Scripture Focus- Revelation 19:11-21
Interest in the end times, or the end of the world, has always been significant. There is currently speculation about a blood moon that will take place in the Eastern Hemisphere on July 27th. An article online entitled, “Is the Upcoming July Blood Moon a Sign of the End Times?” appeared on a site called Christian Headlines. “A blood moon is when the moon appears bright large, reddish in color, and occurs when there is a full moon. It is the result of a total lunar eclipse, when the moon passes directly behind the earth and into its shadow.” Some believe the blood moon has prophetic significance. We have to be incredibly careful not to take signs to the extreme or make predictions. Jesus said in Matthew 24:4-6 Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, saying, I am the Messiah, and they will deceive many. You are going to hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, because these things must take place, but the end is not yet.
What can we know for sure from the Bible about the end times?
We are living in the last days. The clock has been running since the first coming of Jesus to the earth and his birth in Bethlehem.
No person knows the day or the hour of when the world as we know it will come to an end. Matthew 24:36 Now concerning that day and hour no one knows- neither the angels of heaven nor the Son- except the Father alone.
God is patient, His timetable is far longer than what we might anticipate, and He is bringing people from every nation into His family. 2 Peter 3:8-9 Dear friends, don’t overlook this one fact, with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord does not delay his promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance.
The Gospel is being proclaimed, and the Great Commission is being carried out. Matthew 24:14 This good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed in all the world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
Hard times should be expected- 2 Timothy 3:1-5 But know this, hard times will come in the last days. Perilous times- For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, proud, demeaning, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, without love for what is good, traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to the form of godliness but denying its power.
Signs of the times should be expected- In Luke 21:25-28 Jesus said, “Then there will be signs in the sun, moon, and stars; and there will be anguish on the earth among nations bewildered by the roaring of the seas and the waves. People will faint from fear and expectation of the things that are coming on the world, because the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with great power and great glory. But when these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near.”
Lift up your heads. . . your redemption is near. . .Get ready!
Chapter 1 Vision of the Risen Lord Jesus
Chapters 2-3 The Letters to the Seven Churches of Revelation
Chapters 6-19 The Tribulation
Chapter 19:1-10 The Marriage Supper of the Lamb
Chapter 19:11-21 The Second Coming of Jesus
A crown of reward awaits all who look forward to and anticipate the second coming of Jesus.
2 Timothy 4:8 There is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me, but to all those who have loved his appearing.
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God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. The righteous in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.
In the Apostle John’s vision, heaven opens before his eyes. He’s just heard the Hallelujah Chorus from Heaven. There is rejoicing and praise in heaven because God’s judgments display his power. This is the moment to which all of Revelation has been leading up to. Jesus, the One who ascended to heaven before Pentecost in Acts 1 to take his place at the right hand of God, will receive the kingdom promised to him by God the Father.
Three aspects of the Second Coming of Jesus:
The Second Coming of Jesus will be visible.
The Second Coming of Jesus is a major focus of Scripture. 1/5th of the Bible is prophecy and 1/3rd of the prophecies relate to Christ’s Second Coming. There are 333 prophecies about Jesus in the Old Testament, 108 of them were fulfilled in his first coming, leaving 224 more to be fulfilled in his Second Coming. There are 330 verses in the New Testament referring to his Second Coming. Jesus referred to his return 25 times. There are more than 50 exhortations for people to be ready for the return of Jesus.
Revelation 1:7 Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn over him.
What will every eye see in the visible return of Jesus?
No longer will Jesus be portrayed in his humiliation. He will ride on a white horse. White horses were ridden by victorious Roman generals in victory processions through the streets. White is a symbol of the perfect character of the Rider.
The one who sits on the horse is called Faithful and True. The faithful witness in Revelation 1:5 is called true in Revelation 3:7. Revelation 3:14 refers to him as the faithful and true witness. He is faithful to his promises and what he speaks is always true. True also denotes what is genuine, authentic, and real. Jesus is the real God and King!
His eyes are like a fiery flame. In John’s initial vision of Jesus in Revelation 1 he used this phrase to describe him in 1:14. The Old Testament reference to this description is in Daniel 10:6 where the messenger had eyes as flaming torches. The phrase is used again in Revelation 1:14 and 2:18. His eyes as a fiery flame speak of the searching righteousness and divine judgment on all that is impure. Nothing escapes the vision of Jesus. Hebrews 4:13 No creature is hidden from him, but all things are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give an account.
Many crowns are on his head. The word is diadem or diadema, referring to the ruler’s crown. The crowns reveal his royalty and position of majesty. Collecting the crowns of defeated kings was customary in the days of old.
He is wearing a robe dipped in blood. This is not the blood of Christ represented here. This is also not the blood of the saints represented. This is the blood of his enemies. Jesus is viewed as if he has already tread the wine press of the wrath of God. There is a look forward as though it has already been completed.
The Second Coming of Jesus will be valiant.
A sharp sword will come from the mouth of Jesus. This is the second time John sees this. This was the picture mentioned in Revelation 1:16 a sharp double-edged sword came from his mouth. This represents the valiant authority of Jesus as he comes to judge his enemies. With the sword he will strike the nations.
He will rule with an iron rod. He will have total authority, and will handle lawlessness and disobedience swiftly and justly, bringing peace upon the earth. The rod was used to shepherd, to bring correction and comfort to the sheep. Psalm 23:4 His rod and staff, they comfort me. The rod is made of iron and will be used to conform the world to his righteousness.
He will trample the winepress of the fierce anger of God, the Almighty. In the wine-making process of old, grapes would be stomped on to take the juice out of them. The pouring out of the juice pictures the blood of the enemies pouring out.
The Second Coming of Jesus will be victorious.
He has a name written on his robe and on his thigh: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. The name expresses his sovereign triumph over all enemies. He has the rightful claim to reign over all of creation and all of eternity.
John transitions from describing the return of Jesus, to focus on an angelic announcement. The angel invites birds to come to the great supper of God.
All who gather against Jesus and his armies will be defeated and left for the birds of the air. Ezekiel 39:17-20 Son of man, this is what the Lord God says, Tell every kind of bird and all the wild animals, Assemble and come! Gather from all around to my sacrificial feast that I am slaughtering for you, a great feast on the mountains of Israel, you will eat flesh and drink blood. You will eat the flesh of mighty men and drink the blood of the earth’s princes: rams, lambs, male goats, and all the fattened bulls of Bashan. You will eat fat until you are satisfied and drink blood until you are drunk, at my sacrificial feast that I have prepared for you. At my table you will eat your fill of horses and riders, of mighty men and all the warriors. This is the declaration of the Lord God.
All who gather for the Battle of Armageddon will be defeated and left for food to the birds. John goes on to describe the enemies assembling for war. The beast, who is the Antichrist, the kings of the earth who are under the power of Antichrist and their armies, assemble to come against Jesus and his armies. The final battle will be short.
Both the beast and the false prophet will be tossed into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the final hell. It is the ultimate home of Satan and all who do not follow Jesus. After the removal of Antichrist and the false prophet, the rest were killed with the sword from the mouth of Jesus. All who are not killed in the defeat will be judged at the Great White Throne Judgment.
Jesus is the KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
The picture of what will take place is a warning to unbelievers to repent and believe.
The picture of what will take place is an encouragement for believers to live godly lives and be bold in the faith.