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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 in the earthquake died. 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 heavenly voices which said: 'The world's kingdom has become our Lord and his Christ's kingdom, and he will reign forever and ever.'" (Revelation 11.13-15)✞

How do seven thousand die in Jerusalem?

San Francisco Earthquake ZoneTo add to this prophecy's terror, "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 Heaven's God. Perhaps they repent or thank another "God of heaven" for their survival. Unbelievers are won over by the two witnesses' sacrificial death and by God's clearing them of blame. The Cross and Resurrection story is how Jesus conquers evil and wins people, not by force but by accepting suffering for Christ's name.

What is the full coming of God's glory?

Cross in Blue SkyThis passage seems to indicate that things have ended in the final victory with the terrible earthquake. It is, however, a summary of what is still to come. In Psalm 2.6, the Psalmist writes God's announcement, "I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain." The Messianic reign has begun. The Biblical scholar William Barclay (1907-1978) 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 his covenant people."

"What was the severe city earthquake?"
by Ron Meacock © 2021

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