A vision of the marriage of the Lamb and his wife and the defeat of opposition to God.
1. What does the voice of the great multitude in heaven say?
v 1 and 2 After these things I heard something like a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Hallelujah! Salvation, power, and glory belong to our God; for his judgements are true and righteous. For he has judged the great prostitute, who corrupted the earth with her sexual immorality, and he has avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.”
2. Why does the voice ask for rejoicing and great gladness?
v 6 and 7 I heard something like the voice of a great multitude, and like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of mighty thunders, saying, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns! Let’s rejoice and be exceedingly glad, and let’s give the glory to him. For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his wife has made herself ready.”
3. What does the rider of the white horse do?
v 11 I saw the heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it is called Faithful and True. In righteousness he judges and makes war.
and v 15 ... Out of his mouth proceeds a sharp, double-edged sword, that with it he should strike the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod. He treads the wine press of the fierceness of the wrath of God, the Almighty.
- v 1 to 5 God is to be praised for his judgements on behalf of those who serve him
- v 6 to 10 There is rejoicing that the wedding of the Lamb and his wife is taking place
- v 11 to 16 John sees a vision of a rider on a white horse followed by his armies. He is making war on behalf of Almighty God against the nations who are opposing God
- v 17 to 21 The birds of the air are summoned to feast on the carcases. All opposition to the rider and his armies is destroyed