As I have said many times the book of Revelation keeps jumping around and here in chapter 19 we see this yet again. This chapter begins with the first five verses giving praise to God for judging the great whore Babylon. Then the scene changes back to the SECOND coming of Jesus in verse 6. Let us begin with verse 1 and I will show you what I mean.
Rev. 19:1. "And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in HEAVEN,(or before the throne) SAYING, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honor, and power, unto the Lord our God:"
So clearly we see much PEOPLE in heaven, which we would assume are the SAINTS, because this verse says, and AFTER THESE things, speaking of what we just read in chapter 18 about the second coming of Jesus, the rapture of the church, and the wrath of God, then we see in heaven or before the throne a great multitude of PEOPLE.
Rev.19:2. "For true and righteous are his judgments: for he (Almighty God by his Son Jesus) HAS judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and HAS avenged the blood of his servants at her hand."
Which again we see is past tense as in, this WRATH of Gos has ALREADY been executed.
Again showing past tense. Bit I also want to point of the wording of HER SMOKE rose up for ever and ever. In other words, it does NOT say that the CRIES of her being TORTURED in the flames of fire of hell ascended up for all eternity as some falsely teach. Again I have not written a study on this subject of eternal hell fire, but it is on the list. I believe people should have ALL the evidence so that they can decide for themselves as to what the WHOLE word of God teaches. I can see how the man-made doctrine of hell fire frightens people to follow the Lord, but I can ALSO see how this doctrine of eternal TORTURE pushes people AWAY from God as well. More on this later.
Rev. 19:4. "And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshiped God that sat on the throne, SAYING, Amen (or yes we agree, even so you have judged rightly Lord God); Alleluia (praise you O Lord)."
Let us now continue with verse 6 of Revelation chapter 19 where we see this CHANGE of going back and ADDING yet MORE detail to the SECOND coming of Jesus, which is curiously CALLED the MARRIAGE and the MARRIAGE SUPPER of the LAMB.
Rev. 19:6. "And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude (speaking of the dead in CHRIST who have gone to be with the Lord in heaven under the alter. These are the SAINTS that God will bring WITH him when he comes), and as the voice of many waters (this is the voice of Jesus as we have already learned in chapter 1), and as the voice of mighty thundering (this voice I am assuming is the voice of the great army of angels that will come with Jesus to gather together all the faithful believers and take us to meet Jesus in the air over this place called Armageddon to fight against those nations that are fighting against Israel), saying, Alleluia (Praise the Lord God): for the Lord God omnipotent REIGNS (which of course is speaking of the one true and only Almighty God the Father who REIGNS over all)."
Now let us continue with the next verse to see the CHANGE from talking about AFTER the wrath has been executed to giving more details of the SECOND coming of Jesus.
Here we see that it is NOW TIME for the MARRIAGE of the Lamb to take place, which I want you to pay CLOSE attention is AT the TIME of the SECOND coming of Jesus when he comes with the ARMIES of heaven. Also notice that Jesus is coming for a bride that is WITHOUT SPOT of BLEMISH meaning that we, the church, are to be WATCHING and making our self READY by getting SIN out of our life. Remember in chapters 2 and 3 we talked about if we do NOT over come, then Jesus will come and pour out God's WRATH upon us. All through the scriptures we clearly see that the should that SIN shall DIE. The wages of SIN is DEATH. He that does NOT overcome shall have his name BLOTTED OUT of the book of life. ONLY he that ENDURES unto the END the SAME shall be SAVED. Take heed that no man TAKE your crown of ETERNAL LIFE. Are YOU READY to meet Jesus?
Rev. 19:8. "And to her (speaking of the church, the BRIDE of Christ that is living WITHOUT SIN) was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the RIGHTEOUSNESS of saints."
Here we see that the fine linen that is white and clean, the white robes is speaking of RIGHTEOUSNESS. We also can conclude from this that having SPOT or blemish means UNRIGHTEOUSNESS or SIN. Also being found NAKED means that a person has SIN in their life. It is ONLY the RIGHTEOUS who will be BLESSED to become the wife of the Lamb.
First of all I want you to notice that ONLY those who are CALLED to the MARRIAGE SUPPER shall be BLESSED. Also notice that this passage of scripture is speaking of the SECOND coming of Jesus and NOT speaking of the FALSE PRE-tribulation coming of Jesus.
Then I want you to notice that the HE that was speaking to John is the VOICE as MANY WATERS, which we learned in chapter 1 in the voice of Jesus. Revelation 19:6 opens with this voice of Jesus speaking to John and us the church and giving praise to Almighty God. In verse 7 we see this same voice speaking and telling us to give HIM praise, speaking of we should give praise to Almighty God. This is what OMNIPOTENT means, all powerful or Almighty. Then in verse 9 we see this same voice of Jesus speaking to John and us the church.
Now the reason that I bring this to your attention is the NEXT verse where John falls down to WORSHIP the one speaking to him and Jesus tell him NOT to worship him, but rather worship Almighty God.
Rev. 19:10. "And I fell at HIS feet to worship HIM. And he said unto me, See you do it NOT (WHY? Why did the angel or messenger tell John NOT to worship him?): I am your fellow servant, and of you BRETHREN that have the testimony of Jesus (Jesus is our fellow servant, Jesus is our fellow brethren, Jesus preached the gospel of believing in the Son of God. And also keep in mind that the NAME "Jesus" means the salvation of Yahweh saves. In other word this servant has the testimony that Yahweh or Almighty God saves or have the testimony that SALVATION come only from Yahweh the one true and only Almighty God): worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."
To me it would seem odd for John, who was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus and also being a Jew would KNOW not to fall down and WORSHIP and ANGELIC BEING. So to ME, I am seeing that John fell down to worship Jesus and Jesus told him NOT to worship him but worship God. We will see this AGAIN in Revelation 22:6-9, which we might as well take a look at now since we are on this subject.
"And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true (almost the exact same wording as in Rev 19:9 "These are true sayings of God"): and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel (or messenger) to show unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.
Again in verse 9 here we see almost the same exact words that the VOICE of many waters spoke to John and us the church in Revelation 19:10. Only this time this one speaking adds that he himself KEEPS the saying of this book. Now we know that Jesus KEPT the commandments of his God and Father and was OBEDIENT even unto death on the cross and for this reason Almighty God HIGHLY EXALTED his Son Jesus and gave him a name above every name and that one day EVERY knee shall bow and confess that name to the glory of Almighty God the Father.
Just something to think about. I want you to know that I give thanks to Jesus and praise the name of Jesus. I pray to Almighty God the Father in the name of Jesus and I take authority over the enemy in the name of Jesus. The Bible clearly teaches us that we are to HONOR the SON even as we HONER Almighty God the Father.
It just seems odd to me that John would bow down to and ANGEL to worship and ANGEL, but at the same time it seems odd to me that if this were in fact Jesus speaking to him and John bowed down to worship JESUS that Jesus would say to him do it NOT but rather worship Almighty God. Perhaps Jesus will not yet be worshiped by the angels until he comes again to rule an reign in the kingdom of his God and Father for 1000 years. Let us move on to Revelation 19:11, which says.
Rev. 19:11. "And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse (I personally do not believe that Jesus is going to be riding on a LITERAL horse when he comes again, but rather this white horse is symbolic of something else that I share with you is the study called "WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT UFO'S?" ); and he (Jesus) that sat upon him (the white horse or chariot of God) was CALLED Faithful and True, (Jesus is called the FAITHFUL and TRUE WITNESS in Rev. 2) and in righteousness he does judge and make WAR."
Clearly this verse is speaking of the SECOND coming of Jesus, which a few verses earlier we were told if the MARRIAGE and the MARRIAGE SUPPER of Jesus. So then CLEARLY we see TWO things that take place AT the SECOND coming of Jesus. We see the MARRIAGE of Jesus of his bride, the CHURCH, and then we see immediately following the bride becoming the wife of Jesus the MARRIAGE SUPPER, which will be describe in more DETAIL in the latter half of this same chapter only it is called the SUPPER of the great God. Let us continue with the next two verses, which further identifies the one sitting on the white horse is Jesus.
Rev. 19:12. "His eyes were as a flame of fire (same description of Jesus as in Rev 1:14), and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew , but he himself. (possibly the name that every knee shall one day bow down and confess to the glory of Almighty God the Father)
Rev. 19:13. "And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood (signifying two things; first that Jesus shed his blood for the sins of the world and secondly because Jesus will be covered with the blood of the wicked who will be slain in this WAR of Armageddon the great battle of God): and his NAME is called The Word of God."
And we know from John 1:1-15 that the WORD of God was made flesh and dwelt among us. Let us continue with verse 14 of Revelation chapter 19.
Rev. 19:14. "And the ARMIES (plural, which to ME, speaks of the army of mighty angels and the army of the SAINTS) which WERE IN heaven (speaking of the dead in Christ that have died through the years and have gone to be with the Lord in heaven who were kept under the alter till this time of the SECOND coming of Jesus who God will bring WITH him when he comes) followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean."
Again the white horses I do not believe are LITERAL horses and the white and clean linen is the RIGHTEOUSNESS of the saints. And I myself do not believe that the CHARIOTS of God will be wooden chariots with to wheels pulled by horses flying in the sky either. I have a study on what I believe the white horse represent called "WHAT DOES the BIBLE say about UFO'S?", which gives several scriptures on what Jesus coming in CLOUDS of great glory may mean. But for now let us continue with the next verse.
Rev. 19:15. "And out of his mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations (this sharp sword could refer to the word of God, which is sharper that any two edged sword, because Jesus said that the WORD he spoke word JUDGE the world in the last day): and he shall rule them with a rod of IRON: and he treads the wine press of the FIERCENESS (THYMOS) and WRATH (ORGE) of Almighty God."
Compare this rod of IRON with Rev. 2:26,27, where we the church who OVER COME will BREAK in PIECES the NATIONS along with Jesus with the ROD of IRON that Jesus will give to us for being obedient to OVER COMING SIN and to NOT take to MARK of the beast, which I believe will require people to DENY Jesus is the SON of God who died for our sins. I say this because in Revelation chapter 18 it appears that WE will repay DOUBLE to those who persecute us. My main point however is to NOT to take the MARK of the beast and NOT become a Muslim even IF it turns out that ISLAM is not the MARK of the beast, because Muslims DENY Jesus as being the SON OF the living God.
Jesus is exalted by Almighty God to be KING over all the kings of the earth. We the church are made to be kings and priests unto God and we will rule with Jesus over the nations that are left after this great WAR of Armageddon. Let us continue with the next verse.
Rev. 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;"
Rev. 19:18. "That YOU (speaking of US the CHURCH) may eat the flesh (or take part in executing the VENGEANCE of Almighty God) 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."
Now I believe that this SUPPER of the great God is speaking of the MARRIAGE SUPPER of the Lamb were WE, the CHURCH are FLYING in the AIR being gathered together by the angels to feast on the nations of the world giving them DOUBLE what the gave to us.
It has been said that the taste of vengeance is sweet. Now we do not actually eat the literal flesh, but we are with Jesus when he executes the WRATH and VENGEANCE of Almighty God.
Remember that when there were two in the field and one was taken and the disciples asked Jesus taken WHERE he he answered where the SLAIN ARE the EAGLES or the fowls that fly in the air will be GATHERED. In other words, when we are taken or caught up in the RAPTURE we will be gathered together and taken to Armageddon where we will then help execute the WRATH of Almighty God, which is called the MARRIAGE SUPPER of the Lamb or the SUPPER of the great God. Let us move on to the next verse.
Of course we know that the mighty angels are part of the ARMY, but there are several verses that show that we the CHURCH will be a part of the ARMY as well. Let us take a look at a passage of scripture in the Old Testament that I myself believe is describing this ARMY of SAINT at the SECOND coming of Jesus. Please read Joel 2:1-12, which shows us an ARMY executing the WRATH of God.
2. A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a GREAT PEOPLE and a strong; there has not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations. (speaking of the END of the 1000 year reign of Jesus when Satan shall be loosed and there will be ANOTHER WAR of God and MAGOG)
3. A fire devours before them; and behind them a flame burns: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them (speaking of nothing shall escape this great PEOPLE).
Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his
path: and when
they fall upon the sword,
they shall NOT be wounded (this is speaking
to ME of this great people having ETERNAL LIFE, which we will have at this time at the second coming of Jesus to help execute the wrath of God with Jesus
10. The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining:(all of these SIGNS are present at the SECOND coming of Jesus when he comes as a THIEF to execute the WRATH of Almighty God with the ARMIES of heaven, which we the CHURCH are a part)
11. And the LORD shall utter his VOICE before his ARMY (come gather together and EAT the flesh of those who PERSECUTED you. Give to them DOUBLE what they gave to you): for his camp is very great: for he (Jesus) is strong that executes his word (speaking of the word of Almighty God): for the DAY of the LORD is great and very terrible ; and who can abide it (speaking of the WRATH of Almighty God, which is executed by Jesus and his ARMY at the SECOND coming of Jesus)?"
Remember that the DAY of the Lord is as a 1000 years and it is also the SEVENTH 1000 year long day since creation of man on which Yahweh shall REST while his SON Jesus rules and reigns FOR the Father on his throne. Also know that Jesus and his armies will make WAR with the mortal armies of Islam making war with the Jews. So to me the great people here is the army of SAINTS who just received immortality and cannot be wounded or killed. Satan will be bound for a thousand years and then loosed one final time to deceive the "nations" to make war with the Jews and the great people dwelling in the city of God after many generations or and the end of the 1000 year reign of Jesus. This final war for all eternity is what Ezekiel calls the war of Gog and Magog.
Let us continue with the last two verse of Revelation chapter 19 verses 20 and 21.
Rev 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 worshiped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone."
I personally believe that the BEAST or the WILD beast are the Muslims of the beast RELIGIOUS SYSTEM of ISLAM and the false prophet is the MAHDI of Islam, who is a MAN that will unite Islam and the Muslim nations in these last days. The FALSE prophet, we know appears to be of God having TWO horns or TWO seats of authority, but SPEAKS LIES like the DRAGON that Old serpent called the Devil and Satan. So it MAY be that the Pope or leader over the Roman Catholic church will be one of these two horn to deceive Christians that Islam worships the same God and as a result some Christians will convert to Islam to take the MARK of the beast, which is basically to deny that Jesus is the Christ the SON of the living God.
However in the prophecy of ISLAM this PERSON, which the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible, says is a FALSE prophet, but in ISLAM he is said to be none other than Jesus himself come to straighten out the Christians and the Jews to worship Allah. In other words, the Jesus, called Isa, in ISLAM is the FALSE prophet and false Christ in the Bible. So then, the TWO horns of this false prophet or false teaching is Islam itself and "Isa" the false Christ confirming Islam as the true religion. This is why Jesus said if anyone comes saying lo here is Christ believe them NOT, because every one will know when I come all at the same moment in time.
Also remember that Jesus told us that if it were possible that EVEN the very elect would be DECEIVED by these FALSE prophets and FALSE teaches. The Bible also teaches us that there will be a STRONG DELUSION and many shall fall away from the faith. Jesus said of this day shall I find FAITH on the earth when I come. This is WHY I am WARNING you NOT to take the MAKE of the BEAST, which I am convinced is ISLAM.
This FALSE prophet will DECEIVE many by the MIRACLES that that he does by the power of SATAN.
So then, the MAHDI of Islam and the FALSE prophet which will masquerade as being Jesus, but will be a FALSE Christ these two will be cast into the lake of FIRE ALIVE. The TWO are the false Christ "Isa" for sure and may be all the Muslims who do NOT repent at the coming of the true Jesus when they see him in the clouds with his great army or the TWO are the false Christ "Isa" and another single individual man. I do not know fro sure if the TWO refers to the two HORNS or the beast system and the false prophet who deceives the world to worship the beast system.
What truly matters is that we TRUST the words of JESUS to NOT go when you here people saying Jesus has COME, for ALL people will know when the TRUE Jesus will come and they will NOT need to be TOLD when he comes. No matter how amazing this false Christ may seem do NOT be DECEIVE for he will NOT be the TRUE Jesus. Muslims can be very convincing and they are taught to LIE for the sake of Allah. But we know that NO LIAR shall enter into the kingdom of God. Satan is a LIAR and the father of LIES so it is no surprise to us as Christians that Muslims are TAUGHT to LIE for the sake of Allah. this should tell any one with eyes to see WHO Allah truly IS. The ONE TRUE God will NEVER LIE.
Rev 19:21. "And the remnant were slain with the sword (speaking of the remnant of the wicked who do NOT repent and call upon the name of the Lord to be saved alive to go into the millennium in their mortal bodies to be taught of the Lord) of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh."
Now just because I believe that the fowls of the air are symbolically speaking of us the church it is also taught in the Old Testament that these fowls are also LITERAL birds of prey to LITERALLY clean up the mess of all the slain. Some may also remember that during the first seven years there will be a crew of people of Israel and or those left of the nations, who will be assigned the task of burning all the weapons of war and for seven years, while others will be burying all the dead bodies and even every single bone to cleanse the land for seven months.
Please read Ezekiel 39:8-23.
9. And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the hand staves, and the spears, and they shall burn them with fire seven years:
10. So that they shall take no wood out of the field, neither cut down any out of the forests; for they shall burn the weapons with fire: and they shall spoil those that spoiled them, and rob those that robbed them, says the Lord GOD.
11. And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of GRAVES in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call it The valley of Hamongog.
14. And they shall sever out men of continual employment, passing through the land to bury with the passengers those that remain upon the face of the earth, to cleanse it: after the end of seven months shall they search.
17. And, you son of man, thus says the Lord GOD; Speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, (AND) Assemble YOURSELVES, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for YOU, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that YOU may eat flesh, and drink blood.
20. Thus YOU shall be filled at my table with horses and chariots, with mighty men, and with all men of war, says the Lord GOD. (Now to ME all this eating of flesh and drinking of blood is not literally eating human flesh and drinking human blood, but rather it is the executing of God WRATH giving them DOUBLE to pain and suffering that the world gave to us as Christians. So then, the EAGLES gather together in Matthew 24 and Revelation 18 at the supper of God, the table set before us for us to partake are BOTH literal eagles AND Christians. The literal eagle will literally eat the flesh and WE shall figuratively eat by TASTING the sweetness of VENGEANCE when it is God himself who calls us and gathers us together to help Jesus execute the vengeance or WRATH of God.)
23. And the heathen shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity: because they trespassed against me, therefore hid I my face from them, and gave them into the hand of their enemies: so fell they all by the sword.
This is why I believe that the SMOKE of their torment shall arise for ever and ever to be an everlasting reminder to all that SIN will not be tolerated from that day forward. Now it may be that forever simply mean to the end of THAT AGE, but either way it will serve as a reminder that sin will not be allowed from that point on for all eternity. The good angels will know that it was right and just to destroy the angels who rebelled to take over God's throne after the final day of judgment at the end of the 1000 year reign of Jesus.
This brings us to the end of chapter 19 of the book of Revelation. So let us begin chapter 20 where we learn that Satan is BOUND in the bottomless pit for a 1000 years while Jesus and the SAINTS rule and reign over the remnant of Israel and those left of the nations.