Revelation 11:14-19 – The Three Woes

Left Behind: The Movie – Bruce and Ray’s Salvation – Josho456123 – Published on Jul 13, 2010
(Click onto the image to see the video and the accompanying article)

Another inspiring scene from the Left Behind series. This scene is from the first film, Left Behind: The Movie. Bruce and Rayford have missed the Rapture that has taken their wives and children. Now, they need to ask God to forgive them and help them with what’s to come in the next seven years… Starring Clarence Gilyard as Bruce Barnes and Brad Johnson as Rayford Steele. © 2000 Cloud Ten Productions, Inc. and Namesake Entertainment, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

This article is one of others that can be found in my Word Press blog that teaches, not only about Israel, not only about the end times, not only about Israel “and” the end times, but about Israel “in” the end times. The emphasis that is placed on Israel in these articles is due to the promise of God to Israel in the Abrahamic Covenant, as formed in Genesis 12:1-4, and confirmed in Genesis 13:14-17; 15:1-7,18-21; 17:1-8, and has three main aspects. The third aspect of God’s covenant with Abraham has great emphasis as it relates to non-Jews.

1. Genesis 12:2 (NASB). 2 And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing;
2. Genesis 12:3a (NASB). 3a And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse.
3. Genesis 12:3b (NASB). 3b and in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”

The opening video in this article comes from the movie, “Left Behind 2,” and relates to a pastor, and an airline pilot, both of whom were left behind from the rapture. In the scene, both of the men are shown coming to saving faith in Christ. Neither of these men had been born again at the time of the rapture of the church, so they were “left behind” (John 14:2-3, 1 Corinthians 15:50-54, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; John 3:3). The movie also shows other unbelievers, whom were also left behind, coming to saving faith in Christ, and becoming a “tribulation force” of believers.

Immediately after all born again believers in Christ are caught up in the rapture, no one will be left on earth that has the indwelling presence of God’s Holy Spirit. Lacking the individual prompting of God’s Holy Spirit to righteous living, there will be rampant lawlessness throughout the world (John 14:26; 16:8). In a nutshell, godless people will be leading godless nations, which will consist of godless citizens, who will all be under the control of a godless United Nations. The United States of America will no longer be a force of law and order. The hatred of the nations of the world toward Israel will escalate, and will end in a failed world-wide attack on Israel at the Battle of Armageddon (Revelation 16:12-19:21). The events of this Eleventh Chapter of Revelation take place during the time of the Tribulation, which follows the rapture. During the tribulation all of the people that were not taken to heaven in the rapture (John 14:2,3,6) will come under: (1) the oppression of the antichrist, and (2) the judgments of God. Revelation Chapter 6 shows the beginning of these two events; the antichrist will be a tool of God. In Matthew 24:4-28 Christ speaks to the disciples about the signs of the end of the age; vs 4-14, lists characteristics of the first half of the tribulation period, whereas vs 15-28 deal with the second half (Ryrie Study Bible).

The following scripture texts, along with comments, are from the MacArthur Study Bible. (Everyone should have a MacArthur Study Bible.)

Revelation 11:14
14 The second woe is past; behold, the third woe is coming quickly.

Let’s discuss the three woes.

Revelation 8:13 The Three Woes Announced
13 Then I looked, and I heard an eagle flying in midheaven, saying with a loud voice, “Woe, woe, woe to those who dwell on the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!”

8:13 The announcement of the three woes. “Woe, woe, woe.” One for each remaining trumpet blast. Although the first 4 trumpets are unimaginable, they will be nothing like the 3 to come (9:1–21; 11:15ff.).

Revelation 9:12 – First Woe – The Fifth Trumpet – The first of the final 3 trumpets has passed.
12 The first woe is past; behold, two woes are still coming after these things.

9:1-11 (Mine) The fifth trumpet is described in Revelation 9:1-11.
9:4-5 (Ryrie Study Bible) Only the 144,000 will escape the torment on people of the fifth trumpet.
9:12 (The Bible Knowledge Commentary) The fifth trumpet described as the first woe is now to be followed by the two final trumpets, also known as “woes” (cf.8:13).

Revelation 11:11-14 – Second And Third Woes
11 But after the three and a half days, the breath of life from God came into them, and they stood on their feet; and great fear fell upon those who were watching them. 12 And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” Then they went up into heaven in the cloud, and their enemies watched them. 13 And in that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell; seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven. 14 The second woe is past; behold, the third woe is coming quickly.

11:14 Second woe. The sixth trumpet. The interlude between the sixth and seventh trumpets ends (see note on 10:1). Israel’s repentance will shortly usher in the millennial kingdom (Acts 3:19–21; Rom. 11:25, 26). But first will come the final, climactic judgments.
9:13-21 (Mine) The sixth trumpet is found in Revelation 9:13-21.
9:15 (Ryrie Study Bible). One-third of mankind will die during the sixth trumpet.

11:11–14 Third woe. The seventh trumpet. The two witnesses are brought back to life, and then taken up into heaven. Their enemies react in fear, since their resurrection is incontrovertible proof that their message was true and that Jesus is God and Messiah. An earthquake kills seven thousand men. (Compare the earthquake that opened tombs and allowed many to be raised at the time of Christ’s death—Matt. 27:51–53.) The remnant are the “rest,” those who are not killed by the earthquake. Many of them repent and give glory to God. The parenthesis begun with chapter 10 ends here. The third woe is the seventh trumpet, which cometh next (v. 15).

11:15-19 The Third Woe (The Seventh Trumpet— – Christ’s Reign Foreseen).

Revelation 11:15-19
15 Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.” 16 And the twenty-four elders, who sit on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, 17 saying, “We give You thanks, O Lord God, the Almighty, who are and who were, because You have taken Your great power and have begun to reign. 18 And the nations were enraged, and Your wrath came, and the time came for the dead to be judged, and the time to reward Your bond-servants the prophets and the saints and those who fear Your name, the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth.” 19 And the temple of God which is in heaven was opened; and the ark of His covenant appeared in His temple, and there were flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder and an earthquake and a great hailstorm.

11:15-19 (Mine) The seventh trumpet is found in Revelation 11:15-19.
11:15 (Ryrie Study Bible) The end is near enough now that the announcement of it can be made.
11:16-19 (Ryrie Study Bible) The announcement evokes praise among the elders (vv 16-17) and anger from the nations; and soon will come judgment on the dead and the rewarding of the saints.
11:18 (MacArthur) dead…judged. The final outpouring of God’s wrath includes judging the dead (cf. Matt. 25:31–46; John 5:25–29). The judgment has two parts:
(1) God rewards OT saints (Dan. 12:1–3; cf. 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).
(2) God condemns unbelievers to the lake of fire forever (20:15).

It is important to remember a major purpose of the leaders of every congregation.

Ephesians 4:11-12 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
11 And He personally gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, 12 for the training of the saints in the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ,

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