At the end of the millennium the righteous and the wicked form two distinct arrays, though even then there would appear to be a line drawn between the surrounding camp, and the beloved city Jerusalem on earth, where the Jews were. When the hour comes that is spoken of here, it is not for us, but for those who will be found after we are gone. The absence of a temple is therefore no loss but a gain for this city. All these things have their place in Babylon the great. groom prepared for his bride. almighty: having unlimited power. There follows praise from the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures. First, he alone can see the inmost thoughts and desires of any man. And I heard as it were a voice of a great multitude, and as a voice of many waters, and as a voice of mighty thunders, saying, Alleluia, for the Lord God the Almighty reigneth. "And he saith to me, The waters which thou sawest, where the harlot sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues." [issues, proceedeth, comes, came, goeth, comes out, ] . Further, a negative point of great importance is presented by the seer, "And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God the Almighty is the temple of it, and the Lamb. Gods deliverance of His people from their enemies (verse 1); (2) We hear the voices of the redeemed. The word "rule" is "to shepherd" them, and the rod of iron is the club the shepherd used to fend off the wolves, bears, lions, etc. 4:13-18). If not blessing it judges. They are all to reign concurrently with the beast. (compare 1 Thess. He had a great desire to bring his brothers, Egyptian brothers to the knowledge of Jesus Christ. And the beast was taken" (taken alive), "and with him the false prophet that wrought signs in his presence, with which he deceived those that received the mark of the beast, and those that worshipped his image." Zechariah 14:18, but nowhere else with a sword. Just like, as many other places ", GOD'S WORD IN ACTION ( Revelation 19:13 ). 252-53. The angels are never "called," although they may be "chosen;" and though termed holy, I do not recollect that they are ever spoken of as "faithful." The picture is not of an "iron rod" he uses to "club" or beat his sheep! Exactly the same thing is repeated here, and what makes it more apparent is the similarity of the introduction on each occasion. (faithful to Jesus). Each of these three great attributes of God should awaken its own response in the heart of man. After that we have the admonitions to the end of this book. 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. 5. Isaiah 63:3. to say enough about what Jesus has purchased for us all. We may surely say her cup was not yet full. Next they will seize her resources. Verse 8. I have a hard time stomaching religious people. In presence of grace I do not think this is for His glory, any more than for their own blessing. I do not acknowledge the language to be either difficult or ambiguous. Go to Next Section A fourth century A.D. Religion is threatened by life, by spiritual life.So, God has judged that religious system and has avenged the blood of His servants at her hands. It is hard to see how Roman city, or anything civil connected with it, could be called "mystery." Thus there is a completeness and perfection about it suited to its present character. And he saith unto me, These are the Gates of hell can never Gainst that Church prevail. Why did the angel tell John not to do this? It is necessary that we should all bear in mind, if we have not observed it before, thatRevelation 17:1-18; Revelation 17:1-18 does not pursue the chronological course of the prophecy. "And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which [sword] proceedeth out of his mouth: and all the birds were filled with their flesh." If you are a believer, do not be afraid, even if you know but little; for the Lord neither forgets nor slights those who may be comparatively unintelligent. The final supper will signify the end of the "And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King of kings, and Lord of lords.". The political side of this is described here with surprising brightness and brevity. It is actually the first phrase in Psalms 106:1-48; Psalms 111:1-10; Psalms 112:1-10; Psalms 113:1-9; Psalms 117:1-2; Psalms 135:1-21; Psalms 146:1-10; Psalms 147:1-20; Psalms 148:1-14; Psalms 149:1-9; Psalms 150:1-6. And he treadeth the wine-press of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God - This language is probably derived from Isaiah 63:1-4. "Yet is" is a most unfortunate expression. He was filled with astonishment that this mysterious form of evil, this counter-testimony of the enemy (not antichrist, but antichurch), should seem and be largely accepted as the holy catholic church of God, that Christendom, if not Christianity, should at the same time become the bitterest of persecutors, more murderously incensed against the witnesses of Jesus and the saints of God than ever paganism had been in any country or all ages. "And if any one was not found written in the book of life, he was cast into the lake of fire." A loveless marriage is a contradiction in terms. as the Complut. 1 Thessalonians 3:1-3 Commentary. Here we have a repetition of the imagery of chapter 13. Who was it; Marx, that said, "Religion is the opium of the people?" Verse 9. 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and, behold, a white horse, and he who is mounted on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. Revelation 19:5 "And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all It is a universal summons to praise God for his mighty acts. Now, this law that has the backing of the Greek Orthodox Church, or it was instituted because of the Greek Orthodox Church against proselytization, is the law that they used to charge him.In Egypt it is a capital offense to lead a Muslim to a faith in Jesus Christ. What was easier than to turn the demons into angels and to worship them? He accepts us plain and simple. That is something that God will never have to do, apologize. Even man himself when he was innocent in Eden was not called. Judgments: Saints long for the day of judgment (compare 6:10; 16:7; Isa. "WHITE" is a symbol throughout the book of Revelation for PURITY and VICTORY. These are representative of (This takes you to our other website) and the fullness of the Gentiles will be brought in. The battle joined. Hence. Verse 1 of the Revelation already shows God's intention: ".to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass". Yet one allows freely a partial application already. (ii) It can equally mean the witness which Jesus Christ gives to men. It is very evident, therefore, that the saints in a glorified state are here represented as following the Lord out of heaven. "And the beast that was, and is not, even he is an eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth unto destruction." He will execute the fierce wrath of God Almighty that these enemies must drink (cf. Verse 3. He saw their condition: it was part of the vision. Instead of judgment being executed on them, it was given to them. Verse 11 . Are we to infer from 1 Chronicles 21:12 what this sword will be? [Note: Thomas, Revelation 8-22, p. 381, 567-85.] And who would defraud either the soul of salvation, or the Lord of showing it? Each page of scripture is from the King James Bible, and is immediately followed by . Who does not see that this is precisely analogous to the verse which opened the description of Babylon? And out of His mouth goes a sharp sword by which these rebellious armies are destroyed. It should be, "and shall be present. The Book of Revelation: Verse by Verse Commentary By Robert Clifton Robinson on September 16, 2020 ( 2 ) The Book of Revelation is the most important book for this precise time in history. It means here that his enemies would be certainly crushed before him - as grapes are crushed under the feet of him that treads in the winevat. They were judged every man according to their works. But it really is. "And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white, pure.". We know that the change of all those caught up takes place in the twinkling of an eye. (iii) He judges and makes war in righteousness. the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath Every day you should be spending twenty minutes on your knees in prayer. And unquestionably God has been awakening the attention of His people in a remarkable manner to the value of His word, and not least of all to the portion we are now examining. What does the linen garment tell us about salvation? All this description closes in verse 5. Nobody can dispute that this remarkable cluster of kingdoms in Europe was the fruit providentially of the destroyed unity of the Roman empire when the barbarians invaded it. You see, all of the fineries When Jews came over into Christianity, sometimes they brought this special reverence for the angels with them, forgetting that with the coming of Jesus no other intermediary between God and man can be necessary. ceremony); The marriage of the Lamb: The wife or bride of Christ is the church (Matt. God alone is perfect in judgment for three reasons. Verse 4. The weapons of his warfare--A sharp sword proceeding from his mouth (Revelation 19:15; Revelation 19:15), with which he smites the nations, either the threatenings of the written word, which now he is going to execute, or rather his word of command calling on his followers to take a just revenge on his and their enemies, who are now put into the wine-press of the wrath of God, to be trodden under foot by him. It is no problem for the infinite God to reach to finite man. "And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will show thee the bride, the wife of the Lamb. continually reigns. ], "Those who believe in the reality of the resurrection of Jesus Christ must also look for his return." Preparations and celebrations were much more Then, when the Lamb and His purchase by blood are celebrated in heaven, the four living creatures join the elders, though each is distinct. Literally "fierceness of the wrath". As King of kings and Lord of lords he exercises Gods rule over all humankind, and in divine wrath punishes the wicked (13-16).An angel calls flesh-eating birds to prepare for a feast such as they have never had before, for the corpses on the battlefield will be beyond number (17-18). Finally they will destroy her. That is what prophecy is about. Judgment is the inescapable consequence of sin. We find, accordingly, the four and twenty elders and four living creatures here brought before us for the last time. Fell at his feet: Overwhelmed by the grandeur of the vision, John collapsed in And it was so. being addressed here to add to the other 3 mentioned groups. "And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse." This may suffice for Revelation 18:1-24. The spiritual power is wholly in the hands of the false prophet. Clearly the same saints whom we have seen first set forth by the elders in heaven, subsequently by the elders and the living creatures, next, by the bride and the living creatures at the marriage-supper, and finally by the armies that followed the Lord out of heaven. 3:12-15: 2 Cor. union of the church with Christ following the Rapture (see 1 Thess. From generation to generation it shall lie waste; none shall pass through it for ever and ever" ( Isaiah 34:9-10). Now there was nothing more repulsive and fatal to paganism in every form than the truth revealed in Christ, which exposed every thing that was not itself not the truth, definite and exclusive. "The tabernacle of God [is] with men, and he shall dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, their God. 19:4 And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who sits on the throne saying, "Amen. His attributes: he is faithful and true to his covenant and promise, he is righteous in all his judicial and military proceedings, he has a penetrating insight into all the strength and stratagems of his enemies, he has a large and extensive dominion, many crowns, for he is King of kings, and Lord of lords. How can it be said that this vile, corrupt, idolatrous system of the last days was guilty of the blood of all martyrs? And He Himself treads . "The kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour unto it" not into but unto. To the church the end is always near. And so it is with this very Babylon that comes before us here. He has avenged the blood of his servants at her hand ( Revelation 19:2 ). Verse by Verse Ministry International is a non-profit, non-denominational, unaffiliated Christian ministry that is dedicated to promoting the preaching and teaching of God's Word clearly and boldly. called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And when God does judge, it is not merely for the evil of those then judged, but of all from the first budding of it till that day. There is, however, a great deal more than this on the subject, and given with great precision in scripture, because this is merely the principle of sin in one or other form from the beginning. The principle is very clear. Religions tell you that you have to do certain things in order to please God. Then the word is, "Award her even as she awarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she mixed, mix to her double. Let us bear this in mind. overwhelming understanding of Who this is. Thus the difference is complete between past history (if we look at the extinction of the empire and the rise of the ten kingdoms) and the certain fulfilment of the prophecy in the future, when we look at what God has really told us. The marriage of the Lamb: The wife or bride of Christ is the church (Matt. (chapter 20). These compose the third class here spoken of. But according to His principle of government it is not merely personal guilt, but that which, from despising the testimony of God, is thus morally accumulating from age to age in the ratio of the testimony of God and the wickedness that has been indulged by men in spite of it. Beyond controversy, however, it is a most unusual and abnormal reappearance, which is altogether exceptional in the history of the world. Revelation 12:7 "And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels," "War in heaven": The tumultuous events on earth during the Tribulation find their counterpart in heaven. 19:10b The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. There are probably but few, if any, here who do not understand it as the fore-shadow of a real resurrection. VI. this great multitude begin to praise God, the volume would be so great as to The mighty angel. Two sets of people are called on to praise God. The unrenewed of the nations are now compassing them with their countless hosts, as if to eat them up like grasshoppers. The glory of the kingdom does not preserve when men in their natural state are exposed to the adversary. By and by, after our translation to heaven, He will work, and as vitally in those who bow to God, when it will be the reception of the prophetic testimony which is here owned to be none the less the testimony of Jesus. With a rod of iron he shall break in pieces all their substance, He shall destroy the godless nations with the word of his. All the way along the fairness of God's judgment has been challenged.I don't know what God is going to do in a lot of cases. This passage calls God by a certain name; and says that he has entered into his kingdom. It is a wholly unwarranted interpolation. Isa_1.20; Isaiah 49:2; Isaiah 66:16; This is the weapon God uses to conquor the nations! Go To Previous Section | He is a threat to them, because He tells you, you don't have to be religious to be accepted by God. "And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heavens fled away." instead of one of the other names of Jesus, to show that we have been cleansed Ruling includes destroying as well as reigning over (Psalms 2:9). Gen. 1; Isaiah 55:11; John 1:1; 2 Thessalonians 1:8) not a literal description. supreme in authority, and "God", which means supreme deity; you have an So it is imputed righteousness given to you by your faith in Christ. The church is heavenly; and in heaven there are no times nor seasons. Thus such as were in the separate state were reunited to their bodies, and lived and reigned like those who were already on the thrones. "At the last day" does not mean merely an instant of time. Omnipotent means He was a medical doctor there. It would have been incongruous to bring in that long description before, because this must have interrupted the flow of the prophetic stream. Wheat and tares grow together till the process of judgment separates. 3. It is not complicated, just bare all to God. - Utley. Jude 1. This is accordingly traced in our chapter with considerable detail, and with the sorrow and vexation of all the different classes who on the fall of Babylon groaned over her destruction, and the loss of their wealth and enjoyment. God is praised because he has exercised his just and true judgment on the great harlot. But He "treadeth the winepress of the fury of the wrath of the Almighty God" another character of judgment never attributed to the saints, that I know of. Little do they know, because they believe not what is here written, that it is about to come out of the abyss or bottomless pit. 12:10; Accordingly these are the two main objects of judgment brought before us in the chapter. THE CONQUERING CHRIST ( Revelation 19:11 ). All this gives us a true and just view of the various parties that have a share in the resurrection. (John 17:18). It is not only that the angel corrects the act by asserting that he is a fellow-servant of him and of his brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. "Flesh and blood," we know, "cannot inherit the kingdom of God." There was not yet fairly out before men what God foresaw as that which must finally provoke His judgment. They begin to worship, in a sense, the instrument that God has used. The presentation will take place in heaven following the Rapture (verse 7); and. It begins with the shout of a vast multitude in heaven. In the former verse God invited all the ravenous fowls to a supper, he here showeth their cheer. But there is a message also for others. Never worry about the righteousness of God's judgments. the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.". ", This chapter is one of the most dramatic in all the Bible. That God is holding back something good and He really isn't fair to you was the insinuation behind Satan's remarks. in the Bible, "her" does not mean just women, it is the bride. It is not therefore a question of virtual idols suitable to ensnare the children of God, but of that which is adapted to the earth itself, thorough-going palpable idolatry. THE TE DEUM OF THE ANGELS ( Revelation 19:1-2 ), 19:1-2 After these things I heard what sounded like a great voice of a vast multitude in heaven. Hence the horns and the beast join together and desolate the harlot. In the Testament of Dan ( Daniel 6:2) the angel who intercedes for men is mentioned. 11:2; Eph. . . He just said it, "Let there be light," and light existed.And in the Hebrew it is even more intensive. The description of the warrior Christ is further filled in. At the same time we are not at liberty to eliminate such a feature out of the description. I can hardly wait. Then go into each of the twenty two chapters of the Book of Revelation one by one. Although the words are the same as in the first chapter of the Fourth Gospel, the meaning is quite different and much simpler. At the beginning there will have been carnage, as we know, among both the western powers and the eastern powers. But when the conquering Christ comes, his power will be exercised in justice. Meanwhile the armies of the antichrist perish in battle (19-21).With the antichrist and the false prophet destroyed, only the first member of the evil trinity remains to be dealt with, Satan himself. The tree of life: The Bible begins with a tree of life ( Genesis 3:22-24) which man was not allowed to eat from after the sin at the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The, nature of the case exempts of course the saints of the millennium;* and this very simply, because they are never said to die at all. We'll study the Book of Revelation, explained in detail, and learn about every aspect of the Book of Revelation including the apocalypse, four horsemen, great tribulation, great white throne judgement, mark of the beast and so much more! Bringing in history here embroiled the subject; and those who appeal most to its evidence are the very men who seem in this to ignore its facts. We begin the description of the conquering Christ. That is worship of God in unprescribed ways. To free men from the restraints that they may feel that have any kind of a Biblical base, so that you will not be feeling guilty over those things that are prohibited in the scriptures. Again this is a picture taken directly from the Old Testament, from Ezekiel's picture of the slaughter of the forces of Gog and Magog. the creation of osha provided,
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