Revelation Explained

This site contains my personal views on Revelation. I will be teaching through the book verse by verse. My teachings will be from a conservative evangelical background.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Battle of Armageddon

"Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, shouting to the vultures flying high in the sky: 'Come! Gather together for the great banquet God has prepared. Come and eat the flesh of kings, generals, and strong warriors; of horses and their riders; and of all humanity, both free and slave, small and great.' Then I saw the beast and the kings of the world and their armies gathered together to fight against the one sitting on the horse and his army. And the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who did mighty miracles on behalf of the beast—miracles that deceived all who had accepted the mark of the beast and who worshiped his statue. Both the beast and his false prophet were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. Their entire army was killed by the sharp sword that came from the mouth of the one riding the white horse. And the vultures all gorged themselves on the dead bodies." (Revelation 19:17-21 - New Living Translation)

An angel calls to all the birds that eat flesh to gather to the scene of the battle. Vultures, ravens and other meat eating birds will eat the flesh of the fallen army of the Anti-Christ. Kings, captains, soldiers, horses, riders, slaves will all die on the battle field. The birds will eat their flesh.

John does not really describe the battle itself. He simply tells us that it will result in the supper of the great God: this supper is the dead bodies of the army that the birds will eat. There is a great contrast between this supper and the marriage supper of the Lamb spoken of earlier in this chapter.

Satan knows that the end is near. He gathers together the largest human army possible. Although John does not mention it, the great demonic army must also be gathered for this battle. Again, against all reason, Satan throws his forces against those of heaven. As before, the result is certain. Satan cannot win.

The Anti-Christ and the false prophet are taken alive in the battle. They are immediately thrown into the Lake of Fire. They are the first ones to enter this place of final suffering. The rest of those who have rejected Jesus will not be cast into the Lake of Fire until a thousand years later!

Jesus speaks, and his enemies fall down dead. The battle will be short and one-sided. Now that Jesus has returned, and defeated his enemies, he can set up his Kingdom on Earth.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The King of Kings and His Army

"And the troops of heaven, clothed in fine linen, dazzling and clean, followed Him on white horses. From His mouth goes forth a sharp sword with which He can smite (afflict, strike) the nations; and He will shepherd and control them with a staff (scepter, rod) of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fierceness of the wrath and indignation of God the All-Ruler (the Almighty, the Omnipotent). And on His garment (robe) and on His thigh He has a name (title) inscribed, KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS." (Revelation 19:14-16 - Amplified Bible)

The army of heaven follows Jesus upon their own horses. Certainly this will include the angels of God who have been waging a long and bitter war with the demonic forces. Most likely, it will also include all the glorified people who will have been in heaven since they were raptured.

This sword coming out of the mouth of Jesus represents the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. It would seem that Jesus will battle his enemies with his word. He will speak and his word will cut down the enemy like a blade harvesting wheat.

We are told that he will rule with a rod of iron. During his reign, Jesus will not be the soft man he is often pictured as. He will be a strong and firm ruler. He will quickly punish any who oppose his rule.

The image of the winepress is used in Scripture of God's punishment. In my last posting, I quoted Isaiah chapter sixty-three verse three, where the Messiah says, “I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment.” (King James Version)

This passage describes the King of Kings and Lord of Lords returning to earth to establish His eternal Kingdom.