Pause today and think on the final victory – God’s kingdom reigns for ever.

Here is the final trumpet, the seventh, the complete and the perfect declaration of the King.

“The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said …” Revelation 11 v 15)

Again, remember we don’t read this vision as a timeline. It could be that we now want the Revelation to end because the world has been saved and the Kingdom has come. But there is more to come in that John will share different perspectives of what he has already seen until we come back to this very section when loud voices are heard in heaven declaring, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever” v15.

After these next few verses we will move into our chapter 12 and we do so perhaps exhausted with immersing ourselves with the seven seals and the seven trumpets and yet we still have more terrible things to come! We will be trying to understand a woman giving birth and a great dragon nearby which the angels of heaven under the leadership of Michael will defeat. A beast will rise from the sea with a number 666, the earth will be reaped with a sharp sickle and then we at last come to the seven bowls! Seas will turn to blood, darkness will happen, Armageddon begins and then of course the Whore of Babylon! I am sure you are looking forward to more encouraging devotions on these events!

So what is happening here in v15 is definitely a welcome rest, a respite, selah moment confidently looking upward to the fact that the kingdom and the power of this world will submit to the Kingdom of God.

You may be right in the thick of things. Stuck between a rock and a hard place. It has been so tough and you know tomorrow will be the same. But today, right now, you can breathe for a moment and your faith realises that all is not in vain but there will come a day when everything is perfected and you will be complete in the Kingdom of God for ever. The tough stuff will pass away and you will be with Him for ever and ever!

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