Summary: Revelation Chapter 19-20 describes the second coming of Jesus, and also contains one of the most confusing and misinterpreted passages in the Bible - the millennium.
SESSION #12: REVELATION #19 – THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS:
“After these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, "Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God! For true and righteous are His judgments, because He has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication; and He has avenged on her the blood of His servants shed by her." Again they said, "Alleluia! Her smoke rises up forever and ever!" And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who sat on the throne, saying, "Amen! Alleluia!" Then a voice came from the throne, saying, "Praise our God, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both small and great!” And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, "Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!” (Rev. 19:1-5).
• God is calling for all of us to praise Him with our songs and with our lives!
• One of the themes of Revelation: “The Lord God Omnipotent reigns.” God is in control!
“Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready." And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. Then he said to me, "Write: ’Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’ And he said to me, "These are the true sayings of God." And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, "See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” (Rev. 19:7-10).
• We are called to rejoice, for we are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb, Jesus!
• Jesus is returning for a pure bride, dressed in white, without spot or wrinkle.
• What is the spirit of true prophecy? The testimony of JESUS.
THE RIDER ON THE WHITE HORSE:
“Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.” (Rev. 19:11-16).
• Jesus is revealed as the faithful and true, the righteous judge, the Word of God
• Jesus is shown here riding forth on a white horse, conquering His enemies
What is this describing? Two main interpretations:
• The Second Coming of Jesus, coming to judge His enemies.
• The victory of the Gospel as God’s Word goes forth in this present age.
THE INTERPRETATION OF THE SECOND COMING:
• At His Second Coming, Jesus will return with His angelic armies to destroy His enemies
THE INTERPRETATION OF THE VICTORY OF THE GOSPEL:
“The message of the Gospel, the Word-sword of the Spirit, goes out from Christ’s mouth and destroys His enemies by converting them...As the Gospel progresses throughout the world it will win increasing victories, until all the kingdoms become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ, and He will reign forever and ever… Riding out on His war-horse, followed by His army of saints, He conquers the nations with the Word of God, the Gospel. This is a symbolic declaration of hope, the assurance that the Word of God will be victorious throughout the world, so that Christ’s rule will be established universally. Jesus Christ will be acknowledged everywhere as King of all kings…From the beginning of Revelation, Christ’s message to His church has been a command to overcome...now He assures the suffering Church that, regardless of the fierce persecution…He and His people will in fact be victorious over all enemies.” (David Chilton, The Days of Vengeance).
ARMAGEDDON – THE MARRIAGE SUPPER OF THE GREAT GOD:
“Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, "Come and gather together for the supper of the great God, that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, both small and great." And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh.” (Rev. 19:17-21).