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46. Severe City Earthquake
Revelation 11.13-15

"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 his Christ, and he will reign forever and ever.'" (Revelation 11.13-15)✞

Seven Thousand Die

Zone in San FranciscoTo add to the terror in this Revelation prophecy, "a severe city earthquake" comes and wrecks a tenth of the city, and seven thousand people die. The earthquake's result is that God spares those who give glory to the God of Heaven. Perhaps they repent or thank another "God of heaven" for their survival. Unbelievers are won over by the sacrificial death of the two witnesses and by God's clearing them of blame. It is the story of the Cross and the Resurrection all over again, how evil is 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 seems to indicate that things have come to an end in the final victory with the terrible earthquake. It is, however, a summary of what is still to come. There is the victory in Psalm 2.6 in which the Psalmist writes the announcement of God, "I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain." The Messianic reign has begun. The Biblical scholar William Barclay (1907-1978) in "The Revelation of John" writes, "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 © 2019

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