Revelation 19

This devotional is written by Matt Coombs.

Revelation 19

Threefold hallelujah over Babylon’s fall
19 After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting:

Salvation and glory and power belong to our God,
2 for true and just are his judgments.
He has condemned the great prostitute
who corrupted the earth by her adulteries.
He has avenged on her the blood of his servants.’

3 And again they shouted:

The smoke from her goes up for ever and ever.’

4 The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshipped God, who was seated on the throne. And they cried:

‘Amen, Hallelujah!’

5 Then a voice came from the throne, saying:

‘Praise our God,
all you his servants,
you who fear him,
both great and small!’

6 Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting:

For our Lord God Almighty reigns.
7 Let us rejoice and be glad
and give him glory!
For the wedding of the Lamb has come,
and his bride has made herself ready.
8 Fine linen, bright and clean,
was given her to wear.’

(Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.)

9 Then the angel said to me, ‘Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’ And he added, ‘These are the true words of God.’

10 At this I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, ‘Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers and sisters who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For it is the Spirit of prophecy who bears testimony to Jesus.’

The heavenly warrior defeats the beast
11 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. 12 His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. 13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. ‘He will rule them with an iron sceptre.’ He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:


17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in mid-air, ‘Come, gather together for the great supper of God, 18 so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and the mighty, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, great and small.’

19 Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to wage war against the rider on the horse and his army. 20 But the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who had performed the signs on its behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshipped its image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulphur. 21 The rest were killed with the sword coming out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh.


We are drawing to the close of Revelation with only a couple of chapters to go. So far we have seen the various judgements of God; seal judgements (c5-8), trumpet judgements (c8-11), and finally bowl judgements (c12-16).

The last two chapters described the fall of “Babylon” representing corrupt religious and political systems in the Roman empire (17-18). Here in chapter 19, John sees prayers from heaven with great numbers praising God (vv1-5), and then finally Christ arrives (vv11-16).

When Jesus first came to earth , he was born wrapped in cloths and placed in a feeding trough (Luke 2:7). It was a humble beginning and a humble life that resulted in his death upon the cross. His return is something else altogether. King Jesus returns as a royal conqueror, riding on a white horse wearing a robe dipped in blood (possibly his own, possibly his enemies). The King of kings and the Lord of lords rides in ahead of his angel armies to overwhelm and end forever the Enemy’s schemes (11-21).

Did you notice that she (the bride of Christ, that is to say, us) was given fine linen, bright and clean to wear (8), whereas, King Jesus enters in a robe stained with blood?

We don’t deserve to wear bright and clean garments, we deserve filthy rags. This is the scandalous kindness of God - Jesus has gone to the cross to make us clean.

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