I. Victory is declared over immoral Rome - Rev 19:1-6
A. The harlot has been judged and the martyrs have been avenged.
1. These are the martyrs who had cried out “How long?” - Rev 6:10
B. “Alleluia” found only here and in the Septuagint translation of the Old Testament. It literally means “praise God.”
1. God is praised for the salvation, the glory, and the power
2. God is praised for His judgments
C. On the third Hallelujah, “Amen” is added – “So be it” – indicating it has been completed.
D. The praise comes from
1. The great multitude in heaven - those who have died and gone on before
2. The cherubim and the 24 elders
3. And a great multitude on earth - those who still live.
II. Preparation can now be made for the marriage of Christ to the church - Rev. 19:7-10
A. Under the Old Testament, the nation of Israel was the bride of God - Jer 3:20, Isa 54:1
1. She was divorced because of her adultery - Jer 3:8
2. A new, virgin woman takes her place - II Cor 11:2
B. The persecutions had interfered with the growth and development of Christ’s bride.
1. This can now continue unimpeded.
C. In a sense this whole age is the marriage feast of the Lamb.
1. Each new Christian, upon baptism, is joined to Christ.
2. They enter a covenant relationship with Christ, much like a marriage relationship.
3. However, the bride, the church, is not complete until all who will have joined.
4. The final marriage is yet to be, this time is the engagement time. Much like the parable of the ten virgins - Matthew 25:1-13
D. Why John falls down before the speaker is a mystery
1. Surely John knows that only God is to be worshiped - Matt 4:10
2. However, the warning is clear and needs emphasizing
3. Idolatry comes in many forms. God alone is to be worshiped.
4. It is interesting that after these triumphs, the church strays and the corruption takes on forms of idolatry – just what God warns against.
III. Jesus, the conquering warrior - Rev 19:11-18
A. He comes riding on a white horse
1. The victor
B. His description
1. Eyes like fire - penetrating. Sees all, even through darkness
a. Seen previously in Rev 1:14, 2:18
2. Many diadems on his head - Head of many kingdoms, rules the world
a. Jesus is head over all things - Eph 1:22
b. Satan wore seven crowns , the sea beast ten crowns, but Jesus wears many more. A number not specified indicating an unlimited rule.
3. Garments dripping in blood - Just returned from battle
a. Allusion to Isa 63:1-6
4. A name only he knows - no man can fully grasp who Jesus is
a. The Word of God - John 1:1
b. King of Kings and Lord of Lords
C. He is followed by a heavenly army - Eph 6:10-18
D. From his mouth comes a sharp sword, which he smites nations - Isa 11:3-5
1. Note: not the end of the world at this time.
2. He rules with a rod of iron - Ps 2:8-9
3. He treads the wine press of God’s wrath
E. A feast is declared for the birds of prey for the triumph over God’s enemies - Ezekiel 39:17-20
1. Those respected are given a descent burial, but the despised are left for the wild beasts and birds to eat.
IV. Clean up - Rev 19:19-20:3
A. The enemy, though defeated, has not given up
B. The beast (the government of Rome) and the false prophet (the false religion of Rome) are cast into a lake of fire.
C. The others who followed after them are killed by the sword of Christ’s mouth and are eaten by vultures
D. Finally, the source of all these problems - The dragon himself (Satan) is locked up in an abyss for 1000 years
1. His work is restricted, though not ended
a. The purpose of the binding is so he will no longer deceive the nations.
2. Just before the end, he will be released for a short time.
3. 1000 years - a complete period and not a precise measurement of time.
a. Deut 7:9 - A thousand generations
b. Ps 50:10 - animals on a thousand hills