The Last Trumpet
“The second woe is passed, behold the third woe is coming quickly.” (Revelation 11:14)
The third and final woe for the unsaved, is of course, the judgment Day.
There was a long interlude between the sixth seal at the end of Chapter 6, and the seventh seal, at the end of Chapter 7, and a longer interlude, between the sixth trumpet in Revelation 9, and the seventh trumpet, that begins near the end of Chapter 11.
Here, we find the last trumpet, “the time for the dead to be judged and the time to reward your bondservants….” (Revelation 11:18)
The last trumpet is, of course, the most famous of the seven. Paul called it “the last trumpet.” This is the trumpet that Jesus spoke of when He said, “He shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet (Matthew 24:31). This is the voice as a trumpet that we hear in Revelation 1, verse 10. Paul said, “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.” Jesus said that “the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live” (John 5:25).
The Sea and Hades gave up their Dead
In Revelation Chapter 20, the dead appear before the throne of judgment, and the books are opened.
Seated on the great white throne, was One “from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them” (Revelation 20:11). No one was righteous before Him.
“And the books were opened, and another book was opened which is the Book of Life, and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds” (Revelation 20:12).
“And the sea gave up the dead – and death and hades gave up the dead” (Revelation 20:13). Throughout the Book of Revelation, the sea represents salvation and those who are saved, and hades represents the place of the unsaved.
“If anyone’s name was not written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:15).
“For the cowardly, unbelieving, sinners, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their part is in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death” (Revelation 21:7).
Daniel said, “everyone who is found written in the book, and many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to everlasting shame and contempt” (Daniel 12:1- 2).
The Son of Man shall separate the Nations
Jesus described the judgment of the Nations as one who separates the sheep and the goats, saying, “In as much as you did not do it onto the least of these My brethren, you did not do it unto Me” (Matthew 25:45).
We will be Changed – It is done!
Paul said, “in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable and we will be changed” (1 Corinthian 15:52).
And John said, “when He appears, we will all be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is” (1 John 3:2).
In Revelation 21, we read that “there is no longer any sea” (Revelation 21:1). There will be no need for salvation, for we will be like Him. In verse 6 and 7, we read, “it is done! . . . He who overcome will inherit all things, and I will be his God, and he shall be My son.”
Standing on a sea of glass and Fire
And I saw something like a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who were victorious over the beast and his image and the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, holding harps of God.
This concludes the events of the Lord’s Day.