Continuing our study of Revelation 11.
Revelation 11:15 ‘The seventh angel sounded his trumpet and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ and he will reign forever.’
God is sovereign and there has never been a moment when He has not reigned supremely over His Kingdom. The fall of Adam and the rise of the enemy has never changed this.
Psalm 103:19 ‘The Lord has established His throne in heaven and His Kingdom rules over all.’
But yet, with the fall of Adam, a degree of authority was given to the enemy.
Luke 4:5a describes the enemy promising the authority and splendour of the kingdoms of this world for it had been given to him by God.
Luke 4:5a ‘The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to Jesus: “I will give you all their authority and splendour, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. So if you worship me, it will all be yours.’
Please note, in the verse above, that Jesus does not fall to the enemies trickeries but the end-time beast will!
God has, in complete confidence, according to His sovereign plan, given authority to the enemy.
The world we live in is under the influence of the enemy.
1 John 5:19 ‘We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.’
Please do not give up here! The good news comes tomorrow…promise…
- Revelation 16:1 Painful SoresAnd so we enter into a grim and melancholy chapter. There is little cheer to be found here. Those who have taken the mark of the beast, hoping to find some form of reward or relief, and having surrendered their soul to the worship of the beast in some shape or form, now find themselves reaping a bitter harvest of ugly and painful sores.
- Revelation 15:8 HolinessPlease click image and scroll down to see full picture. Once again, these precious verses remind us that God moves in heavenly righteousness. The seven angels are dressed in robes of perfect holiness and they carry the seven plagues that will purge and cleanse this corrupted world. The temple is filled with the glory of God as He brings perfect holiness and righteousness to bear down on this earth.
- Revelation 15:3 A Deeper UnderstandingPlease click image to reaf full post and scroll down. If you struggle with the horror of Revelation then you are certainly not alone. The absolute horror reflects the weight of sin that has corrupted man to the core. But as we embrace these sacred truths, they will bring us deeper, far deeper than ever before, into an understanding of the heart, into an understanding of the perfect holiness of God.
- Revelation 15:3 Moses and JesusPlease tap image to see full post The mention of both Moses and Jesus the Lamb in the same sentence strengthens the idea that Jesus will be the perfect Moses, who will deliver Israel, imprisoned or exiled by the antichrist and lead them victoriously back to Jerusalem.
- Revelation 15:1 Glass and FireThe bitterness of martyrdom gives way to eternal celebration. Their victory has always been dependent upon the strength that God provides and this is reflected in the harps given to them by God. And what a glorious celebration. The enemy has been defeated and the bowls of wrath will bring this evil age to a conclusion. The joy of eternity awaits!