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Are We Dressed For The Wedding?

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Revelation 19:8 – “And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.”

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “fine linen, clean and white:”

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Revelation 19:8 – “And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.”

 

 

The fine linen, given to the saints of God at the Lord’s second coming, is described as “the righteousness of the saints”.  In other words, this clean white linen is a picture of the saint’s right standing before the Lord.

Due to their righteous standing before the Lord, the saint can stand before Him cleansed without the filth of sin and the dirt of rebellion upon him.  God can look upon the saint as being clean, pure, and without sin in His sight.  This is why this symbolic linen is described as being white and clean.

 

The righteousness that we possess as we stand before God has a two-fold origin.  First of all, we are told this righteousness flows from the work of Christ on the cross, and is a gift given to man by God that cannot be obtained through man’s good works.  It is entirely a gift of God’s grace, and is given the title IMPUTED RIGHTEOUSNESS.  This simply means it is righteousness that is placed upon the account of sinful man.  …

2 Corinthians 5:21 – “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

Titus 3:4-7 – “But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,   Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;  Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;  That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

This is a very important aspect of righteousness in the life of the Christian. This type of righteousness which is placed on the believer’s account is received at the moment of salvation and is eternally permanent in nature.  This righteousness SECURES OUR ENTRANCE INTO ETERNITY with Christ.

 

However, there is another aspect to the fine linen garments of righteousness for the believer.  Please note in Rev 19:7 we are told that “His wife hath MADE HERSELF ready”.  This is speaking of the wife clothing herself in the linen of righteousness.  This is describing the second aspect of a believer’s righteousness, EXPERIENTIAL RIGHTEOUSNESS..

Romans 13:12-14 – “The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.   Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.   But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.”

Here, we find the believer commanded to lead a holy life is told to “put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ”.    In the Greek language, to “put on” means to clothe oneself.”   Yes, the Godly works of the saints are pictured here as the clothing of Christ.  Just as sin is pictured by dirt and filth that needs to be cleansed from off of us (Rev 22:11).

 

The Lord has made it abundantly plain that He desired for His people to remain unspotted from sin as they eagerly await His coming (in doing so they are SECURING REWARDS for themselves)…

2 Peter 3:11-14 – “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.  Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.”

1 John 3:2-3 – “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.”

 

Although these two types of righteousness may seem to contradict one another (one refers to righteousness obtained through grace alone, while the other involves works of righteousness on behalf of believers), but really they go hand in hand.  We are graced with imputed righteousness so that we may seek experiential righteous in our lives.  The Lord saves us TO serve Him.  As a matter of fact, if we have undergone a genuine work of grace in our hearts, we are changed and we WILL serve Him as the result  If our life never changed after our “salvation” experience, it is proof positive we have never really been saved through His divine intervention in our lives …

Ephesians 2:10 – ”For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

Romans 12:1 – “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”

2 Corinthians 5:17 – “Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
May we all faithfully serve Him as we eagerly await His second coming and the wonderful rewards awaiting us!

 

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Our Marriage To Christ: Dwelling With Him Throughout Eternity…

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Revelation 19:7 – “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.”

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “The Marriage Of The Lamb”

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Revelation 19:7 – “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of

the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.”

Here, we find the inaugural phase of the Lord dwelling with His people throughout eternity symbolized by a marriage.  Christ, the Lamb is said to marry His bride, all of those who are saved from both Old and New Testament times.

This same group of believers is described in Hebrews 12:22-23….

Hebrews 12:22-23 – “But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,”

Here, His bride is described as:

  1. “the general assembly” – contains believers from throughout history made up of all nationalities, languages, genders, ages economic and social status.  It is truly a “general” assembly!  (Rev 7:9)
  1. “the church of the firstborn” – they are the assembly that is possessed and formed by Jesus Christ, the firstborn among many. (Romans 8:29)
  1. those which are “written in heaven”. – They are citizens of Heaven with their names on heavens rolls. (Phils 3:20)

When we enter into eternity with the Lord, it will be like a marriage. This is much like an engaged couple who enjoys a much more intimate relationship following their marriage.  Although we enjoy communion with the Lord now while on earth, we will enjoy a greater, closer, fuller relationship with Him throughout eternity…

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.”

What a wonderful day that will be! When we enter eternity in the presence of our Lord and experience a new type of existence that goes beyond our understanding and imagination!

1 Corinthians 2:9 – “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”

May we all praise and honor our Lord by living lives faithful to Him as we patiently wait for that great day.

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“Praise the Lord!”…. Make Him Shine In The Eyes Of Others!

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Revelation 19:1 – And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God:

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “Alleluia”

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

 

 

We frequently hear, and use, the term Alleluia (or Hallelujah).    But what does this term actually mean?

This Greek word comes from a phrase that is made up of two Hebrew words (Halal & Yahh).  This phrase is normally translated “Praise the Lord”  (Psalm 150:1 etc)…

  1. “Halal” means “to make shine”, “to boast”, “to draw attention to”, or “to rave about”
  2. “Yahh” is a contraction of the Hebrew word Jehovah, which is the personal name for the True Lord.

 

 

If we put all of this together, we can see that when we say the word “Alleluia”, we are attempting to draw all the attention to our God, Jehovah.  We are wanting to make Him shine in the eyes of others.  We are desirous to boast about the Lord, the greatness of His person and the perfection of His workings among men.  In other words, we are “raving” about Him…

Psalms 150:2 – Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.” 

 

 

All of this implies a very humble attitude on the part of the speaker.  We are saying. “I am nothing, my Lord is everything.   I want you to take all of your attention off of me and concentrate entirely upon my Lord”.    This is the implications and intent of the use of “Alleluia”…

Psalms 34:2-3 – “My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.  O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.” 

 

 

Folks, when we use the term “Hallelujah” are we centered upon the Lord and humbly desirous for all the attention of others be placed upon Him?   Are we sincerely declaring His greatness and His glorious workings among men? Are we putting ourselves down as we are exalted Him as highly as we can?

Or, are we using it flippantly, simply as another exclamatory term among many such as “wow”, “fantastic” or “isn’t that wonderful”?    The term was never meant to be used in this type of frivolous way.   The very meaning of the term, and its usage in the Bible, clearly shows us that it was ALWAYS meant to be used in a very reverent, sincere, humble manner that points all of our attention, and the attention of others, to our wonderful Lord alone.

 

May the Lord bless us as we attempt to use this glorious term of praise in the way in which it was intended to be used.

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Are You Under The “Spell” Of False Religions….

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Rev 18:23 – “And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.”

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Rev 18:23 – “And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.

 

Whenever I read this verse, I get a picture in my mind of a group of old women sitting around a boiling pot, casting a spell on those around them.  Is that what this verse means?  Is it saying that the false religions of the world use spells and enchantments to get people to follow them?

The key to understanding this text is found in the understanding of the word “sorceries”.  The Greek word translated “sorceries” is the word from which we get our English word “pharmaceuticals”.   The word describes things that drugs, potions, cures, enchantments, and/or mixtures.  The word originates from two words… one that means “to perform magic”, the other word means “to poison” or “to be sacrificed”.

Basically, when we are told that the false religions of the world use sorceries to mislead others to follow them, the Bible is telling us that the false religions of the world use ”poisonous recipes” to “miraculously enchant” people to willfully bring about their own destruction.  WOW!

 

When we look at it from this perspective, it is much easier to understand what truths are being given to John:

 

1.  The false religions of the world are enabled by Satan to perform works that transcend nature. In that sense, the false religions can work “miracles”.

Folks, we are in a spiritual warfare against powers that are far stronger than ourselves.  To gain the victory, it must be done through the gracious enabling of Christ, or else we are doomed to certain defeat.

2Co 10:4 – “(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)”

 

2.  The false religions of the world use a “recipe” of methods to delude those who follow them.

From the use of unscriptural doctrine, ungodly traditions, counterfeit miracles, false promises etc etc. they seduce others to follow them.

2Co 2:11 – “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.”   

 

3.  The false religions of the world provide to mankind “poison” that will gradually bring to them corruption into their physical life and eternal ruin in the life to come.

Although they will promise great blessings and prosperity, the actual fruits of their ministry is only sin, ruin and death.

Mat 7:15-20 – “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.   Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?   Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.   A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.   Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.  Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”

 

May we all come to understand the great dangers that lie in Satan’s “sorceries” meted out by the false religions of the world and may we always be on guard against them.

1Pe 5:8 – “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”

 

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Revelation 19:1-10 “The Marriage Of The Lamb”

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THE TEXT:

 

 

 

 

Rev 19:1-10

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

 

THE INTRODUCTION:

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 


THE EXPOSITORY STUDY:

Rev 19:1-10

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

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

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

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

All these areas of praise belongs to…

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Let us…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Is Bride the local assembly or all believers?

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

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

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

 

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

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

These include clothing:

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

CHRIST REVEALED:

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

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

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

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY)

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

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

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

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

 

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The Disappearace Of The Beast!

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Rev 18:21 – “And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.”

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea”

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Rev 18:21 – “And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.”

 

The mighty angel in John’s vision illustrates the catastrophic downfall of Satan’s religious kingdom by throwing a millstone into the sea.  As it sinks to the bottom, totally disappearing from sight, the angel says…

“Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.”

 

Folks, not only does a gracious God defeat the religious powers of Satan, casting them into the deepest parts of the sea; but, He also mercifully forgives us from our sins, casting them into the depths of the sea as well…

Mic 7:18-19 – “Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.   He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.”

When the Lord speaks of casting “all their sins into the depths of the sea”, He is speaking symbolically concerning sins ETERNAL effects on the children of God.

 

He is pointing out that they are symbolically, placed out of God’s view forever… no longer will the saved be called into account for his sins, no longer will the saved face the eternal wrath for those sins…

Isa 43:25 – “I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.”

 

It is impossible for a Holy God to simply “forget about” sin and let sin go unpunished…

Hab 1:13 – “Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he?”

 

The only way that God can forget about our sins is by punishing another.  That “another” is the Lord Jesus Christ.  On the cross of Christ, God received payment for the sins of His people by punishing Christ on our behalf.   The result of Christ’s payment is the declaration of innocence placed on the people of God, this is called being “justified” and it takes place when a person places faith in Jesus as His Savior…

Rom 5:1-2 – “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:  By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”

Not only does faith in Christ give us access to this declaration of innocence (justification), but also gives us assurance that we will live with God eternally, in glorified bodies that have been purified of sin.

 

A Holy God, punished His Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the price for the sins of His people.  This took place based upon the wondrous love and willingness of Christ to receive that punishment as He hung on the cross of Calvary.   Now, by turning from our sins and placing our faith in Jesus, we are given access to the forgiveness of God and a glorious future with Him.

Folks, for those of us who are saved, our sins will never stand between us and our God… they have been cast into the depths of the sea!  May we appreciate, love and praise Him with our lives for all He has done for us.

If you have never sorrowfully turned from your sins to Christ as our Lord man Savior, I trust you do so today.  The Lord is patiently waiting for His people to come to Him and receive these wonderful gifts He has prepared for them!

 

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Rejoice…. Satan has been defeated!

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Rev 18:20 – “Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.”

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “Rejoice over her”

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Rev 18:20 – “Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.”

 

 

In John’s vision, he hears the saints of God (ye holy apostles and prophets) to rejoice over Mystery Babylon’s defeat.   Keep in mind, the defeat of Mystery Babylon involves the total destruction of the false religions of the world and those who were a part of them.

What would be the basis of this rejoicing?

  1. Most importantly…God was keeping His promise to avenge the abuse of His people.
  2. God’s glorious person was displayed (His Strength, Holiness, Justice, Faithfulness, etc etc)
  3. Satan and his kingdoms are defeated and rendered helpless
  4. Sin has been eradicated from the Earth

Yes, there will be much reason for our rejoicing at the defeat of Satan’s kingdom.

 

The above list helps us to understand the basic intent behind verses such as Psa 58:10… 

“The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.” 

 

The righteous are not merciless people who enjoy seeing the great suffering of the lost.  On the contrary, they are people who are rejoicing because their God has won the victory over wickedness, eradicating it from the earth, revealing His great attributes, and avenging the abuse of His people.

They are rejoicing because their Lord has been glorified and honored as He should, only receiving what is His due, which fulfills the greatest desire that exists in the hearts of His people…

1Pe 4:13 – “But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

 

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Do We Love Fleeting Riches Or An Eternal Lord?

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Rev 18:17 – “For in one hour so great riches is come to nought.”

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “so great riches is come to nought”

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Rev 18:17 – “For in one hour so great riches is come to nought.”

The rapid loss of the riches found in Satan’s kingdom, helps to illustrate the passing nature of the riches of this world.

Riches are fleeting…

Pro 23:4-5 – “Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.  Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.”

Therefore to love riches, and live our lives in their pursuit, leads to a worthless, wasted life…

1Ti 6:8-10 – In this text, we can see Paul giving young Timothy several different principles to live by in the area of worldly wealth:

  1. “And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.” 

As Christians, we are to understand the true value found in worldly possessions. Their value only lies in meeting our physical needs.  Therefore, as long as we have enough to eat and clothe ourselves, we are to be content.   To have more than this is simply a luxury, and not a true necessity of life.

 

  1. “But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.” 

An overabundance of the riches of the world can open us up to many temptations that we would not face otherwise.  When we have an excess of money, it gives us access to many areas of sin that, otherwise, would be closed to us.     

 

  1. “For the love of money is the root of all evil:”

The lustful love to possess the world’s riches can be the beginning factor in all the sins of man.  This type of selfish love for overabundance, opens us up to willingness to commit ANY sin for the right price.   To have a lustful love of the money is a form of covetousness and idolatry, making riches His god.  Placing the receipt of wealth as the number one goal of our life, results in placing his faith and hope in it, thus hindering His faith in God.     

 

  1. “which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”

The results of this coveting of wealth results in being led away from the truths of God and living a Godly lifestyle, in doing so, they were only “stabbing ourselves”, bringing many heartaches (Godly judgment or Godly chastening) into our lives.

May we all receive God’s counsel with a humble spirit, being content with the necessities of life, putting Him first in all things, and allowing Him to bless us financially as He sees fit.

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Revelation 18: Summary

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SUMMARY OF THE CHAPTER:

Beginning in chapter 17: we have seen the recipient of God’s wrath, the kingdoms of Satan presented in great detail. Both the characteristics and identity of both aspects of Satan’s kingdom are brought into view.  In the next section of our study, chapter 18, will present various warnings for mankind to separate themselves from the kingdom of Satan..

  1. The Results of Babylon’s Judgment 18:1-24
  2. Victory Announcement Declaring Babylon’s Fall 1-3
  3. Warnings for God’s People To Depart From Babylon 4-8
  4. Warnings for Kings of The World to Depart From Babylon 9-10
  5. Warnings for Merchants of the World To Depart From Babylon 11-17a
  6. Warnings for Mariners of the World To Depart From Babylon 17b-20
  7. Millstone Cast Upon Sea… the Final Destruction Of Babylon 21-24

 

SUMMARY OF EACH DIVISION OF CHAPTER:

 

I.  Victory Announcement Declaring Babylon’s Fall 1-3

John sees “another angel”, a messenger from God that has His authority and glory being shown through the angel’s ministry.

The angel declares that Babylon has fallen into total desolation.  Christ has gotten the final, total victory over the religious kingdom of Satan.  Her great fall takes place because of the horrendous sins that she has perpetuated upon lost mankind.  She has led lost men to live uncontrolled lives. forming sinful unions that brought earthly prosperity to her and those who unified with her.

 

 II.  Warnings for God’s People To Depart From Babylon 4-8

The angel now gives a warning to the people of God to not form unions with her.    She has committed many sins and led mankind to do the same.  The saved are commanded to separate themselves form her wicked influences.  God has recognized all of her sinful actions and has prepared His wrath to fall upon her and those who have joined with her.

The false religions of the world are prideful, thinking only of herself and unconcerned about the eternal welfare of her followers.  Her pride led her to believe she is indestructible.   Because of her sinful pride and selfish deception of her followers, God’s wrath will fall quickly, unexpectedly and bring upon her ruin.

 

III.  Warnings for Kings of The World to Depart From Babylon 9-10

The angel, next warns the kings of the world to not join forces with Mystery Babylon.  There would be great enticement to do so, based upon great earthly gain awaiting those who join up with her.

However, at the defeat of Babylon, the kings will stand at a great distance away from her, hoping to not be touched by God’s great wrath.  They will come to realize that she is vulnerable to God’s wrath and that the earthly gain they had received from their union with her was short lived.

 

 IV.  Warnings for Merchants of the World To Depart From Babylon 11-17a

A warning is now declared to the merchants of the world.  The merchants had benefited in worldly riches and great worldly respect from their union with Babylon.   Now, at her defeat, they are greatly sorrowing.

Many different types of merchandise were being purchased from them for Babylon’s use during worship and expansion in the lost world around them.  Therefore, many different merchants were affected by her fall.  With Babylon’s fall, came the end of the merchant’s fulfillment of their lusts for riches and fame.  This is the reason why they mourned so greatly at Babylon’s fall. 

 

V.  Warnings for Mariners of the World To Depart From Babylon 17b-20

The mariners now receive a warning from God’s messenger.   Although they did not make direct transactions with Babylon, they took part in Mystery Babylon in a second hand way.  They sold goods to the merchants, who then sold these goods to Babylon.

They also mourned at the defeat of the religions of this world because they, too, had become enriched through her purchasing of their goods.  Once again, although they had received earthly gain, it was fleeting and placed them in a position of deserving of great spiritual ruin in their future.

God’s people are told to rejoice.  The same defeat that was dreaded by lost mankind, was a source of great joy to God’s people… they were seeing those who opposed them and profited from their abuse being judged and brought to ruin. 

 

VI.  Millstone Cast Upon Sea… the Final Destruction Of Babylon 21-24

The divine messenger closes by showing John a symbolic representation of the greatness of Babylon’s fall.   The angel uses a great millstone sinking into a sea to symbolize the judgment of Mystery Babylon that results in their disappearance from the face of the earth.  It will bring Babylon to a complete end bringing all activity and sign of life to a halt.

All of this took place because she had deceived others and used worldly riches to entice them to join in her sinful affairs.  During which time she abused the people of God putting many of them to death.

 

WHAT’S COMING NEXT IN THIS SERIES?:

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

 

May the Lord bless us as we seek to see Jesus in the pages of the book of Revelation.

 

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Satan Harms The Souls Of Men For His Personal Gain…

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Rev 18:12-13 – “The merchandise of … souls of men.”

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “Merchandise Of The Souls Of Men”

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The merchandise of … souls of men.

In our text, we can see that the false religions of this world traffic in the “souls of men”. In other words, they profit from the lives of men, their passions, and their lifestyles. They profit from men as they appeal to their lustful desires and their goals.

Stop and think about it, in most cases, the false teachings of Satan’s kingdoms appeal to the carnal nature of man. Some religions say that there is no god or higher authority to which men must answer. Others, say that there is a god but all roads lead to him. There are others who will tell men they can please god through proper motives or moral works. There are those who say that all truth is relative and man has the ability to discern what is truth in any given situation.

All of these, and many others, all appeal to the carnal nature of man, causing them to believe that, in one way or another, they control their own destiny and can attain everlasting bliss of their own merit.

This is exactly what Paul was speaking of when he said that…

2Ti 4:3-4 – “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”

It is “much easier on the ears” to hear a message that we control our own destiny and can find eternal happiness within ourselves, than to hear the truth about our fallen condition… We all have sinned, we are totally unable to save ourselves from our sins, our only hope is to receive the undeserved forgiveness through Divine intervention to save us from the wrath to come…

Joh 6:44 – “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” (see also Roms 8:7-8, John 3:20 etc)

This Biblical message “goes against the grain” of our carnal natures, and creates in us an irritation and opposition to its acceptance. This is why the Lord warns His followers that when we proclaim the truth we can expect to face opposition and hatred apart from God’s intervention in the lives of those to which we witness…

Mat 10:21-22 – “And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.”

However, we can praise His holy name knowing that when we are faithful to take out His message of truth, He will always use it in a way that is pleasing to Him. In many cases, He will intervene in the lives of lost mankind opening their ears and eyes to the truth and leading them to salvation in Christ alone…

Isa 55:11 – “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”

The false religions gain, and retain their followers based on a message of deceit which appeals to their carnal natures and results in eternal condemnation and separation from Christ. In comparison, those who are genuine followers of the Lord, come to Him as a result of divine intervention based upon the truths of His Word. Through the work of Christ on the cross, and the gifts of repentance and belief, followers of Christ receive eternal security and certain eternal communion with God Himself.

Which message are we following, the truths of His Word or the error proclaimed by the false religions of the world?

Which message are we proclaiming to others, the true message of hopelessness with Christ, or the message of finding our security within ourselves?

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True Love Stands Beside (Not Far Off From) Our Beloved. Are We Standing Close To Christ?

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Rev 18:10 – “Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.”

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “Standing afar off for the fear of her torment”

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Rev 18:10 – “Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.”

 

In this vision, the kings of this world are seen developing a close relationship with the religious powers of Satan.   However, when the wrath of God begins to fall against these religious powers, the kings of the world flee and stand “afar off for the fear of her torment”.  In other words, they quickly run away in fear thinking that they might escape the judgment that is falling upon their former love.

The kings’ desire to be with their “lover”, the religious powers of Satan, were based entirely on selfishness.  They wanted to be with her simply because they had much to gain from her.  The moment that their relationship put them in harms’ way, is the moment they fled in terror and wanted no more to do with her.

Sad to say, but a person’s love for Christ can be an unscriptural type of selfish love as well.  The lost Pharisees’ relationship to Christ is that type of selfish, carnal love.   Note the motivation behind all their acts of service for Him…. It was love:

  1. love for honor and praise of others (Luke 11:43)
  2. love for money and riches of the world (Luke 16:14)
  3. love being the center of attention (Matthew 6:5)

The list could go on and on…

Yes, they outwardly did works of service for Christ…. Yes, their actions were motivated by love… But, their love was a selfish, false love based upon their personal gain.

 

This type of love can even be the predominate type of love at work in the lives of Christians.  The perfect example of this is the Apostle Peter, a truly saved man, who followed Christ “afar off” after His arrest, trying to avoid revealing his relationship with Christ (Mark 14:54).   This same selfish type of love resulted in Peter denying his relationship to Christ in the face of possible arrest and persecution (Luke 22).

Although Peter had a true love for Christ, proven by his salvation experience, the predominate loving force in his life was one of carnal selfishness.  He was more concerned about his own personal welfare, than about his witness for Christ.   He would rather “save his own skin”, than to glorify and honor his Lord by suffering for the cause of Christ.

Folks, we have to be painfully honest with ourselves today.  What is the true motives behind our acts of service for Christ?  Are they done in His name, seeking to do His will for His glory, at no thought of personal cost or possible gain?    Or, are we serving Him to gain something specific from Him… thinking we can obligate Him to save us, wanting to impress others, to receive some type of worldly gain from our actions, maybe, hoping to live a sinless life, or attempting to cleanse ourselves from our own sins through some type of act of restitution or purification?

 

May we all come before our Lord, honestly, recognizing our selfish love in service to Him, asking Him to cleanse our hearts from these types of hypocritical love and fill us with a sincere, genuine, spiritual love that bears the fruits that are described in 1 Cor 13:3-8 and characterized by a self-sacrificial attitude putting Christ first above all…

1Co 13:3-8  – “And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,  Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;  Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;  Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.  Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.”

 

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