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Exploring Revelation
“Revelatiom 19:17-18”
by Art Sadlier   
July 10th, 2011

"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." Revelation 19:17

In verse15, we saw the weapon to be used by the Lord in the great battle of Armageddon. That weapon is the Word of Christ.

Now in our text verse today we see even before the battle begins the announcement of the outcome of the battle. The outcome was actually determined in eternity past. The sovereign Lord of the universe knows the end from the beginning. The foreknowledge of God permeates the whole of the Bible. Though God is sovereign He does not want to crush our wills, He wants us to bring them into conformity to His perfect will. If we refuse to do that we must suffer the consequences of the choosing of our own way.  2 Peter 3:9 we read, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” My friend, If you end up in hell it will be because you went against the will of God, you chose your own way.

We see in our text, the great supper the Lord is preparing for the birds of the air. This emphasises that whoever goes against the Will of God will be refuse for the birds of prey to feed upon. The language is disgusting and nauseating and it reveals the consequences of rebelling against God. It reminds us that God hates sin with an infinite and eternal hatred.

For 6,000 years God has given men opportunity to repent and turn to Him. All down over those long ages men have blasphemed God and turned away from Him. Now in our text the accepted time to repent is past. Now it is time for God to pour out His wrath upon the ungodly. The words of Paul in Galatians 6:7-8 are now fulfilled, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”

We saw early in the tribulation period, Revelation 6:15-17, that it was impossible to escape the wrath of God, and here the same applies. “It is appointed to man once to die and after that the judgment.” Every man has an appointment with God after death and there will be no escaping that appointment.

In our text we see an angel standing in the sun, what a dramatic scene. How the Lord strives today to win the attention of men and to win their hearts. We see the angel crying out with a loud voice, he has ceased now to appeal to men, he is now calling for judgment, the day of salvation is now past in our text.

Thank the Lord, that day has not yet come! The door of salvation is still open. My friend if you are not saved come as fast as you can and cry out to God for salvation.

Today men are rebelling against God and doing their own thing and they seem to have the upper hand. We must choose to be on what seems to be the losing side now and be on the winning side at the return of Christ.  Those on the world’s side seem to winning the day but the night is soon to fall on them.

Right up to the moment of our text the beast and his followers were riding the crest of the wave. Now the tide is about to change.

That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great,” (Revelation 19:18).  Notice the list of those who will be crushed by Christ and devoured by the birds. Kings; there may seem to be safety in identifying with the rich and powerful of this world but that is only an illusion. Captains and mighty men; we need to get our eyes off of the men and things of this world and get them on the Lord. Remember it is who you know that will condemn you or deliver you. Both small and great; there may seem to be safety in going with the crowd but there really is not. To be in the world and of the world is to be lost, we are called out of the world altogether, “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you,” (John 15:19).

The surest way to identify a man’s spiritual condition is to mark his relationship with the world. “If any man love the world the love of the Father is not in him.”

Today we are rushing toward the tribulation period. Now is the time to identify with Christ and His people. Now is the time to turn your back on the world and the things of the world. Now is the time to walk with Him in white. Now is the time to sound the warning to others. Christ is coming soon!

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