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#35. The Mystery of God finished (10:).
pp. 129 - 134
The result of the sounding of the with trumpet revealed mankind with a heart like that
of Belshazzar. The quotation from Dan. 5: makes one feel that judgment severe and
without remedy is imminent. The kingdoms of this world are about to pass under the
blessed sway of Christ the Lord. Before the seventh angel sounds and the proclamation
of heaven's King is made, two most solemn episodes intervene. The first is recorded in
A mighty angel with insignia of covenant-keeping power descends from heaven. In
chapter 4: a rainbow encircled the throne. Here the rainbow is seen on the head of the
mighty angel. His face also was as the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire. There is a close
parallel here with the description of the Lord as the King-Priest in Rev. 1: This mighty
angel comes, clothed with the authority of heaven, and comes to announce with mighty
voice that the Lord at length will take unto Himself His great power and reign. "The
nations tumultuously assemble, and the peoples imagine a vain thing. The kings of the
earth set themselves, the rulers take counsel together (a league evidently in operation)
against the Lord and against His Anointed." These words of Psa. 2: seem prophetic of
this period. "Then shall He speak unto them in His wrath, and vex them in His sore
displeasure." These words speak of the judgment of the Revelation. "Yet have I set My
King upon My holy hill in Zion." This is the substance of the result of sounding the
seventh trumpet. In spite of all, in spite of Satan, the beast, and all the infernal hosts,
"The Lord God Omnipotent reigneth".
The power indicated in Psa. 2:--"Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron, thou shalt
dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel"--is referred to in the Revelation more than
once. The decree announced in this Psalm has reference to the Son as the King. In
Psalm 110: we find the words, "The Lord said unto My Lord, `Sit Thou at My right hand
until I make thine enemies thy footstool'." This is what has been happening under the
seals and the trumpets. At the sixth trumpet the enemies of the Lord are seen as His
footstool. "The Lord shall send the rod of Thy strength out of Zion: rule Thou in the
midst of Thine enemies." This is not the reign of peace, it is the rule of the great David,
before the Solomonic reign can begin.
Instead of the decree we have here an oath, "The Lord hath sworn and will not repent,
`Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec'." Heaven's King is also Priest.
Throne and Temple are united in Him. His nearest subjects are a kingdom of priests, and
these two functions cannot be divided in the Revelation.
"The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through Kings in the day of His wrath. He
shall judge among the nations. He shall fill the places with dead bodies. He shall strike
through the heads over a great land."
These words vividly anticipate the remaining Chapters of the Revelation.