Rev 11- Narrative Part 2
11:14 "The second woe is past; and,
behold, the third woe cometh quickly."
There are three woes declared in the book of Revelation, beginning back in
chapter 8. The first woe dealt with the total depravity of man. The
second woe dealt with the God's eternal judgment of sin. The third woe
deals with the God's timely judgment of sin.
"And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying,
The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his
Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever."
Now we know that in the end of time that there will be no more the kingdoms of
this world and that all the elect will be in the kingdom of our Lord and he will
reign over them in all eternity. However, there is a sense that many are
brought out from under the rule of the kingdoms of this world here in time and
are brought into the rule of the kingdom of God. Isaiah had this
experience in Isaiah chapter 6: Is. 6:1 "In the year that king Uzziah died I
saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train
filled the temple." When someone is blessed to see the kingdom of
God and presses into it, he
comes under the authority of a greater king. His laws are established in
his heart and mind and he holds them to be higher laws than the natural kingdom
in which he dwells. If there is conflict between the natural kingdom and
the kingdom of God, then he holds the laws of
the kingdom of God have authority over the laws
of the natural kingdom. This is illustrated in the three Hebrew children
who refused to bow down and worship the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up.
They held God's law to have priority over the law of man. In this manner
the kingdoms of this world to many have become the kingdoms of our Lord.
Furthermore, since Christ dwells a King forever, he reigns in his kingdom not
only in eternity, but also throughout time and according to Rev. chapter 20
there are a people who live and reign with him throughout time.
"And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon
their faces, and worshipped God,"
The four and twenty elders as we have studied before are a representative people
and they represent God's covenant people both in the Old Testament and in the
New Testament. They worship him for many reasons, but here we see them
worshipping him because of his eternal deliverance of them from their sins and
because he has established his kingdom and reigns as a King over his kingdom for
"Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art
to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned."
Thanksgiving is an integral part of worship and we thank God both for who he is
and what he has done. We thank God because he is our "Lord" and we are his
servants. We thank God because he is our "God" and we are his subjects.
We thank God because he is the "Almighty" and he has created us both naturally
and spiritually. We thank God because he is ever present and unchangeable
(which art, and wast, and art to come), i.e., the I AM. We thank God
because he took unto himself his great power in His resurrection and in
establishing His kingdom. We thank God because he ever lives and reigns in
18 "And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come,
and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest
give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that
fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the
Not only is God an eternal judge in that he judged his elect in Jesus on the
cross and reserves eternal judgment of the non-elect unto the resurrection of
the dead and casts them into the lake of fire. But God also metes out
judgment in time. Some have thought that timely judgment just involves
chastisement on the elect. But this is disproved by the flood, the
destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, the plagues upon Egypt, and many other
judgments that came upon both the elect and the non-elect in time. There
was a timely judgment that came upon the nation of Israel about forty years
after the resurrection of Christ. God throughout biblical days sent forth
his four sore judgments upon peoples, and nations, and even upon the world.
These same judgments come upon mankind even in this day and age in which we
We are not rewarded in the glory world for the things we do in time.
Rather, we read that all the elect are joint-heirs with Christ. Thus the
glory world is not a reward for good works, but rather is solely and totally by
the grace of God. Reward for works takes place here in time. Gal.6:7
"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he
also reap. 8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap
corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life
everlasting. 9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season
we shall reap, if we faint not." When we sow to the flesh we reap
corruption. When we sow to the Spirit we reap life everlasting.
Corruption is a product of the flesh. Life everlasting is a product of the
Spirit. We must first have been born of the Spirit before we can reap of
the spirit. We don't sow in order to get everlasting life, but we sow in
order to receive the fruit of that everlasting life. This is a reward that
we have in time. Two passages come to mind when we think of destruction or
reward based on our actions here in time:
1. Matt. 7:24
"Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken
him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 And the rain
descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house;
and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26 And every one that
heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a
foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 And the rain
descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house;
and it fell: and great was the fall of it."
2. Matt. 7:13
"Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way,
that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and
few there be that find it."
From the above we see destruction to some and reward to others.
temple of God was opened in heaven, and there
was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and
voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail."
As we have before shown the temple is representative of the Lord's church.
In the Old Testament the Ark of the Covenant was a protective covering for the
covenant of the law that God made with the children of Israel. Today,
Jesus Christ is that ark that protects, preserves, and executes God's eternal
covenant of redemption: Rom. 8:28 "And we know that all things work together
for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his
purpose. 29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be
conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many
brethren. 30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also
called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them
he also glorified."
The Lord is the one who chose a people before the foundation of the world and
predestinated them to be conformed to his image. It is also he who calls
them by his grace and who justified them by his blood. He also will
glorify them in the resurrection. These principles are manifests in his
church. This is one of the identifying marks of his church.
The last part of verse 19 ushers us into the topic presented in chapter 12.
The earthquake, thunders, lightening, voices, and great hail were present with
the giving of the law covenant.
Now is time to start looking at the grace covenant as it is presented in chapter