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The days of the 7th trumpet

Revelation 10:7

Israelís priests sounded the trumpet (their loudest musical instrument) to announce the start of new months, new years and special years (Numbers 10:10; Leviticus 23:24; Leviticus 25:9).

Revelation 10:7 refers to the Ďdaysí of the 7th trumpet. That seems to mean that a particular period of time will begin with the trumpet sound in Revelation 11:15. During that period of time, every evil force must lose its power and then Christís rule on earth will begin. Godís people have waited for a long time for that to happen (Psalm 13:1-2; Revelation 6:10). However, after the 7th trumpet, there can be no further delay (10:6). Christís rule on earth must begin then; that is as certain as the fact that God lives (10:6).

During the days of the 7th trumpet, the mystery of God will end. In other words, it will be complete, and everyone will see it. In the Bible, the word Ďmysteryí usually refers to something that God will show publicly. This mystery is not really a secret, because God has already declared it to his people in the Bible.

Bible teachers do not agree what this mystery is. However, the purpose of the 7th trumpet is very clear. It is to announce the beginning of Christís rule on this earth (11:15). Christ is already ruling in the lives of his people, and Paul calls that a mystery in Colossians 1:27. However, Christ will return in public (1:7), and his rule will never end. Paul describes that, too, as a mystery in Ephesians 1:9-10.

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