Revelation - Chapter 19
The Songs of Victory in Heaven: 19:1-10.
Revelation chapter 19 starts with songs of victory in heaven. Four times the word “ALLELUIA” is used in this chapter. Heaven now rejoices over Christ’s victory over the Babylon. For the marriage of the Lamb has come. The Lord God omnipotent reigns. The bride of the Lamb is prepared for the wedding. “Alleluia” simply means praise the Lord. The angels and 24 elders joint the redeemed people saying amen in the celebration for God’s righteous judgment over His enemies. They praise God because salvation, glory and power belong to our God (19:1). Then John heard another voice of a great multitude. It is like the voice of many waters. They began the heavenly chorus praising God saying “Lord God omnipotent reigns”. For the marriage of the Lamb has come and his Bride has made herself ready, clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure” (19: 6-8). Those who have been saved now join the inhabitants of heaven to celebrate God's judgment and deliverance. The celebration is known as the marriage supper. The Lamb refers to Christ. The bride clothed in fine linen. The fine linen represents the righteous deeds of the saints (19:7). They are faithful to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus(19:10). The angel instructs John to write a blessing for those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb. This blessing is true and coming from God. The church is the heavenly bride and engaged to Christ now (2 Cor 11:2). There are 3 phases in the Jewish wedding. First, parents make a marriage contract for children when they are young. Second ceremony is at bride’s house when groom goes to get her. Thirdly there is a marriage supper. Now believers are engaged to Christ. We are waiting for Christ to return to take us home. Finally there will be a wedding supper. Most probably it will take place during the millennium or in heaven. What is John’s reaction? John fell down at the feet of angel to worship. John was forbidden to worship angel. Angels are fellow servants. Only God should be worshiped. Those who wait for the marriage supper of the Lamb should embrace Christ and live for his glory. .
The Second Coming of Christ: 19:11-16.
Then John saw heaven opened and a white horse. The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True. The victorious one riding on the white horse is none other than Christ. He will reign in a way that is worthy of trust and he will judge in righteousness. The rejoicing in heaven foreshadows the glorious coming of Christ on earth. The second coming of Christ will be more beautiful than we ever can imagine. First Christ came in weakness to save us. There was no room for Him to be born. He came to his own his own received him not. Believers are now waiting for His return (Acts 1:11). He will come in the air to receive His own people (John 14:1-3). He judges and makes war. Christ is the faithful and true witness. He comes with mighty power to wage war against the beast and false prophet. White horse symbolizes Christ's triumphal procession. His eyes are like a flame of fire. This speaks of penetrating eye and the power of His judgment. On His head are many crowns. This speaks of His everlasting glory. A name was written on Him that no one understand except himself. Christ is beyond human comprehension. He wore a robe dipped in blood. It refers to his own blood or the blood of his enemies. He will strike nations with the Word which is sharper than two edges sword (Heb 4:12). Christ will rule nations with iron rode. This speaks of His absolute righteousness (Psalms 2:8, 9). He will judge the wicked nations. It is a terrible thing to fall into the hand of God. Someone has said "One way or another, all sin will be punished".
The Defeat of Antichrist and False Prophet: 19:17-21.
Christ is coming to establish His kingdom and He will rule in righteousness for a thousand year. Before He does that His enemies must be defeated. Chapter 19:17-21 is a preview of that great battle. Then John saw an angel standing in the sun saying to all birds to gather for the great supper of God. They will eat the flesh of them who are slain by the Lord in the battle (19:17-18). Antichrist will deceive the nations to wage a war against God and His people. Those who obey God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ will become the object of Antichrist’s hatred. All the nations will gather together to wage battle against Jerusalem (Zechariah 14:1-2). This battle will take place in the plain of Megiddo (Zechariah 12:11). This war is known as Armageddon. It will be the bloodiest and most brazen war ever fought in the history. It will be swift and deadly. It takes place at the end of the tribulation period. Some suggest that this war may not be same as the invasion of Ezekiel 38. Christ will destroy His enemies with the breath of His mouth (2 Thess 2:8). The Antichrist and the false prophet will be captured and throne alive into the lake of fire. Ultimate victory belongs to Christ. In righteousness He judges and makes war. Those who embrace Christ will be saved. John encourages believers to reject the sinful pleasure of this world and be vigilant against deception of Satan.