Revelation 11:13

Tuesday, 16 February 2021

In the same hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. In the earthquake seven thousand people were killed, and the rest were afraid and gave glory to the God of heaven. Revelation 11:13

In the previous verse, the two witnesses ascended to heaven in a cloud. With that event complete, it now says, “In the same hour there was a great earthquake.” The Greek reads, “In the hour there was…” It is a way of showing that the two events are connected and not merely coincidence. It is the same thought that is conveyed in Matthew at Christ’s death –

“And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.
51 Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split.” Matthew 27:50, 51

And again, at Christ’s resurrection –

“And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it.” Matthew 28:2

The earthquakes coinciding with such major events are to alert those who experience them that they are more than chance events, they are perfectly time events to confirm they are of God. With the coming of the earthquake, it then says, “and a tenth of the city fell.” Of the number ten, EW Bullinger states –

“It has been already pointed out that ten is one of the perfect numbers, and signifies the perfection of Divine order, commencing, as it does, an altogether new series of numbers. The first decade is the representative of the whole numeral system, and originates the system of calculation called ‘decimals,’ because the whole system of numeration consists of so many tens, of which the first is a type of the whole. Completeness of order, marking the entire round of anything, is, therefore, the ever-present signification of the number ten. It implies that nothing is wanting; that the number and order are perfect; that the whole cycle is complete.”

As Bullinger notes, “the first decade is the representative of the whole numeral system.” In a tenth of the city falling, it is revealing that the whole is judged. An example of a tenth representing the whole is the Old Covenant system of tithing. The first tenth is representative of the whole. The idea here is the “judgment has come upon the whole.” With that understood, John next says, “In the earthquake seven thousand people were killed.”

The Greek reads, “names of men.” It is a way of positively identifying those of a set number rather than a rounded number. It is the same number that was claimed by the Lord at the time of Elijah. In 1 Kings 19:18, the Lord said to him, “Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.” Surprisingly, a liberal newspaper in Israel, Ha’Aretz, reported in 2018 that this exact number is anticipated to die in a major earthquake. The title of the article says, “Minister: Major Earthquake in Israel Could Kill 7,000.”

It should be noted that it says a tenth of the city was destroyed, but it doesn’t say that seven thousand is a tenth of the people. The facts stand alone, but they are connected by the event. The number seven is the number of spiritual perfection. Thus, whether seven thousand are reserved by the Lord (as in the days of Elijah), or seven thousand are killed at the time of the earthquake, it is a spiritually perfect claim by God on the whole. Because of what occurs, John then says, “and the rest were afraid and gave glory to the God of heaven.”

The meaning of this is that they recognized God’s hand in what has occurred and acknowledged it as such. It cannot mean that all of them will turn to God and believe unto salvation. Later in Revelation, it will explicitly say that any who take the mark of the beast cannot be saved (vs. 20:4). For any who take the mark, there can only be condemnation. For those who do not, they can turn to God through belief in Christ and be saved.

Life application: God has given His word to us to lead us back to Himself. However, many carelessly fail to pick it up and read it. However, He will also work through natural events to wake people up by His judgments. Tragedy, in one form or another, has a way of causing people to seek out God and have a proper relationship with Him. If this results in a person turning his heart to the Lord, then the tragedy was worth it. In the end, no tragedy is worse than dying apart from God’s one and only means of restoration with Him. And that means is through His Mediator, our Lord JESUS.

Lord God, we in the world find every reason to ignore you and Your obvious call to us through the written testimony in Your word. Therefore, judgment is often the only remedy. Because this is so, and because it will bring You glory, let Your judgment come so that You may receive what we have otherwise failed to give. Amen.




8 thoughts on “Revelation 11:13

  • Tuesday, February 16th, 2021 at 8:41 am

    thank you come LORD JESUS come – love and prayers

  • Tuesday, February 16th, 2021 at 9:27 am

    Glory to God for another day of gathering grain and praising him in our humble afflicted state. Jesus is the Messiah of Nazareth. Thank you Holy teacher Jesus for allowing us to see how deep your word is, it is infinite. Thank you for the portion you have shared with us to know you are beyond us. Yet your infinite word reveals your infinite mercy. May we be hidden in you and found in your mercy as your plan unfolds. Your kingdom come , your will be done. Forgive us for any haughtiness or arrogance as you reveal more of your word. Protect us from becoming like the Pharisees with hard hearts and forgetting your great mercies. Help us to extend your perfect forgiveness of us, to others. May we be found as good servants of you. Hallelujah. Amen.

  • Tuesday, February 16th, 2021 at 3:05 pm

    BLESS GOD PRAISE JESUS! Praying for mercy

  • Tuesday, February 16th, 2021 at 3:33 pm

    Amen . God is good.

  • Tuesday, February 16th, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    Thank you Charlie! Why is it God must resort to all these signs when His presence is all around us? Let us appreciate all the ways God makes His presence known to us. We live in a fallen world, but God is right there with us. We are never alone without Him.

  • Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 at 12:43 am

    He is with us always Amen

    We are another day closer to home
    Grace, Mercy and peace on you and yours
    God Bless my friends we fly soon

  • Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 at 3:34 am

    Lord they’re is no such thing as coincident with your holy scripture or your plans, sadly for mankind your strength and judgement will befall before they will see that your holy scripture Lord is not a book of fables it is the truth the way and the life through your son Jesus Christ, for us that are saved grow impatient for these days too come, such is our ache to be with you in your glorious kingdom forever Amen


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