Study of Revelation 11:1-19

Key Verse

“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 Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever.’” Revelation 11:15

Introduction

Chapter 11 gives us a picture of the church as two witnesses, two olive trees, and two lampstands; a powerful and witnesses in the world, exemplifying the spirit of Moses and Elijah. It seems as if the church’s witness is silenced forever when the beast attacks and kills them, but the Spirit revives them in power, striking terror and worship in their opponents. 

We also see the consummation of the Kingdom with the seventh trumpet blast as God puts an end to all evil and rewards His servants with His presence. 

Scholarly Commentary

“The witnessing church carries out its prophetic ministry in the spirit and power of Moses and Elijah. Moses had the God-given power to turn water into blood and bring on plagues, while Elijah had the power to prevent rain. Likewise, the witnessing church possesses tremendous God-given power and authority to fulfill its mission. God equips his people with the resources necessary to carry out their divine calling.”33

“That the beast ‘overpowers’ or ‘conquers’ the saints (11:7; 13:7) indicates merely the temporal, human perspective. In the final analysis, the saints overcome the world by accepting martyrdom without compromise.”34

“At times it seems as if Satan is the supreme ruler. But once the judgment day has arrived, the full royal splendor of God’s sovereignty will be revealed, for all opposition will then be abolished. Then it will be clear to all that the world has become the province of our Lord and of His Christ. And He shall reign forever and ever.”35

“The church rejoices in the fact that the Lord has reached the zenith of His power and authority, now publicly displayed. The heathen were furious; they had made war with the witnesses, conquered them, killed them, and gloated over their misery. But at last God’s wrath became fully revealed, namely, on the day of final judgment which has now arrived. On that same day all those who fear the Lord receive their reward, while the destroyers are destroyed.”36

“We have already been told in 10:7 that when the seventh angel sounds his trumpet, ‘the mystery of God will be accomplished.’ The consummated kingdom of God has arrived. We need to remember that Revelation does not unfold in sequential fashion but often revisits the same great realities in different ways as it spirals forward. The events described here will be more fully explained in chapters 19-22, but they refer to the same events.”37

Reflection

Does it feel like sometimes we are fighting a losing battle against the political powers and anti-God philosophies of our day? Ask the Lord to give you His perspective of the church; its power and function in the world. 

Ask the Lord for power, passion, and effectiveness as witnesses in our community.


Works Cited

33 & 37 Duvall, J. Scott. Revelation

34 Keener, Craig S. Revelation.

35 & 36 Hendriksen, William. More than Conquerors: An Interpretation of the Book of Revelation.

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