Summary: It’s finally the end of evil and sin! Splendor of glory in heaven fills the final pages of God’s Word. You don’t want to miss this!
The Grand Finale of God’s Word
Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!
Praise God for the hope of eternal glory! One day the deceiver (the dragon, serpent, devil, called Satan), and all his cohorts and followers will be in the lake of fire. That day is sure to come. We have but to keep our eyes on the promise of Christ and hold firmly and obediently to the faith we have received to enjoy the wonder and bliss of eternal life with Jesus Christ. He has already paid for your heavenly retirement plan in full, a price that cost him his life on the cross. But behold, he who died is alive, forevermore! Amen! There is coming a glorious day when all the struggles of this life will be over and all this earthly experience will be in the past. Can you just imagine it?
What must glory with God and all the heavenly hosts be like? John strains with his pen to describe the majesty of the city of God where all that is wrong, evil, hurtful, sad, dangerous, and decaying will be no more. Only the treasures of eternal joy, life, angelic fellowship, celebration of God’s holy presence and wonder of the Lamb will remain. You and I will be singing. It’s good, really good, better than good; it’s glorious!
We live in a time when superlatives are used without caution. “Wow, that’s an awesome haircut you have there.” Awesome? Really? I’m sorry, but words that are true and that state things the way they are would help us these days. Especially when we turn our attention to the things of God. Being with God in heaven will, in truth be awesome. Seeing Jesus face to face and walking in the presence of the King of kings and Lord of lords in the intimate fellowship of spiritual union that is only experienced in that realm… that will be awesome. I don’t know about you, but going home to heavenly glory sounds better and better all the time. The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” and let all who hear say, “Come!” Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!
Read chapter 19:11-16
Underline what this text says about the names of Jesus.
What other descriptive things about Jesus do you notice:
What does it look like Jesus is about to do?
Read chapter 19:17-21
This is the first occurrence of the “lake of fire” in the Bible. There are five others: Rev. 20:9,10,14,15, and 21:8.
Notice who is thrown into the lake of fire:
Notice that the rest are slain, but are not yet thrown into the lake of fire. This will occur later.
What God’s word is clearly saying here is that those who come up against Jesus to fight him are doomed. It is not even a battle. Our all powerful Lord has absolutely no risk here. The fools are those who were deceived into taking sides against Jesus. The beast and his false prophet are two of the devil’s key workers. They come with all the authority of the dragon, but it is completely futile. Their efforts are rewarded with eternal torment in the lake of fire. All those who followed the beast and were deceived into going to war against the Lord are fed to the birds.
Look at some of the scriptures that describe the wicked and the condemnation of those who are lost.
WICKED. Compared with: Abominable branches, Isa. 14:19; ashes under the feet, Mal. 4:3; bad fishes, Matt. 13:48; beasts, Psa. 49:12; 2 Pet. 2:12; the blind, Zeph. 1:17; Matt. 15:14; bronze and iron, Jer. 6:28; Ezek. 22:18; briers and thorns, Isa. 55:13; Ezek. 2:6; bulls of Bashan, Psa. 22:12; carcasses trodden under feet, Isa. 14:19; chaff, Job 21:18; Psa. 1:4; Matt. 3:12; clouds without water, Jude 12; grain, 2 Kin. 19:26; corrupt trees, Luke 6:43; deaf adders, Psa. 58:4; dogs, Prov. 26:11; Matt. 7:6; 2 Pet. 2:22; dross, Psa. 119:119; Ezek. 22:18,19; early dew that passes away, Hos. 13:3; evil figs, Jer. 24:8; fading oaks, Isa. 1:30; fiery oven, Psa. 21:9; Hos. 7:4; fire of thorns, Psa. 118:12; fools building upon sand, Matt. 7:26; fuel of fire, Isa. 9:19; garden without water, Isa. 1:30; goats, Matt. 25:32; grass, Psa. 37:2; 92:7; grass on the housetop, 2 Kin. 19:26; green bay tree, Psa. 37:35; green herbs, Psa. 37:2; schrub in the desert, Jer. 17:6; horses rushing into the battle, Jer. 8:6; idols, Psa. 115:8; lions greedy of prey, Psa. 17:12; melting wax, Psa. 68:2; morning clouds, Hos. 13:3; moth-eaten garments, Isa. 50:9; 51:8; passing whirlwinds, Prov. 10:25; potsherds, Prov. 26:23; raging waves of the sea, Jude 13; reprobate silver, Jer. 6:30; scorpions, Ezek. 2:6; serpents, Psa. 58:4; Matt. 23:33; smoke, Hos. 13:3; stony ground, Matt. 13:5; stubble, Job 21:18; Mal. 4:1; swine, Matt. 7:6; 2 Pet. 2:22; tares, Matt. 13:38; troubled sea, Isa. 57:20; visions of the night, Job 20:8; wandering stars, Jude 13; wayward children, Matt. 11:16; wells without water, 2 Pet. 2:17; wheels, Psa. 83:13; whitened sepulchers, Matt. 23:27; wild donkey’s colts, Job 11:12.—Bible Text-Book.God is angry with, Psa. 5:5,6; 7:11; Rom. 9:13; 1 Cor. 10:5. Spirit of God withdrawn from, Gen. 6:3; Hos. 4:17-19; Rom. 1:24,26,28. Hate the righteous, Matt. 5:11,12; Luke 6:22,23. Worship of, offensive to God, Psa. 50:16,17; Isa. 1:10-15.Present and future state of the wicked and righteous contrasted, Job 8; Psa. 49. See below.Prosperity of, Job 5:3-5; 12:6; 15:21,23,27,29; 20:5,22; 21:7-13; Psa. 37:1,35,36; 49:10-15; 73:3-22; 92:6,7; Eccl. 8:12,13; Jer. 12:1,2; Hab. 1:3,4,13-17; Mal. 3:15. Hate reproof, 1 Kin. 22:8; 2 Chr. 18:7. God’s mercy to, Job 33:14-30; love for, Deut. 5:29; 32:29; Matt. 18:11-14; John 3:16,17; Rom. 5:8; 1 John 3:16; 4:9,10. Dread God, Job 18:11. Eliphaz’s exhortation to, Job 22:21-30. Temporal punishment of, Job 27:13-23; 15:20-35; 18:5-21; 20:5-29; 21:7-33; 24:2-24; Jer. 5:25; Ezek. 11:10; 12:19,20; Zech. 14:17-19. False hope of, Job 8:13-18.Gospel invitation to, illustrated by the parables of the householder, Matt. 20:1-16; and marriage supper, Matt. 22:1-14.Warned, Jer. 7:13-15,23-25; 25:4-6; 26:2-7,12,13; 29:17-19; Ezek. 33:8; Dan. 4:4-27; 5:4-29; Zeph. 2:1,2; Luke 3:7-9; 1 Cor. 10:11; Jude 4-7; Rev. 3:1-3,16-19. Terrors of, at the judgment, Rev. 1:7. Death of, Psa. 49:14; 73:4.