by Don Koenig
After John is shown an expanded explanation of the judgment of Babylon he is now about to see the coronation and marriage of the Lamb of God in heaven.
1 And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God:
2 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.
3 And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever.
God judged the great whore named “Babylon the Great”. She is called a whore because the earth was corrupted by her relationship with Satan in place of God. The judgments of God on Babylon avenged the blood of those who were killed by her in all past times as well as during this end time tribulation.
The smoke of her burning rises on the earth literally until the new heaven and earth over a thousand years later. It might seem hard to believe that this land in Iraq would smolder for over a thousand years but this scripture and the one in Isaiah indicate that it will and that only creatures of the night will ever occupy this land.
Apparently the atomic wars in the area of Iraq or the falling meteorites ignite the huge oil tar pits in that land that provide the fuel for the burning. We know of coal mines that continue to burn underground for scores of years so this is not out the realm of natural possibilities. The smoke of the great whore continues to rise eternally even after the thousand years, when all that are identified with her are judged at the great white throne judgment and cast into the Lake of Fire (Rev 20:11 – Rev 20:15).
4 And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.
5 And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great.
6 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
Once again, we see the twenty-four elders and the four beasts that surround the throne of God worshipping Him, saying “Amen; Alleluia”. (If the word amen is used prior to any discourse - in this case the word alleluia - the word amen means “truly” or “surely”. If the word were used after any discourse, the word amen would mean “so be it” or “even so”. The word alleluia means “praise the Lord”. Therefore, the words “Amen; Alleluia” in the context of verse 4 indicate that the twenty-four elders say, “truly, we praise you Lord”.)
Some think that everyone will be equal in heaven but scripture is clear that this is not the case. Verse 5 indicates that there will be small and great in heaven and so do other passages. God definitely always had a hierarchy in heaven and always will. Jesus even had a inner circle when he was incarnated on earth.
The multitude of billions will roar like Niagara Falls saying “praise ye the Lord for the Lord God Almighty reigns.” This verse marks the coronation ceremony of Jesus Christ. Next, we will see that the Lamb takes a wife.
7 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.
This verse tells us the marriage of the Lamb has come about. The bride of Christ is now a wife and she is ready to go with Jesus to earth. The wife is ready because she was adorned with gifts at the judgment of rewards that took place in heaven just prior to this time. It was a time when rewards were given to believers for how they allowed the Holy Spirit to work in their physical bodies after they were born from above.
The gifts are leadership positions in the millennial reign - most likely they will also be leadership positions for all eternity - they are spoken of in Luke. This passage in Luke also talks about Jesus’ rejection, His second coming, His judgment of rewards or taking away of rewards and His judgment on his enemies.
Luke 19:13 And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.
14 But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.
15 And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.
16 Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.
17 And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.
18 And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds.
19 And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities.
20 And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin:
21 For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow.
22 And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow:
23 Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury?
24 And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds.
25 (And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.)
26 For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him.
27 But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.
All were told to occupy until He comes. Notice the wicked servant lost his reward to a faithful servant but those slain were not His wicked servants. Those slain were His enemies who would not have Him rule over them. These are the sons of Satan.
8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
Scholars differ on the meaning of the fine linen. It could mean the “righteousness of the saints” (that comes through the blood of Jesus) or the “righteous acts of the saints” (that comes through the Holy Spirit working in believers). Both views are correct; there was an inner and an outer garment. The white inner garment that is worn was given by Christ when a person was saved but the white outer garment is the righteous deeds that were done through the work of the Holy Spirit. This outer garment in Roman times could be woven with gold and silver thread and studded with precious stones.
Everyone that is part of the bride will have fine linen undergarments given freely by Jesus but not everyone will have the gold silver and precious stones to display in their outer garment. These adornments will be awarded at the judgment of rewards and will be based on how each individual built upon the house of God. The judgment will be about positions of authority and leadership.
1 Co 3: 12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.
This verse says blessed or happy are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb this also could be called the marriage feast of Jesus. This is not the marriage; the marriage has already taken place in heaven before the Father in heaven (prior to verse 7). The marriage feast is on earth and has invited guests. These guests will be those who fled to the mountains at Petra and were protected by God. It will also include all those who lived through the great tribulation who did not take the mark of the Beast and who did not hinder God’s 144,000 Israelite first fruit brethren that now follow Jesus wherever He goes (Rev 14:4).
10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
John was so awed by the angel that showed him these things that he fell down to worship him. In contrast to Satan who demands worship, the angels of God will not allow anyone to worship them. All worship is to be directed to God. The angel told John that Jesus is the fulfillment of all God given prophecy; worship Him alone.
11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
John saw the second coming of Jesus and what will happen to the armies that gather against the Lord at Megiddo. Chapter 16 told us all the armies of the world will be assembled at Megiddo against the Lord. Then chapter 17 gave us the mystery of the woman that rides the Beast and her destruction by the Beast. After that chapter 18 gave us the details about the destruction of the Beast kingdom called “Babylon the Great”. Now we pick up again where chapter 16 left off.
The seventh vial was already poured out and destruction came on all cities of the world and Babylon was completely destroyed. However, the Beast and False Prophet were not in Babylon when it was destroyed. They probably got out of town in the plague of darkness at the fifth vial. The armies of the world that destroyed Babylon are deceived by the unclean spirits (demons) that come out of the mouth of the Dragon, the Beast and the False Prophet (Rev 16:13). The armies from the north and the east move to Megiddo in northern Israel where the Beast and False Prophet have relocated. These unclean satanic spirits convince the kings of all the nations and armies of the world to oppose Jesus when He comes.
There should be no doubt about the identity of the person on this white horse. In contrast to the rider on the white horse in chapter six that only wears a single conquerors reef called in the Greek “stephanos”, Jesus comes wearing “many” golden crowns of royalty. The Greek word for crowns used here is “diadems”.
The Son of God is known by many names in the scriptures but the name the glorified Son of God gives Himself when He comes to destroy the armies of the Beast no man knows. The name of God given to Moses (Jehovah) means “the self existing one” or “I am who I am”. The name Jesus Christ simply means “YHWH is the Savior anointed”. When the Son of God comes in power, He will have a name written that He will be called by for eternity.
His “vesture” is the garment He wore. These clothes are probably “sprinkled in blood”, not dipped like this is translated. This verse is referring to Isaiah 63:3 were He treads the winepress alone. This passage also gives us another name we do know Him by. He is called The Word of God. John also gives this name for the Son of God in 1st John 2:14 and in John 1:1 he tells us the word was God. Those who think Jesus is not God should reexamine their belief; they are wrong! Jesus is the living word of God. Jesus is the only begotten image of God that expresses everything about God that can be comprehended by any being in His own creation.
Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Joh 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth
Isa 63:1 Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save.
2 Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat?
3 I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment.
4 For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come.
5 And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my fury, it upheld me.
6 And I will tread down the people in mine anger, and make them drunk in my fury, and I will bring down their strength to the earth.
14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
These armies (plural) include all the hosts of heaven, the angels and all who make up the body of Christ. They all come wearing fine linen, white and clean. This indicates that all of their sins have been removed and they have on the righteousness of Christ. All who came rode on white horses so it would seem that there are some manifestations of animals in heaven?
Jud 1:14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
Jesus swore under oath to the high priest of Israel that He would come in this manner but the priest accused Him of blasphemy.
Mat 26:63 But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God.
64 Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
65 Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy.
Jesus will smite the nations by the words that come out of His mouth. This is the same being who spoke and the universe came into existence. When He comes with His saints, He will come in wrath against all those who are against Him, for He is the KINGS OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. Jesus is coming to earth to conquer His enemies and to set up His kingdom on earth. He is coming to fulfill how he told us to pray “thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Mat 6:10).
He is not coming, as some teach, to take His believers to some nebulous heaven where all will be one. He is coming to earth to conquer His enemies and to establish the Kingdom of God on earth. He will rule during the seventh millennium with a rod of iron. The world in that dispensation will live under the rule of the Messiah. God’s everlasting law will be followed by their own free will because the law will be written in their hearts. Jesus came to fulfill the requirements of the law for all who broke it but He did not come to do away with the law. The law is eternal and it will be a delight to the soul when Jesus comes to rule. One of the reasons the Antichrist and the people of the world fight against God is that they love lawlessness.
Psa 2:1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,
3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.
5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.
6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.
10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.
11 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;
18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.
19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.
This is the classic battle of Armageddon. It occurs after the destruction of “Babylon the Great” that took place at the outpouring of the seventh vial. This really is not a battle at all. It is a slaughter of all of the enemies of God on earth.
All the armies of the world are gathered against Jesus and His saints by Satan and by his lying spirits. The armies gathered by Satan will all end up being food for the vultures. Lying spirits come out of the mouths of the Dragon, the Beast and the False Prophet to deceive the whole world and the armies that destroy Babylon. These lying spirits somehow convince the kings of the earth to move all their armies against Jerusalem. The real question is why would the world dare to fight against the God of heaven? The answer might be be that the lying spirits somehow manage to convince the kings of the earth that the God of Heaven is not almighty and can also be stopped from setting up His kingdom on earth by enough military force (like the counterfeit kingdom of god at Babylon was at least partly overthrown by worldly military force). When these armies fight against the Kingdom of the real God of creation they will all come to their destruction.
This leads me to believe that when Satan is cast out of heaven he really intends to destroy the entire human race so Jesus will have no one alive for His Kingdom. Revelation 12:12 says he “comes down in great wrath knowing his time is short”. Why then does Satan even bother to play God and to set up the kingdom of the Beast? Obviously if he knows his time is short he also knows he will be defeated.
The counterfeit kingdom of god called “Babylon the Great” apparently is only a façade used by Satan to bring about the destruction of the human race. Even after the destruction of the counterfeit kingdom that Satan set up and knew that God would destroy, Satan deceives all the armies of the world to move against Jerusalem where he also knows that they certainly will be destroyed.
Jesus alluded to this plan by Satan to destroy mankind when he said unless He shortened the days of destruction caused by Satan no flesh would be saved on earth.
Mat 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
The following passage in Joel describes the call to arms for this war againt God:
Jol 3:9 Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up:
10 Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.
11 Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD.
12 Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about.
13 Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great.
14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.
15 The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.
16 The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.
17 So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more.
20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
21 And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.
The Antichrist Beast and his False Prophet, who worked miracles by the power of Satan and deceived all who took the mark of the Beast and those that worshipped his image, are taken captive. Just as Satan deceived and took a third of the angels in his rebellion against God, Satan in the Beast and False Prophet will deceive and take a large number of humans in this rebellion against God. Those that follow him do not want the Son of God to rule over them. Notice, there is no real resistance against the real God of creation. The armies are gathered for slaughter because all the forces of Satan and man are no match against the God of creation. I am sure Satan knows this but he hates humanity and God so much that he intends to bring humanity to total destruction.
The Beast and False Prophet are judged by Jesus and they are cast alive into the Lake of Fire. In the next chapter we will find out that they are still alive in the Lake of Fire over a thousand years later. There is no non-existence of souls taught in the Bible. Either one goes into the new creation for eternity or the Lake of Fire for eternity. This truth should become apparent when we read the next chapter (which takes place after the thousand year reign of Christ). After the judgment there we will see that the Beast and False Prophet are still “alive” in the Lake of Fire when Satan, Satan's angels and all those that are not written in the Lamb’s book of life are also cast into the Lake of Fire. The Lake of Fire is where all will go that reject the God who created them.
All the armies that followed the Beast and False prophet will be killed and their flesh will feed the birds. Birds of prey today are protected in Israel and they are even provided food to help increase their numbers. Great numbers of these birds can be seen flying in the mountains of Israel. They have become a tourist attraction and of course that is the main reason why they are protected and fed but God has a great supper planned for these birds in the near future. They will fulfill the end time prophecy of verse 17.
At that time the following Old Testament prophecy of Isaiah will be fulfilled:
Isa 13: 1 The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see.
2 Lift ye up a banner upon the high mountain, exalt the voice unto them, shake the hand, that they may go into the gates of the nobles.
3 I have commanded my sanctified ones, I have also called my mighty ones for mine anger, even them that rejoice in my highness.
4 The noise of a multitude in the mountains, like as of a great people; a tumultuous noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together: the LORD of hosts mustereth the host of the battle.
5 They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, even the LORD, and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land.
6 Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.
7 Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man’s heart shall melt:
8 And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames.
9 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.
10 For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.
11 And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.
12 I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.
13 Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.
14 And it shall be as the chased roe, and as a sheep that no man taketh up: they shall every man turn to his own people, and flee every one into his own land.
15 Every one that is found shall be thrust through; and every one that is joined unto them shall fall by the sword.
16 Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished.
17 Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, which shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it.
18 Their bows also shall dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eye shall not spare children.
19 And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees’ excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.
20 It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there.
21 But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures; and owls shall dwell there, and satyrs shall dance there.
22 And the wild beasts of the islands shall cry in their desolate houses, and dragons in their pleasant palaces: and her time is near to come, and her days shall not be prolonged.
Isa 14: 1 For the LORD will have mercy on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel, and set them in their own land: and the strangers shall be joined with them, and they shall cleave to the house of Jacob.
2 And the people shall take them, and bring them to their place: and the house of Israel shall possess them in the land of the LORD for servants and handmaids: and they shall take them captives, whose captives they were; and they shall rule over their oppressors.
3 And it shall come to pass in the day that the LORD shall give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve,
4 That thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, How hath the oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased!
5 The LORD hath broken the staff of the wicked, and the sceptre of the rulers.
6 He who smote the people in wrath with a continual stroke, he that ruled the nations in anger, is persecuted, and none hindereth.
7 The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet: they break forth into singing.
8 Yea, the fir trees rejoice at thee, and the cedars of Lebanon, saying, Since thou art laid down, no feller is come up against us.
9 Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations.
10 All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us?
11 Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee.
12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;
17 That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?
18 All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house.
19 But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden under feet.
20 Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, because thou hast destroyed thy land, and slain thy people: the seed of evildoers shall never be renowned.
21 Prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquity of their fathers; that they do not rise, nor possess the land, nor fill the face of the world with cities.
22 For I will rise up against them, saith the LORD of hosts, and cut off from Babylon the name, and remnant, and son, and nephew, saith the LORD.
23 I will also make it a possession for the bittern, and pools of water: and I will sweep it with the besom of destruction, saith the LORD of hosts.
24 The LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand:
25 That I will break the Assyrian in my land, and upon my mountains tread him under foot: then shall his yoke depart from off them, and his burden depart from off their shoulders.
26 This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth: and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations.
27 For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?
This passage in Isaiah is a summary of the events that will happen in the day of the Lord. It will happen as He prophesied. Let all you who allegorize and who put spiritual meanings on prophetic scripture in Revelation try to do that with what Isaiah said. It can’t be done; your Eschatology is all wrong. All some of you can say is that all these things already happened in the past and that is even more absurd.
The forces of Satan spoken about here, that bring destruction to the whole earth, will be dealt with by Jesus. The Beast and the False Prophet that carry out Satan’s plan will not go to the grave with their ancestors but will be cast alive into the Lake of Fire.
Rev 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
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