The Seven Trumpets
Sermon Series: The Divine Perspective
Sermon Title: The Seven Trumpets
God’s measured judgments and the witness of the Church are God’s plan to call all people to repentance.
Why are these judgments part of God’s plan? With the blasts of the Seven Trumpets, God portions out measured judgments of destruction and death to wake up and to provide hope to unbelievers. Why does God tell John and the churches about these judgments? As witnesses, we play a significant role in His plan to call the world to repentance (Acts 1:8). Both the judgments and the witness of the church are necessary for calling people to repentance.
Point 1: The Seven Trumpet Judgments
As an instrument to warn, signal, and inform, the trumpet is a symbolic expression of God’s judgments over the entire church age (past, present, and future). Trumpets 1-4 involve measured destruction of creation (Rev. 8:6-13); trumpet 5 shows the devil being granted limited authority to torment people to the point of suicide (Rev. 9:1-12); and trumpet 6 releases armies that are deadly plagues (Rev. 9:13-19). Essentially, creation is being undone due to mankind’s rebellion against God.
Point 2: The Call to Repentance
Even with one-third of the population destroyed, the partial judgements on their own do not bring mankind to repentance (Rev. 9:20-21). To repent is to turn to God (Zech. 1:3 and Acts 26:17b-18). Repentance involves an internal orientation of our heart, a verbal dimension, and a behavioral aspect. For Christians, repentance is a life-long practice in which we acknowledge (with the help of the Holy Spirit) that our relationship with God is more important than any desire.
Point 3: The Witness of the Church
The consequences of sin on their own do not bring about repentance. Rather, God couples judgments with gospel witnesses of the Church to bring about repentance. During the interlude between the 6th and 7th trumpets, God draws the Church (the “sealed”) to the forefront by showing John three visions of the Church: The angel with the scroll, the measuring rod for the temple, and the two witnesses.
It is through the just, measured, and merciful judgments of God—in conjunction with the witness of the Church—that God brings people to repentance (Rev. 11:13).
- Live our Christian lives with a constant rhythm of repentance. When was the last time you repented?
- Continually cultivate an appetite for the sweetness of God’s Word. Is God’s word food for your soul?
- Always see yourself as partnering with God to lead others to return to Him.
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