seventh angel cried out, "...‘The kingdom of this world have becomethe kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!" AMEN!Revelation 11:15. We wait in anticipation for this day to come, and as we study the events in the world and see what the Scriptures have to say, that day is drawing closer. Are you ready!

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