(21 verses, 1:55 to read)
At the destruction of the harlot and the beasts, all of Heaven rejoice. Christ, the friend of sinners, reveals Himself as the faithful, true, and victorious champion.
MARK & LEARN
– At the declaration of the fall of Babylon in the previous chapter, the responding joyous celebration of 19 begins. The judgements of the Lord, that is, His Word, remain and prove in the end to be just and true. This brings us back to the beginning of the Revelation wherein Christ comforts the persecuted churches of John’s day and ours with the reality that regardless of what our eyes see, Christ the victor through His Blood and Word still remains in the midst of us. Because this truth never fails, the church still sings the song of Revelation 19 when her Bridegroom gathers her today! So we are the ones who are blessed because the Lord has declared us righteous by faith and thus given us free access to the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom, which has no end.
– The later 1/3 of chapter 19 reveals Christ as already victorious because His word has been declared from ages past and His blood has already been shed. This is why the angel calls the carrion birds to feast on the enemies of God before the “battle” begins. This section clearly reaffirms the most powerful weapon the Lord has and, indeed, has even given to His Bride, the Church: His Word. This is what is used to defeat all of the enemies of Truth.
Dear Father in heaven, we thank you that your love for us sinner is steadfast, and that you continually call us to repentance and are quick to forgive. In these last days, constantly remind us of your love for us in your Son, our victorious Savior, Jesus Christ. Remind us that in Him, you have given us your best and greatest and have even already won the victory over sin, death, the Devil, and our sinful flesh so that we might lead godly lives here in time and with you there in eternity. Amen.
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-Pastor Weslie Odom