Finally the Kingdom of heaven is realised on earth. It is not the harmonious bliss that many imagine because a purge must take place. If harmony and justice are to reign forever, Jesus needs to judge the evil that has been allowed to continue through the ages. The reign of Jesus is a terrible thing to behold. THe power and the authorty of Jesus to judge the earth which is fully and rightfully his is accentuated by a vision of heaven.
15The 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.”
16 And the twenty-four elders, who were seated on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, 17saying:
“We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was, because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign. 18The nations were angry, and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your people who revere your name, both great and small— and for destroying those who destroy the earth.”
19 Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark of his covenant. And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a severe hailstorm.
- What has changed about the world in this passage?
- Why would this news be announced with a trumpet?
- How can heavenly beings be worshipful about wrath?
- How do some, who say that they follow God, lack proper fear?
- Why do people complain that God does not make everything right in our present age?
The second line of this entry struck a chord with me.
“It is not the harmonious bliss that many imagine because a purge must take place.”
In some way, I have come to this realization through my experience.
Recently, I have learned– even as a Christian– God’s wrath can be against me when I choose to turn from him. I wasted the majority of my time in the last four or so months. I ignored God. Further, I aligned my thoughts with ideas that were cultivated of this world. I started to rot from the inside-out. When I sought God, again, I was not automatically filled with the harmonious bliss I once knew from sharing fellowship with the Father. In fact, the process was quite painful. I had to purge.