A Glimpse of Glory

Kenneth Kuiper

READ : Revelation 11:15-19

The sounding of the “seventh trumpet” ushers in the coming of Jesus. Details of His appearing are reserved for later, however. Here, we are given only a “thumb-nail sketch” of what this event will mean. Its significance is summarized in verse 15, where we read: “The kingdom of this world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ. . . .”

Already now, of course, Jesus is King. He has “all authority in heaven and on earth” (Mt. 28:18). This is His world! But now the earth is filled with rebellion. When the seventh trumpet sounds, this rebellion will be crushed and for the first time since the Garden of Eden God’s rule will be undisputed in the earth!

Two things will accompany this final victory: judgment and reward. The earlier “trumpets” were all warnings to repent. But, when this final trumpet sounds, there will be no more warning, only judgment for those in rebellion against the Lamb. And, for those who “reverence His name, both small and great,” there will be reward!

The greatest reward is that God Himself will dwell with us. That’s the significance of the “ark of the covenant.” That ark always symbolized the presence of the Lord. When the kingdom of this world becomes the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, we will experience God’s presence as never before! What a “glimpse of glory” this passage is!


O Lord, we pray for the coming of our King! Amen.