Behold I Come Quickly

Revelation 19:11-17

by Cooper Abrams

    Introduction:   I think we are all familiar with the events at the beginning of WWII, when the Philippines were about to fall to the Japanese. Roosevelt ordered General Douglas MacArthur to evacuate his staff immediately to Australia. MacArthur was very upset at having to leave his men and he made a promise to the Philippine people that "I shall return!" It was three long years before General MacArthur was able to keep his promise. Through the three years radio broadcasts to the Filipino people repeatedly carried MacArthur's promise that "I shall return!". On October 22nd 1944, General MacArthur waded ashore and declared "I have returned!"

                We have another, more reliable promise and important promise to return that will effect everyone in this room. That promise was made by the Lord Jesus Christ and is the final promise in God's word. Jesus closes His revelation to man saying,

      "Surely I come quickly." (Rev. 22:20)

                That promise was made over 2000 years ago, yet it has been the source of comfort and encouragement to untold thousands of people who have put their faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior. It is called in God's word, "the Blessed Hope."

                Titus 2:11-14 "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works."

                In Acts 1:8-11 the Bible records the last words of Jesus to His disciples and His ascension into heaven. Two angels appeared as men and told the disciples, "Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven."

                I can remember some of the times I waited expectantly for something. One especially cold night I was on guard duty near the Coronado National Forest in southern Arizona. My unit was training in 1962 to for Vietnam and I was stationed at Ft. Huachuca, AZ and we were on training exercises. I was manned a fifty caliber machine gun on the perimeter of our camp. It had snowed some earlier that night and it was bitter cold. I had on two pair of socks, long underwear, gloves, scarf, and woolen fatigues. But the cold came right through. I could not move around cause I would give away my position, so I just sat there and suffered. I kept looking at my watch counting the minutes before I would be relieved by another soldier. Hour after hour went by....and then slowly in the east the sky began to be lighter and I could see sun light shining over the mountains to the east of us. The that big orange ball finally appeared and the rays of the sun began to hit my face and its warmth felt so very good. Without hope of the coming day and being relieved it would have been almost impossible to stay at my post. But I had orders, an important task to perform....I was guarding the eastern perimeter so the rest of the men could sleep and work.

                The health and wealth TV preachers promise that everything will be wonderful when you receive Jesus Christ as your Savior. You will be rich and healthy and all your problems will go away. Yet, I wonder if they ever heard of Adroniram Judson, early Baptist missionary to Burma.

                He felt called to India, to preach the Gospel to the Hindus and after a long voyage arrived to find that the English East India Company, would not allow him to enter the country. The missions board that supported him and his wife Ann, were Protestants and they sprinkled instead of obeying God's command to immerse for baptism. He had to resign his financial support was cut off, till a Baptist board began to help him. The experienced many trying, frustrations, fears, and failures, but finally found an open door to serve in Rangoon, Burma.

                They were the only Christians in the entire country of Burma. They had a son, but eight months later he died and they buried him a mango tree. They preached and sought the lost, but for six long hard unfruitful years they had not even one convert. Yet, they were sure of their calling and of God's love and finally they had one person saved, then one more and later many others.

                But the devil was on the prowl and the government convicted him falsely of being a British spy, and he condemned to die, but God intervened and he spent 21 months in a filthy prison. He would sit for days on a bamboo log in a torturous position. His wife pleaded for his release and it was finally granted. He died at 62 years of age and a government survey recorded that year there were 21, 000 Christians in Burma.

                What kept Adroniram Judson going....the same thing that has always kept believers going.....the surety of the promises of God. The absolute surety of his eternal presence in the believer's life and the sure promise of the resurrection and His Second Coming to the Earth.

    I. The King Returns! Rev. 19:11-14

      A. Verse 11 is a scene viewed from the earth. We are told the heavens will open and descending Jesus Christ will be riding a white horse.

        1. The term "Faithful and True" can only refer to the Lord Jesus Christ. Only He is the righteous Judge.

        2. Note too that he comes to make war.

        3. When Jesus enter Jerusalem in what we call the Triumphant Entry in Matthew 21:1-7, just before He was betrayed and crucified..He came into the city riding a donkey. It was a peaceful entry of a coming king.

      B. Yet, here in Revelation 19:11 Jesus is riding a white stallion, which symbolizes that He is coming as a Warring King. On earth, the Russians had first invaded Israel, but had been defeated by the Antichrist and his forces,

        1. Egypt too was threatening Israel and the Antichrist takes his armies south to fight that threat. Then at the end of Daniel's 70th Week, the time of the seven year Great Tribulation all the armies of the world, lead by the 200 million army from the east will invade Israel and the battle called the Battle of Armageddon will be fought. The armies of the Antichrist will battle the eastern armies in the Jezreel Valley.

        2. As millions are slaughtered the Bible says the blood will be up to the horses bridles.

      C. Then in the midst of the battle as Revelation 19:11f records the Lord Jesus will return to the earth will His army to put an end to the Devil's reign and man's warring against each other.

        1. Verse 12 says His eyes were as a flame of fire which denotes that He comes to judge.

        2. On His head are many crowns. He is the Coming conquering King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

        3. He has a name written that no man knows...only Himself. This does not mean that no one could read the name, but no one but himself could fully understand the depth of its meaning, and a degree of sacredness, and a relation to the Father, which Christ alone could apprehend in its true import. This is true of the name here designated--"the word of God"--the Logos--logoV .

          John 1:1 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. . . . And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."

        Many believe that this is the name that he will give to those of the Body of Christ. Twice the Lord Jesus mentions this name:

          Revelation 2:17 "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it."

          Revelation 3:12 "Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name."

    II. The Lord and His Armies of the Lord. Rev. 19:14-16.

      A. Jesus is accompanied by the armies of the Redeemed.

        1. Although they are not named we have a good idea who will make up the armies of the Lord. 2. The verse says they are driving on white houses, clothed in white linen, white and clean.

        3. Verse 7-8 tells us that this is the Bride of Christ...who are arrayed in fine linen, clean and white.

      B. His comes with His bride who are described as an army, yet they do not participate in the battle. That is the task of the King.

        1. Believers today are told in Ephesians 6:10 "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might."

        2. We are in a battle now....fighting not with flesh and blood but "against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." But to you understand our amour and weapons are the word of God. It is always the Lord who does the fighting....we are go forth in His power.

        I have often stated that according to John 1:1, 14 Jesus is the very word. Jesus and His word are one and the same.

        3. Here the Verse 15 says, "out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword." It is His word that comes from His mouth. His word is truth and it destroys the evil and condemns and judges those that oppose God. With is word He smites the nations and rules them with rod of iron.

          Ephesians 6:17 "And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."

          Hebrews 4:12 "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."

        4. The completeness of his power is shown in describing it as a winepress. As grapes are pulverized in the wine pressed until the juice is totally extracted, so will be the effect on those who have rejected and rebelled against the Lord.

      ILLUS: Last summer it was a wonderful experience for us to bring Michael our grandson back to Utah with us. We took him to the Grand Canyon on the way back from NC, then to Bryce Canyon, Zion, later to Golden Spike, and to Yellowstone National Park. Many of the things we saw I had told him about before we got there. Some places I had told him about a long time ago. As we headed to toward these places I would remind him and we would talk about them. Then as time pasted we finally arrived. Several times I would ask him if it was like he had imagined. Every time he relied that is was so much better, greater and more beautiful than the descriptions I had given him.

        Heaven, the Marriage Supper of the Lamb that we preached on last Sunday and these events will be like that. They will be so much more than we imagined or even dreamed about. As sure was we are here this morning....we will be at this occasion and we will be a part of the Lord's Second Coming.

      C. Jesus at His coming is proclaimed finally for who He truly is. I get so very tired of unbelievers, sinful and evil hearted men who with such a show of pomp and great wisdom and intelligence.....slander the Lord Jesus Christ and degrade and defame His sacred person and name.

        Oh, but on this day....the wagging mouths of those would defy God will be stopped dead in their tracks and in the searing heat will they be destroyed. Oh, too the tragedy of all is a heart wrenching scene as millions are destroyed....who could have been saved, who could have received the blessing of accepting the Lord Jesus as their Savior......yet they would not.

        The tragedy if all this is express in Jesus' solemn words spoken to Jerusalem that was rejecting Him as their Messiah:

        Matthew 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

    III. Armageddon Revelation 19:17-21

      A. John sees an angel standing in the Sun who invites the birds of Israel to feast on the great carnage that is about to take place.

      ILLUS: When in Israel in October 2002, while visiting the Jezreel valley this passage came to mind when I began to notice the great number of large ravens, hawks, vultures and other birds that seemed to be everywhere in great numbers. As I watched these birds I thought to myself....these very birds could be the one's the Bible says will eat the flesh of the millions of slain soldiers who die at Armageddon.

      B. 2 Thessalonians 2:8 refers to this catastrophe event in the future: "And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming."

      C. The Jezreel Valley is Israel's largest and most fertile valley. It is also called Esdraelon, (Es-dra-e-lon) the Plain of Akko and the Plain of Megidoo.

        Its southwestern side, formed by Mount Carmel, is about 15 miles long; its north side, formed by the Nazareth Ridge, is about 12 miles long; and its south side, formed by the Hills of Samaria, is about 18 miles.

        There is a long list of battles fought there, right up to modern times, from the days of Nebuchadnezzar until the disastrous march of Napoleon Bonaparte from Egypt into Syria. Warriors of every nation under heaven--Jews, Gentiles, Saracens, Crusaders, Frenchmen, Egyptians, Persians, Turks and Arabs--have pitched their tents in the plain. It was the epic battleground where the Israelite Judge, Gideon, with only 300 men, defeated the Midianites and the Amalekites who were "thick as locusts. Their camels could no more be counted than the sand on the seashore." (Judges 7:12). Here, too, Deborah and Barak defeated the Canaanite general Sisera, Saul's army was defeated by the Philistines (1 Samuel 31:1-13), and king Josiah of Judah was slain while battling Pharaoh Neco of Egypt (2 Chronicles 35:19-25).

        Naboth owned a vineyard in the town of Jezreel, close to the palace of King Ahab.

      D. Verse 18, states that the bird feast on the remains of kings, captions, mighty men, horses, small and great.

      E. The scene goes to the beginning of this great battle. Antichrist, called the beast, and the kings of earth who have been fighting each other see the Lord Jesus Coming in the air and they break off fighting each other and join together to fight the Lord Jesus.

        1. The Lord makes short work of ending their foolish attempts to fight Him and he takes the Antichrist and his false prophet which through miracles deceived the nations of the world and cast them alive into the Lake of Fire.

        2. Revelation 2:11-15 records a thousand years later the final judgment of the lost at what is called the Great White Throne Judgment. The unsaved are judged according to their works and then cast into the Lake of Fire in eternal damnation. The Antichrist and the false prophet are not afforded a judgment, but immediately cast into the Lake of Fire.

        3. Verse 21 says that the remnant of these armies of men are the sword that coming from the mouth of the Lord Jesus.

        4. Revelation 20:1-3 tell us that Satan and his demons are cast into a bottomless pit for a thousand years.


      1. What does all this mean to you and I?

      2. Folks everywhere we turn it seems the devil and those that follow him are winning. The saint of God are assaulted, churches attacked, and truth slandered.

      3. Romans 8:36-37 says, "As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us."

      4. 1 Cor. 15:57 "But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."

      1 John 5:4 "For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith."

      5. Those who put their faith in Jesus Christ have no fear of these sure events in history. We will be the side of our Savior, Jesus Christ and we will see the victory we have longed for so very long.... We shall see Satan and his demons bounded and cast into the bottomless pit.

      We shall see the ungodly, who blasphemed the name of out Lord, who belittle Him and slandered His name....once and for all shown the great and awesome power of God.

      The truth we preach and live by will be vindicated.....

      Folks it is a sad and tragic day for the unsaved....oh the horror of that day....yet, it will be a great day too as Jesus Christ our Savior is glorified and His love and greatest declared to all the ends of the earth.

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