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Bible: What Does Revelation 19 Teach Us About Jesus' Second Coming to the Earth?
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Revelation 19: The "Revelation" of Jesus Christ: His Second Coming to the Earth
Worship in Heaven
After witnessing the utter decimation of Babylon, John shifts his attention toward the heavens whence he hears joyful worship (“Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God”).
“A great multitude” praises the Lord for judging the city (“the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication”) and for avenging the murders of the saints (vv. 1-2).
Again, they chant “Alleluia!” because of Babylon’s eternal condemnation (v. 3).
The twenty-four elders and four living creatures join in the praise of the Father, adding their assent to the sentiments of the multitude (v. 4).
An unidentified voice from the throne commands all God’s servants, even those who fear Him, to praise Him (v. 5; cf. Ps. 115:13).
The apostle again hears the thunderous voice of “a great multitude” which celebrates the reign of “the Lord God Omnipotent” with another “Alleluia” (v. 6).
This assembly’s spokesman exhorts the rest to rejoice and glorify God for the arrival of the Lamb’s marriage to His “wife,” whom God has permitted to be clothed in bright, fine linen: her righteousnesses (“the righteous acts of the saints”) [v. 8; cf. Eph. 5:26-27].
The Marriage Supper in Heaven
John’s attending angel commands the apostle to write “the true sayings of God” which pronounce a blessing upon all whom He has called to celebrate the “marriage supper” (v. 9).
[The Church will unite with Christ in a marriage ceremony.
Besides the members of the body of Christ, whom else does God invite to the marriage supper?]
When John prostrates himself in worship before the angel, the latter rebukes him, instructing him that he is the servant of John and other believers, and then tells him that God is his proper object of worship.
God has designed prophecy to reveal that Jesus is the only One worthy of adoration (“For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy”) [v. 10; cf. Ryrie, New Testament Study Bible, 480].
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At this point, the apostle sees a white horse emerge from an opening in the sky (v. 11a; cf. the Antichrist’s mount in 6:2).
John hears its Rider being called “Faithful and True” (cf. terms used of Christ in 1:5; 3:7); He is going forward to wage a righteous war of judgment (v. 11b).
The prophet describes this Person in detail (vv. 12-13, 15-16): fiery eyes speak of His burning holiness, and “many crowns” suggest His sovereignty over all nations.
Only He knows the meaning of His name (v. 12).
[Not only does Jesus have this unrevealed Name, but He is also called “Faithful and True” (v. 11), “The Word of God” (v. 13b), and “King of Kings and Lord of Lords” (v. 16).]
He wears “a robe dipped in blood” (v. 13a; cf. Is. 63:1-6), and God calls Him “The Word of God” (v. 13b; cf. Jn. 1:1, 14).
Accompanied on white horses by “the armies in heaven” wearing their “fine linen” (v. 14), this One speaks God’s word (“out of His mouth goes a sharp sword”; cf. Heb. 4:12; Rev. 1:16) against the nations.
With it, He subdues them and administers God’s omnipotent wrath upon them (v. 15).
[John compares His crushing of the nations to a vintner’s squashing of grapes in his winepress.]
The glorious Rider wears another title on His robe and on His thigh, this one expressing His absolute sovereignty over all rulers (v. 16).
Christ Destroys Antichrist's Armies at Armageddon
John begins his brief description of “Armageddon” by noting another angel’s call to various carrion birds to assemble for “the supper of the great God” on the field of battle where they will feast on the flesh of man and horses (vv. 17-18; cf. Matt. 24:28).
On the plain of Esdraelon stand the Roman prince, the kings of the earth, and their armies ready to unleash an assault against Christ and the Church (“Him who sat on the horse and against His army”) [v. 19].
Christ’s armies capture the Antichrist and the False Prophet, and throw them alive into the lake of fire (v. 20).
By uttering a single command, Christ kills every enemy warrior. Then the fowls descend (v. 21).
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