1 Praise the Eternal! All you in the heavens, praise the Eternal; praise Him from the highest places! 2 All you, His messengers and His armies in heaven: praise Him! 3 Sun, moon, and all you brilliant stars above: praise Him! 4 Highest heavens and all you waters above the heavens: praise Him!
5 Let all things join together in a concert of praise to the name of the Eternal, for He gave the command and they were created. 6 He put them in their places to stay forever— He declared it so, and it is final.
7 Everything on earth, join in and praise the Eternal; sea monsters and creatures of the deep, 8 Lightning and hail, snow and foggy mists, violent winds all respond to His command.
9 Mountains and hills, fruit trees and cedar forests, 10 All you animals both wild and tame, reptiles and birds who take flight: praise the Lord.
11 All kings and all nations, princes and all judges of the earth, 12 All people, young men and women, old men and children alike, praise the Lord.
13 Let them all praise the name of the Eternal! For His name stands alone above all others. His glory shines greater than anything above or below. 14 He has made His people strong; He is the praise of all who are godly, the praise of the children of Israel, those whom He holds close. Praise the Eternal!
27 Then the great ruling authority of the kingdoms under the heavens Shall be handed over to the covenant people, the holy ones of the Most High; Their kingdom will last forever, and all the remaining kingdoms will worship and serve Him.”
When the seventh messenger blows his trumpet, the kingdom of this world comes to an end. The rule and reign of God and His Anointed has arrived in full to eclipse the rogue kings who rebelled against the Creator and mocked His good name. God’s kingdom entered our world in the incarnation, death, and resurrection of Jesus. It slipped in almost unnoticed beneath the noses of the powers that be. It grows silently as a seed in the earth until it fills the cosmos.
Today Christians live between the times: we live as aliens and strangers rescued from this present darkness, but we also live as citizens who long for the Kingdom that is to come. Until then we are to seek His kingdom and help carve out the territories for Him.
16 Then the twenty-four elders, who sit before God on their thrones, fell prostrate and worshiped God.
17 24 Elders: We give You thanks, Lord God, the All Powerful, who is and who was. For You have wielded Your great power and have begun Your reign. 18 The nations have raged against You, but Your wrath has finally come. It is now time to judge all of the dead, To give a just reward to Your servants, the prophets, and to the saints and all who honor Your name, both the small and the great, And to destroy those who cause destruction to the earth.
19 Then God’s temple in heaven was opened up, and His covenant chest could be seen within His temple. Lightning flashed all around. Noises and thunder rumbled. The earth trembled. Heavy hailstones fell from the sky.
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