5 Repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place… 16 I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth… 22 Behold, I will cast her into a sickbed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation… 23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works…. 3 I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee… 16 Because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Revelation 2:5,16,22-23; 3:3,16
Righteous Judgment Executed ON THE CHURCH. In case you didn’t catch it before, this is what is going on in the opening chapters of Revelation. Despite the pop culture’s version of events — in books, movies, and oral traditions — what to see here is what you get. And, its not, “We’re gonna be raptured out!” Nonsense!! Christians get JUDGED for their works on earth WHILE IN EARTH, and go through great tribulation, as God “prepares a [Marriage Supper] table for them in the presence of their enemies (Psalms 23:5).” As Apostle Peter wrote,
17 For the time is come that JUDGMENT MUST BEGIN AT THE HOUSE OF GOD: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? 18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? 1Peter 4:17-18
So, the first 11 chapters of Revelation are giving us a detailed account of JUDGMENT AT THE HOUSE OF GOD — at the churches, on Christian people. Revelation is a book outlining God’s holy ceremony of judgment, conducted by God and his holy angels. In the Old Testament (Leviticus 23), God through Moses gave his people the seven holy feasts. The fifth feast is the Feast of Trumpets (Lev 23:24-25). The seven trumpets in Revelation are God’s dispensational observance of that Feast of Trumpets. While the subsequent 7 bowls of wrath are for reprobates (Rev 16), the Feast of Trumpets is for the household of God. As it is written,
Speak unto the CHILDREN OF ISRAEL (God’s people), saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall YE have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation (a called assembly). Lev 23:25, parenthesis mine
Now, the blast of a trumpet might be heard in the camp at any time, not just at feast time. Blowing of trumpets was meant for: 1) the assembly of the people; 2) the journeying of the camps; and, 3) the alarm of war (Numbers 10:1-10). The seven trumpets in Revelation are for all three of those purposes.
Only two of Christ’s 7 churches received glowing reports. Their judgment was that the promises of God should be theirs. But, God’s judgment of the other five was that the aforementioned negative consequences should befall them. Beloved, what shall you receive from God when the hour comes, promises or consequences???