Revelation 19:11-21 Victory!

The battle belongs to HIM!

The battle lines are drawn. Satan’s armies on one side and the saints of God on the other. Then Jesus and His armies join in the fight.

The time has finally come for Jesus to step back down onto earth. The beast, his buddy, and all his kings have gathered to fight against God’s children. The beast wasn’t expecting reinforcements for the saints, but here they come!!! “Then I saw Heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war…And the armies of Heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following Him on white horses” (verses 11 & 14). The tables have turned! Read more »

Revelation 19:6-10 Wedding Bells

Let them ring! It’s time for the marriage of the Lamb!

We pause from the destruction and shift focus onto a joyous occasion. The wedding feast. The bride is ready and the Groom is coming.

I remember my wedding day. Getting dressed in the bridal room and waiting until it was time to walk down the aisle. It was an exciting day and there was so much to do before the big event. My biggest fear that day was that my dad would forget me. I know, stupid fear, but it is what I kept thinking over and Over and OVER again. Until the moment he knocked on the door and called me out. I never asked, but I wonder what my groom’s biggest fear was that day.

In Jewish weddings the bride never knew the date of her wedding. She was given an approximate waiting period. During this period of time she was to ready herself for the wedding. I don’t know everything she was supposed to do during that time but a couple of things she did was make her dress and say goodbye to friends and family. She would probably see them again after becoming a wife but her role would be different. In essence, she was saying goodbye to her life as it was before. Read more »

Revelation 19:1-5 Just Deserts

He has room for ALL who will come!

Victory shouts and praise erupt in Heaven at the fall of Babylon the great. She was a “great” tormentor to those singing now.

When I read of the scene in Heaven today I meet it with conflicted feelings. I rejoice with those in Heaven who are witnessing the fall of their oppressor. But my heart also breaks for the human life lost in this great judgement.

I have never lived under great evil. If I had, maybe my attitude would be different. All those within the walls of that city were committed to the ideals and practices of the beast. His “heart” was set on the extinction of anyone who didn’t worship his name. I’m sure he had favorite methods for trying to persuade those who didn’t agree with him to join him instead. That is how the altar was filled with the spirits of the martyrs. Death was the result of refusing to accept the beast’s mark and message. Read more »

Revelation 18:1-24 Total Destruction!

Evil does NOT go unpunished forever!

The angels proclaim the fate of Babylon the great. She goes from pride of the world to total destruction in a flash!

If you are anything like me, or our bible authors, you have seen people do terrible things and get away with them. Not only that, some get rich on the backs of those they step on. NOT FAIR! We cry out to God. I can’t count all the Psalms that David cried out this same lament. But in each of these same Psalms David was reminded that this is a temporary state of affairs. The wicked do NOT prosper forever. There is retribution and justice ahead.

“Babylon the great” gets its just deserts in our reading today. The angel tells us that all her destruction happens “in a single day” (verse 8b). In another verse we are told that “in a single hour” (verse 10b) her judgement comes. I don’t know if these are man’s timelines or God’s, but suffice it to say, her end is swift and decisive! Read more »

Revelation 17:1-18 The Great Prostitute

Don’t be fooled by “a pretty face.” Death lies here!

John is given a special vision of the seductive power associated with the beast. The great prostitute and all she offers will be the downfall of MANY.

I’m going to make a confession before we go any further. I’m struggling with understanding this section. I understand the representation of sin in the woman and how she entices the world away from God. But I never have understood why the name of Babylon is associated with “her” or her profession. I have NO idea where our bible study is going today but trust the Holy Spirit will get us wherever it is He wants us to go. On that note, let’s begin. Read more »