Cosmic Conflict – a major transition point happens in the Revelation narrative at the end of chapter 11.
By now, the last people, the great multitude, to make a decision for Christ have done so and the great commission “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19) and “this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” (Matthew 24:14) has been concluded.
Thus every person living has taken their stand of allegiance in the great Cosmic Conflict and this massive change of allegiance is summarized by an announcement from heaven, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever” (Revelation 11:15).
At first glance it would seem like this would be the end of the story. But we still have half of the book of Revelation left. Although everyone has made their decision to accept or reject Jesus, the beast from the bottomless pit and his deluded followers are still around. They still believe that those who refuse to submit to the beast are the cause of the chaos and destruction of the Great Tribulation.
The beginning of the end
During the first half of the Great Tribulation God is mostly silent and allows Satan to have his way with the world.
It is important to understand that God is not silent because He lacks power. Simply up until this point, He has not “taken” His great power, but instead has allowed another to reign on earth. God allowed Satan to rule, not because he had any right to, but because mankind unwittingly choose and continued choosing Satan to be their ruler in order to maintain their lifestyle of rebellion against God.
God has always placed the highest honor on humanity’s freedom to choose, even if it has meant having to endure seeing His beloved children suffering at the hands of their chosen ruler. But the choice of the great multitude to abandon Babylon and follow Jesus will settle the issue and bring the Cosmic Conflict to an end.
God will no longer be silent—“The nations were angry but Your wrath has come” (Revelation 11:19). He will end the destruction that Satan and his followers have been carrying out—[God] will destroy those who destroy the earth” (Revelation 11:18).
As a result, the kingdoms of this world become the kingdom of our Lord.
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