Last time we reviewed the ‘seven bowls’ of God’s final judgment upon the fallen earth. Then we were introduced to the ‘scarlet woman’ and the ‘scarlet beast.’
Continuing through the apostle John’s apocalyptic visions from Christ, he is now refocused backwards in time, so that we may learn how the devil has brought together ‘false religion,’ (symbolized by the scarlet woman and the scarlet beast), in cahoots with the corrupt world leaders and their armies, to conquer Christ and His army.
John’s vision remains earthward, but then shifts forward in time to the mid-tribulations period:
After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven…And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons… Rv. 18:1, 2. NKJV
Thus, God’s prophecy about the final destruction of the institute of false religion has come to fruition. (Rv. 14:8) Here, Jesus momentarily stops John’s visions, to warn us all about the dangers of associating with false religion:
“Come out of her, my people, so that you will not be a partner in her sins and receive her plagues…” Rv. 18:4 AMP
“And in her was found the blood of the prophets and saints, all who were slain on the earth.” Rv. 18:24 NKJV
The Scarlet Woman (Babylon) never thought she’d lose her power, yet it was felled in a single day. In addition, we see that it was the false religion’s teachings (the worldly ways that were opposed to God), that led to the death of all those who put their faith in them.
John’s vision resumes – now focused heavenward and slightly forward in time to the beginning of the second half of the tribulation. He sees heaven rejoicing over the fall of Babylon:
Then I heard something like the voice of a great multitude and like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.” Rv. 19:6, 7. NASB
And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. Rv. 19:8 NKJV
The celebration is over the destruction of false religion and expresses the joyous anticipation of when the church (of all ages) is sealed forever as the ‘bride of Christ,’ through the righteousness that He has provided for all of God’s children.
John’s vision remains heavenward, but the time slides forward to the last day of the tribulations – to the battle of Armageddon:
Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called the Word of God. Rv. 19:11 – 13. NKJV
The ‘Word of God,’ gives His identity away. (Jn. 1:10) It is Jesus Christ Himself, preparing for battle on our behalf. He carries a name that is above all names. (Phil. 2:9) His robe is dipped in atoning blood, not the blood of His enemies, because He hasn’t gone to battle yet.
And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” Rv. 19:14 – 16. NASB
The army clothed in the white linen is the bride of Christ!
John’s vision turns earthward:
And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and His army. Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet…These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the rest were killed with the sword that proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. Rv. 19:19 – 21. NKJV
So, Christ vanquished all of His foes (with the exception of the devil), with the sword coming out of His mouth; i.e. His victory came only by His speaking the word of God. That’s righteous power! And He did it all for you.
Immediately after Jesus’ victory:
Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound Him for a thousand years; and he cast him into the bottomless pit, shut him in, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations nor more until the thousand years were finished. But after these things, he must be released for a little while. Rv. 20:1 – 3. NKJV
Stay with me. Next, we visit the end of time…
Goodnight and God bless.