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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “The holy city, New Jerusalem”

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Revelation 21:2 – “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”

 

 

John sees the eternal abode of the Lord and His people presented symbolically as a city that he describes as “holy” and gives to it the title “New Jerusalem”.  These descriptions by John teach us several truths about our dwelling place throughout eternity.

When John describes the city as “holy”, he is saying that this city is separated from sin and dedicated to the use of Christ and His people.   When he calls the city “New Jerusalem” he is telling us that this city, although different from the earthly city of Jerusalem, shares many similarities with it.

Some of those similarities include:

  1. the worship of the Lord takes place within it.
  2. the presence and dwelling place of the Lord is found in it.
  3. the gathering of God’s people are centered in it.
  4. the glory of God will be found in it.

 

Please keep in mind, the Jerusalem of the OT times was the home of the tabernacle where God could be found, worshipped and served.  This makes a perfect picture of our abode in the future.  Although we are clearly told by John that no literal temple will be found in this eternal Jerusalem, God’s fullness could be found there….

Revelation 21:22 – “And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.”

 

This helps us to see why there is such a close connection between the two cities.  In this eternal abode, God’s people will have the privilege of experiencing the closest possible relationship with their Lord.  We will live with Him, commune with Him, serve Him, and worship Him in absolute truth…

1 John 3:1-3 – “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.    Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.  And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.”

Hebrews 13:14-16 – “For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.  By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.  But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.”

 

Please note in both of these verses, where our eternal dwelling place is mentioned, it is linked to our faithful service NOW.

In the 1 John passage, we see that because we have the confident assurance that we will be personally in His presence (“see Him as He is”), we are to live Godly lives for his glory (“purifieth himself, even as He is pure” ).

In the Hebrews passage we see that, because we have no eternal dwelling on this earth but look forward to the one that is to come (“here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.”), we are to glorify God in our lives continually, verbally tell others of our thankfulness to the Lord, serve the Lord, and sacrifice ourselves to meet the needs of others (“offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.  But to do good and to communicate forget not“)

 

May we all remember the wonderful eternity that awaits us in the very presence of our Lord in New Jerusalem.  Because of this wonderful blessing may we seek to serve Him and meet the needs of others around us.

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “This is the second death.”

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Revelation 20:14

“And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.”

 

When we consider what is meant by ‘the second death”, it is important to recognize the context of our passage…  the verses immediately preceding this verse speak of the resurrection of the lost, the judgment of the works of the lost, and the destruction of physical death.

When we are told that ‘This is the second death”, the Bible is referring, in a very general way, to the final judgment and disposition of the lost.  They are resurrected (never to physically die again), found guilty at the final judgment, removed from God’s presence, and cast into the Lake of Fire for an eternity.   This series of events make up what is known as the second death.

 

Although the term “second death” is used four times in the Book of Revelation, it is used nowhere else throughout the Bible.   Let’s look and see what we can learn from the other three Revelation passages of scripture…

Revelation 2:11

“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.”

Here, we are told that those who are overcomers in Christ will not be harmed by the second death.   How very true.  If we have turned from our sins and turned to Christ, in faith, we are overcomers in Christ (1 John 4:4; 5:4-5).  In doing so, we have overcome the powers of darkness and their effects in our lives (1 John 2:13-13:4).

 

Revelation 20:6

“Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.”

Christ’s victory over Satan, sin, and death has become ours through faith in His name.  Because of this, we have given us escape from the judgment for our sins, an eternity in the very presence of Christ and, then, rewarded with a share of His ruling authority. (Romans 8:17)

 

Revelation 21:8

“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Those who will suffer this second death are those whose sins remain upon their account.  They are the ones who stand before God and are found guilty of the sins which they have committed.   Their only possible hope is found in the shed blood of Christ which can secure redemption and Christ’s righteousness on their behalf (2 Cor 5:21, Eph 1:7, 1 Peter 1:18-19).

 

As Christians, may we all praise and honor our Lord, who has so graciously made a way of escape from the second death and its eternal effects upon sinful mankind.  May we all strive to serve Him in greater ways sharing the good news of Christ and His death with the lost men around us …those who so desperately need it.

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.”

SIH TOTT ICONRevelation 20:14

“And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.”

 

 

For us to understand this very important phrase, we need to understand the meanings of the words “death” and “hell”.

 

  1. The meaning of the word “death”…

The word “death” comes from the Greek word “thanatos” which describes the condition of a body when the life has departed from it.    Please notice “thanatos” does not speak of a place, it speaks of a condition.  It refers to the condition of the body that no longer has the spirit of life within it.

The meaning of the word “death” in English carries the same idea.   When a person’s spirit leaves their body, we commonly say the person is now dead, in other words the person’s body no longer has their spirit within it.

 

  1. The meaning of the word “hell”…

The word hell comes from the Greek word “hades”.  Hades describes the condition of the spirit when it is no longer inhabiting a body.  Just like the word “thanatos”, the word “hades” never refers to a place but always refers to a condition.  A spirit that is disembodied is said to be in the condition of “hades”.  It is given this title because, when a spirit is outside a body, it can no longer be seen.  It has entered an “unseen condition”.  This is the basic meaning of “hades”.

Unfortunately, due to the influence of Greek idolatry, false teaching, and the passage of time, the word “hades” is now used to refer to a place.  However, it is extremely important to note that the Biblical use of the word “hades” exclusively refers to a condition.

If we stop and think about it the words “thanatos” and “hades” we can see that they are truly inseparable and basically, two-sides to the same coin.   You cannot have a body without a spirit in it unless you also have a spirit that no longer has a body around it.  At physical death, the body enters the condition of “thanatos” and at the same instant the spirit enters into the condition of “hades”.

Please keep in mind, although the word “hades” does not describe a place of eternal punishment, the Biblical phrase “Lake of Fire” clearly does describe such a place. An eternal place of damnation, The Lake Of Fire, exists and will be the eternal dwelling place of Satan, demons, and lost mankind.

 

 

If we understand the meaning of these terms, we can now come to a sound understanding of what is meant by the phrase “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.”  

Basically, this phrase is teaching us that, following the resurrection of the saved, and at a later time the resurrection of the lost, physical death and its effects have come to a complete end.  Never again will a body be separated from the spirit, nor will the spirit ever leave a body again.  In other words, death (thanatos) and hell (hades) will be utterly destroyed.  This principle of the doing away of physical death is seen in 1 Corinthians 15:54-55, Luke 20:36, Rev 21:4 

“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.   O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

This text simply tells us, following the resurrection, death will be rendered ineffective, with the Lord gaining the victory over it!

“Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.” 

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”

 

May we all praise and honor our Lord for bringing an end to physical death, allowing all of His people to enjoy an eternity with Him as a united being body, soul, and spirit!

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”

SIH TOTT ICONRevelation 20:10

“And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

 

The end of the powers of darkness can be clearly seen in this text…. never ending, consistent, “torment”.    The Greek root word for “torment” is the word for “a touchstone”.  A touchstone was a rough-surfaced stone that was rubbed against an unknown mineral.  By examining the mark that was left by the touchstone, the true identity of the mineral was revealed.

Just like a touchstone reveals the true nature of a mineral, so too, the Lake of Fire reveals many truths about the Lord and those who experience its torments…

  1. Reveals the power of the Lord – Isa 33:14, 2 Thes 1:6-9
  2. Reveals the anger of the Lord – Isa 33:14, 2 Thes 1:6-9
  3. Reveals the need for fear and reverence of the Lord – Mat 10;28
  4. Reveals the lost’s alienation from the Lord – Mat 7:23, Luk 16;19-31, 2 Thes 1:6-9
  5. Reveals God’s curse that is upon the lost – Mat 25:41
  6. Reveals the lost’s alignment with Satan and the sinful powers of the world – Matt 25:41
  7. Reveals the lost’s need of Christ – Luke 16:19-31
  8. Reveals the undoing of the injustices of life – Luke 16:19-31, 2 Thes 1:6-9
  9. Reveals God’s avenging of the abuse of His people – 2 Thes 1:6-9
  10. Reveals the sinful nature of the person and works of the lost – Isa 66:23-24, Dan 12:2, Mat 5: 29-30, Mat 7:23, Mar 9:43-48
  11. Reveals the wages of sinful acts that were committed – Luke 16:19-31, 2 Thes 1:6-9, Hebs 6:1-2

Truly, the eternal punishments brought upon lost mankind are truly a “touchstone” that reveals much about our Lord, the lost, and their great need of Christ.

 

Every time we read of the eternal punishment of the Lord within in the pages of the Bible, may we remind ourselves of these truths and live them out in our lives by taking the gospel message to the lost that are around us.

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “they went up on the breadth of the earth”

SIH TOTT ICONRevelation 20:9

“And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.”

 

Lost men from all the ages are led by Satan to oppose Christ.  We are told here that “they went up on the breadth of the earth”, which is a phrase describing their resurrection from the dead, which will allow them to stand before Christ and receive the judgment for their sins.

Revelation 20:12 – “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.”

The resurrection of the lost dead is described elsewhere in the Bible….

Daniel 12:2 – “And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.”

John 5:29 – “And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.”

Acts 24:15 – “And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.”

According to the above verses, the resurrection of the “unjust” will lead to “shame”, “everlasting contempt” and “damnation” for lost mankind.

The judgment of their sins at the hands of a Just, Almighty God will result in them facing great public embarrassment (“shame”), as the Lord reveals their wicked actions as he compares them to the standards found in His Word.

As they are found guilty, and sentenced to eternal punishment, they will find themselves facing the endless revulsion of God (“everlasting contempt”) as they are condemned to punishment (“damnation”).

As God’s people, we too, are deserving of this same end.  However, through the grace of our Lord we have been delivered from the judgment that we deserved.   As His servants, we have been given the great responsibility to reach lost mankind with the gospel of Christ, both as individuals, and especially through the ministry of local churches.

May we all faithfully take the good news of God’s grace to the lost world around us.  May we be motivated from a heart of love and appreciation for the Lord and all He has done for us.  And may we always take the gospel to the lost with a heart of compassion and concern for their well-being seeking to help them escape the wrath that is to come.

Colossians 1:27-28 – “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:  Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:”

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “Gog and Magog.”

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And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

 

 

In this vision we find Satan, attempting to lead all of lost mankind to battle against Christ, given the title “Gog”.  While those he misleads are given the title “Magog”.

What can we learn about Satan and lost mankind through the use of these titles? To answer this question, it is important for us to understand the definition of these words…

 

1.    The title “Gog” has the basis meaning of “high mountain”, “roof” or “covering”.

This word emphasizes the ideas of “highness” and “overshadowing”.  How fitting a title for Satan.  Please remember, prior to the fall Satan held an exalted position as the chosen angel that overshadowed the very throne of God…

Ezekiel 28:14-15 – “Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.  Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.”

 

2.    The title “Magog” holds the meaning “the land of Gog”, “the place of Gog” or “the kingdom of Gog”.

This title speaks of both the land area controlled by Gog and the inhabitants of that land area.  Again, this is a very fitting title for the lost who are under Satan’s leadership.  The lost follow Satan to rebel and oppose Christ.  They make up both Satan’s political and religious kingdoms.  They are the inhabitants of his kingdom, which are ruled by him.

 

 

But there is another aspect of these titles that needs to be considered.  Gog and his Kingdom, Magog, are mentioned in the Old Testament in Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39.

In Ezekiel 38:2, we are told that Gog’s kingdom (Magog) is made up of the nations of Meshech and Tubal (along with Rosh).   Later in this chapter and the following chapter, we see Gog described as the Lord is “against” Gog and his kingdom. Ultimately, Gog and his kingdom (Magog) will be destroyed by God’s wrath.

This account found in Ezekiel 38 and 39 gives example of the principle that the nations of the world will oppose the Lord and His people and, at times, seemingly win the victory over them.  However, when all is said and done, the Lord will defeat all these enemies and take them out of the way.

These are all principles that are revealed to us in both the Ezekiel and Revelation passages, one text complimenting the other.

These are the basic principles that the Lord is showing to us when He gives Satan and the lost the titles of “Gog” and “Magog” in Revelation.

 

It is so important for us to remember that from the Garden of Eden until his final removal from the New Earth, Satan is living a life of rebellion against Christ.  One of the chief ways that he works is by leading the lost to actively oppose the servants of Christ.

May we all be on guard against the workings of Satan and those who oppose the cause of Christ.   As we face the opposition of this world, may we remain faithful to Christ understanding He will be the ultimate victor overs these powers of darkness.

 

 

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Revelation 20:7-15 “The Final Judgment Of Satan and The Lost ”

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Revelation 20:7-15

(7)  And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
(8)  And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
(9)  And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
(10)  And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
(11)  And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
(12)  And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
(13)  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
(14)  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
(15)  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

 

THE INTRODUCTION:

A very basic outline of the final division 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 chapter 20:, we picked up with the narrative that we left in chapter 19.  Immediately following the defeat of the powers of darkness, we find the Lord disposing of Satan in the Lake of Fire just prior to the first phase of eternity, which is called the one thousand years.  Then we saw the Lord judging His people according to their works, rewarding them for their deeds.

Now in this lesson, we pick up with the events that takes place at the end of the 1000 years… the judgment of the Satan and the lost.

In the chapter before us (Revelation 20:), we use a very simple outline:

1.  Binding Of Satan (20:1-3)
2.  The Thousand Years – The first phase of eternity with Christ (20:4-6)
3.  The Final Judgment of Satan Pictured As A War (20:7-10)
4.   The Final Judgment Of Satan Pictured As A Trial (20:11-15)

 

 

THE EXPOSITORY STUDY:

Please note that the final judgment of Satan and the lost are symbolized in two different ways.  However, there are several basic truths that are presented to us in both..

 

Basic Principle The War (20:7-10) The Trial (20:11-15)
Lost Resurrected Vs 7 – Satan LoosedVs 9- They Went Up On Breadeth Of Earth Vs 13 – Sea Gave Up DeadVs 13 – Death/Hell Delivered Up Dead
Lost Gathered Before God Vs 9 – Compassed Saints and City Vs 12 – Stand Before God
Lost Made Up Of Multitudes Vs 8 – The Nations In 4 Qrt Of EarthVs 8 – Number As Sand Of Sea Vs 12 – Dead Small and Great
Satan/Lost Disposed In Lake of Fire Vs 10 – Cast In Lake Of Fire/Brimstone Vs 14 – Cast Into Lake Of FireVs 15 –  Cast Into Lake Of Fire
Lord and Lost Shown As Adversarial Parties Vs 8 – To Battle Vs 13 – Judged Every Man

 

Revelation 20:7-15

I.     In verses 7-10, the final judgment of Satan and the Lost are pictured as a war of the Lord versus SATAN and HIS KINGDOMS. This symbol reveals the rebellious nature of Satan and the Lost and the eternal disposition of Satan and His kingdoms … 

 

(7)  And when the thousand years are expired

In other words, when the period of time set aside for God to judge His people, reward them, and to receive their honor and praise for them.  At that point in time, to bring this period to a close, God begins the judgment of the lost…

 

Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,

Satan is now released out of his “prison”.  In verse 3, this “prison” was described as “the bottomless pit” which is simply another name for the Lake of Fire:

  1. The Lake Of Fire is a title given to the place of eternal separation from God referring to it as a place of torment and wrath.
  2. The Bottomless Pit is a title given to this same place, referring to it as a “deep place” or a place that cannot be filled and its inhabitants cannot affect the events on the earth.
  3. The Prison is a title that helps us to understand that this initial confinement of Satan temporarily rendered him helpless.

 

(8)  And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle:

The first act of Satan following his release is to, once again, attempt to lead men in rebellion against the Lord.  This helps us to understand that throughout this entire process, (God’s judgment being placed upon him and his permanent confinement to the Lake of Fire), he will continue to hate the Lord, oppose His workings,  and seek to receive that which only God deserves… the honor, praise and glory of the True God.

Satan’s desire is to lead all of lost mankind that have died throughout the ages, whose bodies lie in all corners of the globe (N,S,E,W),  to unite and war against Almighty God.  Just as in his days prior to his imprisonment (19:11-21) when through his worldly kingdoms led all of the living lost against the Lord at the second coming.

 

Satan and the lost dead are given the titles “Gog” and “Magog” respectively…

The word “Gog” comes from a word that means “high mountain”, “roof” or “covering”.

While the word “Magog” comes from a word that means “the land of Gog” or “the place of Gog”.

 

Why is Satan given the title “Gog”?

It is the perfect title for Satan.  Please remember in Ezekiel 28:14-16 Satan is described as “the Anointed Cherib that covereth”.  This goes hand in hand with the idea of an high roof or a covering, which speaks of Satan’s exaltation prior to his fall and his role covering the throne of God.

 

Why are the lost given the title of “Magog”?

They make up the kingdom of Satan much like the people of God make up His kingdom.  The lost are under Satan’s authority much like a piece of property is under the authority of its owner.  This is why a title such as “the land of Gog” or the “place of Gog” is so fitting for the lost.

 

It is very interesting to note the sinfulness of the land of Magog clearly shown in Scriptures…

1.  The 3 sons of Japheth are Magog, Meshech and Tubal (Genesis 10:2, 1 Chron 1:5).

2.  In Ezekiel 38:2, Gog is ruler over the kingdom of Magog which is made up of the peoples of Meshech and Tubal (along with Rosh).

3.   We read that Meshech and Tubal are described as enemies of the Lord who are destroyed by the Lord due to their sinfulness in Ezekiel 32:26-28 and Ezekiel 39:1-8, this is referring to the Kingdom of Magog which is ruled over by Gog.

Gog, the sinful ruler of the kingdom of Magog, which is made up of the nations of Meshech and Tubal, were a sinful people condemned to face the wrath of God…. the perfect picture of lost mankind under the leadership of Satan.

 

the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

The number of lost mankind that Satan attempts to lead against the Lord is as the sands of the sea.  In other words, there are so many of them, they cannot be counted by man.  Why is this?  Remember this group of lost men includes all the lost men who have ever lived on the earth throughout all time.  This would include the lost that have existed from Adam’s day forward to the second coming of Christ.

These are the ones that are pictured as going to war against the Lord, these are the ones that make up the mighty nation of Magog, under the leadership of their King Gog (Satan). 

 

(9)  And they went up on the breadth of the earth,

The word for “breadth” means “plate”, “surface”, or “open area”.   This verse is saying that all the bodies of lost mankind will be resurrected and go up upon the surface of the earth.   This is the resurrection of the lost’s bodies.  Although they will be resurrected, they will not be glorified, this is a blessing reserved for the saints of God only.

This explains the origin of the rebellious masses, led by Satan, to do war against Christ. 

 

 and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city:

As they gather, they surround the city of New Jerusalem where the Lord lives with His saints on the New Earth.  It will be in this city where the final judgment will be rendered upon them.

Psalms 87:1-3 – “A Psalm or Song for the sons of Korah. His foundation is in the holy mountains.   The LORD loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.  Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Selah.” 

This is a very important point to not overlook.  Fallen mankind continues in a state of rebellion against the Lord, even following them feeling the hand of God’s wrath upon them.  They had already tasted what eternal wrath feels like prior to this resurrection, and yet as soon as they are released, they angrily want to battle the Lord instead of willingly submitting to His Lordship.   Even in the midst of their judgment in the Lake of Fire men will NEVER turn to Christ in saving due to their depraved nature and the absence of God’s gracious intervention in their lives.

John 5:39-40 – “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.  And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.”

This helps us to understand one of several reasons why lost mankind will face God’s wrath eternally… it is because mankind will eternally be unsubmissive and rebellious against Christ’s Lordship for their lives, even in the midst of the Lake of Fire.

 

But what about this verse, and others like it…?

Philippians 2:10-11 – “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. “

Certainly, as totally defeated foes, the lost will acknowledge the greatness and Lordship of Christ, however, it will not be done willfully, joyfully, with an intent to serve Him and glorify Him with their lives.  That is the difference between simply ACKNOWLEDGING His Lordship and willfully, joyfully ACCEPTING His Lordship in a life changing way.

 

Just one quick note:  although lost mankind will be present on the New Earth, it will not in any way defile the new earth nor its glory.  Keep in mind, Satan, himself was present in the Garden of Eden, and yet, the integrity of the garden and mankind’s relationship with the Lord was not affected at all, until mankind partook of the fruit (Gen 3:1-5)….  The presence of a sinful being in a paradise of God does not necessarily defile the paradise.  It was God’s choice of judgment against the sin of Adam and Eve that brought the curse upon the earth and mankind.  (Gen 3:6-16).

  

and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

 This is God rendering His final judgment unto them due to their sins and continued rebellious attitude against the Lord.  His judgment is pictured by a fire that consumed them.  This is a common picture of God’s wrath falling against lost mankind throughout the Scriptures:

  1. Sodom and Gomorrah – Gen 19:24
  2. Nadab and Abihu – Lev 10:1-3
  3. Complaining Israelites – Num 11:1-2
  4. Korah’s 250 – Num 16:35

 

Also it is a common picture of lost mankind’s eternal dwelling place known as “the Lake of Fire”.   Please keep in mind, the Lake of Fire is also described as the place of “everlasting fire” in Matt 18:8, 25:41.  Also it is described as “unquenchable fire” in Mark 9:43-44-48.

This is what lost mankind has awaiting them for an eternity… the wrath of God falling upon them due to their willful commission of sin.  This is the essence of the Lake of Fire punishment.

 

(10)  And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

We are now told of the eternal end of Satan… he is also cast into “the lake of fire and brimstone”.   He will be right alongside the lost who make up his religious and political kingdom of this world.   All of them, both Satan and all the lost will be pained and agonized “ages upon ages” (with no end).

 

II.     In verses 11-15, the final judgment of Satan and the Lost are pictured as a court trial with the Lord as Judge and the LOST as defendants. This symbol reveals the individuality of the judgment, the basis of the judgment, and the eternal disposition of the LOST  …

 

 (11)  And I saw a great white throne,

John now sees another symbolic representation of the same event… the final judgment of Satan and lost mankind.   In this part of the vision John sees a massive seat of authority glowing white in color.  This is representative of the very seat of God Himself.  It is massive showing us God’s greatness, it is glowing white showing God’s purity and glory, and it is recognized as a throne, showing us God’s great ruling authority.

 

and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

John now sees a person sitting upon the throne.  This person is described as “the one from whose face the earth and heaven fled away and there was fond no place for them”.   This helps us to understand that this is God Himself sitting on the throne.  God is the ONLY ONE so great that His glory totally outshines and “puts to shame” the glory of the heavens and earth”.  It is saying this God on the throne is the same God that caused the Old Earth and Heavens to be permanently changed though a display of His wrath.

Keep in mind, at the return of Christ (Rev 19:10-21), who is God Himself, with the display of His great wrath, the heavens and earth were totally renovated.  It has already happened prior to the judgment of the lost taking place (Rev 20:7-15).

This verse is not saying that the heavens and earth fled away at the time of the Great White Throne.  It is saying that the same God who sits on the throne, ie Christ, is the same God from whom we saw heavens and earth pass away from His face, previously.  This clearly identifies the One of the throne as Christ, Who is God Himself.

 

Please especially note the past tense of “FLED away” and “there WAS FOUND no place for them”.  The New Heavens and Earth had previously fled away and permanently changed.  Now, during the Great White Throne, it still continues to remain the renovated, sinless, place of God’s abode with His saints.  It has not reverted back to the status of the Old Heavens and Earth.

 

(12)  And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God;

John’s attention is now turned from the One on the throne to the ones standing before the throne.  They are all the lost mankind who has ever lived on the earth.

John describes them as:

  1. the dead – those who were physically dead and currently are spiritually dead
  2. small and great- those of every social, economic, political statuses

 

and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

Now John describes the basis of God’s judgments that are made.

The Bible does not tell us with certainty the identity of “the books”, but I believe they are possibly the 66 books of the Bible.  They would be the basis of the judgment of the lost man’s works.  They would be used to determine the level of punishment received by the guilt, based upon the sins that they committed.

The Bible clearly identifies the book described as “another book”.  This is also described as “the book of life”.  This is the basis of God’s judgment of their lost condition.  This determines whether the person will be held accountable for their sins or, if their sins have been already paid through the death of Christ on the cross.

If these are the books involved in the judgment, basically the judgment of the lost is symbolized in two steps as follows:

  1. The lost stand before the Lord, while the Lord proves their lost condition. He does this using the absence of their name from the book of life as proof of their lost state.
  1. Once they are proven to be lost, they are proven to be accountable for their sins. The Lord then examines their works, comparing their works with the 66 books of the Bible as the standard for Godly living.  Based upon the outcome of this examination, the Lord then determines the level of eternal punishment they will receive as individuals based upon the wickedness of their lifestyle.

 

(13)  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; 

John now stresses the origin of those being judged.  John is reminding us that all of lost mankind will face the judgment of God.   There will be none lost nor forgotten.  Even those who were lost at sea and those whose bodies were eaten by sea creatures or left to decay at the bottom of the ocean will be resurrected as well.

 

and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them:

The terms “death”  (thanatos) and “hell” (hades) are two sides to the same coin.  You cannot have one without the other.

Both death and hell refer to conditions of separation that takes place at physical death:

  1. thanatos (death) refers to the condition of a body after the spirit has left it. When the body no longer houses the spirit it is said to be “dead”.  “Thanatos” is a condition not a place.
  1. hades (hell) refers to the condition of a spirit after it has left a body. When a spirit is no longer encased in a body, it is now in an unseen condition and it is said to be in hades.  “Hades” is a condition not a place.

When we are told that death and hell “delivered up the dead which was in them”, the Bible is telling us that all of the lost were resurrected, their bodies no longer were without spirits and their spirits were no longer without bodies.

 

and they were judged every man according to their works.

Once they were resurrected, they stood before the Lord and were judged and found wanting. 

 

(14)  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.

When the lost are resurrected and judged, the conditions of “death” and “hell” are sent to eternal destruction.  No longer will the spirit of lost men ever enter the unseen condition without a body around it.  Likewise, no longer will the bodies of lost men be emptied of their spirit.

 

This is the second death.

Those who are resurrected, judged, and consigned to eternal punishment at this Great White Throne, are those who have partaken of the “second death”.

Lost mankind, those who have suffered spiritual death due to the fall of man (Eph 2:1-3, Col 2:13), now suffers a second type of death… eternal separation from God, being cast into the Lake of Fire (Rev 21:8).  This is what we have just seen through this symbolic representation of the final judgment of lost mankind. 

 

(15)  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

This refers back to the basic result of this judgment of God.  Those whose names are not in the pages of “the book of life” are then thrown into the Lake of Fire, separating them from the presence of God and bringing to them the eternal judgment for their sins.

 

CHRIST REVEALED:

In this section of John’s vision we see Christ presented as both a Victorious Warrior and A Just, Holy Judge.  In both cases, the eternal wrath of God sent upon lost mankind is in view.   The lost’s consignment to God’s eternal wrath is a issue of both Christ’s defeat of sin (Warrior) and Christ’s justice (Judge).

One of the reasons why lost men are consigned to the Lake of Fire is because Christ has won the victory over sin on the cross (1 Cor 15:55-57).   The lost’s eternal punishment is the outward display of that which has already taken place on the cross.  Christ has won the victory over sin and we have that proved to us throughout eternity with the sinful experiencing eternal defeat in the Lake of Fire.  Sin did not ultimately win the day and this is proved by the lost’s eternal consignment to the Lake of Fire.

Another reason why lost men are consigned to the Lake of Fire is due to Christ’s Holiness and Justice.  Christ, the Holy God, cannot overlook sin nor accept it into His eternal presence.  His holiness dictates that sin must be removed from His presence and punished (2 Thess 1:7-10).    Both of these can be clearly seen in the consignment of the lost to the Lake of Fire.

Christ as Victorious Warrior and Just Judge will punish the lost for their sins.  His very work and nature obligates Him to do so.

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY)

When we come to understand that both the nature and work of Christ dictates that sin must be judged, we should recognize the great need that stands in the lives of those who are lost.  By remaining in their lost state, the unsaved are destined to face the Lord’s eternal wrath with absolute certainty.  Their only hope is to turn form their sin and turn to Christ in saving faith.

May we all use this knowledge to be more greatly burdened to take the gospel message to the lost around us.  In doing so, we are sharing with them the good news that can lead to their salvation and a wonderful eternity with Jesus Christ.

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “a thousand years”

SIH TOTT ICONRevelation 20:6

“Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

 

As we have seen many, many times, the book of Revelation is rich in symbolism.  Every major teaching found in Revelation is given to us through the use of symbolic imagery.  The thousand years is no exception to this…

What is the symbolism of this period of time described as “a 1000 years”?

In the Bible, the most common usages of the number 1000 is to represent a complete group (“all” of something).  Here are a few examples:

 

  1. Deuteronomy 7:9 – “Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;”

God is faithful to ALL generations (not just the first one thousand generations and then be unfaithful to generation number 1001)

 

  1. Job 9:1-3 – “Then Job answered and said, I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God?  If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand.”

Not one man out of all mankind can contend with God (not simply one man out of each group of 1000 men, then with man in group 1001 we find a man who can contend with God)

 

  1. Job 33:23 – “If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to shew unto man his uprightness:”

There is not one man out of all mankind that can present a case for man’s uprightness (If literal, this is saying that you can find a man in a group that exceeds 1000 that can present a case for man’s uprightness )

 

  1. Psalms 50:10 – “For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.”

The Lord owns the cattle upon all the hills (not just the cattle on the first thousand hills, so that when we get to hill 1001 the Lord no longer owns those cattle.)

 

  1. Psa 84:10 – “For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.”

A day in God’s court better than all other days (not just better than 1000 days, but 1001 days are better than one day in His courts)

 

  1. Psa 105:8 – “He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.”

God remembers the promises He has made over all the generations (not just the promises made over a thousand generations but with the coming of generation 1001, He no longer keeps His promises)

 

  1. Eccl 6:6 – “Yea, though he live a thousand years twice told, yet hath he seen no good: do not all go to one place?”

If man would live all the years he would not see good coming from mankind (not just live 2000 years and then finally see good come from a man)

 

  1. Isa 60:22 – “A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the LORD will hasten it in his time.”

With God’s power behind him a little one can spawn all the men in the world (the Lord’s power is not limited to allow a small one to give birth to a thousand descendants only)

 

These verses, along with others, helps us to see that very frequently in the Scriptures the number 1000 is a symbolic representation of the concept of “all”, or “every”.  In the above verses, if we take 1000 as a literal number, we cause great harm to the principle that is being presented in each verse.  (I tried to illustrate the harm that can be done within the parenthesis.)

This is a truth that should not be overlooked.  Along with this, when we remember the symbolic nature of the book of Revelation, it makes us hesitate before we accept the 1000 years of Revelation in a literal sense.

 

We need to especially notice the usage of the concept of 1000 years in both the Old Testament and the New Testament…. The Lord uses 1000 years to describe ONE COMPLETE TIME PERIOD in His sight…

Psalms 90:4 – “For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.” 

2 Peter 3:8 –  “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”

 

The 1000 years mentioned in Revelation symbolizes for us that this is one distinct time period recognized by God to judge and reward His saints for their faithful service to Him. It is described elsewhere as “the DAY of judgment” (1 John 4:17, 2 Pet 3:17 etc etc).    Although it is a part of a far greater eternity, it is one complete segment with a beginning and an ending.  Much like a “day” in one complete part of “a week” or “a month” etc.

In other words, the Lord will not be judging His people throughout all of eternity, nor will they hold special authority over others eternally, but this segment of eternity will come to a definite end with the conclusion of the judgment of the saved followed by the judgment of the lost.

 

How long will it take for Christ to judge all men?  We are not told a specific timeframe.  This, along with many other truths, are known only by the Lord and will be revealed to us in eternity.  I believe the timeframe could be as short as the blink of an eye or as long as years, centuries or millennia.. it is all a part of the Lord’s discretion on how long He desires for this period of judgment and rewards to last.

 

May we all be ever-aware of the coming day of God’s judgment.  May we always seek to be faithful to Him knowing that we will be rewarded for our faithfulness. May we never forget the great need of the lost who will stand before Him to answer for the sins they have committed.

 

For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4eu

 

 

The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “the first resurrection”

SIH TOTT ICONRevelation 20:5

But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

 

 

Did you know that Christians experience more than one resurrection?  Most Christians are familiar with the promised future resurrection of their body followed by its glorification…

1 Corinthians 15:51-52 – “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.”

 This resurrection and glorification of the Christian’s body is the second resurrection that the Christian will experience.

 

There is another prior resurrection that every Christian will experience.  This resurrection is talked about in John 5:24-26…

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.  Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.”

This is the first resurrection of the Christian.  It takes place at his salvation experience.  It is the person who is “dead in trespasses and sins” being given spiritual life.  This is the resurrection experience being talked about in Revelation 20:5.   This is brought out clearly in the verse that follows…

Revelation 20:6 –  “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.”

 

May we all praise the Lord for our resurrection that is yet to come, but especially for our first resurrection.  After all, the first resurrection is the receipt of our spiritual life which enables us to be participants in the second resurrection.

 

For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation:

 

http://wp.me/pU88A-4eu

 

 

The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “they lived and reigned with Christ”

SIH TOTT ICONRevelation 20:4

“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.”

What a wonderful thought…. To live in the very presence of Christ and to see Him in all His glory!

1 Corinthians 13:12 – “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”

1 John 3:2 – “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. But then, as an added reward for faithfulness, to be given authority to rule with Him.  What a wonderful time that will be for all of His people!”

We will begin to be with Christ and see Him as He is, when He takes us home to be with Him.  But our eternal blessings do not stop there.  By God’s grace, we will be allowed to share in His ruling authority as a reward for our faithful service to Him during our time on earth.

Over which three areas will we be given this ruling authority?

  1. We are promised to take part in the judgment of the lost world… 

1 Corinthians 6:1-3 – “Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?  Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?  Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?”

During this judgment of the lost, a portion of the individuals judged will be the lost of the nation of Israel will be judged for rejecting and crucifying Christ… 

Matthew 19:27-30 KJV “Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?  And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.  And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.  But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.”  (see Luke 22:24-30)

Note: “The regeneration” is speaking of the reformation of the Heavens and Earth resulting in the New Heavens and New Earth. The Lord is reigning upon the earth with His saints at this time.

  1. We are also promised to take part in the judgment of fallen angels (including Satan)…

1 Corinthians 6:1-3 KJV “Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?  Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?  Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?”

Both our judgment of the lost world and our judgment of fallen angels will take place during the latter part of the 1000 years as a part of the rewards we received for our faithfulness to Christ.

  1. We are also promised to be given ruling authority over the New Heavens and New Earth…

Revelation 22:1-5 – “And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.   In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.  And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:  And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.  And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.”

This authority will be restored rule over God’s creation that was lost at the fall.  It will be as if the Garden of Eden will be present once again and we will be given the dominion over it, much like was given to Adam and Eve in the beginning.

Basically, when we enter into eternity, that which was lost due to sin (dominion over the Garden of Eden), will then be restored to man (dominion over the New Heavens and New Earth).

May we all thank the Lord for His  promises of future blessings during the 1000 year reign and throughout the rest of eternity with Him.  May we all strive to remain faithful to Him now, knowing that we shall reap wonderful rewards of ruling authority in the eternity to come!

For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4eu

The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “judgment was given unto them”

SIH TOTT ICONRevelation 20:4

“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.”

As John receives this vision, he is told that during the thousand years the Lord would be giving judgment unto His people…

The main Biblical teaching on the judgment that is given to us is found in:

  1. Romans 14:10-12

“But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.   For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.   So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.”

  1. 1 Corinthians 3:11-15

“For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.   If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”

From these passages we can see that, for the Christian, the final judgment will involve the Lord rewarding the saints for their acts of faithfulness.  If we were faithful, we will be rewarded for that act of faithfulness.  When we were unfaithful, we will lose the reward we would have received.  However, we will not face divine punishment for the unfaithful act.  Why?  This is because Christ has been punished for that unfaithfulness on the cross.  He took the punishment that we deserved upon Himself (1 Peter 3:18).

Once we receive these rewards for faithfulness, what will happen then?

Revelation 4:10-11

“The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,  Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” 

 

We will lay our rewards back at the feet of Christ in an act of honor, thankfulness and praise.

Why will we do this?  Because any use of our abilities that is pleasing to the Lord, the opening of any opportunity to serve the Lord, and our salvation which allows us to serve Him are all given to us entirely of God’s grace.  There is nothing in us with which we can claim credit for our faithfulness.  It is all due to His grace alone…

1 Corinthians 15:10

“But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.”

May we all “labour more abundantly” to please our Lord and Savior knowing our service is all of His grace and with the receipt of rewards we can eternally honor Him for all He has done for us.

For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4eu

The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan”

SIH TOTT ICONRevelation 20:2

And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

 

 

John now gives us four very descriptive names for Lucifer, the fallen angel.  These four names tell us much about the person, character and workings of this ultimate enemy of the Lord and His people…

  1. the dragon – “the one the fascinates”
  2. old serpent – “the ancient clear sighted one”
  3. the Devil – “the slanderer”
  4. Satan – “the enemy or opposer”

 

In two of these titles we are reminded of the workings of Lucifer in the world around us…  the Dragon and the Devil:

 

  1. The title “The Dragon” reminds us of the method of temptation that Lucifer places before us. He seductively FASCINATES us.

How does this take place?  Lucifer makes that which is harmful to man, appear fascinating to them.  In doing so, he causes it to be appealing to their eyes, flesh and pride (1 John 2:16)….

Genesis 3:6 – “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.”

 

  1. The title “The Devil” reminds us of Lucifer’s workings behind our backs, attempting to bring harm upon us.

Lucifer slanders the people of God when he accusing Christians of wrongdoing in the presence of God.

Revelation 12:10 – “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.”

 

 

In two of these titles we are reminded of the person and character of Satan… “the Old Serpent” and “Satan”:  

 

  1. The title “The Old Serpent” reminds us of Lucifer’s ability to recognize much about us, including the times and areas of our lives that we are the weakest.

One of the greatest proofs of this is found in the temptation of Christ.  When Christ had not eaten for 40 days, Satan approached Him with an offer of bread; when He was submitted to God’s will and humbled through fasting, Satan tempted Him to exalt Himself by proving angels would save Him; when He had His mind on God and doing His will, Satan tried to distract Him by looking at the kingdoms and glory of the world.

Matthew 4:3-9 – “And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.   But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.  Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,  And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.  Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.  Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;  And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.”

 

  1. The title “Satan” reminds us of Lucifer’s disposition and goal of his life… an enemy and opposer of Christ.

Satan is Christ’s rival, desiring the worship, service and glory that Christ alone deserves.  This is the core motivation behind the war that is taking place between Satan and Christ…

Isaiah 14:12-15 – “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!   For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.  Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.”

 

May we all seek to recognize the great threat that Satan holds for each one of us as we come to more clearly recognize the person and workings of Satan.

May we thank the Lord, knowing that He has already won the victory over Satan and that there is coming a day that great victory will be shown to all men….

Revelation 20:10 – “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”

 

For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4eu

 

 

The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “sword proceeded out of his mouth:”

SIH TOTT ICON

 

Revelation 19:21 – “And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.”

 

 

The weapon that is used by Christ to defeat the powers of darkness at His second coming is symbolized as a sword that proceeds out of His mouth.   What does this sword symbolize?  In both Old and New Testament Scriptures, we find God’s Word being pictured as a sword…

 

Isaiah 49:1-2 – “Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name.

And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me;”

Isaiah described His ministry of proclaiming God’s Word as “He hath made my mouth like a sharp sword”.  Using the a sword to picture God’s Word that he spoke.

 

Ephesians 6:17 – “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:”

Paul, under the inspiration of the HS, tells the people of God to be equipped with God’s Word as they prepare for spiritual warfare against the powers of evil.  He describes God’s Word as “the sword of the Spirit”

 

Hebrews 4:12-13 – “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.  Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.”

Here the writer of Hebrews describes the Word of God as being “sharper than any two-edged sword”.   He goes further describing the Word’s work as that of cutting, piercing and separating…  “piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow,”

 

Folks, based upon the above passages, it is easy to see that our Revelation passage is referring to God’s Word being spoken by Christ at His coming that will defeat all of His enemies.  This is the sword that is proceeding out of the mouth of Christ.

Stop and think about what this means.  Christ will defeat all of His enemies simply by speaking to them.  His powerful Word will defeat all of the hosts that oppose Christ as He speaks against them.

Oh, how powerful is God’s Word!

We have read of God simply speaking the world into existence (Hebrews 11:3).  He resurrected Lazarus from the dead by simply saying “Lazarus come forth” (John 11:43-44).  And also, He defeated Satan’s temptations through the same Word (Matthew 4:2-11).  Now, we see Him utterly defeat all His enemies through this same, powerful, Word (Revelation 19:11-21).

 

May we all come to understand the power of His Word and see the importance of using it as  the chief offensive weapon against the temptations that are set before us.   By reading, studying, memorizing and distributing His Word in the midst of a lost dying world we are “tapping into” one of the greatest sources of power available to us as we seek to serve our Lord “in Spirit and IN TRUTH”!

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies”

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Revelation 19:19 – “And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.”

 

 

Please keep in mind, “the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies” are describing the political aspect of Satan’s kingdom (beast – the world political powers throughout history, kings – the political leaders of the individual nations used by Satan, their armies – the army of each individual nation that opposes Christ and his people).

Although they are, and will be, always recognized as individual nations with independent leaders and armies, they are shown to share the same motivations, empowerments and goals.  This is because they all share one great chief … Satan!

 

In this section of his vision, John sees the kingdom of Satan “gathered to make war” against Christ and His people.  Folks, not only is this descriptive of the last days when Christ will return with His glorified saints from heaven, but it is also an accurate description of the spiritual warfare that takes place around us.   Please keep in mind, throughout the New Testament Scriptures, we are told that the powers of darkness (political and religious aspects of Satan’s kingdom that are given spiritual empowerment from Satan and the demonic world) are waging a spiritual warfare against the people of God…

Ephesians 6:10-12 – “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.   Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

Christ HAS WON this victory against the powers of darkness when He died on the cross…

Colossians 2:14-15 – “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;  And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.”

 

Christ WILL DISPLAY that victory at His second coming when the powers that are assembled to war against the Lord and His people will be brought down to utter, permanent defeat at His second coming. We can rest assured the same powers we wrestle against now, someday will be brought to utter, eternal, defeat… what a day that will be!   (Revelation 19:11-21)

Because of this great victory that is won on the cross and made manifest at His second coming… we can know with absolute certainty that we are overcomers, through faith in Him.  We are overcomers, not because of us, but because of Him!

1 John 4:4 – “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

1 John 5:4-5 – “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.  Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?”

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “his name is called The Word of God.”

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Revelation 19:13 – “And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

John is told by the angel that one of Christ’s names is “The Word Of God”.  Why would Christ be given that name?

Please keep in mind, words are used to communicate and reveal.  For example, the only way you can know what I am thinking is if I verbally tell you what is on my mind.  My words are used to COMMUNICATE and REVEAL to you my thoughts.

This is exactly Christ’s role during His first coming…

Hebrews 1:1-3 – “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,  Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;  Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;”

When Christ came to the earth:

  1. He COMMUNICATES the truths of God (“Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son”) 

John 3:34 – “For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.”

(see also: John 7:16; John 8:40 etc)

  1. He REVEALS God to man (“Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person”). 

2 Corinthians 4:6 – “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”

(see also: John 1:14; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Colossians 1:15)

Folks this is why Christ is given the title of the Word of God both in our Revelation passage and this passage found in the gospel of John…

John 1:1,14 – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

Whenever we study the life of Christ during His first coming may we always be looking for God to be revealed in His life… in His teachings, person and actions…

John 14:9-10 – “Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?  Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.”

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “clothed with a vesture dipped in blood:”

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Revelation 19:13

“And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.”

 

The blood of Christ… one of the most important doctrinal teachings found in the Word of God.  It is through the shedding of Christ’s blood that we can:

  1. Learn of God’s and Christ’s great love for us
  2. Be declared innocent from our many heinous sins
  3. Be delivered from the eternal wrath of Almighty God
  4. Be brought into communion with a Holy God
  5. Be saved from eternal death and granted eternal life

 

Romans 5:8-10 – “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.  For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”

No wonder His shed blood holds a core position of importance in both the Old Testament and the New Testament, it is the only hope for a person’s salvation, receipt of other spiritual blessings and eternal security with Him.

 

Sadly, many today will minimize the importance of the death and shed blood of Christ.  It has been done throughout NT times and will continue to be done until Christ comes again.  Anytime that we minimize what Christ has done for us (whether by word or action) after we have mentally received the truth about its importance, it is a sign of a lost condition and increased responsibility at the final judgment…

Hebrews 10:29 –  “Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?”

 

May we all properly value the shed blood of Christ, it will revolutionize our service to Him by leading us to appropriately appreciate what He has done for us.

1 Peter 1:18-20 – “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;  But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:  Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you”

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him”

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Revelation 19:11

“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.”

 

See also:

Revelation 1:7

“Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.”

 

In the above two texts we see the same event being described.  Both of them help to interpret the other:

  1. In Rev 19:11, we find the second coming of Christ being described in the context of His coming back to judge and victoriously conquer the powers of darkness (Satan, fallen angels, Satan’s kingdom, lost mankind).
  1. In Rev 1:7, we find the second coming of Christ being described as a great time of sorrow and mourning for those who have opposed Him and taken part in His death (the powers of darkness). The reason for the great sorrow and mourning is found in 19:11… it is because their judgment and defeat is at hand.

 

In comparison to these verses, we find the second coming of Christ described as a wonderfully joyous event for those who are saved…

Revelation 7:1-4, 9-10

“And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.   And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.  And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel…”

“After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;  And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.”

Folks, here we read at the second coming of Christ, the saved will be taken prior to the winds of God’s wrath falling upon the world.  Once they are delivered, they are seen in the presence of the Lord, praising Him for delivering them from His wrath.

 

For the Christian, Christ’s second coming will be a wondrous, long awaited, joyous event.  May we all encourage our hearts as we wait for that day.  However, for the lost, the second coming of Christ is a very fearful and solemn event, for it is then that His wrath will be clearly displayed as He brings the powers of darkness to defeat and consigns them to an eternity of wrath and punishment for their sins.

As Christians may we share the truths of God’s Word with others motivated by two great emotions.  Appreciation, knowing we have been blessed with assurance of a wonderful eternity with Christ, compassion knowing the lost are in desperate need of the truth which can lead them to Christ, their only hope for salvation.

 

 

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Revelation 19:11-21 “The Great Battle Of The Lord”

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Revelation 19:11-21

(11)  And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
(12)  His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
(13)  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
(14)  And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
(15)  And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
(16)  And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
(17)  And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;
(18)  That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.
(19)  And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.
(20)  And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
(21)  And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.

 

 

THE INTRODUCTION:

In chapters 17: and 18: we took a step back and reviewed the identity and characteristics of Satan’s 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)

 

In Revelation 19: – we can see the appearance of Christ in heaven as He returns with His saints.  Throughout several chapters of Revelation 7:-18: we have seen what will take place during his second coming:

  1. He will take up His people who are living on the earth and take up the bodies of the saints who have previously died. He will give them prepare them to spend any eternity with Him, including giving them glorified bodies.
  2. He will send His wrath against lost mankind, the political and religious kingdom of Satan, the fallen angels and Satan Himself. The wrath that falls will result in their utter, permanent defeat and consignment to eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire.
  3. He will renovate the existing heavens and earth, making them sin-free and equip them to exist eternally as the home of Him and His people.

 

All of these events were previously revealed in detail in Revelation.  In this chapter we can see these same events symbolized in summary fashion…

The Lord Praised for His Defeat of the Powers of Darkness Rev 19:1-6:

The Marriage Of The Lamb (Preparation of God’s People For Eternity) Rev 19:7-10:

The Symbolism Of Rev 19:7-10: – We saw preparation of God’s people initiating eternity with the Lord.   This was pictured as a marriage, the inaugural ceremony for living a life of closeness and intimacy with our spouse.

The Symbolism Of Rev 19:7-10 Interpreted – This marital symbolism taught us about the saint’s separation from the lost, their unification as one assembly and the glorification of their sinful bodies.  It is these events which then prepare the saints to spend eternity with Christ.

The Eternal Relation Of Christ With His People As Symbolized In Rev 19:7-10 – This marriage symbolism emphasizes the purity and intimacy of the eternal relationship that is had between Christ and His people.

 

The War Against The Powers Of Darkness (Preparing the Satan, Demons, and the Lost For Eternity) Rev 19:11-21:

The Symbolism Of Rev 19:11-21: – This preparation is made up of a symbolic war between Christ and the powers of darkness leading to their final absolute defeat.

The Symbolism Of Rev 19:11-21 Interpreted: – This was accomplished with the completion of the God’s wrath which fell upon mankind at His second coming… symbolized by seal #7, trumpets 1-7 and vials 1-7.

The Eternal Relation Of Christ With Lost Mankind As Symbolized In Rev 19:11-21: – This war symbolizes for us that Christ’s relation to the powers of darkness will be that of a King who has gained an absolute victory over the lost permanently reigning over them.  The lost will abide in eternal torment, never to rise again, being the vanquished foe.

 

THE EXPOSITORY STUDY:

Revelation 19:11-21

 

(11)  And I saw heaven opened,

Following viewing the Marriage of the Lamb, John’s attention is now turned to Christ returning from heaven at His second coming.   This will help us to understand what has happened in preparation of the Lord ruling over the lost in the Lake of Fire for an eternity.

 

and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True,  and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

(12)  His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.  

(13)  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 

(14)  And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 

(15)  And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 

(16)  And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

In this text, Christ is given six titles which teach us about His character:

  1. vs 11 – “Faithful” at His second coming and the defeat of the powers of darkness, He is fulfilling many promises.
  2. vs 11 – “True” reveals He is not deceitful, nor secretive, He is very open and transparent. He has nothing to hide.
  3. vs 13 – “The Word Of God” – He reveals the mind of God to man.
  4. vs 16 – “King Of Kings” – He is the One with the ultimate authority over those who hold authority.
  5. vs 16 – “Lord Of Lord” – He possesses the absolute control over those that control others.
  6. vs 12 – “A Name No One Knew” – His greatness cannot be totally understood

 

Now, we see truths about Christ revealed in six actions…

  1. vs 11 – appears on a “white horse”. The color white shows us His wisdom and purity.  Riding upon a horse reveals His His power, speed and authority.
  2. vs 11 – “in righteousness he doth judge” – He judges others in a lawful, just, way that pleases God
  3. vs 11 – “in righteousness he doth… make war” – He makes war in a lawful, just, way that pleases God
  4. vs 15 – “smite the nations” – He strikes out in punishment against the nations of the world
  5. vs 15 – “rule them with a rod of iron” – He exercises unbreakable authority over the nations of the world
  6. vs 16 – “treadeth winepress of His fierceness and wrath” – He exercises His passionate vengeance by trampling down those that oppose Him.

Christ’s physical appearance is described by John:

  1. vs 12 – “His eyes were as a flame of fire” – Everything is revealed in Christ’s sight and will be brought to judgement
  2. vs 12 – “on His head were many crowns” – He holds rulership in every area of the world, praised by all mankind.
  3. vs 13 – “clothed … in blood” – His shed blood on cross and/or the blood of His enemies as He brings them to defeat.
  4. vs 15 – “out of his mouth…sword” – the Lord’s Word defeats lost and cuts into men convicting them of sin.
  5. vs 16 – “And he hath … LORD OF LORDS.” – Lord’s robe and thigh with His name, publically (robe) and secretly (thigh) the Lord’s title of King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  Now, some recognize Him as King and Lord while others do not.  But at His second coming it will clearly be revealed to all.

 

At Christ’s second coming, He will be accompanied with His saints.  They are described as:

  1. “following Him” – The Lord is their leader and the captain of their lives. They simply follow Christ as their Lord.
  2. “upon white horses” –Their power, purity and authority granted to them by Christ.
  3. “clothed in fine linen, white and clean” – The saints have received the righteousness of Christ leading to their purity Their glorified bodies could be in view here. Compare this to clothing of bride in Rev 19:8.

 

Other verses that teach at Christ’s second coming He will be accompanied by believers include – Psa 149:5-9, Jude 14-15, 1 Thess 3:13,

 

In verses 11c-16 we have seen Christ descending from heaven at His second coming.  He is described in great symbolic detail which helps us to understand the greatness of His person and His works.  Then we see following Him, His people returning with Him on that great day, prepared to spend eternity with Him.

Our attention is now turned to the Battle that is fought by Christ as He returns to the earth.  Again, this symbolizes, in summary fashion, what we have seen in seal #7… Christ’s wrath being poured out against lost mankind which was detailed in Rev 7-18…

 

(17)  And I saw an angel standing in the sun;

Here we see one of God’s angel, delivering a message from God.  The “sun” can easily symbolize God who “in Him is light… no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5, Psa 84:11, Isa 60:19, Rev 21:23).

The angel is standing in the sun which reminds us of the angel standing in front of God, standing between God and the fallen world, acting as God’s representative to them.

 

and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven,  Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;

The angel then cries out to the flying fowls of the sinful earth.  He will be inviting them to eat of the remains of the defeated lost.

This symbolism is taken from Ezekiel 39:17-20, Isa 66:24, Zeph 1:7

 

(18)  That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.

The Lord’s victory would affect all types of lost men and animals:

    1. the flesh of kings – ultimate authority holders
    2. the flesh of captains – commanders of 1000s,

the flesh of mighty men – those physically strong

      1. and the flesh of horses – animals used in war
      2. them that sit on them – soldiers
      3. the flesh of all men – all lost mankind
      4. free and bond – masters, slaves
      5. small and great – despised and respected men

 

(19)  And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.

Those fighting against the Lord include:

      1. the beast – the kingdoms of the world
      2. the kings of the earth – the leaders of those kingdoms
      3. their armies – the armies representing those kingdoms

All of these are united in goal and assembled to go to war against the Lord and His saints.  This is a very clear symbolic representation of the Lord’s enemies that are united against Him, His work and His people.  Please notice the past tense of “gathered”.  These were gathered together prior to His coming.  At the time of His coming, John sees this gathered group ripe for defeat at His hands.

Throughout history a spiritual war has been taking place and at his second coming, He will defeat them and bring an end to their opposition…

 

(20)  And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. 

The results of Christ’s wrath falling at His coming is complete and utter destruction of His enemies, along with permanent consignment to the Lake of Fire; which sets the stage for eternity to begin.

Both the political powers of Satan (the beast) and the religious powers of Satan (the false prophet who worked deceitful miracles that misled lost mankind) are brought to absolute defeat.  What is their end?  It is “The Lake of Fire burning with brimstone”, the place of eternal torment and separation from the presence of Almighty God.

See Daniel 7:21-28, Joel 3:2,9-17

 

(21)  And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth:

Not only do Satan’s kingdoms suffer eternal defeat and punishment at the hands of Almighty God, Christ, but also those who remain (the remaining lost men on earth).

How is this defeat brought about?  Simply by the use of the words of the Lord.  The words of the Lord are very powerful.   He simply spoke the world into existence (Gen 1:3,6,9 etc) and He spoke life into the dead (John 11:43)… how easy it would be to simply speak His enemies out of existence as He calls fire from heaven to devour His enemies…

2 Peter 3:7-13 – “But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men…   But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.  Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”

 

(see also 2 Thess 1:8-9, Psa 50:3 , Hebs 12:29)

 

and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.

Keep in mind, those who die, remain unburied, and are eaten by birds is a symbol of outstanding shame and dishonor in Bible days.  (Isa 56:9-12, Jer 12:9, Isa 34:2-3).  It is a picture of those who are not loved, respected, and friendless.  In many cases, the corpse of a criminal was not buried but left for the animals to eat. ( Deut 28:26, Psa 79:2, Eccl 6:3, Isa 14:19, Jer 7:33, 9:22, 16:4, 16:6, 25:33, 34:20 etc)

 

CHRIST REVEALED:

In this text, Christ is revealed as the victorious, returning, King and Lord.  His great authority and strength is emphasized as He leads His people and gains victory over all the powers of darkness.

Romans 14:11-12 – “For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.  So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.“

Philippians 2:10-11 – “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY)

No matter how things may appear, we need to always remember our Lord is the Ultimate Authority Holder and Almighty One.  Based upon His faithful, successful, completed work on the cross, He now sits as Lord over all.  He is, and always will be in control.  May we all be like Nebuchadnezzar, who came to understand this very important and comforting truth…

Daniel 4:34-35 – “And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation:  And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?”

The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy”

SIH TOTT ICONRevelation 19:10

“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 “testimony” (evidence, profession) of Jesus is the “spirit” (vital principle, motivating force, intent) of prophecy.  Folks the main overriding goal of prophecy is not to reveal future events.  It is to reveal Christ.

This same truth is emphasized in Rev 1:1 when John gives his book the title “The Revelation of Jesus Christ”.  In other words, this book is the uncovering, or revealing of Jesus Christ.   Not only is the uncovering of Christ the core purpose behind the book of Revelation, baut also every prophecy found in the Bible. As verse 19:10 states, “the testimony of Jesus is the spirit” of every prophetic message.

 

Peter teaches us that the profession of Christ is the central theme of all the prophets messages throughout God’s Word…

1 Peter 1:9-12 – “Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.  Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:  Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. 

Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.”

 

Folks, when we grasp this very important principle about Biblical prophecy it will revolutionize our understanding of the prophecy.   To properly benefit from any Biblical prophecy, we must ask ourselves “What can I learn about Christ from this prophecy?”   If we are content learning of an event that is yet to come, without learning more about Christ, we are missing the intent of that prophecy and greatly diminishing its value to us.

 

May we all learn more about Christ as we study the many prophecies found in His Word.

 

For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation:

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.”

SIH TOTT ICONRevelation 19:9 – “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.”

 

 

In Matthew 22:1-14, we find a parable that was taught by Christ and commonly called the “Parable of the Wedding Feast”.  In this parable, we read about a King preparing the wedding celebration for his son.    A part of that celebration would be a great dinner to which many guests were invited.  Great dinners incorporated within the marriage ceremony were a very common occurrence in New Testament times.

Here in Rev 19:9, the guests who are invited to the great dinner which was a part of the symbolic marriage of the Lamb, are described by the phrase “they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb” (the Son of God)What is the symbolic importance of these invited ones?

Keep mind… Christ, the groom is being united with His people (those who have come to a saving faith in Him), the bride.   Their marriage is representative of their intimate communion that they will enjoy throughout eternity.   The guests who are invited to observe their relationship are the angels of God, who will exist with Christ and His people in eternity.

These “elect” angels are truly “blessed”, for they were protected and granted faithfulness by the Lord while the other angels (fallen angels, demons) fell in disgrace and shared in the ultimate defeat with Satan and His kingdoms (2 Pet 2:4, Jude 1:6).

 

What will these elect angels be doing throughout eternity?  Although the Bible has little to say on this subject, perhaps their acts of service prior to eternity will continue on into eternity.  If this is the case then their basic role will be two-fold…

  1. they will be serving the Lord, by continuing to minister to the needs of His people. (Hebrews 1:14)
  1. they will continue to learn about the gracious workings of the Lord and His relationship with His people. (1 Pet 1:10-12) They will do this by assembling with the people of God and joining them in acts of worship and praise (Eph 3:10-11). This is also implied in 1 Cor 11:10, where the women are encouraged to have their head properly covered so that the angels might learn about the differing levels of authority when men are assembled to worship etc.

 

What a blessing it is to know that the Lord will invite His elect angels to be with us throughout eternity.  Perhaps, they will be continuing to meet our needs while learning more about the Lord and all the great things He has done for us as we live together with Him!

 

For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4dj