THE SECOND ADVENT OF JESUS CHRIST # 64
“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 doth judge and make war. 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. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 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. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. 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 them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.” (Revelation 19:11-21).
The return of Jesus, Israel’s Messiah, to establish the Kingdom of Heaven on earth (in the Holy Land) is the theme of the Old Testament and of the Jewish epistles in the New Testament. Genesis 3:15 points to this glorious day.
The battle of Armageddon will be won by Christ and His armies at His return. The birds of the air are invited to that scene to feed on the carcasses of the dead. This feast is call a “supper.”
This, no doubt, is the greatest event of all time. At this event, Jesus will put down all rebellion; He will fulfill all the promises of God and the prophecies concerning Himself. He will establish a rule of righteousness on earth and rule with a rod of iron. (See Psalm 2.)
Satan will be assigned to the pit for 1000 years. The Beast and the False Prophet will be destroyed in the lake of fire. The Kingdom of Heaven will be established in the Promised Land and Israel will be the head of the nations. (“And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them” Deuteronomy 28:13.)
The saints, who return with Him, could be the angels of heaven as well as all believers of all dispensations. Christ’s glorious Kingdom will be established on earth, and that which Adam lost, Jesus will regain and restore. (See Isaiah 11:1-6.)
This chapter is chronological and continues the judgment of the Antichrist, the false prophet, and their followers. (See verse 20-21 of the previous chapter.) At this point, the Lord Jesus has returned to earth and is assigning both the righteous and the wicked their reward.
Satan Is Bound For A Thousand Years
“And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.” (Revelation 20:1-3).
We are not told who the strong angel is, nor is it important. The point is, Satan is subdued and assigned to his new home for the next 1,000 years.
Pastor Ken Blue was born in Boswell, Ark. In 1955 he accepted Christ as his Savior. He and his wife Joyce were married in 1955. They have 5 children. He graduated from Midwestern Baptist Bible College in 1969 and started the Open Door Baptist Church in Lynnwood, Wa. where he pastored for 39 years. Because of health issues (ALS) he was forced to resign as pastor. It is his desire to continue to be used of God to help pastors and believers through this ministry.