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The Coming Tribulation: A History of the Apocalypse: Tribulation Part 5: Armageddon and the Second Advent

The Coming Tribulation: A History of the Apocalypse: Tribulation Part 5: Armageddon and the Second Advent

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The Coming Tribulation: A History of the Apocalypse: Tribulation Part 5: Armageddon and the Second Advent:
I. The Bowl Judgments: Revelation 16:1-21
1. Sores (1-2)
2. Sea Turned to Blood (3)
3. Waters Turned to Blood (4-7)
4. Scorching Heat (8-9)
5. Darkness (10-11)
6. Preparation for Armageddon (12-16)
7. Earthquake and Hail (17-21)
II. Judgment on Babylon: Revelation 17:1 - 19:4
III. The Beast’s Armageddon Crusade
IV. Signs of the Second Advent: Revelation 19:5
V. The Resurrection of the Lamb’s Bride: Revelation 19:6-10
VI. The Repentance of Israel
VII. The Second Advent and Armageddon: Revelation 19:11-21
1. The Word of God (11-16)
2. The Invitation to the Slaughter (17-18)
3. Antichrist and his Armies (19)
4. The Seizure of the Beast and his False Prophet (20)
5. The Battle of Armageddon (21)
The Coming Tribulation: A History of the Apocalypse: Tribulation Part 5: Armageddon and the Second Advent:
I. The Bowl Judgments: Revelation 16:1-21
1. Sores (1-2)
2. Sea Turned to Blood (3)
3. Waters Turned to Blood (4-7)
4. Scorching Heat (8-9)
5. Darkness (10-11)
6. Preparation for Armageddon (12-16)
7. Earthquake and Hail (17-21)
II. Judgment on Babylon: Revelation 17:1 - 19:4
III. The Beast’s Armageddon Crusade
IV. Signs of the Second Advent: Revelation 19:5
V. The Resurrection of the Lamb’s Bride: Revelation 19:6-10
VI. The Repentance of Israel
VII. The Second Advent and Armageddon: Revelation 19:11-21
1. The Word of God (11-16)
2. The Invitation to the Slaughter (17-18)
3. Antichrist and his Armies (19)
4. The Seizure of the Beast and his False Prophet (20)
5. The Battle of Armageddon (21)

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(7) Let us rejoice and be jubilant, and let us give glory to Him, because the wedding of
the Lamb has come, and His Bride (lit., “wife”; cf. Rev.21:9) has prepared herself. (8)
And it has been given her to wear a pure, resplendent [gown] of the finest material (now
this fine material represents the righteous acts of His holy ones [believers]).” (9) And
[the angel] said to me, “Write this down: Happy are those who have been called to the
[wedding] supper of the Lamb! These [words] of mine are the true words of God”.

Revelation 19:7-9

These verses look forward by way of ecstatic anticipation to the events which follow the
resurrection on the far side of Armageddon. As such, they will be discussed in detail in the next
installment of this series, part 6, “Last Things”. After our Lord’s return to the heavens above the
earth, at His command the resurrection of the Church will take place, wherein all who have
believed in Jesus Christ since Adam and Eve will rise with living believers raised last of all.
This glorious event is called here “the wedding of the Lamb”, because it is only by the
transformation of our corruptible bodies into eternal, resurrection bodies that we are finally made
“one” with Jesus perfectly and experientially forevermore in a perfect, eternal “marriage”.65
Immediately following the resurrection of the Church, our Lord will destroy antichrist and his
hordes at Armageddon, then commence His millennial reign from Jerusalem. The last judgment
in the series of seven judgments associated with Christ’s return will be the evaluation of the
Church, otherwise known as the Judgment Seat of Christ. At this time, we shall all be judged for
the purpose of bestowing upon us the eternal rewards earned through our legitimate service to
our Lord and His Church while here on earth. This service is called here “righteous acts”, and,
significantly, the performance of our duty in time (in growing spiritually and helping others to do
the same through the gifts and in the ministries God assigns) is said to be the means by which we
“prepare ourselves” for our dear Lord Jesus. Everything we have done which is legitimately
“righteous”, that is, in accord with the perfect divine standard (of properly motivated response to
the true will of God) will receive a reward (Matt.10:42; 25:31-46), while everything that fails to

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See especially Ephesians 5:22-33, and The Song of Solomon, which is largely a simile
describing the Church’s relationship with Jesus (S.S. passim, as is Ps.45:8-17; cf. Is.62:5;
Jn.3:29). See also The Satanic Rebellion: Part 5: “Judgment, Restoration and Replacement”,
section III.8.b.iv, “The Bride”.

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meet this standard will be destroyed by fire (1Cor.3:10-15). This will not affect our salvation in
any way (for Christ died for all our sins so that they are not an issue for all who have put their
trust in Him), but will remove anything done from impure motivations or not in accordance with
God’s will as spots and blemishes (Eph.5:25-27), so that we may instead walk in white with Him
forever (Rev.3:4-5).66

I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with
garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns
his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

Isaiah 61:10 NIV

Once this process of evaluation is complete and we, the Church, have received our eternal
rewards (2Cor.5:10; cf. Rom.14:10), our crowns (1Cor.9:25-27; Phil.4:1; 1Thes.2:19; 2Tim.4:8;
Jas.1:12; 1Pet.5:4; Rev.2:10; 3:11), and “well done’s” from our Lord and Savior (Matt.25:14-
30), His victory and our wedding will be celebrated in an inaugural feast of bounty and blessing
such as the world has never seen before (Matt.22:2-14; 25:1-13; Lk.13:28-29; 14:16-24).

(6) On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a
banquet of aged wine – the best of meats and the finest of wines. (7) On this mountain he
will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; (8) he
will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all
faces; he will remove the disgrace of his people from all the earth. The Lord has spoken.

Isaiah 25:6-8 NIV

I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at
the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 8:11 NIV

The blessing in our context of Revelation 19:9 on those invited to the wedding supper of the
Lamb refers to all who believe in Jesus upon seeing His glorious return and the events which
follow. This will apparently be a very large group, composed notably of Jewish believers who
have now been brought back to the land of Israel in accordance with the many divine promises of
restoration (also to be covered in part 6 of this series), and will also contain gentile believers as
well (cf. Zech.8:23). Besides the rest of the unbelieving world, two other groups will be notable
by their absence from this banquet: 1) recalcitrant Jews who even now refuse to accept Jesus as
their Messiah (Ezek.20:37-38; cf. Matt.8:12-13), and 2) those who fell away from the faith
during the Great Apostasy (Matt.25:1-13; cf. Lk.13:24-30). Happy indeed will those be who
respond to the Messiah when He returns, for they will be invited to celebrate gloriously on that

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Revelation 19:8 does not constitute an exception to the usual shame vs. sanctification image in
the white clothing analogy of Revelation 3:18 and 16:15 (cf. Zech.3:4; Rev.3:4-5; 7:9-14;
19:14). The “righteous acts” here (Greek dikaioma; δικαιωμα), are our non-meritorious faith
responses to the will of God, the works which He “has prepared ahead of time for us, that we
might walk in them” (Eph.2:10). The brilliant white clothing in which the entire Church is
dressed represents the fact that every member of the Church has earned at least some eternal
reward for this service on earth, since faith without any “works” is dead (Jas.2:14-26).

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great day of days in company with all who kept the faith in the great times of trial to come and
rose to meet the Lord at His return! For these wonderful and blessed events are not vain hopes,
but future realities decreed by unswerving will of God; they are “the true words of God”.

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