Sermon: Our Victorious King of Kings Revelation (19:11-20)

Our Victorious King of Kings

Revelation 19:11-20

Primary Truth Taught

King Jesus defeats all His enemies with His sword which is the Word of God.

Introduction

From chapters 17-19A we have the account of the destruction of the world system symbolically named Babylon that great city. Now, we will witness the destruction of all Satan’s forces by our Lord Jesus Christ. This section is the account of evil’s destruction by the army from heaven led by our Warrior King Jesus Himself.

Human Need Met

Revelation 19:11–21 (ESV)

11 Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. 13 He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. 14 And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. 15 From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.

17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and with a loud voice he called to all the birds that fly directly overhead, “Come, gather for the great supper of God, 18 to eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all men, both free and slave, both small and great.” 19 And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth with their armies gathered to make war against him who was sitting on the horse and against his army. 20 And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in its presence had done the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur. 21 And the rest were slain by the sword that came from the mouth of him who was sitting on the horse, and all the birds were gorged with their flesh.

  1. The Warrior King from Heaven

11 Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. 12 His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. 13 He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. 14 And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. 15 From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.

Other places in this book so far John reports that heaven opened and he gazes into its beauty and reports what he sees. Here, heaven does not open in order for John to see into it but it opens because the King of King and Lord of Lords, our warrior Savior leaves heaven to come to earth to destroy all evil.

Up until Chapter 17 it looks as if the church may loose this fight against the dragon, the beast, the false prophet, and Babylon. Then the tide turns. In other words the only real resistance to God destroying all of them is timing. He allows them a short time of power to accomplish His bidding but now its time for His Son to return. Babylon is destroyed and now its time for the rest to meet their doom.

Dennis Johnson Professor of Westminster Seminary writes that it’s much like a Shakespearian play. Now is the time the evil actors exit the stage. They will do so exactly as our Lord has decreed.

Isn’t it good to know that after everything is said and done, our Lord has the last word? Jesus is in charge of all of history and no forces of evil, no matter how strong it might seem can overpower Him. He wins and all who are in Christ win with Him.

Much like a play, the villains exit in reverse order. We first saw the dragon…

Revelation 12:1–5 (ESV)

12 And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth. And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads seven diadems. His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child he might devour it. She gave birth to a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to his throne,

Then we were introduced to Satan’s coconspirator, the beast that rose from the sea…

Revelation 13:1 (ESV)

13 And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on its horns and blasphemous names on its heads.

Then we were introduced to the second beast, which came up from out of the land, the false prophet…

Revelation 13:11–13 (ESV)

11 Then I saw another beast rising out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon. 12 It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence, and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed. 13 It performs great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in front of people,

Finally, the harlot Babylon is revealed. This world system through which all the others work through and the system that also has captured the devotion of those who dwell on the earth…

Revelation 17:1–3 (ESV)

17 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great prostitute who is seated on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth have committed sexual immorality, and with the wine of whose sexual immorality the dwellers on earth have become drunk.” And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness, and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was full of blasphemous names, and it had seven heads and ten horns.

So, we will witness their destruction in reverse order. The harlot Babylon has already been destroyed…she has made her exit, never to be seen or heard from again.

Jesus, our great King is coming to finish the job. He is coming not to win the battle but to win the war!

What is the weapon He uses to destroy each in order? His all-powerful Word…
15 From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron.

Notice with me how Satan has tried to copy our Lord…
Satan is shown to have 7 diadems (12:3) but our King Jesus has many diadems.

The beast has blasphemous names written on his head (13:1) but King Jesus has righteous names.

Faithful and True

The Word of God.

King of kings and Lord of lords

I pray you know this warrior King as your personal Savior.

Jesus is riding a white horse which is the horse victorious Kings rode. His garments are dipped in the blood of those He is about to conquer. This war is already won. Jesus is victorious.

  1. The Warrior King and the Final Battle

17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and with a loud voice he called to all the birds that fly directly overhead, “Come, gather for the great supper of God, 18 to eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all men, both free and slave, both small and great.” 19 And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth with their armies gathered to make war against him who was sitting on the horse and against his army. 20 And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in its presence had done the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur. 21 And the rest were slain by the sword that came from the mouth of him who was sitting on the horse, and all the birds were gorged with their flesh.

Not only are all who are Christ’s invited to the marriage supper but here, the scavenger birds are made ready for a feast as well. The vultures will feast on the flesh of Jesus’ enemies.

This passage is very similar to Ezekiel 38-39 where God tells Exekiel to issue the supper invitation…

Ezekiel 39:17–20 (ESV)

17 “As for you, son of man, thus says the Lord God: Speak to the birds of every sort and to all beasts of the field, ‘Assemble and come, gather from all around to the sacrificial feast that I am preparing for you, a great sacrificial feast on the mountains of Israel, and you shall eat flesh and drink blood. 18 You shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth—of rams, of lambs, and of he-goats, of bulls, all of them fat beasts of Bashan. 19 And you shall eat fat till you are filled, and drink blood till you are drunk, at the sacrificial feast that I am preparing for you. 20 And you shall be filled at my table with horses and charioteers, with mighty men and all kinds of warriors,’ declares the Lord God.

This is the battle of Gog and Magog that Ezekiel saw. We’ll see this again in a week or so when the story is told again. Those who have aligned themselves with the dragon to assault God’s people are named Gog and Magog (20:8). This is Ezekiel’s vision confirmed in Revelation.

Here in this day of victory the beast and the false prophet are cast alive into the Lake of Fire. All the people who have followed them are killed and their flesh eaten by scavengers. There is now no human survivors except for the faithful army of saints who follow the Lamb.

The last battle is over, and the Lamb is victorious. The seventh bowl of God’s wrath is now empty being poured out on His enemies. The wrath of God is finished.

Revelation 15:1 (ESV)

15 Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and amazing, seven angels with seven plagues, which are the last, for with them the wrath of God is finished.

 

Application

One aspect of this battle I want us to see today is that while Christ is armed with a sword and uses it to destroy His enemies, the army of God has no weapons. We do not fight but are simply with Jesus. He does all the fighting. Notice…

14 And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses.

Last week we learned that the fine linen is symbolic for the righteous deeds of the saints.

I want to conclude with the battle command that Jesus has given to His church. Here is how we are to fight this war:

Ephesus-

Revelation 2:4–5 (ESV)

But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. …

Revelation 2:7 (ESV)

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’

To conquer is to love Jesus supremely.

Smyrna-

Revelation 2:10–11 (ESV)

10 Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life. 11 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who conquers will not be hurt by the second death.’

To conquer is to be faithful no matter what

Pergamum and Thyatira

To conquer is to hold to true doctrine

Sardis

To conquer is to do true works of righteousness and so be clothed with white.

Philadelphia

To conquer is to not deny the name of Christ
Laodicea-

To conquer is to not be lukewarm but be passionate about Christ and ready to share with others.

These are the battles we face right now. Now is the day for us to engage in warfare…

Love Christ, remain faithful under hardship, hold to right doctrine, engage in good deeds, never deny Christ, and engage in evangelism…this is what true spiritual warfare looks like and this is our fight today.

Declaration of Grace

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