Revelation of John 19* The church in heaven and that on earth triumph, and praise theLord for his righteous judgments. (1-10) A vision of Christgoing forth to destroy the beast and his armies. (11-21)1-10 Praising God for what we have, is praying for what is yetfurther to be done for us. There is harmony between the angelsand the saints in this triumphant song. Christ is the Bridegroomof his ransomed church. This second union will be completed inheaven; but the beginning of the glorious millennium (by whichis meant a reign of Christ, or a state of happiness, for athousand years on earth) may be considered as the celebration ofhis espousals on earth. Then the church of Christ, beingpurified from errors, divisions, and corruptions, in doctrine,discipline, worship, and practice, will be made ready to bepublicly owned by him as his delight and his beloved. The churchappeared; not in the gay, gaudy dress of the mother of harlots,but in fine linen, clean and white. In the robes of Christ'srighteousness, imputed for justification, and imparted forsanctification. The promises of the gospel, the true sayings ofGod, opened, applied, and sealed by the Spirit of God, in holyordinances, are the marriage-feast. This seems to refer to theabundant grace and consolation Christians will receive in thehappy days which are to come. The apostle offered honour to theangel. The angel refused it. He directed the apostle to the trueand only object of religious worship; to worship God, and himalone. This plainly condemns the practice of those who worshipthe elements of bread and wine, and saints, and angels; and ofthose who do not believe that Christ is truly and by nature God,yet pay him a sort of worship. They stand convicted of idolatryby a messenger from heaven. These are the true sayings of God;of Him who is to be worshipped, as one with the Father and theHoly Spirit. 11-21 Christ, the glorious Head of the church, is described ason a white horse, the emblem of justice and holiness. He hasmany crowns, for he is King of kings, and Lord of lords. He isarrayed in a vesture dipped in his own blood, by which hepurchased his power as Mediator; and in the blood of hisenemies, over whom he always prevails. His name is "The Word ofGod;" a name none fully knows but himself; only this we know,that this Word was God manifest in the flesh; but hisperfections cannot be fully understood by any creature. Angelsand saints follow, and are like Christ in their armour of purityand righteousness. The threatenings of the written word he isgoing to execute on his enemies. The ensigns of his authorityare his name; asserting his authority and power, warning themost powerful princes to submit, or they must fall before him.The powers of earth and hell make their utmost effort. Theseverses declare important events, foretold by the prophets. Thesepersons were not excused because they did what their leadersbade them. How vain will be the plea of many sinners at thegreat day! We followed our guides; we did as we saw others do!God has given a rule to walk by, in his word; neither theexample of the most, nor of the chief, must influence uscontrary thereto: if we do as the most do, we must go where themost go, even into the burning lake.
Copyright information for MHCC
Welcome to STEP Bible
From Tyndale House, Cambridge UK
Use the search box to find Bibles, commentaries, passages, search terms, etc. Here are some examples:
This shows how to quickly lookup a passage.
Looking up a passage in three different translations is also easy.
This asks STEP to search for the Greek word for 'brother' and show the results in the ESV.
This example runs both a 'Hebrew word search' and a 'Text' search and shows the results in both the NIV and ESV.
You can mix most searches. This finds any word translated as 'throne' in the Prophets and the New Testament, but only in verses concerning the topic 'David'. This excludes verses which refer to a 'throne' in other contexts.
Interlinear Hebrew & Greek is available for some translations with grammar (and more soon). To reverse the interlinear order, click on a version abbreviation under the verse number.
© Tyndale House, Cambridge, UK - 2018