Sun, Nov 05, 2000

The Second Coming of Chirst: Revelation 19:11-21

Ministry of Pastor Joe Guglielmo teachings through the Bible, verse by verse for a better understanding of Gods Word.

SECOND COMING OF CHRIST

REVELATION 19:11-21

Please turn in your Bibles to Revelation 19, as we continue our study through the book of Revelation. And as you are turning there, listen to this story of a man’s promise to return home. It goes like this:

When I left Australia years ago, I said to my mother, "Mother, if God spares me, I will come back to see you." For years she waited. Had anyone said to her, "Mrs. Talbot, what are you waiting for?" She would have said, "My boy in America is coming back."

And suppose this person said to her, "Coming back?" What do you mean? Surely you don’t expect a personal, visible, actual coming!" "Yes," she would have replied, "that’s the way he is coming." Possible her friend might have said, "Did you ever get letters from Him? Do you ever receive gifts? Well, that is what he meant - he is coming in all these things."

My mother would have answered, "Why, that isn’t what he meant, for he said he would come back!" Some years afterward, I did cross the ocean, walked down the gangplank from the steamer, and said, "Mother, here I am."

- L. T. Talbot

Since Revelation chapter 6, we have been waiting for the physical return of Jesus Christ to this earth, and here in chapter 19 we will see that glorious event take place. Now some like to spiritualize this, but that is not what the Scriptures say. In Revelation 1:7 we are told "Behold,He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And allthe tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen." You see, all will see His coming, His physical, bodily return. Also, Jesus said in Matthew 24:27-30, "For as thelightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son ofMan be. For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon willnot give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will beshaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes ofthe earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory."

Thus, that is what we will be looking at this morning, the second coming of Jesus Christ and His destruction of the wicked. With that in mind, let’s pick-up our study in Revelation chapter 19, beginning in verse 11, as we will see the glorious return of Jesus Christ!

REVELATION 19

VERSE 11

Now it is time for the good guy, Almighty God, Jesus Christ, to ride into town and right the wrong, to get rid of the bad guys. Remember back in Revelation 6:2 we saw someone ride into town on a white horse. That passage reads, "And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and toconquer." This person here is not the Lord, but the Antichrist who came in imitating Jesus Christ, looking like a good guy, but there is no comparison between the two. What follows the Antichrist coming on the scene are wars, famine, death! His true colors are made known to all.

But here in Revelation chapter 19 we see Jesus coming back and the first thing that is said of Him, is He is FAITHFUL! The word means to be trustworthy or dependable. It is as Hebrews 10:23 tells us, "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful." In other words, we can trust that all the Lord has told us, He will do. We don’t have to worry that He is going to be unfaithful. He said He would forgive us of all our sins, and we can trust Him on that. It is as Numbers 23:19 tells us, "God is not a man, that Heshould lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?" Thus, another thing you can be totally sure of is Jesus is coming again!

The next description of Jesus is that He is TRUE! You might say that Jesus is "the genuine article." Jesus is the true God, not a god as some like to say. It is as I John 5:20 says, "And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life." So here in Revelation we don’t see a counterfeit coming, a deceiver, but the genuine article, Jesus Christ is coming back!

Why is He coming back? John tells us that "IN RIGHTEOUSNESS HE JUDGES AND MAKES WAR." Jesus is coming to righteously judge the people and fight against those who are living in rebellion against Him. Now when we think of wars we see them fought for man’s own personal gain, out of their sin nature, as James 4:1 tells us, "Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members?" That may be man, but not the Lord, His judgment, His war is righteous. He has been patient and longsuffering over man’s rebellion against Him, and now it is time to deal with that rebellion.

VERSE 12

Again we see this being the Lord for He alone is omniscient, He knows all things, and thus the reference to His eyes being like a flame of fire. And as the Lord see’s and knows all things, He will then Judge accordingly. And make no mistake about it, the Lord does see all, as Hebrews 4:13 tells us, "And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account."

He has many crowns upon His head which just speaks of His authority. All authority belongs to Him! Now what is His name that He has that no one knows? I don’t know, nor am I going to be foolish to even spend any time trying to figure it out. The Lord said that He alone knows it and I will leave it at that. Understand that there are some things about God we don’t fully know, we don’t fully understand, but one day, when we go to be with Him, it shall be clear. That is Paul’s point in I Corinthians 13:12, "For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known."

VERSE 13

As we have seen in our studies in Revelation, the armies of the world will gather together to fight against the Lord from Megiddo to Bozrah in the south, some 184 miles. And we can read of this in Isaiah 63:1-6, where once again we are given a graphic description of the Lord’s return and His judgment of those who are fighting against Him. We read "Who is this who comesfrom Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah, this One who is glorious in His apparel,traveling in the greatness of His strength?‘ I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save.Why is Your apparel red, and Your garments like one who treads in the winepress? ‘I have trodden the winepress alone, and from the peoples no one was with Me. For I have trodden them in My anger, and trampled them in My fury; their blood is sprinkled upon My garments, and I have stained all My robes. For the day of vengeance is in My heart, and the year of My redeemed has come. I looked, but there was no one to help, and I wondered that there was no one to uphold; therefore My own arm brought salvation for Me; and My own fury, it sustained Me. I have trodden down the peoples in My anger, made them drunk in My fury, and brought down their strength to the earth." And we will get more graphic details of this as we conclude this chapter here in Revelation.

Now who is this that comes riding in on a white horse to judge a Christ rejecting world? We have already said that this was none other than Jesus Christ, but here is the clincher. He is called"The Word of God." In John 1:1, 14 we are told "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God....And the Word became flesh and dweltamong us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full ofgrace and truth." Just as Jesus spoke the world into existence, here we will see Him speak many armies out of existence! He is almighty God!

VERSE 14

Here we come! We have just finished the marriage supper of the Lamb, and our white clothes are still clean! No spills! And after the meal we get upon our white horses and accompany the Lord back for this great battle. Now understand that this is not a New Testament idea, but only seven generations from Adam a prophet spoke of this. In Jude 14-15 we are told, "Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, ‘Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him." An amazing statement when you think about it!

Now does the Lord need our help in this battle? Is that the reason we are with Him, to help Him defeat the armies of the world who have gathered to fight against Him? No, not at all, as we shall see in the next verse.

VERSES 15-16

You see, it is the Lord alone who will fight against these armies of the world. But when you think about it, how foolish can you be to think you can actually fight against God and win! Psalm 2 speaks of this, how the nations have gathered together to fight against the Lord and His Anointed. And God sits in heaven and laughs at their foolishness. Jesus will sit upon the throne of David, He will rule the nations one day, and He will pour out His judgment upon all those who reject Him. It is as Psalm 2:12 says, "Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish inthe way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust inHim." In other words, make peace with God through Jesus Christ before it is too late!

Now we speak of the battle of Armageddon, but it is really not a battle at all. The Lord judges them by the sword, a long broad sword that comes out of His mouth. Now some have tried to paint a picture of this, and it is pretty weird. I don’t believe for a minute this is speaking of a literal sword, but the Scriptures tell us that, "...the sword of the Spirit...is the word of God."Thus, what we see here is the armies of the world being judged by the Word of God. It is as Isaiah 11:4 says, "But with righteousness He shall judge the poor, and decide with equityfor the meek of the earth; he shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with thebreath of His lips He shall slay the wicked."

In the kingdom age the Lord will rule with a rod of iron. The word "rule" can also speak of shepherd. And thus, I believe what we see here is the Lord using the shepherd’s rod of correction upon all those who get out of line in the kingdom age. Rebellion will not be tolerated. Lawlessness will be dealt with immediately. Righteousness will fill the land. And thus, His rule will be fair, it will be right, there will be no recounts!

And lastly we see that He is going to tread the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God, which is just speaking of total judgment. And embroidered on His robe and tattooed on His thigh is KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS who has come to rule forevermore!

VERSES 17-18

Last week I said that you can either come to the marriage supper of the Lamb or you can be supper for the birds of the air, instead of seeing what is on the menu, you will be on the menu! These birds are being called to feast upon all these dead corpses that have fallen in battle. And it is not a pretty picture, nor is it intended to be. God wants you to realize the reality of your decision against Him.

VERSES 19-20

How long does this battle last? Joel 1:15 tells us, "Alas for the day! For the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as destruction from the Almighty." And as you read through this in Revelation chapter 19, it seems that it is very brief, not even lasting one day!

Now think about this for a minute. Man has assembled his greatest forces, with his greatest weapons of war, with millions upon millions of soldiers, and it is over in a short time, they are defeated. That is the best man can do against Almighty God!

Now the Antichrist, who thought he was so powerful and the false prophet, who deceived the earth dwellers to follow after the Antichrist, are captured. And they are placed in the lake of fire burning with brimstone. It is the final place of torment, after Hades, for all those who have rejected Jesus Christ. And the Antichrist and the false prophet will be the first to experience Gehenna, and then, after the millennial reign of Christ, after the 1,000 years, the great white throne judgment will be set-up and all those who have rejected Christ will be judged, and they will move from Hades to outer darkness, Gehenna, along with Satan. And we will see that in Revelation chapter 20.

Now some get upset, offended when you talk about judgment, when you talk about hellfire and damnation. But understand this, Jesus spent more time warning about Hell than any other Bible writer, in fact, more than all the Bible writers combined! You see, God wants you to make the right choice and know the consequences of the choice you make.

VERSE 21

Millions upon millions will die here, but not because they were not sufficiently warned. In fact, in Revelation chapter 14 we see an angel flying in the midst of heaven warning people to worship God, the true God, to give Him the glory. So man does not have an excuse. Understand that God has created us for life, to bring Him pleasure, and not for death and the lake of fire. The only reason you will go there is because you chose to. And it is after this battle that Jesus Christ will set-up His kingdom and rule and reign from the throne of David for 1,000 years. And what a glorious day that will be.

In Isaiah chapter 11 we see that in the kingdom age the animals will be restored, they will not be carnivorous or meat eaters, but will graze like many animals do today. Man will be restored, no violence in the land, no killing. In Isaiah chapter 11, beginning in verse 6 we see this played out. We read "The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play by the cobra's hole, and the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper's den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea."

In the kingdom age God will physically and literally rule and lead His people, as Isaiah 40:9-11 tells us, "O Zion, you who bring good tidings, get up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, you who bring good tidings, lift up your voice with strength, lift it up, be not afraid; say to the cities of Judah, ‘Behold your God!’ Behold, the Lord GOD shall come with a strong hand, and His arm shall rule for Him; behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him. He will feed His flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those who are with young."

Again, in Isaiah we read of how God will rule, that if anyone gets out of line he will be dealt with, God will not let that rebellion continue. Isaiah chapter 65, beginning in verse 17 we are told, "‘For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former shall not beremembered or come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create; for behold,I create Jerusalem as a rejoicing, and her people a joy. I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joyin My people; the voice of weeping shall no longer be heard in her, nor the voice of crying.No more shall an infant from there live but a few days, nor an old man who has not fulfilled his days; for the child shall die one hundred years old, but the sinner being one hundred years old shall be accursed. They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat; for as the days of a tree, so shall be the days of My people, and My elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labor in vain, nor bring forthchildren for trouble; for they shall be the descendants of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them. It shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear. The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox, and dust shall be the serpent's food. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain,’ says the LORD." Isaiah 65:17-25.

Now I do understand that some laugh at this idea of the Lord returning. Many will mock us and do mock us for believing this. There are even those who go to church, and yet deny the return of the Lord. The thing is, you don’t have to believe me, but the Scriptures are very clear of this idea, of the Lord’s return. And since the Lord is faithful and true, I am going to believe what He has said over what man has said. God has never been wrong, nor will He ever be wrong, but man has.

Listen carefully to this if you doubt the Lord’s return because I believe it is very important. In fact, Paul told Titus, a young pastor in Crete, "looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people,zealous for good works. Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let noone despise you." Titus 2:13-15. We need to be looking for His return, it is our hope, and truly it is the only hope for this world!

Understand this, "Both the Old and New Testaments are filled with promises of the Second Coming of Christ. There are 1,845 references to it in the Old Testament, and a total of seventeen Old Testament books give it prominence.

Of the 260 chapters in the entire New Testament, there are 318 references to the Second Coming, or one out of 30 verses. Twenty-three of the 27 New Testament books refer to this great event. The four missing books include three which are single-chapter letters written to individual persons on a particular subject, and the fourth is Galatians which does imply Christ’s coming again.

For every prophecy on the First Coming of Christ, there are 8 on Christ’s Second Coming."

The Lord is coming back first for His bride, the church, to meet her in the air, we call that the rapture of the church. And then with His bride to establish His kingdom on the earth. I pray that you join the family of God so you can be part of His kingdom, or you will end up in Gehenna or outer darkness, where there is no light at all, for eternity.

Let me leave you this morning with this story to think about:

Some time ago, a man brought forward his strong argument against the Bible, declaring, "I am seventy years of age, and have never seen such a place as hell, after all that has been said about it." His little grandson, of about seven years of age, who was all the while listening, asked him, "Granddaddy, have you ever been dead yet?"

- Foster

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