The Last Trumpet – 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 Messiah,
     and he will reign for ever and ever.”

Revelation 11:15 NIV

The past few chapters of Revelation, as well as many of those yet to come, are filled with images of judgment and/or the activity of the evil one. But the five verses starting with this one are a bright ray of hope; at least for God’s people. The seventh trumpet blast announces a divine takeover of the earth and the beginning of Christ’s reign, not for 1000 years, but for eternity.

It is interesting that in three other places in the New Testament we see trumpets sounding at the end. In 1 Thessalonians 4:16, the trumpet call of God accompanies Christ’s return to gather his elect. In Matthew 24:31, a trumpet call also accompanies the gathering of the elect. And in 1 Corinthians 15:52, the last trumpet sounds to announce the resurrection of believers. Is the trumpet in this passage the same as the other three? Many will say no because the timing is contrary to their view of end times. But they sure seem to be the same to me. All four trumpet passages announce a transformation, the transformation from this life into eternity. The transformation of believers from mortal flesh to immortality, and the transformation of this earth from the old to the new (Rev 21:1-2).

And this is the hope that we have in Christ; a hope that we should be eagerly looking forward to. A hope that can sustain us in the challenges and difficulties inherent in this life. Hold onto that hope. Never let it go.

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