The Overthrow of the Antichrist and His Armies
And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to
make war against him that sat upon the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken,
and with him the false prophet that wrought the signs in his sight, wherewith he deceived them
that had received the mark of the beast and them that worshipped his image: they two were
cast alive into the lake of fire that burneth with brimstone;
and the rest were killed with the
sword of him that sat upon the horse, even the sword which came forth out of his mouth;
and all the birds were filled with their flesh.
The description of the great supper by the birds, precedes that of
the slaughter of those upon
whom they feed, as the closing words of this passage show.
What an array! "The Beast, (Anti Christ) and the kings of the earth" are "gathered together"-
not only the Anti Christ's allied ten kings, but, deluded
by the three unclean spirits of
Revelation 16:13, 14 "the kings of the whole world" are gathered together "unto the war
of the great day of God, the Almighty." We have already noted that their headquarters will
be at the valley of Megiddo,
called Armageddon, just southeast of Mt. Carmel in Palestine.
There is evidently on the part of these armies, a knowledge of Him against whom they are
fighting. I believe that when the heaven is "opened" and the Lamb upon the white horse
and His armies come forth, the scene is visible from this earth. It is a direct warfare of hell,
against heaven. Satan, cast with his millions of angles out of heaven in his war against Michael
and his angels (chapter 12) has brought up this
false christ with his false prophet and arrayed
the millions of earth's mortals against Michael's Lord and all the hosts of heaven!
WHAT SUPREME FOLLY! The dragon coudl not pervail even against Michael. Now he is trusting
the puny arm
of flesh to defy the whole host of heaven, led by the Son of God Himself!
This is the incurable insanity of sin, which wars away in spite of defeat after defeat, against
a Holy God! .
'"The Beast was taken, and with him the false prophet."
Against the forward March of the King
of Kings there can be no struggle, such as there was when the dragon warred with Michael in
chapter 12. How the beast shall be "taken" we are not told: the King gives the order, and
the arrest of these hellish leaders, the ting wo men from the lost regions who
had been permitted to return to earth to be the accepted leaders of a Christ-rejecting
"They two" are cast alive into the lake of fire. The word "alive"
here signifies existence in a
human body. It is not only a state of conscious existence; but life in a human body.
Our Lord's use of the word concerning His own life after resurrection is seen in Revelation 1:18
"I am alive for evermore!"
Revelation 20:4, it is used for coming to life in resurrection,
"they lived" and reigned with Christ."
Furthermore, this lake of fire into which the Beast and the false Propeht are cast (first
mentioned here: compare Revelation 20:10,
14,15: 21:8) is the same as the Gehenna of which
our Lord warned the Jews in Matthew, Mark and Luke and through the Apostle James.
This is proved by comparing Matthew 25:41 with Revelation 20:10.
It is of immeasurable importance
just now, that believers should become established
concerning the nature and ternity of future punishment; also as to the distinction of Sheol
(Hades) from the lake of fire; and of the literal character of the latter.
fact that these two men in human bodies (Mark 9:43-48) are found in the lake of
fire after the thousand years and are to be tormented ceaselessly these forever, should sober
all our thoughts. When sin becomes absolute, it will bring absolute
punishment, and that
Not that the "rest" of this vast horde of millions gathered against Jerusalem are slain directly
by Christ: WIth the Breath of his lips shall He slay the wicked"
And now, as the closing scene of the
present order, behold the millions upon millions of flesh-
eating birds clearing away the carcasses of the rebels against God and against Christ! One
vulture or two feeding on some fallen creature is a hideous sight to our eyes. What, then, will
be this awful line of corpses, of two hundred miles, covered with countless hosts of
scavengers! Reflect anew on what sin brings!
THIS SCENE WILL COME TO PASS!
April 27th, 2018
The Book of Revelation By William Newell
April 28th, 2018
Not until now has God permitted His great adversary to bring forth this "man of sin." There has been hitherto "one that restraineth" who we believe to be the Holy Spirit, by His presence on earth in the Church-a direct action
Now from Daniel 2:42 and 44, we know that the ten toes were to be ten kings, in whose days "shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom." The ten horns of Revelation 13:1 correspond to those of 17:3, interpreted in 17:12, "The ten horns....are
then kings....receive authority with the Beast for one hour. These have one mind, and they give their power and authority unto the Beast."
The Beast, therefore, of Revelation 13 is a man who controls absolutely the royal authority of the ten kings at
the time of the end, and this by their own united will. Thus we see on these horns in Revelation 13:1, ten diadems. They are ten distinct powers; perhaps (according to the two feet of the image) five in the east and five in the west, although, knowing that
"all that dwell on the earth" shall worship this last World emperor, we do not need to insist upon this. Moerever, the ten horns are kings, not kingdoms; and kings that do not become such till the Beast arises. Revelation 17:12.
The fact that the leopard
of Greece, the bear of Medo Persia, and the lion of old Babylon, are all seen in this Beast, shows how all-inclusive of human things will be his character; he sums up all the brilliancy, all the of massive ponderousness of powe, all of the absolute autocratic
royal dominion, that the Gentiles have ever known.
Satan, being the prince of this world and the god of this age, and being desperately set on ruling men and being worshipped by them, is now given his chance. Because men by trifling with the truth,
and by utter impenitence have opened the way, God will now send them a strong delusion that they may believe the devil's lie.(The lie-11 Thessalonians 2:11,)
The Beast, therefore, set before us in Revelation 13, is the dragon's masterpiece
of delusion, leading to worship of himself. (Revelation 13:4)
But, men being what they are, it will require a "Christ", or specially prepared man, to lead them to adore as their god, Satan, who sends forth his "Christ".
In this, of course, Satan
copies God's plan of salvation by the Lord Jesus. 'No man hath seen God at any time."
"He that hath seen me hath seen the Father," our Lord told us. To God it was infinite condescension and love that "God (should be) manifest in the flesh." Christ humbled
Himself by becoming "in the likeness of men". It was also in Christ as man that the eternal counsels of God lay. The climax for the redeemed is, "They shall see His (God's) face." "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God."
Now Satan imitates
all this. Instead of revealing himself directly to the mass of humanity, he selects two men, one to be worshipped, and the other to be his "prophet", to secure such worship; for men are gross and crass generally, unable to perceive or appreciate the intellectual
and spiritual marvels of the being who is called "the dragon." And so it would be contrary to the pride of Satan openly to reveal himself to them. But it is in direct conformation to man's nature to place before his eyes this Beast, a being who is the exponent
and expression of the Satanic power behind him. Thus the superstitious awe and wonder of man would be drawn out; and the human imagination (which marvelous faculty man almost lives in, and which is fairly creative in its power) would be appealed to more powerfully
than in any other way.
Even the Beast himself will retreat on step from man, in the same way, when an "image" is made of him by the second beast!
Thus will lie in the deluded world's inner consciousness "the likeness of an image" of man, a wonderful
man, who has returned in a manner beyond their knowledge from the unseen realm of the dead. And all the while the worship of all men will really be retained by Satan himself; for it will be known by all that it is the dragon himself that has given "his authority
unto the Beast."
We have, then, Satan worshipped through his chosen vessel, or "Christ", a worship carried on through a fearful, speaking, breathing image, that can kill non-conformists or cause their death!
This is "the lie," the inescapable
damning lie, that the world in its dreamed of "progress" is about to enter into!
And I saw one of his heads as though it had been slain unto death; and his deathstroke was healed: and the whole earth wondered after the beast.
The Deepest sentiment of the natural heart is enmity against God; and this fact God will have brought out so thoroughly that there will never be a question again concerning the wisdom of taking governmental affairs out of unregenerate
man's hands, and placing them absolutely in Christ's, who share it with His saints.
It will be God's answer (so far as is possible before the new earth) of the prayers of His saints: "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven."
The Millennium will, of course, be a mixed state of things, in that, although curtailed greatly, both sin and death will be on earth. (Isaiah 65:20)
Looked at from Christ's side: He receives, after long patience, the kingdom of this world which
He has been constantly "expecting", there at God's right hand (Hebrew 10:12, 13). And He will reign in that righteousness which He has loved (Psalm 45:6,7)
At last He will be able to confer upon the meek of the earth the place and inheritance He ever
loved to promise them! They shall inherit the land, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace."
God may have seemed slow to these believers as they faced persecution every day and longed to be delivered. But God is not slow; he just is
not on our timetable (Psalm 90:4)