|The Beast and False Prophet are
Revelation Chapter 19 Verses 11-21 (NASB)
This may seem strange, but apparently heaven is not a wide-open place.
Rather, at least with respect to this sin-riddled earth, heaven is
protected from evil (Matthew
4:1, and Revelation
15:5). One should be aware that
Hades is within sight/hearing distance of Abraham's boson (heaven?).
The need to protect heaven from evil should also make us much more
alert to the foibles of the devil The devil is very crafty and will be
able to deceive many (like the sand of the seashore - Revelation 20:8) after the
This may also explain why the New Jerusalem (heaven) has gates (Revelation 21:12).
and BEHOLD, a WHITE HORSE, and HE who sat upon it
The WHITE HORSE symbolizes power and warfare from a righteous, pure,
and holy army. The commander-in-chief, here denoted as HE, is none
other than Jesus Christ. While we have seen how Jesus Christ looks in
1:12-16), here we find Him in his "military" role and as
(1) is CALLED FAITHFUL and TRUE;
This ties back to Jesus being called "The Amen, the Faithful and True
Witness, the Beginning of the Creation of God....(Revelation 3:14). The
Creator of this earth
is coming back to earth as Commander-in-chief with his armies
(verse 14) to reclaim
the earth as the
In human terms, we never can be FAITHFUL and TRUE because of the sin
curse placed upon us. So we hear phrases like "fair" or "impartial"
used; but even these are hard to confirm. Comparing among earthlings
always leaves room for untruth. Not so with Jesus Christ; He is CALLED
(by God, we assume) FAITHFUL and TRUE;
(2) and in RIGHTEOUSNESS HE
JUDGES and WAGES WAR.
Because Jesus is TRUE, He is able to JUDGE and execute this WAR against
evil. We, as His supporting army, should have been faithful during our
basic training (Ephesians
6:10-12-20). Then we will be able to wage war with Jesus.
too many so-called Christians never go to 'boot camp'; it is doubtful
they'll be part of the army (verse
HIS EYES are a flame of fire, and
It is Jesus' EYES that test our faith. The result will be that we may
give praise and honor and glory at this time (1
Peter 1:3-7-9). We know that this was the physical attribute
to HIS EYES in Revelation
1:14, but clearly this set of verses here in chapter 19 is
spiritual in nature. The spiritual side is totally open to Jesus. On
earth we can be a fake Christian, acting the part in church, and being
a model to those around us, and yet, when Jesus' EYES pierces
into/through us, He will judge the thoughts and intentions known only
to us (we falsely believe). We may have hidden that secret self from
those around us but not from Jesus (Hebrews
(4) upon HIS HEAD are many diadems; and
Contrast this with what the dragon (Revelation 12:3)
wore on their head(s). "Many" implies more diadems than any other.
Jesus is imbued with royal dignity. How different this is from the
crown of thorns (Mark
There is an account in the Old Testament of the conquering king
removing the crown from the conquered king and placing it upon his own
Samuel 12:26-30-31). In a spiritual sense, this finalizes the
of the kings of the earth who committed acts of immorality and lived
sensuously with her (the harlot - global economic materialism, Revelation 18:9).
these diadems symbolize Jesus' final conquest over the kings of the
(5) HE has a NAME written upon HIM which no one knows
Contrast this with the many blasphemous names the harlot took for
Without a name, it is hard to brag or boast. That's important to the
devil, you know. He feels he should be the one riding out of heaven on
the white horse (previous
The name is written upon Jesus presumably by God the Father. Its
meaning is hidden from us. Some scholars believe that at some time, we
believers will know what that name is, just as mysteries of God had
been revealed to some of the apostles (Ephesians
3:1-4-13). However, it really is immaterial whether we will
know that name. What is important is that we now know "JESUS" and accept him as our
Savior here and now.
He is clothed with a ROBE dipped
Often this phrase is compared to the 'vengeance' passage in Isaiah
63:1-6. This implies that the ROBE is covered with enemies'
While this may be, it is more likely that this is Christ's own blood.
He is coming from heaven (verse
11) and the battle hasn't been enjoined yet (verse 19).
the Revelation, the blood mentioned is always Christ's blood (Revelation
1:5; Revelation 5:6, 9; Revelation 7:14; and Revelation 12:11).
Symbolically, we are seeing salvation portrayed. It gives us our white
when we ride into 'battle' (next
verse). We are seeing the pure revelation of Jesus Christ.
righteousness expunging evil (Hebrews
HIS NAME is called THE WORD OF GOD.
In the previous verse, Jesus has a name written on Him which 'no one
knows except Himself', and now we are told His NAME is called 'THE WORD
OF GOD". One could look upon the previous verse as an
nickname that is used by a parent for his child (Matthew
3:13-17). In this verse, His NAME is essentially how Christ
should be known by us, His bride (verse 7).
It is the
essence of God's spiritual nature (John
1:1-5) placed in us when we accept Him as our Lord and Savior
During our present period of grace, we most often take 'THE WORD OF
GOD' to mean the Gospel or Good News, and that meaning still is
included here. However, a broader meaning is implied. As
11), the WORD OF GOD is now mostly judgments or vengeance as
6:9-11 (5th seal)). Words come from the mouth .... recall
comes from Jesus' mouth (Revelation
1:16 and Revelation
19:21). Again, we see righteousness supplanting evil using
Placing these two phrases together in this verse reinforces the idea
that the BLOOD on the ROBE is CHRIST'S own BLOOD. NO enemy (evil) can
come close to Christ as long as that sword (WORD OF GOD) of pure truth (verse 11)
comes from His
mouth. The devil introduced Adam and Eve (and the whole world) to evil (Genesis
3:1-5-7); now Christ is restoring the world to its pristine
state prior to the millennial reign (Revelation
Taking a composite look at the 7 spiritual items in verses
11-13, we realize that we have just been given the Revelation of
And the ARMIES which are in HEAVEN,
This verse continues the military symbolism. The non-military form of
this symbolism is found in Micah
5:2-5-6 where the 7 shepherds are thought to be Christ and
leaders of men being the ARMIES. Note how the passage begins with
Bethlehem and ends with Nimrod + Assyria (Babylon). Furthermore, 8
represents divine perfection as does the fact that those in the ARMIES
clothed in fine linen, white and clean,
as represented in verse
also. See the description of the holy ones in Zechariah
14:1-5-9 and the unblamable in Holiness in 1
Thessalonians 3:11-13. It is clear that we are again seeing
righteousness triumph over evil.
Interestingly, this army is not camouflaged to avoid detection as
modern earth militia are. Rather this is the TRUTH coming forth boldly
like a light set upon a hill (Matthew
5:13-16). There is no doubt that evil and those committed to
(who took the mark of the beast and worshiped the image of the beast)
can fully see Christ and His ARMIES coming. The conflict soon will be
were following HIM on white HORSES.
All believers have followed HIM; that's how they got to HEAVEN in the
first place, and thus are able to serve in the ARMIES. Using ARMIES
(plural) implies that this is a collection of entities: Old Testament
saints like those at the mount of transfiguration (Matthew
17:1-3-13) and the bones who came back to life representing
WHOLE house of Israel (Ezekiel
37:1-10-14), believers in Christ on WHITE HORSES, and angels (Matthew
16:21-27-28 and 2
We are not told what color the colt was, but it, too, was used in a
triumphal entry (Luke
19:28-40). This is not a coincidence but rather a foretelling
this spiritual entry from HEAVEN into battle just as Christ went to
battle to conquer death at Calvary.
And from HIS mouth comes a SHARP SWORD, so
that with it (1)
He may SMITE THE NATIONS;
Because it has been used repeatedly throughout Revelation (Revelation 1:16,
2:16, and Revelation
imagery of a sharp sword coming from Jesus Christ's mouth is an
important TRUTH for us to understand. I don't understand how just
speaking the Word SMITES THE NATIONS. This is part of the awesomeness
of The Revelation of Jesus Christ. The spoken TRUTH (righteousness) (John
14:1-6-11) conquers LYING (evil) (1
John 2:18-22-29) every time.
Since the SHARP SWORD comes from HIS mouth, it is clear that we are
talking about spiritual matters here. If they were physical, they
probably could be taken care of by a physician. If they are spiritual,
then the defeat of spiritual wrongdoing and evil can only be done by
God's Word (Luke
In this verse, we see three throwbacks to the Old Testament. To SMITE
the NATIONS, sounds very much like Isaiah
11:1-5. However, since this is spiritual in nature, the
NATIONS (plural), has the flavor of religious denominations who have
played footsie with the harlot. The harlotry or prideful materialism
has made it's way into many if not all religious denominations. Just as
each political nation has its own cultural mix, various
denominations have their own cultures. Hence, we find here that no
religious denomination will be spared from the SWORD.
and (2) He
will RULE THEM with a rod of
This is what was prophesied in Psalm
It may have a broader meaning, in that, it may give a glimpse at how
Christ will rule during the millennial period (Revelation
20:4-6). From a spiritual viewpoint, this indicates there is
COMPROMISE with evil when Christ reigns. Yet evil, apparently, has not
been completely suppressed, for after the millennial period, the devil
is loosed for a short time to see whom he may deceive. He's able to
convince many that evil still is glamorous and is the "good life" since
as many as the sand on the seashore are enticed (Revelation
20:7-8-10). Sadly, this fits with Jesus' comment about even
elect' may be deceived during the tribulation (Mark
He treads the wine press of the
fierce WRATH OF GOD, THE ALMIGHTY.
This is what was prophesied in Isaiah
This is a visual interpretation of evil being squeezed from the earth
and, in particular, from the various religious denominations. We live
with evil so close by everyday that it has become second nature to us.
So much so that we can't even discern evil when we are confronted by
it. This leads to the same state that the Laodicean church found/finds
itself in (Revelation
3:14-22). It isn't a coincidence that the 'lukewarm' are spit
of His mouth .... it is the same process of the SWORD SMITING the
To indicate the overwhelming, overcoming power of God, both the WRATH
of GOD and the highest name of GOD, the ALMIGHTY (Revelation 4:8
commingled here in this verse. Every bit of EVIL will be squeezed out
from the earth, and the earth will be returned to its original created
state which God saw that it was VERY GOOD (Genesis
1:24-31). Interestingly, one could ask the question why
earth to its original state only to have it "pass away" (Revelation 21:1)?
And on HIS ROBE and on HIS THIGH He has a NAME written,
If you compare Psalm
45:1-9, it is almost as if the Psalmist is writing about this
verse. While the Psalm refers to the sword on the thigh, we know that
the sword really is coming from His mouth (verse 15).
sword represents the spoken truth, what is more true than "KING
OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS."
This is the same bloodied ROBE in verse 13.
represent righteousness, only Christ using His pure RIGHTEOUSNESS could
even assume this NAME. Furthermore, since the NAME is across the THIGH
part of the ROBE, we can understand that this is part of His role or
position as Son of Man. Placing the NAME on the THIGH part of the ROBE
makes it very visible as He is riding the white horse. There is no
doubt what Christ's name is. And one could assume that this is the same
name that is written on the outside of the scroll (Revelation 5:1).
here that Christ is the rightful owner of the earth and in
quasi-military fashion is reclaiming it. This also allows Christ to
establish His thousand year reign (Revelation
"KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS."
Before Christ received His blood stain on the ROBE, Pilate asked Him
this very question, "So you are a KING?" (John
18:33-37-38). Jesus gave Pilate an answer appropriate for
moment; here, we have the complete answer. Jesus said He was born to be
a king, but not just a king, but rather "KING OF KINGS"!
I wondered why both "KING OF KINGS" and "LORD OF LORDS" were used.
Either one would be sufficient one would think. But then I recalled how
corporations are structured and realized that this is a direct answer
to the corporate materialism of Babylon. That is,
|KING of KINGS
Legitimizes the corporation. Board members typically are Chairmen or
"kings" of other corporations. Denomination leadership from a religious
organization viewpoint. Interestingly, denominations don't usually have
leaders from other denominations within their top structures.
|LORD of LORDS
with layers of management up through Officers of the corporation. In
the religious viewpoint, districts or dioceses or missions boards or
orders or equivalents. (1
Having both names then says that Christ is both the Authority and
Administration during the millennial reign.
And I saw an ANGEL standing in the sun;
What an unusual place for an ANGEL to stand. Or is it? You may recall
that the fourth ANGEL with a bowl poured it upon the sun (Revelation 16:8).
the image below showing the sun showing off a sunspot makes it easy to
see how a special sunspot could appear to us on earth as an ANGEL. The
sun is constantly being monitored by satellites and radio telescopes,
so this appearance of an ANGEL standing in the sun would be relayed
throughout the earth.
During the tribulation while the fourth trumpet judgment (Revelation 8:12)
taking place, the sun was darkened. Perhaps the darkened sun erupts
with one massive solar flare that looks like an ANGEL.
Most importantly, this ANGEL's appearance shouts to the reader that
what is happening next is VERY IMPORTANT.
and he cried out with a LOUD VOICE,
Now this complicates things. There is no inter solar medium such as air
to carry the LOUD VOICE of this ANGEL. Hence, we come to one of those
unexplainable events, at least in common earth terms, that will
captivate the earth. Not only that, the devil and his surrogate armies (verse 19)
notice as to what their fate will soon be.
When a LOUD VOICE is used (Revelation
14:15; and Revelation
something IMPORTANT follows. So too, here, watch for the IMPORTANT
saying to all the BIRDS which fly in mid heaven,
Earlier in this chapter in verse
9, we witnessed a marriage supper. Now, the BIRDS are invited
God's SUPPER. Again, as in hearing the LOUD VOICE, the BIRDS at least
on earth need air in which to fly. And that, in fact, is what surrounds
the earth and separates the water below from the water above. God made
it that way on the second day of creation (Genesis
Some expositors tie this verse to Ezekiel
39:17-24 for the language is very similar. There are enough
dissimilarities to also say these are not the same. However, one thing
is clear from Ezekiel, it is iniquity which is the problem (or bird
feed). In Ezekiel, it was iniquity within Israel, in particular, that
was the problem; here in Revelation, it is the iniquity or evil of the
whole earth. Look at how Jesus referred to this in Matthew
This may well describe in physical terms a spiritual cleansing or
removal of evil from the earth. Evil resides within living beings or in
"water". Evil is real, and must be "eaten" by these BIRDS, to remove it
from mankind. Much, if not all, evil is based in demons, and demons
must go somewhere when they are excised (Mark
5:1-20). The BIRDS will take care of that.
"Come, ASSEMBLE for the GREAT SUPPER of
It is God's privilege and His will to hold this GREAT SUPPER.
Thankfully, I'm not on the menu! Are YOU?
in order that you may eat
There is no need to delineate the meaning of each of the persons
involved. Rather 'THE FLESH OF' has been highlighted to show that this
is more of a spiritual meal (previous verse).
Adam and Eve followed the advice of Satan and ate fruit from the tree
of knowledge of GOOD and EVIL (Genesis
3:1-7), sin entered into this world. By the time of this
Revelation, the GOOD people are already in heaven and probably are on
those white horses coming with Christ (verse 14),
so these are
the ones who followed EVIL due to the deception of the beast and the
false prophet (verse
So here we see EVIL being removed from ALL MEN (left behind).
- THE FLESH OF kings and
- THE FLESH OF commanders and
- THE FLESH OF mighty men and
- THE FLESH OF horses and of those
who sit on them
- THE FLESH OF all men, both free
men and slaves, and
small and great."
Including horses doesn't seem to fit. Probably these are the EVIL
counterpart to what believers ride upon (verse 14).
Also, we had
that looked like horses prepared for battle, and these were EVIL
influences. Horses may denote how EVIL is transported. We don't
understand this phenomenon, i.e. how does EVIL enter a man (Luke
Lastly, lest we think this is all spiritual, the literal consumption of
ALL MEN remaining by these birds will take place. This leaves the
interesting question: who will populate the earth during the millennial
And I saw (1)
THE BEAST and
All that is left on the earth are evil-controlled elements and their
leader, THE BEAST (Revelation
13:1-8 and Revelation
17:11-13). As we found out earlier, the KINGS simply are the
power base of THE BEAST. They are his horns (Revelation 17:12).
could think of these KINGS as being evil in specific areas. It is left
to the reader to determine the evil opposite of each of the Ten
20:1-17), for example. How many of these evil elements are
(2) the KINGS of the earth and their ARMIES,
This is prophesied in Daniel
11:29-45, and as the last verse in Daniel says, "and no one
ASSEMBLED to MAKE WAR against
Since chapter 19 has been primarily the spiritual part of the
redemption of the earth, then what we are seeing here is the spiritual
part of the battle of Armageddon. We saw the physical part in Revelation
- HIM who sat upon the horse, and
- His ARMY.
Note that THE BEAST has to have ARMIES, while the Lord only has an
ARMY. And even with ARMIES, the Lord single-handedly kills the ARMIES
with the sword (THE TRUTH) in His mouth (Revelation 19:21).
are chosen to serve in the Lord's ARMY for this campaign, then we won't
have to fight but just witness the defeat of evil,
PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME!
These are two of the members of the "UNHOLY TRINITY": Satan, the BEAST (Revelation
13:1-10) playing the counter part to Christ, and the FALSE
13:11-18) playing a bad imitation of the Holy Spirit. They
henchmen/leadership who performed SIGNS to deceive the non-believers in
Christ. Suddenly, on the verge of the final battle, they simply were
SEIZED. By whom it isn't stated, but one may imagine that it is the One
who is redeeming the earth (Revelation
leading the heavenly ARMY (verse
the leadership in the form of two of the UNHOLY TRINITY is gone, the
hopes of "the rest" (next
verse) are dashed......they realize they had made the
- THE BEAST was SEIZED, and with him
- the FALSE PROPHET who performed the SIGNS in his
Notice how counterfeit these two deceptions are:
- those who had RECEIVED the MARK OF THE BEAST and
- those who WORSHIPED his image;
salvation is free. Contrast that with those who received the
of the BEAST. They took the MARK in order to eat and to do business (Revelation 13:17).
2. The act of worship is a (holy) spirit thing. God is a SPIRIT, and we
must WORSHIP Him in Spirit and Truth (John
4:7-24-38). Contrast that with those who WORSHIP the beast's
in direct violation of God's commandment (Deuteronomy
these two were thrown ALIVE into the LAKE OF FIRE which burns with
This is the first mention of the LAKE OF FIRE (the other references are
The order in which the LAKE OF FIRE is filled appears to be, the BEAST
and FALSE PROPHET, Satan (1000 years later), and the rest,
"anyone's name was not found written in the book of life" (Revelation 20:14-15). The
LAKE OF FIRE
contains EVIL for eternity. EVIL itself apparently doesn't ever die.
Just as believers in Christ have everlasting/eternal life, so to those
who chose EVIL have an everlasting existence (that may be an
understatement!). Since EVIL exists forever, this may be one
explanation why the New Jerusalem has gates and has angels guarding the
This is the fulfillment of Daniel's vision, Daniel
7:9-11-12, albeit Daniel sees their bodies destroyed (but not
66:22-24 talks about the same thing. The BEAST and the FALSE
PROPHET remain ALIVE in the LAKE OF FIRE because they are not consumed
or annihilated. They are there 1000 years later (Revelation 20:10).
that time, they are tormented day and night forever.........and there
is no reason to torment something that is dead or totally consumed.
And THE REST WERE KILLED with the SWORD which came from the mouth of
him who sat upon the horse,
Many biblical scholars believe that 'THE REST' refers to the kings and
their armies in verse
This may be the case, however, this really doesn't tell us anything
since we do not know who is in these armies. We know that those who
took the mark of the beast are still left on this earth, but whether
they all are in the armies isn't stated. Traditionally, armies have
only been composed of men (Deuteronomy
If these are spiritual armies, then we can assume that this refers to
the rest of evil or the demonic world. This may be what the odd
statement Jesus used in Luke
21:25-26-28, 'the powers of the heavens' refers to. Most of
so little experience in this realm. In the Old Testament, Jeremiah uses
the phrase 'inhabitants of the earth' (Jeremiah
25:29-33) in his prophesy. The 'inhabitants of the earth' may
include these evil entities (Revelation
It shouldn't surprise anyone that just the SWORD or a word of TRUTH
from the mouth of him who sat upon the horse can kill 'THE REST'. That
is it's intended purpose (Revelation
19:15). Even while Jesus was on this earth, it only took a
and all the birds were filled with their flesh.
This probably is both literal and symbolic. Physically, so many will
die at the swipe of the SWORD that there is nobody to bury all of them,
and they will lie as dung on the ground (Zephaniah
Symbolically, the birds are a kind of cleansing force which will remove
(or become filled with) evil (flesh). We don't understand this process
very well for it implies that these birds ultimately are
'sacrificed' into the lake of fire. That there is a
is supported by the prominent use of birds in the purification ritual
for leprosy (Leviticus
14:1-4-9). The result, however, is to return the earth to its
pre-evil state (Genesis
2:4-14) such that the rightful owner may inhabit it (Revelation
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