25: Heavenly Praise and Christ’s Victory (Rev 19:1-21)
God had sent a sudden destruction
which was full of fornications, blasphemy, luxuries, and boasting. At the fall
of the great city of Babylon,
the kings and merchants of the earth were left desolate. Then John heard voices
of a great multitude in heaven praising God for His judgment and rejoicing over
the marriage of the Lamb. Heaven also opened, and Christ with His armies went
out to conquer the beast, the false prophet, and all their followers.
“And I heard, as it were, the
voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of
mighty thunderings, saying, ‘Alleluia! For the Lord
God Omnipotent reigns! Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the
marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready’” (19:6,7).
Did You Know…?
1. Marriage supper (19:9): “The wedding supper began toward
evening on the wedding day, lasted for many days, and was a time of great
jubilation.” 9/572 “The imagery of a wedding to express the intimate
relationship between God and his people has its roots in the prophetic
literature of the OT (e.g., Isa 54:5-7; Hos 2:19). cf. The NT usage (Mt 22:2-14; Eph 5:32).”
1. Contrast the scene on earth in chapter 18 and the scene in
heaven in chapter 19.
2a. What is the most frequent refrain in
the hymns of praise? What does it mean?
2b. What are the themes of the hymn?
3a. According to the passage, who should praise God? Why should
these people praise the Lord?
3b. Is your life filled with praise and
4a. What does the marriage of the Lamb
represent? Who is the wife of the Lamb?
4b. How has the wife of the Lamb made
4c. Why is this marriage an occasion for gladness and rejoicing?
4d. Who are called to the marriage supper
of the Lamb?
5. Who is the “he” in verse 9?
6. Compare the harlot of chapters 17 and 18 with the wife of
7. What does it mean that the testimony of Jesus is the spirit
8. Observe and record the descriptions of the rider on the
9. How do we know that this rider is the Lord Jesus Christ?
10. Explain this description of Christ: “He had a name written
that no one knew except Himself” (12).
11. How will the Lord subdue the nations?
12. What is the treading of winepress symbolic of? (cf 14:19-20).
13. Compare the supper in 17-18 with the marriage supper of the
Lamb (cf. Jer 25:32,33; Ezek
39:17-20; Zeph 1:15-18; Ps 110:5,6).
14a. Record the earlier references in Revelation to the war described
here in verse 19.
14b. What happened to the beast, the false
prophets, and the kings of the earth and their armies?
14c. Is there any description of intense
struggle in this battle? What might this mean?
15. How can your study of Christ’s victory here help you be a
victor in your life of faith?