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.
Before the Millennium
I saw an angel coming down from heaven , having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2 And he seized the dragon , that ancient serpent , who is the devil and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 3 and threw him into the abyss, and shut him up , and set a seal upon him , that he should deceive the nations no more until the thousand years should be fulfilled : and after that he must be loosed a little time. 4 And I saw thrones , and they sat upon them, and judgment was given , and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus and for the word of God, and which had not worshiped the beast or his image , and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years. This is the first resurrection.
A thousand years is mentioned here six times in this chapter, and a thousand years means ” Millennium.”
After the terrible and great war have finished which is the war of Armageddon, we see the beast and the false prophet how they are cast into hell and the old serpent Satan is cast into the abyss where he will be in there bounded as a prisoner for a thousand years. His final judgment has not yet come, first there will be a kingdom on earth for a thousand years where Satan can not do any harm to humanity as he does not exist on earth at this time.
Once, Satan is cast into the deep abyss , then those martyrs were resurrected, these are the ones that were faithful to the point that they gave their lives for Christ for the obedience to the word of God. These people of God did not allowed the mark of the beast to be marked on their bodies. At this time multitudes of faithful people will be resurrected by God., including dead people from the OT, due to their obedience to the word of God they have won the privilege to be resurrected as these saints of God. Those who since then believed in the resurrection of the dead, although not knew nothing of the resurrection ” from the dead” . Only the saved ones are resurrected in the first resurrection , and they will not see the second death (John 5:24:29 ) . Between the first and second resurrection there is a thousand years in between. The Saints , the Church and the nation of Israel by this time are already purified . Gentiles which are the Non-Jewish will enjoy the same joy of the kingdom of God as the chosen people and that is due to their brotherhood with the people of God.
During the Millennium
6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection , the second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him a thousand years.
There will be a world kingdom which is the divine government of heaven ruling over the earth, where Christ will be ruling from his throne and He will not permit any injustice or sin on earth . It is here, where we will all live at last in peace with one another , where there will be no more mourning or crying, sickness or death . The center of this kingdom will be in Jerusalem. (Is 2:1-4 ) were all Christ disciples will reign with Christ . (Mt 19:28) Where only joy and happiness reigns as world peace. The saints will reign with Christ as kings and priests , and will serve Him in various capacities during the Millennium. To reach to our glorious responsibilities it will be determined according to the faithfulness to Christ that we now have towards Him.
Satan will be released
7 When the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, 8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth , Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. 9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city: and fire came down from heaven and devoured them. 10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone , where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night forever and ever.
At last came the final judgment and eternal defeat of Satan, and he could no longer do evil to mankind because his been cast into the lake of fire and brimstone , this is the same lake of fire where the beast and the false prophet are, and they shall be tormented day and night forever and ever.
The trial before the great white throne
11 And I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it , from whose face fled the earth and sky, and no place was found for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before God, and books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works . 13 And the sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works . 14 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.
This great white throne which John saw is the judgment seat of God , white represents God’s holiness . The books were opened and another book was also opened , which is the book of life, and according to what is written in this book we will be judged by all the things written in this book. The earth and heaven fled , so sinners has nowhere to hide. The judge who sits on the throne is Jesus Christ our savior, which in that day will be our just judge.
We see the sea delivered up the dead which were in it, as they were judged every man according to their works . Also, death brings the bodies of sinners who have died , and Hades delivered the souls of those who are in it . after having been judged with righteous judgment sinners will be cast into the lake of fire, this is the second death. So , everyone , sinners and saints will be resurrected for God’s great and fair trial through Jesus .
According to (John 12:58 ) the Bible which is the Word of God will be present there at the white throne , because this same word many have rejected is the one that will judge at the last day . Also, in this “book of life” where everything is enrolled in , is witness of all our actions, good or bad everything have been carefully recorded and justly . And if the name of a person is not in the book of life, that person will be cast into hell ( see 15).
Hell is a place where you have different degrees of punishment, as it is in heaven that also has different degrees of rewards. But as hell goes there is one eternal fire moans and tears in it, while in heaven there is joy and peace. When these books will actually open there will be no space or opportunity for defense , because every opportunity has already been given to anyone that his name has not be called on that final day. God will not show partiality, the sinner go to hell as Satan and his followers who have already been judged . Those who are called by his name which are written in the book of life have eternal blessing living in a glorious new life., and those whose name are not called will be cast down to hell for eternity .
Los mil años
20 Vi a un ángel que descendía del cielo, con la llave del abismo, y una gran cadena en la mano. 2 Y prendió al dragón, la serpiente antigua, que es el diablo y Satanás, y lo ató por mil años; 3 y lo arrojó al abismo, y lo encerró, y puso su sello sobre él, para que no engañase más a las naciones, hasta que fuesen cumplidos mil años; y después de esto debe ser desatado por un poco de tiempo. 4 Y vi tronos, y se sentaron sobre ellos los que recibieron facultad de juzgar; y vi las almas de los decapitados por causa del testimonio de Jesús y por la palabra de Dios, los que no habían adorado a la bestia ni a su imagen, y que no recibieron la marca en sus frentes ni en sus manos; y vivieron y reinaron con Cristo mil años. 5 Pero los otros muertos no volvieron a vivir hasta que se cumplieron mil años. Esta es la primera resurrección.
Mil años es mencionado aquí seis veces en este capitulo, y mil años quiere decir ” Milenio” .
Después que haya terminado la terrible y gran guerra del Armagedon vemos a la bestia y el falso profeta arrojados al infierno y la serpiente antigua Satanás es arrojado al abismo donde estará preso encadenado por mil años. Su juicio final aun no a llegado, primero habrá un reino en la tierra por mil anos donde Satanás ya no podrá hacer mal alguno a la humanidad pues el no existirá en la tierra .
Entonces, una vez Satanás sea arrojado al abismo , resucitaran después aquellos mártires los que fueron fieles a Cristo hasta dar sus vidas por la obediencia a la palabra de Dios, estos son los cuales tampoco permitieron ser marcados con la marca de la bestia. A este tiempo serán resucitadas multitudes de fieles a Dios, puesto que estos son los escogidos por su obediencia a la palabra de Dios desde el AT siendo estos los santos de Dios, los que creyeron en la resurrección de los muertos desde el AT, aunque no sabían nada de la resurrección “entre los muertos”. Solo los salvos resucitan en la primera resurrección, y estos no verán la segunda muerte , (Juan 5:24:29). Entre la primera y segunda resurrección pasara mil años. Los santos , la Iglesia y la nación de Israel están purificados. Los creyentes no judíos mas bien los gentiles disfrutaran del mismo gozo del reino que el pueblo judío pues habrán hecho hermandad con el pueblo de Dios.
Durante el Milenio
6 Bienaventurado y santo el que tiene parte en la primera resurrección; la segunda muerte no tiene potestad sobre éstos, sino que serán sacerdotes de Dios y de Cristo, y reinarán con él mil años.
Abra un reino mundial, sera el gobierno divino del cielo gobernando sobre la tierra, donde Cristo no permitirá ni injusticia ni pecado alguno en la tierra, es aqui donde todos viviremos al fin en paz uno con otro, donde no existirá mas llanto ni clamor. El centro del este reino sera en Jerusalen. (Is 2:1-4) y los discípulos reinaran con Cristo . (Mt 19:28) Abra gozo y alegría pues solo reina la paz mundial. Los santos reinaran junto a Cristo como reyes y sacerdotes, y le servirán con diversas capacidades durante el Milenio. Nuestras responsabilidades gloriosas que alcancemos, serán determinadas según la fidelidad a Cristo que ahora tengamos.
Satanás sera liberado
7 Cuando los mil años se cumplan, Satanás será suelto de su prisión, 8 y saldrá a engañar a las naciones que están en los cuatro ángulos de la tierra, a Gog y a Magog, a fin de reunirlos para la batalla; el número de los cuales es como la arena del mar. 9 Y subieron sobre la anchura de la tierra, y rodearon el campamento de los santos y la ciudad amada; y de Dios descendió fuego del cielo, y los consumió. 10 Y el diablo que los engañaba fue lanzado en el lago de fuego y azufre, donde estaban la bestia y el falso profeta; y serán atormentados día y noche por los siglos de los siglos.
Al fin llego el juicio final y la derrota eterna de Satanás, ya no podrá hacerle mal a la humanidad pues vemos que a sido lanzado en el lago de fuego y azufre, donde estaban la bestia y el falso profeta ; y serán atormentados día y noche por los siglos de los siglos.
El juicio ante el gran trono blanco
11 Y vi un gran trono blanco y al que estaba sentado en él, de delante del cual huyeron la tierra y el cielo, y ningún lugar se encontró para ellos. 12 Y vi a los muertos, grandes y pequeños, de pie ante Dios; y los libros fueron abiertos, y otro libro fue abierto, el cual es el libro de la vida; y fueron juzgados los muertos por las cosas que estaban escritas en los libros, según sus obras. 13 Y el mar entregó los muertos que había en él; y la muerte y el Hades entregaron los muertos que había en ellos; y fueron juzgados cada uno según sus obras. 14 Y la muerte y el Hades fueron lanzados al lago de fuego. Esta es la muerte segunda. 15 Y el que no se halló inscrito en el libro de la vida fue lanzado al lago de fuego.
Este gran trono blanco el cual Juan vio es el trono del juicio de Dios, blanco por que representa la santidad de Dios. Los libros fueron abiertos y otro libro también fue abierto, cual es el libro de la vida, por el cual seremos juzgados por las cosas que en el esta escrito. La tierra y el cielo huyen pues el pecador ahí no tiene donde esconderse . El juez quien esta sentado en el trono es Jesucristo nuestro salvador, el cual en aquel día sera nuestro justo juez. (Jn 5:22-23)
Vemos como el mar entrega a los muertos que habían en el, y como fueron juzgados cada uno según sus obras. También, la muerte entrega a los cuerpos de los pecadores que han muertos, y el Hades entrega las almas de los que en ella estan. despues de haber sido juzgado con justo juicio serán lanzados al lago de fuego , siendo esta la segunda muerte . Así, que todos, pecadores y santos seremos resucitados para el gran juicio divino y justo de Jesucristo.
Según (Juan 12:58 ) la Biblia o sea la palabra de Dios , estará ahí presente en el trono blanco , porque esta misma palabra que muchos han rechazados es la que los juzgara en el día final. También, esta el libro de la vida donde todo esta inscrito en el , donde como testimonio de todos nuestros hechos, buenos o malos se han registrado cuidadosamente y con toda justicia. Y si el nombre de una persona no se halla en ese libro de la vida dicha persona sera arrojada al infierno (ver 15).
El infierno es un lugar donde tiene grados diferentes de castigos como lo es el cielo que también tiene diferentes grados de recompensas. Pero, en el uno hay fuego lamentos y lagrimas eternas siendo este el infierno , mientras en el otro siendo el cielo hay gozo paz y alegría.
Cuando estos libros se abran no habrá espacio ni oportunidad de defensa, pues ya toda oportunidad se le a otorgado a todo aquel que su nombre no sea llamado en ese día final. Dios no hará acepción de personas , el pecador ira al infierno tal y como el mismos Satanás y sus seguidores que ya han sido juzgados , pues toda condena a sido sentenciada ya, y a los que son llamados por su nombre los cuales están inscritos en el libro de la vida , tendrán eterna bendición viviendo en una vida gloriosa nueva.
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 )
La caída de Babilonia
Después de esto vi a otro ángel descender del cielo con gran poder; y la tierra fue alumbrada con su gloria. 2 Y clamó con voz potente, diciendo: Ha caído, ha caído la gran Babilonia, y se ha hecho habitación de demonios y guarida de todo espíritu inmundo, y albergue de toda ave inmunda y aborrecible. 3 Porque todas las naciones han bebido del vino del furor de su fornicación; y los reyes de la tierra han fornicado con ella, y los mercaderes de la tierra se han enriquecido de la potencia de sus deleites.
La Babilonia comercial representa un gran sistema mundial de los últimos tiempos. Tenemos la Babilonia religiosa que es la (iglesia apostata) la cual desempeñara un gran papel en la área económica de las naciones. Al derrumbe de este sistema religioso , sera el principio del fin del imperio total de la bestia., aunque tendrá tres anos y medios mas reinando sobre la tierra.
En este capitulo se oyen cuatro voces diferentes y de cada una de ellas aprenderemos como sera los resultados de esos últimos días .
Este primer ángel anuncia la caída de Babilonia haciendo cumplimiento de las profecías de (14:8; 16:19 ) el significado de las dos veces que repite ha caído , ha caído ! es por que es doble el derrumbe , es el comercial y religioso. Finalmente el nuevo sistema mundial religioso y económico recibe el gran castigo de la mano de Dios.
II, La voz de separación (18:4-8)
4 Y oí otra voz del cielo, que decía: Salid de ella, pueblo mío, para que no seáis partícipes de sus pecados, ni recibáis parte de sus plagas; 5 porque sus pecados han llegado hasta el cielo, y Dios se ha acordado de sus maldades. 6 Dadle a ella como ella os ha dado, y pegadle doble según sus obras; en el cáliz en que ella preparó bebida, prepararle a ella el doble. 7 Cuanto ella se ha glorificado y ha vivido en deleites, tanto darle de tormento y llanto; porque dice en su corazón: Yo estoy sentada como reina, y no soy viuda, y no veré llanto; 8 por lo cual en un solo día vendrán sus plagas; muerte, llanto y hambre, y será quemada con fuego; porque poderoso es Dios el Señor, que la juzga.
La otra voz del cielo anuncia al pueblo de Dios su salida, les advierte por dos razones (1) porque sabe que la cuidad sera completamente destruida y Dios quiere salvarlos (2) la cuidad es satánica, y Dios no desea que su pueblo se contamine . pues es por eso que el Ángel dice Salid ! En este mundo el que vive sin Dios solo vive para los placeres mundanos mientras que el Cristiano vive para los placeres de Cristo. Miremos el (ver 7) ” Cuanto ella se ha glorificado y ha vivido en deleites, tanto darle de tormento y llanto; o sea que esta cuidad satánica recibirá doble porción por su maldad . Vemos como en (ver 8) dice por lo cual en un solo día vendrá sus plagas ; muertes, llanto y hambre, y sera con fuego; porque poderoso es Dios el Senor , que la juzga .
III. La voz de lamento (18:9-19)
9 Y los reyes de la tierra que han fornicado con ella, y con ella han vivido en deleites, llorarán y harán lamentación sobre ella, cuando vean el humo de su incendio, 10 parándose lejos por el temor de su tormento, diciendo: !!Ay, ay, de la gran ciudad de Babilonia, la ciudad fuerte; porque en una hora vino tu juicio! 11 Y los mercaderes de la tierra lloran y hacen lamentación sobre ella, porque ninguno compra más sus mercaderías; 12 mercadería de oro, de plata, de piedras preciosas, de perlas, de lino fino, de púrpura, de seda, de escarlata, de toda madera olorosa, de todo objeto de marfil, de todo objeto de madera preciosa, de cobre, de hierro y de mármol; 13 y canela, especias aromáticas, incienso, mirra, olíbano, vino, aceite, flor de harina, trigo, bestias, ovejas, caballos y carros, y esclavos, almas de hombres. 14 Los frutos codiciados por tu alma se apartaron de ti, y todas las cosas exquisitas y espléndidas te han faltado, y nunca más las hallarás. 15 Los mercaderes de estas cosas, que se han enriquecido a costa de ella, se pararán lejos por el temor de su tormento, llorando y lamentando, 16 y diciendo: !!Ay, ay, de la gran ciudad, que estaba vestida de lino fino, de púrpura y de escarlata, y estaba adornada de oro, de piedras preciosas y de perlas! 17 Porque en una hora han sido consumidas tantas riquezas. Y todo piloto, y todos los que viajan en naves, y marineros, y todos los que trabajan en el mar, se pararon lejos; 18 y viendo el humo de su incendio, dieron voces, diciendo: ¿Qué ciudad era semejante a esta gran ciudad? 19 Y echaron polvo sobre sus cabezas, y dieron voces, llorando y lamentando, diciendo: !!Ay, ay de la gran ciudad, en la cual todos los que tenían naves en el mar se habían enriquecido de sus riquezas; pues en una hora ha sido desolada!
Aquí son dos grupos los que lamentan la caída de Babilonia 1. Los reyes de la tierra 2. y los mercaderes de la tierra . Esta derrumbe de Babilonia traerá mucho lamento , dolor y llanto a la tierra y esto es por rechazar al verdadero Dios fornicado con Babilonia adorando los falsos ídolos y amando mas que a nada al dinero en particular olvidándose de Dios. Su vida lujosa terminara , observen el ay ay !! de lamento en la cuidad , en un día es juzgada y en un hora derrumbada .
Sus mercadería claudico por el desastre y la ruina en que esa tierra a caído y todas sus riquezas se han acabado. La esclavitud del hombre aumentara en los últimos días, así como satanás siempre a querido tener al hombre esclavo en espíritu y cuerpo. Las riquezas de los ricos se doblara, mientras que los pobres empobrecerán. La destrucción vendrá tanto para los de grandes riquezas que también para los pobres que han desafiado a Dios.Toda industria tanto marina como naviera sera destruida y arruinada. Este mundo depende de estos mercaderes pero en los últimos días todo esto desaparecerá.
20 Alégrate sobre ella, cielo, y vosotros, santos, apóstoles y profetas; porque Dios os ha hecho justicia en ella. 21 Y un ángel poderoso tomó una piedra, como una gran piedra de molino, y la arrojó en el mar, diciendo: Con el mismo ímpetu será derribada Babilonia, la gran ciudad, y nunca más será hallada. 22 Y voz de arpistas, de músicos, de flautistas y de trompeteros no se oirá más en ti; y ningún artífice de oficio alguno se hallará más en ti, ni ruido de molino se oirá más en ti. 23 Luz de lámpara no alumbrará más en ti, ni voz de esposo y de esposa se oirá más en ti; porque tus mercaderes eran los grandes de la tierra; pues por tus hechicerías fueron engañadas todas las naciones. 24 Y en ella se halló la sangre de los profetas y de los santos, y de todos los que han sido muertos en la tierra.
Ahora hay regocijo en el cielo porque Dios ha hecho justicia en ella. Al fin Dios a vengado la sangre de los mártires . El sistema babilónico todo lo que ha hecho desde el principio es matar hurtar y asesinar a los fieles de Dios . Todas las almas debajo del altar de Dios preguntaban “hasta cuando” bueno ya vemos la contesta de sus oraciones. Dios ha vengado su sangre., y la tierra lamenta sus muertos .
Esta piedra que fue arrojada indica la rapidez del juicio de Dios sobre imperio total de la bestia. Muchos piensan que esta piedra de molino puede que sea el regreso de Cristo a la tierra. según Daniel 2:34-35, 44-45 esta es la “Piedra ” que hirió . CUANDO EL MUNDO PIENSA QUE ANDA DE MARAVILLAS, CRISTO VENDRÁ PARA DESTRUIR SUS OBRAS .
Dios dice nunca mas ! el hombre no podrá hacer nada para que el desista. Leer Jeremías 51.
Entonces ya Cristo a destruido el imperio de la bestia religioso y el económico solo queda la destrucción del ejercito y para esto debemos leer el capitulo 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.