The Second Coming of the Lord – Part Three

June 15, 2009


The Seventh Trumpet

Revelation 11:15-18
The 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 Christ, 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, 17 saying: “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. 18 The 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 saints and those who reverence your name, both small and great— and for destroying those who destroy the earth.” (NIV)

The seventh trumpet announces the Second Coming of the Lord. Please read this passage very carefully and look at the wording. This trumpet also announces another thing. The second thing that the seventh trumpet announces is the Time of Wrath, the Day of the Lord, the Great Tribulation, that is, the last half of Daniel’s 70th week. This trumpet announces something sweet and something very very bitter.

Revelation 10:7
But in the days when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be accomplished, just as he announced to his servants the prophets.” (NIV)

The mystery of God is the Church. The Church will be accomplished, or finished, just before the seventh trumpet is sounded. The seventh trumpet announces the Coming of the Lord and the Lord comes first for his Church.

John 14:2-3
In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. (NIV)

The Church has been waiting for the Lord to return from heaven and gather her up. The act of gathering up the Church is what many people call the Rapture. The Rapture occurs as the first act of the returning Lord.

1 Thessalonians 5:9
For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. (NIV)

The Lord did not appoint the Church to suffer wrath. The Seventh Trumpet announces the return of the King (Jesus) and also the start of the second half of the Tribulation period, that is, the second half of Daniel’s seventieth week. The first thing that Jesus does when he returns, even before he officially comes and brings the Time of Wrath, is to gather up his body in what many call the Rapture of the Church. Remember, sweet and bitter from Revelation 10 above? The sweet Rapture and the bitter Wrath.

Revelation 10:8-10
Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me once more: “Go, take the scroll that lies open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.”
9 So I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll. He said to me, “Take it and eat it. It will turn your stomach sour, but in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey.” 10 I took the little scroll from the angel’s hand and ate it. It tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it, my stomach turned sour. (NIV)

This mighty angel that speaks of the seventh trumpet has a little scroll that when John eats it John finds that at first it tastes sweet, but then it turns his stomach sour. Evidently the little scroll speaks about what will soon happen at the Lord’s very soon return, when the mystery of God is accomplished and the Time of Wrath begins.

So, we see that the Church is raptured just before the Time of Wrath and then the Time of Wrath begins. We know that the Beast-man will be given authority for three and a half years, so we can positively conclude that the time of the Second Coming, that is, the Time of the Rapture, is three and a half years before the end of the end-times. Or put another way we can see that the Church is gathered up at the mid-point of the seven-year tribulation period. But, and this is a big but, the Lord’s coming for the Church (Rapture) is for the Church and not for Israel. There is yet an aspect of his Coming that is for Israel. We will see that in a later post.

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