Six angels have given sound to their trumpets; two great woes have been brought upon humanity by the hand of God with the most devastating effects. One trumpet has yet to sound, the seventh and the last; the third and final woe. Just as there was an interlude between the sixth and seventh seals, so we have here, another interlude between the sixth and seventh trumpets.
John beholds in a vision a mighty angel, coming down from heaven with a little book open book in his hand. We explore the events of this interesting chapter and as we do, we look a little closer at the topic of angels.
1 Corinthians 4:1-5
The longer that I’m alive and the longer that I continue in service to the Lord, is the more that I’ve come to realise, you can’t please everyone!! What will be pleasing to one, will inevitably be the cause of displeasure to another and what will serve to light a smile on one face will no doubt serve to put a frown on another. Of course, as a Christian, we’re mandated to let our light shine before men that in seeing our good works, they might give praise to God. “In all things (writes Paul to Titus) shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.” (Tit. 2:7-8). But what happens when after we have done this, we are still yet the target of men’s judgment and criticism? Then, we must seek the approval and good pleasure of God alone by faithful obedience to that which He has called each of us to do!
In this sermon, we take a walk through the corridors of the Corinthian Church and in so doing, we see that carnality was alive and well! One man esteemed Paul the greatest and another Apollos. Yet when everything was said and done, Paul said: “Who…is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?" (1 Cor. 3:5). There was one thing central in Paul’s mind; one motivating factor that kept him going. It was not his popularity status before men, but the fact that one day he would stand before the judgment seat of Christ in whose presence, every man's work will be made manifest by fire! In light of this, it ought to be a small thing to every one of us that we should be judged by men! May God give us the courage to go on in the face of discouragement and criticism!
Four blasts of the trumpet have gone before us; four pronouncements of God’s judgment aimed at the earth in which men are indirectly affected by the catastrophic impact each judgment brings with it. Three great woes now await the inhabitants of the earth. In a manner reminiscent of the days of Moses in which the kingdom of Egypt was judged by ten plagues which befell it; so, in a similar fashion, God begins at the end to do that which He began to do at the start of the Exodus.
In this seventeenth teaching part, we look into the terrifying trumpet judgments of trumpets five and six.