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6.5 Truth Triumphs
The Dominion of Christ and the Seal of the Law
Read Revelation 11:15–18. What events take place at the end of time when the seventh trumpet sounds, according to these verses?
Revelation 11:15–18 describes what happens at the end of time when the seventh trumpet sounds:
“Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, ‘The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.’ And the twenty-four elders who sit on their thrones before God fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying, ‘We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, who is and who was, for you have taken your great power and begun to reign. The nations raged, but your wrath came, and the time for the dead to be judged, and for rewarding your servants, the prophets and saints, and those who fear your name, both small and great, and for destroying the destroyers of the earth.'”
 These verses show that at the end of time, Jesus Christ will emerge as the victor. The kingdoms of this world will become the kingdoms of our Lord and His Christ. Jesus will reign from eternity to eternity. There will be a time of judgment when God will reward the righteous and punish the wicked. Those who fear the name of God will receive their reward, while those who have done evil on the earth will be condemned.
This prophecy reminds us that in the end, God’s justice will triumph and those who are faithful to Him will be rewarded. It is a promise of hope and comfort for believers who remain steadfast amidst the challenges of this world. It encourages us to place our trust in Jesus Christ, who will ultimately reign as king and be above all.
Read Revelation 11:19. What did John see opened in heaven? And what did he see when he looked up into heaven?
In Revelation 11:19, John saw the temple of God opened in heaven. When he looked up into heaven, he saw the ark of the covenant. The ark of the covenant was the most sacred object in the Old Testament sanctuary and symbolized God’s presence among His people. On the cover of the ark were depicted two angelic figures representing the glory of God above the ark.
The mention of the ark of the covenant and the opened temple indicates that John had a vision of the presence of God in heaven. The ark of the covenant and the temple represent holiness and divine presence, and their opening could signify a special revelation or work of God that John experienced in this vision.
The significance of this vision also lies in demonstrating the continuity and fulfillment of Old Testament promises and symbols in the New Testament. It reminds us that God’s word and His actions in history are unified and that the fulfillment of His salvation plan ultimately culminates in the revelation of His glory in heaven.

The stark contrast between the godlessness of the French Revolution and the glorious climax depicted in Revelation 11 has various implications for our daily lives and our faith:
  1. Encouragement in Faith: The contrast shows that even in the darkest times of human history, the glory of God and His triumphant victory over evil will ultimately be revealed. This encourages Christians to remain steadfast in their faith and to trust that God will ultimately be victorious.
  2. Warning against Godlessness: The godlessness and chaos that prevailed during the French Revolution serve as a warning against the consequences of human rebellion and sin. They remind us that rejecting God and His values ultimately leads to destruction and suffering.
  3. Hope for Restoration: The depiction of the glorious climax in Revelation 11 gives hope for a future in which God’s glory will be fully revealed and evil will be defeated forever. This hope for restoration encourages us to believe in God’s sovereign plan even in difficult times.
  4. Challenge to Action: The contrast between godlessness and the glory of God challenges Christians to actively pursue justice, truth, and the spread of the gospel. It reminds us that as believers, we have a responsibility to be the light of God in a dark world.
Overall, the stark contrast between the godlessness of the French Revolution and the glorious climax in Revelation 11 underscores the importance of faith, fidelity to God, and hope in His ultimate glory in a world often marked by sin and chaos.

Thought of the Day: The ultimate triumph of truth stands as an unwavering testimony to the sovereign rule of Christ and the unchanging validity of God’s law, serving as a guide for the coming judgment and encouraging us to remain steadfast in our faith in Christ and His truth, despite all trials and challenges.

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