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A Study in Revelation


The Wedding And The Lord's Coming


 

In the last chapter to this study, Babylon, the great harlot is destroyed. Earth dwellers mourned and all the heavenly hosts rejoiced. And in this chapter, the wedding commences just before Jesus prepares for battle at Armageddon.

 

And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great. 

 

And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

 

Revelation 19:5-7

 

The scene continues where a voice from the throne praises God and all His servants an all who serve Him. And another voice as of a great multitude gives praise to God because He reigns. They rejoice because the marriage of the Lamb comes and the bride has made herself ready.

 

Days before his death Jesus instructed His disciples to be ready for His coming. It is at this point which is after the Great Tribulation, the bride makes herself ready to meet the Lord.

 

And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. 

Revelation 19: 8-9

 

At this time when the bride has made herself ready, she was granted to be arrayed in fine clean and white linen which is the righteousness of saints. It is through this time of Great Tribulation, the bride will be tried and purified (made clean and white). And those who are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb are blessed.

 

 

And I fell at his feet to worship him. 

And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

Revelation 19: 10

 

In John's vision, he fell down and worshiped the angel. The angel responded that he is a fellow servant with John and the brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. John was not to worship the angel but only God because  the testimony of Jesus is the spirit if prophecy. This verse is very clear. Only God is to be worshiped and Him alone1. And in other scripture, Jesus was also worshiped. He was worshiped by Thomas after His resurrection who proclaimed him "My Lord and My God."2 

 

The Return of Christ

And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.3

Revelation 19: 11-13

John sees heaven open and saw Jesus riding on a white horse with eyes as flames of fire4 and many crowns on his head. He is called faithful and true and the Word of God. And He had a had a name written that no man new and wore a robe dipped in blood. and Jesus is coming in righteousness to judge and make war.

And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

Revelation 19: 14

And following Jesus were the armies of heaven on white horses clothed in fine clean white linen.

And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 

 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, 

KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

Revelation 19: 15- 16

And out of Jesus' mouth is a sharp sword which He should smite the nations to rule them with a rod of Iron.5 and He will tread the winepress6 of the fierceness and wrath of God. And KING OF KING AND LORD OF LORDS was written on his robe and His thigh.

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; 

That ye may eat the flesh 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

Revelation 19: 17-18

As John saw an angel standing in the sun, the angel cried out loudly to all the fowls7 that fly in the middle of the sky to gather together unto the supper of God that they may eat the flesh of kings, captains and mighty men, the flesh of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all men who are free and slave, small and great.

The Beast and the False Prophet are Captured!

And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. 

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 worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

Revelation 19: 19-20

 

And John saw the beast  and all the kings of the earth and their armies gathered to make war against Jesus and against His army. It is at this time they are gathered for battle at Armageddon which lines up with the sixth bowl:

 

And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty....And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

 

Revelation 16:12-14, 16

And at this battle, the beast was taken along with the false prophet who worked deceiving miracles to cause those to take the mark of the beast. And both of these were thrown alive into the of fire which burns with fire and brimstone.

 

 

And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh

Revelation 19: 21

 

And the remnant who fought along with the Anti-christ and the false prophet were slain with the sword of Jesus. And all the fowls filled with their flesh.

 

In this book of Revelation which was written to the seven churches, Chapter 19 is the only time where it is written where Jesus returns. There is nowhere else where Jesus is explicitly seen coming. It is after the Tribulation when He comes in Flaming Fire.8 And referring back to key verses in Isaiah 66 and 2 Thessalonians Chapter1, this causes serious damage to pre or mid-trib views. 

 

And it certainly raises serious doubt on the pre-wrath position. They view a rapture at the Sixth Seal., which I agree. However they claim the Great Tribulation is cut short as much as in half while the remaining 70th week is the period of God's wrath. Therefore, they view the 7th seal to the time of the Lord's Coming in Chapter 19 is the time of God's wrath while the church is either gone or suspended in air. 

 


Footnotes

1-See Matthew 4:10; Luke 4:8; Deuteronomy 6:13.

2-See John 20-28..

3-John 1:1, 14.

4-2 Thessalonians 1:7; Isaiah 66:15

5-Revelation 13:5

6-Revelation 14-19

7-Luke 17:37

8-See Footnote 4.