Recap Previous Study Rev 19: vs. 1-9 (here) now continued .... vs.10-21
If there were any portion of the Book of Revelation John would like to omit, this would be the verse. He has just done a foolish thing. He allowed himself to become so enamored with the angel delivering the message that he began worshipping a created being.
Such recording of human weaknesses proves that God wrote the Bible, for man would have omitted his mistakes.
God, however, records them in order to show the world that all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
As John bows his knee to this created being, the angel cries, "Don't do it. Angels are but ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation (Hebrews 1:14). Get up! I am only a servant of God, as you are."
John has just learned an important lesson. Have you? Beware of any religion that honors or reveres angels-including the angel Moroni of Mormonism. Such reverence is wrong: Let no man beguile you of your reward in...worshipping of angels (Colossians 2:18).
Even the angel's command in our text is, "worship God." Thus, it is obvious that we are not to worship men, women, angels, or idols (see Exodus 20:4, 5).
These verses graphically portray the coming of Christ to earth.
This event is called "The Revelation" among theologians because this is the moment the Lord reveals himself to the inhabitants of earth. The same scene was observed in Revelation 11:15, as well .
Remember, chapters 12 through 191)https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+12-19&version=KJV simply repeat the materials presented in chapters 6 through 11.2)https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+6-11&version=KJV
For centuries, the world has scoffingly cried, Where is the promise of his coming? (2 Peter 3:4).
The scene before us is a literal event because John sees heaven opened.
This is thrilling. Heaven's door is opened but twice in the Book of Revelation- once in Revelation 4:1, and now in Revelation 19:11. Chapter 43)https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+4&version=KJV pictures the Rapture; chapter 194)https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+19&version=KJV pictures the Revelation. The door was opened in chapter 45)https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+4&version=KJV to receive the saved; now the door is opened again in order that the saints may return with the rider on the white horse-the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Don't let anyone tell you that there is but one appearing at Christ's return. Two opened doors tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
The Rider in verse 126)https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+19%3A12&version=KJV has eyes... as a flame of fire, which are piercing and purging. He can immediately see through the sham and hypocrisy of men. These are the same eyes we viewed in Revelation 1:14. As King, Christ has on His head the crowns of royalty.
He also has a special name that will only be exposed at the hour of His return. Until then He alone knows this name and its meaning.
In Revelation 19:13, we see that the Lord wears a vesture dipped in blood - a picture of the judgment He is bringing to earth. None can doubt that this Judge is anyone but the Lord Jesus Christ, for His name is called the Word of God. John often called Him by this name. In fact, he was the only New Testament writer to use this title.
John 1:1 states: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:14 adds, And the Word was made flesh. He again calls Christ the Word of life in 1 John 1:1.
At this moment John sees the Word of God coming in judgment.
He also observes a great host called the armies [of] heaven following Him upon white horses. Notice that they come from heaven; they are not already present on earth. They are the saints who were raptured in Revelation 4:1 - the Bride who made herself ready and [wore] fine linen, clean and white in verse 87)https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+19%3A8&version=KJV of this present study.
Tens of thousands-yea, millions upon millions in number-avoided the Tribulation hour and are now returning with the King for the conflict at Armageddon.
They are privileged to stand with Him as He comes to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him (Jude 1:15).
The time of reaping has arrived.
As Christ returns to subjugate the earth dwellers, He does so with a sword in His mouth (see Revelation 19:15). This sword is nothing less than the Word of God. His Word always smites men in their consciences and lives.
This is exactly what happened to the officers of the chief priests and Pharisees when they came to the Garden of Gethsemane, seeking Jesus, As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground (John 18:6). Oh, the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12).
We note in Revelation 19:15 that Christ and His Word alone smash the nations at Armageddon. The armies of heaven only observe as He treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. This moment brings the fulfillment of Daniel 2:34, which predicts that a stone...cut out without hands pulverizes the image-the ten-nation confederacy.
Then the stone instantly expands and fills the entire earth with a new kingdom, never to be destroyed. Its leader is the King of kings and Lord of lords.
No one can miss Him, for His vesture and thigh coverings bear His title-King of kings and Lord of lords. The King has come! Oh, hallelujah! The King has come!
The devastating scene described in these verses is the result of the Battle of Armageddon (Revelation 16:16) fought in the valleys of Megiddo and Jehoshaphat, not Russia's invasion of Israel (see Ezekiel 38 and 39).8)https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel+38%2C39&version=KJV
Russia made her move in the middle of the Tribulation hour. Why? The Antichrist came to power, made a false peace pact with the nations, and then broke it in the midst of the seven years (see Daniel 9:27). At that point Russia invaded the Holy Land, for she went up to the land of unwalled villages; [saying] I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely (Ezekiel 38:11).
Prior to the appearance of the Antichrist in chapter 13,9)https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+13&version=KJV the nation of Israel is not at rest or dwelling safely. This situation changes when he comes to power, takes control, and initiates his peace plan. Then Israel and all the world proclaim, "Peace, peace," but it does not last, For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction [comes] upon them (1 Thessalonians 5:3).
Russia quickly takes advantage of the opportunity and moves against Israel, for she is at rest, dwelling safely. Moscow's act of aggression, however, proves to be her "Waterloo," for she is destroyed by the hand of God (see Ezekiel 39:1 -3).
Conversely, the battle described in this present chapter occurs as God destroys the Antichrist and his ten-homed empire.
Revelation 14:14-20, and Revelation 16:17-21, already studied, also have to do with the Battle of Armageddon. Thus, we see that before the Marriage Supper of the Lamb becomes a reality, the supper of the great God occurs. This event begins as an angel summons all the fowls (or vultures) of heaven to gather together for a feast, For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together (Matthew 24:28).
At this gathering they eat the flesh of deceased kings, captains, mighty men, horses, their riders, and all men from every rank and position of life. What a horrible nightmare as men suffer the consequences of their rebellion against God.
What a conclusion! Two world leaders-one political, the other religious; one posing as God, the other promoting him-now discover that their charade is over. They are cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone-the final abode of all God haters and Christ-rejecters for time and eternity. A thousand years later, when Satan joins them (Revelation 20:10), they are still suffering torment day and night. Oh, who is foolish enough to preach immediate disintegration or annihilation in the light of such plain texts?
A MESSAGE OF HOPE FROM DR. JACK VAN IMPE
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