In this ending installment of the trumpets series, the author identifies the symbolism of the beast with the church in this world under the spiritual working of the law and the prophets and also represents the carnal mind. The bottomless pit and furnace of fire speak of the human heart while the locusts represent the materialistic cares of this world. He takes the unusual view that the completion of the thousand years refers to the overcomers of the seven churches.
The trumpets are the words of Christ to his people over the past two thousand years, and the seventh church is a picture of His people at the end of the age. Marshall concludes:
"We are somewhere between the fifth and sixth trumpets, between the opening of the bottomless pit and the hope of the second death. We are in the “days of Noah” and “Lot,” confirmed by the moral turbulence that is even now evident in all societies across this planet."(p.71)
The spiritual symbolism is combined with a time setting of past, present, and future to place the seventh church at the end of the age and a place in history, or future history.
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