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The Many Aspects Of Lucifer….

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Revelation 20:2 – “And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,”

 

 

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

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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.”

 

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The Powerful Sword Of The Lord!

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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.”

 

 

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Revelation 20:1-6 “The Imprisonment Of Satan and The Thousand Years”

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THE TEXT:

Revelation 20:1-6

(1)  And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
(2)  And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
(3)  And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
(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.
(5)  But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
(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.

 

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

We have already looked at Revelation 19: where we saw the Lord being praised for defeating the powers of darkness under the control of Satan (Rev 19:1-6).  We then saw the Lord uniting eternally with the saints in preparation for living eternity with them (Rev 19:7-10).  Likewise, we saw the powers of darkness, including all of lost mankind, consigned to the Lake of Fire eternally separated from Christ following their defeat (Rev 19:11-21).

In chapter 20:, we pick 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.

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.  Satan and the Lost Loosed For Judgement  (20:7-10)
4.  Great White Throne (20:11-15)

 

 

THE EXPOSITORY STUDY:

 

Revelation 20:1-6

Following Christ’s defeat of the kingdoms of Satan (19:11-21), we now see Christ imprisoning Satan immediately prior to the beginning of eternity…

 

(1)  And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.

Following Christ’s defeat of the powers of darkness, John now sees an angel.  The several truths about this angel can be identified using his three-fold description:

  1. come down from heaven – this angel finds his origin in heaven. He is authorized by God to do God’s bidding.
  2. having the key to the bottomless pit – he possesses the control over the inhabitants of the bottomless pit (Rev 9:1)
  3. a great chain in his hand – he is capable of binding Satan rendering him impotent (2 Peter 2:4 and Jude 6)

It is interesting to notice that all three of these descriptions previously pointed to Christ and the authority He holds over the powers of darkness. (Rev 1:18, 9:11, 10:1, 18:1).  Once again, it is possible that this angel is the symbolic representation of Christ Himself imprisoning Satan for 1000 years.

The term “bottomless pit” is translated from a word that means “deep place”.  It is simply another term that is used to describe the Lake of Fire.   The Lake of Fire is given this title to emphasize the inability of its inhabitants to affect the events taking place on earth (see Luke 8:31, Jude 6, Rev 9:1,2,11, 11:7, 17:8, 20:1,3).

 

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

John, then sees this angel seizing Satan and rendering Him helpless during the first segment of eternity (1000 yrs). In this passage, we can learn a lot about Satan based upon the titles he is given by John:

  1. dragon – from word meaning “to fascinate”. Satan’s ability to mislead and keep men’s attention from Christ
  2. old serpent – from words meaning “the ancient, sharp sighted one”. Satan discerns man’s desires and weak areas.
  3. Devil – from a word meaning “slanderer or accuser”. Satan falsely accuses the people of God in the presence of Christ
  4. Satan – from a word meaning “opponent or enemy”. Satan is the enemy of the Lord, constantly opposing Him.

Satan is rendered impotent for a period described as “1000 years”, the initial period of eternity on the New Heavens and New Earth in the presence of Christ.

 

(3)  And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

Now that Satan has been bound, John sees him being thrown into the bottomless pit and shut up so that he cannot escape.

Upon Satan is placed a “seal”, a mark, placed upon him showing everyone that he has been placed in this prison under the authority of Christ.    This seal is much like the seal placed upon the lion’s den in the days of Daniel (Dan 6:7) and the seal placed upon the tomb of Christ (Matt 27:66).  Both of these seals declare that they have been placed there under the authority of the ruling government of their day.

Satan’s imprisonment keeps him separated from the events taking place during the 1000 year reign.  He can no longer intervene among men, nor can he attempt to oppose the workings of Christ.   He will not be released from this prison until the very end of the 1000 yr reign.  At that point in time, he will be loosed to stand before God to be judged for his rebellious, wicked deeds.

 

Satan’s imprisonment is the final event that must take place prior to the saints enjoying eternity with Christ on the New Heavens and Earth.  John’s attention is now turned to the events of the first phase of eternity with Christ… the 1000 year reign.

Please keep in mind, during Christ’s second coming , not only are the lost defeated, but in the process the fiery wrath of God falling upon them also renovated the earth and heavens, making them sinless and prepared for eternity.  This great event is described in 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, 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 Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.    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.”  

The current heavens and earth are remaining to exist, awaiting the day when Christ will come and remake them as He destroys the powers of darkness and lost mankind at His second coming.  When Christ comes again, it will be unexpected by the lost.  The fire that Christ sends to destroy the powers of darkness, including lost mankind, will also renovate the sinful heavens and earth remaking and purifying them them to be inhabited for an eternity by Christ and His people.    John will symbolically describe this New Heavens and New Earth in great detail in Rev 21: and 22:.

 

It is upon this New Heavens and New Earth the 1000 years takes place…

(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;

John’s vision now progresses into eternity on the New Heavens and New Earth, specifically, THE FIRST PHASE of the Christian’s eternity in the presence of Christ.

What will take place during this time?

“Judgment was given unto them” – Judgment of the believer’s works is rendered resulting in rewards given based upon their faithfulness.   (Luke 14:13-14; Romans 14:10-12; 1 Corinthians 3:12-15; 4:4-5; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 2 Tim 4:8; 1 Ptr 5:4; 2 John 8;)   One of the types of rewards that they receive is authority to rule during this “1000 year” period.  (Matt 25:20-23, 28-29; Luke 19:16-19, 24-26,).  This is the purpose for the thrones.  They are places of authority held by believers after their works have been judged and rewarded.

John then describes those who will stand before the Lord:  “The souls of them that were”…

  1. beheaded for the witness of Jesus, – Those killed due to their testimony (in word and deed) for Christ
  2. beheaded … for the word of God, – Those killed due to proclaiming God’s Word to others
  3. which had not worshipped the beast, – Those who did not submit to the wishes of Satan’s political powers
  4. which had not worshipped… neither his image, – Those who did not submit to the wishes of Satan’s religious powers
  5. neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, – Those who did not submit to Satan in their thoughts and desires
  6. neither had received his mark upon … or in their hands; – Those who did not submit to Satan in their actions

Any one description, or a combination of descriptions, refers to all the different types of genuine believers in Christ.  Whether martyrs, teachers, those who place Christ as their first authority in life, those who guard their minds and actions.  In this vision John is seeing all Christians being judged and rewarded for their various acts of faithfulness and self-sacrifice.    These are the saints that had died on earth and were now reaping the rewards for their faithfulness to Christ.

This is the same group of “souls” are also found in Rev 6:9 where John describes them as Revelation 6:9…  “I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:”. 

 

This reminds us of the great sacrifice each and every Christian makes for the cause of Christ.  They are sacrifices given to God for His glory.  In some cases, they are physically sacrificed (martyrs) or they become living sacrifices to God dedicated to serve Him throughout their lives (Romans 12:1).  This is why John describes this group as “souls”, emphasizing the physical life within them.  They have dedicated their entire life (or “soul”) to Christ and this aspect of their earthly life is what is being judged.  These Christians, who are in their glorified bodies are standing before Christ awaiting His judgment.

 

and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.  (5)  But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished.

These are the ones who are now enjoying eternity with Christ.  Although they once were dead, now their bodies have been glorified and they are living with their Lord in this first stage of eternity on the New Heavens and New Earth.  The lost, who have been defeated and consigned to the Lake of Fire, are not enjoying presence with the Lord. They are spiritually dead, separated from the Lord and from this wonderful eternity.

Why is the period that God judges the saved described as “a thousand years ?”, perhaps, it is speaking of a literal 100 year time period, but keeping with the symbolic nature of the book of Revelation,  it probably is symbolic of other truths about this time period.

In the Bible, one of the most common usages of the number 1000 is to represent a complete group (“all” of something):

  1. Deut 7:9 – God merciful in all generations
  2. Job 9:3 – Man could not give God an answer in all divisions of time
  3. Job 33:23 – One among all men
  4. Psa 50:10 – God owns all the cattle on every hill
  5. Psa 84:10 – A day in God’s court better than all other days
  6. Psa 105:8 – God faithful to all generations
  7. Eccl 6:6 – If he lives throughout all the years twice over
  8. Isa 60:22 – If a little one spawns all the men in the world

Please notice especially, the Lord uses 1000 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 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.  Although it is a part of a far greater eternity, it is one complete segment with a beginning and an ending.  In other words, the Lord will not be judging His people throughout all of eternity, but this segment will come to a definite end.

Also, the rewards for faithfulness will be enjoyed during this time period, not necessarily throughout all eternity.  It is very possible that when the second stage of eternity begins, all rewards will have been placed at the feet of Christ and all the saints will then be on equal footing one with another.  All of whom will be sharing dominion over the New Heavens and the New Earth much like was first given to Adam in the garden prior to the fall.

 

This is the first resurrection.   (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.

We are now told that participation in the 1000 years is a characteristic of “the first resurrection”.

To help us to understand the meaning of “the first resurrection”, we are then given four characteristics concerning those who take part in this first resurrection:

  1. Blessed and holy – They have received the blessings of God. They have been separated from the enslavement of sin to willing service to Christ.
  2. the second death hath no power – They will not feel the effects of the second death (eternal separation from God, facing God’s eternal against sin)
  3. they shall be priests of God and of Christ – They have direct access to God and Christ.
  4. and shall reign with him a thousand years. – They will participate in the rewards of authority and rulership during the 1000 years.

This helps us to see that clearly “the first resurrection” is speaking about an event that takes place in the lives of genuine believers only.   This makes perfect sense, because we know that these are the only ones that participate in the events of the thousand year reign are all the saints of God who are receiving the judgement of their works and the receipt of rewards based upon that judgment.

 

 

To better understand what is meant by “the first resurrection”, we need to notice the teachings found in John 5:24-27:

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.

 

but is passed from death unto life

The first resurrection of the believer is a resurrection of His soul. This resurrection gives to the one who is dead in trespasses and sins spiritual life.   Note that Christ tells us that this resurrection takes place as the result of our hearing His word and then placing our trust in the Lord.

Eph 2:1-7  “And you [hath he quickened], who were dead in trespasses and sins;… Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)  And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus:”

 

“the hour is coming and now is… and they that hear shall live”

The Lord now helps us to understand that the resurrection for the believer has a present age and future age aspect to it…

  1. In this present age (“the hour now is” ) the spiritually dead individual will hear the voice of the Son of God (His call to salvation) and shall live (receive spiritual life). (Eph 5:14, Ro 6:4, Col 2:13, Rev 20:3-6).

This is the first resurrection that the believer experiences, it is A SPIRITUAL RESURRECTION.

  1. At the very end of this age (“the hour is coming”) the dead body of the saint that is in the grave will hear the voice of the Son of God (at His second coming). At that time, the body will be resurrected from the grave, glorified, and meet the spirit of the believer which has been abiding with Christ in heaven. (1 Cor 15:42-54, 1 Thess 4:14-17, Phil 3:21).

This PHYSICAL, BODILY RESURRECTION is the second resurrection that is experienced by the saints of God.

 

CHRIST REVEALED:

In this set of Scriptures, we have seen Christ revealed as the Victor over Satan Himself and the gracious, kind, faithful Lord who will usher His people into eternity.

When we look at these two ideas as a whole, we can see an amazing truth about Christ.  Stop and think about it.  If we were talking about a human being who has just totally dominated and clearly defeated his lifelong foe, leaving him without opposition, we would also see a spirit of arrogance, and a tendency to begin abusing those who are beneath him, knowing that no one can stop him.  This great victory would “go to his head” and “puff up his chest”, as he began to think about the great, permanent victory he had just won.  He would forget about “the little guy” and begin to see how he could best enrich himself through them and their labors.   Not so with Christ.

Even though Christ clearly demonstrated absolute control and supremacy over all His enemies, ridding the New Heavens and Earth of them all, He still remains kind and faithful to those He loves, entering into eternity with them… just as He had promised.

He humbly worked on behalf of His people, prior to this great display of victory…

2 Corinthians 8:9 – “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.”

 

Even after His wonderful defeat of all the powers of darkness, He continues to humbly work on behalf of His people, finishing the job by bringing them into eternity with Him.   He did not forget His own, nor did His attitude change towards them in any way.   Those upon whom He has placed His redemptive love, He will bring into eternity with Him  …

Romans 8:29-31 – “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.   Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.   What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”

Philippians 1:6 – “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”

John 6:38-40 – “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.   And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.   And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.”

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY)

May we all love others as our Lord loved us… with a love that will always keep us humble and working for their good no matter what events may transpire in our lives.

Likewise, may we all follow Christ’s example in being on guard against the Satanic attacks following great victories in our lives.  Many times, immediately after a victory, we have a tendency to become self-reliant, no longer looking to Christ as the great Lord of our life.  In doing so, we become spiritually weak and susceptible to Satanic attack.

 

 

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

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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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All Spiritual Warfare Will Be Ended At Christ’s Second Coming!

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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.”

 

 

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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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Christ Reveals God To Us…

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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.

 

 

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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 Shed Blood Of Christ On Display At HIs Second Coming

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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.”

 

 

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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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Revelation 19: Summary

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In the remaining portion of Revelation, we will be looking at the contents of the sealed book.  This 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? (background to 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

 

Here is a short outline of chapter 19:…

  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 Armageddon)

 

SUMMARY OF EACH DIVISION OF CHAPTER: 

1.  The Lord praised for His great victory over the powers of darkness (Rev 19:1-6)

Immediately following the defeat of the powers of darkness, we see a heavenly scene of praise and honor being given to the Lamb for His great victory.  During this time of praise, all the saved and the angels of heaven have a part in rendering songs of praise to the victorious Lamb.   Their songs include the greatness of the Lord, the reasons for His judgments with a great emphasis on His holiness in judging those who were rebellious against Him.

 2.  The Lord’s relationship to His people – The Marriage Of The Lamb (Rev 19:7-10)

The scene next shifts to the Marriage of the Lamb, which is a symbolic representation of the Lamb and His people being prepared to spend eternity together.

We are told that the saints (the wife of the Lamb) have made themselves ready.  This is speaking of the saints continuing faithfulness to Christ during the time preceding the second coming of Christ.

Christ gives to His bride robes of white symbolizing His righteousness being placed on their account, as well as their lives of faithfulness on His behalf.  Perhaps these robes also symbolize the visible representation of His righteousness, their newly received glorified bodies which will be the visible proof Christ’s righteousness.

Much like a marriage is the beginning point of the groom’s and bride’s intimate lifelong relationship, this marriage between Christ and His bride symbolically signals the beginning of their eternity together.

 

3.  The Lord’s relationship to the lost – The Battle Of Armageddon (Rev 19:11-21)

In this section of Revelation 19:, the initiation of the Lord’s relationship to lost mankind is presented symbolically.   We see Christ at His second coming described in great detail.  The symbolism of His appearance and actions reveals that Christ is faithful, holy, ultimate authority holder, righteous, revealer of God to man.  Although all of these truths, and others, are presented in His description, we are also told that it is impossible to come to a complete understanding of His greatness which is shown by the name He possesses that no man can know.

Christ, at His second coming, is seem returning with His saints, who are described in this vision as “armies” which are in heaven.  Keep in mind, as Christ first appears in heaven, He will take His saints up to be with Him, graciously give them glorified bodies and then begin His descent with them following Him.

As Christ continues His descent the fowls of heaven are invited to prepare for a feast which will be made up of the corpses of the enemies of Christ which will be available to them following Christ’s complete victory over them.  Their death is symbolizing the completeness of their defeat, while their bodies lying unburied points to their shameful lifestyle they have lived.

Those opposing Christ are the powers of darkness made up of Satan, His kingdom (both political and religious aspects), demons, and lost mankind.  They all are found being opposed to Christ and in rebellion against Him at His coming.  As Christ simply speaks they are defeated (His words are the sword that is seen coming out of His mouth bringing them to defeat).

At their defeat, Satan’s kingdoms are cast into the Lake of Fire which will be their dwelling place throughout eternity.   The remaining lost are seen being brought to death by Christ.  Their bodies are consumed by the birds as a declaration of shame and their rebellious rejection of Christ, leading to their eternal separation from Christ.

 

WHAT’S COMING NEXT IN THIS SERIES?:

In Revelation chapter 20, we will see the events surrounding the segment of eternity known as the 1000 year reign.  In vs 1-3 we will see that Satan is defeated, rendered helpless and cast into the Lake of Fire during this initial stage.

Then, we will see the 1000 year reign and the judgment given to the saints of God.  Following the 1000 year reign, we will see Satan’s release, the resurrection of the lost and their final judgment as they stand before God Alimghty.

This is a very brief outline of Revelation 20… the initial stage of eternity on the New Heavens and New Earth

  1. The Binding of Satan 1-3
  2. The 1000 Year reign 4-6
  3. Gog and Magog 7-10
  4. Great White Throne Judgment 11-15

 

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

 

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The Lord Coming To Deliver And Defeat…

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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.”

 

 

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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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The intent of all prophecy is to reveal Christ to us!

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Revelation 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.”

 

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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”

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“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 Angels of God Will Enjoy Eternity With Us!

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Revelation 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.”

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

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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:

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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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