THE GREAT SUPPER OF GOD

Scripture Reading: Revelation 19:17-21

“Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and with a loud voice he called to all the birds that fly directly overhead, ‘Come, gather for the great supper of God.'” (Revelation 19:17)

This is the second supper mentioned in this vision. The first is the marriage supper of the Lamb, when those called in white robes of righteousness are invited to sit eternally at the Lord’s table with Him. The second supper is hideous; it is not a meal of God’s covenant blessing, but one of His final curse. The invited guests are vultures (scavengers) — “Come, gather for the great supper of God, to eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all men, both free and slave, both small and great” (vs. 17,18).

We are then taken back to Armageddon, the decisive and final battle. This battle is also called “the war of the great day of God, the Almighty” (16:14). When the sixth angel poured out his golden bowl of wrath (chapter 16), the great River Euphrates dried up and the way was prepared for the kings of the earth, under the influence and power of evil, to launch their final attack upon Christ.

The beast and the kings of the earth and their armies assemble to make war against Christ and His army (v. 19). But the battle is short-lived. The outcome is swift and final. The beast and the false prophet are thrown into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone (v. 20). And the rest are killed with the sword, which came out of the mouth of Christ who is seated upon the horse (v. 21) and the birds consume their flesh.

Christ’s enemies are destroyed forever. The harlot (representing the evil world — worldliness) is gone. The beast of the sea (representing secular and political forces in opposition to Christ) is gone. The false prophet, who is also called the beast of the earth, (representing false religions) is gone. There is only one enemy left — the dragon, Satan, the devil, the serpent of old. However, his doom is sure as we will see soon.

Lord Jesus, you clearly stated that we will have tribulation in the world, but for us to take heart because You have overcome the world (John 16:33). We know that the world is passing away (I John 2:17), including all worldliness, the secular and political powers that oppose You, and all the false religious that are invented over time. You are the victorious King and Warrior who protects and defends me. I know that I am safe in Your hands and I know that one day all the troubles and temptations I face in this fallen world will be gone forever. I rest in You, my Savior and Lord.

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