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This song John heard them sing in heaven; this heaven is the new heaven and these redeemed people out of all the tribes of Israel constitute the new heaven themselves, standing with the Lamb on Mount Sion. They are a separate and distinct people from the body of Christ made perfect, which is manifest from the fact that they sing their new song before the throne, and before, and in the presence of the four beasts and the elders.
THE SUBDUING OF THE NATIONS
"The Lord reigneth "- Marriage of the Lamb - Guests, bride and marriage supper - What becomes of the righteous who die? – Revelation is
Spirit of Prophecy "— The Lord as man of war Means of warfare — Christ's first coming to teach - Second coming to judge and rule — Symbolic description of Christ as man of war — Iron rule — Feigned obedience of nations - Wine-press - Battle of great day of God Almighty — Result "Lake of fire and brimstone"- Destiny of escaped — Dragon "bound for a thousand years "_" First resurrection ”— Resurrection of Satan Revolt of nations - Destiny of Devil.
A VOICE FROM HEAVEN (REV. 19:5-6) And a voice came out of the throne saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both great and small.” This command is to men in the flesh, the hundred forty and four thousand, the remnant of Israel. And John heard in response to this command, as the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia, for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth."
THE MARRIAGE OF THE LAMB (REV. 19:7) The hundred forty and four thousand continue, saying, “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him, for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready."
THE GARMENTS OF THE BRIDE (REV. 19:8) “And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white, for the fine linen is (or represents) the righteousness of saints." And the angel commanded John, saying, “Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb." And John adds, "And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God."
THOSE CALLED UNTO THE MARRIAGE SUPPER (REV. 19:9) "Write, Blessed are they that are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb." But who are they that are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb? We reply, They can be neither the bride, nor the bridegroom. Christ is the Lamb, and the church of Christ is the bride, and the Lamb of God is the bridegroom, and it is the hundred forty and four thousand that are the guests at the wedding. These have the honor of attending the greatest and most notable wedding that has ever been celebrated since the world began.
THE BRIDE (11 COR. 11:2) Paul said to the church at Corinth, “I have espoused you to one husband that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.” The children of God are espoused to Christ now, and if faithful, will be married to him in the resurrection. The apostle writes also to the church at Ephesus (5: 30-32) saying, “ For we are members of his body, of his fesh and of his bones; for this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife; and they shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church." Therefore as Christ's flesh and bones are now made perfect, that is immortal, so will the flesh and bones of his bride be when they are united in marriage in the resurrection.
OF WHAT WILL THE SUPPER CONSIST? (REV. 19:17-18) The angel said unto John, “Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.” Now the invitation to the guests to come to the marriage supper of the Lamb is not couched in plain language, but it is spoken to them after the manner of this book in figurative language, and reads as follows, saying (verse 17), “And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God." The food then of which the supper will consist is described as follows, saying to the fowls, "that ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses (soldiers), and of them that sit on them (their captains), and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.” When John saw and heard these wonderful things, he was so much impressed with them that he fell at the feet of the angel which showed him these things, to worship him, and he said unto him (verse 10), “ See thou do it not; I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."
THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS (REV. 19:10) “For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” The Book of the Revelation is the testimony of Jesus, even as it is called in the very beginning of the book of which John bare record. Again Jesus speaks of himself in the closing words of the book saying, “I, Jesus, have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches."
"I AM OF THY BRETHREN, THE PROPHETS (REV. 19: 10) The reason why the angel who showed John these wonderful things by signs, figures, and similitudes would not accept divine honors from him, he states in the following words saying, "I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus.” And the second time that John would worship him (22:9) he refused saying, "I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets and of them which keep the sayings of this book.” This angel, therefore, being one of John's brethren was an Israelite, one of the children of Israel who had been glorified, for he was an angel. This is a valuable lesson for all to learn who are in doubt, or who are entirely ignorant as to what the saints will do in the ages to come. Between death and the resurrection, as we have already proved, they will do nothing, neither the righteous nor the wicked, even as speaketh the Preacher, saying (Eccles. 9), “ All things come alike to all; there is one event to the righteous and to the wicked; to the good, and to the clean and to the unclean; to him that sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth not; as is the good so is the sinner; and he that sweareth as he that feareth an oath. This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that there is one event unto all; yea also the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead. For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope, for a living dog is better than a dead lion.” And we may now say that in the present day very few of the inhabitants of the earth know and understand the scriptural reason why a live dog is better than a dead lion, but here the wise man informs us, saying, “For the living know that they shall die, but the dead know not anything, neither have they any more a reward, for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy is now perished."
Now in the light of these words it is folly for any one to affirm that when a man dies, his body knows not anything but that his mind is still active, that his love, hatred, envy and all the faculties of his mind are still alive and vigorous. But No, saith the prophet, “their love and their hatred, and their envy is now perished." Knowledge, memory, thought, love, hatred, envy are all qualities of the mind, and when a man dies, they all die with him, and are no more until he rises from the dead; then they will appear again in all their fullness and vigor, but not till then.
Therefore when the righteous rise in the resurrection in glory and in power, they will be employed with Christ their Lord in executing the judgment and will have power like the angel who spake to John, to communicate with men in the flesh, with wise men and prophets, even as the angels have done in the past who have been sent of God to do his will in the earth. But they will be hidden from human sight as the angels are; and will not be seen except as the angels have been in the past, when they were pleased to withdraw the veil and show themselves to men in the flesh, to mortal men, to speak with them face to face, as the angel spake to Moses in the wilderness, or in visions and dreams, as was often done; even so will the saints do when they are as the angels. “For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, of which we speak.” The age to come will be governed by Christ and his brethren.
THE SPIRIT OF PROPHECY The angel said to John, “I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus ” (Rev. 19:10). And the reason why he could have the testimony of Jesus, he explains, saying, “For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” This is tantamount to saying that the book of the Revelation is a summary in concentrated form of the great things of God's law as set forth in the writings of Moses and the prophets; and therefore as this angel who showed John these things was himself one of Israel's prophets who had been glorified by resurrection or translation, but whose name is secret, and as this angel had lived in the flesh in the former days of Israel, — he could then have held and kept the testimony of the prophets, which is afterwards called the testimony of Jesus. For Peter says, “The prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto your searching what or what manner of time the spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified before hand of the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow” (1 Pet. 1: 10-11).
Again Paul hath said of Israel in the wilderness, “They all did eat the same spiritual meat, and did all drink the same spiritual drink; for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ ” (1 Cor. 10:3-4). Now the spirit which accompanied the children of Israel through the wilderness by which they were instructed and guided, and by which they received the law, is called the spirit of Christ, that is, the spirit of anointing, and is the spirit by which Jesus was anointed, even as Peter spake to Cornelius saying, “The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ, that word I say ye know, which was published throughout all Judea and began from Galilee after the baptism which John preached, - how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil, for God was with him.”
It is easy, therefore, to see how the testimony of Jesus, as contained in the Book of the Revelation, is the spirit of prophecy, for with the same spirit by which God spake to Israel by the former prophets of old, he afterwards spake to Israel by Jesus of Nazareth, and by that same spirit was the Book of the Revelation given to the churches through Jesus of Nazareth and is therefore called the testimony of Jesus. And as the spirit spake by the prophets of things which should arise in the future, both in plain language and by figures and similitudes, so the same spirit also spake of the same things in the Revelation, but in a much more symbolical form by the hand of Jesus than he had done before by the hand of Moses and the prophets. Moreover, a very striking illustration of how the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy, appears in what is said of the marriage supper of the Lamb, first in the prophets and afterwards in the Revelation.
THE MARRIAGE SUPPER SPOKEN OF IN PROPHECY First, this great supper, or sacrifice, and what it consists of, and who are the honored guests that are to consume this bountiful repast as brought to view in the Revelation, are also portrayed in the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel long before the Book of the Revelation was sent by the hand of Jesus Christ to the churches. Therefore the Lord spake by Ezekiel (39: 1-5) saying,
Son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord God, Behold I am against thee, () Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: and I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel: And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand. Thou shalt fall upon the moun