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(Revelation 19 - The Seventh Plague)

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This section of Revelation introduces God in the Feast of Tabernacles and enlarges on the events of the seventh plague. He comes to rescue the church. The symbols used are the agricultural symbols from the feast of tabernacles and the marriage ceremony. God separates the harvest. The fruit is gathered into the barn and the weeds are gathered and burned. He marries His bride during the harvest festival. Christ also obeyed or fulfilled many Jewish laws.

Background
Revelation 16 17 18 19
Mark of the Beast World Judged Beast Judged Harlot Judged Armageddon Jesus Comes Feast of Birds
Moral Fall Government Economic Fall Military Rescued
Plagues 1 - 4 5 6 7
JudgmentWrathDestroy Those Who Destroy The Earth Reward 1000 Years
The Seventh Trumpet

In Revelation 16 to 18, Christ has just judged and punished the world, the beast and the harlot and now Revelation 19 records the response in heaven. All of heaven has agreed and now they are ready to receive the saints. Revelation 19 expands on the events from the sixth plague and also the period of the Seventh Trumpet described in Revelation 11: 15-19.

The Seventh Trumpet. And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever. And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, saying, We give you thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which are, and was, and are to come; because You have taken to You Your great power, and have reigned. And the nations were angry, and Your wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that You should give reward to Your servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear Your name, small and great; and should destroy them which destroy the earth. And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in His temple the ark of His testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail. (Revelation 11: 15 - 19)

The Last Hours And The Second Coming
The Judgment and the Vengeance For The Righteous Is Over

After these things I heard something like a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, "Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God; Because His judgments are true and righteous; for He has judged the great harlot who was corrupting the earth with her immorality, and He has avenged the blood of His bond-servants on her." And a second time they said, "Hallelujah! Her smoke rises up forever and ever." (Revelation 19: 1-3)
Papacy
Falls
Judgment Transition Vengeance Punished
1844 Harlot Corrupts the World Persecutes Seven Last Plagues Second Coming Feast of Birds Judged
1798 Papacy and Beast Rises Babylon Falls Millennium Hell

Judgment: The Whore Is Judged And Babylon Falls
The judgment already found the harlot guilty in 1844. She has been living on borrowed time and has used the opportunity to corrupt and persecute again.

Vengeance: The Whore is Punished by the Plagues
The seven last plagues are the vengeance that God sends. Notice that God gives them two types of punishment. He takes vengeance in the plagues and after the millennium He sends them to the lake of fire for their destruction.

The plagues are their time of contemplation. They will not be conscious in the millennium when Satan suffers his time of contemplation. They both contemplate their sins for one symbolic day. The people suffer the plagues for one prophetic day, or one year. Satan suffers confinement for one day in the Great Week, or one thousand years.

The Issue of Fairness. You might ask when do the dead suffer their time of contemplation? After all, people like Hitler should go through this punishment. The answer is that they might all go through this after their resurrection. However, prophecy is indicating that the coming persecution is so horrible that any previous historical event is insignificant in comparison. Therefore, this final generation, which should have learned from the past, is guilty of the sins of all their ancestors and is worthy of the punishment. They are not punished because of the sins of their ancestors. They are punished because they did not learn from it.
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because you build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. Therefore you be witnesses to yourselves, that you are the children of them which killed the prophets. Fill up then the measure of your fathers. ... Truly I say to you, All these things shall come upon this generation. (Matthew 23: 29-32, 36)
Judgment in Favor of the Saints Group Begins Pause. (Time for Contemplation) Reaction Punishment
Saints 1844 Three Angel's Message
( 1844 - End of Time)
Repentance Salvation
World 1844 Rebellion Rejection
Little Horn 1844 Persecution Plagues
Satan Crucifixion Millennium Armageddon Hell Fire
In the time given for contemplation and choosing sides, the wicked decided to wage war against the righteous. The message of the three angels warns us to choose the right side. Join the saints.

Agreement
And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who sits on the throne saying, "Amen. Hallelujah!" And a voice came from the throne, saying, "Give praise to our God, all you His bond-servants, you who fear Him, the small and the great." Then I heard something like the voice of a great multitude and like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying, "Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns. (Revelation 19: 4-6)

True and righteous are his judgments (Verse 2) . The universe has seen the judgments of God upon the beast and those that follow the beast, who persecuted God's people. The universe says that the "judgments" (the seven last plagues) are "true and righteous".

This scene is also captured in Revelation 11: 16-19. The entire universe agrees with God. The twenty four Elders, the servants and saints of God and those who love Him. In 1844, only the people of heaven could really agree with Him, but now the servants on earth can join in this agreement because they have experienced the corruption, the injustice and wrath of the beast against the innocent.

These verses describe the transition between the "time of the Judgment" and the return of Christ at His second advent. It calls to those who hear the message of the first angel who have learned to fear or love God down to those who do not deserve the punishment of the third angel.
But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it to the end. And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him. (Daniel 7: 26-27)

The Marriage
"Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready." It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. Then he said to me, "Write, Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb." And he said to me, "These are true words of God." Then I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, "Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and your brethren who hold the testimony of Jesus; worship God. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy." (Revelation 19: 7-10)
It is now time for Christ to join Himself with His church.

The Second Coming
And I saw heaven opened, and saw, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, "King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords." (Revelation 19: 11-16)
In Revelation 19: 7-8, we saw that the bride has prepared herself for the return of Christ, and that the marriage time had come. Now we see the scenes of that second coming. And the groom is dressed for war.

Christ: The Bridegroom. Christ became the bridegroom at the crucifixion. He became engaged to the church, made the marriage contract, gave a gift to His bride and went to heaven to prepare a home for her.

The Law Of The Honeymoon
HistoryEvents6000 Years Gather For
Armageddon

Soldier
Second Coming Millennium City Armageddon

Tank
Satan
Hell
Great Week EventsDay 1 - 6 Last Trumpet Sabbath Rest
Land UsedEventsPlanting Harvest Land Sabbaths
CovenantEventsCursesCrucifixionHoly Spirit Desolation (Wicked Exiled)
WeddingEventsWooingEngagedGift War Bridegroom
Returns
Wedding Honeymoon Year Bridegroom
Goes To War
ContractPrepares a Home Marriage
When a man takes a new wife, he shall not go out with the army nor be charged with any duty; he shall be free at home one year and shall give happiness to the wife whom he has taken. (Deuteronomy 24: 5)
As the Bridegroom Christ, adheres to this law. Although He rescues His bride with an army from the wicked who have gathered for Armageddon, He stops the war for a thousand years so that He can be with His bride in Heaven. They take a thousand year Sabbath rest, a long honeymoon. After the honeymoon, He is free to resume His duties as Judge and to go to war in the Battle of Armageddon.
This time period is synonymous with the theory of the Great Week and the Sabbathical years that must be given back to the land.

The Two Armies
Vision of God
The Army of Christ Comes to defend the church in the seventh trumpet
Vision of God
The Satanic Army assembles in the sixth trumpet and they are defeated in the seventh trumpet

Christ: The Warrior. Christ returns to take His bride to begin their new life together, but He returns to find a bride under siege anxiously waiting for Him to return.
Objections Jewish Objections (Military Leader). Jews objected to Jesus because He did not defeat the Romans and establish the sovereign Jewish nation. Instead He was executed as a criminal by the Romans. Now Jesus returns with an army of angels and smashes the Roman Empire and establishes a nation that is the center of the universe.

War and Punishment
Revelation 14 also describes this time and the major events that occur at the Second Coming.

  1. Harvest Ripens. Time for the Second Coming with an army.
  2. Reaping. He gathers the saints and rescues them from the armies of the wicked. The dead are left unburied for the birds to eat.
  3. The Winepress. He destroys the trash in His anger.

The Second Coming. Then I looked, and saw, a white cloud, and sitting on the cloud was one like a son of man, having a golden crown on His head and a sharp sickle in His hand.
Plant The Reaping of the Harvest. And another angel came out of the temple, crying out with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, "Put in your sickle and reap, for the hour to reap has come, because the harvest of the earth is ripe." Then He who sat on the cloud swung His sickle over the earth, and the earth was reaped.
Plant The Grapes of Wrath. And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, and he also had a sharp sickle. Then another angel, the one who has power over fire, came out from the altar; and he called with a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, "Put in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters from the vine of the earth, because her grapes are ripe." So the angel swung his sickle to the earth and gathered the clusters from the vine of the earth, and threw them into the great wine press of the wrath of God. And the wine press was trodden outside the city, and blood came out from the wine press, up to the horses' bridles, for a distance of two hundred miles.
(Revelation 14: 14-20)

The Law of Sowing and Reaping
You shall not sow your vineyard with two kinds of seeds, or all the produce of the seed which you have sown and the increase of the vineyard will become defiled. (Deuteronomy 22: 9)
Every aspect of the life of Israel was meant to represent Christ and the Plan of Salvation. This law represents God's ideal situation at the end of time when the righteous will be separated from the wicked.

Plant Good Seeds. Even good seeds should not be sown together. Sometimes they have different seasons of harvest and one would risk harvesting a good seed before its time. The barley harvest was in the spring season. This represented the harvest of Christ and the first fruits. The fruit harvest is in the autumn. This represents the general resurrection.
It is also based on the wisdom of not having two women in charge of a home. Notice that Israel and the Church were not called together. After Israel rejected the Messiah the church was called to give the testimony of God to the world. At the end of time, when the fruit harvest is ready, God will merge both groups into one because they are now spiritually mature.

Plant Good and Bad Seeds. Different seeds should not be sown together because the good plant might be harvested before it is ready or accidentally thrown away as garbage. But Satan corrupted the Garden of Eden and children of Israel by mixing his error with the truth of God. Now the world is mixed with many ideas, most of which are evil.
The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went away. (Matthew 13: 24-25)

Since God does not want to lose any good plant His solution is to let them grow to the time of harvest when it will be easier to tell them apart.
Allow both to grow together until the harvest and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, "First gather up the weeds and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn."
and the field is the world; and as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the weeds are the sons of the evil one. and the enemy who sews them is the devil, and the harvest is the end of the age; and the reapers are the angels. So just as the weeds are gathered up and burned with fire, so shall it be at the end of the age.
(Matthew 13: 30, 38-40)
Look at the sequence of events as God separates the righteous from the wicked.

Millennium
The Feast of Birds
The War: The Reaping
Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried out with a loud voice, saying to all the birds which fly in midheaven, "Come, assemble for the great supper of God, so that you may eat the flesh of kings and the flesh of commanders and the flesh of mighty men and the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them and the flesh of all men, both free men and slaves, and small and great." (Revelation 19: 17-18)

The Punishment: The Winepress of Wrath
And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone. And the rest were killed with the sword which came from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse, and all the birds were filled with their flesh. (Revelation 19: 20-21)
This verse spans a thousand years. After the wicked are killed, Satan is seized and bound. A thousand years later Satan and the wicked are thrown into the lake of fire. It appears that Satan is alive while the people are dead when they are given to the flames of the second death.

Jesus The Parables of Jesus: The Kingdom of God is a Harvested Field
Invitations to the kingdom of God are sent everywhere. In the end God separates the righteous from the wicked.

Law Torah Readings: The Feast of Tabernacles
The daily rituals and daily readings of the feast of tabernacles mimic these final events as we cross over into the Promised Land. During this feast they sing songs (Psalm 113-118), read certain texts each day and circle the altar once for the first six days and then seven times on the seventh day. The feast lasts seven days, then they celebrate the new beginning on the eighth day. This is a reenactment of the fall of the walls of Jericho. That was the final war that they had when they crossed over into the Promised Land. The final feast of tabernacles begins when God protects us during the plagues and ends when the new earth is created and all evil has been eradicated.

Law God Comes In The Cloud
The coming of God in the clouds is regulated by law. He appears only after certain conditions are met.
Start City Erected Furniture Jesus Exodus Erect Priests Fence Finished
Nisan 1 City Sanctuary Temple Move High Priest Saint
Cloud
Holy Spirit Temple Move Furniture Temple Erected Priests Walls Rebuilt Saint
Cloud
Permanent Temple in Heaven 7 Days 50 Days 2000 Years 7 Days Finishes walls in 52 days Cloud
Temple Completed and Consecrated in Heaven Portable Temple on Earth Plagues (52 Weeks) Rapture
Prepare Passover Shavu'ot Build Sukkah Tabernacles
The temple and priests must be consecrated.

Repeat Repetition and Enlargement
Revelation 19 presents a prophetic picture of the last days of earth's history just before the Second Coming of Christ - up through the actual Second Advent. We see the completion of the Investigative Judgment phase, which began in 1844; The final judgment of the Babylon, the Beast and the False Prophet; The description of Christ and the armies of Heaven preparing to return; and, the return of Christ (the final plague for those that did not "come out of Babylon").
Invitation and Warning of the Three AngelsWrath (Invitation Ends) Second Coming
Marriage
Judgment
Marriage
Wicked Condemnation Mark of the Beast Seven Last Plagues Armageddon Feast of Birds
Righteous Preparation of the Bride
(Sealing)
Protection
(White Robes)
Army
(Bridegroom)
Marriage Feast

Daniel 7: 9-14 and 26-27, Revelation 11: 15-19, Revelation 5, 7, 14 and 15 also repeat and enlarge this time period. It now becomes obvious that the sealing of Revelation 7 is the bride preparing for her marriage. Let us take a look.

The Time of the End
Revelation 19 Revelation 11Daniel 7Revelation 14
Invitation 24 Elders and cherubim (4) 24 Elders (16)Thousands standing before Him (10)24 Elders and cherubim (3)
Great Multitude (1) 144,000 (1)
Voice of thunder like many waters (6)Loud voices in heaven (15). Seventh Trumpet River of fire (10)Voice of thunder like many waters (2)
All who fear Him, praise Him (5)Those who fear His name (18)Thousands attend Him (10) First Angel's message
First
Angel
Fear God and give Him glory (7)
Judgment Judgments are true (2) Time to judge the dead (18) Court sat, the books were opened (10) Judgment has come (7)
Guilty of the blood of the righteous (2) Second Angel's message
Second Angel
Babylon has fallen (8)
Harlot corrupted the earth with immorality (2) Little horn (21, 25) Nations drank wine of immorality (8)
Her smoke rises forever (3) Christ reigns forever and ever (15)Destroyed forever (26) Third Angel's message
Third
Angel
Third Angel. Her smoke rises and have no rest day or night (11)
Winepress of wrath (15) Wrath came (18) Beast slain and given to the burning fire (11) Those who worship image and beast will drink wine of wrath (10)
Mark of the Beast (20) Mark on forehead and hand (9)
Marriage
(Sealing)
Bride prepares (7-9) Reward prophets and saints (18) All people serve Him (14) Virgins (4-5)
Given white linen clothes (8) No lie in their mouths, blameless (5)
(Revelation 7) The church is sealed and given white robes and palm branches as they go through a great ordeal. This persecution is recorded in Revelation 13
Bridegroom comes (11-16) Took power and began to reign (17) Son of Man came to the Ancient of days (13-14, 26) Son of man comes (14)
Sitting on a white horse (11) Sitting on a white cloud (14)
Armies in heaven in white linen follow Him on white horses (14) Clouds of Heaven (13)Follow the Lamb where ever He goes (4)
His Name is "The Word of God" (13) Son of Man (13)144,000 have name of the Father on forehead (1)
Unknown name (11) -Song Unknown new song (3)
(Revelation 5) The victorious Lamb breaks the seals and opens the book Song A new song of the Lamb
(Revelation 15) The victorious church on the sea of glass Song Song of Moses and the Lamb
Wrath (Revelation 16) The wrath of God is the Seven Last Plagues Angel 1 Angel 2 Angel 3 Messages end
Armies in white (14) Nations enraged (18) Son of Man given dominion and a kingdom of all nations and languages (14, 27)Revelation 17: 14. Nations wage war with the Lamb
Name on Robe and Thigh, "King of Kings and Lord of Lords" (16) Took power and began to reign (17)The Lamb is the king of kings and Lord of Lords (Revelation 17: 14)
Many crowns (12) Crown and sickle (14)
Sharp sword from His mouth (15) Nations enraged (18) Court sits for judgment and dominion taken away and destroyed (26)Sharp sickle (14)
Strikes down the nations (15)Reap, the harvest is ripe (15)
Treads the winepress of wrath (15) Wrath came (18)
Time to judge the dead (18)
Treads winepress (20)
Punished Winepress (15) Beast slain and given to the burning fire (11) Winepress (20)
Angel stands in the sun (17) Angel with power over fire (18)
Gathered for War (19) Armies of horsemen (9: 16)Gather clusters of grape (17)
Leaders killed (20) Destroy those who destroy the earth (18) Kingdom of the little horn forever destroyed (26) Gather clusters of grape (17)
Others killed (21) Blood for 200 miles outside the city (20)

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Copyright   Updated : January 30, 2005
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Author: Laverna Patterson. Editor: Patterson (January 2008)
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