Series Code: ICJ
Program Code: ICJ190022A
00:01 Don't mess with a man's bride.
00:02 You might just make him mad.
00:05 Really mad.
00:30 When Babylon is overthrown, this wretched thing that is
00:34 going to bring so much sorrow and tragedy to the world,
00:38 there's a lot of rejoicing going on in heaven.
00:41 We find that opens to us in Revelation 19.
00:45 And it says, "After these things,"
00:47 John sees this scene in heaven, he says, "I heard a loud voice
00:51 of a great multitude in heaven, saying, 'Alleluia!'"
00:55 So there's a lot of happy people there,
00:57 that Babylon has been overthrown.
00:59 We'll hear that.
01:00 It says, "Salvation..." They're singing in heaven now.
01:03 "Salvation and glory and honor and power
01:09 belong to the Lord our God!"
01:11 Salvation and honor and power.
01:13 It's going to be a wonderful thing someday to hear those
01:15 heavenly choirs sing.
01:18 We can only get the words here, we can't get the music.
01:21 But it's going to be a marvelous thing to see that and hear it.
01:24 And then it goes on, they're continuing to sing,
01:28 "For true and righteous are His judgments..."
01:32 God is righteous and God is true.
01:36 And then it goes on to say,
01:37 "...because He has judged the great harlot,"
01:40 that's Babylon, "He has judged the great harlot
01:43 who corrupted the earth..."
01:46 In other words, that is just a quick sentence,
01:48 but I'm telling you, Babylon does a lot of damage.
01:52 Huge amounts of damage, and sorrow, and misery.
01:56 Think of the people that will be lost in the end of time.
01:59 That's a terrible thing for somebody to be lost.
02:03 We just kind of take sometimes that for granted.
02:06 Listen, to be lost is the most awful of awful things.
02:11 And think of how many people are influenced
02:13 to be lost by Babylon.
02:15 It says, "...who corrupted the earth with her fornication;
02:20 He has avenged on her the blood of His servants shed by her."
02:26 So the martyrs who have been shed, now vengeance has come
02:31 through those seven last plagues.
02:32 And we've talked about the epic failure of Babylon.
02:37 God brings her down.
02:38 Verse 2, "For true and righteous are His judgments..."
02:42 It says it again.
02:43 Several times the Bible says, even before the
02:45 seven last plagues, "Just and true are Thy ways,
02:49 Thou King of saints."
02:50 Here, the singing in heaven says that, "Just and true
02:54 are Your ways."
02:55 They're affirming the fact, they've seen the whole thing,
02:58 and they're saying, "God is just and good in His justice."
03:02 Is justice a good thing?
03:04 Justice is a good thing.
03:06 You don't want to live in a sinful world
03:09 without good judges, otherwise chaos.
03:13 We live in a universe right now where sin has entered.
03:17 And there is going to be judgment and justice,
03:20 and all of these things.
03:21 Let's go back to the Scripture.
03:24 "...the great harlot who corrupted the earth
03:26 with her fornication; He has avenged on her
03:28 the blood of His servants shed by her.
03:30 Again they said, 'Alleluia!
03:33 Her smoke rises up forever and ever!'"
03:35 We'll talk about that smoke in one of our
03:39 future times together.
03:42 "And again they said, 'Alleluia!'"
03:45 "And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures
03:48 fell and worshiped God who sat on the throne,
03:51 saying, 'Amen!'" So be it. "Alleluia!
03:57 Then a voice from the throne came, saying,
04:01 'Praise our God, all you His servants
04:04 and those who fear Him, both small and great!'"
04:08 Now this is being done in heaven.
04:10 "And I heard, as it were," John says,
04:13 "the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters..."
04:20 I can hardly imagine what that means.
04:22 "...voice of a great multitude, the sound of many waters,
04:25 and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, 'Alleluia!
04:33 For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!'"
04:36 In other words, God is taking things into His own hands
04:40 with these seven last plagues, and He's overthrown Babylon.
04:43 In that seventh trumpet they praise God because
04:47 He's taken his power and He reigns, He rules, as it were.
04:54 Verse 7, "Let us be glad and rejoice..."
04:59 Now here's something else they're really
05:01 happy about in heaven.
05:02 They're seeing this great controversy
05:04 finally come to a close.
05:06 They're seeing human suffering finally getting ready
05:08 for its last front to the God of heaven.
05:12 They're seeing this great controversy
05:14 begin to wind down, as it were.
05:17 And they're happy.
05:18 They're happy to see it coming to an end.
05:20 It will be a wonderful day when evil is overthrown
05:25 and good and love, unselfish love, reigns in the earth.
05:30 That's going to be a wonderful day.
05:32 And then they go on, because they're still very happy.
05:35 "And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude,
05:38 and of mighty waters..."
05:40 I'm sorry, let me go back down to verse 7.
05:42 "Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory
05:45 for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
05:49 and His wife has made herself ready."
05:54 Now we've talked about this, "making herself ready."
05:57 I'm not going to get into a lot of that today.
05:59 But there's something that the bride has to do,
06:02 that the church has to do.
06:03 It has to get ready for Jesus to come.
06:06 And it almost sounds like that they're saying,
06:10 "Finally, finally, she's ready."
06:15 And they are so happy because the King doesn't come
06:18 to get His bride, the Lord Jesus...
06:21 This is in symbols, of course.
06:22 ...He doesn't come to get His church...
06:24 That's not a symbol.
06:26 ...until she's ready.
06:29 But you've got to remember that this bride,
06:32 this bride has been under a lot of duress.
06:36 The great red dragon has chased her,
06:39 the remnant has gone through the mark of the beast,
06:42 they've dealt with Babylon.
06:44 They're haggard almost.
06:46 But there's something that she does to get ready.
06:48 It's not talking about an outer garment.
06:50 It's talking about the beauty of her character.
06:53 And through all of this she demonstrates to the world,
06:57 the church demonstrates to the world,
06:59 the wonder and the unselfish love of the Lord Jesus.
07:04 And the world gets a glimpse.
07:05 And I think that's why so many people
07:08 in the end of time are converted.
07:10 Certainly not the majority.
07:12 Certainly a very, perhaps a small minority.
07:15 But there's seven plus billion people in this world.
07:19 And to think about the fact that even 10%,
07:23 as I've mentioned before.
07:24 But that's because the bride reflects the character,
07:29 the church reflects the character,
07:31 and she shines it out to the world
07:33 in this whole final end process.
07:36 And she makes herself ready,
07:39 by the power and the grace of the Lord Jesus, of course.
07:42 That's what it's saying here.
07:44 "And it was granted to her to be arrayed in fine linen..."
07:47 Granted to her.
07:48 This robe of righteousness is given to her.
07:51 "...clean and bright, for the fine linen
07:54 is the righteous acts of the saints."
07:57 So the saints in the end of time are going to show the universe,
08:00 they're going to show this world,
08:02 every nation, kindred, tongue, and people
08:04 are going to see operating in their midst
08:07 the church of the living God.
08:09 And they're going to see the reflection
08:11 of the power and the love of Christ in those people.
08:16 So do you think Jesus wants to come back and get her?
08:18 Don't you think He's anxious to have His church?
08:21 Just like a man looks forward to his wedding day.
08:23 He's anxious for that wedding day.
08:26 He's anxious to have that woman to be his wife.
08:30 And it's such a happy time, it's such a wonderful time.
08:34 But if you want to make that man mad,
08:37 I mean really mad,
08:40 maybe worse than mad,
08:43 mess with his bride.
08:45 Well the Lord Jesus has been very patient.
08:48 He's put up with it long enough.
08:50 And He's going to put an end to Satan messing with the church
08:55 of the living God.
08:56 He's going to put an end to it.
08:58 And that brings us to this picture of the 1000 years.
09:02 Because really, Revelation 19
09:05 sets the stage for Revelation 20.
09:08 And so when you go down to Revelation 19,
09:12 we want to look, we want to continue here,
09:14 and let's look, if you don't mind, at chapter 19:6-9.
09:19 And this is what Jesus said.
09:21 "Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory..."
09:25 Glory; Jesus gets the glory because
09:29 the wife, or the church, has made herself ready.
09:33 Now down in verse 11, it pictures Jesus
09:37 as a mighty warrior.
09:39 He comes as a mighty warrior.
09:40 Again, we don't talk about Jesus being this way.
09:43 But He comes as a mighty warrior to get His bride,
09:46 to get the church.
09:48 The church He gave His life for.
09:50 The church that He's worked tirelessly during the last
09:54 2000 years to save her and protect her.
09:58 The church that the devil told Him that He couldn't,
10:01 He wouldn't have a church to deliver.
10:03 But He's brought the church through the antichrist.
10:06 He's brought it through the cold icy fingers of delay.
10:10 He's brought His church through the terrible chaos.
10:13 Brought her through Babylon.
10:15 He's brought her through the mark of the beast.
10:17 He's brought her through all of these things.
10:20 He's brought her through.
10:22 And He's coming to get her.
10:24 And He's mad at the people that have tried to hurt her.
10:29 He's mad.
10:30 And I mean mad in a good way.
10:33 If that is such a thing.
10:34 But not mad that's off the rails in that sense,
10:37 but mad with justice.
10:40 A judicial anger.
10:43 The wrath of God is justice.
10:46 And Jesus is coming with justice.
10:49 And he goes on to say that,
10:50 "His eyes were like a flame of fire..."
10:54 Now you've got that picture in the book of
10:55 Revelation chapter 1, but there Jesus
10:58 is our Priest, but now He's come back as a warrior.
11:00 His eyes are still like a flame of fire.
11:03 "...and on His head were many crowns.
11:07 For He had a name written that no one knew but Himself.
11:10 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood..."
11:14 Now this is not the blood of the cross, per se.
11:18 This is the blood, I believe, that's going to be a symbolic
11:22 picture of the death of the wicked.
11:24 You can find reference to that in the Old Testament.
11:27 But let me go ahead here.
11:30 "His name written that no one knew but Himself.
11:32 Clothed with a robe dipped in blood,
11:33 and His name was called, The Word of God."
11:37 The apostle John in John chapter 1 calls Jesus,
11:41 "The Word who was with God and who was God."
11:46 "The armies of heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean,
11:51 followed Him on white horses."
11:53 Now that the bride has got herself ready,
11:57 she can join them.
11:58 Because her character is white and clean.
12:02 And her character matches the character of the heavenly hosts.
12:07 So they are happy to get her too.
12:10 They're thrilled to come to get the church of Jesus.
12:14 So now it comes and it says, he goes on,
12:17 "Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword,
12:20 that with it He should strike the nations.
12:23 He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron.
12:26 He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness
12:29 of the wrath of God.
12:31 And on His robe and on His thigh is a name written:
12:35 KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS."
12:40 Now the question is, how many of those who oppose Jesus
12:45 survive this battle?
12:47 This is another picture of the coming of Jesus.
12:49 Well, let's just let the Bible answer that.
12:51 Revelation 19:17-18
12:54 "Then I saw an angel standing in the sun;
12:57 and he cried with a loud voice to all the birds that fly
13:01 in the midst of heaven, saying, 'Come, gather
13:04 to the supper of the great God, that you may eat the
13:06 flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men,
13:09 and the flesh of all people..."
13:13 So those who oppose Jesus, the people of the earth
13:18 who are angry at Jesus, how many of them survive?
13:23 And the answer to that is, none.
13:27 Those who oppose Jesus who are living on the earth,
13:31 they do not survive the coming of Jesus
13:36 as King of kings and Lord of lords.