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REVELATION 19:11-21

JESUS, HE'S COMING AGAIN!

Study these verses with us! On the authority of God's Word ... He will bless you!

  This great Text is certainly one of the "high places" in the Book of Revelation! See Jesus in His awesome Glory ... as He returns to earth!

 

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"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 with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 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. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, 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; 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. 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. And the beast 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. 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." Revelation 19:11-21

 

LESSON 1, VERSE 11:

Welcome to this expository Bible Study. We shall, Lord willing, journey through these eleven verses one at a time. It should be both an exciting and an edifying trip!

The Text reads: "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." Revelation 19:11

John is writing in the first person. He's an eye-witness to these events! The verb he uses for "seeing" here means to examine or to inspect! It is spelled "eidon." It's an indicative aorist active 1st person singular verb for those of you who would like that information.

This is not the first time in Revelation that John has seen heaven "opened" either! Read with me Revelation 4:1. "After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter." Revelation 4 records the Rapture! Then chapter 19 records the Revelation of our Saviour!

Now let's study the horse, the white horse. The Greek term for "white" is "leukos," which gives us English words like "leukemia," meaning "white blood!" In Greek "blood" is the word "haima." And their noun for "horse" is "hippos," as in hippopotamus, "horse of the river!"

The custom in the Greek-Roman word was usually to reserve white horses for a specific purpose. They were to be used by the conquering General who had just returned from defeating a formidable enemy! This majestic animal was a symbol of victory! And honor! And power! There's an earlier "white horse rider" in the Book of Revelation, back in chapter six. But he only has a "bow," and while truly that "bow" is an indicator of battle ... no "arrows" are mentioned! This is power in appearance only! No "bite" exists behind the "bark" here! I believe the first white horse rider is a fake, an impostor, a "mimic" or copycat of the real Christ Jesus! Notice also he ultimately brings war and famine and massive death, not peace!

Let's get back to Jesus on the "white horse" of chapter nineteen. According to the four inspired Gospels, Matthew and Mark and Luke and John, Jesus walked everywhere he went ... except for one exception! At least I can't find Him traveling any other way. The one exception? When He rode that little "colt" in Jerusalem a few days before His Crucifixion! But there's a big difference between mounting and riding a lowly colt, having never been ridden before incidentally, and mounting and commanding a bold white horse!

In case there's any doubt about our Lord's identity up on that horse, His Names are given!

He is "Faithful!" What a name! Watch what I mean. Paul writes in Hebrews 3:1-2 that: "Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house."

See, Jesus is faithful!

The returning Jesus also here is called "True!" This word, "alethinos," means "that which is not forgotten!" That which is Real! Not counterfeit! All 27 times the word is used in the King James Bible it is translated the same way, "true!" Jesus on occasion would go so far as to repeat this great Name for Himself, "Truth!" In John 14:6, as you well know, He preached: "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."

Amen!

But look at what Jesus is coming back to earth to accomplish! "To judge and make war!" He apparently returns right in the middle of a great battle at a place called Armageddon! His feet, according tot he Prophet Zechariah, will "stand" in that day on the "Mount of Olives!"

The verb "judge" is "krino" and carries the idea of distinguishing or discerning or evaluating certain issues of life! Here it is a forensic term. The courtroom is in view! Someone is in trouble!

Then to "make war" translates "polemeo," to fight or conduct a military campaign! Jesus is not returning as a meek and lowly Lamb! Not this time! He is the roaring Lion ... of the tribe of Judah! And He's going to set some things straight!

By the way, do notice that Jesus is still "sitting" as He returns! That's a position of rest and an indicator that the work is done! The work of Calvary! All remaining future time consists merely of the "mopping up" process! Putting the devil and the anti-christ where they belong, for example!

Then lastly do realize this. According to our verse, Jesus will do everything ... even the battling and judgment and condemning ... righteously! "Dikaiosune" here carries the meaning of being straight, in good standing with God! Just and without sin or error! It's exactly like Hebrews 4:15 says: "For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin."

What a view of Jesus this Text gives us!

What a Saviour!

And ... what a Warrior!

                                                                                   --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 2, VERSE 12:

Jesus is coming again!

Literally coming, to this earth!

His descent is carefully depicted in Scripture, passages like Revelation 19:11-16.

example, verse 12 says of our glorious Lord: "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."

The eyes of Jesus have been described this way on more than one occasion. Daniel saw Him and has told us: "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 colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude." And earlier in Revelation ... in chapter 1 ... our Lord is seen and described in like fashion. "His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire," says John of Jesus. And Jesus, describing Himself and writing to the Church at Thyatira says: "And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass." Revelation 2:18

Eyes like fire!

Penetrating eyes, indicative of omniscience!

Burning eyes, suggesting fierce and unrelenting judgment!

Then Jesus' head is described, at least in one sense. He is wearing a crown as He returns! No, not just one ... many crowns!

It's one of His distinguishing features. "On His Head were many crowns!"

John had access to at least two words for crown. "Stephanos," meaning earned crowns ... usually bestowed for gallant effort or victory in some athletic contest ... was available. But John, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit of God, chose "diadema," our word diadem. This means a crown bestowed because of one's position, rank, or authority! It is not earned, but deserved ... simply because of who one is! This Greek word is only used three times in the Bible! Once it describes the devil, Revelation 12:3. Next the anti-christ is in focus, Revelation 13:1. Then finally and eternally Jesus is the crowned One! The adjective "many" translates "polus" in Greek and carries the concept of something being "large, great or much." Great crowns! Multiple crowns!

In verse 12 Jesus' Name is discussed too! So far this great Name is not spoken or pronounced, just written! The word "written," which is "grapho" in Greek, is a participle, a verbal adjective. It's "time" sense is "perfect," telling us that Jesus' Name was written in the past and remains clearly recorded for use yet today! This absolutely must be talking about Scripture! It's the same tense Jesus used with the Devil back in Matthew 4 when He responded "It is written" three different times!

This great Name will be reveled to us in this very Text, a few verses from now! But until then, we must understand that there are some things Jesus knows ... things that we will have to wait a while to learn! Here's the Prophet Isaiah's description of that Name: "Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel." Or more fully: "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."

The verb "know" here means to understand or perceive or even discern. It's not talking about simple casual information. We need to always keep in mind the fact that Jesus always has information and truth that we just can't handle yet! It's beyond our finite means to assimilate it! Listen to Jesus in John 16:12. "I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now." Our Lord alone must know that Name ... for a while longer anyway!

Some day we all shall see Jesus ... in the very manner He's been described here in the Book of Revelation! In fact, John earlier records that "Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen." Get that? Every eye!

Come, Lord Jesus!

Come soon!

                                                                              --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 3, VERSE 13:

The Second Coming of Jesus is dramatic! As He returns to this earth, He will be observed in this fashion: "And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God." Revelation 19:13

The clothing of Jesus is mentioned here!

The noun vesture can really mean any kind of garment; but often "himation," the Greek word used here, means a cloak or mantle. This especially includes one's outer clothing.

In Jesus' thirty three year life on earth, His clothing was first mentioned at His Birth, His Virgin Birth. There He was wrapped in swaddling clothes. Then at His Crucifixion we are told He owned a seamless robe, an expensive item! Now, at His Second Coming, He wears a blood stained robe! Note that His wardrobe is in view at perhaps the three greatest events in human history.

Here to be "clothed" suggests some kind of a "wrap around" garment. The verb used, "periballo," means something thrown (ballo) around (peri) a person!

The Blood here mentioned ... could be the Blood of Calvary yet staining His clothes. He is our great High Priest in Heaven you know! Or this Blood could be a preview of the coming Battle of Armageddon where blood will flow as deep as the horses' bridles!

Next ... Jesus' Name is given! He will be "called" this for all eternity! The tense of the verb "kaleo" means "called progressively, continuously!" The verbal action is durative, on-going!

What's That Name?

"The Word of God!"

"Logos" means "saying or speech." It gives us our English word "logic!" It is derived form a root verb, "lego," meaning to pick or choose! Jesus is the very logical expression of God Himself! Jesus is God!

Christian, just think.

You hold in your hand the Word of God, the written Word!

And you hold in your heart the Word of God, the Living Word, Jesus!

What a Name!

The very "Word of God!"

And He, blood stained clothes and all, is coming again!

Hallelujah!

                                                                           --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 4, VERSE 14:

The Lord Jesus is coming again!

Not just in the air to rapture the saints into His Presence, but literally coming all the way to earth.

His feet will touch the ground says Zechariah the Prophet! His exact words are: "And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east." Then comes a great earthquake and some other cataclysmic events! Zechariah 14:14

But just before the Lord Jesus places His feet again on this earth, on the Mount of Olives, John adds: "And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean." Revelation 19:14

A natural question is "What armies?"

The noun for armies is "strateuma" and means a band of soldiers or armed guards or just as translated here, armies. Our English word "strategy" comes from this root.

The armies, being plural as they are, certainly must consist of at least two separate entities. The angels of God are sometimes known as armies in Scripture. The "Lord of Hosts," one of God's specific names, literally means the Lord of the armies! I believe the angels are at his command. And they can fight! Secondly, the armies of the Lord might refer to the New Testament Church as well! The saints of God by this time have been caught away to Heaven ... and will ever be with the Lord, says Paul in 1st Thessalonians 4:17. "Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord." Since we will be for evermore by the Lord's side ... it is only logical that we Believers are part of that throng returning to earth with him!

Notice we do not lead the Lord back to earth, we follow Him! He's the great Shepherd ... we are but sheep! This verb, "akoloutheo," means to accompany someone and be his disciple! Also it's here an "imperfect" verb, grammatically telling us that once this "following" has begin, it will continue forever! Always following Jesus our Lord!

Then look!

These armies are also riding horses, white horses!

I once thought about this verse and sort of said to the Lord, "I don't know how to ride a horse, Lord!" It seemed to me like He answered: "You don't know how to fly either, but I'll rapture you away one of these days!

Apparently the Lord is a good Teacher!

The Greek expression for the "white horses" we shall ride is identical to the phrase "white horse" that Jesus is riding just ahead of us! It is spelled "leukos hippos!"

Our clothing also is described!

"Fine linen!"

"Bussinos," just that one word, means "made of linen." That's linen of an extremely high quality!

We are "wearing" those robes of righteousness, made possible by the shed Blood of Jesus! To "wear" translates "enduo," our English word "endued!" It literally means to be "wrapped into" something! To "sink down" into something! Here, our very clothing!

These are "clean" garments too! "Katharos" means cleansed! Cleansed from dirt! Cleansed from ceremonial defilement! Then cleansed from sin!

Listen to Isaiah talk about our wardrobe: "I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels." Isaiah 61:10

What a Day that will be!

Praise the Lord!

Christian friend, aren't you glad you are saved?

                                                                                 --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 5, VERSE 15:

I said it yesterday and it's still true!

The Lord is coming again!

Not merely as a Lamb this time either!

As a roaring Lion!

Here's a one-verse description of His return to earth!

"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." Revelation 19:15

The Greek noun for "mouth" is spelled "stoma!" This word is the basis for our English term "stomach!" The mouth empties into the stomach via the esophagus. By Jesus' mouth being mentioned, the Scriptures are telling us that His Words are about to be described.

What goes out of this sinless Mouth?

A sword!

"Romphaia" is the noun that names the larger of two swords Roman soldiers used. This is a long sword! Nearly like a javelin!

This sword is also said to be "sharp."  Now the adjective "oxus" not only means sharp, but also swift! A "quick" sword! "Oxus" may be from the Greek root word that means "acid!" That's even a different kind of sharpness being described!

This sword is to be used in judgment!

Jesus will "smite" the nations! This verb, "patasso," can range in meaning from a gentle tap to remind or correct someone ... all the way to a fierce blow that inflicts immediate death!

The noun "nations" translates "ethnos," meaning Gentiles or heathen or just a large number of associated people! As you can tell there's our English word "ethnic!" Our language "borrows" a lot from Greek!

The "rule" of Jesus, which He exercises over the nations when He returns, is a great verb. It's "poimaino" and means to feed like a shepherd! To provide, protect and tend those little lambs! It also means sure death to the wolves and bears!

But here Jesus exercises leadership with force, with "a rod of iron!" This noun is "rabdos" and means a staff for a shepherd or even a sceptre for a king! A branch off a tree! A long stout stick! Again, it's a rod of protection for the lambs, but a rod of destruction to the enemies!

The "iron" aspect of Jesus' rod suggests of course any policy which is hard and unyielding!

The word string "a rod of iron" is found 4 times in the Bible; Psalm 2:9 and Revelation 2:27 and 12:5 and finally in our Text here, Revelation 19:15. If God says something just once ... it's true! God cannot lie! But when God says something four times ... be prepared! It's as good as done!

Everyone will obey Jesus, either out of love or out of duty! All will serve Him ... voluntarily or otherwise!

Then Jesus is said to "tread" God's winepress! "Pateo" the verb means to trample, to walk all over or to crush with one's feet!

The winepress represents a giant vat of judgment! Perhaps the valley of Jehoshaphat at Armageddon is meant. I am told that the geography of that literal place is shaped somewhat like a huge winepress! John here in Revelation tells us: "And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles!" That's in Revelation 14:20.

Jesus and His returning armies will interrupt the Battle of Armageddon!

And He will judge in righteousness the nations of the world ... just like today's Text says: "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."

By the way, the nouns "fierceness" and "wrath" each translate one of the New Testament's two great words concerning anger! "Fierceness" is underwritten by "thumos," anger that boils rapidly and subsides just as quickly! While "wrath" is spelled "orge" and means anger that is slow rising, but once disturbed ... refuses to readily go away! When both types of holy anger or righteous indignation are poured upon the earth, woe!

Jesus is here being pictured as the Agent of God Almighty's judgment! He did once say "For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son." John 5:22

The Name God Almighty is interesting too! "Pantokrator" just means "all" ("pas" in Greek) "power" ("kratos" in Greek) ... ALL POWER! I reason that if God created heaven and earth by the sheer force of His Word ... He is Power! Remember what Paul wrote in Hebrews 11:3. "Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God."

What a winepress this must be, Armageddon!

I can't wait!

I mean it!

Evil has reigned long enough!

Satan has been the god of this world and the prince of the power of the air and has created chaos and rebellion worldwide!

Lord Jesus, come again ... shortly!

Amen!

                                                                                     --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 6, VERSE 16:

The Lord wears embroidered clothes!

Specially and exclusively designed!

He Who on earth did not have a place to lay His Head is now dressed magnificently! Royally!

John, explaining the Second Coming of our Lord, says of the Saviour: "And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS." Revelation 19:16

On the great Jewish Day of Atonement, described in Leviticus 16, there came a point after the High Priest had offered the annual sacrifice for the sins of the Nation, the bullock and the goat, that he removed his worn and bloody clothes and washed Himself ... next to clothe himself in his "rich" robes of majesty! I borrowed that adjective "rich" from Matthew Henry!

Here's the scene: The last view the people had of the High Priest presented him in his linen robes, slaying an ox and a goat! Blood may have even been dripping from his garments! Then he disappeared from sight! He was in the Holy of Holies, sprinkling blood on the Mercy Seat!

But when He next appears ... wow!

He has changed clothing altogether!

By God's command he has put off the garments of humility and has been robed in the garments of glory!

What I'm saying is this: Jesus' last time on earth He was crucified, wearing either nothing or nearly nothing!  After He died sacrificially He was buried and rose again three days later. Then He ascended to His Father forty days afterward!

But when He comes again, the second time, He ... like the High Priest before Him ... will be dressed in garments of glory!

Read it with me again: "And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS." Revelation 19:16

The word "vesture" (in Greek, "himation") can include all of one's garments or just the cloak which is worn on top of everything else. As you remember, the High Priest's garment of glory included several layers ... most of which included the color scarlet, a reminder of bloodshed!

Jesus' glorious garments here at His Return are "dipped" in Blood, eternally reminding us of the Price He paid to wash away our sin!

I earlier said His garment was marked ... but we even know what's placed there! His Name ... "King of kings and Lord of lords!"

Just four verses earlier we were told that no man knew His Name!

But Jesus just can't ... or won't ... keep secrets from His darling children! He lovingly shares with us His Name! Amos told us: "Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets." Amos 3:7

By "King of kings" we understand that Jesus is the governmental and judicial and executive and legislative Leader of all leaders! He also is the sovereign and distinguished Lord over all other lords and dukes and sirs and bishops and men of authority! (Or should I now say women of authority? If so, He's over them too!) Just don't let the U.S. Congress know ... or the courts of this land.

But what about His Name being written on His thigh? "Meros" is only used this one time in the New Testament and is obviously uniformly translated "thigh." It's that part of one's leg that provides strength for general combat, marching and even hand to hand confrontation!

Jesus fights through the power and virtue and might of His very Name!

Once in Gethsemane He said to an arrest party that consisted of over 600 men, men who asked if He was Jesus of Nazareth, "I AM HE!"

Look what happened next: "As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground." John 18:6

There's power in the Name of Jesus!

Biblically the thigh is associated with combat! From Samson's life these words are recorded: "And he smote them hip and thigh with a great slaughter: and he went down and dwelt in the top of the rock Etam." Judges 15:8

It's also associated with keeping one's promises! "And Abraham said unto his eldest servant of his house, that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh: and I will make thee swear by the LORD, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that thou shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell: but thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac." Genesis 24:2-4

It also is associated with virtue and holiness. A woman who had been unfaithful to her husband could encounter certain consequences: "Then the priest shall charge the woman with an oath of cursing, and the priest shall say unto the woman, The LORD make thee a curse and an oath among thy people, when the LORD doth make thy thigh to rot, and thy belly to swell; and this water that causeth the curse shall go into thy bowels, to make thy belly to swell, and thy thigh to rot: And the woman shall say, Amen, amen." Numbers 5:21-22

The thigh is also where one of the Judges, Ehud, hid his weapon! "But Ehud made him a dagger which had two edges, of a cubit length; and he did gird it under his raiment upon his right thigh."  Then later, "And Ehud put forth his left hand, and took the dagger from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly." Judges 5:16,21

Psalm 45:3 prays for Jesus to ... "Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty." He most assuredly will!

Also just "seeing" someone's thigh implies a certain degree of intimacy! Isaiah, preaching judgment to the wicked Babylonians, predicts: "Take the millstones, and grind meal: uncover thy locks, make bare the leg, uncover the thigh, pass over the rivers. Thy nakedness shall be uncovered, yea, thy shame shall be seen: I will take vengeance, and I will not meet thee as a man. As for our redeemer, the LORD of hosts is his name, the Holy One of Israel." Isaiah 47:2-4

These thoughts may help us to better understand that great 16th verse of Revelation 19, the New Testament's premier Second Coming Paragraph. "And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS." Revelation 19:16

Amen!

                                                                                  --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 7, VERSES 17-18:

After the Lord has returned to earth ... at His Second Coming ... John the Apostle tells us what to expect next!

In Revelation 19, just after His majestic description of our returning Saviour, John writes: "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; 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. 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. And the beast 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. 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." Revelation 19:17-21

This looks like a battle to me, a war even!

But first the Lord issues an invitation!

To the birds!

The fowls of the heavens!

These carnivorous creatures are being invited to a feast!

Again ... "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; 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."

Some would say this sounds gory!

I say it sounds great!

Imagine, birds obeying the voice of an angel! But, come to think of it, animals have been following the Lord's commands for thousands of years now!

Roosters crow at His Word!

Fish swim into nets with pinpoint accuracy, even distinguishing one side of a boat from another!

Little untamed donkeys submit to His control!

In fact, Scripture reveals a God Who actually cares for the animal world.

Onto the ark He called two of each kind!

In Jonah's day the Lord "saved" not only the people of Nineveh, but also spared their cattle!

And even in the future great millennial age the animals will still be around! Isaiah promises that then: "The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them." Isaiah 11:6

All that being said, during the Tribulation ... near its very end, a host of birds will be invited to one last supper!

A banquet!

All they can eat!

The wicked will finally have been conquered!

How?

By the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ!

I doubt any newspaper will publish it, but here's the epitaph of Anti-Christ himself: Destroyed by a Lamb! Eaten by a buzzard! And then comes the lake of fire burning with brimstone!

                                                                                 --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 8, VERSE 19:

The fowls of heaven ... all eating human flesh?

When will this kind of "barbarism" occur? At least that's what the world will call it!

According to the Bible, this "meal" will happen at the end of the Battle of Armageddon, described by John in his Apocalypse ... Revelation chapter nineteen!

And who are the victims? John tells us these vultures will 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." Revelation 19:18

But we need to continue reading. The Holy Spirit immediately adds: "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." This 19th verse identifies the combatants in this age ending Battle!

"He that sat on the horse" is Jesus! He has earlier been described as having many crowns on His Head and wearing a vesture dipped in Blood and being named King of Kings and Lord of Lords! Such features rule out anyone else but our Lord!

And in fulfillment of Psalm 2, the kings and armies of earth so hate God and rebel against His will and His Word that they attack! That is; while attacking Israel, God's chosen people, they also attack the Lord Jesus Who is descending from Heaven to protect His little nation, avoiding their very annihilation! The second Psalm literally asks: "Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us."

God even comments on this scene way back in Zechariah. "For I will gather all nations 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." Then ... "This shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth." This sounds "nuclear" to me! And add this little headline. Remember, God Himself is talking: "And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem."

Amazing!

Here it is!

The Battle of the ages!

God versus the devil!

The "beast" of verse 19 is none other that the Anti-Christ himself ... for sure!

Notice that he is in confederacy with the wicked kings of this earth. This is a godless conglomeration, a hateful group of united nations demonically bent on rearranging the Middle East, without Israel!

Yes, this is the very epitome of Right versus wrong!

Love versus hate!

The Word of God versus secular human philosophy!

What a day that will be!

Folks, come back tomorrow!

Let's see Who wins this war!

                                                                             --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 9, VERSE 20:

The world yet faces a great period of "tribulation."

That period of time will be ended by a Battle, the Battle of Armageddon.

There the returning Lord Jesus Christ will defeat the Anti-Christ and his forces once and for all!

Revelation 19:20 describes it clearly. "And the beast 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."

The "beast" here is represented by the Greek word "therion" and means a wild or venomous animal. It is NOT the word for "beast" used in Revelation chapter four. "Zoon" means an animal as a living creature, made by Almighty God!

The "beast" of our Text here is none other than the Anti-Christ!

The verb "was taken" is "piazo" and means "to catch or capture" or "to apprehend" or even "to lay hands on" something!

The False Prophet is the Anti-Christ's "buddy" and right hand man.

It appears to me that during the Tribulation there exists a "satanic threesome," a "devilish trinity" ... working against Almighty God and His people. Revelation mentions the "Dragon." He is the devil himself! He is Anti-God the Father in all he does! Also the "Beast" or Anti-Christ who leads the godless nations of the earth during those dark days! Then the "False Prophet" who is the Anti-Holy Spirit! If you carefully examine the roles and duties each of these wicked entities play ... you will see that Satan here is "copying" the position of each Member of the Godhead!

Anyway, the False Prophet gets "caught" by the victorious returning Jesus also!

The "miracles" the False Prophet performed are "semeion" to John. This means they are "indicators" or "signs" that point to some deeper meaning, deeper than just the act itself! He's mimicking Jesus here. Our Lord performed seven great "signs" or miracles in John's Gospel, proving He is the Son of God!

Yes, the Devil can work miracles too ... at least to some degree.

These rascals "deceived" many. "Planao," the verb here, means to lead astray! To direct into outer darkness! Nihilism!

Two groups have especially made themselves the victims of such deceit!

Firstly, those who received (in Greek = "lambano") gladly and eagerly the "mark" ("charagma") or emblem or seal or brand of the Anti-Christ are easily misled!

And secondly, those who worshipped ("proskuneo") or kissed or eagerly adored the image ("eikon") or likeness or figure or statue of the Anti-Christ are doomed also!

All this crowd, deceivers and deceived, are cast ("ballo") or thrown into the Lake of Fire and Brimstone! I mean kicked in there alive! The adjective is "zontes" and means living, sensitive to stimuli! Able to feel!

What an end to a life of wickedness and rebellion against God!

Eternal torment!

Eternal fire!

All for having spurned God's Grace!

For having refused God's Control over their lives!

For rebellion and selfishness!

Remember this: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

Amen!

                                                                             --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 10, VERSE 21:

The Battle of Armageddon is described in several Bible Texts.

However, Revelation chapter 19 adds some interesting details.

It describes multitudes of dead bodies, wicked men and women who rebelled and fought against the Lord God Almighty, being fed to the birds of the air!

Remember: "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; 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."  Revelation 19:17-18

In addition to this general description John adds further information. Among the slain masses were the "beast" or Anti-Christ and the "false prophet" or Anti-Holy Spirit as many have called him. Listen to John: "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. And the beast 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." Revelation 19:19-20

So, the leaders of iniquity are dead!

But what about the regular soldiers, enemies of God ... yet not military leaders?

Ah!

Verse 21 supplies that view. "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." Revelation 19:21

The noun "remnant" translates "loipoi" which means the remaining ones, the rest of the crowd. "Slain" (in Greek = "apokteino") specifically means put to death, extinguished, abolished. And recall that the noun "sword" is "romphaia" which defines the larger and longer military sword, javelin-like in shape!

The Lord Jesus, He that sat upon the white horse, does more than talk with that sword! He judges with it too! To "proceed" (in Greek = "ekpeuomai") means "to travel out of" a place. To spread abroad.

Jesus simply slays them, all of them!

And then ... the birds eat their flesh!

The verb "to be filled" is "chortazo" and means to be satisfied, even to the point of being made fat!

"Flesh" here ("sarx" in Greek) means exactly what it implies ... the meat on their bones!

Sin right now looks popular and easy and perfectly safe!

God says otherwise!

And the Day of His Judgment will come!

You can be sure of that.

Still we pray: "Lord, Thy kingdom come!"

Amen!

                                                                            --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 11, CONCLUSION:

The Lord, having returned to earth in our Revelation 19:11-21Text, next begins His millennial reign. This is described in Revelation chapter twenty. King Jesus, the greater Son of David, will lead and direct this earth for a thousand glorious years!

But, what should our attitude be toward such things?

Does the Coming of Jesus the second time mean anything to the Christian who today is trying to live for God?

How should we approach the Rapture, the Revelation, and Jesus' kingdom reign?

Paul answers that, at least in part.

He does so in nearly the last words he ever penned too!

He, thinking about future rewards in Heaven, says: "There is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing." 2nd Timothy 4:8

Paul reasons, "Death is no tragedy for the Christian! In Heaven, at the judgment seat of Christ, we shall be rewarded! There awaits me a crown, a crown of righteousness!"

Then, to encourage us all, he adds: That crown is not just for me however! It's for all the people "who love Jesus' Appearing!"

The noun "appearing" is the Greek word "epiphaneia," which suggests a bright flash of light, a glowing presence! This is our English word epiphany. And, yes, when Jesus rides that white horse of victory from Heaven back to earth ... Glory will be evident, visible! "Every eye shall see Him," writes John in Revelation 1:7.

The verb "love" is, of course, "agapao." It means to appreciate and adore and treasure someone with unselfish intentions! This is a love that gives to the object of its desire! Sacrificially if necessary!

Again I ask: What's the right attitude toward Jesus' Return?

Love it!

Love Him!

Love the Scriptures that describe it!

Even go so far as to pray for His soon return!

That's what John did. Here's the last prayer of the whole Bible. "Even so, come, Lord Jesus."

That's Revelation 22:20.

Amen!

                                                                              --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

reflect on our lord's return today! Often! pray for his glorious appearance on earth! of course, for true believers, the rapture comes first! think of it; eternity with jesus!

 

 

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