And he showed me a pure river of water of life , clear as crystal river , flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb . 2 In the middle of the city street , and on either side of the river stood the tree of life , bearing twelve fruits, yielding its fruit every month : and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations . 3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it , and His servants shall serve him: 4 And they shall see his face, and his name shall be in their foreheads. 5 There shall be no night there , and did not need the light of a lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light : and they shall reign for ever and ever .
Old things are in the past , the old earth and the old heaven too, sin is totally eradicated by the great judgment of God. Now his people enjoy every blessing , peace , harmony , brotherhood , and they are all each and everyone called by new names specially given by the Lord , they will live where there will be no more night because the Lord will illuminate , and reign for eternity. The picture of eternal life in these verses indicates that we will be busy serving God for all eternity. We will both serve Him (v. 3) and reign with Him (v.5). Since He is an infinite God, we can be sure He will have infinite things for us to do as we reign there forever. The phrase, “they shall see his face,” means that, as believers, we will be granted an audience with the King on a regular basis.What a beautiful promise of Jesus and what a beautiful place to live till eternity, don’t you think !!!
The coming of Christ is near
6 And he said to me, These sayings are faithful and true. And the Lord , the God of the spirits of the prophets sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place . 7 Behold , I come quickly ! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.
The Lord clearly tells John ” I’m coming soon! and He says it as a warning, because He is warning us to take care not to sin no more.
” Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.” The Lord clearly wants us to take care not to lose our salvation our entrance to the eternal life. He does not want any of us not even one to perish in the day of judgment . The Lord wants to save us all from the torment of eternal hell , which is the purpose of his human sacrifice by dying on the cross, and therefore , reason why He also ask John to write this last prophecy as for a last call which we have read and studied in the chapters of Revelation 1 through 22 . When Jesus repeated “I am coming soon ! He meant that after all the events that are yet to happen happened, for sure He will come ! He never mentions date neither the day nor the hour but He gives us many signs and road map as instructions of what would take place before the end of time , He sure has explained in details all the events that will soon take palce on earth and He wants us to be ready for the big day .
John was asked not to seal the prophecy of this book :
I , John, am the one who heard and saw these things . And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things . 9 And he said to me, See thou do it not because I am a fellow servant of thy brethren the prophets , and of them which keep the sayings of this book . Worship God . 10 And said unto me , Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is near .
The prophet Daniel as we read on 12:4 is asked to seal the book, while John was told not to do it ! And he tells us why: BECAUSE THE TIME IS NEAR ! The prophecies of Daniel looked very distant while John’s nearby.
11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous , let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still .
Here the Lord clearly is asking us to STOP and not to continue to practice sin , He predicts the fate of sinners , while He says that by practicing justice, holiness, faithfulness will bring us to this holy city . He alerts us but does not prohibit us anything, we still have free will and if sin is what your heart wants to radicate on, then you’ll know the consequences which are as we all know ” the wages of sin is death “, while the practice of justice is eternal life .
12 Behold, I am coming quickly , and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work .
We will be rewarded according to our works , so Christ said it and so will ! We again see that “I am coming soon ! The Lord is with us alerting and warning us emputo of what is about to happen and wants all be prepared to not have to suffer in the final judgment of God. Blessed be Jesus Christ our Redeemer !13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. 14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have right to the tree of life , and may enter through the gates into the city.
As we have read before, the Alpha and Omega is the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet , also we know that Christ is the first and the last , the beginning and the end , He was before the creation in eternity past , and will be present in eternity future. He is the author and finisher of all things , because Jesus Christ is the first and the last , is the one who created all things, He is in control of all things , He is upholding all things , He is LIKE NO OTHER , HE IS EVERYTHING !
And with a God like him, we do not need anything else, because no one else is better than him. If you have Jesus Christ IN YOUR HEART you have for sure eternal life, if you do not have Jesus Christ in heart , for what awaits you is an eternity burning in hell for all the wickedness, and addition to that , if do not have Jesus Christ as your king and savior your missing everything !
Jesus shed His precious blood to wash away the sins of all who trust in Him as Savior. Those who have received Christ as Savior , have washed their clothes in the blood of Christ . That is why the Lord says: “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have right to the tree of life , and to enter the gates of the city. ” Blessed be the Lord ”
The wages of sin :
(Revelation 22:15- 17)
15 But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie . 16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches . I am the root and the offspring of David, the bright morning star . 17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come . And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him who thirsts come and whoever wishes , let him take the water of life freely .
Please pay close attention to these almost last words of this book, because here we read very clear and specifically how the Lord Jesus Christ describes who will be left outside of the promised city , and these will be
1. “dogs ” The dogs are impure and malicious people or someone with a low character. The first time blatantly impure sinners were called dogs is in Deut. 23: verse 18. This is where male homosexual prostitutes were in view)
2. Sorcerers: Sorcerers are those who practice occult or witchcraft. Greek Pharmakos is the root of the English word pharmacy which often accompanies those practices.
3. Sexually immoral :Whoremongers are those who practice all kinds of sexual immorality. Greek pornos is the root of the English word pornography.
4. Murderers: Murderers: means pre-meditated murder. This has nothing to do with accidental killing or killing in war. They are included in the list given in Rev. 21 v.8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
5. Idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie .Idolaters are just those who put anything ahead of God which includes manna (money) or the love of everything which takes one’s attention off serving God. Someone once said: Show me someone’s calendar and checkbook and I’ll tell you where their heart lies. Think about that. Idolaters are also those who worship false gods or worship the true God in an unacceptable matter
Read very careful and stop, meditate for as long as it may take you to understand these words of the Lord, then look deep within your heart, try to find if there is any of these sins in you , and if they exist and they are in your life and still wish eternal life rapidly janked them out of your soul mind and spirit, cleanse your internal “body, soul and spirit ” through the shed blood of Jesus. If you find existence of any of these prohibited actions and personal behaviors not allowed in the holy city then repent , don’t hestitate , right there, right now where you at, ask God forgiveness, repent and ask the Lord to come into your life and cleanse you with his precious blood , tell him that you wish to make him your King and savior and I promise you He will hear your cry , he will heal you and cleanse you from all your sins and then and only then your name will be written in the book of Life.
The Lord Jesus testify :
18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book . 19 And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life , from the holy city and from the things which are written in this libro.20 He who testifies to these things says : surely I come quickly. Amen , come, Lord Jesus.21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen .
The Lord Jesus Christ is the one who testifies to these things and who says , “Surely I come quickly .” How beautiful this prayer of the Spirit ” Amen , yeah, come, Lord Jesus.
In these two last chapters of the book of Revelation is very clear to us at ( verse 5) ” Behold , I make all things new .” Here we see that these new things will be part of the eternal home of the believer.
New heaven and a new earth
Revelation ( 21:1-8 )
I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth passed away , and the sea was no more . 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God , prepared as a bride adorned for her marido.3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying , Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men , and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.4 wipe every tear from their eyes , and death shall be no , nor will there be mourning , nor crying, nor pain ; for the former things pasaron.5 And he that sat upon the throne said , Behold , I make all things new . He said to me , Write: for these words are trustworthy and verdaderas.6 And he said, It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega , the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring water life.7 who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be my son 8 But the cowardly, unbelieving , abominable, murderers , sexually immoral, sorcerers , idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone: which is the second death .
” God will remove all sin and destructive behavior from the old earth . ” And this does not tend the least doubt as well is that this chapter begins .
The fiery trial through which all things are judged produce this renewal of the old earth and the old heaven . The sea will exist no more , we do not know exactly how will the new water system be, if we would have rivers , seas, for sure God has already prepared the perfect new system for feeding plants and fill the seas if we’ll ever have them. This wonderful new place that God has prepared for us , death no longer exist and God will wipe away every tear from our eyes, no more tears or pain, the old way has passed !! But the best of all and even more glorious is that we will dwell with the Lord and be His people , we will be his children and He our father. This same word that God says ” It is made” is the same as our Jesus said at the time of his death when he said “It is finished .” He is the Alpha and the Omega being this ( the first and last word of the Greek alphabet ) . In ( verse 8) states that we can not all get into this new creation of God, for those who would not believe in Christ, who never turned away from sin never will be able to see this wonderful beautiful and glorious place.
The new Jerusalem
Revelation ( 21:9-14 )
9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues , and talked with me , saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife. 10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God , 11 Having the glory of God. And its light was like a precious stone, like a jasper , clear as crystal . 12 And had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon , which are of the twelve tribe of the children of Israel : 13 On the east three gates, on the north three gates, on the south three gates on the west three gates . 14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb .
If we pay close attention to ( verse 2) we see that the new Jerusalem comes down from heaven , it is a suggestion as to describe a heavenly city with new people of God which will be a city on standing on air on the land , and this will be for over a thousand years called the “Millennium ” it is obvious that the new Jerusalem unites peoples from the OT and NT. The twelve tribe mentioned here with the names of each of them recorded in each of the twelve gates are the chosen twelve tribes of God.
Dimensions of the new city of Jerusalem
Revelation ( 21:15-23 )
15 And he that talked with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city, its gates and its wall. 16 And the city lieth foursquare , and the length is as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs : the length , height and width are equal. 17 And he measured its wall , one hundred forty-four cubits , the measure of man , which is of an angel. 18 The construction of its wall was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass 19 and the foundations of the city wall were adorned with every precious stone . The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz , the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth, amatiste.21 the twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl . And the street of the city was pure gold like transparent glass . 22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty is its temple , and the Lamb . 23 The city had no need of sun or moon to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it , and the Lamb is its lamp.
Here we are given the exact measurements and dimensions of this glorious city , which surpasses all human imagination. ” And the city lieth foursquare, (meaning that this city will be the same for all angles ) and has a length equal to the breadth : and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs : the length , the height and width are equal. ” Any measure gives us to understand that is a perfect cube shiny ” holy place ” with the glory of God that is illuminating to this perfect and holy city .
The new heavenly nation
Revelation ( 21:24-27 )
24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it . 25 Its gates will never be shut by day: for there shall be no night . 26 And they shall bring the glory and honor of the nations into it . 27 not enter into it anything that defiles , or causes an abomination and a lie: but they which are written in the book of life of the Lamb .
Only the light of God will exist in this city , there will be no more darkness, for is the night significance of sadness, crying , death, pain , and as no longer exists darkness in this glorious city but only in the light of the glory of God wll be enough to be in port . Doors will no longer be closed, not ever , no longer there will be any fear cause all devil minded has disappeared and all evil has already been defeated . And this renewed glory city will be inhabited by many nations and millions of people will be living it , worshiping forever and ever the only true God.
Revelation 19:1- 8
After these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying : Alleluia ! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, 2 because his judgments are true and righteous because He has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand of it.3 again they said : Alleluia ! And her smoke rose up for ever and siglos.4 and the elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God that sat on the throne, saying : Amen ! ! Hallelujah 5 Then a voice came from the throne , saying, Praise our God, all his servants, and ye that fear him , both small and grandes.6 And I heard as the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying : Alleluia , for the Lord God Omnipotent reigns ! 7 Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, because they have the marriage of the Lamb, and his wife has prepared . 8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen clean and white : for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.
This is the final Jesus will give earthly armies. Here in these verses we can see the great victory of his heavenly army. We see a great multitude in heaven saying, Hallelujah ! this worship is given with the return of Jesus Christ to earth . Hallelujah means the highest praise to Jehovah, and Hallelujah is also an expression that indicates joy , especially because something has happened that is expected or wanted for some time.
As we read in chapter 18 sin has finally been judged, we have read the fall of Babylon and the merchants of the earth mourned , but here we see the heavens rejoice .
The main source of all confusion and religious lies was Babylon with his love for God but their worship was apostate rather false idols, this also caused the death of multitudes of God’s saints , but have seen their destruction. in verses 5-6 we see all the voices that have joined praising God because He is God and that is on the throne. Worthy is The all praise and glory to the Lord God Omnipotent reigns ! . Now, in verse 7 we see the bride as the wife . Interestingly we see, that the marriage of the Lamb is not depicted as the King , giving us to understand that even being King , He will be the Lamb until eternity. Here , we see how the master and the high price he paid for us. The wife was ready , meaning that we must prepare to get to the wedding of the Lamb . And this happens at the tribunal of Christ , when every stain and wrinkle I taken off the bride before becoming the wife. The wife gets to heaven by the grace of God not by works or deeds , but although every believer will reach to heaven we will be judged by the tribunal of Christ by our earth faithfulness . Fine linen was given for the bride to get dressed , serious sparkling clean for her obedience and righteousness of all the saints.
The marriage supper of the Lamb
9 And he saith unto me , Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he said to me, These are true words of God.10 I fell at his feet to worship him . And he said to me , do not : I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus . Worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. 11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like blazing fire, and on His head many diadems, having a name written that no one knew except Himself . 13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies in heaven , clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. 15 Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations , and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God . 16 On his robe and on his thigh a name written : KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS .
” Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of God”
In verse 11 , the heavens opened, and behold a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. Here we see the white horse and whose riding comes with justice and fight, fight with whom ? He first comes with his heavenly army , all of whom are dressed in fine linen, white and very clean which followed him with white horses. So, finally you have exited the Lamb to judge and make the final war on earth. We no longer see the lamb riding a donkey but riding humble but fierce a white horse . He no longer carries the crown of thorns , but a crown of gold, and his eyes are no longer filled with tears but they were like flames of fire, and flames of fire comes out of His mouth, and words of grace was not what he said but justice and victory! . Christ is coming to the great battle of Armageddon .
The announcement of judgment on the earth
17 And I saw an angel standing in standing in the sun , and cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in mid heaven , Come and congregate for the great supper of God, 18 that you may eat the flesh of kings and captains , and the flesh of mighty men, of horses and their riders , and the flesh of all people, free and slave, small and great. 19 And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse and against his army. 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 those who worshiped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone . 21 And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of the rider on the horse , and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.
We already saw the wedding , we saw his bride dressed and ready for the big wedding of the Lamb , but in this chapter we see the great day of Armageddon too.
The battle will not be long for Christ comes out of heaven with every victory and comes to destroy their enemies in an instant. ( 2Th 1). See ( ver 18) where it says park eat meat , man is only flesh and never will win over the power of God which for eternity flesh has also been condemned and never will please God.
The hosts of this land is the European federation which are the ten kingdoms of Europe, these kingdoms that have risen against Christ. , Such as the East, Egypt and Russia. And it is in the Mount ” Megiddo ” which is also knows as the ” Armageddon” where they meet in the battlefield which is the largest in the world. Christ destroys only by his word which is the sword that comes out of his mouth. ( Heb 4:12). Every man who refused to listen to his word will die and by his own word, all will fall dead. All followers of the beast which allowed to be marked with the number of the beast are all sealed for that terrible judgment day . Not only Christ will destroy the beast and his army but also the false prophet and launched into hell itself . And Satan will be apprehended and thrown into the abyss. For this we will read it in Chapter ( 20:1-3 )
Alabanzas en el cielo
19 Después de esto oí una gran voz de gran multitud en el cielo, que decía: !!Aleluya! Salvación y honra y gloria y poder son del Señor Dios nuestro;2 porque sus juicios son verdaderos y justos; pues ha juzgado a la gran ramera que ha corrompido a la tierra con su fornicación, y ha vengado la sangre de sus siervos de la mano de ella.3 Otra vez dijeron: !!Aleluya! Y el humo de ella sube por los siglos de los siglos.4 Y los veinticuatro ancianos y los cuatro seres vivientes se postraron en tierra y adoraron a Dios, que estaba sentado en el trono, y decían: !!Amén! !!Aleluya!5 Y salió del trono una voz que decía: Alabad a nuestro Dios todos sus siervos, y los que le teméis, así pequeños como grandes.6 Y oí como la voz de una gran multitud, como el estruendo de muchas aguas, y como la voz de grandes truenos, que decía: !!Aleluya, porque el Señor nuestro Dios Todopoderoso reina! 7 Gocémonos y alegrémonos y démosle gloria; porque han llegado las bodas del Cordero, y su esposa se ha preparado. 8 Y a ella se le ha concedido que se vista de lino fino, limpio y resplandeciente; porque el lino fino es las acciones justas de los santos.
Este es el eminente final que Jesús le dará a los ejércitos terrenales. Aquí en estos vesiculosos podremos ver la gran victoria de su ejercito celestial. Vemos como una gran multitud en el cielo decía: Aleluya ! con esta adoración se da el comienzo del regreso de Jesucristo a la tierra. Aleluya ademas que significa alabanza a Jehova también aleluya es una expresión que indica alegría, especialmente porque ha ocurrido algo que se esperaba o deseaba desde hacía tiempo.
Como ya hemos leído en capitulo 18 el pecado al fin ha sido juzgado , hemos leído la caída de Babilonia y que los mercaderes de la tierra se lamentaron, sin embargo aquí vemos como los cielos se regocijan .
La principal fuente de todo confusión , mentiras religiosa era Babilonia con su amor a Dios pero apostata pues su adoración era mas bien a los falsos ídolos ; también esta había causado la muerte de multitudes de los santos de Dios, pero ya hemos visto su destrucción .En los versículos 5-6 vemos todas las voces que se han unido alabando a Dios porque El es Dios y porque esta en el trono. Digno es El de todo alabanza y gloria , porque el Señor nuestro Dios Todopoderoso reina !!!. Ahora en el versículo 7 vemos como la novia ya es la esposa. Interesante es que vemos como dice que es las bodas del Cordero, no se representa como el Rey, dándonos a entender que aun siendo El Rey, El sera el Cordero hasta la eternidad. Ahí, vemos como el nos amo y el alto precio que tuvo que pagar por nosotros. Vemos como la esposa se a preparado ; significado que debemos prepararnos para poder llegar a esas bodas del Cordero. Y esto ocurre en el tribunal de Cristo , cuando toda mancha y arruga se le quito a la novia antes de convertirse en la esposa . La esposa llega al cielo por la gracia de Dios no por sus obras, pero ay el cielo , todo creyente serán juzgados dante el tribuna de Cristo por su fidelidad en la tierra. Vemos como el lino fino fue concedido para que la novia se vistiera, seria limpio resplandeciente por la obediencia y acciones justas de los santos.
La cena de las bodas del Cordero
9 Y el ángel me dijo: Escribe: Bienaventurados los que son llamados a la cena de las bodas del Cordero. Y me dijo: Estas son palabras verdaderas de Dios.10 Yo me postré a sus pies para adorarle. Y él me dijo: Mira, no lo hagas; yo soy consiervo tuyo, y de tus hermanos que retienen el testimonio de Jesús. Adora a Dios; porque el testimonio de Jesús es el espíritu de la profecía. 11 Entonces vi el cielo abierto; y he aquí un caballo blanco, y el que lo montaba se llamaba Fiel y Verdadero, y con justicia juzga y pelea. 12 Sus ojos eran como llama de fuego, y había en su cabeza muchas diademas; y tenía un nombre escrito que ninguno conocía sino él mismo. 13 Estaba vestido de una ropa teñida en sangre; y su nombre es: EL VERBO DE DIOS. 14 Y los ejércitos celestiales, vestidos de lino finísimo, blanco y limpio, le seguían en caballos blancos. 15 De su boca sale una espada aguda, para herir con ella a las naciones, y él las regirá con vara de hierro; y él pisa el lagar del vino del furor y de la ira del Dios Todopoderoso. 16 Y en su vestidura y en su muslo tiene escrito este nombre: REY DE REYES Y SE~NOR DE SE~NORES.
“Son Bienaventurados los que son llamados a la cena de las bodas de Dios “
En el versículo 11, se abren los cielos , y he aquí un caballo blanco , y el que lo montaba se llamaba Fiel y Verdadero, y con justicia juzga y pelea. Aquí vemos como el que monta el caballo blanco viene con justicia y pelea, con quien pelea? pues primeramente viene con su ejercito celestial, los cuales todos están vestidos de lino finísimo, dice que son blancos y limpios y estos le seguían con caballos blancos. Así, que al fin ya ha salido el Cordero para juzgar y hacer la guerra final en la tierra. Ya no vemos a Cordero montado en un humilde asno pero sino en un caballo blanco feroz de ataque. Ya no lleva la corona de espina sino una corona de oro, y sus ojos ya no están llenos de lagrimas pero eran como llamas de fuego, y de sus boca llamas de fuego , ya no era palabras de gracias lo que el decía sino de justicia y victoria !. Cristo ya viene para la gran batalla del Armagedon.
El anuncio del juicio sobre la tierra
17 Y vi a un ángel que estaba en pie en el sol, y clamó a gran voz, diciendo a todas las aves que vuelan en medio del cielo: Venid, y congregaros a la gran cena de Dios, 18 para que comáis carnes de reyes y de capitanes, y carnes de fuertes, carnes de caballos y de sus jinetes, y carnes de todos, libres y esclavos, pequeños y grandes. 19 Y vi a la bestia, a los reyes de la tierra y a sus ejércitos, reunidos para guerrear contra el que montaba el caballo, y contra su ejército. 20 Y la bestia fue apresada, y con ella el falso profeta que había hecho delante de ella las señales con las cuales había engañado a los que recibieron la marca de la bestia, y habían adorado su imagen. Estos dos fueron lanzados vivos dentro de un lago de fuego que arde con azufre. 21 Y los demás fueron muertos con la espada que salía de la boca del que montaba el caballo, y todas las aves se saciaron de las carnes de ellos.
Ya vimos las bodas, vimos su novia ya preparada y vestida para la gran boda del Cordero, pero también vemos en este capitulo el gran día del Armagedon .
La batalla no sera larga pues Cristo sale del cielo con toda victoria y viene a destruir sus enemigos en un instante. (2Ts 1) . Ver (ver 18) donde dice parque coméis carne, el hombre es solo carne y jamas podrá con el poder de Dios, tambien por eternidad esta condenada la carne, y jamas ella poda agradar a Dios.
Los ejércitos de esta tierra es la federación Europea que son los diez reinos de Europa , reinos reunidos que se han levantado contra Cristo., como lo son el Oriente , Egipto y Rusia. Y es en el monte de “Meguido” o sea en el Armagedon donde se reunirán en el campo de batalla cual es el mas grande del mundo . Cristo destruye solo con su palabra que es la espada que sale de su boca. (Heb 4:12) . Morirá todo hombre que a rehusado escuchar su palabra y es por su misma palabra que todos caen muertos. Todo seguidor de la bestia los que se dejaron marcar con su numero están sellados para ese terrible juicio. No tan solo Cristo destruirá a la bestia y a su ejercito pero también al falso profeta y los lanzara al mismo infierno. Y a Satanás lo prende y lo arroja al abismo. Asi, lo leeremos en el capitulo (20:1-3)
The fall of Babylon
The voice of the fall of Babylon trial
After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was lightened with his glory. 2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great , and is become the habitation of devils , and the hold of every foul spirit , and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird . 3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication , and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her , and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
Commercial Babylon represents the late global system . We have religious Babylon which is the ( apostate church) which play a large role in the economic nations area. The collapse of this religious system , will be the beginning of the end of total empire of “the beast ” . However this global new system will have three more years and means reigning over the earth.
In this chapter four different voices are heard and by each of them we will learn how the results of these last days will end .
This first angel announces 1. the fall of Babylon fall 2. by fulfilling prophecies ( 14:8 , 16:19) the meaning of the two times the Angel says has fallen , has fallen! is due to a double a. is the commercial and d. the religious . Finally the new religious and economic world system receives the wrath and God’s hand .
II , The voice separation ( 18:4-8 )
4 And I heard another voice from heaven , saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins and receive of her plagues, 5 For her sins have reached unto heaven , and God has remembered her iniquities. 6 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double paid according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double . 7 How much she has glorified and lived deliciously, so much give her of torment and mourning : for she saith in her heart, I sit as a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow 8 Therefore in one day shall her plagues , death and mourning and famine, and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judges her .
The other voice from heaven announces God’s people leaving, warning them for two reasons ( 1) because he knows that the city will be completely destroyed and God wants to save his chosen ones and for ( 2) the city is satanic , and God does not want His people to contaminate . it is why the angel says out! In this world when you live without God you only live for worldly pleasures, while the Christian lives for the pleasures of Christ. Let’s take a look at look ( verse 7 ) ” How much she hath glorified herself , and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give , or whether this satanic city will receive double portion for their wickedness. We see in ( verse 8) says so in one day her plagues will come , death and mourning and famine , and will be with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judges her .
III . The voice of lament ( 18:9-19 )
9 And the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and she lived in luxury that will weep and lament for her , when they see the smoke of her burning, 10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying ! Woe , Woe that great city Babylon , that mighty city : for in one hour is thy judgment come 11 And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn over her because no one buys their merchandise anymore: 12 merchandise of gold , silver , precious stones, pearls, fine linen, purple , silk and scarlet, 13 beasts and cinnamon, spice , incense , myrrh, frankincense , wine, oil , fine flour , wheat , all kinds of scented wood, all articles of ivory , all articles of costly wood, bronze , iron and marble , sheep, horses and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men. 14 The fruit you longed for is gone from you , and all your riches and splendor have vanished, never to be recovered . 15 The merchants of these things , which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, 16 and saying, Woe , woe, the great city, that was clothed in linen thin, purple and scarlet, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls ! 17 For in one hour such great riches . And every shipmaster , and all the company in ships , and sailors, and as many as trade by sea , stood afar off, 18 and saw the smoke of her burning , they cried out , saying, What city is like unto this great city? 19 And they cast dust on their heads , and cried, weeping and mourning, saying, Woe , woe, the great city , where all who had ships at sea became rich by her wealth , for in one hour she made desolate !
Here are two groups who lament the fall of Babylon 1. The kings of the Earth 2 . and the merchants of the earth. This collapse of Babylon will bring much regret , pain and tears to the land and they will see the true God they reject with adultery with Babylon, worshiping false idols and love for money more than anything else . They thought their luxurious life would last for ever , but now is over , observe the woe , woe ! lament in the city , just in a day is judged and in one hour has collapsed .
Their merchandise faltered disaster and ruin in that fallen earth and all its riches are over. By this time the enslavement of man has increased, in the last days Satan as he always wanted to have men slaved in spirit and in body. The wealth of the rich will doubled , while the poor impoverished. The destruction will come for both of great wealth also for the poor who have challenged God. All marine ad shipping industry will be destroyed and ruined. The world depends on these merchants but in these last days it all disappear.
IV. The voice of rejoicing ( 18:20-24 )
20 Rejoice over her, thou heaven , and ye holy apostles and prophets, for God hath avenged you on her. 21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone , and cast it into the sea , saying, Thus with violence will Babylon be thrown down , that great city , and never be found again. 22 And the voice of harpers, and musicians , and of pipers , and trumpeters, shall be heard no more in thee: and no craftsman of any craft shall be found in you, and the sound of a millstone shall be heard in you . 23 Light lamp will never shine in you, and the voice of bridegroom and bride will be heard in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth , for by your sorceries were all nations deceived . 24 And in her blood of prophets and saints was found , and all that were slain upon the earth.
Now there is rejoicing in heaven because God has judged her. At last God avenged the blood of martyrs. The Babylonian system and for all it has done since the beginning has always been to kill steal and murder God’s people faith . All souls under the altar of God asked ” How much longer ? ” well now they can see the answer to your prayers. God has avenged his blood. And earth laments the dead.
This stone that was thrown indicates the speed of God’s judgment upon total beast empire . Many think that this millstone may be the return of Christ to earth. according to Daniel 2:34-35 , 44-45 this is the “Rock” who hurt .
God says “not ever again ! man can do nothing for the desist . Read Jeremiah 51 .
Then Christ has destroyed the rule of religious and the economic beast , but still there is a destruction of the army still to be defeated and for this we need to read chapter 19.
Revelation 17 and 18 is Babylon the great , which is to be ” the new world religious, economic and political system ” existing on earth before the return of Christ .
Judgment of the great whore
Then came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me , Come hither, I will show you the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters, 2 with whom they have committed fornication the kings of the earth and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication .
As we have already read earlier in chapter 16 where we studied the seven bowls , and all the judgments of God , we saw how his anger was poured out upon the earth, and the fall of Babylon . ( 16:17-21 ) . Now we see in this next chapter as one of the seven angels invites John to observe the fall of the great whore which is the “new world system apostate ” or also known as ” new world order” .
Revelation refers us to several women , we must begin by
II . The explanation ( 17:3-18 )
3 And he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns scarlet beast . 4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet , and decked with gold , precious stones and pearls , having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication : 5 And upon her forehead was a name written , MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS and abominations of the earth. 6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. 7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel ? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns . 8 The beast that you saw was , and is not, and will ascend out of the bottomless pit and go into perdition: and the inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life, they behold the beast that was and is not and will come . 9 Here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits , 10 and they are seven kings . Five have fallen, one is , the other has not yet come, and when he cometh, he must continue a short time. 11 And the beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth , and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition . 12 And the ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings with the beast. 13 These have one mind , and shall give their power and strength unto the beast . 14 war against the Lamb , and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords and King of kings: and they that are with him are called and chosen and faithful. 15 He said to me : The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits , are peoples, multitudes , nations and languages. 16 And the ten horns which you saw on the beast, these shall hate the whore , and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh , and burn her with fire: 17 For God hath put in their hearts to accomplish his purpose agree , and give their kingdom unto the beast , until the words of God are fulfilled . 18 The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth .
Come to verse 18 ” And the woman whom you saw is the great city we reigns over the kings of the earth.” Here we read very clear that this is a city that reigned over the earth in the days of John. The seven heads of verse 3 , they are symbols of mountains as we see in verse 9. You could say with certainty that is Rome. , Because this city is situated on seven hills. It should be noted that when the book of Revelation was written , Rome was who reigned over the kings of the earth.
While we remember the chapter 13 we realize that it is the same beast that is the antichrist. This world ruler who presents Chapter 8 will surge from the abyss , serving notice to rise from the dead. This beast described here its presented to us dressed in scarlet, relating it to the dragon, which is none other than Satan see 12:3 . This beast has seven heads and ten horns, which is also identified with Satan see 12:3 , and 13:1 . If we now read verse 10 we see the seven heads are seven kings. equal seven mountains. And the ten horns that tell us in verse 10 are ten kings. So the beast resembles the antichrist and his person. These ” seven kings ” could be translated as “seven kingdoms ” assuring us that the kingdom of the beast will be the world’s seventh kingdom, one that not even the world has yet seen .
We’ve reviewed over the heads and we have learned that there are seven mountains view (see 9 ) , and the seven kings or kingdoms ( see 10) Egypt , Assyria, Babylon , Persia, and Greece were the five fallen kingdoms. And ” Rome” was the kingdom that was in the days of John, so that way we can know that the kingdom is not yet come to the beast that is the seventh kingdom.
Of these ten kings but we’ve explained in verse 12. , Where we talk about the revival of the Roman Empire is an analogy of the ten toes of the image of Daniel 2:36-45 . All this would be very strange for John because in his days even these kings had not received their power, because this ready for the last days , when resurface the European federation who will be lead by the beast when it comes to power . So, without a doubt , we know that these ten kings would support the beast in his battle against Christ and the saints which with the help of the beast, destroy the great whore .
The nations of the world are the waters where the harlot sits . ( see 15). And this whore will have total influence over all the earth both in politics and in the economy, as well as in religion.
Rome is the harlot who represent the world church ” apostate ” in recent days . In recent times a new system of global Church was organized . And this ” bitch” will be involved in all political, economic world and with the help of the beast would become a great power system. This beast will have the full backing of the world or rather the ten kings to ride to victory . (Rev 6:1-2 ) The nations of Europe will come to a junction . During the first half of the Tribulation is where the scene in chapter 17 takes place , although there is still the beast is not even shown his true satanic character. But this will only be up to half of the tribulation , because this beast will want to take all the power and worship for itself . ( Cap 13) Why would the beast would want to get rid of the harlot, because it represents the worship of God , even in as an ” apostate state .” In ( verse 16 ) indicates that the federated nations of Europe will turn their back to the world church and destroy it , thus this will be fulfilling the prophecies of Revelation 2:20-23 . Then , once the whore have been removed , then the beast god plead and demand the worship of nations.
The true church of God is described as ” a pure bride ”
as pure as the harlot church ” apostate ” church apostate bride. the whore is in the desert , while the bride is in heaven . The harlot flies Satan ( 17:4 ) , while Christ adorns the bride. ( 19:8 ) . The harlot is judged for eternity , while the ” bride ” reign forever. The whore takes the bloodstain of all martyrs , while the ” bride ” is redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.