The section we're at…from chapter ten through most of chapter eleven…is an interlude, of sorts. The purpose is to remind all faithful believers that God's kingdom will come. Up until now, there have been horrible events, driven by demons and demonic powers, as if having been belched out of the depths of hell itself. Sin has reached epic proportions. Saints cry out for vindication. While sinners continue to cling to their rebellious nature. As all of this is happening, Christians need to be comforted that all is still in God's control. Even though we can't always see it, God is still in charge.
As this interlude builds toward the blowing of the seventh trumpet, here's something to remember:
"GOD IS NEVER OBLIGATED TO BE MERCIFUL TO A REBELLIOUS CREATURE. HE DOESN'T OWE US MERCY."
- R.C. Sproul
The time for repentance is coming to an end.
Let's bullet point some key passages.
Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven, wrapped in a cloud, with a rainbow over his head.
The word translated as rainbow is from the Greek word, "iris." It paints a splendorific picture of God's messenger bringing promise and hope. It is a thing of beauty for believers.
And the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven and swore by him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and what is in it, the earth and what is in it, and the sea and what is in it, that there would be no more delay.
From this point forward God will not intervene to give the wicked further opportunity to repent.
God is going to accomplish what He set out to do. There are things
happening that we know nothing about.
The end of history, as was the beginning, is under the sovereign control of God. Just because we can't see something happening doesn't mean it isn't. The seventh trumpet is about to blow.
Here's something you might want to write down:
THERE WILL BE NO MORE DELAY…THE TIME FOR REPENTANCE IS NOW!
But that in the days of the trumpet call to be sounded by the seventh angel, the mystery of God would be fulfilled, just as he announced to his servants the prophets.