End Times 32, Revelation 19:1-21, Christ Returns, The Tribulation Ends, Judgment Follows.

THESE THINGS WILL HAPPEN! The scenes in this opening video show a world of people, which have turned their backs on Christ as their Lord and Savior, and have found themselves in the Tribulation. Those whom have accepted Christ have been removed from the world and taken to Heaven by Christ. Tribulation judgments on the world, by Christ and His angels, are shown in this opening video. God has chosen the Tribulation judgments to draw those, whom had previously rejected Christ, to saving faith in our Lord (Note. Young children may be seen in the video, but will not be left behind to undergo the judgments of the Tribulation.)

I. Introduction. It is at the end of the Great Tribulation that Israel is being attacked by all of the nations of the world at the Battle of Armageddon; the USA is one of those worldly attackers. The Jews see no way out of their impending destruction. Israel, and Jews everywhere, have denied Christ for centuries, but now they call on Him, in faith, to save them, which our Lord does. Christ descends from heaven with angels, and born again believers in Christ whom were resurrected or raptured prior to the beginning of the tribulation; they were then taken to Heaven where they have been waiting for this prophetic event for the salvation of God’s chosen people (Deu 14:2). This article will discuss the second coming of Christ, when He will stand on planet earth.

A. Series Title. Israel In Revelation.

B. Opening Video Title. REVELATION.

C. Article Title. End Times 32, Revelation 19:1-21, Christ Returns, The Tribulation Ends, Judgment Follows.

D. Article Focus. End Times and Present Time.

II. Key Verse. Revelation 19: 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.”

III. Preview of Revelation Chapter 19.

A. The events of Rev 19 are identified in verse order, as follow: The Marriage of the Lamb; The Marriage Supper of the Lamb; The descent of Christ from Heaven with the raptured and resurrected believers of the church age, and angels, for the Battle of Armageddon.

B. With some repetition, at the second coming of Christ from heaven to stand on planet earth, the Tribulation comes to a close. In Rev 19 Christ returns to Earth to judge sin and to set up the prophesied Kingdom Age, also known as the thousand year millennial reign. Accompanying Christ, will be the born again believers in Christ, whom were alive and caught up to heaven in the rapture of the church prior to the tribulation (John 14:2,3,6; 1 Cor 15:50-54; 1 Thes 4:13-18). Also, with the returning Christ, will be the born again believers which died during the church age (prior to the tribulation), and were resurrected from death immediately prior to the living believers being raptured. At the time of the rapture, Christ will come in the air, but will not stand on planet Earth. These returning saints will rule and reign with Christ for the duration of the Kingdom age (1 Cor 6:2, Rev 20:4). In a future article, we will discuss the details of the ruling and reigning of saved Jews, pre and post Christ, in conjunction with the ruling and reigning of the the returning, resurrected and raptured, saints (1 Cor 6:2, Rev 20:4).

IV. Rev 19. Text And Comments. Unless otherwise noted, comments come from the MacArthur Study Bible.

A. Rev 19:1-6. The Fourfold Hallelujah. Text.

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; 2 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.

B. Rev 19:1-6. Comments.

1. 19:1-6. 19:1–6 Alleluia. The transliteration of this Heb. word appears 4 times in the NT, all in this chapter (vv. 1, 3, 4, 6). This exclamation, meaning “Praise the Lord,” occurs frequently in the OT (cf. Pss. 104:35; 105:45; 106:1; 111:1; 112:1; 113:1; 117:1; 135:1; 146:1). Five reasons for their praise emerge: 1) God’s deliverance of His people from their enemies (v. 1); 2) God’s meting out of justice (v. 2); 3) God’s permanent crushing of man’s rebellion (v. 3); 4) God’s sovereignty (v. 6); and 5) God’s communion with His people (v. 7).

2. 19:1 “After these things.” This is a time key. After the destruction of Babylon at the end of the Great Tribulation, just before the kingdom is established (chap. 20). This section bridges the Tribulation and the millennial kingdom. “great multitude.” Probably angels, since the saints join in later (vv. 5ff.; cf. 5:11, 12; 7:11, 12). The imminent return of the Lord Jesus Christ prompts this outburst of praise.

3. 19:2. judgments. Saints long for the day of judgment (cf. 6:10; 16:7; Is. 9:7; Jer. 23:5). Godly people love righteousness and hate sin, for righteousness honors God and sin mocks Him. Believers long for a world of justice and it will come (v. 15; 2:27; 12:5).

4. 19:3. smoke rises. This is because of the fire (cf. 17:16, 18; 18:8, 9, 18; 14:8–11).

5. 19:4. twenty-four elders. Best understood as representatives of the church (see note on 4:4). four living creatures. A special order of angelic beings. These compose the same group as in 7:11 and are associated with worship frequently (4:8, 11; 5:9–12, 14; 11:16–18).

6. 19:5. small and great. All distinctions and ranks are to be transcended.

7. 19:6 Omnipotent. Or “Almighty.” Used 9 times in Revelation as a title for God (cf. v. 15; 1:8; 4:8; 11:17; 15:3; 16:7, 14; 21:22). The great praise of the multitude sounds like a massive crashing of waves.

C. Rev 19:7-10. Marriage of the Lamb. Text.

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. 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.” 8 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.”

D. Rev 19:7-10. Comments.

1. 19:7. The marriage of the Lamb. His bride. It is the rapture of the church that takes the bride (the born again believers in Christ) to the altar of the wedding, and is the only way that the bride finds her way to the wedding (John 14:2-6. vs 6 is key: “Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Me.”). It is through a belief in Christ (John 3:16) that precedes Christ personally taking His bride (the church) to Heaven in the rapture (John 14:6); the rapture precedes the bride (Eph 5:25-32) being taken to the marriage of the Lamb Rev 19:7). If there is no rapture of the church, there will be no marriage of the Lamb.

2. 19:8. righteous acts of the saints. Not Christ’s imputed righteousness granted to believers at salvation, but the practical results of that righteousness in believers’ lives, i.e., the outward manifestation of inward virtue.

2. 19:9. In as much as the Greek text does not distinguish between marriage supper and and marriage feast, but uses the same word for both, and since the marriage supper consistently is used in reference to Israel on earth, it may be best to view the marriage of the Lamb as that event in the heavens in which the church is eternally united to Christ and the marriage feast or supper as the millennium, to which Jews and Gentiles will be invited, which takes place on the earth, during which time the bridegroom is honored through the display of the bride to all His friends who are assembled there. (Things To Come, J. Dwight Pentecost, pp 228).

3. 19:9. “those who are called.” This is not the bride (the church) but the guests. The bride doesn’t get invited, she invites. These are those saved before Pentecost, all the faithful believers saved by grace through faith up to the birth of the church (Acts 2:1ff.). Though they are not the bride, they still are glorified and reign with Christ in the millennial kingdom. The guests also will include tribulation saints and believers alive in earthly bodies in the kingdom. The church is the bride, pure and faithful—never a harlot, like Israel was (see Hos. 2).

4. 19:10. Men are not to worship angels, only God. Prophecy is designed to reveal the Lord Jesus (Ryrie Study Bible).

E. Rev 19:11-19. The Coming of Christ. Text.

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. 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. 13 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.” 17 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.

F. Rev 19:11-19. Comments.

1. 19:11–13.KJV Study Bible. This white horse is not that of 6:2. Here the True Messiah returns in victorious conquest. He is Faithful to His Word and promises. He will fulfill the twofold role of judge and warrior. His judgment of the earth will be totally righteous (cf. 16:5–7; 19:2; Ps. 96:13). The fire depicts glory and judgment. The crowns indicate total sovereignty and authority (contrast 12:3; 13:1). The secret name expresses the mystery and greatness of the person of Christ (cf. 2:17; 3:12; 19:13, 16; Phil. 2:9–11). The blood represents the judgment of Christ’s enemies (cf. 14:14–20; Is. 63:1–6). The name “Word of God” presents Christ as the revelation of God Himself (cf. John 1:1, 14; 1 John 1:1). In His first advent, Jesus especially revealed the love and grace of God (cf. John 1:17; Rom. 5:8). But in His second advent, He will reveal the holiness, justice, and judgment of God (cf. Heb. 4:12).

2. 19:14. John F. Walvoord Revelation Commentary. Accompanying Christ on His second coming are those described as “the armies which were in heaven.” Some, such as J. B. Smith, have limited this army to the church, the Bride of Christ, on the basis that it is described as clothed in fine linen, white and clean. There is, however, no reason to limit this to the church, though the church is arrayed in fine linen. The church is not alone in having righteousness in the form of righteous deeds, and it is more probable that here not only the saints but also the holy angels are meant.

3. 19:15. NKJV Study Bible. The sword from His mouth depicts judgment through His spoken Word (cf. 1:16; 2:12, 16; Is. 11:4; 2 Thess. 2:8). Smite the nations: Christ will destroy all unbelievers (cf. 19:21; Matt. 25:41, 46; 2 Thess. 1:8, 9). Rod of iron: Christ will subject all nations to Himself, and destroy all His enemies (cf. Ps. 2:8, 9; 1 Cor. 15:24, 25). Winepress: See 14:17–20. Words relating to wrath and anger are found 15 times in Revelation. KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS: Christ has universal sovereignty. He is King over all who call themselves kings, and Lord over all who call themselves lords (cf. 17:14; Deut. 10:17; Dan. 2:47; 1 Tim. 6:15).

4. 19:16.NKJV Study Bible. KING OF KINGS means the One who is supreme over all earthly rulers. The phrase “Lord of lords and King of kings” is found in 17:14, anticipating the Second Coming.

a. Christ, as the King, will judge between the righteous and unrighteous Jews who are alive at the end of the Tribulation (Matt 24:27-31; 24:38-42), as to who will be allowed to enter into the Kingdom Age, or who will be taken in death to the Great White Throng Judgment (Rev 20:15).

a. Christ, as the King, will judge between the righteous and unrighteous Gentiles who are alive at the end of the Tribulation (Matt 25:31-46; Matt 25:31-33; Matt 25:34-40; Matt 25:41-45; Matt 25:46), as to who will be allowed to to enter into the Kingdom Age, or who will be taken in death to the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev 20:15).

c. Christ is known as the “King Of The Jews.” (Matt 2:2; 27:11; 27:29; 27:37) (Mark 15:2; 15:9; 15:12; 15:18; 15:26) (Luke 23:3; 23:37; 23:38; 23:51) (John 18:33; 18:39; 19:3).

d. Christ is known as the “head of the church.” (Ephesians 5:23) (Colossians 1:18).

e. In the rapture, believers are taken by Christ to Heaven. Unbelievers are left behind to face judgment.

f. In the second coming of Christ, believers are left behind to enter the Kingdom age, to be blessed by all of the Kingdom’s blessings. Unbelievers are taken, in death, to the great white throne judgment (Rev 20:15).

5. 19:17, 18. NKJV Study Bible. The birds are told to gather to feast on the carcasses of the fallen armies gathered in opposition against Christ (Matt 24:28).

5. 19:19. kings of the earth. See 17:12–17. their armies. See 16:13, 14. His army. Zechariah describes this army of the Lord as “all the saints” (14:5).

G. Revelation 19:20-21. Doom of the Beast and False Prophet. Text.

20 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.

H. Rev 19:20-21. Comments.

1. 19:20. Ryrie Study Bible. The beast and his false prophet will be the first occupants of the lake of fire; other unbelievers, now in hades, will join them at the end of the Millennium (Rev 20:14).

2. 19:21 sword. See v. 15; cf. Zech. 14:1–13. birds were filled with their flesh. All remaining sinners in the world will have been executed, and the birds will gorge themselves on their corpses (Luke 17:37).

V. Consider.

A. Two leaders are prominent in the Tribulation period: one is political, and the other is religious. World government is represented by the “beast” (anti-Christ) and the religious system of the end times is controlled by the “false prophet” (the second beast). World government will have control over world religion. The dragon (Satan) will give the first beast his authority; such authority will also be given to the second beast. The religious leader does nothing without the approval from the political leader. He exercises his authority “before him,” meaning “in his presence,” the presence of the first beast, the political leader. The religious leader will promote the worship of world government. His purpose is to get people to support and follow world government and its special leader, the anti-Christ. We should be hesitant about all attempts to promote a global government, either through economics, politics, or religion. According to Bible prophecy, it is satanic. Without the rule of the Messiah, world government is doomed to failure. It is Satan’s plan, and will result in the persecution and death of believers (The Book Of Revelation, David Hocking, pp 422-424.)

B. A time is coming (“the fullness of the Gentiles,” Rom 11:25) when the last Gentile will come to saving faith in Christ. At that point in time, Jews will be able to see Christ as Messiah, although not all Jews will accept Him; the rapture of the church will then take place (John 14:2-6, 1 Cor 15:50-54; 1 Thes 4:13-18). If the Rapture were to take place now, the governments of the world, most of whom are un-Godly, will be in a position to impose on the world’s nations the Draconian harshness that will come through a satanic leader, whom will be the anti-Christ. We are now seeing such preparations being made through the Democrat party in the United States, which is supported by the anti-Christ forces of mainstream media and religious left denominations, academia and entertainment, and new world order and globalism types. Member countries of the United Nation, which are largely anti-Christ, will add to the lockdown measures and civil rights infringements, that will be used to control the masses of our world. Approximately 24-30 percent of the Bible relates to prophecy; it should be studied, and not ignored (Rev 1:3).

C. Don’t miss the Rapture. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

VI. Video Details.

A. REVELATION. Aug 6, 2019. REVELATION STATION.

B. ‘REVELATION’ is a compilation of movie clips edited into a high intensity visual aid BASED off events prophesied in the book of Revelation and elsewhere in the Bible. Viewers take note the video is NOT meant to be a DEFINED GUIDE to the Book of Revelation. The video is perhaps over embellished AND/OR highly underrated at certain points. I personally make no extremist claims as to the accuracy, interpretations and timeline displayed in this work. This project is my personal attempt to capture the attention of believers and unbelievers alike and to enlighten them visually to future prophetic possibilities and to point all to the Salvation found in Jesus Christ. God Bless, Joseph (Rev Station).

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Author: Eternity

Things are discussed in this website that relate to God's creation, from "eternity to eternity," and all that is addressed within those paramaters. Consider Isaiah 43:13, "Even from eternity I am He, And there is no one who can rescue from My hand; I act, and who can reverse it?” The Moody Study Bible adds a comment: "God is the ruler of all, and there is nothing that can stand against Him. His will is irresistible. The Bible Knowledge Commentary adds this thought: "No one can reverse what God puts into action or thwart His plans."

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