Verse 1-3) “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: 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. And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever.” This chapter takes us to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb when Jesus takes all the saved to heaven while the vials of God’s wrath are poured out upon the earth. See our class on Daniel Chapter 12, which gives us the time period for this event.
Verse 4 “And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshiped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.” We don’t know who these twenty four elders are. Perhaps they are the 11 disciples and Paul and some of the other great men, and women, and prophets of God throughout time.
Verse 5-9) “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. 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 omnipitent reigneth. 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. 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. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God”. The Lord takes John into the future to the great Marriage supper of the Lamb in Heaven right after the Rapture, when all the saved (The bride, the Lambs wife) will see Jesus, and all the Disciples, and Prophets, and all the believers, throughout time. What a wonderful time that will be. You don’t want to miss out on this feast. Make sure you have gotten your reservation by asking Jesus to come into your heart, and accepting him as your Saviour. You will also get your rewards for what you did for Jesus in your life time on earth. All the things of this life are soon to pass, and only what is done for Christ shall last. Jesus our King of kings will rule forever ! ! !
Verse 10) “And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” This verse shows us that God sometimes uses Christian believers who have gone on to be with the Lord as Angels and messengers, God doesn’t want us to worship Angels. “ The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” This means that the main point and theme of the whole Bible from the Old Testament to the New Testament is about Jesus. The Old Testament is the New Testament concealed, and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed.
Verse 11-13) “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew but he himself. And he was clothed in a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called the Word of God.” This horse and rider sounds like the same one that we studied in Revelation Chapter 6, and is obviously Jesus. The vesture dipped in blood is symbolic of the power of the blood of Jesus which cleanses us from all our sins. “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” (I John 1:7). The many crowns on his head is symbolic of Jesus being the King of Kings. Jesus is the Word of God and no man can totally know it but Jesus and God and The Holy Spirit.That is why the Word is like fountains of living water, and continual revelations forever. “And the word was made flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld his glory as the only begotten of the father full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14).
Verse 14) “And the armies which were in Heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen white and clean.” This verse is talking about when Jesus and his armies ride out of heaven to take over the world from the devil possessed ant-christ and his forces, after the marriage supper of the Lamb. The white linen is symbolic of the righteousness of the saints cleansed by the blood of Jesus. “They that are with him are called and chosen and faithful.” (Revelation 17:14)
Verse 15) “And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron; and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.” “The Word of God is quick and powerful and sharper than any two edged sword” (Hebrews 4:12a). The sword that comes out his mouth is symbolic of the power of his Word.
Verse 16) “And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.” Jesus is coming back to rule the world. He will make his followers kings of nations, and he will be the King of all the kings !
Verse 17-18) “And I saw an Angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowels that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that set on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.” There is going to be a lot of dead bodies for the birds to eat after the battle of Armageddon. It will take seven months to bury the dead bodies, and bones from the battle of Armageddon.“And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call it The valley of Hamon-gog. And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land. Yea, all the people of the land shall bury them; and it shall be to them a renown the day that I shall be glorified, saith the Lord God. And they shall sever out men of continual employment, passing through the land to bury with the passengers those that remain upon the face of the earth, to cleanse it: after the end of seven months shall they search. And the passengers that pass through the land, when any seeth a man’s bone, then shall he set up a sign by it, till the buriers have buried it in the valley of Hamon-gog. And also the name of the city shall be Hamonah. Thus shall they cleanse the land. And, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord God; Speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood. Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan. And ye shall eat fat till ye be full, and drink blood till ye be drunken, of my sacrifice which I have sacrificed for you. Thus ye shall be filled at my table with horses and chariots, with mighty men, and with all men of war, saith the Lord God.”(Ezekiel 39:11-20)
Verse 19.) “And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.” How is the anti-christ going to deceive all of these armies to fight against Jesus Christ ? Could it be that he will tell them the earth is being invaded by aliens from outer space ?
Verse 20) “And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had worshiped the mark of the beast, and them that worshiped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.” The anti-christ and the false prophet are thrown into a Lake of Fire after the Battle of Armageddon. Apparently they had both given themselves over to the devil, even before the anti-christ will be assassinated, and come back to life when the devil enters his body, possibly through the image of the beast ?
Verse 21) “And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.” Jesus destroys the ant-christ’s army with the sword of his Word. He will give the command for his army to utterly destroy the anti-christ’s army, and his army will have no casualties. Then the one thousand year reign of Jesus Christ begins on earth.
Say this prayer to be saved: Jesus, I want to know you, and to live forever in Heaven, I know I have made mistakes and done bad things- and I am sorry. Please forgive me. I know I don’t deserve it, but I accept your love and I accept you as my Saviour. I believe you died on the cross for my sins ,and rose from the dead. Please come into my heart and life and fill me with your Holy Spirit and give me peace. Amen.