The Seventh Trumpet: Thy Kingdom Comes

By Mike Coldagelli

In the Lord’s prayer Jesus taught his disciples to pray for his Father’s kingdom to come.

Pray then like this:
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:9-10 ESV)

And he said to them, “When you pray, say:
“Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come. (Luke 11:2 ESV)

The passage in Matthew gives added detail of the Father’s will being done on earth as it now is in heaven. The prayer with regard to the kingdom is both a request for action and an affirmation of that coming action. I have had instruction in the Gospels and in the Book of Revelation, but I can’t remember a connection or link made between praying for the kingdom and when the kingdom comes. In my opinion, the center, the inflection point, of the Book of Revelation is the seventh trumpet, when the prayed for kingdom arrives.

Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, 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 shall reign forever and ever.” And the twenty-four elders who sit on their thrones before God fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying,
“We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty,
    who is and who was,
for you have taken your great power
    and begun to reign. (Revelation 11:15-17 ESV)

The seventh trumpet tends to get lost in the seals, the other trumpets, and the bowls, as just another event in a series. But it is the watershed in the Book of Revelation and arguably in all of human history, save the cross of Calvary made possible by the incarnation. Both the cross and the seventh trumpet are a working out of victory over “that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world” (Revelation 12:9), his angels, and his human seed or offspring. The resurrection of Christ from the dead is the first stroke in Christ’s complete defeat of death or “Death and Hades” as referred to in Revelation 6:8 and 20:13-14.

Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. (Hebrews 2:14-15 ESV)

The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:8 ESV)

John in his gospel calls the devil, the “ruler” or “prince” (Greek archon) of this world (Greek kosmos) in John 12:31, 14:30, and 16:11. He is the same deceiver of the whole world (Revelation 12:9). Thus the seventh trumpet proclaims the point in time when God removes the kingdom of the world from its ruler, the devil, and takes it for himself and his Christ.

It is this framework that is delineated in Psalm 2. “The kings of the earth” (Psalm 2:2) take a stand against “the Lord and his Anointed.” They resist the coming of the kingdom that we pray for. These “kings of the earth” reign under the “ruler of this world.” But the Lord and his Christ (Messiah-Anointed) become the rulers of this world at the seventh trumpet. And according to the twenty-four elders the seventh trumpet signals the beginning of their reign. “The Lord and his Christ” in Psalm 2 is the referent for the phrase in Revelation 11.

After the seventh trumpet Christ will be ruling with an iron rod, enforcing the Father’s will, and defeating his enemies. “Enemies” are a feature of Christ’s reign and why he rules with a rod of iron (Psalm 2:9, Revelation 12:5, 19:15).

The Lord says to my Lord:
    “Sit at my right hand,
until I make your enemies your footstool.” 
The Lord sends forth from Zion
    your mighty scepter.
    Rule in the midst of your enemies! (Psalm 110:1-2 ESV)

Furthermore, the closing verses of Psalm 2 are a description of post-seventh trumpet conditions, not pre-seventh trumpet conditions. These kings of the earth are subject to any moment, “quickly kindled,” discipline by the Son because he is reigning over them. The Son’s title, King of Kings, is especially apt with regard to these kings over which the Son rules from Zion (Psalm 2:6, 110:2, Revelation 17:18). These are not the kings of the earth destroyed with the beast and false prophet. These kings are potential rebels who rule during Christ’s reign and serve him with fear and trembling for his rod of iron.

Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
    be warned, O rulers 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,
    for his wrath is quickly kindled.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him. (Psalm 2:10-12 ESV)

Revelation 20 speaks of a thousand year binding of Satan, and saints reigning with Christ for a thousand years, but it does not say that Christ will reign for a thousand years. The reign of Christ is not defined by Satan’s binding.

And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison and will come out to deceive the nations that are at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle; their number is like the sand of the sea. And they marched up over the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, but fire came down from heaven and consumed them, and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. (Revelation 20:7-10 ESV)

Indeed, it is the reigning Christ who destroys Satan after the thousand years has ended. Christ reigns from the seventh trumpet until he has destroyed Death and Hades by throwing them into the lake of fire. Because death is the last enemy to be destroyed, Satan is destroyed before Death is destroyed. But Satan is destroyed after the thousand years have ended. He is destroyed after he is released, and has deceived the nations, gathered them for battle, and marched them over the broad plain of the earth to surround the beloved city.

Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. (1 Corinthians 15:24-26 ESV)

Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:11-14 ESV)

The thousand year reign might more accurately be described as the reign of the saints with Christ, but it appears that Christ’s reign overlaps the thousand years on both ends. The reign of Christ is characterized as a period of time during which he destroys his enemies (Psalm 110:1-2). Again we look to the twenty-four elders.

The nations raged,
    but your wrath came,
    and the time for the dead to be judged,
and for rewarding your servants, the prophets and saints,
    and those who fear your name,
    both small and great,
and for destroying the destroyers of the earth.” (Revelation 11:18 ESV)

The time for the destroying of the destroyers of the earth is the reign of Christ. His reign is defined by those he destroys, from the beast, the false prophet, the kings of the earth and their armies, to Satan, to Death and Hades.

And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth with their armies gathered to make war against him who was sitting on the horse and against his army. And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in its presence had done the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur. And the rest were slain by the sword that came from the mouth of him who was sitting on the horse, and all the birds were gorged with their flesh. (Revelation 19:19-21 ESV)

Christ, the angel of the Lord, reigns for the Father during this time of destruction of his enemies (Isaiah 40:10). Then after these enemies, “every rule and every authority and power,” have been destroyed (1 Corinthians 15:24-26), Christ will deliver the kingdom to God the Father. Christ the seed of the woman (Genesis 3:15, Joshua 5:14) is the designated warrior of the Trinity. Thus his reign embodies the destruction of his enemies. We must keep in mind that the reign of Christ is not a static state, but a progressive attrition of the opposing forces arrayed against him. He will rule in the midst of them until he has eliminated every last one. This is the will of the Father.

The Lord says to my Lord:
    “Sit at my right hand,
until I make your enemies your footstool.” (Psalm 110:1 ESV)

For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” (1 Corinthians 15:27 ESV)

When does the Father make Christ’s enemies his footstool? At the seventh trumpet. It is not a matter of Christ needing the Father’s power. It is a matter of Christ doing the Father’s will. Timing is determined by the Father (Matthew 24:36, Acts 1:7). Whether going to the cross or reigning in this world, the Father’s will is paramount (John 5:19). Christ does nothing that the Father does not will. This is why Jesus has instructed us to pray in a way that reflects his relationship with the Father.

Finally, a clarification must be made. Christ receives an everlasting dominion, an everlasting kingdom (Daniel 7:14, Revelation 11:15). The saints partake in the everlasting kingdom (Daniel 7:27) of the Most High (the Father) through the eternal covenant in Christ’s blood (Jeremiah 31:31-34, Isaiah 59:21, Ezekiel 16:60, Luke 22:18-20, 1 Corinthians 11:25). The identification of the Father to the Son, and of the Son to the Father, is not in dispute (Psalm 2:2; 110:1; Matthew 11:27; John 1:1, 1:18, 14:9-11, 17:3; Ephesians 1:9-10; Colossians 1:15; 1 John 2:23; Revelation 6:16; and many, many more). The Son’s enemies are the Father’s enemies. These facts however, do not negate or stand in contradiction to the detail, and temporal sequencing laid out in Scripture with regard to: 1) the seventh trumpet; 2) the bowls; 3) the defeat of the beast, false prophet, and the kings of the earth; 4) the binding of Satan; 3) his release; 4) his post release deception of the nations; 5) his destruction in the lake of fire; 6) the white throne judgment; 7) the destruction of Death and Hades; and 8) the delivery of the kingdom to the Father. All of the above events occur during the kingdom reign announced at the seventh trumpet. The dominion of God (Father, Son, and Spirit) will continue forever, but without enemies, “that God may be all in all.”

For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him. When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all. (1 Corinthians 1:15:27-28 ESV)

Christ’s rule, from the seventh trumpet until the delivery of the kingdom to his Father, purges his kingdom of its enemies. This is the will of the Father, that his enemies be purged. And so the Father’s will is done.