15 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 of his Messiah,
and he will reign for ever and ever.”
This highly symbolic verse in Revelation points to the power of speaking God’s truth. As we bear witness to God’s transforming love and grace, the Holy Spirit works through us to “devour our enemies.” This, of course, does not suggest a literal and violent attack on people who might oppose us – Christ’s commandment to love our enemies is still valid. Rather, it highlights the power of God’s goodness to overcome evil. God’s love destroys the world’s hate; His grace is more powerful than man’s condemnation; and His holiness conquers the sin that keeps us from Him. As such, this verse is call to receive His power in our witness to the world, but that power is not meant to hurt, destroy or diminish the people He loves (even those who may not yet know Him). God’s power is rooted in love and our witness is as undeserving recipients of that love so that we can express it to the world in word and deed.
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.