Mar 28, 2023
Ang Panawagan sa Hapunan ng Kasal ng Kordero (Pahayag 19; Pahayag 20)
Panggilan ke Perjamuan Perkahwinan Anak Domba (Wahyu 19; Wahyu 20)
Το Κάλεσμα στο Γαμήλιο Δείπνο του Αρνίου (Αποκάλυψη 19· Αποκάλυψη 20)
羔羊婚宴的呼召（啟示錄 19；啟示錄 20）
Kallelsen till Lammets bröllopsmåltid (Uppenbarelseboken 19; Uppenbarelseboken 20)
Wito kwa Karamu ya Arusi ya Mwana-Kondoo (Ufunuo 19; Ufunuo 20)
الدعوة إلى عشاء عرس الحمل (رؤيا 19 ؛ رؤيا 20)
El Llamado a la Cena de las Bodas del Cordero (Apocalipsis 19; Apocalipsis 20)
Kaldet til Lammets bryllupsnadver (Åbenbaringen 19; Åbenbaringen 20)
Der Aufruf zum Hochzeitsmahl des Lammes (Offenbarung 19; Offenbarung 20)
การเรียกอาหารมื้อเย็นของพระเมษโปดก (วิวรณ์ 19; วิวรณ์ 20)
Rele pou Repe maryaj ti Mouton an (Revelasyon 19; Revelasyon 20)
Chemarea la Cina de nuntă a Mielului (Apocalipsa 19; Apocalipsa 20)
어린양의 혼인 잔치에 부르심(요한계시록 19장, 20장)
La chiamata alla cena delle nozze dell'Agnello (Apocalisse 19; Apocalisse 20)
برّہ کی شادی کی دعوت (مکاشفہ 19؛ مکاشفہ 20)
羔羊婚宴的呼召（启示录 19；启示录 20）
Poziv na Jaganjčevu svadbenu večeru (Otkrivenje 19; Otkrivenje 20)
הקריאה לסעודת הנישואין של הכבש (התגלות 19; התגלות 20)
मेम्ने के विवाह भोज की बुलाहट (प्रकाशितवाक्य 19; प्रकाशितवाक्य 20)
L'appel au festin des noces de l'Agneau (Apocalypse 19 ; Apocalypse 20)
دعوت به شام عروسی بره (مکاشفه 19؛ مکاشفه 20)
O Chamado para a Ceia das Bodas do Cordeiro (Apocalipse 19; Apocalipse 20)
Kêu gọi dự tiệc cưới của Chiên Con (Khải huyền 19; Khải huyền 20)
Заклик на весільну вечерю Агнця (Об’явлення 19; Об’явлення 20)
Призыв к Брачной Вечере Агнца (Откровение 19; Откровение 20)
L'appel au festin des noces de l'Agneau (Apocalypse 19 ; Apocalypse 20)
De oproep tot het bruiloftsmaal van het Lam (Openbaring 19; Openbaring 20)
Scripture reading – Revelation 19; Revelation 20
John recorded three events in Revelation 19. The first, the gathering of the saints of God for “The Great Marriage Supper of the Lamb” (Revelation 19:1-10). The second event was the “Second Coming of Christ the King” (Revelation 19:11-16), culminating in the third event—"The Battle of Armageddon” (Revelation 19:17-21).
Revelation 20 recorded the “Binding of Satan for a Thousand years” (Revelation 20:1-3), and “The Millennial Reign of Christ” (Revelation 20:4-6). At the end of Christ’s 1,000-year reign, the devil will be loosed to deceive the nations, leading to the destruction of their armies, and the Satan being condemned and “cast into the lake of fire and brimstone” (Revelation 20:7-10). Revelation 20 concludes with the final judgment of unbelievers at “The Great White Throne” (Revelation 20:11-15).
Today’s devotional will be taken from Revelation 19.
The understated majesty of the Scriptures often stuns me in my personal study in God’s Word. For instance, Revelation 19 records three of the great pinnacle moments in human history, yet the chapter begins simply, “And after these things” (Revelation 19:1). What things? The fall and destruction of Babylon, the spiritual harlot that embodied the kingdom of the antichrist with its false religions, idolatry, and moral depravity (Revelation 18). After God took vengeance on the nations who shed the blood of the prophets and believers (Revelation 18:24), John wrote:
“I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God” (Revelation 19:1). Who were these “people in heaven?” They were worshippers of God, most likely the angels, and other hosts of heaven, including the redeemed who had died and were forever with the Lord. John heard their voices praising God and saying, “Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power,” thus implying those things belong to the Lord and Him alone (19:1).
Exulting over the demise of Babylon, the people said, “For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand” (Revelation 19:2). With the shout, “Alleluia,” they rejoiced in the destruction of Babylon (Revelation 19:3). At the same time, the 24 elders and the four beasts (Revelation 4:4, 6, 7), “fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia” (Revelation 19:4). Then, John heard a voice coming “out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great” (Revelation 19:5). The voice was not identified, but perhaps it was that of an angel.
Suddenly, John heard “the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings” (Revelation 19:6a). How loud, and powerful were the voices of the throng? It exceeded the deafening roar of the mightiest waterfalls, and the boisterous rumbles of the most frightening thunderstorms. What were the voices shouting? They were praising God for His strength and power, saying, “Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready” (Revelation 19:7).
The Lamb was the focus of the rejoicing, for He was Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God who was sacrificed for our sins, and the sins of the world (John 1:29, 36; Revelation 5:6; 7:10, 17; 17:14). The wife of the Lamb was described as a bride “arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints” (Revelation 19:8). The white speaks of the purity of the saints of God, and “the fine linen” symbolized their works of righteousness.
Even so, this is how God would have the members of His church, which is His body, to present themselves before Him. Being redeemed, and justified, His people should be sanctified [set apart] (Romans 3:24; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 3:8-9), to the end of presenting ourselves to Christ: “a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:27).
Closing thoughts (Revelation 19:11-21) – Time and space do not afford more than a brief summary of the closing verses of Revelation 19. As John looked on, he witnessed heaven open, and the glorious emergence of Jesus Christ, riding on a white horse, and He was called, “Faithful and True” (19:11). It was the Second Coming of Christ, and He was going forth to “judge and make war” as He promised (Revelation 10:11; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; Titus 1:2). His coming was a picture of vengeance and justice (Revelation 19:12-13), and “the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean” (the same attire as was worn at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, Revelation 19:8, 14).
With His Word as His weapon (Revelation 1:16; 19:15), the LORD executed God’s wrath upon the nations (Revelation 19:15). John noticed, “on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS” (Revelation 19:16). A description of the battle at Armageddon closes our devotion, even as the antichrist (“the beast”) was defeated, and he and “the false prophet” were “were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone” (Revelation 19:20)
Revelation 19:20 is the first mention of the “lake of fire” in the Scriptures; however, it is not the last. Revelation 20 warns, “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. (15)And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:14-15).
The “lake of fire” is the eternal destiny of all who reject Christ as Savior. Only by repenting of your sin, and trusting Christ as Savior, will your name be inscribed with the redeemed who will live forever with the Lord.
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