Continuing our study of Revelation 19.
Revelation 19:17 ‘And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried out in a loud voice to all the birds flying in mid-air, “Come, gather together for the great supper of God so that you may eat the fleshof kings, generals and mighty men, of horses and their riders and the flesh of all people, free and slave, small and great.”
The contrast is stark between the pure wedding supper of the Lamb and this grotesque and disfigured carnal orgy.
Revelation 19:19 ‘Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse and his army.’
The end-time antichrist, deluded and desperate, goes to attack Jesus but there will only ever be one winner.
Luke 21:20 ‘When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near.’
Zechariah 12:3 ‘On the day when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all nations.’
The enemy will quickly be defeated.
Zechariah 12:4 ‘On that day I will strike every horse with panic and its rider with madness.’
Zechariah 14:12 ‘This is the plague with which the Lord will strike all the nations that fought against Jerusalem. Their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets and their tongues will rot in their mouths.
There will also be great infighting.
Zechariah 14:13 ‘On that day men will be stricken by the Lord with great panic. Each man will seize the hand of another, and they will attack each other.’
This is not for the faint-hearted. Some will attempt to dilute this down to nothing by suggesting that Armageddon is a metaphor of the inner struggle between light and darkness that takes place in the hearts of men.
The Battle of Armageddon is as real as the First and Second World War, as real as the Battle for Ukraine and all the other countless wars that go unreported around the world.
The horror of the description of Armageddon matches the horror of the Cross which matches the horror of the sin of fallen man.
It is a horrific war because the sin of fallen man is horrific indeed.
Revelation 19 ends on a good note and we will come back to it tomorrow.
Thank you for reading this…
- Revelation 21:22 The light of JerusalemJerusalem will be the centre of the world and the nations will tithe their wealth to Jesus. Previously, the kings of the earth have rebelled against Christ Jesus and Jerusalem but now they pay homage.
- Revelation 21:9 ‘From a mountain…’This describes the city as having twelve visible foundations, and this suggests it is a stepped pyramid construction. The city would have twelve levels, decreasing in size, each one built on its own foundation, ascending to form a pyramid with the top level being the apex of the city.
- Revelation 21:6 He who is thirstyThe goods of this world will crumble in our hands, swept away by the latest flood or fire, but the riches of God’s kingdom will stand forever.
- Revelation 21:4 Changes coming…Life holds its fair share of tragedies and these words are a soothing balm to those who have held on and endured. The world will not remain the same and the cruelties of life are not our destiny. The curse that has cast such a deep shadow upon this world, caused by the sin of man, will pass away and the blessing of redemption will shine its goodness upon the righteous in Christ Jesus for all eternity.
- Revelation 21:3 The New JerusalemWe discussed yesterday that God is bringing us all together, like the proud father that He is. Many of us will be centred at the New Jerusalem and many will live away but yet return on frequent pilgrimages to our new home city. For many of us, our present time is one of suffering and tribulation but this time will pass away and we will enter into an eternity of blessing. And it will have been so worth remaining faithful!