Jesus in Revelation (32)

The seventh trumpet continued.

God revealed well in advance not only when and how the Messiah would be born but also where. Through the prophet, Micah God told His people that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem, the town in Judah. Micah 5:2. God, through prophet Daniel, revealed to the people when the Messiah would be crucified. Daniel 9:24. Jesus was born probably 6/7 BC and was crucified sometime between 26 CE and 36 CE. Pilate, the Roman governor, ruled from 26 CE to 36 CE.  Daniel, at 9:24, indicates that the Messiah would be crucified in the middle of one week, which is the 70th week in the prophecy in Daniel 9:24. Therefore, God’s mystery was accomplished during the reign of the Roman governor Pontius Pilate (26 – 36) CE.

The mystery of God is that in the body of Jesus Christ on the cross at Golgotha, He removed humankind’s sin. He thus restored it to Himself as his children. In Jesus Christ, God has destroyed our sinful life forever and replaced it with the Messiah’s perfect and eternal life. The faithful will study the mystery of God throughout eternity and will never exhaust all the knowledge about it. That is why the angel announced to the shepherds that the Savior’s birth, the Messiah, is the good news of great joy for all people. The Cross of Christ is a joy for all people because all died in Jesus Christ on the cross. 2 Corinthians 5:14. The excellent assurance for the people is that the Savior, Jesus Christ, has risen. Therefore, eternal death, the second death, has no power over those who accept Jesus Christ as their Savior and the Lord. The yielded believers have eternal life in Jesus Christ. “Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him.” Romans 6:8,9.

When the seventh trumpet sounded, john heard voices in heaven proclaiming that the world’s kingdoms have become the kingdom of the Lord and his Messiah. Revelation 11:15. Jesus defeated the prince of this world and has restored it to God’s Dominion. “Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out.” John 12:31. The twenty-four elders expressed their joy by falling on their faces and give glory to God. The entire heaven joined in praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:14. The heaven also rejoices for each sinner who repents. “‘I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”’ Luke 15:7.

Satan, when the seventh trumpet sounded, did not like what has just happened. Perhaps he saw the writing on the wall, so to speak, and was angry. He determined to destroy the child Messiah and thus ensure he will retain the world as his principality. Read the next blog.

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