Morning Bible Study
We have arrived at the climax of history.
The world has
gone through that terrible time we’ve come to call that Tribulation, a period
of seven years when God’s wrath is poured out on earth.
And the best
part, Jesus has returned. Hallelujah!
It’s now time for the final battle for this present earth.
:17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and
he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven,
“Come and gather together for the supper of the great God,
:18 that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh
of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh
of all people, free and slave, both small and great.”
:17 the supper of the great God
The Last Supper
– deipnon – supper, especially a formal meal
usually held at the evening
This is the last time this word appears in the Bible –the “last
The same word was used to describe another supper earlier in the chapter:
(Re 19:9 NKJV) Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are
called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’ ” And he said to me, “These are the
true sayings of God.”
The marriage supper of the Lamb is the feast that believers will be having in
heaven with Jesus.
It will be a glorious time! I expect there won’t be too much diet food in
It is for all those who have opened their hearts to Jesus.
But the people
who show up at this last supper are not going to be so “blessed”. In fact they will be the main course … for
Before this angel speaks up, the birds are just sitting around … Play Jungle Book Vultures clip
But when the
birds hear the voice of this angel calling them, the birds will flock to the
land of Israel in preparation of this “last supper”.
Play “The Birds”
interesting that Israel lies on the migration route of thousands of
birds as they fly from Africa into Europe each year. In particular, the Hula Valley is favorite spot for ornithologists
to observe all the various species as they make their way north or south.
it has not been a cool thing to die and not have a proper burial.
A proper burial
means having your body put in the ground or in a cave, protected from the wild
It’s only criminals and people without loved ones who die
and their bodies are left for the animals to eat.
King Ahab and
his wife Jezebel were known as the most wicked king and queen in the history of
Part of God’s judgment on their wickedness involved how
they would die.
(1 Ki 21:23–24
NKJV) —23 And
concerning Jezebel the Lord also
spoke, saying, ‘The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.’
24 The dogs shall eat
whoever belongs to Ahab and dies in the city, and the birds of the air shall eat whoever dies in the
was a king and queen, and they would die the death of common criminals –
just like the people at this “supper”
:19 And I saw the beast, the
kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him
who sat on the horse and against His army.
The “beast” is that individual we’ve come to know as the “antichrist”
:20 Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked
signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the
beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the
lake of fire burning with brimstone.
:20 the lake of fire burning with
Brimstone is an
ancient name for “sulfur”. I imagine
this place stinks, literally.
We’ll see this place again in chapter 20. It is the
ultimate, final destination of all who refuse God’s salvation.
It’s not a place you want to end up in.
:21 And the rest were killed
with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. And
all the birds were filled with their flesh.
:21 the rest were killed with the
All those who
are alive on the earth and who have not chosen to follow Jesus Christ will die
at this point.
The birds were told they would get to eat the flesh of powerful people, but
(Re 19:18 NKJV) … the flesh of all people, free and slave, both small and
The world is
about to enter the time period that we call the “Millennium”, when Jesus will
set up His government on earth and will rule and reign over this earth for
The only humans
who will make it into the kingdom are those of us believers in our glorified
post-Rapture bodies, and those few believers who somehow survived the
How does Jesus
put the unbelievers to death?
Since this is the most “epic” of battles, we might think it will look like
something from the Lord of the Rings.
How will Jesus
and His army fight? With
powerful nuclear weapon? No.
He uses His “sword”. The sword is
what comes from His mouth (19:15)
NKJV) Now out of
His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations.
All He has to
do is speak.
Perhaps all He does is simply say, “Enough”.
I don’t picture some loud noise that splits the ear
drum. He just has to speak.
The world will be gathered with the greatest high tech weaponry.
He just shows up and speaks. And it’s over.
That’s how powerful God is compared to us.
20:1-3 Satan Bound
:1 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having
the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
:2 He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of
old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years;
:1 the bottomless pit
We’ve seen this
place before (Rev. 9). It’s a prison of sorts, a prison for demons.
It’s where those horrible scary demonic locust creatures came from.
1And he opened the
bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great
furnace. So the sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit.
3Then out of the smoke
locusts came upon the earth. And to them was given power, as the scorpions of
the earth have power.
:1 an angel coming down from
This has to be a pretty hefty angel to be able to lay hold of the devil and
candidate might be Michael the archangel, since he’s already fought one
successful battle against Satan when he kicked him out of heaven (Rev. 12:7-9)
:3 and he cast him into the
bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should
deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after
these things he must be released for a little while.
:3 he must be released for a little
We will see what this is all about next week in Revelation 20.
:3 deceive – planao – to cause to stray, to lead aside from
the right way
Listen to what Jesus said to the Pharisees:
(Jn 8:44 NKJV) You are of your father the
devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from
the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in
him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a
liar and the father of it.
Satan is by
nature a liar. You can’t believe what he
:3 set a seal – sphragizo – to set a seal upon, mark with a seal
caused the unbelieving world to have the “mark” of the antichrist.
Now Satan will
have his own “mark” or “seal”.
I’m not sure that this means that the place he is imprisoned has some sort
of unbreakable “seal”.
The language reads
as if this “seal” is put “on top” of Satan, and the “seal” will keep Satan from
being able to deceive.
:3 he should deceive the nations
No More Lies
Could you imagine 1,000 years where Satan is unable to lie to the world?
played a lawyer in a 1997 movie where his young son makes a wish on his
birthday that for one day his dad couldn’t tell a lie. Jim Carrey is the kind of lawyer that doesn’t
tell the truth. When he wakes up the
next morning, things have changed dramatically.
As hard as he tries, he can’t tell a lie …
clip from Liar,
For 1,000 years, Satan will be unable to deceive anyone.
What are some of
Sin is harmless.
Sin is fun. You
The truth is:
Sin is fun, but sin comes with a terrible price.
(Ro 6:23 NKJV) For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of
God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Sin cuts you off from God, your only source of real life.
(Is 59:1–2 NKJV) —1 Behold,
the Lord’s hand is not shortened,
That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot
hear. 2 But your
iniquities have separated
you from your God; And your sins have hidden His
face from you, So that He will not hear.
God is cruel
God is the reason for all the pain and difficulty in your life.
God only wants to make your life miserable by taking all
the fun out of life.
The truth is:
There is no one who loves you more than God.
(Jn 3:16 NKJV) For God so
loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in
Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
(Ro 8:31–32 NKJV) —31
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us,
who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but
delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all
isn’t cruel. God loves you more
than you will ever know.
Jesus isn’t special
Religion is good.
Any old religion will do. All
“religions” are the same.
The truth is:
is no other way to heaven than through Jesus.
Only Jesus Christ has paid for your sins, removing the
barrier that keeps you from heaven.
(Jn 14:6 NKJV) Jesus said
to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father
except through Me.
is not only “special”, He’s everything to us.
There is no hurry
There is an ancient story about three demons who were
arguing over the best way to destroy the Christian mission in the world. The
first demon says, “Let’s
tell all the Christians there is no heaven. Take away the reward incentive and the
mission will collapse.” The second demon
says, “Let’s tell all
the Christians there is no hell. Take
away the fear of punishment and the mission will collapse.” The third demon says, “There is one better
way. Let’s tell all the Christians that there is
no hurry” and all three immediately say, “That’s it! All we have to do is tell
them there’s no hurry and the whole Christian enterprise will collapse.”
The truth is:
We don’t know how much longer we have in this life.
Nobody can tell when their life will be over, whether it
is through death, or through the Second Coming of Christ.
The Bible says,
(2 Co 6:2 NKJV) …Behold, now
is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
Are you ready to meet God?
Are you someone God can use to help rescue a few more from
going to hell?
19:19 to make war
Who are you fighting?
The battle we
are reading about is the real Armageddon.
It fascinates me to no end that the world will be gathered to fight against the Second Coming of Christ. Wow.
We’ve seen glimpses of it through the book of Revelation as the nations of
the world are gathered to that place called Armageddon (Rev. 16:16).
And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew,
Now we have seen how the actual battle unfolds.
It’s Father’s Day, so let’s see another “guy” clip. Armageddon.
the real Armageddon the world will be fighting, but it won’t be against
an asteroid, it will be against Jesus Christ.
And the world might send what it thinks are “heroes” to
defeat the incoming threat, but there’s really no fight at all.
All Jesus has to do is use His sword.
All Jesus has to do is speak.
It’s possible that there are some of you here today who have been in
rebellion against God.
Let me ask you a simple question:
Who are you fighting?
Do you really think you are going to be happy fighting
against God? Do you think you’re going
The issue is not about who is biggest and can force you to
do what He wants.
real issue is, what are you doing fighting
against the One who loved you so much that He sent His Son to die for you?
What are you doing?
Fred walked into
a store and asked for a chain saw that would cut down 6 trees in one hour. The salesman recommended
the top of the line
model and Fred, suitably impressed, bought it. The next day Fred brought the
chain saw back to the hardware store and said, “This chain saw is defective. It
would only cut down 1 tree and it took me ALL DARN DAY!” The salesman takes the chain saw and starts it up to see
what’s wrong. Then Fred said, “What’s that
That’s a great picture of what some of you might be doing
with your life. You are so frustrated
that things aren’t going the way they should.
Maybe You’re not using your life the way it was meant to
Instead of letting God work in your life, you have been
Luke tells us of an
account when the apostles were arrested and put before the religious
leaders for doing terrible things like healing people, casting out demons, and
telling people about Jesus.
During their trial, a famous religious teacher named Gamaliel,
spoke up and had a warning for his fellow religious leaders to leave the
(Ac 5:38–39 NKJV) 38 And now I
say to you, keep away from these men and let them alone; for if this plan or
this work is of men, it will come to nothing; 39 but if it is of God, you cannot overthrow
it—lest you even be found to fight against God.”
Have you stopped to look at what you’re doing?
You may be stubborn and want to stand on your principles,
but you are wrong.
Why would you want to fight against someone who loves you