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The Conqueror Rides Forth from Heaven

During the whole period of the seals,trumpets and the bowls,the Lord Jesus has not left the heavenly places.Now,we see in these verses(11-13) that He will finally return to earth with the armies of heaven to bring vengeance on His foes and to establish His millennial reign on earth.

Already,some 1,400 years before Christ,this event was foretold through Moses,speaking of the latter days:"I will render vengeance to my enemies  and I will recompense them that hate Me.I will make Mine arrows drunk with blood and My sword shall devour flesh....rejoice O ye nations with His people for He will avenge the blood of His servants"(Deut 32:41-43).

Around 500 years later,a psalmist wrote of the Lord Jesus: "Gird Thy sword upon Thy thigh,O Mighty One,in Thy glory and Thy majesty. And in Thy majesty,ride on prosperously.On behalf of truth,meekness and righteousness...Thine arrows are sharp.The peoples fall under Thee. They are in the heart of the kings enemies".(Psa 45:3-5)

The terrific and terrible activity of the Conqueror-King results in the establishing of His throne for ever.

Four statements are given as to the Conqueror's Name:

1.He is faithful and true

He has been called the "Faithful Witness" in  Rev 1:5.In 3:14 .In 3:14, "the Faithful and True Witness".  Before Pilate, He witnessed the good confession(1 Tim 6:13) though it cost Him His life.

He has:

2.A Name known only to Himself

No one but the Father understands the Son(Mat 11:27).This emphasises His deity as the first title does His humanity.

3.He is the Word of God.

Through Him creation came into existance.(John 1:1-4) and in Whom it continues to exist(Col 1:16,17). All that God does, He does by speaking,this is the instrument by which He puts forth His energy. As to the act of creating, "He spoke and it was.He commanded and all things stood fast"( Psa 33:9). "He upholds all things by the Word of His power".(Heb 1:3). Should God cease to put forth His energy,the whole universe would collapse into nothingness. The new birth is brought about by speaking,"He that hears My Word and believes...has eternal life"(John 5:24). The greatness of the Centurion's faith lay in his attributing this effective energy to the Word of God,"only say the word and my servant will be healed"(Luk 7:7). The enemies of God are to be destroyed by the same means: "the sharp sword that proceeds out of His mouth"(Vss 15,21) and also by the same means the Antichrist, "And when that Lawless One will be revealed,whom the Lord will destroy by the breath of His mouth"(2 Thes 2:8)

4.King of Kings and Lord of Lords

He is the supreme sovereign of heaven and earth(17:14).In the days of John it was treason and an offense punished by the death penalty to give these titles to any other than the Emperor who was deemed to be the embodiment on earth of deity. It will become so again under Antichrist."No man can say,'Jesus is Lord' except in  (the energy of) the Holy Spirit".(1 Cor 12:3).

With these titles,the Conqueror is identified with the eternal Son and Word,Whose eyes are as a flame of fire to whither up all against God,and also with the Messiah to Whom universal sovereignty has of old been granted by the Father and with it authority to judge and make war.

His identity is carried further,He is the Treader of"the winepress ,the great winepress of the fierceness of the wrath of Almighty God"(vss 15,and 14:17-20) and we can also identify Him with One mentioned in Isa 63:1-6.We read in 63:2,"Why is your apparel red and your garments like the One Who treads the winepress...I also trod them in my anger and trampled them in My wrath and their life-blood is sprinkled on my garments. And Joel 3:12-14 says:"Let the nations be aroused and come to the Valley of Jehoshaphat,for there I will sit to judge all the surrounding nations. Put in the sickle for the harvest is ripe.Come tread for the winepress is full....multitudes,multitudes in the valley of decision"

His Armies

There is a difference of opinion as to whether they are glorified saints or angels.The reasons against the armies being glorified saints are as follows:

1.Is there an passage where saints are pictured as soldiers after their present earthly battles are over?They are then a bride,kings and priests.

2.The word is plural,"armies" not "the army of heaven" but the glorified church is seen as one company.In the old testament,the title "Jehovah of Hosts(armies)" is used about 280 times.

His Enemies

These are the Beast,his false prophet,the Kings of the earth and their armies.Here we see a powerful league of nations,the world combined, to fight against the Word of God."He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh.He shall have them in derision.Then shall He speak to them in His wrath and vex them in His sore displeasure"(Psa 2:1-5).They are destroyed by the sword of His mouth,that is,one word of command from His lips and His angels shall act upon His defiant foes and,"their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet and their eyes shall consume away in their sockets,and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth" Zach 14:12.

The 2 chief rebels,the Antichrist and the False Prophet shall be cast alive into the Lake of Fire.Having lived before and died before,there remains for them only the second death.(19:20)

Jehova's Feast

Following the great victory of Christ and the armies of heaven,there would be a vast amount of corpses rotting in a hot land like Israel.To avoid the danger of disease, God in His kindness,assembles a great multitude of birds to feed on the corpses.(Isa 18:6,56:9,Ezek 39:17)

To be continued