The seventh trumpet
15 The seventh angel made a sound with his trumpet. Then there was the sound of loud voices in heaven. They shouted:
‘Our Lord God and his special Messiah now have all authority!
The whole world has become their kingdom.
God will rule them for ever!’
16 The 24 leaders were sitting on their thrones in front of God. Now they threw themselves down on their faces and they worshipped God. 17 They said:
‘We thank you, Lord God, because you have all authority!
You are alive now and you have always been alive.
You have great power and now you have begun to rule the whole world!
18 The countries of the world were very angry.
But now you have become very angry with them,
because they do not believe in you.
Now you will judge all the people who have died.
You will give good things to your servants.
Those are your prophets and all your people who worship you.
Some of them are important people, and some are not important.
You will give good things to all of them.
But you will destroy all those people who destroy the earth.
The time has now come for all this to happen.’
19 Then I could see God's great house in heaven. Inside it, I saw God's special agreement box. There was a great storm with bright lightning and the loud noise of thunder. The ground moved strongly and strong rain with stones of ice fell from the sky.
11:19Many years ago, God told Israel's people to make a special box. He told them to keep the box in his special house. See Exodus 25:10-22. The box made them remember God. They remembered that God had promised to live among them. He had agreed to be their God if they would obey him.