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Rev 19:1-10

(1)  And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God:
(2)  For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.
(3)  And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever.
(4)  And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.
(5)  And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great.
(6)  And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
(7)  Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
(8)  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
(9)  And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.
(10)  And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

 

THE INTRODUCTION:

In chapters 17: and 18: we took a step back and reviewed the identity and characteristics of Satan’s religious kingdom, the Great Whore, along with warnings given by God to separate ourselves from her by opposing her deceptive enticements.   This two chapter look at the Whore ended with a Mighty Angel picturing her absolute defeat and abolishment from the earth, by casting a huge millstone into the sea and watching it sink into oblivion.  This brings an end to seal #7.

Immediately following seal #7 being revealed (which we have seen in great detail in previous chapters of Revelation 16-18, we are now shown the contents of this sealed book.  The contents of the sealed book will reveal what the saints have awaiting them in eternity with Christ.  The contents of the sealed book will be revealed to us in chapters 19-22.  This will bring to completion our study of the Revelation.

A very basic outline of the remaining chapters of Revelation includes:

  1. Rev 19 – What immediately precedes eternity with the Lord?
  2. Rev 20 – The opening stage of eternity with the Lord (1000 year reign – a time of judgment)
  3. Rev 21 – The subsequent stage of eternity with the Lord pictured as a great city
  4. Rev 22 – The subsequent stage of eternity with the Lord pictured as Eden restored

 

In the chapter before us, we use a very simple outline:

  1. Rev 19:1-6 – The Lord praised for His great victory over the powers of darkness
  2. Rev 19:7-10 – The Lord’s relationship to His people – (The Marriage of the Lamb)
  3. Rev 19:11-21 – The Lord’s relationship to the lost – (Battle of Armegeddon)

 


THE EXPOSITORY STUDY:

Rev 19:1-10

(1)  And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God:

Following the Lord’s defeat of the religious powers of Satan (Rev 18:21-24), His people in heaven praise Him for His great victory.  Their praise consists of:

Alleluia – Praise the Lord! (make Him shine with our lives and voices)

  1. Salvation – Praise for deliverance from the powers of Satan’s Kingdom
  2. Glory – Praise for the dignity and attention that He deserves
  3. Honour – Praise for the His great value
  4. Power – Praise Him for His strength and authority

All these areas of praise belongs to…

“Unto the Lord our God” – the One who is their Master and the One who deserves all their allegiance and worship.

 

(2)  For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.

Some reasons why praise belongs to the Lord alone is given to us:

  1. The sinless nature of His judgments – His judgments are described as being “true” (honest, sincere, not deceptive) and “righteous” (perfect, sinless, aligned with God’s laws).
  2. His judgment of the false religions of this world – The Holy, Just Lord cannot allow sin to escape punishment.
  3. His retaliation of the murders of His people – The Lord is faithful to His Word and His Promises shown by His avenging of the martyrdom of His people.

 

(3)  And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever.

The people of God praise Him as they fully agree with the reasons for His deserving of their praise is set forth.

 

(4)  And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.

The 24 elders and the 4 beasts (both symbolic of different aspects of heavenly saints) now are seen falling down an worshipping God for His greatness and His sovereignty that allowed Christ to reign over all.   Before John HEARD these same saints praising the Lamb with their voices…. Now John SEES them as they worship the Lord God Almighty.

They worship Him by showing their submission to His will and ways (“fell down”) and they praise Him with the voices (“worshipped… saying”).  Their message?  “So be it” (“Amen” – accepting of His plan and the glorious results of it found in the victory of Christ over the Whore) and “Alleluia” (“Praise the Lord” – praising Him for His great control over all)

 

(5)  And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great.

John hears a voice from the throne of God, probably God Himself, commanding His people to praise Him.  He describes His people as “ye his servants” and “ye that fear him”, two attributes of those who are truly saved.  He continues by reminding us that His people are made up of people of all social and economic levels, “both small and great”.

 

(6)  And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.

Once again John hears the people of God responding to God’s command in unison, praising God for His sovereignty.  The greatness of the combined praise is described as “the voice of a great multitude”, “the voice of many waters”, “and “the voice of mighty thunderings.”

Babylon’s defeat (17:1-19:5) and the eternal salvation of God’s people (19:7-10) are the direct result of God’s sovereignty.

 

(7)  Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

Following the praise given to God for His sovereign victory over all paving the way for the saints to enjoy eternity with Him, we find the saints preparing themselves to spend eternity with God.   It is as if we are experiencing a time of espousal now… we are Christ’s and promises to enjoy perfect, everlasting, communion with Him. We still have not experienced our ultimate union with Him but, at His second coming, we will enter into this perfect type of communion with Him in His presence.

John now sees a vision that will describe how eternity will affect the people of God.  In this text, eternity with God is symbolized as a marriage which initiates the husband’s and wife’s cohabitation and life together.   Following Christ’s victory, the saints now prepare themselves for living an eternity with Christ, much like a bride prepares herself for her wedding.

Let us…

1.  “be glad and rejoice” – be cheerful and jump for joy… eternity with the Lord has come!

2.“give honor to Him” – give Him all the credit and glory for what He has done for us

3   “for the marriage of the Lamb is come” – the most personal, intimate relationship between God and His people is ready to be experienced.

4.  “his wife hath made herself ready” – the saints are now eagerly awaiting the moment they will enter eternity with the Lord.

A prophecy found in Hosea 2:14-20 shows us God entering eternity with His people as a wedding.

We are responsible to prepare ourselves for this eternal union with Christ by living chaste, faithful lives before He comes (2 Cor 11:2, 1 John 3:2-3, 1 Cor 3:12-14, 2 Cor 7:1, Eoh 5:25-27.

Note  Isa 49:18 – “Lift up thine eyes round about, and behold: all these gather themselves together, and come to thee. As I live, saith the LORD, thou shalt surely clothe thee with them all, as with an ornament, and bind them on thee, as a bride doeth.”

Eze 16:10-14 – “I clothed thee also with broidered work, and shod thee with badgers’ skin, and I girded thee about with fine linen, and I covered thee with silk.   I decked thee also with ornaments, and I put bracelets upon thy hands, and a chain on thy neck.   And I put a jewel on thy forehead, and earrings in thine ears, and a beautiful crown upon thine head.   Thus wast thou decked with gold and silver; and thy raiment was of fine linen, and silk, and broidered work; thou didst eat fine flour, and honey, and oil: and thou wast exceeding beautiful, and thou didst prosper into a kingdom.  And thy renown went forth among the heathen for thy beauty: for it was perfect through my comeliness, which I had put upon thee, saith the Lord GOD.”

 

Is Bride the local assembly or all believers?

The apostle Paul in Ephesians 5:15-32 also uses the symbol of a wedding to describe Christ’s special relationship to members of His local assemblies at His second coming.  Why?  Because, church membership is a mark of those who are truly saved…

Paul gives us a further understanding of this in 1 Cor 6:16-18…. Joining to harlot is not a marriage, it is simply an outward display that some type of union has been made.  Likewise, joining to the Lord’s assemblies is not a marriage, but an outward declaration we are all in unity with the Lord.  Therefore, do not join with harlot.

Also, it is important to remember that, when we enter into eternity we will be looked upon as “one glorious assembly” prepared to be with Christ!  (Eph 5:27, Hebs 12:23).  While on earth, we are members of different distinct assemblies but at the rapture on the truly saved will become members of “the church of the firstborn (saved)” who are prepared to enter eternity with Him as His bride.

 

(8)  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

For the saints to be prepared for His coming is a matter of our responsibility and the Lord’s graciously supplies (Eph 2:8-10, Phil 2:12-13, Rom 1:17).  Here, we look at the Lord’s grace in these things by supplying wedding garments to His bride.

These include clothing:

  1. “of fine linen” – expensive, carefully made, high quality linen
  2. “clean and white” – pure, sinless, not dirtied. Bright etc.
  3. “righteousness of saints” – the righteousness of Christ placed upon the believer in conjunction with the righteous works of the saints as they serve Christ following salvation.

This includes both imputed righteousness of Christ (placed upon the account of the saint – Roms 3:22, Zech 3:4, Isa 61:10) and the experiential righteousness of the saints (gained through works of obedience to Christ – Roms 13:14, ).  These do not contradict themselves because those who have been clothed in Christ’s righteousness will experience a change of lifestyle that will include serving Him and remaining faithful to Him until death.

It could be that this wedding “clothing” is, in actuality, the righteousness of Christ displayed in believer’s as their glorified bodies 2 Cor 5:1-4,  (see Mat 17:2, Mrk 9:3 – On the mount of Transfiguration, Christ is seen in this vision in His glorified body)

 

(9)  And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

We have an additional group that is being described besides the bride and groom… “they which are called unto the marriage of the Lamb”.  In other words, we are talking about invited guests (Lk 14:15-24).

If Christ is symbolically the groom and all who are saved are symbolically make up the bride, then who are these guests that are invited but are not parties in the wedding?   It is the angels of God.  They will be present to witness Christ and the saved being joined together throughout eternity.  They will enjoy seeing these blessings come to God’s people, just as they are joyful at their salvation… Luke 15:10

The angel then affirms to John that, although the wedding is such a wonderful blessing upon God’s people, that it seems as if it is unbelievable, it is true.  It is a certainty, God’s people will be blessed with clothes of righteousness (glorified bodies?) and be united with Christ for an eternity.

 

(10)  And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus:

At the affirmation of these great blessings, John bows down to this angel ready to worship him.  The angel then reminds John that he is simply another servant of the Lord, just as was John and his brothers in Christ.  They all are working towards the same goal of glorifying the Lord by keeping His commands and delivering His message to the world.

 

worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

The angel then reminds John that worship is to be reserved for God alone (in His three persons).  Also, he reminds John of the purpose behind this revelation (made up of several visions) from God.  It was not to glorify, honor, or bring worship to the angels…. it is to reveal Christ to the world.  That is the true “spirit” (goal, purpose, thrust) of the entire set of visions he has received.

 

CHRIST REVEALED:

In this text, we find Christ presented as the Divine Groom who will unite eternally with His Bride, those whom have been redeemed by His blood.  This is the Christian’s entrance into eternity being clothed with glorified bodies and accepted into His presence for an eternity.

1 Th 4:16-18 – “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”

1 Corinthians 15:51 – “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.   For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.   So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.”

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY)

 Rev 19:10 – “worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

Folks, I believe this is, perhaps, one of the most important texts found within the pages of the Revelation.  It clearly defines the purpose and goals of this book…. It is to testify of Jesus Christ.  (Just as the introductory portion of the book clearly tells us this is the “revelation of Jesus Christ” (1:1)).

Its first concern is not to show us prophecy of the coming events of this world, nor it is given to reveal who the next “anti-christ” will be, nor is it given to define “the mark of the beast” etc etc etc….

It is given to show us Christ and bring to Him all the honor and glory that He deserves.   May we all learn to properly approach Revelation looking for Christ, and truths about Him, within its pages.  When we do this, the other truths found in His Word will reveal themselves to us as added benefits.

 

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7 Comments

  1. SLIMJIM says:

    Thank you for this study. I do see more of a literal Babylon here but I appreciate your applications

  2. SLIMJIM says:

    What a beautiful window to heavenly worship of the Son

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