It's God's World

It's God's World

05 September 2011

Reading: Ezekiel 29-32; Revelation 11


15 Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices shouting in heaven: “The world has now become the Kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign forever and ever.” 16 The twenty-four elders sitting on their thrones before God fell with their faces to the ground and worshiped him. (Revelation 11:15-16 NLT)

Revelation 11 tells of judgment to come upon the wicked world in the last days. Our parallel Old Testament reading in Ezekiel 29-32 is a prophecy written hundreds of years earlier about the decline and fall of Egypt’s Imperial power and of other strong nations; about powerful empires crumbling under God’s judgment, and the weight of their own wickedness, never to achieve world power again.

Then, ultimately, in God’s perfect timing, the whole world becomes the Kingdom of our Lord, and Jesus Christ will reign forever and ever.

God uses powerful leaders to build powerful nations and kingdoms and then he uses those nations and empires for his purposes of advancement or of judgment. But they’re only instruments in God’s hands and they’re only temporary. All human power and wealth and influence and wisdom and glory and pride is temporary – only temporary.

And only Christ and his Kingdom is forever and forever. It’s God’s world after all!


Father, Today I bow in humble submission before you. Lord Jesus Christ, I honor you as my Lord and King and I worship you with the words of the twenty-four elders who fell on their faces in your holy presence…

17 “I give thanks to you, Lord God, the Almighty, the one who is and who always was, for now you have assumed your great power and have begun to reign. 18 The nations were filled with wrath, but now the time of your wrath has come. It is time to judge the dead and reward your servants the prophets, as well as your holy people, and all who fear your name, from the least to the greatest. It is time to destroy all who have caused destruction on the earth.” (Revelation 11:17-18 NLT)

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