Revelation Chapter 19
1 And after these things I heard a great voice of many (much) people in heaven, saying, Praise ye Yahweh (Alleluia); Salvation, and glory, (and honor,) and power, unto (the Lord) our God:
2 Because (For) true and righteous are his judgments: for he has judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and has avenged the blood of his (Yahweh’s) servants at her hand.
After judgment came upon Babylon the whore (confusion), John heard the message of salvation going forth from many people in heaven, the exalted realm. Notice that the message was to “praise Yahweh.” One cannot praise Yahweh with only lip service; he can only be praised from the heart. The condition of the heart is expressed through man’s actions. The believer will not only express his praises of Yahweh, he will be a praise of Yahweh’s glory by the standard of life in which he lives and by his thoughts and feelings.
Eph. 1:10-14, That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: in whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who works all things after the counsel of his own will: that we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom you also trusted, after that you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that you believed, you were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
Because judgment came upon the confusion that the people were bound in, it stands to reason that it would take truth and righteousness to bring them out of their confusion, and then and only then could the whore be judged and Yahweh’s servants’ lives (blood) avenged.
After the proclamation to praise Yahweh was given, there was a revealing of the FATHER’s character and authority—
Salvation declared the FATHER’s ability
Glory declared the FATHER’s essence
Power declared the FATHER’s strength
The FATHER’s ability, essence, and strength were revealed because truth and righteousness was his judgment against confusion.
19:3 And again they (the voice of many people) said, Praise ye Yahweh (Alleluia). And her (the whore) smoke rose up for ages and ages (ever and ever).
The message to praise Yahweh was confirmed a second time signifying that the praise was established in Yahweh (Gen. 41:32).
The smoke was caused from the burning of the whore, the great city of Babylon. Once again if this was speaking of a natural city, or person, it would be impossible for the smoke to last for ages and ages. But spiritually speaking it would not. The smoke represented the effect of man’s confusion being evident for ages to come. Even in our generation we see the effect of man’s confusion that was generated several generations back. For example: air, water, and land pollutions caused by man’s ignorance will be felt for many generations causing death and illnesses—mental, emotional, and physical. Many traditions are passed from one generation to another keeping the followers in bondage to their ignorance.
Man’s confusion can affect many generations after he is gone, which is symbolized by the smoke rising up for ages and ages.
19:4, And the four and twenty elders and the four Living Creatures (beasts) fell down and worshipped Yahweh that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia (truly, praise ye Yahweh).
In Revelation 5:9, the 24 elders were said to be redeemed out of every kindred, tongue, people and nation. They were redeemed by the blood (life) of the lamb and were made a kingdom of priests to reign on the earth. The twenty-four elders represented the government of Yahweh in his believers—the royal priesthood that fulfilled the old order by manifesting the new. Their falling down before the throne signified that the old order and new order had become one in submission to the FATHER. The four Living Creatures represented the SAVIOR in all his stages in submission to the FATHER.
The twenty-four elders and the four Living Creatures’ proclamation to “truly praise Yahweh” signified that the message of truth and righteousness came forth out of the believers as they were governed by the Holy Spirit—man united with the Son became one voice to proclaim the “praises” of Yahweh in the earth.
19:5, And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all you his servants, and you that reverence (fear) him, both small and great.
Notice the command “praise our God” was said in first person and was plural possessive because the voice from the throne was the voice of the FATHER coming forth out of overcomers. The throne is the symbol of Yahweh’s supreme power and authority. It denotes his splendor and magnificence manifested in and through the overcomers.
2 Cor. 6:16, …you are the temple of the living God; as Yahweh has said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. (Also see 1 Cor. 3:16.)
A command to praise the FATHER went forth from the throne for all those who were serving Yahweh out of servitude and for those who worshipped him out of deep respect and devotion. There are two ways of praising Yahweh—one comes from the heart and the other is a sacrifice of praise, which is bringing under subjection the emotions and thoughts to be “a praise” unto the FATHER, a form of servitude praise.
The servitude praise is necessary until the heart and mind becomes one with the FATHER. Reverence praise can only be done when the heart and the mind are in unity with the principles of the Kingdom of Righteousness. As a believer overcomes the desires of his flesh, his heart and mind becomes one with the FATHER’s principles of righteousness.
Heb. 13:12-16, Wherefore the SAVIOR also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to Yahweh continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices Yahweh is well pleased.
Jer. 33:10-12, Thus said Yahweh; Again there shall be heard in this place, which you say shall be desolate without man and without beast, even in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, that are desolate, without man, and without inhabitant, and without beast, the voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall say, Praise Yahweh of hosts: for Yahweh is good; for his mercy endures for ever: and of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of Yahweh. For I will cause to return the captivity of the land, as at the first, said Yahweh. Thus said Yahweh of hosts; again in this place, which is desolate without man and without beast, and in all the cities thereof, shall be an habitation of shepherds causing their flocks to lie down.
The psalmist David told us whom to praise, where, why, how, and who is to praise Yahweh:
Ps. 150, (Whom) Praise ye Yahweh. (Where) Praise God (the FATHER) in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. (Why) Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. (How) Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. (Who) Let all (every thing) that has breath praise Yahweh. (Whom) Praise ye Yahweh.
19:6 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, “Praise ye Yahweh” (Alleluia): for the Lord Yahweh omnipotent reigns.
A third time the proclamation went forth to praise Yahweh; the message to praise him went forth from those who were set free from confusion because the proclamation came from “the voice of many waters.” Remember, the whore rode upon the many waters which symbolized the people, multitudes, and nations (Rev. 17:15). Because Babylon, the whore, had fallen, the people that were in confusion were released. They were able to proclaim that Yahweh omnipotent reigned within them and not the whore.
The proclamation to praise Yahweh was given three times as a witness of the FATHER’s ability, essence, power, and his absolute and universal sovereignty leaving no question that he reigns in the hearts and minds of those that proclaim the message to “Praise ye Yahweh.”
Isa. 52:7-11, How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that brings good tidings, that publishes peace; that brings good tidings of good, that publishes salvation; that says unto Zion, Thy God reigns! Your watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when Yahweh shall bring again Zion. Break forth into joy, sing together, you waste places of Jerusalem: for Yahweh has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem. Yahweh has made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God. Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of Yahweh.
19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife has made herself ready.
8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
Notice that the woman was called the “wife” even though the marriage to the Lamb had not taken place. The wife had made herself ready. This signifies that the wife went through a process in order to be prepared to join herself in union with the Lamb.
In a biblical Jewish wedding, there was a betrothal, or espousal, period, which is similar to engagement but much more binding in the Jewish tradition and could not be broken except through a bill of divorcement. The first step to establish the marriage covenant was for the son to negotiate the price he must pay to purchase his wife. Then in the presence of those gathered, the couple shared a cup of wine to symbolize that their relationship had began. According to “The Jewish Customs,” the purchase money and the wine established the marriage covenant between the couple and they were regarded as husband and wife from that point on (2 Sam. 3:14).
Before leaving the betrothal party the husband would give his wife a bridal gift to pledge his love for her. Afterwards the couple separated for a time. During the betrothal period, the wife prepared herself to be joined to her husband in marriage. The wealthy women bathed themselves in different types of perfumes and spices. She made her wedding garments and learned from the elder women what was expected of her in marriage.
When the time came for the wedding, the husband went to his wife at her parents’ home to get his bride; he was accompanied with a party of friends and family. There was joyful shouting and the blowing of the shofar to announce his coming. The bride was accompanied by her bridesmaids, family, and friends and they followed the bridegroom back to his parents’ home to have the wedding supper. The wife wore a veil upon her face during the procession and supper. After the wedding supper the couple went to the wedding chamber while their guest waited for them to consummate their marriage. After the consummation, the wedding was complete. The husband and wife become one and the vows that were made at the betrothal party were fulfilled.
The marriage of the Lamb consisted of the believers being in one accord with the principles the SAVIOR taught. They become one with him even as the SAVIOR was one with the FATHER.
John 17:20-23, Neither pray I (the SAVIOR) for these (the disciples) alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their (the disciples’) word; that they all (the converted and the disciples) may be one; as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they (the converted and disciples) also may be one in us: that the world may believe that you have sent me. And the glory which you gave me I have given them (the converted and disciples); that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and you in me, that they may be made perfect (complete) in one; and that the world may know that you have sent me, and have loved them (everyone), as you have loved me.
The believers have put on the mind of the Anointed SAVIOR.
Phil. 2:5-11, Let this mind be in you, which was also in the Anointed SAVIOR: who, being in the form of Yahweh, thought it not robbery to be equal with Yahweh: but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore Yahweh also has highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of the SAVIOR every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that the Anointed SAVIOR is Lord, to the glory of Yahweh the Father.
The relationship between Yahweh and the believers was made complete. John did not witness a literal wedding, but the union of the believers when they came under submission to Yahweh’s principles of righteousness. Notice that the wife is arrayed in linen that is clean and white which signified righteous lifestyle of the saints. Their hearts and minds became one with truth and righteousness. This could not have happened as long as confusion reigned over them. This is a beautiful picture of Yahweh and the believers being united in one mind, being made complete in the fullness of Christ, finished in the FATHER and in full maturity.
Eph. 4:4-16, There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of the Anointing (Christ). Wherefore he said, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men…. And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the finishing (perfecting) of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the Body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of Yahweh, unto a complete [mentally and morally] (perfect) man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: from whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplies, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, makes increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
19:9 And he said unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he said unto me, These are the true sayings of Yahweh.
John was told what the marriage supper of the Lamb was “the true sayings of Yahweh.” The word “these” in the Greek is also translated “this” many times. The word “are” is also translated “is” many times. The angel was telling John that the marriage supper of the Lamb was the “true sayings of Yahweh,” which are his thoughts, reasoning, and motives. A Jewish wedding was completed by the consummation act not the ceremony.
There is not one thing in the book of Revelation that does not speak of the SAVIOR; the book itself was written as a witness of the SAVIOR, and the SAVIOR was the Word of Yahweh made flesh. He lived and breathed the essence of the FATHER. He was the Light of the world, the Truth, and the Way. His goal was to bring mankind into union with the FATHER (John 17), i.e., to bring mankind into Life, Light, and Truth. The SAVIOR accomplishes his goal through the Holy Spirit, the Anointed Word. As the Holy Spirit quickens the Word of Yahweh to the intellect, the intellect expresses the Word through emotions and actions. The emotions express the fruit of the Spirit and the actions are acts of righteousness that fulfill the law of love (1 Cor. 13).
The bead that was shared at the last supper between the disciples and the SAVIOR symbolized the Body of Christ (Luke 22:15-20), and the Body of Christ is the Church. The SAVIOR said that he, the Anointed Word, was the head of the Body. When the Body (the Church) and the head (the Anointed Word) are in sync, then the Church and Christ become one flesh—the wedding has been made complete.
19:10, And I fell at his feet to worship him (the messenger). And he said unto me, See you do it not: I am your fellowservant, and of your brethren that have the testimony of the SAVIOR: worship Yahweh: for the testimony of the SAVIOR is the spirit of prophecy.
John was not giving the messenger the highest act of respect that was often done in his era of time, but he was going to “worship” him. He was told to worship the FATHER, and not the messenger.
The messenger explained to John his rank when he said, “I am your fellowservant.” He was telling John that he was no higher in dignity and servitude than John was—they were on equal standing with the FATHER and engaged in the same kind of ministry. Then the messenger told John who he was, his brethren. The word “brethren” means “a brother, literally or figuratively; the kinship could mean near or remote.” Whoever this messenger was, he was on equal standing with John in rank and nature, he was not an angelic being but a messenger sent from Yahweh to witness to John the testimony of the SAVIOR.
At the beginning of the book of Revelation, the messenger explained to John that not only was John’s vision a testimony of the SAVIOR, but it was a prophecy as well (Rev. 1:1-3). Now the messenger stated that this testimony was the spirit of prophecy, in other words the testimony of the SAVIOR was the vital life force of this prophecy; the SAVIOR was the substance, strength, and power behind every word given through the messenger and it was not the messenger’s words but the Spirit of the SAVIOR’s. The SAVIOR, the Word of the FATHER made flesh (John 1:14), the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6), the Light of the world (John 8:12), was a witness of truth (John 18:37). Everything the SAVIOR was, was the force of the prophecy and fulfilled the FATHER’s will; therefore, John was to worship the FATHER.
19:11-16, And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he does judge and make war.
12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of Yahweh.
14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.