Sunday, March 10, 2013

Revelation 19 - BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON!!


Good morning everyone!! Today is a really cool chapter so don't miss out on it!! Reminder we have youth group tonight of 5:30 at the Hinkle house! Invite your friends!




1After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, crying out,
"Hallelujah!
Salvation and glory and power belong to our God,
2for his judgments are true and just;
for he has judged the great prostitute
who corrupted the earth with her immorality,
and has avenged on her the blood of his servants."
3Once more they cried out,
"Hallelujah!
The smoke from her goes up forever and ever."
4And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who was seated on the throne, saying, "Amen. Hallelujah!" 5And from the throne came a voice saying,
"Praise our God,
all you his servants,
you who fear him,
small and great."

So the 24 elders and 4 living creatures are worshiping God. Everyone in heaven is celebrating because of the fall of enemy in imminent!!

6Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,
"Hallelujah!
For the Lord our God
the Almighty reigns.
7Let us rejoice and exult
and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and his Bride has made herself ready;
8it was granted her to clothe herself
with fine linen, bright and pure"—
for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.
9And the angel said to me, "Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb." And he said to me, "These are the true words of God."

So this "marriage" is symbolic of something. I will let you guys try to figure this one out and I will tell you a bit later.

10Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, "You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God." For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

I love this verse! Even an angel who seems to have such a high rank refuses to be worshiped because only God desires the praise. I think it is amazing that the angel considered himself a fellow servant like us.

HERE WE GO GUYS!!! THE BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON!!

11Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. 12His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. 13He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God.

So who is on this white horse???? So if you remember, John, the writer of this book, also wrote the gospel John.

John 1:1
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."

and then later on

John 1:14
"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth."

And in Revelation 19:13 it says that the rider's name is "The Word of God". So if The Word became flesh, that means another way of saying Jesus is The Word. So we can assume the Jesus will be leading us on a white horse into the battle of Armageddon!

14And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. 15From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. 16On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.

The armies behind Jesus are probably believers in heaven!!! That means we get to fight alongside with Jesus!!

17Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and with a loud voice he called to all the birds that fly directly overhead, "Come, gather for the great supper of God, 18to eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all men, both free and slave, both small and great." 19And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth with their armies gathered to make war against him who was sitting on the horse and against his army. 20And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in its presence had done the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur. 21And the rest were slain by the sword that came from the mouth of him who was sitting on the horse, and all the birds were gorged with their flesh.

So it was not a very long battle but what do you expect?? Jesus versus the antichrist. Obviously Jesus is going to win and He did it very fast too!

Questions
What is the “marriage of the Lamb” (19:7)?
Why did John attempt to worship this angel (19:10)? How does the angel respond?
Why does Jesus ride a horse? In Revelation, what does the color white symbolize (see 20:11)?
Who are “the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean”?
What happens to the beast and the false prophet (19:19-21)? Who did God originally prepare the lake of fire for (Matt 25:41)?

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