commentary on revelation 19:7:9


Once again we must remember that this picture is demonstrably painted in Jewish terms.

In general this has been either passed over in the chapter, or some unsatisfactory inference has been flung out, which can only embroil the prophecy. ", To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament, The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Norris' Commentary on the Book of Revelation. Would you prayerfully consider a gift of support today? It is as if the multitude of the redeemed sent up their shout of praise because the promise of Christ to his persecuted ones had come abundantly true. It is only God and man now. The psalmist described the apparel of the bride: III. The picture is of the warrior Christ trampling the grapes so as to produce the wine of the wrath of God, which his enemies must drink to their doom. That picture stands for the final union between Jesus Christ and his Church. And a voice came forth from the throne. And his wife hath made herself ready - By putting on her beautiful apparel and ornaments. ( John 1:14 ) And now again He comes as the Word of God.

There was no doubt at all of the character of the emperor; there never had been a worse than he; yet God took that very opportunity to lay this on the Christians as their duty to the worldly authority outside and over them. Here we have the purely Jewish idea of the Word of 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 those that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. For her sin., have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities." I wonder should we the saints be encouraged to be more obedient to GODs will ? Again, to my mind it seems demonstrably true that the relation to the beast here brought before us must in all fairness be allowed to look onward to a later stage of Babylon. The friendships of the evil are not lasting. "So he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness" a thorough waste as to the knowledge or enjoyment of God. 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. Grant's Verse-by-Verse Logos Bible Software. (i) In certain circles of Judaism the angels had a very large place. It isn't that you have been faithful in your devotions, and you have witnessed to so many people, and read so many chapters of the Bible, and spent so many hours in prayer, and you have done all of the religious devotional things, not that at all.

Revelation 19:9; Revelation 3:20; Revelation 21:2, Revelation 21:9; Revelation 22:17; John 3:29; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:25-32). For example, Christ has been removed from Christmas(x-mas) Or IN GOD WE TRUST is being taken out. Accordingly the rapture of the church with the Old Testament saints must have already taken place, all (as I have no doubt) being caught up at the self-same time to be with the Lord above. But in the time really contemplated here all this political shuffling will be over. There is only one other place in the New Testament where these two verbs (chairein, G5463, and agallian, G21) come together--in Jesus Christ's promise to the persecuted: "Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven" ( Matthew 5:12). Thanks Grant. It is the place that Jesus said God prepared for Satan and his angels. If that is so of human words, how much truer it is of the divine word. It is not now lightnings and thunders and voices. Jesus had told His disciples that unless their righteousness exceeded that of the scribes and Pharisees, they would not enter the kingdom of heaven. (iii) It may be that the name is one which can be revealed only at the final union of Christ and the Church. The bride breathes out this word to the bridegroom; and the Holy Ghost it is that gives strength to her desire that He should come. Let others speculate, if they will: I am persuaded that he who essays to conceive the details is merely striving to draw a bow beyond the power of man. 219.] So far they were right. d. But as beautiful as our garments may be, as we sang, "The bride eyes not her garments, But her dear Bridegrooms face, I will not gaze at glory, But on my King of Grace. Some hold that because Isaacs bride was taken from his own kin, that, therefore, to complete the type, Jesus Bride must be Israel, His own kin, and not the Church composed mainly of Gentiles. or my HAPPINESS AND SECURITY? It id sad that one took the time to write two VERY long comments, but found thier time to valuable to write out their saviors name. If yes, when would be their resurrection?

On these I may say but a very few words. The white linen represents the good deeds of God's dedicated people; that is to say, it is character which forms the robe which arrays the Bride of Christ. There may be lights of the heaven to mark times and seasons for the earth, and again on the earth. Exactly the same thing is repeated here, and what makes it more apparent is the similarity of the introduction on each occasion. Smith shows how baptism is not merely a token ritual done for a past experience but he rightly shows how baptism is the moment of confession in the New Testament (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:38, Acts 2:41; Acts 22:16; Romans 10:9-13; 1 Peter 3:21-22). It was the destruction of the imperial unity of Rome that gave occasion for the well-known ten kingdoms which the barbarians set up afterwards. And God said is the recurring phrase in the narrative of creation ( Genesis 1:3; Genesis 1:6; Genesis 1:9; Genesis 1:14; Genesis 1:26). The very reverse is the undeniable fact. Seek ye the Lord now, 2morrow might b too late. Scholz's note ("rec. The bride is in view. On his head he has many crowns. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point He answers, "I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in my anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment. [Note: Thomas, Revelation 8-22, p. What was easier than to turn the demons into angels and to worship them? He spoke it into existence. 375.]

It was John's instinct to worship the angelic messenger; but the angel forbids him to do that, because the angels are no more than men's fellow-servants. Identified as the new Jerusalem in Revelation 21:2, Revelation 21:9. Is not this reason enough for saying that not even the shadow of solid ground appears for the system? He was filled with astonishment that this mysterious form of evil, this counter-testimony of the enemy (not antichrist, but antichurch), should seem and be largely accepted as the holy catholic church of God, that Christendom, if not Christianity, should at the same time become the bitterest of persecutors, more murderously incensed against the witnesses of Jesus and the saints of God than ever paganism had been in any country or all ages. It is a special grant of Gods grace. But then while there is such a call to Christ, while the believer is not to be afraid, but to call on the Lord to come, the church does not forget those that are poor sinners, let them be deeply conscious of it, or let them be those that are only made willing by the grace of God (which is the feeblest expression of the sinner's need, just as you have the feeblest expression of the saint in the previous call). Our positional sanctification guarantees that we will have a future with the Lord. In Wisdom there is a description of the plagues in Egypt, and in particular of the slaying of the first-born sons of the Egyptians: "Thine Almighty Word leaped down from heaven out of thy royal throne, as a fierce man of war, into the midst of a land of destruction, and brought thine unfeigned commandment as a sharp sword, and standing up filled all things with death; and it touched the heaven, but it stood upon the earth" ( Wis_18:15-16 ). Isaiah 54:6 Hosea 2:16 Ezekiel 16:7, The bride of the Lamb is evidently the church (cf. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. There is a scripture that would indicate maybe two hundred million.And that is when the blood will flow to the horses bridle all the way through the Valley of Megiddo clear on down to Edom through the valley of Jehoshaphat as they gather together against the Lord and His anointed. "Five are fallen, one is, the other hath not yet come." It is plain that they are not in this city. 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 ( Revelation 19:7 ). All these things have their place in Babylon the great. I take it, therefore, that God intended this analogy to be noted by us; that it is not a pursuance of the prophecy, but a description of the holy city previously named, just as the other was a description of the corrupt city, whose judgment had been announced. Pauline Epistles

There was never a time when the Christian was called upon to undergo such suffering and to accept so continually the prospect of a cruel death. The ambiguity springs from the fact that the testimony of Jesus can bear either of two meanings. What is the sword?

One of the great dangers of being in any kind of ministry where God is using you, one of the great dangers of exercising any spiritual gift, is that people so often look at the instrument that God uses. - WG, His wife . 1. Our website uses cookies to store user preferences. This being so, it adds immense clearness in the understanding of the book. (Those who are called in the book of Revelation "THE MARTYRS"). The chorus was large and loud, as the voice of many waters and of mighty thunderings. The beast is the expression of the will of man setting itself up in direct antagonism to God. Sometimes they have contended for its application to pagan Rome. It is by his word that God created the earth and the heavens and everything in them. Man has always sinned in one or other of these two ways, looking now at sin in its broadest forms. [Note: Hughes, p. 201; Sweet, p. You just have to come on the basis of God's grace and love for you and cast yourself upon His mercy, but that God is merciful. God accounts my faith for righteousness. We can fairly trust God that He will not give a worse place to Paul; yet I do not think that this is his place. God doesn't want you taking credit for the work that He does, receiving glory for His work. We can easily understand that the overthrow of the ecclesiastical power is necessary to leave a full field unimpeded for the imperial power to develop itself in its final form of violence and rebellion and apostacy against the Lord. As in any wedding the attention is focused on the bride and her dress--John writes in verse 8 "She is clothed with fine linen, bright and pure--for fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints." The angels are never "called," although they may be "chosen;" and though termed holy, I do not recollect that they are ever spoken of as "faithful." He is coming to trample the wine vat. How did He create it? Yes the friends of the bride will be in their glorified bodies just like the church. That was Jesus looking forward to the great Messianic Banquet. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword ( Revelation 19:15 ). And it was so. I would like to get couple of clarifications. This remains true also in its own place, as we shall find; and when it is a question of reward, this is precisely the grand point; but when it is a question of the bride above, that is the way in which it is presented here, as we may see clearly from verse 8. Let us rejoice and let us exult, and let us give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has prepared herself, and it has been granted to her to clothe herself with fine linen, shining and pure." That a corrupt religion is better than none I will not say: at any rate it troubles men; it is a thorn in the side of those who want no religion at all. - Constable, God referred to Himself as Israels husband in the Old Testament (Isaiah 54:6; Isaiah 62:5; Jeremiah 31:32; Ezekiel 16:7-14; Hosea 2:2, Hosea 2:16, Hosea 2:19). (2.) God wants a loving relationship, not religion. He is no longer to be allowed to prowl about the world ensnaring and destroying. Now the Lord in the end here is really putting a lot of emphasis upon the fact that these are true sayings. The four living creatures, respectively like a lion, an ox, a man and an eagle, stand for two things, for all that is bravest, strongest, wisest and swiftest in nature--and for the cherubim. However at this time, just before Christ returns to the earth (Revelation 19:7), the figure of the bride must describe the church alone. Moral unfitness has its just censure; but sovereign grace must be asserted also. [15] James Moffatt, Expositor's Greek New Testament, Vol. Who were they? [See all "Eph 5 The Wedding Ceremony of Baptism" on e-Sword topics by Windell Gann, Sermons_Gann.topx], and His wife has made herself ready . The race was now in the resurrection state either for good or for evil; and thus it must be for ever. That is what history is about. For Christ has not only a supreme but an exclusive place. You remember in the story of Mary and Joseph, it was during the time of their espousal that Mary was discovered to be with child. The bride had prepared herself (cf. Then follows the proclamation of the angel, and the invitation to the supper of the great God, to eat the flesh of all the great ones of the earth.

Yes, all my gold stars, but Friday you blow it and you didn't get your prayer time in. It is not now the temple opened there, and the ark of the covenant seen when Israel's security is seen, as the object of God's counsels; nor is it a door opened above, as we saw it when the prophet was giving his introduction to the prophecy of God's dealings with the world as a whole, though in both cases all manifestly clusters round the Lord Jesus. He has with him the armies of heaven.

HALLELUJAH!". At the beginning there will have been carnage, as we know, among both the western powers and the eastern powers. Minor Prophets And so it is with this very Babylon that comes before us here. 5. What would be the meaning, if so read? Those that do rise at the same time rise, no doubt, in a moment; but that there are to be various acts of resurrection is not only not contrary to scripture, but required by its own descriptions. But there never was the thought of giving Christ the only place He could take. And God said, "Let the waters above the firmament be separated from the waters below the firmament." But the day is coming when Satan will be allowed to have things his own way. Then he said to me, Write: Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb! And he said to me, These are the true sayings of God, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.. 3. Bad as pagan Rome was, it would be false to affirm that it ever had come out of the bottomless pit. Do you have any thoughts that might bring more clarity on his subject. They begin to admire the instrument. So, it is the righteousness of Jesus Christ that is imparted to me through my faith in Jesus Christ. Again this is a picture taken directly from the Old Testament, from Ezekiel's picture of the slaughter of the forces of Gog and Magog. The espousal was similar to, yet a little more binding, than an engagement today. In other words, this is the characteristic title for God in the Revelation. The church is heavenly; and in heaven there are no times nor seasons. And the Spirit and the bride say, Come: and let him that heareth say, Come: and let him that is athirst come: let him that will take the water of life freely." There is nothing in Jesus to harm him; there is every thing to bless there is Himself to be enjoyed, even if they have failed in the full knowledge of it here below. Of course the other is true. In the Revelation two kinds of people are specially called the servants of God; the prophets ( Revelation 10:7; Revelation 11:18; Revelation 22:6), and the martyrs ( Revelation 7:3; Revelation 19:2). There are those who have set themselves deliberately and conscientiously to fight against God.The humanists in their Humanist Manifesto have declared their intention of destroying God out of the minds and conscientiousness of men. He had all of the right credentials. Here it would seem we have just what answers to that: this name none knew but He Himself. The Sinai MS. has both. It was said of a great preacher: "First he listened to God, then he spoke to men.". Here were joined good and evil in godless union, for the worse, not for the better, this alliance, unholy in principle, irremediable therefore in practice, between God and the natural man, who substitutes rites for the grace and word of God, for the blood of Christ, and the power of the Spirit, and employs the name of the Lord as a cover for grosser covetousness and ambition, yet more aspiring than the vulgar world. C. At the present time the church is espoused to Christ as Paul said, "I have espoused you to one husband.". Then another and immensely important act is described the binding of Satan. It may well be that John intended the double meaning; and that we are meant not to choose between the meanings, but to accept both of them. 2. By and by, after our translation to heaven, He will work, and as vitally in those who bow to God, when it will be the reception of the prophetic testimony which is here owned to be none the less the testimony of Jesus. With a rod of iron he shall break in pieces all their substance, He shall destroy the godless nations with the word of his. The Lord is not so interested in telling you who you are going to marry or what is going to happen to you next week, the spirit of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. The bride with meet the Lord in the air at the Rapture (1 Th 4:13f) and the friends of the bride at the Second Coming of Christ. (a) He is faithful. Poetical Books Thus Joseph was considering putting her away privately. The thought of the relationship between God and his people as a marriage goes far back into the Old Testament. The praise in this section is in response to the angels invitation for those in heaven to rejoice (Revelation 18:20). It stands for the consuming power of the victorious Christ. And the twenty-four elders [representing the church] and the four beasts [cherubim] fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia ( Revelation 19:4 ). We do not mend matters by hasty conclusions, we only complicate the truth. Now, 1. Nobody can dispute that this remarkable cluster of kingdoms in Europe was the fruit providentially of the destroyed unity of the Roman empire when the barbarians invaded it. He is in charge of the Anastausus Ship, but he is facing a jail sentence of three and a half years in Greece because He gave a Bible to a sixteen-year old Greek boy and the boy accepted Jesus Christ as His Savior. Peculiar energy indeed attaches to symbolic language. Of course there must needs be a consultation with the kings, when the kings exist and become an accredited part of that empire, as rulers subordinate to the beast. In Daniel's time it was not at hand. There was never a time in history in which such forces were drawn up against the Church as when the Revelation was written. And that is the question the prophet asks and Jesus answers, "I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save." B. See F. Lagard Smith, Baptism - The Believers Wedding Ceremony, 1993. ., pp. No one really knows what the vowels in Y-H-W-H were. We find, accordingly, the four and twenty elders and four living creatures here brought before us for the last time.

Consequently there will be an increase in population such as never has been approached since the world was made, yet it afterwards appears, that Satan will not fail to turn the masses of the nations into one vast rebellion against the objects of God's special favour on the earth the saints wherever they may be, and the beloved city of Israel, as we have seen. How can it be said that this vile, corrupt, idolatrous system of the last days was guilty of the blood of all martyrs? However this figure almost always describes Israel as an unfaithful wife. The Gospels "The great multitude" joining in this chorus of rejoicing over the defeat of all evil is THE WHOLE CHURCH TRIUMPHANT IN HEAVEN. Here occurs a remarkable change in the sequence of the visions, though easily understood; for it must be evident that there is nothing to follow this in point of time. The wedding supper may be the, It usually takes a bride a long time to get ready for her wedding. Had it been simply a persecution from pagans, what was there to wonder at in their deadly hatred of the truth and of those who confess it? This phrase reinforces the certainty of Gods promise that He will keep His Word. I say not on but over the earth. 3. but it does not follow that various bodies are not raised at different times.

With this agrees His coming out of heaven in judgment of the earth, described inRevelation 19:1-21; Revelation 19:1-21. - EBCNT, for the marriage of the Lamb has come . The closing phrase here is the description of the beast in its last state, in which it will come into collision with Babylon. Even though the translators usually render the Greek word gyne, translated "bride," as "wife," here the context clearly shows that a wedding is in view.

Some claim that the Bride, because she is called WIFE in Rev. Still God does not forget His ways with His people; and the angels here are only in the quality of porters, if we may so speak; they are at the gates. For according to unquestionable testimony the Reuchlinian copy has like some half-dozen cursives, which was probably a mistake for . Then and thus is aggravated guilt in the case of this wicked son. 2. Imagine the millions upon millions of Christians that will be gathered in that glorious assembly and when the voice of the Lord comes exhorting us to praise God and give glory to Him, and in our response to it that tremendous praise, crescendo of praise that will arise. They are clothed in pure white to indicate their heavenly purity (6-8).The symbolism then changes. That is worship of God in unprescribed ways. You could not break an expousal except by divorce. We will eat with our resurrection bodies. Of course the application to the Roman empire would be immediately in the mind of any Christian at Rome. I can hardly wait. The relationship of the Christian and Christ must be the closest in all life. From Rome saints had suffered; and it was easy to see that the revealed persecutress is called Babylon, and identified with the governing city of Rome. Here, on the other hand, is something which is valid for all time. They are not seen here as the bride. These were simply the characters of provisional judgment that filled the interval after the church was gone, and before the reign with Christ. He spoke these things into existence; the power of the Word of God.If we would only realize the power of the Word of God. Our worship as Christians involves our acceptance of the will of God for our daily lives--and our commitment to do Gods will. I find no fault in Him" ( Luke 23:14 ). Thank God. Patience or endurance of hope is what becomes us. He is a threat to them, because He tells you, you don't have to be religious to be accepted by God. - Wallace, his bride . And give honour to him - Because the work is glorious; and became it is by his power alone that it has been accomplished. Yet one allows freely a partial application already. God referred to Himself as Israels husband in the Old Testament (Isaiah 54:6; Isaiah 62:5; Jeremiah 31:32; Ezekiel 16:7-14; Hosea 2:2; Hosea 2:16; Hosea 2:19). The twelve apostles of the Lamb will accordingly have their own special place. It gives a retrogressive account of Babylon's character, and shows how it morally compelled the divine judgment. I will give to him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. To the church the end is always near. Man alone is to blame who has misapplied it. Every day you should witness to at least two people. The friends of the bride are the Tribulation saints. The comment about this beatitude being a blessing as true sayings of God is assurance of this truth coming from God, which is tantamount to a promise. There are immense personal implications in Revelation 19:1-21 : verse 6. Clearly the same saints whom we have seen first set forth by the elders in heaven, subsequently by the elders and the living creatures, next, by the bride and the living creatures at the marriage-supper, and finally by the armies that followed the Lord out of heaven. What he did results in the righteous acts of the saints.. He came to the world, and avenged His people on the beast and the false prophet with the kings and their armies; and after that the risen saints reign with Him over it a thousand years. Here you may see the reason for saying that the four and twenty elders and the four living creatures are not absolutely the church, because when that symbol applies, and the one of the bride comes forward, we have got others too. Death and hades, which had so long been executioners in a world where sin reigned, and were still doing their occasional office where righteousness is to reign, themselves disappear where all traces of sin are consigned for ever. An angel again commands John to write down a message to the called guests of the marriage supper about a special blessing. Scripture records no name whatever among those judged written there. "Yet is" is a most unfortunate expression. Second, he says: "Let us rejoice and exult." Weddings have two categories of guests the grooms guests and the guests of the bride (John 3:27-29). Centuries after came in, not only the division into east and west, but the broken up state of the west, when there ceased to be an imperial chief. Moral elements too were not wanting: the mystery of lawlessness had long been at work, though the enemy had not yet brought in the apostacy, and still less the manifestation of the lawless one. or beginning with the Millennium and continuing throughout eternity (cf.

The judgment on Rome is the guarantee that God never in the end abandons his own. It is Christ Himself about to be displayed in His rights as King of kings, and Lord of lords; and this in the face of the world. It usually takes a bride a long time to get ready for her wedding. It will never happen. This, was no lack. Hence arose the prominence of angels. That is not at all the way in which the guests are spoken of. Then the word is, "Award her even as she awarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she mixed, mix to her double. And the [antichrist] 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 those that worshipped his image. In the midst of the broadway of it, and of the river, on this side and on that, [the] tree of life," bearing not merely as the original one did, but now according to the fulness of the provision of God's grace for man, for man in glory first, but for man on the earth also, but for man in glory "producing twelve fruits, in each month yielding its fruit: and the leaves of the tree for the healing of the nations." In Matthew 15:1ff, they are certain of the bridesmaids. He has reserved the matter, though not without enough to guide our thoughts, as we have seen. Wisdom Literature At the same time we are not at liberty to eliminate such a feature out of the description. In the Old Testament, God likened His relationship to Israel as a husband and wife. Babylon had once heard the varied testimony of God; for what had she not heard of truth? It takes months in some cases. For the day of vengeance is in my heart, and the year of my redeemed is come"( Isaiah 63:3-4 ). Then heaven is opened, and for a sight most solemn. It will help to show us that, whatever may have been the past conditions of Babylon, there is a future one; and it is in that future one that Babylon is to perish. The "saved" is a term which, so far from belonging to the nations, is expressly applied to the Jewish remnant when it is a technical term. Now, this vesture dipped in blood is probably a reference to Isaiah sixty-three.