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REVELATION CHAPTER 19

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1 After these things I heard something like a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, " Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God; 

 

Rev 19,1-9

(136i) Temple >> Your spirit is the temple of God >> The body of Christ >> Body of Christ is the Church – The “bride of Christ” is also known as the body of Christ. One refers to someone other than Jesus (His wife), while the other refers to Christ’s body, only not His own. How could these terms refer to the same person but to separate individuals at the same time? Genesis 2-23 says, “The man said, ‘This is now bone of my bones, And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.’” This verse is talking about Eve as a separate person from Adam, yet having the same flesh and bones, physically alike to Adam. The same holds true with Christ and the Church. The Church represents every person who has died in faith since the beginning of time, including Old Testament believers. It is the Church in heaven. Each of us is a member of His body. The body of Christ suggests that we will represent Him to His creation, while the bride of Christ is a separate entity, yet one flesh and Spirit with Him.

Rev 19,1-7

(252h) Trinity >> You shall put no other gods before Me >> Worship God >> Worship God for being God – God’s people worship him not just for being the creator, but also for being the judge of all creation, and not just for being the judge, but because His judgments are true and righteous, and as a result we can trust Him with our lives. There are things He wants from His creation, and for this reason He allows suffering. He is creating His people for His own possession who after this life will be able to trust Him in eternity. He is setting precedence for the future and preparing our hearts to understand that He is completely trustworthy. Even if we have to suffer it is better in the end and there is a reward waiting for us. He knows what He's doing, and we believe in Him. We put our beliefs and ideas aside and our opinions about what we think He should do, and trust Him that what He’s doing is for the best.

Rev 19,1-6

(40l) Judgment >> God is glorified >> God defends His righteousness through judgment – One of the major points of faith in God is His justice that He apportions to His creation. In eternity He will make judgments that will seem strange and illogical as they seem today. Nothing will change in the future that way. In a million, billion years from now God will do things that will not seem right to us, yet each of these confounding circumstances will help understand Him a little better as we trust Him. Our big mistake is that we think that this life is all about us. This outlook makes God seem like our servant, as though everything He does is for our sake, as though nothing He does should ever be for His own sake, as though that would be selfish of God to think about Himself once in a while. We are so self-centered that we never stop to consider what God may be trying to accomplish through us. He is trying to create us in the way that He wants, but we want Him to make us so we never suffer. It says that in heaven all pain and suffering will cease, but that doesn’t mean we will never have to trust God again; we just won’t live in a fallible body immersed in poverty. It is important to God that we believe in Him, because He knows the future in a hundred billion years from now; the things He will call us to do will require us to trust Him, no different from this life. God is always planning for the future and lives in the present; He always has the big picture in mind. God seems strange to us because our future with Him will be different from our present circumstances, not just our future in heaven when we get there, but the future billions of years from now, how things will change. There will be all kinds of bends in the road, tight corners and confounding circumstances just as there are in this life, and we will need to trust God in eternity, and He is setting precedence in this life.

(49f) Judgment >> God's enemies are destroyed >> Enemies of the prophets are destroyed -- These verses go with verse 21. All of us in heaven trust God for the judgments that He has executed against our enemies, those who oppressed us and made martyrs of the prophets and of the saints. We understand the justice of God against our enemies for what they have done to us, and the fact that we are giving praise to God and worshipping Him is affirming that His judgment is true and righteous. However, many people are falling away from the faith these days, and there is only one reason they are doing it: they don’t believe in God’s justice. They don’t agree with Him about what He is doing. They think that He should be doing something to counteract the circumstances in the world that keep getting worse; He sits back and lets it all happen, and they are mad at God because of His idleness. However, keep in mind that the bondservants in heaven are worshipping God. It says that many of His worshippers were martyred, meaning that they trusted God when they were alive in the flesh, but people these days who are falling away from the faith have lost their trust in God. They don’t believe in His justice; instead, they believe God should be more active in our lives, and bring about justice swiftly. They quit worshipping God, which means that if they don’t repent of their unbelief, they may not be counted in the roles of heaven. We who believe in God are the only ones who understand how much is at stake.

(50g) Judgment >> Sequence of Revelations >> First half of the tribulation >> The seals of Satan's wrath >> Fall of Satan – Finally, God has used His power and has begun to reign! Man has been waiting for this ever since the Garden of Eden. Now things will be easier, because Satan is no longer in charge. God has taken his place and has become Prince of the Power of the Air. The kingdom that He builds will be one that incorporates all the fruits of the Spirit. The saints are very happy that God is in charge of the creation and that they don’t have an ogre for a leader; instead, they have someone they can trust. As many people who are His worshippers testify against the wicked who have found their place in hell, who refused to serve the Lord, but tried to be their own god and ended up worshipping the devil instead, God’s opposite.

Rev 19,1-3

(39ja) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Jesus defeated this world system >> Jesus defeated people who serve Satan -- These verses go with verses 11-21. Everything reduces to trust regarding faith in God’s righteous judgment. For example, we don’t understand why punishing somebody forever just for a few decades of rebellion is true and righteous. There are many things we don’t understand about God, and part of the reason is that we don’t understand ourselves. We don’t even understand what we know, for without the Bible we still would know in our hearts that we have been created in the image of God in that no other animal can do what we have done. No other animal comes close to the mind that God has given us, the ability to reason that we might reason with Him, and come to realize that we owe Him our allegiance. He deserves that, and we know it, and so it is a simple matter of trust. As eternity progresses, everything will come into focus.

Rev 19-1

(130b) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Being in one accord >> Having one voice

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2-6 BECAUSE HIS JUDGMENTS ARE TRUE AND RIGHTEOUS; for He has judged the great harlot who was corrupting the earth with her immorality, and HE HAS AVENGED THE BLOOD OF HIS BOND-SERVANTS ON HER." 3 And a second time they said, "Hallelujah! HER SMOKE RISES UP FOREVER AND EVER." 4 And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who sits on the throne saying, "Amen. Hallelujah!" 5 And a voice came from the throne, saying, " Give praise to our God, all you His bond-servants, you who fear Him, the small and the great." 6 Then I heard something like the voice of a great multitude and like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying, " Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.

 

Rev 19-2,3

(29c) Gift of God >> God is our advocate >> Delivered from death

(134i) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Sins of the body >> Immorality >> Adultery >> Spiritual adultery Who is the audience of this passage; is it not the Catholic Church? Once again we have paired up the corruption of the harlot’s immorality with the blood of the saints, suggesting their association is embedded in the world's pursuit of happiness at their expense. “Adulteress” gives her marriage status. She is not just having sex with a married person; she is the married person having sex with a man who is not her husband. Of course this is spiritual adultery, and she is married to Jesus, committing idolatry with demons.

Rev 19-2

(12f) Servant >> Nature of a bond servant -- This verse goes with verse 5

(28i) Gift of God >> God is our advocate >> God crushes those who make us stumble

(107f) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing From God >> Truth of the trinity >> Father is truth

(189f) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Martyr >> Martyrs bring about the judgment of God – The book of Revelation has symbolic meaning and literal meaning attached to almost everything it says, so this word “immorality” means exactly that, sexual immorality, but it also refers to the immorality of seeking monetary gain at the cost of human lives. One thing we know for certain is that martyrdom is the reason God has judged the harlot; martyrs were killed during the seals. 

Rev 19-3

(40k) God Is Glorified Through Judgment (Key verse)

(47a) Judgment >> God Judges the world >> Hell is a place of sorrow >> It is a great fire prepared for the devil and his angels >> The lake of fire -- This verse goes with verse 20. John the revelator is equating the burning of Rome with the subsequent judgment of hell, showing the transparency between her judgment on earth with her judgment in eternity, as though hell has opened up and swallowed the Vatican city of Satan.

(189aa) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Holy sacrifice >> The smell of death >> Stench of the dead

(189c) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Holy sacrifice >> Acceptable sacrifice -- Since those in hell determined not serve God, God decided to use them as an object lesson for the rest of His creation what it means to rebel against Him. In that sense God views those in hell as having sacrificed their eternal happiness for the sake of the elect.

(245g) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> Manifestation of God’s righteous judgment >> Manifestation of God’s justice Part of our rejoicing in heaven pertains to God’s judgment on the wicked; it says, "Their torment rises up forever and ever." Some of us are already happy that our enemies are going to hell, but if they were honest with themselves, they would think that it was a little too severe to give people bodies that cannot die and then throw them into a lake of fire and leave them there to suffer forever and ever. None of us would wish a fate like this on our worst enemy, not even on the most ruthless serial killer; anybody who seriously thought about this would have to say that it seems over-the-top. Some people think it would be just of God that He should annihilate them, but God would retort, ‘I won’t do that because I made man an eternal spirit’. We might reply, ‘Why then did you create them in the first place,’ and God would say, “Who are you, O man, who answers back to God?” Who are we to tell God what to create and what not to create? What will we do about God’s seeming distorted sense of justice? Will we give up on Him, or will we trust Him? Let’s face it, we don’t really know Him that well; we have only been alive for a handful of decades, some maybe seven or eight… that’s nothing. We haven’t even begun to understand God, but as we trust Him the longer we know Him, the more time in prayer we spend with Him and learn about Him, the more He makes sense to us. God created the righteous and the wicked so that He could create a people for his own possession, who were zealous for good works. In the process, God made people with in eternal spirit who grew wicked based on their own volition, who have no place in His kingdom, whom God has no intension of annihilating. They will deserve whatever judgment they receive, for they have defied the God of all creation. They should have known, and in fact they did know exactly what they were doing, and that is why God sent them to hell.

Rev 19-5

(12f) Servant >> Nature of a bond servantThis verse goes with verse 2

(88j) Thy kingdom come >> Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom >> It causes repentance

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7 "Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready."

 

Rev 19,7-10

(50j) Judgment >> Sequence of Revelations >> Second half of the tribulation >> The seventh seal >> Marriage supper of the lamb – Most people moan with terrible despair and disappointment at the idea of living a celibate life in heaven, but that will not be the case at all. Mat 22,24-30 has the Pharisees asking Jesus a question about sex in the afterlife, “Teacher, Moses said, 'if a man dies having no children, his brother as next of kin shall marry his wife, and raise up children for his brother.' Now there were seven brothers with us; and the first married and died, and having no children left his wife to his brother; so also the second, and the third, down to the seventh. Last of all, the woman died. In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife of the seven will she be, for they all had married her? But Jesus answered and said to them, ‘You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.’” There will be no marriage between Christians in heaven, but there will be marriage between the bride (all Christians) and Christ. Many people moan that there will be no marriage like we know in this life, but the heavenly marriage between Christ and the Church will far exceed what we currently know about sex in the flesh. People say, ‘What good is heaven without sex,’ and they are pointing out the profound significance of sex, saying that without it life isn’t worth living. God would tell them to hold on to their britches, for the sex they love so much is just a symbol of what is coming!

(224e) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Description of heaven >> The joyful kingdom >> The marriage supper of the lamb – We don’t understand eternity in the life to come. This brings up an important question regarding when the Marriage Supper of the Lamb occurs in the sequence of endtime events. Every soul who has ever been saved since Adam will be there, involving billions of people, and they will all have a chance to stand up and tell their stories about what God has done for them, which will take a really long time. We don’t know exactly what the Marriage Supper of the Lamb will entail, but we do know that it will be similar to the last supper that Jesus had with his disciples in the upper room, which was a time of sharing and fellowship. He will bring us all together in the first joyous celebration of victory over death, victory over Satan, and victory over the world of sin through the blood of Christ. In this life we live on a sequential timeline of events that cements the past behind us while the future remains somewhat malleable, but God’s experience of time in eternity is not the same as ours. For example, prophecy is cemented into the future. God can squeeze a thousand years into one day, and make one day last a thousand years. The Marriage Supper of the Lamb happens before God makes the new heavens and the new earth, which He will do sometime after the Millennium. Most people believe that directly after Christ defeats His enemies in the war of Armageddon, He will set foot on the Mount of Olives, which is the official beginning of Millennium. There are two problems with this: first, when does the Marriage Supper of the Lamb take place? Don’t forget, the earth will still be smoldering from the judgments of the trumpets and the bowls, hence problem two: Why would God want to set up His kingdom on a smoldering planet? Remember, the iconic image of the endtimes according to Scripture is that smoke will block out the sun and the moon will be turned blood red on the great and awesome day of the Lord (Joel 2,28-32). If the Marriage Supper of the Lamb is held here on earth during the Millennium we will be held to a natural concept of time, and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb may conceivably last thousands of years. Besides, if the Marriage Supper of the Lamb is held on earth in the natural realm directly after the war of Armageddon, we could be looking across the table at one another through a cloud of smoke. This marriage feast is not something Jesus will want to expedite in order to get on with his millennial kingdom; He has been looking forward to this moment for a very long time. He said in Mark 14-24,25, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many… I tell you the truth, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it anew in the Kingdom of God.” Jesus was referring to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb when He said this. Therefore, based on these facts: 1) this celebration will likely take thousands of years to complete, 2) the earth will be in no condition to host Jesus and His Church, 3) the Marriage Supper is mentioned at this point in Scripture, 4) the remnant is not included in the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, and 5) all are in attendance, it seems most likely that this celebration will occur in heaven between the Bowls of God's judgment and the war of Armageddon, after which He will set up His millennial kingdom. The Marriage Supper of the Lamb is a celebration of eternal life; why would we celebrate it in the natural realm?

Rev 19,7-9

(208ja) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Personal relationship >> Being married to God >> Knowing God >> Church knows Christ as a woman knows a man – Believers in Jesus tend to forget that we will one day be married to Christ. That doesn’t sit very well with some Christian men, who don’t want to be anyone's bride, and perhaps that is one reason more women than men go to church. Salvation and faith in Jesus is very much like a marriage relationship. When we got saved, we all took our vows to faithfully serve Christ for the rest of our lives. I prayed something like this: ‘Lord, from now on my life belongs to you; use me as you wish and I will do all I can to help make your plan and purpose a reality in my life.’ Many people get saved just to appease their conscience, which is not a bad motive, but the best motive of salvation is to develop a genuine relationship with Christ through the Spirit.

Rev 19-7

(4j) Responsibility >> The choices you make >> Accountable for your deeds – When it says, "The bride has made herself ready," it is alluding to putting on her wedding clothes. Clothes are a symbol of our deeds. The last day works of the Church will be different from the works of any other time in the Church’s history, being that this is the time of her wedding! The actual wedding will occur just prior to the millennium, but the bride will get dressed for it prior to Christ’s return. Therefore, we had better start preparing and putting on appropriate apparel for a wedding, because His return is sooner than it has ever been.

(125g) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Joy >> Joy is the result of unity – Our relationship with Christ is intimate, both individually and as a group. Individually, the relationship bears resemblance to a sexual relationship between a man and a woman in that the Holy Spirit dwells in the believer, reminiscent of a man going into a woman, but collectively, this experience will be greatly magnified to become the ultimate mystery of the afterlife, a mystery that God has not revealed to us. The relationship is like the indwelling Holy Spirit, but it is also like sexual intercourse. How could God reveal this to us, since we have no experiential basis to compare? Sex is actually the symbol of what is to come. When Christ goes into His Church, it will have to be different from the way the Holy Spirit dwells in us now, otherwise it would be the same. An experience is coming that will be completely new, resembling sexual intercourse, and the best way to explain it is with the word Unity, since the term bride of Christ is defined by unity, one body with many members. It is the heavenly relationship between Christ and the Church that is the real substance; that which is familiar to us between a man and a woman is the symbol. Just as symbols are not an exact match of what they are supposed to represent, so sex is not an exact match of the intimacy we will come to know in heaven with Christ.

(234e) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the glory of God >> Set your mind on the glory of God

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8-10 It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. 9 Then he said to me, "Write, 'Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.' " And he said to me, "These are true words of God." 10 Then I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, "Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and your brethren who hold the testimony of Jesus; worship God. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."

 

Rev 19-8 

(36b) Gift of God >> Gifts from the Holy Spirit >> The gift of repentance

(50h) Judgment >> Sequence of Revelations >> Second half of the tribulation >> The saints flee into the wilderness - spiritual warfare  (Pre-rapture ascension)

(90i) Thy kingdom come >> Keeping the law >> Righteousness of the law >> All righteousness is covered by the law

(92d) Thy kingdom come >> The narrow way >> Trail of good works >> Putting on His good works -- This verse goes with verse 14

(103h) Thy kingdom come >> Purifying process >> Cleans yourself

(113a) Heaven’s clothes (Key verse)

(113c) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> The anointing >> Heaven’s clothes >> Clothe yourself with good works -- This verse goes with verse 14. The very first thing the Church lost after the apostles fell asleep was the anointing. It was the most valuable and vulnerable of spiritual attributes, making it Satan’s top priority to smother it by erasing it from church doctrine, for without the anointing in writing it became illegitimate to Christianity. Now the only people who teach the anointing are the flakes and nuts of televangelism who know less about it than the people who reject its teaching. When we look up the word anointing in the Bible, we see it mentioned more often in the Old Testament than in the New, except that the name Christ is literally translated “Anointed One,” hence Christians are “anointed ones.” The anointing is associated with temple worship, consisting of fragrant oil that the high priest wore in preparation to enter the Holy of Holies each year to make propitiation for the sins of the people on the Day of Atonement. Therefore, the anointing is in reference to dying to self. Jesus manifested this symbol of old covenant worship and has called us to take up our cross and follow Him. After partaking of the showbread as illumined by the four golden lampstands, representing the word of God revealed by the Holy Spirit, and passing the golden altar of perpetual incense representing prayer, placed just outside the veil along the way to the Most Holy Place, we discover the anointing that God has prepared for us. We are to wear this anointing like clothing in the form of good works that God produces in us through the anointing, even as Aaron wore the ceremonial robes.

(115l) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Through Good Works >> Works that God prepared for you – This woman who clothed herself with a wedding gown knows how God has called each member of her body; He has granted to her the authority to make herself ready for her groom. Note that God did not clothe the woman, but she “clothed herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.” There are doctrines coming mostly from the Evangelical point of view claiming that God must do everything for us, and that we can do nothing for ourselves, because our works are as filthy rags, quoting this from Isaiah 64-6. These are those who would sit around and wait for God to clothe them with good works, and if it never happens, then it is not their fault. This is absurd, yet there are many people who believe this. In other words, we are like two-year-olds and we need God to help us put on our pants. Those who would believe this have not matured one iota regardless how long they have been Christians. While it is true that our works are as filthy rags, yet it is only true prior to being saved. After we are saved by grace through faith, though, God calls us with a holy calling, and all our works based on His calling are holy to the Lord, seasoned as it were with grace, so that our works are not as filthy rags anymore, but blessed as the fruit of our lives. This process of producing good works through our calling is called "working the grace of God." Note that these good works are not just any works that we might determine for ourselves, as though we can do anything and God must bless us. It is not the works that the Christian determines on his own, but the works to which God has called him that God blesses, for these works are based on obeying the Holy Spirit who revealed our calling in the first place. The works of our calling are proof that we have an ear that can hear the voice of the Holy Spirit and that we are listening to Him and are ready to do whatever He says. By doing this we are staying alert; we have a hearing ear to what the Spirit is saying; we are staying busy doing His will; we possess all the attributes that Jesus spoke about a Christian's life. 

Rev 19-9

(33j) Gift of God >> God is our Father >> God serves His people who serve Him >> He treats His people with special care

(34h) Gift of God >> God is willing to Give >> The blessed First Resurrection

(107l) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> hearing from God >> The Bible will lead you to truth >> Thy word is truth

Rev 19-10

(12k) Servant >> Bond servants the prophets – There is a one-to-one correspondence between the testimony of Jesus and the Spirit of prophecy. We can testify that Jesus is in our hearts, but not every Christian has a spirit of prophecy. We can read the Bible to understand His will, but it is the spirit of prophecy that testifies about His specific plan for us. There are those who don’t believe there are prophets anymore, but we read endtime prophecy in the Bible about prophets being martyred for their faith. We can learn a lot from Scripture if we study it, but if we reject the word of the prophets, it is proof we don't understand the Scriptures, for it was through the Spirits of prophets that wrote the Scriptures. If we receive the word of prophets from ages past but reject the prophets of our own time, how are we any better that the Pharisees who praised the prophets of old, but had Jesus crucified?

(15c) Servant >> Ministering spirits >> Angels give help in time of need – The fact that the angel said, “Do not do that [worship me]; I am a fellow servant of yours and of your brethren,” is declaring that angels are not that different from mankind. The thing we have in common with angels is that we are both servants.

(131a) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Interdependent on each other to do the will of God

(144i) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> Trinity bears witness of Jesus >> Holy Spirit bears witness of Jesus

(147i) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness to Jesus >> Evangelism >> Solemnly testify about Jesus

(152f) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> Witnesses of the father >> Prophets >> Jesus is a prophet >> Jesus prophesies to the Church

(196c) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Idolatry >> Worshipping angels

(252a) Trinity >> You shall put no other gods before Me >> Worship Jesus (Because He is equal with God) >> Jesus is worthy of our worship >> Worship Jesus for His inherent worthiness – An angel is commanding the apostle John not to worship him. This is a verse for the trinity. In the Bible is says that people worshipped Jesus and He did not stop them in contrast to worshipping angels (196c).

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11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war.

 

Rev 19,11-21

(39ja) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Jesus defeated this world system >> Jesus defeated people who serve Satan -- These verses go with verses 1-3. This is referring to the war of Armageddon, the war against God, which is pure insanity, showing how low man has regressed. This so-called war marks the end of man’s reign upon the earth. Their intension was to encircle Jerusalem to completely destroy it, but Jesus stepped in at the last second and destroyed her enemies for the purpose of establishing his thousand-year reign, stationing His kingdom in Jerusalem. The Lord comes to make war against His enemies and to protect Jerusalem from annihilation. He comes to speak to His remnant who believed in Him, seeds of His millennial kingdom. He called them like Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth during His thousand year reign on earth.

(40d) Judgment >> Jesus judges the world through His own death – In these verses we are seeing the age of grace coming to an end and ushering in the glorious age of Christ’s millennium. God always starts a new age when man grows depraved. Jesus came and shed his blood during a time of Israel's depravity, and now Jesus is about to return under the same circumstances, during at time again when man has become willing to serve Satan rather than God. There will be more people saved during the thousand-year reign of Christ than all those who have been saved throughout time. Jesus will rule the nations with a rod of iron; He will be there to put the kibosh on folly and wickedness that people will perpetrate during His reign. Since He will rule the nations with a rod of iron, He will not merely slap their hand, but put them to death. Sin and rebellion is an ongoing saga, and God continues teaching His creation that mutiny is in vain. 

(50l) Judgment >> Sequence of Revelations >> God puts away sin and glorifies the Church  >> Armageddon – The Apostle John is describing the war of Armageddon. He saw heaven open and one proceeded from it who sat on a white horse, and others came with Him. It is fair to say that John wrote the book of Revelation based on what he saw, and what he saw is how it will appear to the inhabitants of the earth on that day. The entire inhabitants of the earth will take part in this war, save a remnant. There had been a great migration, and all that is left of the populations of the world will be camped outside Jerusalem, preparing to invade it. Civilization by then will have collapsed to such an extent that their weapons will have regressed to swords and clubs. This indicates just how few people are left on the earth at the time, just a drop in a bucket compared to seven billion people today.

(245i) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> Manifestation of God’s righteous judgment >> Manifestation of Jesus’ victory over sin – This will not be a conventional war, nor will it be a nuclear war. Albert Einstein said, “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but world War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” The war of Armageddon will be a one-sided bloodbath. Note that horses will be the mode of transportation, since our current industrial and technological revolutions will have stopped turning, having been blown to smithereens with the nuclear holocaust of WWIII, having cracked over bone-shattering earthquakes during the seals, trumpets and bowls of God's judgment. There will be no semblance of a technological age except roads that are in the process of being paved over with vegetation and soil, and the remnants of buildings that occasionally fall in a heap with a strong wind. After Christ has revealed Himself to be this undefeatable foe, man will assemble against Him through the leadership of Satan. The nations will gather together just outside Jerusalem, where the people who represent what’s left of the world would attack the holy city, except that Jesus will ambush them along the way, and the armies of the nations will turn their swords and clubs against Jesus, who is coming against them from the sky. These are the ones who have taken the mark of the beast during the seals and have damned their souls to hell, who have nothing to lose, whose sanity has been lost to the mind of demons. An angel seized the false prophet and the beast (the antichrist) and threw them alive into the lake of fire, which suddenly appeared through a portal leading into hell, and then closed over them. It says that the sword of Jesus’ mouth destroyed His enemies. Jesus simply said something "I Am He" (Jn 18,4-6) and they all fell to the ground and died.

Rev 19,11-16

(82k) Thy kingdom come >> Power of prayer >> Prayer prepares you to meet Jesus

(111j) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Word and the judgment of God -- These verses go with verse 21

Rev 19,11-14

(60f) Paradox >> Two implied meanings >> Second coming of Jesus Christ / How God answers prayer – People have been praying for the Second coming of Jesus Christ, and finally here He comes. A passage similar to this is spoken in Mat 24-30,31, “And they will see the son of man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.” There is only one difference between this rendition of the coming of Christ and the one in Mat 24,29-31: those following behind Him. In Matthew they are angels, but in this passage they are people, clothed with fine linen white and clean (v8). The robes are significant in that they represent the Church that Jesus cleansed with His blood. This indicates that the second coming of Jesus Christ is a two-fold event, once for His people at the First Resurrection/Rapture, and once again to destroy His enemies and set up His thousand-year reign on earth.

Rev 19,11-13

(40a) Jesus Is The Judge (Key verse)

(107e) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Truth of the trinity >> Jesus is truth – This passage is where we get the idea that Jesus is the word of God, as He also said in Jn 14-6, “I am the way, and the Truth, and the life.” When we add that He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, we see that the cross epitomized God’s truth. It is how God revealed Himself most succinctly to mankind. The cross gives Jesus the right to judge the world in righteousness. Trying to expound on all the ramifications of Jesus being God’s Truth would be almost impossible, since it is interpolated throughout the Scriptures. For example, we know that God created the heavens and the earth. He creates things through His word, and by that we know that He created all things through His Son. The Father gave the words to His Son to speak, and when He spoke them, God created the universe through Him, and there is no greater truth than that.

Rev 19-11

(102m) Thy kingdom come >> Faithfulness (Loyalty) >> Loyalty is unswerving

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12 His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. 

 

Rev 19,12-16

(40b) Judgment >> Jesus is the judge >> Jesus judges the world’s disobedience – Most people consider their own lives more important than anyone else’s, and when everyone has this opinion, it makes for an evil world. They even gave it a name: capitalism. Jesus did just the opposite; He sacrificed His life in place of others. The most profitable economic ideology though least likely to work in this world is the system that God intends to use in heaven, starting in the Millennium, and He will have to use a rod of iron to enforce it, and that economic ideology will revolve around people putting the interests of others in front of their own. Phi 2-3 says, “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves.” This will bring about more prosperity than this world has ever known. Jesus would not consider any other system, but because of man’s evil nature, this concept is kicked to the curb.

Rev 19-12

(66j) Authority >> Jesus’ authority >> His words are the authority of God

(104c) Thy kingdom come >> Purifying process >> Purified by fire >> Purified through fiery judgment – There will always be mysteries about Christ. Had it been a statement written on Him that no one knew, that would be an incomprehensible thought or idea, but since it was a name written on Him, the fact that it was a name refers to an aspect of His identity, it represents a whole side of Himself that we will never know. It is the only aspect of Christ that those condemned to hell know about Christ, for it refers to eternal judgment against sin.

(231e) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Mystery of godliness >> Revelation of Jesus is the mystery of the kingdom >> Jesus is the mystery of the kingdom There is a point at which our understanding of Christ will fail us. The name written on Him may resemble “I Am.” Jesus never had a beginning, and we will never be able to relate to this since we did have a beginning. We do know Him in the present, which is the most important moment in eternity, thus we know the most important aspect of Christ. Jesus lives in the present and He taught us to live in the present, and He has also given us a future in eternity, but we will never comprehend eternity past. This name written on Him will therefore remain an eternal mystery that will forever keep us amazed at our God. There will be things in heaven that point to His distant past, but going back further there was time when only God existed, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and that length of time would have been an eternity. 

(253ec) Trinity >> Relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is equal with the Father >> Jesus has all the internal qualities of the Father >> Jesus is God in heaven – What makes God such an amazing person is that Jesus went to the cross and took upon Himself every evil thing man has ever done with complete consciousness of sin. This shows the mental stability of Christ: When God raised Him from the dead, He showed no signs of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It is unimaginable that He could have gone through that and come back unscathed, but this is what the Bible says. This is how He was able to hush the sea in a raging storm; He is just that calm and at peace in His heart. Some people are committed to a mental institution because they can't handle their own sin, let alone the sins of the whole world. This is how big God is as a person. Anyone else would have been emotionally scarred forever, His life would have been useless to Him, but Jesus came back in perfect physical, mental and emotional health. Someone might say that God simply dumped all man’s sin into hell. That is the case with the residents of heaven whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, but it is not the case of unregenerate man who has rejected Him; otherwise, how could God judge them if He couldn’t remember their sin? Jesus remembers what unforgiven people have done, because He personally experienced their sin. At the White Throne Judgment God will judge those who appear before Him for every evil thing they have said and done, which means God maintains a consciousness of their sin, which also means that Jesus has retained the sins that He personally suffered on the cross of those who have rejected His forgiveness. God is by no means a prude.

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13-16 He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. 15 From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. 16 And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, "KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS."

 

Rev 19,13-15

(38b) Judgment >> Blood of Jesus >> God judged man through the blood of His son – When it says that he will rule the nations with a rod of iron, it is referring to the Millennium, but as for now “He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty.” He’s got the red grapes and is stepping on them, and out comes the juice, and He’s going to make wine. There was wine in the harlot’s glass consisting of the blood of the saints, and now He will make His own wine from the blood of those who martyred the saints. It is only fair and just, for God intends to reward the world for the willful sin it has committed.

(113f) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> The anointing >> Heaven’s clothes >> Garments of warfare – The Old Testament speaks of the Millennium as a time of peace, yet Christ will rule the earth with a rod of iron, suggesting that coercion is necessary to make peace in a world of sinners; the trick is putting the scepter into the right hands. In a world of evil no one is righteous enough to hold the scepter, but Jesus wields the scepter in that He has earned the right to judge the nations when he gave his life to save the world from their sins. He used the rod of iron to subdue His enemies during the Great Tribulation prior to establishing His kingdom. This set precedence for His thousand-year reign of peace that only comes through coercion.

(255c) Trinity >> Holy Spirit’s relationship between Father and Son >> God’s word is Spirit >> Jesus is the word of the Spirit >> Jesus is the manifested word of God The Father has sent His Son to judge the world based on their rejection of His cross, and there is a name written on Him, but that is not what they call Him; they call Him the word of God. John 1-1,2 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.” Before the creation, before anything was created He was with God in the beginning. God Himself never had a beginning and neither did Jesus. It is impossible to know the full experience of Christ on the cross, having been alienated from His Father after sharing an eternity with Him.

Rev 19-13,14

(116d) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Through worship >> Through His authority

Rev 19-14

(92d) Thy kingdom come >> The narrow way >> Trail of good works >> Putting on His good works -- This verse goes with verse 8

(93g) Thy kingdom come >> Following Jesus >> Disciples follow Him

(113c) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> The anointing >> Heaven’s clothes >> Clothe yourself with good works -- This verse goes with verse 8

(224f) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Description of heaven >> The joyful kingdom >> We shall always be with the Lord

Rev 19-15

(61k) Paradox >> Two implied meanings >> Out of his mouth comes a sharp two-edged sword: That cut them to the quick / That cut them to the grave -- This verse goes with verse 21

(150e) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness of Jesus >> Confessing Jesus >> Making the good confession (Son of God) -- This verse goes with verse 21. The great and the small will finally meet in the fields of Armageddon, where God will mow them down, and they will all perish together. On the fields of Armageddon they will discover the small are not smaller than the great and the great are not greater than the small, but they are all equally dead, defeated by the King of kings and the Lord of lords, the one they defied since Adam ate the forbidden fruit. Man has continued thinking in his heart over the millennia that he was greater than His creator. He came and visited them, and He made Himself smaller than any man. He didn’t try to be more humble but revealed His true identity in His actual character, and it turns out that God is more humble than any man, though He is infinitely greater than all. He died for man’s sin, so now He wears a robe dipped in blood, so those who would believe in Him for eternal life will be given fine linen white and clean and a white horse that they ride behind their Lord and Master to fight against the enemies of the blood-stained earth below the cross of Christ. They defied His person, defied His humility, defied His love and inner qualities, and dared to challenge Him in a duel with the elementary principles of their sinful flesh. Who would win the war against God? It was decided in the fields of Armageddon at the second coming of Jesus Christ, at the revelation of a sharp two-edge sword in the form of words that proceeded from His mouth, "I Am He" (Jn 18,4-8), that literally cut them to the quick.

Rev 19-16

(66a) Authority >> Lordship of Christ >> He is Lord over all creation >> over life and death

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17-19 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried out with a loud voice, saying to all the birds which fly in midheaven, "Come, assemble for the great supper of God, 18 so that you may eat the flesh of kings and the flesh of commanders and the flesh of mighty men and the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them and the flesh of all men, both free men and slaves, and small and great." 19 And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies assembled to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. 

 

Rev 19,17-21

(163k) Works of the devil >> Being a slave to the devil (Addictions) >> Entertaining demons >> Disciplined by the devil as a son – Jesus came and died for the sins of the world at a time when mankind was utterly corrupt, and when He returns He will find the reprobate mindset again established within the human gene pool that wouldn’t repent even if it could. All the birds will come and eat their flesh. God called them to the field prior to battle, knowing the outcome. There are a lot of people who think that God is hard on mankind, but if they saw the kind of people these men have become, reprobates without the slightest hint of repentance in their stony hearts, maybe they would understand God’s reasons. These days are coming and they are coming fast. The only thing necessary for the book of Revelation to unfold is for the global economy to collapse. The economy even now is teetering on the brink of destruction, and nobody seems all that concerned. When it does collapse, it will cause a domino effect that will not stop toppling this world system until everybody is pointing spears at heaven and cursing his wonderful name. So, will a faltering economy turn everyone into reprobates? No it won’t, but this domino effect will, suggesting that there are already enough people in the world who will misbehave in a state of chaos, causing riots, killing people for food and shelter, being the first step in hardening man’s heart to stone, and no one will step in to break the downward cycle of human depravity, until he creates hell for himself on earth. People will blame God for everything that is happening to them, even though they are the ones causing the terror. Instead of repenting and turning to God for mercy they will turn away from Him.

(170l) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Outward appearance >> Vanity >> Vain effort >> Effort lacking direction

Rev 19,17-19

(56j) Paradox >> Opposites >> He who exalts himself shall be humbled

Rev 19-17,18

(51k) Judgment >> Judging the Church with the world >> No partiality with God’s justice

Rev 19-17

(15h) Servant >> Angels have authority >> They have the power to decree an order

(112h) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Light >> Light exposes sin >> Light reveals hidden deeds

Rev 19,19-21 

(19c) Sin >> Mocking God Without a cause >> Motivated by demons

(160g) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Satan’s attitude determines our direction >> Led by the devil to fight against God

(164d) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world system >> Satan rules the world >> Satan is a tyrant over the world – The book of Revelation uses the word “beast” interchangeably, sometimes calling the false prophet the beast, but in this case He used “the beast” to mean the antichrist. The false prophet initially was the beast, who essentially owned the world and then gave his power to the antichrist, the voice of his one-world religion (the Pope). In fact, “antichrist” is a fabricated title; the Bible doesn’t say there is an antichrist, but calls him the man of lawlessness. The title “beast” comes from the book of Daniel, from the fourth king that arises to take control of the world during the period of anarchy when the global economic system collapses. There will be three attempted coups prior to the fourth, whose success will be attributed to deception and intrigue. That is, there won’t be any qualities within him that led to his success, just a big mouth. That’s the beast; the false prophet controls the one-world government and institutes the Mark of the Beast. Meanwhile, a Great Endtime Revival will ensue throughout the earth, leading many millions of people to be saved, and it will reek havoc on Satan’s efforts to take over the world, and so the false prophet will hire the Vatican to become his religion and requiring the world to fall down and worship the Pope in effort to counteract this Christian revival that is quickly gaining momentum.

Rev 19-19

(65h) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Satan unites the world for the cause of deception

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20&21 And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone. 21 And the rest were killed with the sword which came from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse, and all the birds were filled with their flesh.

 

Rev 19-20

(47a) Judgment >> God Judges the world >> Hell is a place of sorrow >> It is a great fire prepared for the devil and his angels >> The lake of fire -- This verse goes with verse 3. God will command His angels to lay hold of the beast and the false prophet and throw them alive into the lake of fire. Where is the lake of fire? It's whereabouts is a mystery prior to God destroying this present creation and building a new one in its place, but in the new creation, the lake of fire will be at the center of the new earth. This suggest that the lake of fire is currently a spiritual place, and these men were thrown alive into it. Their bodies died and were vaporized by the intense heat before they reached the bottom of the abyss, and it doesn’t say they took part of the second resurrection (the resurrection of the wicked). They were given new bodies that could not die, while they continued the descent into the lake of fire.

(50m) Judgment >> Sequence of Revelations >> God puts away sin and glorifies the Church >> White-throne judgment - Lake of fire ( the second death)

(179g) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Wolves >> False prophets >> False prophets confess to be the Christ

(183d) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Spirit of Error (Anti-Christ / Anti-Semitism) >> Witchcraft >> Anointing of error

(195i) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Idolatry >> Worshipping other gods >> Worshipping other gods as a god yourself

Rev 19-21

(49f) Judgment >> God's enemies are destroyed >> Enemies of the prophets are destroyed -- This verse goes with verses 1-6. What did Jesus say to the army of His enemies to make them all suddenly keel over dead? “I Am He” (Jn 18,4-8)! Jesus is the life of God, but He can also destroy, though “destroyer” is not in His title. Ironically, Jesus is a better destroyer than Satan, whose title is literally “destroyer”. God is better than Satan even at the things of which Satan boasts the most; Jesus destroyed every soldier in that army with a single breath; it wasn’t even a battle; He never had to lift a finger against them. Jesus merely spoke to them, performing the function of His identity as the word of God, and they all laid down and died in obedience to His voice. Later after the Millennium, fire will come down from heaven and consume His enemies again. Then Christ will destroy the entire universe and create a new one in its place. The word “destroyer” is not in His title because it is not anything He values. The only reason “destroyer” is in the title of Satan it because that is the only thing he can do, not that he’s good at it by comparison. Actually, when we think about Satan, he never really destroyed anything; he only lied to people and people destroyed themselves, and so in a sense we could say that the destroyer is just a liar. Think of all the wars and destruction he caused; the fact is, he didn’t do any of it; he only deceived the nations into destroying themselves.

(61k) Paradox >> Two implied meanings >> Out of his mouth comes a sharp two-edged sword: That cut them to the quick / That cut them to the grave -- This verse goes with verse 15

(111j) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Word and the judgment of God -- This verse goes with verses 11-16. 2000 years earlier when He visited man in the weakness of human flesh, before they took Jesus into custody Judas kissed Him as an identifying sign, and when they asked Him if he was Jesus, he said “I Am He,” and the force of his words, as it were a mighty wind, caused them all to fall to the ground (Jn 18,5-8), but He was shooting blanks. Instead of His enemies repenting at His word, they got back up and proceeded with God’s predetermined plan to execute Him. However, at the end of the age He will not be shooting blanks; when He speaks to the world, they will all fall to the ground as before, but this time they will not get back up.

(150e) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness of Jesus >> Confessing Jesus >> Making the good confession (Son of God) -- This verse goes with verse 15

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