May 31, 2022
15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,
17 Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.
18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.
19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.
I am neither theologian nor scholar so let me share what the St. Ignatius Study Bible states:
“The seventh trumpet, which ends the second series of judgements delayed since chapter 10:1. With this final blast, the kingdom of Christ appears, judgement begins, and destruction overtakes the wicked. The biblical backdrop is twofold. (1) The collapse of Jericho, an event that gave Israel a decisive hold on the Promised Land, likewise followed seven trumpet blasts (Josh 6:1-21). (2) The declaration in 11:15 recalls the dream of Nebuchadnezzer (Dan 2:31-36), in which the eternal kingdom of God destroys the godless kingdoms of the earth (Dan 2:44-45).”