THE FINAL TRIUMPH: THE MILLENNIUM USHERED IN
In our previous study we were examining the Marriage Supper of the Lamb – Part two. The Marriage Supper will be the most blessed celebration in all of history. Why? Because it is for the purpose of worshiping God and Him alone. This is clearly illustrated for us by what happened to John. Remember, John was still a human being, not yet a redeemed man.
The Lord was giving him a vision of the end time and its events. John is so caught up on the majestic splendor and celebration of the supper that he falls down at the feet of the great angel to worship him.
NOTE: The angel tells John not to worship him nor anyone else, but to worship God alone. There are two reasons given for this.
First, all creatures, even the majestic angels of heaven, are only servants of God. They may be majestic beings, but they are not God and do not warrant worship.
Second, Jesus Christ Himself is the One who bears testimony of the truth. Christ and Christ alone, possesses and shares the real truth.
NOTE: The only truth that the angels and servants have is the truth borne by Christ, who is God. Therefore, He and He alone is worthy of worship.
FACT: No angel or any other creature possesses God’s truth. Therefore, worship God and God alone!
“Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him ONLY shalt thy serve” (Matthew 4:10).
“God is Spirit: and they that worship him MUST worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24).
“Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters” (Revelation 14:7).
“Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: WORSHIP GOD” (Revelation 22:9).
“Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: BRING AN OFFERING, and come before him: worship; the LORD in the beauty of holiness” (I Chronicles 16:29).
“O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker” (Psalm 95:6).
“O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth” (Psalm 96:9; I Peter 1:15-16).
Now let’s continue on with Revelation (19:11-20:15). The Final Triumph: The Millennium is ushered in. Let’s start with Revelation 19:11-16. This passage launches the close of human history. This is Armageddon, the final and climactic war upon earth.
This is the battle that destroys all the ungodly and evil upon this earth, the battle that ushers in the righteousness of God upon earth. Shockingly, Jesus Christ Himself will fight this battle.
NOTE: This is the scene of the present passage, a picture of Jesus Christ that is seldom imagined. It is the picture of Jesus Christ coming to earth as the CONQUEROR.
NOTE: there is no action in these six verses: they only give us a picture of what Christ will look like when He returns to earth as the Warrior and conqueror of heaven. Note six important characteristics of Christ:
- The Conquering Christ (v. 11)
- The Consuming Prince (v. 12)
- The slaughtering “Word of God” clothed in blood (v. 13)
- The heavenly, warring Leader: heavenly armies follow Him (v. 14)
- The fierce Conqueror (v. 15)
- The King of Kings and Lord of Lords: that is the revealed name (v. 16)
Now let’s move to Revelation 19:11: the name of Jesus Christ, along with some of His titles.
Jesus Christ will be the CONQUERING CHRIST (v. 11). This is what the white horse symbolizes. In ancient times, when a Roman general entered a city as the conqueror, he rode a white stallion to celebrate his triumph. The day will come when Jesus Christ returns to this earth as the conqueror. And when He does, man can depend upon two things.
1. Jesus Christ will be the faithful and true Conqueror.
- Faithful means that He can be trusted and relied upon to judge every enemy when He comes back to earth. He said that He would conquer and judge and condemn all the ungodly and evil of this world, and His Word can be trusted and relied upon.
- True means as opposed to false. The conquest and judgment of Jesus Christ will be true.
+Jesus Christ will mete out exactly what a person deserves, no more and no less.
+No ungodly and evil person need ever fear that Jesus Christ will be unjust or unfair with him/her. Every ungodly and evil person can count on Jesus Christ being true.
+Jesus Christ will judge a person perfectly, in perfect justice. A person will reap exactly what he has sown. He will be judged and condemned for exactly what he has done or not done [for instance disobeyed His commands] Matthew 28:18-20; I Chronicles 16:29; Malachi 3:7-11; I John 3:3,14.
2. Jesus Christ will judge and make war upon the earth in righteousness. His righteousness will be the criteria, the law by which all shall be judged.
NOTE: Any person who does not measure up to the righteousness of Jesus Christ (which is acquired only by being in Christ – John3:16) will be conquered, judged, and condemned exactly where he comes up short.
“For the Son of man shall come in the GLORY of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works” (Matthew 16:27).
“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” (Revelation 20:12).
“And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be” (Revelation 22:12).
“Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work” (Psalm 62:12).
“I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings” (Jeremiah 17:10).
Now let’s move to Revelation 19:12 and see Jesus Christ who will be the CONSUMING PRINCE (v. 12).
1. His eyes will be like FIRE. This symbolizes a piercing, penetrating power. He sees everywhere, even in the dark places and behind closed doors. His eyes search the innermost recesses of the heart.
NOTE: He knows all; He is OMNISCIENT, He is able to conquer all those who reject Him and do evil.
“His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his EYES AS LAMPS OF FIRE, and his arms and his feet like in color to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude” (Daniel 10:6; Revelation 1:12-18).
“Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do” (Hebrews 4:13).
“I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings” (Jeremiah 17:10).
“Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? Saith the LORD, Do I not fill heaven and earth? Saith the LORD” (Jeremiah 23:24).
2. He will be wearing many crowns (diadema), that is, the royal crowns of rule and authority over many kingdoms. He is coming to conquer all the kingdoms of the earth.
3. He will have a name written somewhere on His clothing, but He alone knows what the name will be. It is futile to guess what it will be. We will see it on that last day.
“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is LORD, to the GLORY of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11).
“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” (Revelation 19:12).
Now let’s examine Revelation 19:13 as we see Jesus Christ who will be the SLAUGHTERING WORD OF GOD (v. 13).
Note that His robe will be sprinkled in blood. This symbolizes the blood of His enemies, not His own redemptive blood. Jesus Christ is going to conquer and defeat all the ungodly and evil of this earth.
Now note a most significant fact; that is, how He is going to do it. He will do it by the Word of God (Revelation 19:15). He possesses the power of God’s Word.
In fact, this is His very name, the Word of God (Revelation 19:13). Therefore, all He has to do is speak the Word and the very power and energy and force of His Word will slaughter the ungodly and evil of the world.
” I have trodden the winepress alone; and the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment” (Isaiah 63:3).
“But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked” (Isaiah 11:4).
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).
Now let’s move to Revelation 19:14 and the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ will be the HEAVENLY, WARRING LEADER (v. 14).
Note that the armies of heaven follow Him. Who are they?
- They will be clothed in “fine linen,” white and clean.
- This is the very same clothing worn by the believers at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:8).
- Therefore, the armies will include the believers who have followed Jesus Christ the Messiah down through the centuries, both the believers of the Old and New Testament.
- The armies will include all the redeemed.
- In addition, the armies will include the multitude of angels that Jesus Christ said He was going to bring with Him when He returned to earth (Matthew 25:31).
“When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory” (Matthew 25:31).
“And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in FLAMING FIRE taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power” (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).
“And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds, which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him” (Jude 14-15).
We have seen some very strong warnings for those folks who have not accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Perhaps you might have a question or two about how to change from an unsaved person to saved person who will spend eternity with God in heaven. If so, please read John 3:16 and Romans 10:9-13.
Having read John 3:16 and Romans 10:9-13 and have followed the road to heaven in Romans 10:9-13, but still have questions. Please drop us an email: email@example.com with your questions and we will get back to you.
In our next study we will pick up with Revelation 19:15 and Jesus Christ the fierce Conqueror.
Noting that He will have a weapon and that He will smite and rule the nations with a rod of iron and much more.
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