Revelation Chapter 19

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Revelation Chapter 19

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

19:2 For true and righteous [are] his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.

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

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.

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.

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

 

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thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.

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.

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.

19:9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed [are] they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

19:17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;

19:18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all [men, both] free and bond, both small and great.

19:19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their

 

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armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.

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.

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.

V erses 1–2: With the destruction of the Papacy by the kings of the earth, there is a great, exultant song of praise that is given to God in heaven. The fact that there is a great voice of much people in heaven shows that what God is doing on earth has the unanimous support of heaven. This is evidence that the plan of salvation has totally won back the allegiance of the whole universe to God.

At the beginning of the great controversy between Christ and Satan, Lucifer had deceived a third of the host in heaven (the angels of God) to the degree that they followed him in his rebellion against God. We are told in Patriarchs and Prophets page 42:

"The inhabitants of heaven and of the worlds, being unprepared to comprehend the nature or consequences of sin, could not then have seen the justice of God in the destruction of Satan."

The applause of approval seen here at the end of the great controversy gives evidence that God has won the respect and support of His subjects in heaven.

Verse 3 records that the smoke of the burning of the great whore ascends up for ever and ever. The fire which burned the great whore is misinterpreted as evidence of an everlating fire that burns the wicked. The glory of God is an everlasting fire (Is. 33:14; Deut. 4:24; Heb. 12:29). That God’s glory and presence is described as an everlasting fire, does not mean that the wicked live and burn consciously forever. The wicked are totally destroyed and do not exist any more. It is not the fire but the smoke that

 

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never stops ascending. The smoke here can be understood as the eternal residual of the fire. There has been a war, a judgment, and a meting out of judgment by God. This record lasts forever and ever. The history of the terrible revolt against God, His Son, His character, laws and government, will stand forever. This is part of the reason for what we are told in Nahum 1:9, "affliction shall not rise up the second time." The wisdom, patience and love with which God has handled the rebellion has totally exonerated God and fully shown that there was no reason for the rebellion.

Verse 6 records the voice of a great multitude saying, "Alleluia, for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth." This sounds like support for what God is doing from His living saints on earth.

God has received a lot of criticism on earth for the way He has handled the great controversy. The criticism is based on ignorance. Because of the goodness of God, the evil and terribleness of sin have been restrained and moderated until the very end when, were it not for God’s intervention, the world would self-destruct. The more the reality of what is going on in the great controversy is comprehended and realized, the greater the praise is heard from all who have not been matured in rebellion. The recurring point and significance of this fact is that now God can end sin and sinners and Satan with no fear contaminating the worship of God.

Verse 7 announces that the marriage of the Lamb is come. His wife hath made herself ready! This is what the universe has been waiting for since October 22, 1844 (and all through this terrible experience of sin)! The marriage is culminated between Jesus and His people at the close of the investigative judgment. Jesus now receives His bride (His people) unto Himself. The Kingdom of God is now made up and again complete. The loss of one third of the angels from heaven has been replaced by the redeemed. The Kingdom of God is now fully restored. It is made up of those whose names are retained in the Book of Life; the redeemed of all who have lived throughout the ages, and the unfallen angels and the unfallen beings of the rest of the universe. These who are redeemed from the earth are accepted by the Father as the bride for His only begotten Son. The marriage then takes place in heaven

 

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before Jesus returns as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, to rescue the remnant of His bride that are being threatened with death by the beast power of earth. The bride (the church) of Jesus is entering into the marriage relationship day-by-day as each submits himself or herself to bear the cross and enthrone King Jesus in their hearts. While the investigative judgment is in progress in the Most Holy Place of the sanctuary in heaven, the marriage is in progress with His living saints on earth. As we are being cleansed from our sins—we enter into a relationship with Jesus that is likened to a marriage. Jesus is our Lover. We are the object of His great love. The question is, what will you do with the offer of marriage—the overtures of divine love? Will we respond with our whole heart and give Him first place in our thoughts and affections? This is the essence of the gospel. It is a love story. God wants our full, undivided, total love and affection based on who He is and our personal, living experience with Him! Will we enter into this kind of a personal relationship with Him here and now or not? That is the issue of salvation. That is the issue of the last part of the great controversy. Satan says—try as you like—people love themselves more than anyone or anything else—and you cannot really change them with love or anything else!

Verses 11–21 picture the dramatic rescue by Jesus of His bride on earth which is being threatened by the one world government. This is also a description of the great Battle of Armageddon. The beast, the false prophet, and the kings of the earth are taken and cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. Thus those who have refused the offer of marriage to the King of Kings perish by their own choice!