Summary: This is a study of chapter 19 in the book of Revelation. This is a controversial subject but takes a conservative approach to understanding the book.
Note: I used many sources to study this book, one of my favorites is Revelation: God’s Word for the Biblically-Inept by Daymond Duck and some out of different study bibles.
Title: The coming of Christ
Theme: To show the end of the false prophet and the beast.
Text: Revelation 19
1 And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God:
After what things? after the fall of Babylon and before this after the fall of the great whore, after the great gasp of the people
Alleluia - halal "praise" jah "Yahew or Lord" Praise the Lord Why? because God has avenged the saints and because, most of all, Christ is coming.
Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her. (Revelation 18:20 AV)
We see God as: Savior, one who has glory and one who has power Salvation-awakening the gratitude of man, his deliverance
Glory awakening the reverence of man, his judgement Shekinah glory
Power awakening the trust of man, his victory (the love of God)
2 For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.
his judgments are true and righteous. They are truth and are right.
Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. (Romans 12:19 AV)
3 And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever.
What smoke? The smoke from the eternal burning in the Lake of Fire Rev 14:11
4 And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.
Here we see some more involvement in the praising
5 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.
After all these Alleluia is it enough praise for God? NO! nothing is enough. Not even eternity.
Every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!
6 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.
This is what the world has been desiring for Romans 8:18-23
Finally it has happened. What did not happen at his first coming will happen at his second coming.
7 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. Marriage spoken of by: Hosea from a traumatic experience in his own life (Hos 2:19-20)
Isaiah glowingly (Is 54:5)
Jeremiah dwelt on it (Jer 3:14; 31:31-32)
Ezekiel portrayed it ( Ezk 16)
In the New Testament
Marriage feast (Mt 22:2)
Bridal chamber and wedding garment (Mt 22:10-11)
Sons of the bridal chamber (Mk 2:19)
Bridegroom (Mt 25:1; Mk 2:19)
Friends of bridegroom (Jn 3:29)
Paul writes as church betrothed virgin of Christ ( 2Cor 11:2)
Pattern of relationship between husband and wife (Eph 5:21-33)
Two reasons to believe that the church has been raptured
1) The bride (21:2) is entirely dressed and ready in heaven for the "marriage of the Lamb"; hence, the church must already be raptured and in heaven.
2) The bride who is already in heaven is fully clothed in "the righteousness of saints," i.e., their righteous acts (v.8). For the righteous acts of the saints to be complete, they must be in heaven and delivered from all impurity.
Events of the Church: Future
1) taken up in the Rapture 1 Thes 4:13-18
2) Go before the judgement seat of Christ 1 Cor 3:12-15, 2 Cor 5:10
3) Attend the marriage and supper Rev 19:7-9
4) Return with Christ for his Millennial reign Rev 20:6
It is exciting that God depicts our relationship with him equal to that of a marriage relationship. How thrilling it is to be married.
8 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.
The wedding party always had special linen. This was with the acceptance of salvation.
As we see the white represents righteousness. Are we righteous? Only by the blood of Christ.
Isa 61:10 ¶ I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.