The Revelation of John: Chapter 11 – the Seventh Trump

24 Jul

I am continuing on with Revelation. In this series I have been comparing John’s vision with books with similar prophecies, such as Daniel, as well as section 77 of the Doctrine and Covenants, which gives interpretations to a selected portion of the images of the Revelation. I also rely heavily on the Joseph Smith Translation (JST – given in red).

See also chapter one,  two, three, four, five, first five seals, Sixth Seal I, Sixth Seal II, Seventh Seal Opens, First Four Trumpets, Fifth Trumpet, Sixth Trumpet, Ten, Witnesses

Chapter 11


The rest of chapter eleven begins the seventh trumpet. Now, this is only five verses, and so this will be a very short post (comparatively). Let us look at each verse.

 15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

This is speaking of the Millennial reign of Christ when all earthly rulers will acknowledge Him as their King. It is given greater description is Daniel 7: 9-14, but we will leave that for a later post.

I will note that Revelation is bare half over, so if we are already at the millennial reign we have to assume that much of what will follow is not going to be chronological with the first eleven chapters of the book. After this point the vision of John does do quite a bit of jumping around.

 16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,

This refers back to the 24 elders that John saw earlier, mentioned in chapters four and five. See those posts for my explanation of who these men are.

 17 Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.

This is simple praise of God and needs no comment.

 18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.

This is speaking of the first judgment that will come upon the dead at the time of Christ’s coming. We read about this in Doctrine and Covenants 88: 94-106. In these verses we read that at this judgment the righteous (first those who inherit Celestial Glory, then those who inherit Terrestrial Glory) are caught up to Christ, while the wicked (those of Telestial glory and sons of perdition) are destroyed from off the earth and remain in Hell, or the spirit prison, for the time of the Millennium. This is not the final judgment, which comes after the millennium, but it is the time of the dead when they shall be judged.

Note: the word destroy, when speaking of those that destroy the earth, can also be rendered as corrupt, waste, pervert from the original Greek. So we are not talking about literal (physical) destruction, but a corruption of morals and society that pollutes the earth.

 19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.

First note that the Ark of the Covenant is in the Temple that is in heaven. I guess the mystery is solved.

On another note, this verse describes great destruction. I think it is describing the destruction of the wicked that is declared in verse 18. This will be discussed again in later chapters as this destruction is shown in more detail by John.


4 Responses to “The Revelation of John: Chapter 11 – the Seventh Trump”

  1. fishn4souls July 29, 2015 at 12:35 pm #

    You say defending the truth… why do so many think you are a cult? Why don’t you believe in the trinity? Why do you say Jesus was crucified on a stake instead of a Cross? Why do you not believe in the literal meaning of Hell? That it is a place of eternal torment for ones that reject Christ… ones that DENY the trinity, that deny the very truth you claim to defend?

    • shematwater July 29, 2015 at 8:27 pm #

      While these are all good questions, they are not on the subject of the original article, which is discussing the meaning of a portion of Revelation chapter 11. So, I will not answer them here. Instead I will create a new article in which I will briefly address each of these questions, and I hope you will look in on it.

      • fishn4souls August 2, 2015 at 1:44 am #

        Typical evasive answer from a cult …

      • shematwater August 6, 2015 at 6:08 pm #

        And this is the typical comment of the ignorant who prefer to remain ignorant instead of actually learning something.
        I evaded nothing. I said I would answer these questions in a different article, and if you are too lazy to look up that article than that is not my fault, nor is it a reflection on my willingness to answer the questions. Rather it is a reflection on your own ignorant bias and hostility.

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