Tuesday – The Seventh Trumpet is Blown

Revelation is such an up and down ride. You get the great troubles of the earth – the four horsemen and their plagues, the unleashing of demons and natural disasters, the cry of the saints – How Long? All of that would make you want to put it down – the world is too much with us – but when you do you miss the highest gospel points. Today’s reading – Rev 11:14-19. The seventh angel blew his trumpet – and a loud voice proclaimed The Kingdom of the world has become the Kingdom of Our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever. I can’t read that and not hear the mass choir singing the Halelluia Chorus from Handel’s Messiah. The seventh trumpet brings the new creation. The saints are no longer asking How Long? Because it has been revealed. The 24 elders are no longer addressing the one who was and is and is to come, but the address the Lord God Almighty who is and was. The everlasting reign has commenced. The temple is open. The ark, the judgment seat of God has come out. God’s place is now with his people. For those long suffering people of God – the saints in heaven asking How Long and the saints on earth living through the plagues – now the wrath and judgment of God comes to those oppressors.

I live in comfortable America ensconced behind a computer screen and with plenty to eat. I can even walk down to Pizza Corner when the desire strikes. But still, on a late fall day after the 1st ever suspension of a World Series game and the wind gusting 35 MPH and the leaves all off the trees and a poor night’s sleep behind you becuase the kids were scared and in your bed all night, You can just intuit that something that went horribly wrong is being set right. I can stare out the window and just barely hear that distant triumph song – the kingdom of this world, had become the kingdom of Our Lord and of His Christ…

May the Lord bless your week and give you ears to occasionally hear that choir break through the clutter of our lives.

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