Contents: Parenthetical chapter on what is taking place in heaven while the Tribulation rages. The alleluias, marriage of the Lamb, second coming in glory, Armageddon, doom of the beast, False Prophet, and kings.
Conclusion: During those days when the wrath of God is poured out upon the earth, the Bride of Christ will in heaven celebrate the long looked for marriage festivities, and arrayed in her cleansed garments shall be eternally united with Him Who is to be recognized in all the universe, and for all time, as King of King and Lord of Lords. When He comes forth to make an end of all evil, His Bride shall come with Him, associated in judgment, and later to rule with Him.
Key Word: Marriage Feast of the Lamb – Revelation 19:9
Strong Verses: Revelation 19:5,7-9
Striking Facts: Revelation 19:11-16 – We have here a vision of the departure from heaven of Messiah Jesus with His saints (previously caught up to be with Him — 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) and with His angels preparatory to the catastrophe in which all world powers shall be smitten (Danial 2:34-35). On Messiah’s head here we see many crowns (“diadems”, Revelation 14:14) for the hour is now at hand when He is to be exalted and enthroned in His Kingdom, to “sit upon the throne of His father David.”
Excerpted from The Revelation to Remember by Pastor Steve Troxel.
Heaven is delighting in 19:1-6 over the destruction of Babylon. This great multitude, which may be the same crowd as in Revelation 7:9-12, is singing praise songs. Four times in these first six verses the familiar word Alleluia occurs. In fact, here is the only place in the New Testament where this specific word is used. In verse 6, we see that all glory belongs to the great Omnipotent Creator (Almighty One, Pantocrator) and Redeemer.
In Revelation 19:7-10, we have “marriage uniting.” This is the marriage between the Lamb and His wife, His bride, the Church. I often kiddingly tell couples, when I stand before them at their wedding, to take a good look at each other because this is as good as it gets. Never again will they go to the expense of looking so perfect for one another. The bride takes great pains in making sure that every part of her dress and makeup is as good as it will ever be.
There were four parts to a Jewish wedding. First the Father of the groom pays the bride price. This was done for us at Calvary. Next the bride is fetched and brought to the Groom. This will occur in that moment when we are caught away with Him in the clouds. Following that comes the wedding ceremony, which is by invitation only. And finally, the marriage feast takes place, which could last for seven days.
John’s response to this great moment occurs in verse Revelation 19:10. He falls face down at the feet of the angel, but then is reminded that he is only to worship God.
In Revelation 19:11-21, the “Lamb comes fighting.” We have the climactic second coming of Christ. At His first coming, He rode into Jerusalem on a lowly donkey. At His return in the clouds of glory He will be pictured on a white horse, a symbol of royalty and power, such as the victorious Roman generals would ride. This will be perhaps the first righteous and just war in all of history, and it really will be no contest. This is the ultimate shock and awe campaign, all coming from Him.
As seen in verse Revelation 19:14, He will be accompanied by His troops, the armies of heaven, clothed as the bride (verse 8). One could conclude that this is the bride herself (the Church), all true believers. Jude 14 reads, “Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, ‘Behold, the Lord comes with tens of thousands of His saints, to execute judgment on all…”
The only weapon used in the campaign is a sharp sword (v. 15), presumably the Word of God (Hebrews 4:12 and Ephesians 6:17). The spoken Word will silence His enemies. This will be much like the Roman soldiers who numbered anywhere between 200 and 1,000 troops in John 18 who when they, with Judas, came to arrest Jesus, “drew back and fell to the ground,” when Jesus simply said, “I am He, Jesus of Nazareth.” Oh, there is power in the Creator’s Word.
Revelation 19:17-21 describe the carnage that will occur at His coming. All the great militaries, and military leaders, including the world leaders involved will become a giant feast for the vultures. Psalm 2 and Zechariah 12 and 14 describe this horrible carnage.
Even the beast and false prophet are captured and cast into the lake of fire. We’re almost finished. Let’s review!
Memory Hook: Revelation 19 – Heaven Delighting, Marriage Uniting, the Lamb Comes Fighting.