Revelation Chapter 11:17
Revelation 11:17 – …saying: “We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was and who is to come, because You have taken Your great power and reigned.”
The twenty-four elders give praise and thanksgiving to the “king of Kings” in His coronation. The following Psalm of Asaph shows that the saints give thanks because God will bring justice on the wicked, and He will also humble the wicked and exalt the righteous, as discussed in Revelation 11:12:
“God Almighty, which art, and wast and art to come”: The coming of the kingdom is no longer future, it will be immediate.
We see here that Jesus took power. The establishing of His kingdom brings final victory to the Christian. The thanks really goes to Jesus here; the believers have not established the kingdom, Jesus did. All we can do is to praise him for establishing the Kingdom. It was not done through our power and might, but by His (Lord-Supreme Authority, Divinity, Almighty-Omnipotent). You see from this, He is all of it. His power is beyond reproach. His reign is forever and ever. He has no beginning and no end. He alone is worthy of our praise.
Psalms 75:1-10 – To the Chief Musician. Set to “Do Not Destroy.” a Psalm of Asaph. A Song. We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks! For Your wondrous works declare that Your name is near. “When I choose the proper time, I will judge uprightly. The earth and all its inhabitants are dissolved; I set up its pillars firmly. Selah “I said to the boastful, ‘Do not deal boastfully,’ And to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up the horn. Do not lift up your horn on high; do not speak with a stiff neck.’ ” For exaltation comes neither from the east nor from the west nor from the south. But God is the Judge: He puts down one, and exalts another. For in the hand of the LORD there is a cup, and the wine is red; it is fully mixed, and He pours it out; surely its dregs shall all the wicked of the earth drain and drink down. But I will declare forever, I will sing praises to the God of Jacob. “All the horns of the wicked I will also cut off, but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.”
The twenty-four elders call the Lord: “God Almighty,” and the “one who is and who was and who is to come.” Recall from Revelation 1:4, the title: “Who is and who was and who is to come” describes the eternal nature of the Lord (Micah 5:2, Isaiah 9:6, John 17:24). The Old Testament version of this eternal title for God is “from everlasting to everlasting” (1 Chronicles 16:36, Psalms 41:13, 90:2, 103:17, 106:48). As discussed in Revelation 1:8, the Greek word translated as “Almighty” can mean ruler of all, the one who holds all, the one exercising absolute dominion with unrestricted power, or “omnipotent,” as translated in Revelation 19:6. In short, the title “Almighty” shows God’s sovereignty. These titles are also found together in the following passages:
Revelation 1:8 – “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
Revelation 4:8 – The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying: “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!”
Revelation 16:4-7 – Then the third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood. And I heard the angel of the waters saying: “You are righteous, O Lord, The One who is and who was and who is to be, Because You have judged these things. For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, And You have given them blood to drink. For it is their just due.” And I heard another from the altar saying, “Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are Your judgments.”
The Lord has always been all-powerful, but He has refrained from taking power over the Kingdoms of the world. However, when Christ returns, He will come in great power, tear down the worldly kingdoms, and set up His righteous Kingdom:
Mark 13:24-26 – “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars of heaven will fall, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.
Daniel 7:13-14 – “I was watching in the night visions, and behold, One like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him. Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed.
In our verse of discussion, the Greek form of the word “reigned” is aorist indicative active, meaning it is a verb that takes place at a point-in-time:
Revelation 11:17 – …You have taken Your great power and reigned.
While aorist words are typically past tense, sometimes they are not. However, the Greek form of the word translated “have taken” is perfect indicative active, or a verb in the past tense, so it makes sense to take the aorist word in the same sentence in the past tense. In other words, after the angel blows the seventh trumpet, Jesus will take power and begin His reign after defeating the beast. The future indicative active verb “will reign” in Revelation 11:15, shows that His reign over the world is not complete until Jesus physically takes the kingdoms of the earth.
For example, God chose David as king over all Israel and rejected Saul (1 Samuel 15:26-28). Even though Saul continued to rule, David was the true king of Israel. As soon as Saul died, David began to reign. However, David initially reigned only over Judah for the first 7 ½ years. The rest of Israel paid tribute to Saul’s son Ishbosheth during that time (2 Samuel 2:8-11). David’s reign over the full kingdom was not complete until Saul’s house fell (2 Samuel 4-5).
While the Lord created all dominions and powers (Colossians 1:16) and always had the power to reign, He has not taken power to reign yet, but has allowed Satan to rule the kingdoms of the world (Matthew 4:8-9), just as David had a few opportunities to kill Saul and take the power to rule, but he did not (1 Samuel 24 & 26). In the Tribulation, Satan will give his power to the beast and he will reign over the kingdoms of the world during the last half of the Tribulation (Revelation 17). Then Jesus will begin to take power to conquer the kingdoms He already has sovereignty over after defeating the beast by resurrecting the two witnesses. Similarly, David did not reign until Saul died and did not take power to rule over all of Israel until the house of Saul fell, even though he was the rightful king for years before he began to rule.
The fact that Jesus relinquished His authority to Satan and the beast until He defeats them, is more evidence that the two witnesses’ ministry and Trumpet judgments cover most of the second half of the Tribulation and not the first half, as discussed in Revelation 11:3, because Jesus takes the power to reign after He defeats the beast, who has authority for forty-two months until his defeat (Revelation 13:5). The “coronation of the King” after the angel blows the seventh Trumpet fits this timeline. In short, while Jesus begins His rule in Heaven, the “coronation of the King” in the seventh Trumpet judgment shows He is about to return and completely defeat His enemies so He can firmly establish His rule and reign on Earth.
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