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Severe City Earthquake
(Revelation 11.13-15)
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"At that very hour there was a severe city earthquake and a tenth of the city collapsed. Seven thousand people died in the earthquake, and the survivors were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven. The second woe has passed, the third woe is coming soon. The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: 'The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever.'" (Revelation 11.13-15)

Seven Thousand Died

Zone in San FranciscoTo add to the terror in this Revelation prophecy, "a severe city earthquake" came and wrecked a tenth of the city where seven thousand died. The result of the earthquake was that those who had seen these terrifying events and were spared, gave glory to the God of heaven. That is to say, they maybe repented or may have thanked another "god of heaven" for their survival. Unbelievers were won over by the sacrificial death of the two witnesses and by God's vindication of them. It is the story of the Cross and of the Resurrection all over again. Evil must be conquered and people won, not by force but by the acceptance of suffering for the name of Christ.

Future Events

Cross in blue skyThis passage seemed to indicate that things had come to an end in final victory with the terrible earthquake. It was however a summary of what was still to come. There was the victory in Psalm 2.6 in which the Psalmist wrote the announcement of God, "I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain." It is another way of saying that the Messianic reign had begun. The Biblical scholar William Barclay (1907-1978) in "The Revelation of John" wrote, "This is a picture of the coming of the full glory of God, a terrifying threat to his enemies but an uplifting promise to the people of his covenant."

"Severe City Earthquake"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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