Monday, June 14, 2010

Revelation Chapter 19

The most frequently requested Christ in Prophecy television show episodes on Revelation have been pulled out of the vault and re-released!

Over the six episodes, Dr. David Reagan and guests Don McGee of Crown and Sickle Ministries and Dennis Pollock of Spirit of Grace Ministries go chapter by chapter through the book of Revelation, explaining that the book of Revelation isn't difficult to understand, rather it is difficult to believe. But, if you will believe it for its plain sense meaning, you will understand it. For anyone who's been born again and has the Holy Spirit residing within them, Revelation can become very clear.

We'll continue on in our journey through the great book of Revelation, witnessing Heaven rejoicing, a marriage, and the victorious coming of the King in Revelation 19. Feel free to watch, listen, or read along by clicking one of the icons below.

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Revelation Revealed: Chapter 19

[Read Chapter 19 in the NASB version via Biblegateway.]

Dr. Reagan: The scene in Heaven is radically different from the one on Earth at the end of the Tribulation. While all hell is breaking loose on Earth and people are weeping and wailing in agony, all of Heaven is rejoicing. That's right, all of the heavenly host is shouting "Hallelujah!" as Chapter 19 begins. It's the only time this Old Testament term of praise is recorded in the New Testament. And, the hallelujahs continue for the first six verses of Chapter 19.

Why is everyone in Heaven rejoicing? There are several reasons.

The first, verse two tells us that they are rejoicing because God has avenged the blood of Christian martyrs by destroying the Antichrist's kingdom.

The second reason they are shouting "Hallelujah!" is because the judgment of the saints in Heaven has been completed and they are about to celebrate their union with Jesus as the Bride of Christ at the greatest banquet the cosmos has ever experienced. Notice carefully how the Bride is dressed: "The marriage of the Lamb has come and His Bride has made herself ready. It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean."

The third reason they are celebrating is because the time has come for Jesus to return to Earth in glory and in power. The description of the Lord's return begins in verse 11, immediately following the celebration of the Marriage Feast of the Lamb in Heaven. John sees that door in Heaven open again and out comes Jesus riding on a white horse and He does not return alone. Look at verse 14, "And the armies, which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses." These are not angels. These are the very same people described earlier in verse 8. They are the Bride of Christ, His Church. This is one of the strongest evidences for a Pre-Tribulation Rapture, for the Church is clearly depicted here as being in Heaven with Jesus at the end of the Tribulation, and the Church returns with Him.

Jesus is portrayed returning as the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. His initial purpose is spelled out in verse 11 where we are told that He is coming to judge and wage war against the enemies of God. Verse 15 says that He is going to strike down the nations with the word of His mouth and He is going to rule over them with a rod of iron.

Chapter 19 concludes with what people often refer to as the Battle of Armageddon. Verses 17-21 describe the Lord's defeat of the Antichrist and his forces, which according to Daniel 11 and Revelation 16 are camped in the Valley of Armageddon.

But, there really is no battle. Jesus does not send forth an army to fight. Zechariah 14 makes it clear that the Lord simply speaks a word, which results in the Antichrist and His forces being instantly destroyed by a supernatural plague. Paul affirms this in 2 Thessalonians where he states that the Antichrist will be slain by the Lord with the breath of His mouth. Zechariah adds that the eyeballs of the soldiers will melt in their sockets, their tongues will melt in their mouths, and their skin will drop from their bodies. All that will remain will be their bones and their blood, which will be as deep as a horse's bridle for a distance of 200 miles. This terrible carnage is called "the Supper of God." What a contrast we have here between the beautiful Marriage Feast in Heaven and the ghastly Supper of God on Earth when the army of the Antichrist will become food for the vultures.

The crucial question is, "Which of those feasts are you going to attend?" Are you going to be invited to the glorious Marriage Feast of the Lamb in Heaven, or are you going to be feasted upon by the vultures at the Supper of God here on Earth? At one feast you are the honored guest, at the other you are the meal. The choice is yours. Your fate depends entirely on whether or not you put your faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior.


In the next part on this series on Revelation, we'll get our teachers back together again to discuss Chapters 13-19.


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