The Seven Seals-The Seven Trumpets
First, we are given a “heads up” that God’s wrath is coming… fuller than ever before AND THAT is saying something. His Judgments will be accompanied by an evangelistic explosion – a harvest unparalleled in history, as we saw in the last chapter. Wrath and Harvest – both will characterize the era. Both have characterized the era already. But, BOTH will accelerate and increase its reach …AND DEPTH. However, God’s wrath will specifically target the wicked and their agendas. There will be NO victory for evil. The Beast will be destroyed. The False Prophet will be defeated (though NOT destroyed). Satan will be defeated and “bound”.
So, why the “heads up” here? The answer is simple: what God is about to reveal in the next several chapters is what the saints have been crying out about before His Throne for two millennia:
And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? - Revelation 6:3
And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. – Rev. 8:3
And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand. – Rev. 8:4
Now… He is bringing the victory for which they labored by faith! This chapter is announcing prophetically the glory of what God will FINALLY accomplish for His Son and His People.
And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. – Rev. 15:2
The Seven last plagues bring the house down on the Beast and its minions. God’s people gain the victory. Historically, that is exactly what we will see occurring. The Word of God in the last 500 years has created new ways of living and thinking , unlike anything in history. With that new way of thinking and living, have come determined, contrary, reactions.
The world refuses to acknowledge that Christianity is responsible for the progress of science, the study and maturity of liberty, the increase in educational standards for men and WOMEN, the explosive reach of free market productivity, the strength of Christian nations (which have now ebbed in their presence and progress in their repudiation of the Christian faith), and the quiet growth of the culture carriers in all spheres of society.