CHAPTER NINEEEN

REVELATION CHAPTER NINETEEN

 

CHAPTER NINETEEN PREFACE

 

Revelation 19 brings us through the Tribulation for the final time. In this chapter, we run into the same event (the Battle of Armageddon), which was so aptly described in Revelation 6:15-17; 11:15; and 14:20. These are the "four gospels" (four simultaneous accounts) of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, as there were "four gospels" describing the first coming.

 

Before we begin an exposition of this passage, let us go back into the Old Testament and see the scores of times that the Bible refers to this battle. There are more than five times as many references to these final events which take place in Revelation 19, as there are references to the first coming of Jesus Christ, since the Second Coming of Jesus Christ is by far the most important event on God's calendar. The crucifixion, "the blood atonement," is the most meaningful event for "us sinners." The most wonderful event in history (to those of us who needed salvation) is the day Jesus Christ left heaven's glory, and came down to the midnight of this earth, suffered, bled, and died for our sins. But this is only looking at it from the human standpoint. From the standpoint of God the Father, the thing that He is most interested in is not the day that His Son came down here to be mocked and spit upon, and cursed, and killed by sinful men. The great day on God the Father's "calendar" is the day that His Son comes back to this earth, takes over, and possesses what rightfully belongs to Him. Therefore, the greatest event referred to in the scriptures is the "DAY OF THE LORD." References to this event are:

 

  • Genesis 3:15 - "It (the seed of the woman) shall bruise thy head (the seed of the serpent)." The serpent is the Devil and his seed is the Antichrist, the "son of perdition." The bruising of the head does not take place when Christ dies on the cross, but at the Second Coming. Paul, many years after the resurrection, speaks of the bruising of the serpent as future (Romans 16:20).

 

  • In Genesis 6 we find the "days of Noah," and Christ said, "And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man" (Luke 17:26).

 

  • The "days of Lot" are found in Genesis 19, which are compared with the "day when the Son of man is revealed" (Luke 17:28-30).

 

  • In Genesis 14:1-10 we find the first battle or type of the Second Coming, a battle that pictures the Second Advent.

 

  • In Genesis 49 we have references to the Second Coming in verses 9-12, and especially Genesis 49:11, compared with Revelation 14. We have Second Advent references in Genesis 49:17,18 also. In Genesis 49:24 the reference is to the "shepherd" (first coming) and "the stone of Israel," which is the smiting stone of Daniel.

 

  • Exodus 4-10 refers to the plagues that will take place again at the Second Coming of the Lord.

 

  • In Exodus 15:1-19 we find a type of Armageddon, or the defeat of Satan. This psalm of Miriam is a celebration of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

 

  • Exodus 17:16 is a type of the Second Coming of Christ.

 

  • In Leviticus 26:1-12 we have the promises of the Millennial blessing.

 

  • Leviticus 26:14-43 are promises of wrath which will be fulfilled in the Tribulation.

 

  • Numbers 21-24 deals with the Second Coming. Notice especially Numbers 24:22,23.

 

  • We find the curses connected with the Tribulation in Deuteronomy 27 and 28.

 

  • In Deuteronomy 28:1,2 we find the Millennial blessings which are promised simultaneously with the conversion of Israel, and the rest of chapter 28 deals with what will happen to Israel in the "Church Age," and before the Second Advent.

 

  • Deuteronomy 29 is a continuation of the curses against Israel that will come into actuality before the Second Coming.

 

  • Deuteronomy 30:1-9 is a passage on the Second Coming. Deuteronomy 32 and 33 deal with the Second Coming.

 

  • We've already learned that Joshua is a type of the Second Coming. Joshua 6 is a type of the fall of the accursed city, "Babylon," which is typified by the city of Jericho.

 

  • Joshua 10 has the sun and the moon "standing still," in the battle, which is a picture of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

 

  • Judges 5 is a picture of the Second Coming.

 

  • Judges 7 typified the Battle of Armageddon and the Second Coming.

 

Ruth shows the Second Coming of Christ, referred to as a "threshing floor."

 

  • In 1 and 2 Samuel, notice pictures of the Second Coming of Christ in David's battles against the Philistines. David is a type of Christ (the King) in these passages. In 2 Samuel 8:3, when David goes to "recover his border at the river Euphrates," he goes to capture the land that is promised to Abraham, and which becomes the property of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the Millennium, after the Second Coming.

 

  • The entire Book of Job, 42 chapters, pictures the 42 months, the last 3 years of Daniel's Seventieth Week. Please note that the Bible divisions are not part of the originals but it is highly interesting that the interpreters were led to divide the Book of Job as they did.

 

  • Psalm 45 is on the "marriage of the Lamb," which takes place during the great Tribulation. All of Psalm 68 is about the Second Coming and the Millennium. Psalms 69,72, and 74 deal with the Tribulation. We are told in Psalm 78 that all of the Old Testament, from Genesis to Joshua, is a picture of the Second Advent! Half of Psalm 83 is on the Second Coming of Christ. All of Psalm 99 is on the Millennium, which follows the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Psalms 105 and 106 are types of things that are going to take place before the Second Coming. Psalm 110 is devoted entirely to the Second Coming. Psalm 114 typifies the Second Coming of Christ. Psalms 124 and 132 are the rejoicing of the Jews after the Second Advent.

 

The event is referred to over, and over, and over again! The passages are too numerous to list. The Second Coming of Christ is by far the most important doctrine in the Bible. Compared to the Second Coming of Christ, the church, sacraments, baptism, and even salvation are minor incidentals. Does that sounds like heresy? If we spend much time in the word of God we would know that the most important subject, outnumbering all other subjects five to one, is the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Hence, that subject is the key to understanding the Bible.

 

  • Isaiah 2:1-5 is a reference to the Millennium. All of Isaiah 4 deals with the Second Coming and the restoration of Israel. The entire chapter, Isaiah 11, every verse in it, deals with the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Again in Isaiah 16:1-8 we have a passage on the Second Coming. In Isaiah 14:12-19 notice the destruction of Satan, the "son of the morning," in reference to the Second Coming. We have a warning "out of Dumah" (Edom), in the "land of Mt. Seir," in Isaiah 21:11-14 on the Second Coming of Christ. Every verse in Isaiah 24 is on the Tribulation. Notice, in Isaiah 26 the post-Tribulation Rapture. Isaiah 27:1-6 is on the Second Advent. In Isaiah 34:1,2 is the Battle of Armageddon. Isaiah 40:1-11 is the Second Coming of Christ, applied to John the Baptist at the first coming. (Remember that the first coming could have been the Second Coming, until Acts 7!) lsaiah 52,54,60,61,62, and 63 are all on the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Half of Isaiah 64 deals with the Second Coming. All of Isaiah 65 is on the Second Coming. Half of Isaiah 66 is on the Second Coming.

 

  • Jeremiah lives in a day and time that is a type of the Second Coming. He is the only man in the Bible told not to marry. All of Jeremiah 50 and 51 deals with the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

 

  • The entire Book of Lamentations is a picture of the Tribulation.

 

  • All of Ezekiel 1 is a picture of the Advent, a picture of Jesus Christ coming on the "saucer" chariot.

 

  • Most of Daniel 2 deals with the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. All of Daniel 7 deals with the Second Coming, directly or indirectly. Most of Daniel 9 deals with the Second Coming.

 

  • All of Joel 2 deals with the Second Coming of Christ.

 

  • All of Micah 4 is on the Second Coming.

 

  • All of Zechariah 14 is on the Second Coming.

 

  • All of Matthew 24 and Mark 13 deals with the Second Coming.

 

  • Half of Luke 21,17, and John 14 is about the Second Coming.

 

  • Twenty-one chapters in the Book of Revelation concern the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

 

The Roman Catholic puts the emphasis on his church and the sacraments, and the Campbellite puts the emphasis on his church and water baptism. But by count, these are three of the most unimportant doctrines found in the word of God! We can find so much beyond them that they are hardly worth looking up! If we want to learn the Bible, and become a Bible student, we shouldn't waste any time with "sacraments." The first thing we should learn is the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, and the Millennium. Then we can learn about the restoration of the Jew, the Antichrist, the National Council of Churches, and the Roman Catholic Church. Then we can learn how to interpret the parables, and then we can unravel the Book of Acts. When we get all that right, then we will be prepared to study the church, the "sacraments," etc. in their proper places. Until we do, we don't know what they are or how to use them. That's typical of this age, where 20th century pagans spend all their time on "things" instead of a "Person." God is interested in His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible has other things in it: we can't deny that these other things exist, but the very idea of emphasizing them! The Holy Spirit doesn't emphasize them; He emphasizes the Person and the work of the Lord Jesus Christ. His Person- not His "teachings" or "His commandments!" His Person! We're in love with a Person - not a theoretical set of doctrinal principles. We're waiting for a Person - not a church or sacrament to get control of the world.

 

A honest Campbellite has to comes out of the water singing:

"Amazing water! How sweet the sound,

That saved a wretch like me!

I once was lost, but now am found,

Was blind, but now I'm wet."

 

Have we ever stopped to think that for 150 years now, Campbellites have been praising "water" in their messages, and they don't have one hymn in their hymnal that praises "water"? Isn't that weird? Shouldn't we think that if something was part of their salvation they would brag about it? Shouldn't we think that they would sing about it? They believe that the blood of Christ is applied through that water. Why don't they sing about the water? Christians don't sing songs about water; they sing about their salvation!

 

So here we are at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ for the fourth and final time in the Book of Revelation.

 

In Revelation 19, things really come together with a cataclysmic uproar, and then explode all over the place. The whole world system falls apart in a matter of hours. (Darwin was always wrong. The world does not gradually get better and gradually attain to the higher insights, but the earth gradually gets worse until the intervention of Divine Judgment. This has always been the procedure. Adam and Eve fell, and in Divine Judgment God expulsed them from the Garden of Eden. As time went on the human race got worse, God drowned them out, and gave them a fresh start. As time went on, they got even worse and God called out Abraham from Ur of the Chaldees by an open vision. Then, as time went on and they got more worse, God appeared to them personally in the land of Egypt, hauled them out, and appeared to them on a mountain where He gave them commandments. As time got worse, He sent in the Philistines, Ammonites, Moabites, and Syrians, and wiped them out and destroyed them. Then He gave them a fresh start under David, and when they got worse, He sent in Nebuchadnezzar and burned the place to the ground. He gave them a fresh start, and when they got worse and worse, He sent His Son, and they crucified His Son. Then He destroyed Jerusalem. Man has been getting more rotten and corrupt by the year, and God is going to intervene after 2000 years, and wipe up the whole stinking mess.

 

Reference Scriptures:

Revelation 19:1,2 - 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: 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.

 

This word "Alleluia" is two words in Hebrew. It is literally "Praise ye Jehovah." (This indicates that the language of heaven is Hebrew - see Acts 26:14.)

Revelation 19:3 - And again they said, Alleluia And her smoke rose up for ever and ever.

 

Notice the comparison of "her smoke rose up for ever and ever" with Revelation 14:11, which proves that Rome is definitely connected with the Antichrist and Satan.

Revelation 19:4 - And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.

 

This scene is up in the third heaven, see comments on Revelation 4:1-5.

 

Revelation 19:5 - 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.

 

Notice the first person possessive pronoun "our God," which is always the Jewish designation. It may be appropriated by Christians occasionally, but it is the standard form of the Old Testament reference (Acts 2:39).

 

"All ye his servants." This is the kind of "servants" you find in Revelation 6:11 and 11:18.

 

Revelation 19:6 - 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.

 

"Omnipotent." This means "all powerful" or "complete power." God is omniscient (all knowing), omnipresent (everywhere), and omnipotent (all powerful). See Schedule of God handout in the Introductory Lesson.

 

"Reigneth." It is like He takes over the reigns of government at this particular point. (This is the unknown period of time which we discussed before, sometime at the close of the last 3 years.)

 

Revelation 19:7- 9 - 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. 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. 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.

 

Here the "Marriage of the Lamb" is taking place. The guests have been called, and we learn from Luke 22:16-30 that "the supper," which follows the consummation of the marriage, will take place on this earth, at the Second Advent. It means that the Judgment Seat of Christ is over by the end of the Tribulation for we read:

 

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."

 

The "Bride of Christ" is now ready for the marriage. To "be ready" she has to be without "spot or wrinkle" - a glorious Church (Ephesians 5:27). This is done by the purging and cleansing that will take place at the "Judgment Seat of Christ" (1 Corinthians 3:10-16, 2 Corinthians 5:10,11, Romans 14:10-12). These passages make it abundantly clear that after the Rapture of the Church (the "Bride," the "Body of Christ," she has to be part of Christ's body as Eve was part of Adam's body), the Church is going to be judged at the Judgment Seat of Christ. Her works are burned out and purified; she is made "spotless" and "without blemish or wrinkle." Then she is married to the Lord Jesus Christ. In this present dispensation, she is espoused to Him as a "chaste virgin" (2 Corinthians 11:1-3). The marriage takes place in heaven immediately preceding the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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."

 

"For the fine linen is the righteousness of saints." This is her own righteousness. We are saved by God's righteousness, Jesus Christ, and we are given His righteousness as a free gift for salvation. (Zechariah 3:4,5 is a picture of this, where a man receives a change of raiment.) But what we do after we are saved constitutes our righteousness. This means that every Christian should be careful how he lives after he is saved, because "his righteousness" constitutes a "robe of fine linen" which he will wear in the bridal party. The indication is that some Christians appear naked! (See Revelation 16:15.) Examine prayerfully Revelation 3:17,18. Remember what John said:

 

1 John 2:28 - "And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming."

 

The context is the rapture - 1 John 3:1-4.

 

So this "bride" is purified at the Judgment Seat of Christ. She is made "spotless and without blemish." Crowns are rewarded for the Christian's works, and the works that "suffer loss" are burned in the fire. The "bride" is presented to Christ as a sinless "bride." (This marriage is described in detail in Psalm 45.)

 

Putting all these thoughts together, here is what the Bible presents:

    1. The "Bride of Christ" is caught up at the Rapture to be judged at the Judgment Seat of Christ.
    2. After she is judged, she is married to Jesus Christ near the end of the Tribulation.
    3. Before she comes back to this earth to reign with Christ in her 1000-year "honeymoon," as His bride, she is met in heaven by the Tribulation saints who have been caught out. They are "the virgins, her companions that follow her" (Psalms 45:14). Present at this marriage, we find the whole family of God, which is mentioned in Ephesians 3:15. (This is the "family" which "Baptist Briders" have long mistaken to be Christians of other denominations.)

 

Sad to say, we have many Baptist preachers who believe that the Baptist church is the only one true Church, and therefore that it is the "bride of Jesus Christ." Therefore, they believe that all the other saved people, in other denominations, are "friends of the Bridegroom." This misinterpretation is from failure to study the details of the Second Advent of Jesus Christ. The "family of God" does not consist of a body of born-again Baptists, Methodists, Lutherans, Episcopalians, etc., but it consists of a "body" (which is a "bride"), a Bridegroom (which is Jesus Christ), "friends of the Bridegroom" (Old Testament saints from Moses to John the Baptist, John 3:29), "concubines" (people saved under grace before the law in the Old Testament), "virgins" (Tribulation Jews), and "guests" (Tribulation Gentiles, Song of Soloman 6:8). There is another part of God's family - the Millennial saints - but they don't appear until after the Second Coming of Christ, and therefore, are not present at "the marriage."

 

Present at the marriage of the "bride" and the "Bridegroom" are "friends," "guests," "virgins," and "concubines" which consist of Old Testament saints before the Law, Old Testament Jews under the Law, Tribulation Gentile saints, and Tribulation Jewish saints. These are all given in Psalm 45, and are indicated in the Song of Solomon 6:8,9. Notice the Second Advent in the Song of Solomon 6:10, the rapture in Song of Solomon 2:8-14, and the Second Advent in Song of Solomon 3:6-11. (The main burden of the Bible is the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.)

 

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 obscure, apocalyptic, figurative, symbolical sayings of God."

 

No, He didn't say that! That is what the commentaries said! He said, "These are the t-r-u-e sayings of God." They are not the interpretations of Baptist theology, and they are not the writings of the King James translators. "These are the true sayings of God."

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.

 

 

Good statement! The angel said, "Don't fall down and worship me. Worship God." Don't worship angels! Don't worship saints! Don't worship churches! Don't worship sacraments! Don't worship teachings! Don't worship doctrines! Don't put anything ahead of Jesus Christ (Colossians 2:18)! Anything we put ahead of God is an idol. It doesn't matter if it's "New Testament doctrine," it's an idol! (An idolater is a man who puts anything ahead of the Lord Jesus Christ.) And if we put anything even with Him, we would cover Him up. That's what is so subtle about Catholic priests. They don't put anything ahead of Him (if you can ever pin them down), but all they teach about from morning to night is "the church" and "Mary," "Mary and the church," "Christ's TEACHING and Christ's CHURCH!" We have to get through "Mary" and the church to get to Him. We don't need a doorman, chauffeur, secretaries, and an attaché to get to Jesus Christ. If He loved us enough to die for us, He'll take us the moment we turn to Him. TURN! (Compare Revelation 19:10 with Isaiah 41:23 and John 6:37.)

 

Then we have one of the most remarkable statements in the word of God. "For the testimony of Jesus is (not "belonging to the church Christ founded," or "following the commandments, precepts, and teachings of the Master,'' or "loving your neighbor as yourself") the spirit of prophecy." "The testimony of Jesus" is the spirit to foretell the future. Prophecy is the sure and final test of infallibility. (Compare Isaiah 41:23-26.) If we want to really know the difference between a Bible-believing, born-again, Christian and a professing Christian, the acid test is this: DO YOU KNOW FOR CERTAIN WHERE YOU ARE GOING WHEN YOU DIE? DO YOU KNOW FOR CERTAIN WHERE UNSAVED PEOPLE ARE GOING WHEN THEY DIE? DO YOU KNOW FOR CERTAIN THE EVENTS THAT ARE GOING TO TAKE PLACE ON THIS EARTH WHEN JESUS CHRIST COMES AS KING? If they are a born-again Christian, they know! If they are a Catholic, a Jew, a Protestant, a Buddhist, a Mohammedan, Taoist, Hindu, liberal, modernist, neo-orthodox, Campbellite, Russellite, etc., they don't know!

 

"The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy." That's the acid test. The reason why this is, is because every born-again Christian has in him the Holy Spirit, and Jesus said in John 16:13: "Howbeit when he the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall be speak: and he will shew you things to come."

 

A born-again believer knows where he is going when he dies. The man who doesn't have assurance tries to go to the Bible and prove that his way is right. But God doesn't care how many times we go to the Bible; if we don't have the "testimony of Jesus Christ," we can't really read the Bible. It's not for us. The very idea of an unsaved man using the Bible to prove that he can't know that he is saved! The first thing God gives a man when he is saved is the knowledge that he is saved! (See 1 John 5:13.)

 

"The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy." "For I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day" (2 Timothy 1:12).

 

"God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord" (1 Corinthians 1:9).

 

"And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Thessalonians 5:23).

 

"Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it" (1 Thessalonians 5:24).

 

"Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy" (Jude 24).

 

"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" (1 John 3:2,3).

 

"For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:38,39).

 

That is, the Christian knows what's going to happen. He might not know every detail, 24 hours a day, about his personal life; he might not be able to tell us every president who will be elected for the next ten years; but, he knows when he dies where he's going, how to get there, what's going to happen when he gets there, and what he's going to do after that - because he has the "testimony of Jesus." The "testimony of Jesus" is not the "golden rule," or the CARE packages, or the Peace Corps, or the Ecumenical Council, but it is the "spirit of prophecy." Do we have it? Do we have a "testimony"? If we have a "Christian testimony," we know the future. If all we have for a "Christian testimony" is our good works, our good intentions, our good motives, our sweet resolutions, and the fact that we love everybody, we don't have any Christian testimony at all. There isn't a self-righteous, religious sinner on the face of the earth who doesn't take pride in those things.

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.

 

This is the second time heaven is opened since Revelation 4:1-3, which indicates the end of the Tribulation.

 

"A white horse." This shows that there are animals in heaven. They'll not be the same ones we have down here because "the spirit of the beast goeth downward to the earth," and that's the end of it. But the indication is that there are supernatural animals there; there were supernatural horses, in 2 Kings 2:11,12, and 2 Kings 6:11. See Revelation 6 for the detailed discussion of the difference in the "white horse riders."

 

Notice the word "righteousness" popping up in this chapter - "for true and righteous are his judgments" (Revelation 19:2). "righteousness of saints" (Revelation 19:8), "in righteousness he doth judge and make war" (Revelation 19:11). There's no doubt about this rider. He's Jesus Christ, the "righteousness of God."

Revelation 19:12 - 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.

 

Many crowns! Not just one crown, as in Revelation 6, and it is not the crown of the victor, but a "royal" or "kingly crown." (Greek: diademata.) The crown in Revelation is a "stephenas" (Greek), and this is a "diadem" (Greek) in the plural.

 

"And he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself." We can conjecture about this name, but the chances are pretty good that it is the original name of Jehovah, called the "Tetragrammaton," by Jehovah Witnesses. (One of the amusing things about Jehovah Witnesses is the name they go by, because the name "Jehovah" [although it is found in the Authorized Version] is a transliteration of Hebrew radicals that have never been translated. The Jew considered the word to be so holy that he never pronounced it, except as "Adonai" - LORD. This has given the Jehovah Witnesses the wild idea the LORD is "Jehovah," and Lord is "Jesus," a created God. This is also the agnostic teaching of the Alexandrian Greek philosophers - that Jesus Christ was not the one, true God, but "a" God whom the one, true God created. This is a gross error, which is corrected by the Bible, as it carefully preserves "L-O-R-D" in Revelation 19:16, indicating that Jesus Christ is Jehovah!)

 

Therefore, the "name written, that no man knew," is probably the name that God revealed to Moses, in Exodus, when He said, "I am that I am." There's no way to pronounce it correctly, because nobody now has ever heard it pronounced. It was a holy name, so holy that a modern Jew would not pronounce it. In the synagogue, when the word is found in their scripture, they pronounce "Adonai," this is not the spelling of the word at all. If we wrote it out in English, we would get "YHWH," which has caused the Neo-orthodox and Liberal scholars to refer to the Jews as having a tribal deity called "Yahweh." This is only a bad guess, and the guess doesn't do much good, because the men who use this nomenclature believe that the God of the Hebrews was not the Creator of the universe, and the Savior of men, but only a tribal deity, who took care of the crops! (This is very typical of the modern intellectual's attitude toward the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.)

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

 

This is the Lord Jesus Christ, as in John 1:1-3. The fact that His "vesture is dipped in blood" (as mentioned before), means that He has come through 200 million horsemen who have been crushed under His feet. They have been mashed so flat that the blood came up nearly three feet off the ground (Revelation 14:10, Isaiah 63:1-5, Psalm 68:23).

Revelation 19:14 - And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

 

When we compare this verse with Revelation 19:8, we will notice that the army with Him is "the Church," the body of born-again believers. This means that the Church, in this age, is a body conscripted for military service. The "weapons of our warfare," in this age, are not carnal but spiritual (2 Corinthians 10:4); but there will be a day when the Church will be a carnal fighting body with the implements of war, fighting a literal war. "Onward Christian soldiers, marching as to war" (Song of Solomon 6:13)!

 

When Jesus is captured and turned over to Pilate, He says something very interesting: John 18:36 - "Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence."

 

We'll find that many of the new "bibles" take out the word "NOW" because the translators believe that the Church is only called out for a spiritual warfare: this is not true. The Church has been called out to prepare for armed combat in a military group, at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

 

Song of Solomon 6:10 - "Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners?"

 

Here the Body of Christ is likened to the "moon," the "sun," and "terrible as an army with banners." So the true church becomes an army on horseback. They are now supernatural beings, and cannot be killed; they ride supernatural horses that cannot stumble. If we want to find this battle (of the Christian), it is found in Joel.

 

Joel 2:1-11 - "Blow ye the trumpet in Zion (Second Coming), and sound an alarm in my holy mountain (Second Coming): let all the inhabitants of the land tremble (Second Coming): for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand; A day of darkness and of gloominess (negative), a day of clouds and of thick darkness (negative- There's nothing positive about the main theme of the Bible, which is the crashing, roaring, raging, blistering, thundering vengeance of the wrath of Almighty God.), as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations. A fire devoureth before them (As we come down in this army with Jesus Christ, a flame thrower goes before us right down the path.); and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness (things growing before them and behind them the ground being scorched as they come across it); yea, and nothing shall escape them. The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run (Hebrews 3:8, Zephaniah 1:15). Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array. Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness (The faces are burned. Nahum 2:10. Ezekiel 20:47). They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war: and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break theft ranks: Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path (Just like they did in Joshua's day when they walked into the city after the walls fell.): and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded. (These are supernatural warriors on horseback, and we cannot kill them. When we come back with Christ, we have bodies like His, and a sword won't do any more than tickle our ribs!) They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief (T-H-I-E-F, Matthew 24:43). The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining (as in Matthew 24, Revelation 6, Joshua 10): And the Lord shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the Lord is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?"

 

The question is left unanswered (Jeremiah 6:22, Isaiah 13:3-5, Ezekiel 32:7,8). "And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?" (Revelation 6:16,17.) The answer: NOTHING!!! NOBODY!!!

Revelation 19:15 - 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.

 

This "sword" is the subject of Isaiah 34:5. (An "iron" military dictatorship, mentioned in Revelation 2:27, and it is a quotation from Psalm 2:9, where the Lord Jesus Christ is coming back as a military dictator.)

 

"And he treadeth the winepress." (See Revelation 14:20 where this was discussed in detail.) Dummelow, who wrote the one volume commentary, has a very interesting comment. He said. "Christ's Spirit overcomes wicked systems and institutions. This is Armageddon." NO!! NO!! Christ's Spirit does not overcome wicked systems and institutions, and there isn't any case in history where It ever did! Systems and institutions get worse and worse; they are never reformed; they are abandoned. How any man can write such an interpretation as the above and apply it to "Armageddon" is beyond reason.

Revelation 19:16 - And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

 

Nebuchadnezzar is called "a king of kings" (Ezekiel 26:7), but this one is "the KING OF KINGS." Notice the trick that the Bible pulls on the Jehovah Witnesses [which will make them have to get out their "New World Translation" and change this verse]. If capital "L," capital "O," capital "R," capital "D" means "Jehovah" (and the Jehovah Witnesses say that it does), then Jesus Christ is the "JEHOVAH OF JEHOVAHS"!

 

In regards to the catastrophic description of Revelation 19, it may be said that evolution is out of the question, in regards to moral progress. There isn't any such thing as "spreading Christ's kingdom" until He's here; there isn't any such thing as the world getting better and better until the Kingdom comes. The Bible knows nothing about these pagan philosophies; it only speaks of a total, degenerate apostasy, until Jesus Christ Himself splits the skies to come back and tear it up, and set up His own Kingdom. This is what the Associated Press has against the Bible; this is what Life, Look, Reader's Digest, etc. have against the Bible; this is what the Roman Catholic Church and the United Nations have against the Bible; this is what the National Council of "Christian" Churches has against the Bible. The one argument they all have with the Bible is that the Bible insists that they are rapidly going to pot, and becoming more unholy by the minute, and only Divine wrath can stop their apostasy.

 

The Bible is the greatest piece of "hate literature" on the market today. It testifies that their "deeds are evil" (John 7:7). That is why the world is dedicated to getting rid of it, revising it, changing it, abrogating it, perverting it, twisting it, or making it of none effect.

 

To get our context clearly in mind, let us review the events of Revelation 19 so far.

  1. These events deal with the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, which takes place at Armageddon in the land of Palestine. (Armageddon is the valley that stretches from Carmel and down the Kishon River valley, the Valley of Jezreel, to Jerusalem.
  2. The Antichrist's troops, under the United Nations, will be assembled at this point at the Second Advent of Jesus Christ. They will have 200 million horsemen mounted. It is on this motley array of demoniac warriors that Jesus Christ descends with the "armies from heaven" (see Judges 5:19,20). He literally stamps these troops under His feet until the blood comes up to the horses' bridles for a length of 160 miles, or the length of the land of Palestine.
  3. The armies with Jesus Christ come back after two things have taken place in heaven:
    1. The Judgment Seat of Christ. This is where the Christians receive rewards for their deeds, and suffer loss of reward.

The Marriage of the Lamb. Here the Christians, as a body, are married to Jesus Christ. They are a part of His body, as Adam and Eve were one flesh. Then Christ returns to the earth with the Church (in the form of a military army), in the "day of vengeance" and "wrath of Almighty God," bringing to bear His righteous judgments upon the Gentile world system. This system is composed of a "ten-king kingdom" controlled by the Roman Church.

Revelation 19:17,18 - 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; 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.

 

A carnivorous feast follows the massacre of these troops at Armageddon, where the birds of the air - buzzards, vultures, ravens, eagles pick up the remains. Hence, we have a peculiar expression among Americans, "strictly for the birds." (Remember these birds represent demons Matthew 13, Revelation 18.) They are now invited to come and feast on the Antichrist's troops. A similar passage is found in Ezekiel 39:1-22. So the birds gather to strip the slain. There is a direct reference to this activity in Luke 17:37 and Matthew 24:28. Remembering that the main burden of the Old Testament is the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, Job 39:19-30 also deals with the armed horses, at Armageddon, fighting against the Antichrist's troops, and the birds "sucking up the blood of the slain."

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.

 

This is a correlative of Revelation 17:13,14; 16:12-16; and 9:15-17. These armies are gathered together to make war against the Lord Jesus Christ, and against the heavenly armies, who come down from heaven when they fight (Judges 5:17-22).

 

Revelation 19:20 - 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.

 

Notice how the beast and the false prophet almost always appear together (Revelation 20:10). The false prophet, of course, is the second beast of Revelation 13:11. This battle of Armageddon is over, evidently, in a matter of minutes, whereas the "gathering" in the Tribulation takes 7 years. And the gathering for the battle takes several months; but when the two armies finally hit, the issue is settled in less than 24 hours. There is a decisive victory. It just says they were "gathered together" and then "the beast was taken." In other words, there is no way to stretch out a combat between an earthly force and the supernatural forces of the Lord Jesus Christ. When Jesus Christ returns with this army of saved, redeemed people, who have been made just like Him. Probably like 33 year-old males with supernatural bodies (with no blood) that can materialize and become invisible at a matter of will, bodies that can pass through shut doors, bodies that can fall on swords and not be hurt (Joel 2), bodies that can travel several hundred light years per second (John 20, Luke 24, Matthew 28, 1 Corinthians 15), the issue is never in doubt.

 

"A lake of fire burning with brimstone." This is the "second death" (Revelation 20:14,15). This is not "hell" but a separate place "prepared for the Devil and his angels" (Matthew 25:41). The "devil and his angels" show up in the Tribulation (Revelation 12:7-10), and they are cast into "a lake of fire burning with brimstone" with the "beast" and the "false prophet" (Revelation 19:20). The Devil himself is not cast in here at this time, but the Devil incarnate as the Antichrist, the "son," is cast in at this time. The Devil himself is bound in the bottomless pit for the next 1000 years, and then he joins the Antichrist in Revelation 20:10. Notice again that the final "lake of fire" burns forever and ever, and the occupants of it burn forever and ever. Their punishment is "everlasting," and the smoke of their torment goes up "forever and ever." They are said to suffer everlasting pain, everlasting shame, and everlasting punishment (see Revelation 14:11 and comments). Regardless of how we may feel personally about the doctrine of an everlasting hell - the Bible clearly teaches it from Genesis to Revelation.

 

About 100 years ago, the great Unitarian minister, Theodore Parker, was asked about the doctrine of hell. He was a student of Greek, and a Greek scholar in his own right. His statement concerning the doctrine of hell was one of the most honest and remarkable statements that has ever been made. Although he, personally, did not believe in hell (and rejected the doctrine of hell revealed in the New Testament), he admitted openly that the New Testament did teach that there was a literal, everlasting hell. In other words, he just rejected the authority of the New Testament, many Greek scholars fall into this class of commentators.

 

We may not like it; it may be distasteful to some; we may reject it; we may alibi it; we may not believe it; but that doesn't change the facts one bit. It's there!

 

Do you want to do something really good? Take the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour right now and make sure that you don't go there, or win somebody to Jesus Christ and make sure that he doesn't go to hell. God forbid that we should ever see the day when the best company available will be the Devil, the Antichrist, and the false prophet. I don't particularly care for that company. I'm a sinner and deserve that kind of company, but thank God, by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, I'm not going there. By His grace, my company is going to be Moses, David, John, Peter, James, Paul, Moody, Torrey, Finney, Whitfield, Spurgeon, Savonarola, the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, the seraphim, the cherubim, the four beasts, the twenty-four elders, and the martyrs of all ages!

 

The "false prophet" in Revelation 19:20 is typified in the Old Testament by Baalam; he's typified in Acts by "Barjesus," and "Simon the sorcerer" (Acts 8,13).

 

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 sword of him.., which sword proceeded out of his mouth." In plainer words, all the Lord Jesus Christ has to do is speak (Proverbs 12:18, Hebrews 4:12). When Christ speaks the word, the damage is done. He will pierce the army, they will fall down wounded, and He will trample them under His feet (see Zechariah 14:3,12).

 

"And all the fowls were filled with their flesh." Down come the carrion fowls - buzzards, vultures, crows, hawks, eagles - and feast on the remains. This terrible and bloody end of a terrible and bloody period is the event that is referred to more times in the Bible than any other three events combined. The greatest events in the scripture are the events of Revelation 19, 11, and 6 - "THE DAY OF THE LORD." This day is typified by Nebuchadnezzar's attack on Jerusalem (598 BC), and by Titus' attack on Jerusalem in 70 AD. (but it is not fulfilled, completely, to the perfection of the Holy Spirit's words until a future date). This is "THE DAY OF THE LORD" for which the Christian looks. For the world, it is a day of wrath and vengeance, and for the Christian, it is a day of "blessed hope." This is the day when the Christian gets his new body, and comes back to dwell on an earth that has been regenerated by the presence of its Creator.

 

If mankind had combined the Civil War, World War I, World War II, and the Korean War, and fought all four of these wars at the same time, he would not have experienced one-half the damage, destruction, misery, sorrow, and bloodshed that is going to take place in the last 3 years of the great Tribulation, which is the end of this age. It is referred to as "the end" wherever we find it in Daniel or Matthew. And it is the bloody capstone of a long history that began when the first man born murdered his twin brother.

 

 

 

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