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REVELATION - THE END OF THE AGE OF MAN
(A Synopsis of the Revelation of Jesus Christ)

CHAPTER NINETEEN

The Tenth Revelation of Jesus Christ
 —  The Word of God
The Eleventh Revelation of Jesus Christ
—  The King of kings & Lord of lords
The completion of Ezekiel 38 & 39 with the battle of Armageddon completed


Heaven Exults Over Babylon

Revelation 19:1-10

(1)   After these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, "Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God!  (2)  For true and righteous are His judgments, because He has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication; and He has avenged on her the blood of His servants shed by her."  (3)  Again they said, "Alleluia! Her smoke rises up forever and ever!"  (4)  And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who sat on the throne, saying, "Amen! Alleluia!"  (5)  Then a voice came from the throne, saying, "Praise our God, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both small and great!"

(6)  And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, "Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!  (7)  Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready."  (8)  And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.

(9)  Then he said to me, "Write: 'Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!'" And he said to me, "These are the true sayings of God."  (10)  And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, "See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."
(NKJV)


HOW WILL IT ALL END?
 
Heaven will rejoice (Revelation 19:1-10)
When Babylon fell, the command was given in heaven, ‘Rejoice over her!’ (Revelation 18:20) and what we read in this section is heaven’s response to that command. The word alleluia is the Greek form of the Hebrew word Hallelujah, which means ‘praise Jehovah.’ This is heaven’s ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ and it will be sung for three reasons:
1. God has judged His enemies (verses 1-4)
a. Since the ‘great whore [harlot]’ of Revelation 17 was destroyed by ‘the beast’ and his fellow rulers (Revelation 17:16).  The ‘great whore’ referred to here must be Babylon the Great. Comparing Revelation 17:2 with 18:3 and 9, the connection is obvious.
b. Both the apostate religious system and the satanic economic-political system led the world astray and polluted mankind. Both were guilty of persecuting God’s people and martyring many of them.
2. God is reigning (verses 5, 6)
a. The literal translation is, ‘The Lord God omnipotent has begun to reign.’ This does not suggest that heaven’s throne has been empty or inactive.
Lord Kurios Master, Supreme in authority, Controller
God Theos A Deity, Supreme Divinity
Omnipotent Pantokrator All Powerful, Absolute and Universal Sovereign
b. The Book of Revelation is the ‘book of the throne,’ and the omnipotent God has indeed been accomplishing His purposes on earth. This burst of praise echo’s Psalms 97:1 "The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice."
c. God has been reigning on the throne of heaven, but He is now about to conquer the thrones of earth as well as the kingdom of Satan and ‘the beast.’
d. In His sovereignty, He has permitted evil men and evil angels to do their worst; but now the time has come for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.
e. Domitian was emperor of Rome when John was on Patmos and one of his assumed titles was ‘Lord and God.’ How significant that John uses four times the word Alleluia (Praise Jehovah) in the first 6 verses.

Zechariah 14:9
And the Lord shall be King over all the earth. In that day it shall be —  "The Lord is one," And His name one.    (NKJV)

3. The bride is ready (verses 7-10)
a. The bride, of course is the church (2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:22-33); and Jesus Christ, the Lamb, is the Bridegroom (John 3:29).
b. At a wedding, it is customary to focus attention on the bride, but in this case, it is the Bridegroom who receives the honor! ‘Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to Him.’

John 3:27-29
John answered and said, "...You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, 'I am not the Christ,' but, 'I have been sent before Him.' He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom's voice.     (NKJV)

Matthew 9:14-15
Then the disciples of John came to Him, saying, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but Your disciples do not fast?"
And Jesus said to them, "Can the friends of the bridegroom mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast."     (NKJV)

2 Corinthians 11:2-3
For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.     (NKJV)

Ephesians 5:25-28
...Just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.      (NKJV)

Romans 7:4-5
Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another — to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.      (NKJV)


Remember: there is no longer a Gentile section and a Jewish section, for all have become one in Jesus Christ

Ephesians 2:14-16
For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation ... so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross.    (NKJV)


The Bible Exposition Commentary provides this view of a wedding in the day of the apostles:
"What did the bride wear?" is the usual question asked after a wedding. The Lamb's bride is dressed "in the righteous acts of the saints" (literal translation). When the bride arrived in heaven at the Judgment Seat of Christ, she was not at all beautiful (in fact, she was covered with spots, wrinkles, and blemishes according to Paul in Ephesians 5:27); but now she is radiant in her glory. She has "made herself ready" for the public ceremony.
Jewish weddings in that day were quite unlike weddings in the Western world. First, there was an engagement, usually made by the parents when the prospective bride and groom were quite young This engagement was binding and could be broken only by a form of divorce. Any unfaithfulness during the engagement was considered adultery.
When the public ceremony was to be enacted, the groom would go to the bride's house and claim her for himself. He would take her to his home for the wedding supper, and all the guests would join the happy couple. This feast could last as long as a week.
Today, the church is "engaged" to Jesus Christ; and we love Him even though we have not seen Him (1 Peter 1:8).
(from The Bible Exposition Commentary. Copyright © 1989 by Chariot Victor Publishing, and imprint of Cook Communication Ministries. All rights reserved. Used by permission.)

1 Peter 1:6-9
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith — of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire — may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (NIV)


She has made herself ready

Wiersbe's Expository points out:
Of course, the church has to "make herself ready" for this supper. This cleansing was done at the judgment seat of Christ, when all the "spots and wrinkles" were taken away (Ephesians 5:25-27). The bride goes to heaven by God's grace, and not by good works. But once in heaven, believers will be judged at Christ's judgment seat for their faithfulness in life and in service. Verse 8 states that the wife will wear "the righteousness of the saints"; that is, "the righteous deeds of the saints." Christ will reward us according to our faithfulness, and the rewards we receive will make up the "wedding gown." Dr. Lehman Strauss writes, "Has it ever occurred to you ... that at the marriage of the Bride to the Lamb, each of us will be wearing the wedding garment of our own making?" What a solemn thought!
(from Wiersbe's Expository Outlines on the New Testament. Copyright © 1992 by Chariot Victor Publishing, an imprint of Cook Communication Ministries. All rights reserved.)

Ephesians 5:25-28
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. (NIV)


Seiss suggests that it is common teaching of the Scripture that there are great diversities in the portions awarded to the saints:
1. There are some greatest like the disciples of Jesus — and some least like me, in heaven.
2. There are some who shall be first — and some who shall be last.
3. There are some who get crowns — and some who get none.
4. There are some who are assigned dominion over cities — and then some who lose all rewards, and are saved only ‘so as by fire.’
(from The Apocalypse: Exposition of the Book of Revelation, Electronic Database. Copyright © 1998, 2003, 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.)

What we can do to make ourselves ready:
Change our Spiritual Clothes
  Take Off The Actions of Darkness Put On The Armor of Light

Romans 13:12-13
The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. (NIV)

  Take Off Our Old Sinful Self Put On The New Righteous Self

Ephesians 4:22-24
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. (NIV)

Colossians 3:8-14
But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. (NIV)

Be Ready For Battle
  Put On The Full Armor of God

Ephesians 6:11-13
Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground. (NIV)


The relationship between Christ and the Church:
1. The Church is His Body

Colossians 1:24
Now I rejoice in what was suffered for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ's afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church. (NIV)

2. The Church is His Temple

1 Corinthians 3:16-17
Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you?  (NIV)

3. The Church is His Friend

John 15:14-15
You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants... Instead, I have called you friends.  (NIV)

4. The Church is His Brother

Hebrews 1:1-2
God...in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things. (NIV)

Galatians 4:7
So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir. (NIV)

5. The Church is His Bride

Ephesians 5:31-32
"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh." This is a profound mystery — but I am talking about Christ and the church. (NIV)


The Marriage Supper

Isaiah 25:6-9
On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine — the best of meats and the finest of wines.
On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations;  he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears
from all faces; he will remove the disgrace of his people from all the earth.
The Lord has spoken.
In that day they will say, "Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the Lord, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation."  (NIV)


Of that same feast the Savior spoke when he said to his disciples in Matthew 26:29,

"I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father's kingdom."  (NIV)


Christ On A White Horse

Revelation 19:11-16

(11)   Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.  (12)  His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself.  (13)  He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.  (14)  And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.  (15)  Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.  (16)  And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:

KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS

(NKJV)


Names of Jesus in verses 11-16
1. verse 11 Faithful
2. verse 11 True
3. verse 12 A secret name that only He knew
4. verse 13 The Word of God
5. verse 16 King of kings and Lord of Lords

The Revelation of Jesus Christ as The Word Of God

In the Targums, there is a word called Memra, like that of the Greek Logos which means ‘Word of God', and it shines, resplendent as a title of Him who was in the beginning, who was with God, who was God, and by whom all things were made.
1. The Targumists sometimes used this form Memra da Yeya (Word of God) to denote the energy of God in action.
2. With this personal import the term is commonly used in the Targums to denote the Divine Being in self manifestation; for example,
to Adam and Eve in Paradise
Genesis 3:8 — ‘walking in the garden’
to Israel in the wilderness in the pillar of cloud and fire
Deuteronomy 9:3 — 'He who goes over before you'
Exodus 13:21 — 'went before them')
3. The visible manifestation of the Divine presence, known in Hebrew by the name of the Shekinah, is frequently identified in the Targums with the Memra (Numbers 21:5, ‘where it is recorded that the people “imagined in their hearts and spake against the Word of the Lord, and contended against Moses,’ with 21:7, in, which they repentantly confess, “We have sinned because we imagined, and spake against the Glory of the Shekinah of the Lord and contended against Thee.”
(The Targums of Onkelos and Jonathan Ben Uzziel on the Pentateuch by J.W. Etheridge, M.A.)

‘The Word of God’ is one of the familiar names of our Lord in Scripture (John 1:1-14). Just as we reveal our minds and hearts to others by our words, so the Father reveals Himself to us through His Son, the incarnate Word. A word is made up of letters, and Jesus Christ is the ‘Alpha and Omega’ (Revelation 21:6; 22:13). He is the ‘divine alphabet’ of God’s revelation to us.
(from The Bible Exposition Commentary. Copyright © 1989 by Chariot Victor Publishing, and imprint of Cook Communication Ministries.)

The Revelation of Jesus Christ as The Lord of lords and King of kings

Christ's most important name is "King of kings, and Lord of lords."
This is His victorious name (Revelation 17:14).
It brings to mind references such as
Daniel 2:47 — "Truly your God is the God of gods, the Lord of kings"
Deuteronomy 10:17 — "For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords"
Paul used this same title for our Lord Jesus Christ in
1 Timothy 6:15 — "God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords"
The title speaks of Christ's sovereignty, for all kings and lords must submit to Him. No matter who was on the throne of the Roman Empire, Jesus Christ was his King and Lord!

The greatness of Christ is seen not only in His names, but also in John's description of the conquering King
1. The eyes ‘as a flame of fire’
symbolize His searching judgment that sees all. (see also Rev 1:14 & 2:18)
2. The many crowns (diadems)
indicate His magnificent rule and sovereignty.
3. The vesture dipped in blood
speaks of judgment and probably relates to the conquest of His enemies. It is not our Lord’s blood that marks His vesture, but that of His foes. (see also Isaiah 63:1-6)

Isaiah 63:1-6
Who is this ... with his garments stained crimson? ...
"It is I, speaking in righteousness, mighty to save."
Why are your garments red, like those of one treading the winepress?
"I have trodden the winepress alone; from the nations no one was with me. I trampled them in my anger and trod them down in my wrath;
their blood spattered my garments, and I stained all my clothing.  For the day of vengeance was in my heart, and the year of my redemption has come ...  I trampled the nations in my anger; in my wrath I made them drunk and poured their blood on the ground." (NIV)

4. The sharp sword
A symbol of God’s Word. This is in keeping with the fact that Jesus will consume the enemy ‘with the Spirit of His mouth’ (see also Isaiah 11:4).
5. The ‘rod of iron'
A symbol of His justice as He rules over the earth. (see also Revelation 2:27)
6. The image of the winepress
Must be associated with the judgment at Armageddon (see also Ezekiel 38; Isaiah 63:1-6)
(from The Bible Exposition Commentary. Copyright © 1989 by Chariot Victor Publishing, and imprint of Cook Communication Ministries. All rights reserved. Used by permission.)

The Beast And His Armies Defeated

Revelation 19:17-21

(17)    Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, "Come and gather together for the supper of the great God,  (18)  that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, both small and great."

(19)   And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army.  (20)  Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone.  (21)  And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh
(NKJV)


The other great feast provided by God

The Invitation
The invitation goes out to all the birds to gather together in preparation for the great feast.
The Promised Feast
They are promised the flesh of
Kings
Captains
Mighty men
Horses
Soldiers riding the horses
Free men
Slaves
Small people (in size or in importance)
Great people (in size or in power)

Who are the armies of heaven?
1. The angels are a part of the army

Matthew 25:31
"When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. (NKJV)

2 Thessalonians 1:7
...to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels. (NKJV)

2. The saints are with Him

1 Thessalonians 3:13
So that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints. (NKJV)

3. Jude describes the same scene

Jude 14
Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, "Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints. (NKJV)


The Preparation of the Great Feast
1. The first thing God did in preparation of the feast was to capture the Beast and the False Prophet.
Just imagine the confusion and terror of their armies when their leaders that had seemed invincible, were captured and carried away.
2. The second thing He did was to throw both the Beast and the False Prophet into the lake of fire.
3. The third thing He did was to "cook the food"
They were killed with the Sword that came out of His mouth

The Promise fulfilled and the feast is served
In verse 17 the birds were promised a great feast if they would gather together at the place of battle.  In verse 21 they have the promise fulfilled: "All the birds were filled with their flesh."

Ezekiel 39:4
I will give you to birds of prey of every sort and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.  (NKJV)

Ezekiel 39:17-20
"And as for you, son of man, thus says the Lord God, 'Speak to every sort of bird and to every beast of the field:
"Assemble yourselves and come; gather together from all sides to My sacrificial meal which I am sacrificing for you, a great sacrificial meal on the mountains of Israel, that you may eat flesh and drink blood. You shall eat the flesh of the mighty, drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams and lambs, of goats and bulls, all of them fatlings of Bashan. You shall eat fat till you are full, and drink blood till you are drunk, at My sacrificial meal which I am sacrificing for you.  You shall be filled at My table with horses and riders, with mighty men and with all the men of war," says the Lord God.  (NKJV)


The Sword
Rev 1:16 The "One like the Son of Man" (1:13): "Out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword"
Rev 2:12 Speaking to the church in Pergamos: "These things says He who has the sharp two-edged sword"
Rev 2:16 Speaking to the church in Pergamos: "Repent or else I will...fight...with the sword of My mouth"
Rev 19:15 He who is called Faithful and True: "Out of His mouth goes a sharp sword"

And we, as part of His army, are told in Ephesians 6:17 to "take the Sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" as part of our Armor provided by God.

Dake points out ten ways Antichrist and his armies are destroyed:
1. By the brightness of Christ's coming

2 Thessalonians 2:8
And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. (NKJV)

2. By Angels

2 Thessalonians 1:7-9
... when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power. (NKJV)

3. The Saints of God

Zechariah 14:5
You will flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones with him. (NIV)

Jude 14-15
Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, "Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him." (NKJV)

4. Cloudburst

Ezekiel 38:22-23
And I will bring him to judgment with pestilence and bloodshed; I will rain down on him, on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, flooding rain, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. (NKJV)

5. Great Hailstones

Ezekiel 38:22-23
And I will bring him to judgment with pestilence and bloodshed; I will rain down on him, on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, flooding rain, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. (NKJV)

6. Fire and brimstone

Ezekiel 38:22-23
And I will bring him to judgment with pestilence and bloodshed; I will rain down on him, on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, flooding rain, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. (NKJV)

7. Pestilence and blood

Ezekiel 38:22-23
And I will bring him to judgment with pestilence and bloodshed; I will rain down on him, on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, flooding rain, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. (NKJV)

8. Jewish Army

Zechariah 14:14
Judah also will fight at Jerusalem. And the wealth of all the surrounding nations shall be gathered together: gold, silver, and apparel in great abundance. (NKJV)

9. Self-destruction

Zechariah 14:13
It shall come to pass in that day that a great panic from the Lord will be among them. Everyone will seize the hand of his neighbor, and raise his hand against his neighbor's hand. (NKJV)

10. Christ's Sword

Isaiah 11:4
He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth. (NKJV)

Revelation 19:15
Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. (NKJV)




 

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