- Revelation 19:1-10. The Alleluia Chorus in Heaven over the destruction of the One-World Religious System.
- Revelation 19:11-21. The Return of the Lord Jesus Christ, not as the Lamb of God who gave His life on the Cross of Calvary, but as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is not the one “who answered them not a word,” but came to die on the Cross to pay for your sins and mine. He is coming back with his army from Heaven, and He is going to destroy all of those who come against Him at the Battle of Armageddon.
- Revelation 19:8,9. The Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
- Revelation 19:17,18. The Supper of the Great God.
The Supper of the Great God has to do with judgment and sorrow, because this is the supper that the “fowls that fly in the midst of heaven” are going to feast upon after the Battle of Armageddon. It will be a very short battle. Christ will destroy the 200-million-man army, and the fowls of the air will be feasting for many, many days on dead carcasses. God is a God of judgment. This is something that is never heard and is so “pushed under the rug of your liberal churches today.
Satan’s Two Lies.
There are two main things that are de-emphasized today that Satan wants the Christian, and the lost, to believe.
- He wants Christians to believe that God, in His patience, will not chasten His children who are not serving the Lord. Even though God has mercy and grace, there comes a time when that patience runs out, and God does chastens His children.
- He wants the lost to believe there is no Hell. He wants everyone to believe that God is just love, and never passes judgment, or sends anyone to Hell.
To the lost. We hear so many times that Hell is just here on Earth: “I’m having Hell on Earth.” You have nothing compared to the eternal Hell and damnation “where the worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.” You have been brainwashed that there is no eternal Hell, and that God will not judge. If you believe that, Revelation, Chapter 19, teaches you exactly the opposite.You need to read this in your Bible, because your eternal destiny depends upon what you believe.
“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”:
The word, “Alleluia,” comes from the Greek word “Alleluia,” and it literally means “Praise Jehovah.” There are four Alleluias here. The “Allelluia, Salvation, and glory” has to be when all Heaven praises God for the destruction of the One-World Religious System, for we see in Revelation 19:2,
“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.”
Now, the martyred saints in Heaven, that were killed earlier, have the answer to their question in Revelation 6:10.
“And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the Earth?”
Revelation 6:9 tells us that they had been “slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.” Their prayer is now answered. The religious system under the rulership of the False Prophet, who executed them for refusing the Mark of the Beast, is no more. He, soon, will be in his place in the Lake of Fire.
You ought to read about some of the persecutions, of the past, carried out by religious people. We need to remember that it was the priests, and the religious leaders, at the time of Christ who put Him on the Cross. These were the priests in the Temple who wore the long robes. They were your deceivers and counterfeits who had polluted the Temple, and Christ went in and ran these money changers out. Under their supervision, God’s House of Prayer had become nothing but a money-making business, under the disguise of religion. You have the same thing today. All you have to do is open your eyes.
“And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever”
This Alleluia is over the destruction of the city of Babylon. In Verses 1 and 2, they are praising God because He has judged the wicked people of the One-World Religious System. Now the city is destroyed.
“ And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen, Alleluia (4). 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” (5).
There will be some, who are great in the eyes of men, in Heaven; and there are going to be some in Heaven, that are small in the eyes of men; but all of them will be Christians who have put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. All of Heaven rejoices because of God’s judgment.
“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.”
“Omnipotent” means all-powerful. God is all-powerful. It amazes me, as a pastor, when people say, “Oh, you know, I don’t want to believe in that blood religion.” My friend, the Bible says, “...without the shedding of blood there is no remission [of sin.]” (Hebrews 9:22)
One man I talked to, years ago, said: “Well, I just can’t buy this Bible stuff.” I told him, “Well, then, just look up into Heaven, shake your fist, and tell God He’s a liar.” He didn’t really want to do that. So, I prodded him a little bit. “Go ahead. If evolution is true and there is no God, what have you got to lose? Go ahead.” He raised his arm a little bit and made a rather pathetic attempt. I said, “Go ahead. Shake your fist in God’s face. You don’t believe in Creation because you say you’re an evolutionist. You don’t believe there is a God, but you will shake your fist at a God you don’t even believe in. You can tell Him He doesn’t know what He is talking about.” He then stated he doesn’t talk about politics, or religion, and left. That usually indicates a lack of knowledge about either one.
No wonder God says in 1 Corinthians 3:19 that…
“…the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.”
God is wiser than the wisdom of men. He’s made foolish the wisdom of men. How foolish do you have to be to not believe that Jesus Christ came to Earth to die on the Cross and pay for your sin, when all time is dated from His birth? You should remember that every time you sign a check. But, no way. You are an atheist, and do not believe in God; so, when you die, you are going straight to Hell. You will be there for all time and eternity. How smart do you have to be to do that, when God has given us the Bible containing prophecies that were written thousands of years before they come to pass? When He shows you, with the mind that He gave you, that no human could ever do that?
“All Scripture is given by the inspiration of God…” (2 Timothy 3:16)
All Scripture is “god-breathed.” That means God used men, as just a pencil in his hand, to write His Words in the scrolls. The Bible is now translated into every language, so that you and I can have the truth. “The truth shall set you free.” All you have to do is...
”..believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” (Acts 16:31)
That’s simple, Folks! Everyone in Hell, today, is a believer, but it is forever too late! (Read a literal account in Luke 16:19-31).
Now, we are going to do a little word study here in Verses 7,8, and 9. This is the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. This word study has a lot to do with how you live your life, after you become a Christian. Becoming a Christian is free. It costs us nothing, because our Savior did it all. This is illustrated by the two robes that are found in the Word of God. One is the inner robe, or tunic. That represents our salvation. That represents the righteousness of Christ placed to our account the moment we believe. The other is our outer garment, or toga. This is a garment of our making. We weave this robe, ourselves, using the things we do through our life time in service to the Lord.
The Tunic, our salvation. The Toga, our rewards.
“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” (7).
The wife of the Lamb is the Church, that is every born-again believer, no matter what denomination.
“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” (8). 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” (9).
Those that “are called unto the marriage supper” are not part of the Church, although you have “neither Jew nor Gentile” from the Day of Pentecost to the Rapture. Forty days after Christ went back to Heaven, on the Day of Pentecost, that Holy Spirit was given. Pentecost is the “Birthday of the Church,” while the full manifestation takes place at the Rapture. So, Christ has been building His Church for the last 2,000-plus years. The invited guests are the Old Testament saints. They are not part of this Dispensation of the Church Age. Although they are saved individuals, they are not part of this particular dispensation of time that we are now in.
The Eight Dispensations:
A Dispensation is a particular period of time in which God deals with man concerning his sin and responsibility to God.
- Innocence: From Creation to the Expulsion. Genesis, Chapters 1-3.
- Conscience: From the Fall to the Flood. Genesis, Chapters 3-8.
- Human Government: From the Flood to the Dispersion at Babel. Genesis, Chapters 8-11.
- Promise: From the Call of Abraham to Bondage in Egypt. Genesis. Chapter 11, to Exodus 12:41.
- Law: From the Exodus to the Cross, or From Sinai to Calvary. Exodus 19:1-5, Romans 10:5.
- Grace, or the Church age: Pentecost to the Rapture. Acts and The Epistles. “Ye must be born again (from above).” John 1:11-12, John 3:36, Romans 4:5, Galatians 5:6, Ephesians 2:8,9, 1 John 5:13.
- The Tribulation Period: From the Rapture to the Second Coming. Revelation 6:17, Daniel 9:27, Jeremiah 30:7.
- The Kingdom: From the Second Coming to the Great White Throne Judgment. Psalm 2:6-12, Psalm 86:9, Zechariah 14:16-19.
If you trace that all the way from Adam and Eve, you will find out there are Eight Dispensations.
The invited guests at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, as we have said, are the Old Testament saints.
“And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white...” Looking at our passage, we find out there were two garments worn at that time. One was the inner garment, called the tunic. There was a another garment which was called the toga, and, this was the outer garment worn by Christ, and the Greeks and Romans of that day. This was a loose-fitting garment.
The garment that Christ is speaking about here in Verse 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.”
Therefore, “fine linen, clean and white...” is the outer garment. This garment has to do with “the righteousness of the saints,” or what you have done for the Lord since you have been saved. It is a garment of your own making. It is very important for you to serve the Lord Jesus Christ, and not waste time, but redeem the time.
The tunic is the inner garment, and the Greek word for it is “chiton.” It is actually pronounced “key-tone.” The inner garment was the less costly of the two garments, and this represents our positional righteousness, or salvation. Philippians 3:9, Romans 3:22, 2 Corinthians 5:21.
“For he [God] hath made him [Christ] to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
“And white robes were given unto every one of them, and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.”
“And white robes were given unto every one of them,...” The less costly tunic represents our position. This was the inner garment that represents our salvation. This is the robe that Christ gives all Christians when they arrive in Heaven. Christ tells these souls, resting under the altar, that many more martyrs, their brethren, will be up there with them very soon. “White robes were given unto every one of them.” This is the robe of salvation. Notice: everyone gets a robe.
Now, in Revelation 7:9, we find the same thing referring to the inner robe.
“After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands,”
The white robes here are the robe of salvation. They are all white, because you have the righteousness of Christ, Himself.
“And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? (13)
And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb (14).”
These are the white inner robes showing they have accepted Jesus Christ.
Let me just say this. When you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, God takes your sin and marks it paid, 2,000 years ago. We are told, in the Bible, that your sin is buried in the “depths of the sea” (Micah 7:18). It is removed as far as east from the west” (Psalm 103:12). He takes the righteousness of God, Himself, in the person of Jesus Christ, and puts it to your account. You go to Heaven as if you had never sinned. That is your positional righteousness. That is the robe that is spoken of here in Revelation 6:11, and Revelation 7:9, 13,14.
“For he [God] hath made him [Christ] to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
If we go to 2 Corinthians 5:17, we find another positional truth. This is our salvation.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature [creation]: old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new.”
The word “creature” is “creation.” This is how God looks upon you. In God’s eyes, we are a brand new creation, now, as we have the righteousness of Christ put to our account. What a wonderful salvation that is!
“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise” (13)
Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory” (Ephesians 1:13,14)
You do nothing to get the Holy Spirit, other than to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. We have something we have never had before. We have God in our lives, and in our minds. We have Christ’s righteousness placed to our account, so let’s put on our inner garment of salvation. Let’s put on our tunic of righteousness, purchased for us by our Savior. He gives it to us as a gift.
Next we are going to look at the outer garment, the more costly of the two garments. The tunic is less costly because of the fact that salvation does not cost you anything. It is absolutely a free gift.
“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 (7).
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” (8).
This robe, which Christ, the Greeks and Romans of that day, wore, is called the toga. This was the loose fitting garment, and was, also, called a cloak. The Greek word for that is “himation.” It was the most expensive of the two garments. This represents our practical righteousness, or our service to the Lord after we are saved. This outer robe will be made up of the Christian’s faithfulness to the Lord Jesus Christ. On this robe, you will be doing the weaving yourself. This is the robe of righteousness, that is earned by the believer, and given at the Judgment Seat of Christ.
When the Rapture takes place, we go to Heaven. Once there, we appear at the Judgment Seat of Christ where we are going to be judged for the things we have done, or not done, for Christ in our lifetime. Notice 2 Corinthians 5:10.
“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” (2 Corinthians 5:10).
When it says “all,” this is speaking to a Christian, and means “all Christians,” It is not speaking about a lost person. This verse tells us that we are going to receive rewards, or suffer loss of rewards. The Apostle Paul amplified on this in his first letter to the Corinthians. Go with me now to 1 Corinthians 3:8,
“Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.”
He is talking about giving out the Word of God here, then, another person comes along and gives additional testimony. Heaven is never a reward. Heaven is a free gift. This verse is talking about rewards passed out AFTER you are in Heaven. After you receive the free gift of salvation, then, you can earn rewards by winning other people to Christ, and by living the Christian life.
Notice 1 Corinthians 3:11-12.
“For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ (11). Now if any man [any Christian] build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble” (12),
We can build upon the foundation of Christ by doing good works. We can also allow wood, hay and stubble to collect on the foundation of Christ by becoming unfaithful, and not caring about the things of the Lord anymore. As it says in the Revelation 2:4,
“Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love” (Revelation 2:4).
Have you lost your first love? Does your family have you tied up so you cannot go to church? Maybe you are living for your family, instead of the Lord. Maybe you are living for just your earthly possessions, instead of the Lord. Perhaps, you have not judged sin in your own life. Are you ashamed to come to church or serve the Lord? You know that, if you witness, people are not going to believe what you say. Whatever it might be, the Bible says we, Christians, are going to have good works that are as precious as gold, silver, or precious stones; or, we’re going to have works that are going to be burned, and we will suffer loss of reward.
“Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire, and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is” (1 Corinthians 3:13).
What day is going to declare it? The day of the Judgment Seat of Christ. Our works will be tried by the fire, showing the purity of them. The fire shows God is not going to turn to the left or to the right, because His judgment is pure. Fire shows God’s impartiality, as it burns impartially. If you place wood, hay and stubble on the foundation of Christ, it is only tinder for a fire.
“If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward” (1 Corinthians 3:14).
Let me emphasize. We receive our rewards after we go to Heaven. We are IN Heaven when the Judgment Seat of Christ takes place, because we have been saved by the Grace of God. If you are able-bodied and have a good mind, there is no excuse for not serving the Lord. As a Pastor I’ve heard them all!
The excuse I hear the most is, “Oh, I can worship the Lord out in the woods, enjoying Creation.” Well, I go out in the woods more than most people, and I have never seen anyone out there, yet, who is reading their Bible, and praying! You will never move forward in your Christian life with excuses. You will always stay in the same spot, or go backwards.
“If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved, yet so as by fire” (15).
Our toga is the outer garment that we are going to weave from the rewards we receive when we stand at the Judgment Seat of Christ. He will open the books, and look at everything we have done. We are going to suffer loss of reward on some things. We are going to be rewarded on other things. These rewards are going to be the fabric with which we weave our outer garment that we are going to wear to the wedding, “the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.” The inner garment represents our salvation. The outer garment that was worn by Christ, the Greeks, and the Romans, was a very expensive robe. Our togas will be made up of our faithfulness to our Savior.
Let us go back to the last book of the Old Testament, Malachi 3:16-17, where God tells us that He has a book of remembrance of everything the Christian has done serving Him. Notice here:
“Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.” (16)
A book of remembrance!
If we go to Revelation 20:12, the Lord has a book of remembrance for the lost, also. He will know what degree of punishment to give to those who are to be separated from God, in Hell, for all eternity. He has a record of everything a lost person has done. Notice what it says.
“ And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God, and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.”
This is not to determine whether they go to Heaven or Hell, but to determine how much punishment they will receive, in Hell, for all time and eternity.
Let us go to the Gospel of John for another example of the inner and outer robe. The inner robe represents salvation, which doesn’t cost much. Salvation is free. The outer robe is a very costly robe that you are going to make with your good works that you do, through your faithfulness in serving the Lord Jesus Christ. Let us go to John 19:23 and notice this:
“Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments [himation], and made four parts, to every soldier a part, and also his coat[chiton]: now the coat [chiton] was without seam, woven from the top throughout.”
The word “garments” here is from the Greek word “himation,” and is the outer garment. The “coat” referred to in this verse was the inside tunic, “…now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout.” This is from the Greek word, “chiton,” and is, therefore, the less costly, inner robe. The outer garment was easily divided. The inner coat or “chiton” is the less costly, but they could not divide it without splitting it.
Go with me to Matthew 5:40 where we have the two robes again.
“And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat [chiton, “inner robe”], let him have thy cloke [himation, “outer garment”] also.
Christ is saying, “If someone wants to sue for your inner robe, give him the outer robe, also.
Let us go to Acts 9:39 where we find the account of Dorcas, who made both kinds of robes.
“Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats [chiton] and garments [himation] which Dorcas made, while she was with them.”
Let’s take one last look at this here in Matthew 27:31.
“And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe [chlamys – a military cloak] off from him, and put his own raiment [himation – outer garment] on him, and led him away to crucify him.”
“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.”
We have just attended the Marriage Supper of the Lamb in our inner robe of salvation and, we know that, our very costly wedding garment, woven with the good works of our faithfulness to the Lord, was worth it all. How privileged we are that our Savior went to the Cross to purchase our salvation, so that we could attend this blessed event. How blessed to just be in Heaven with the Old Testament saints that have gone before. How wonderful to fellowship with those who have gone before!
“And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”
When John fell down to worship the angel in Heaven, the angel said, “Don’t worship me.” God wants you to bow to no human being, or statue of marble, or plaster of paris. Bow beside your bed in prayer to the One who paid the price for your salvation. The angel said, “Don’t worship me, John! I am not the one. Worship God! Give your praises and your glory to Him.”
Heaven is a joyous place, but it is always aware of what is happening on earth. Just as God heard the cries of the children of Israel when they were in bondage in Egypt, and remembered his covenant “with Abraham, with Isasc, and with Jacob,” there is once again a cry from earth and God’s covenant people, Israel. The Lord, Himself, told the Disciples,”
“And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened” (Matthew 24:22).
The situation in Jerusalem, before the Lord’s Second Coming, is a terrible sight! Zechariah 14:1,2 give the state of affairs there in Jerusalem, after it has been trodden down by the Gentiles for the last three-and-a-half years of the Tribulation Period.
“Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee (1).
For I will gather all nations (Hebrew = Goyim) against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city” (Zechariah 14:1-2).
The character of the reign of the Antichrist, indwelt by Satan, and the Gentile armies of the Antichrist, which will undoubtedly include the United States, is vividly portrayed here. It is three-and-a-half years of complete lawlessness. It will be looting, raping, and, enslavement, on an unbelievable scale! Since Satan is a murderer, and has been so “from the beginning” (John 8:44), his murderous activities will make Hitler, and Stalin look like wimps! Remember what it says in Revelation 12:12:
“...Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time” (Revelation 12:12).
This is a parallel passage about the Second Coming from Zechariah 14:3-5:
Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations [Hebrew = Goyim], as when he fought in the day of battle (3) . And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley, and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south (4). And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains, for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the Earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee” (5).
“And all the saints with thee.” That’s you and I. We’re coming back with the Lord Jesus, after the Tribulation Period, for the Battle of Armageddon.
“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.”
John sees Heaven open. Now we are getting ready for the Second Coming. Christ will not be the lowly Lamb that died upon Calvary now. He is not the one riding the donkey into Jerusalem. He is now riding on the white horse of victory. He is coming, not as the Prince of Peace, but to make war and to execute righteous judgment upon a deserving Earth.
Yet, the people on Earth do not realize this. When you try to talk to people about Christ’s Second Coming, they don’t believe it. You try to talk to them about Hell. They don’t believe in a literal Hell. Because you don’t believe it does not keep it from happening, Folks. When you don’t believe these things, you say there is no God.
People tell me that they are not saying there is no God. They are just saying they don’t believe there is a Hell. If you do not believe what God says in the Bible, you are saying “There is no God!” God says in His Word, “There is a Heaven and there is a Hell.” So, if you don’t believe in Hell, don’t tell me you believe in God, because you do not! You are talking out of both sides of your mouth!
The world’s unbelief does not alter God’s time-table. Everything goes forward according to God’s timing, not ours. And, God is right on schedule. Jesus Christ is coming now, to “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.”
“His eyes were as a flame of fire,” not filled with tears which He shed at the tomb of Lazarus before He raised him from the dead.
“On his head were many crowns,” These were not crowns of thorns like the ones they jammed on His head before He went to the Cross. These were “many crowns” for the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords. These were not “stephanos,” the crowns made of vines for victors in a sporting event. These were “diadema,” the true crown of precious metals and stones worn by kings. This verse says he has “many,” showing His universal kingship. He is the King of the Universe.
“And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.”
“Clothed with a vesture dipped in blood.” His vesture, or clothing, was dipped in blood; not stripped by His enemies, but showing judgment and victory. No one will strip His clothes and part His garments again! It is His blood that will remind us, through all eternity, that our right to go to Heaven was paid for by the blood our precious Savior shed on the Cross for us. His blood bought our redemption from sin.
“In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace” (Ephesians 1:7),
“And his name is called the Word of God,” “Word” comes from the Greek “logos.” When He was here on Earth, He is presented as the “Living Word” in the first verse of the Gospel of John.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1).
“And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean” (14), 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” (15),
We come back with the Lord Jesus Christ “clothed in fine linen, white and clean.” This “fine linen, white and clean,” is explained by Revelation 19:8 as being the “righteousness of the saints.” This is the outer garment, the “himation,” that we weave from what we have done for the Lord. Also, notice that our garments have not been “dipped in blood,” showing that our Savior does the fighting for us.
“And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword.” That is referring to the fact that when He speaks, the Word of God cuts. Here Christ comes! He is not coming to bear the wrath of God on the Cross, but he is going to tread the wine press of Armageddon in “the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.”
“ And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. Revelation 19:16
They said to Him when he was on the cross: “If you be the Son of God, come down from that Cross.” He told them He could have called “twelve legions of angels,” that is 72,000 angels, and wiped the whole mess right off that mountain! But He went to the Cross to die for our sins, so, we didn’t have to go to Hell and do it ourselves. Now, here we are, 2,000-plus years later since the Cross, and Jesus Christ is about to come again. “Even so, come, Lord Jesus!” It is the end of the Tribulation Period now, and he is coming as “King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.”
“And I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God,”
He is saying here to “…gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God.” The first supper in this chapter is for the saved. The second supper is for the “fowls that fly in the midst of heaven.” There are blessings and joy for the attendees of the first supper. The second supper is attended by judgment and sorrow for the unbelievers.
Go back with me now to Matthew 24:27, 28 where the same thing is spoken of. The whole of Matthew, Chapter 24, is talking about the Tribulation Period. In Verse 27, is a description of Christ’s Second Coming at the end of the Tribulation Period.
“For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (27). For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.” (28).
Here, the Bible mentions the birds of prey that God summons to clean up the Armageddon’s battlefield, where the blood flows as deep as the horse’s bridles. It doesn’t say a lot about it, but mentions it. Go with me to Revelation 14:20.
“And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.”
Five furlongs was about a Sabbath Day’s journey of a half a mile. 1600 furlongs would be in the neighborhood of, at least, 160 plus miles. It is here that the 200-million-man army comes of the Kings of the East, or the Land of the Rising Sun. When Christ speaks, death is instantaneous, so that the blood does not have time to coagulate, and flows as deep as the horse’s bridles. Yes, God is a God of judgment. Never, since Creation, has humanity ever witnessed any enemy so defeated, such as the one described here.
“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 sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.”
It doesn’t matter what your position has been here on Earth, it will not protect you when you stand naked before the Lord Jesus Christ. You will be trembling in your shoes. Perhaps you were an educator down here who taught Science, Biology, or Social Studies, and you tried to inject your evolutionary beliefs into your students to convince them that the Bible was just a book of Mythology. Yes, you will stand there, whoever you might be. All the games will be done. You will stand before the God that you said did not exist, and there will not be anything that you can do, but hear the devastating words:
“Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41):
You cannot solicit an attorney. You cannot bribe a judge. You cannot do anything, but be cast alive into the Lake of Fire.
Well…we have the “supper of the great god” in view, when that great Battle of Armageddon takes place. This is for the lost, and the “fowls of the air” will come in just like the buzzards come into Kenya, and other countries in Africa, just waiting for something to die. The armies will assemble, and that 200-million-man-army dies instantaneously. When Christ speaks, that word is so sharp that it accomplishes, in a second, what it takes men years to do. He says it, and it is done. Christ said in Revelation 1:18,
“I am he that liveth, and was dead, and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen, and have the keys of hell and of death” (Revelation 1:18).
“And I saw the beast, and the kings of the Earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him [Christ] that sat on the horse, and against his army” (19). And the beast [Antichrist] was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the Mark of the Beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone”(20).
“These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.” That doesn’t sound like some nice little place where you’re going to pull up a chair to have a card game, and yell out, “Bring on the booze and the babes!” does it? This is the Lake of Fire, where you will burn for all eternity in a body that can suffer intense pain, but will not be consumed by the flames.
“And the remnant were slain with the sword of him [Christ] that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.”
What a devastating sight! If you can comprehend all that God says here, believe it. Whether you believe it, or whether you don’t, it will come to pass.