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“Revelation 10: 7”
by Art Sadlier   
November 23rd, 2008

"But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished,..." We now have the happy announcement that the mystery of God should be finished.

First we need to find out what this mystery is! Understand that mystery in the New Testament is something previously unrevealed. There are a number of New Testmant mysteries.

There is the "MYSTERY OF INIQUITY". Why God allowed sin in the first place? Why God allows it to continue? That mystery will one day be revealed.

There is the "MYSTERY OF ISRAEL". Why Israel is so blind to the gospel, Paul sheds much light on this in Romans 11. Someday the blindness of Israel to the gospel will be lifted. Rom. 11: 25-26

There is "MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT", The mother of harlots and abominations of the earth, the great apostate church of Christendom. That mystery will be revealed in the tribulation period.

The mystery of Revelation 10:7 is "THE MYSTERY OF GOD". This mystery is to be brought to an end, "in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound".

What is this mystery? It is revealed in Revelation 11:15. "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". What kingdom is that? It is the millenial kingdom. Therefore the Mystery of God has to do with when the millenial kingdom will be established upon the earth.

The disciples once came to Jesus to ask Him about this mystery of God. Mt. 24:3, "...Tell us, when these things shall be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and the end of the world (age)?" In the rest of the chapter and in chapter 25 the answer is recorded. Basically at the end of the tribulation period. However the disciples remained confused and after the crucifixation, just before the ascension they again asked Jesus the same question in Acts 1:6. "....Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?" For forty days Jesus had been teaching them about the things pertaining to the kingdom of God (verse 3). That's why they naturally asked the question. Look at Christ's answer in verse 7, "It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power". God is holding the answer to Himself!

Matthew adds to this answer, "But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels in heaven, but my Father only." We know that our Lord was speaking here about the rapture, once the tribulation period begins everyone will be able to recognize the exact date of the second coming. For example; the second coming will take place exactly 7 years after the peace treaty is signed (Dan. 9:27). We know that the second coming will take place 3 1/2 years after the abomination of desolations (Dan. 12:11).

Notice what Matthew said, you cannot know the day or the hour, Mt. 24:36, but notce what he adds in verse 33, "So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors".

God is holding this answer to himself, when the mystery of God should be finished and the kingdom will come.

Go back to Rev. 10:6, "there should be time (delay) no longer". The time is come! So when the seventh trumpet is sounded, at that time the kingdom of God will be set up, the mystery of God will come to an end.

BUT UNDERSTAND, the seventh trumpet contains the vial judgments, so when the seventh vial judgment is poured out upon the earth, then Christ will come immediately and set up the kingdom.

The Lord taught us to pray, "Thy kingdom come", at long last that prayer will be answered.

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