Revelation Chapter 11:
Revelation 11:18 – “The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints, and those who fear Your name, small and great, and should destroy those who destroy the earth.”
The twenty-four elders continue to praise and worship the “king of Kings” in His coronation. They summarize what the King will do now that He has started His reign. First, He will finish the wrath that started at the beginning of the Tribulation in the Seal judgments, as discussed in Revelation 6:17:
“Nations were angry”: No longer terrified (compare 6:15-17), they will be filled with defiant rage. Their hostility will shortly manifest itself in a foolish attempt to fight against Christ, a doomed, futile effort that is the apex of human rebellion against God (16:14); 19:17-21).
“Thy wrath”: Almighty God answers the feeble, impotent fury of the nations (compare Psalm 2:1-9). The 24 elders speak of God’s future wrath (20:11-15), as if it were already present, signifying its certainty. That God will one day pour out His wrath on rebellious men is a major theme in Scripture (compare Isa. 24:17-23; 26:20-21: 30:27-33: Ezek. 38:16ff; 2 Thess. 1:5-10).
The nations, (worldly people), had a hay-day persecuting the believers. They were angry and very unfavorable to those with faith. Now the tables are turned. These very ones, whom they persecuted, will rule over them. Here we see punishment for those who did not accept the gift of salvation and great rewards given to those who did accept and live for Jesus. These, who will be destroyed, are actually the cause of the earth being destroyed. The wrath of God not only destroyed them, but damaged the earth as well.
“Dead … judged”: The final outpouring of God’s wrath includes judging the dead (compare Matt. 25:31-46; John 5:25-29). The judgment has two parts:
(1) God rewards Old Testament saints (Dan. 12:1-3; compare 22:12; 1 Cor. 3:8; 4:5), the raptured church (1 Cor. 15:51-52; 1 Thess. 4:13-18), and Tribulation saints (20:4); and
(2) God condemns unbelievers to the lake of fire forever (20:15).
These, who will be destroyed, are actually the cause of the earth being destroyed. The wrath of God not only destroyed them, but damaged the earth as well
Revelation 6:15-17 – And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”
Due to affliction in the Tribulation judgments, the nations become angry:
Psalms 2:1-12 – Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, “Let us break their bonds in pieces and cast away their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the LORD shall hold them in derision. Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, and distress them in His deep displeasure: “Yet I have set My King On My holy hill of Zion.” “I will declare the decree: The LORD has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, today I have begotten You. Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’ ” Now therefore, be wise, O kings; Be instructed, you judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.
In God’s final wrath, people become so enraged that they blaspheme God and gather together in a vain plot to battle against the King of kings:
Revelation 16:9, 11, 21 – And men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God who has power over these plagues; and they did not repent and give Him glory…. They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and did not repent of their deeds…. And great hail from heaven fell upon men, each hailstone about the weight of a talent. Men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, since that plague was exceedingly great.
Revelation 19:11, 16, 29 – Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war….. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS….. And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army.
Psalms 46:6-10 – The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah Come, behold the works of the LORD, who has made desolations in the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire. Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!
After the Lord completes His wrath, He will judge His people:
Psalms 50:1-6 – A Psalm of Asaph. The Mighty One, God the LORD, has spoken and called the earth from the rising of the sun to its going down. Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God will shine forth. Our God shall come, and shall not keep silent; a fire shall devour before Him, and it shall be very tempestuous all around Him. He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that He may judge His people: “Gather My saints together to Me, those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice.” Let the heavens declare His righteousness, for God Himself is Judge. Selah
God resurrects and judges the saints who died in the Tribulation. These saints are part of the “first resurrection.” The “first resurrection” is to eternal life. Therefore, the second kind of resurrection is to eternal death, which is the “second death” and punishment of the lost (Revelation 20:11-15):
Revelation 20:4-6 – And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.
The Tribulation saints’ resurrection includes the Jewish believers who died:
Daniel 12:1-3 – “At that time Michael shall stand up, the great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people; and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation, even to that time. And at that time your people shall be delivered, every one who is found written in the book. And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise shall shine Like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.
The Lord judges the Tribulation saints and Jewish believers based on their works just as He judges the Church saints on their works after the rapture, as discussed in “The Pre-Tribulation Rapture” study:
2 Corinthians 5:10 – For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
Revelation 22:12 – “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.”
When God judges the righteous dead He gives them rewards (Psalm 58:10-11), but the rest of the dead only receive punishment:
Revelation 20:11-15 – Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.
Therefore, unbelievers are not in view in the judgment cited by the twenty-four elders, because only believers receive rewards from the Lord. Also, this judgment is specific to dead saints and prophets, though the Lord will judge both the living and the dead in His Kingdom (2 Timothy 4:1). The Lord judges the saints who survive the Tribulation in the “Sheep and Goat judgment” and enter the Kingdom without dying:
Matthew 25:31-34,41,46 – “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world….’ “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels….’ And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
The saints who die in the Tribulation also enter the Kingdom. The Lord resurrects these dead saints and rewards them as overcomers who will rule and reign with Christ on the earth over those who survive the Tribulation and are born in the Millennium:
Revelation 21:7 – He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.
Revelation 20:6 – Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.
The dead saints who the Lord resurrects and rewards include His servants the prophets and the rest of the saints who fear the Lord’s name, which describes His character and who He is (Revelation 3:1). These saints are small and great, of all statures, as defined in Revelation 13:16 and 19:18:
Psalms 115:11-16 – You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD; He is their help and their shield. The LORD has been mindful of us; He will bless us; He will bless the house of Israel; He will bless the house of Aaron. He will bless those who fear the LORD, both small and great. May the LORD give you increase more and more, you and your children. May you be blessed by the LORD, who made heaven and earth. The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’s; but the earth He has given to the children of men.
Malachi 3:14-18 – “You have said, ‘It is useless to serve God; what profit is it that we have kept His ordinance, and that we have walked as mourners before the LORD of hosts? So now we call the proud blessed, for those who do wickedness are raised up; they even tempt God and go free.’ ” Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD listened and heard them; so a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD and who meditate on His name. “They shall be Mine,” says the LORD of hosts, “On the day that I make them My jewels. And I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.” Then you shall again discern between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.
On a side note, all the various resurrections and judgments can cause confusion for some. Some try to force all the resurrections and judgments into one event based on verses like these:
Acts 17:30-31 – Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”
John 6:40, 44, 54 – And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day…. No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day…. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
However, it is impossible to fit all these resurrections and judgments into one event. The following chart shows these different events and where they fit in the chronology of Revelation:
2 Timothy 4:1, 8 – I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom…. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.
This “day” is not a literal twenty-four hour day, but a time that begins with the Lord’s “appearing” at the rapture and spans the 7-year Tribulation and 1,000-year Kingdom Age, also known as the Millennium.Incidentally, the Lord sees 1,000 years on Earth as one day in Heaven, as discussed in the “Prophetic Patterns in Numbers” study:
Psalm 90:4 – For a thousand years in Your sight are like yesterday when it is past, and like a watch in the night.
2 Peter 3:8 – But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
In other words, the “day” of judgment, also called the “day of Lord,” is equal to a thousand years on Earth in God’s eyes. Strictly speaking, there will be at least 1,007 years between the rapture and the “Great White Throne” judgment, taking into account the length of the Tribulation and the Millennium between these two events. But since God rounds throughout Scripture, undoubtedly He still sees this period as one “day.” This explanation harmonizes with the different resurrections and judgments all occurring at the “last day.”
After the Lord judges and rewards His saints, He will “destroy those who destroy the earth.” God did give Adam dominion over the earth and commissioned him to tend to the garden:
Genesis 1:26 – Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
Genesis 2:15 – Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.
Man has certainly failed in maintaining good stewardship of the earth. Pollution, deforestation, and other abuses of the land are just a few black eyes on the human race. Widespread nuclear contamination from energy plants or nuclear warfare could potentially wipe out large parts of life on Earth. And if even a few of the many conspiracy theories are true, then more sinister powers are at work deliberately trying to destroy life on Earth. Truly life is fragile and humans do have an effect on the environment to some extent, but the Lord will return before we can annihilate ourselves:
Mark 13:19-20 – For in those days there will be tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the creation which God created until this time, nor ever shall be. And unless the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake, whom He chose, He shortened the days.
In our day, when the “global warming” or “climate change” propaganda teaches us that humans are wrecking the environment that could lead to our demise, it is easy to see how one might interpret this verse to mean that God is going to judge the earth because man has ruined the environment and potentially could wipe out life on this planet. However, there is no place in Scripture that supports this notion. Also, consider that those who promote “global warming” with insufficient or skewed data are typically the same people who put the creation before God:
Romans 1:20 – For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man – and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
So how is the earth destroyed by men? It isn’t. The Greek word for “destroy” is also translated as “corrupt,” as shown in this passage:
1 Timothy 6:3-5 – If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself.
This meaning for the word “destroy” brings to mind the Flood and why God destroyed the earth:
Genesis 6:6-13 – And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the LORD said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God. And Noah begot three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. And God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
We saw in Revelation 9 how morally corrupt the world becomes by the end of the Tribulation:
Revelation 9:20-21 – But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.
The world will also become filled with violence as it was in Noah’s day. In addition to the widespread violence depicted in Revelation 6:4 that starts at the beginning of the Tribulation, and the massacre of the saints throughout the Tribulation, the beast who is the “king of the North” will try to destroy the world:
Daniel 11:40-44 – “At the time of the end the king of the South shall attack him; and the king of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter the countries, overwhelm them, and pass through. He shall also enter the Glorious Land, and many countries shall be overthrown; but these shall escape from his hand: Edom, Moab, and the prominent people of Ammon. He shall stretch out his hand against the countries, and the land of Egypt shall not escape. He shall have power over the treasures of gold and silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt; also the Libyans and Ethiopians shall follow at his heels. But news from the east and the north shall trouble him; therefore he shall go out with great fury to destroy and annihilate many.
There was another “king of the North” who set out to destroy the earth in conquest – the king of Babylon. God used Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon to judge the nations for their corrupt ways, including Israel:
Jeremiah 25:6-9 – Do not go after other gods to serve them and worship them, and do not provoke Me to anger with the works of your hands; and I will not harm you.’ Yet you have not listened to Me,” says the LORD, “that you might provoke Me to anger with the works of your hands to your own hurt. “Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘Because you have not heard My words, behold, I will send and take all the families of the north,’ says the LORD, ‘and Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, My servant, and will bring them against this land, against its inhabitants, and against these nations all around, and will utterly destroy them, and make them an astonishment, a hissing, and perpetual desolations.
Ezekiel 20:39, 43-44 – “As for you, O house of Israel,” thus says the Lord GOD: “Go, serve every one of you his idols – and hereafter – if you will not obey Me; but profane My holy name no more with your gifts and your idols…. And there you shall remember your ways and all your doings with which you were defiled; and you shall loathe yourselves in your own sight because of all the evils that you have committed. Then you shall know that I am the LORD, when I have dealt with you for My name’s sake, not according to your wicked ways nor according to your corrupt doings, O house of Israel,” says the Lord GOD.’ “
Just as God judged Nebuchadnezzar, He will judge the last “king of the North” and destroy the kingdoms of the world:
Daniel 2:31-35 – “You, O king, were watching; and behold, a great image! This great image, whose splendor was excellent, stood before you; and its form was awesome. This image’s head was of fine gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay. You watched while a stone was cut out without hands, which struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were crushed together, and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; the wind carried them away so that no trace of them was found. And the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.
Daniel 2:44-45 – And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever. Inasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold – the great God has made known to the king what will come to pass after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation is sure.”
Nebuchadnezzar was also a destroying mountain, but his kingdom fell and God rejected him as the cornerstone for the eternal kingdom:
Jeremiah 51:24-26 – “And I will repay Babylon and all the inhabitants of Chaldea for all the evil they have done in Zion in your sight,” says the LORD. “Behold, I am against you, O destroying mountain, who destroys all the earth,” says the LORD. “And I will stretch out My hand against you, roll you down from the rocks, and make you a burnt mountain. They shall not take from you a stone for a corner nor a stone for a foundation, but you shall be desolate forever,” says the LORD.
Jesus Christ, the King of kings, is the destroying mountain and chief cornerstone who will judge the world, reward his saints, and destroy those who corrupt the earth:
Luke 20:17-18 – Then He looked at them and said, “What then is this that is written: ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone?’ Whoever falls on that stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.”
Isaiah 28:16-17 – Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, a tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; whoever believes will not act hastily. Also I will make justice the measuring line, and righteousness the plummet; the hail will sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters will overflow the hiding place.
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