Climax of this Armageddon Age


v 11: THIS is the real Christ riding on His white horse (as contrasted with the first seal white horse). Now He is coming to judge. Making war sounds very "non-Christian". Some say if He is so loving and forgiving, why would He make war. However, throughout the scriptures, the "terror" of the Lord is there. He is the One who has been declared to come again and judge. This should be no surprise that the blood of the transgressors will have to be shed just as the blood of the believers has been spilled for thousands of years. The wrath of God lives; people must know that.

In this chapter 19, Jesus is called three names. The first name is Faithful and True. The second name is Word of God (v13) and the third name is King of kings and Lord of lords (v16). v 12: His crowns of glory are there. Most believe the "many crowns" are referring to the crowns of the kings that Jesus conquered. His flaming eyes were described earlier when John first saw Christ - Rev. 1:14). At Christ's first coming, He rode on a donkey signifying peace; Now at His second coming, He rides a regal and powerful white horse to was with the evil on earth.

"and He had a name written, that no man knew, but He Himself." This is a very hard line to interpret. Here are several possibilities.

(Phil 2:9-11)
"Therefore also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE SHOULD BOW, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." The name could be Kurias ->"Lord"

The name could be IHWH (called the sacred four letters), Jewish for God. With the "I" pronounced as a "Y" and no vowels, it is hard to know the correct pronunciation. In fact, the name was so holy to the Jewish people that is was never pronounced. We usually say Jehovah.

It may be a name revealed only at the end-time. It may be there is one thing which simply is something we will never know.

His clothes are dipped in His own blood shed on the cross. Now they will have the blood of the evil doers also.

v 13: This is the second name Jesus is called in this chapter. Remember that John called Jesus the Word of God (John 1:1) John describes further His name is called The Word of God (John 14:7-11). Jesus is explaining to Philip that He is the Word of God: i.e. the LIVING WORD of the unseen God. The Bible is the WRITTEN WORD of the unseen God.

The vesture dipped in blood is referring to the shed blood of His enemies. As noted before, the valley of Armageddon will be flowing with blood to the bridles of the horses (Rev. 14:20). The horses may be symbols but the slain many is real.

v 14-15: Now the armies of Heaven clothed in white (of righteousness) and on white horses follow Jesus to war. Now comes a reiteration of the descriptions of the Christ found earlier in our study:
  • Sharp sword out of mouth -- Rev 1:16
  • Rod of Iron -- Rev 2:27; 12:25
  • Treading the winepress -- Rev 14:14:20
Christ will rule (we are approaching the millennium) with an iron rod (rules iron clad). Although Christ will rule, there will still be times in the Millennium when He will have to be hard and firm. Evil will still be present.

Armageddon is immediately after the Tribulation. (Mat 24)

Zech. 12-14; 14:1-4, 16-21; Isa 11:4; 63:1-6; 64:6; 1 Thes. 4:13-18; 2 Thes. 2:8; Matt. 7:21-23; 22:11-14; 24:29-31; 25:41-46; Joel 3:13; Psa 2:9; Rev. 14:14-20

v 16:This is the third name for Jesus in chapter 19, King of kings and Lord or lords. This name is also used by Paul (1 Tim. 6:15). Those who deny the deity of Christ - their error is grievous. There are popular sects today who do deny the deity.

One Bibliography reference (Revelation Visualized, Cohen and Kirban) gave a cute description:
One believer to another:" but dear, what will I wear (to the great wedding feast)? I simply don't have anything." There should be no concern of our being incorrectly "dressed". Our righteousness is known. Our wardrobe will be:
  1. A royal garb - clothed in fine linen - a symbol of Kings and Queens.
  2. Flawless - Don't b concerned about hem lines, pressing, buttons, or color - They will be perfect.
  3. Clean - No concern over washing or dry cleaning - the attire is spotless.
  4. Transportation - You will be riding a great, pure, white horse if you ride with Christ.
v 17-18: The angel summons the fowls that fly (crows, hawks, vultures). This is describing the "supper of death" which the Antichrist followers will attend. The dead bodies of the war will be the banquet for the birds. They will eat the flesh of the kings, captains, and the mighty men and horses. The scene of blood and gore is similar to Ezekiel (Ezek. 39:17-20). Some commentators have taken the battle of Gog and Magog (pertinent to Ezekiel) to be the same as the battle of Armageddon. However, one is on the mountains of Israel and the other is on the plains of Armageddon. One includes animals; the other only men and horses. The destruction in the first is by divinely controlled nature; the second directly by Christ Himself. Gog and Magog will be at the beginning of the tribulation; Armageddon at the end.

v 19-20: John sees the Beast (the Antichrist) and the leaders of the Satanic following of 10 nations and their armies ready to fight Christ and His armies. Part of the reason for this march will be to annihilate the Israelites. However, the Beast and False Prophet were captured and thrown into the Lake of Fire. The followers are killed for the banquet. They are sent to Hades (Greek: Ha -> "not"; Ides -> "seen"; i.e. "not seen"; the unseen world of the dead is the reference). There is no judgment for the Beast and Prophet. The 42 months period is now over.

Now all are dead and the scavengers have their fill. Think about this: It is conceivable over 400,000,000 people can be killed at the War of Armageddon. With population projections, that could be as much as 10% of the complete world population if it were soon.

What and where is the lake of fire? This is the first mention of the "lake of fire". Are the fires real or symbolic? If they are real, how can the human body maintain it self in that environment? If they are symbolic, what do they symbolize?

The "lake of fire" is not the same as Hades or the Old Testament Israelite "Sheol". Sometimes they are translated as "hell". Hades is a great abyss in the center of the earth, where the spirits of unsaved men are confined until the second coming. We really do not know.

Even Jesus spoke of fire (Matt. 5:22; 10:28;.5:30; 18:9; 23:15; Luke 12:5). The word for hell or Hades is gehenna. This was a place of unending and unquenchable fire. Jesus talked of gehenna and the fire. The Bible in many areas teaches a place of hurt for the unsaved. After the Beast and False Prophet will be cast into the fire first.

It appears that initially the bodies will go into the lake and be burned "to death". The unsaved will lose their lives. Daniel predicts the beast will be slain and his body destroyed and given to the burning flame.

v 21: The soldiers were slain with the sword of Jesus. The scavengers ate their fill of the slain. The armies now know their future ( Luke 21:26-27; Isa. 34:3-6).

Handel's Messiah; Ezek 38:1 - 39:16; 39:17-24; 2 Thes 2:8;
Isa 63:1-6; Zech 12-14; Dan 7:11; Joel 3:2, 9-16; Mat 24:15-31; 25:40,45

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