Revelation Chapter 19
Rev. 19:1 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:
A Heavenly Roar
After the destruction of Babylon and the worldwide reaction that will follow, the roar of a great multitude will be heard in
heaven. This multitude will most likely be the Tribulation Saints, but it may include others such as the Old Testament Saints,
the Church, and the angels. Praise will be directed to God because salvation, glory, and power belong to him. Salvation speaks
of his deliverance. Glory speaks of his judgment. Power refers to his ability to evercome his enemies.
We Will Give Him Praise For Our/His:
Salvation - his deliverance
Glory - his judgment
Power - his victory
Rev. 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.
Those praising God in heaven will declare his truth and justice because he destroyed the one-world prostitute religious
system, and avenged the death of his people. The wicked will not get away with their sin forever. God will personally
repay those who harm his people. His judgments are true and just because he gives people what they deserve.
Rev. 19:3 And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever
This is the second time in this chapter that we hear a shout of "Hallelujah" in heaven. One Hallelujah is for the destruction
of Babylon, the mother of prostitutes, and the other one is for the destruction of Babylon the city. However, this verse
refers to more than the destruction on earth. It means they have gone to their everlasting destruction. The only smoke that
will go up for ever and ever is the smoke of their eternal burning in the Lake of Fire.
Rev. 19:4 And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down
and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.
Worshiping The Father
The Church and the four living creatures will fall down and worship the God who sits on the heavenly throne. Here
again we see the elders and living creatures falling down as they did before.
Remember This----> The twenty-four-elders represent the entire Church from Pentecost to the Rapture.
The elders and living creatures fall down to worship God.
Rev. 19:5 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.
All Join In
It is impossible to say whos voice this will be because both the Father and the Son will be on the throne. The only certainty
is that someone on the throne will approve of the heavenly praise and worship. They will invite everyone who serves God to
praise the Lord.
Rev. 19:6 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.
This will be the response to the invitation found in the last verse. All God's servants will shout praises to him because
the Lord God Almighty reigns.
This brings to mind King David's plans to build the first Temple of God. He bought the Temple site, gathered materials,
appointed 24,000 Levites to work on it, 6,000 to oversee the construction. 4,000 to guard the building while it was being
built, and 4,000 to play instruments and sing praises to God. Think of it - 4,000 people to play music and praise the Lord.
Rev. 19:7 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.
The Bride Of Christ
This will be a great day in heaven because it will be time for the Lamb's (Christ's) marriage to the Church, the Bride of Christ.
God's servants will rejoice and give him glory in anticipation of this event.
A special union will exist between Jesus and the Church similar to the union that exists between a bridegroom and bride upon their marriage. In both instances, the two became one. Jesus is coming back to earth where he and his bride will reign together as one. Before they can reign together, though, they have to be married. The idea is that the Church will be joined together with Jesus in a special relationship that will equip them to reign with him. He will not come back without his people, and they will not reign without him.
Be Ready for the Future Events of the Church
1.) We'll be taken up in the Rapture - I Thessalonians 4:13-18.
2.) We'll go before the judgment seat of Christ - I Corinthians 3:12-15; II Corinthians 5:10.
3.) We'll attend the marriage an the marriage supper - Revelation 19:7-9.
4.) We'll attend with Christ for his Millennial reign - Revelation 20:6.
Rev. 19:8 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.
The Bridal Gown
Before its marriage, the Church will wear fine linen which is their own righteous acts. A person's deeds will follow one to heaven where they will be worn like a gown or robe. Faith in God makes that possible. When the marriage takes place, the Church will lay their righteousness aside. The holiness and righteousness of Jesus will be imparted to them which
will form their clothing for eternity.
Rev. 19:9 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.
Again John heard an angel tell him to write. this time he was told to write about the Wedding Supper of the Lamb. All those
who are invited to attend this supper are blessed or happy.
The following two parables help us to better understand the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
1.) The parable of the ten virgins - Just as the ten virgins (people) heard that the bridegroom (Jesus) and his bride
(the Church) were coming back for their wedding banquet, so too will Jesus come back to earth with his Church at the end of the
Tribulation Period for the marriage supper of the Lamb. Only those who have received the Holy Spirit (those with oil) will
be allowed to attend this banquet on earth.
2.) The parable of the wedding banquet - This parable tells us about a king (God) who prepared a wedding banquet for his son (Jesus). He sent out invitations, but many of those invited (unbelievers) made excuses for not attending, so he invited others (the Church). One man (an unbeliever) was not wearing the right kind of wedding apparel (fine linen) so he was escorted out. The wedding apparel signifies the kind of righteousness needed to attend the banquet. God provides that apparel to all those who accept Jesus as their Savior. Those who do not have it are not prepared to spend eternity with God.
This should not be taken lightly We cannot go to heaven or attend this feast as we are right now. We must be properly dressed,
or we will be cast into outer darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth
Another verse that provides insight into understanding the marriage supper concerns the Lord's Last Supper. Jesus said
he will not drink the fruit of the vine again until he drinks it in his father's Kingdom.
His Father's Kingdom is his Millennial Kingdom on earth.
I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with
him, and he with me (Revelation 3:20)
Rev. 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me,
See thou do it not: I am thy fellow-servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the
testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
A Case Of Mistaken Identity
After writing what the angel said, John fell at the angel's feet to worship him. That was the wrong thing to do, and the angel stopped John. He called himself a fellow servant of God and told Jon too, worship God! During the Tribulation Period multitudes will worship Satan and his Antichrist because the False Prophet will demand it. However, worship of anyone or
anything other than God is forbidden.
The testimony of Jesus is an interesting idea. Among other things, Jesus predicted that he would die, be buried, be raised from the dead, and come again. His predictions are his testimony and also prophecy. Everything he predicted is prophecy. Many people do not understand this. They want to throw out or discard prophecy in the Bible not realizing they would be throwing out many things Jesus said. Those who understand this hold to the testimony of Jesus.
Rev. 19:11 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.
The Triumphant Return
This verse is sometimes called the climax of the entire Bible. The Old Testament prophesied this event; Jesus
predicted it, and the New Testament writers wrote about it. Everything we Have studied in Revelation has been building up to this. It will be a precious sight to the saints who are still alive on earth when it happens, but a terrifying
sight to the Antichrist and his followers.
Heaven will open: It opened the first time when John went up to heaven identifying the Rapture of the Church. It will
open a second time when Jesus comes back with his Church.
A rider on a white horse will appear: The first rider on a white horse, the Antichrist, appeared at the beginning of the
Tribulation Period. Now, just as in ancient times when mighty warriors and conquerors rode white horses, the second rider on a
white horse will come out of heaven to fight and conquer.
The rider (Jesus) will be called the Faithful and True: "Faithful" meaning he has done and will do, everything God asks him to do. "True" meaning he does everything he says he will do. He said he will come back, and here he fulfils that promise.
With justice, he judges and makes war is a reference to the purpose of his coming. He will return as a warrior to judge the inhabitants of the earth. He will deal with their sin, settle their eternal destinies, and establish his reign. What he
will do will be just and right, because the earth will have been declared ripe for judgment.
Rev. 19:12 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.
Greater Than Our Understanding
Christ's fiery eyes reveal his insight, knowledge, and anger. He will have full knowledge of each individual and their sins. His many crowns reveal his royalty, authority, and majesty. He will have full authority in heaven and on earth.
He has many names that we know: Jesus, Lord, Christ, Wonderful, Son of God, Son of Man, etc. However, when he returns he will wear a special name known only to God. Christians know his name is great, but it is greater than their understanding since God is the only one who fully understands it.
Something to Ponder ---> Concerning his Second Coming, Jesus said, Watch out
that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming "I am the Christ," and will deceive many
The Apostle Paus Said, The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed
in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing
(II Thessalonians 2:9,10)
In Revelation 6:1,2 we saw the Antichrist coming on a white horse. Here we see Jesus coming on a white
In (Revelation 13:1) we saw the Antichrist rise up with ten crowns on his head. Here we see
Jesus coming back with many crowns on his head. It would be wise to remember that Satan is a deceiver who masquerades as an angel.
Rev. 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his
name is called The Word of God.
A Bloody Robe
The robe dipped in blood is a symbol of what is about to take place. The prophet Isaiah tells us it represents the blood
of his enemies. He will be coming back to deal with hundreds of millions of unbelievers at the Battle of Armageddon, and it
will be a bloodbath.
His name is the Word of God. This can be explained by looking at one of John's other books, the Gospel of John. In his
gospel, he calls Jesus the Word of God made flesh. It will be Jesus on the white horse, and the judgment at Armageddon
will be the work of God.
According to the Bible there is:
1.) the written Word of God - (John 5:39).
2.) the spoken Word of God - (John 3:34; 6:63).
3.) the living Word of God - (John 1:1, 14; Hebrews 4:12).
The Bible is the written Word of God. The message of Holy Spirit that filled preachers, evangelists, and others is the spoken
Word of God. Jesus is the living Word of God. He is the one who fulfills the written and spoken Word of God.
Blood flowed out of the press, rising as high as the horses' bridles for a distance of 1,600 stadia
Rev. 19:14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white
horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
What No Fatigues?
The armies of heaven will follow Jesus. One army will be composed of the entire Church from Pentecost to the Rapture. A
Second army will consist of the holy angels, while a third army will be all the martyred Tribulation Saints. The Old Testament
Saints will comprise the fourth army. These armies will not be dressed in dark colors or camouflage. Not one soldier will have
to fight or get bloodied or soiled. The fine linen, white and clean, will prove, when it is over, that his armies will not
have to lift a finger. The white horses indicate Christ intends for his followers to share in his glory as a conqueror.
Let's be honest about where the glory really belongs. A famous verse of scripture says, We are more
than conquerors through him who loved us (Romans 8:37). This victory will not belong to us.
It will belong to Jesus. Were it not for his love we would be in the wrong army and would be defeated.
Rev. 19:15 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.
Sharper Than Any Two-Edged Sword
Jesus will be the only one in this great heavenly army to carry a weapon. The battle will be his to win or lose. His weapon will be a sharp sword, the Word of God.
When this world was created, God spoke it into existence. When soldiers went to the Garden of Gethsemane to arrest
Jesus, he spoke and they fell to the ground. At Armageddon, he will simply speak to destroy the opposing nations.
Things will change during the Millennium. Jesus will rule them with a iron Sceptor. He will establish a strong set of standards and require everyone to live by them. Crime and unfaithfulness will not be tolerated. There will be no deception, no lies, no murder, no crime, no war. God's brand of righteousness will prevail for a thousand years. Knowledge
of the Lord will fill the earth, and Jesus will finally get the worship he so richly deserves.
This will not come about because man has given up his rebellious ways or because man's efforts to establish world peace have succeeded. This will come about because the Son of God has put down the wicked and established his own reign on earth.
Rev. 19:16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written,
KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
Every Knee Shall Bow
Jesus will return as a King to establish his kingdom. Every earthly king will submit to him. Every individual will call him Lord.
Remember This ----> The Antichrist and his ten puppet kings will make war against the Lamb,
but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings.
Rev. 19:17 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;
The Second Supper
This is the second of two great suppers mentioned in Chapter 19. An angel will stand in the sun and summon the birds to gather together for a great feast prepared by God.
Remember This----> An angel told John to write, Blessed are those who
are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:9). Those who attend the
supper of the Lamb will be at the supper, but those who are at Armageddon will be the supper.
Rev. 19:18 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.
Filled To Overflowing
This predicts the horrible end of the Antichrist's armies. His foolish rulers, mighty men, horses, riders, and troops will
become a feast for the birds.
Rev. 19:19 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.
World War III
The Antichrist is named first because he will lead these armies. His ten puppet kings will join him with their troops from all over the world. The Kings of the East alone will have 200 million troops. These armies will have the latest and most powerful weapons known to mankind. Never before have there been so many armies gathered together on one side. Notice why they will gather: to make war against the rider on the horse and his army. These armies will gather to fight the Lord
Jesus and those who will come out of heaven with him.
Remenber This ----> They are spirits of demons performing miraculous signs, and they go out
to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day fo God Almighty
Rev. 19:20 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.
Out of the hundreds of millions gathered at Armageddon, only two people will be captured: The Antichrist and the False Prophet.
They will be seized for using miraculous signs to delude people into taking the Mark of the Beast and worshipping his image. They will be judged immediately and cast into the (Lake of Fire).
Rev. 19:21 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.
Not One Remaining
Not one of the millions of troops will escape. They will all be killed by the powerful Word of God, and the birds will consume their bodies.
Something To Ponder----> When Saul was anointed king of Israel, God told him to kill all the
Amalekites, including their women and children, and to destroy everything they had including their animals. But Saul only did part of what God commanded. He disobeyed God, let some of the Amalekites alive, and took some of their animals for booty. About 500 years later, Haman the Agagite (the royal family of the Amalekites) attempted to have all the Jews killed. By not carrying out God's seemingly extreme command, King Saul opened a door that almost wiped out the entire
Jewish nation. Those who do not know the future should be careful about questioning the Word of God.