If you’ve been following this series for the last couple of weeks, you’ll be pleased to know that we’re pretty much finished with all the judgement stuff. And by itself, it wasn’t really working. At the end of the first six trumpet judgements (which themselves had followed the seven seal judgements), despite all of the suffering and destruction and death, it was business as usual for a world in rebellion to God:9:20-21 The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood—idols that cannot see or hear or walk. Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.
So by the start of chapter 10, another question has to be raised (following on from the previous series of questions we looked at earlier in the series.) And the question is this: the judgements don’t seem to be working; humanity isn’t turning back to God; this isn’t getting their attention; is there anything else that can be done?