Revelation Chapter 19 – A Wedding and a War

“After these things, I heard what sounded like the roar of a huge crowd in heaven, shouting, “Halleluyah! The victory, the glory, the power of our God! For his judgments are true and just. He has judged the great whore who corrupted the earth with her whoring. He has taken vengeance on her who has the blood of his servants on her hands.”

Yochanan hears a huge crowd of people in heaven shouting. The Hebrew word hamon means ‘a sound or roar’ from ‘an abundance of people.’ Throughout the prophets hamon is used of a large army (Daniel 11:10). At this time, Yeshua is preparing a people to be his Bride and his army.

The ‘roar’ from this crowd is Halleluyah! which is Hebrew for “Praise Yahweh!” They are praising yod hey vav hey for His victory, His glory, His power and His judgments which are true and just.

“Save us, Adonai our God! Gather us from among the nations, so that we can thank your holy name and glory in praising you. Blessed be Adonai, the God of Isra’el, from eternity past to eternity future. Now let all the people say, “Amen! Halleluyah!” (Psalm 106:47-48).

‘Victory’ in Hebrew is teshuah and means ‘deliverance’ and ‘salvation.’ It is from shuah that the name Yeshua comes. This word is found 34 times in the Hebrew Scriptures. The crowd in heaven is quite literally praising yod hey vav hey for Yeshua who has delivered them from the bonds of death to life.

“Adonai is alive! Blessed is my Rock!Exalted be the God of my salvation, the God who avenges me and subdues peoples under me” (Psalm 18:46-47).

‘Glory’ in Hebrew is kavod and means ‘honor and dignity.’ According to Psalm 115:1, the only One who is to receive ‘glory’ is Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh, the I AM. The multitude in heaven understand from where their deliverance came and respond with their entire heart, mind and soul.

‘Glory’ in the Hebrew has a sense of ‘coming down’ or being ‘weighty.’ When the glory of yod hey vav hey comes down, His presence becomes all encompassing especially when we praise Him in His glory. The Scriptures say that He is enthroned on the praises of Isra’el (Psalm 22:4).

“The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the peoples see his glory. All who worship images will be put to shame, those who make their boast in worthless idols. Bow down to him, all you gods!” (Psalm 97:6-7).

‘Power’ in Hebrew is tokef and means ‘strength’ and ‘energy.’ It is only through the tokef of yod hey vav hey that anyone has victory in this life. Tokef also means ‘authority.’ Through the ‘authority’ and ‘power’ of yod hey vav hey there is victory over the world.

“Arise, Adonai, in your strength; and we will sing and praise your power” (Psalm 21:14).

Elohim’s judgments are true and just. The word for ‘judgment’ is mishpat and is used for Elohim’s commandment, translated ‘laws.’ Week 18 of the Torah portions from Exodus 21:1-24:8 is called Mishpatim or ‘rulings.’

When yod hey vav hey makes a ‘judgment’ it will be based on His mishpatim, His Torah. Mishpatim or the plural of mishpat means justice. Justice simply means that people receive what they deserve. In the end of days, the delivered are saturated in the glory, honor, reverence and praise of Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh. Those who had shed their blood – over the millennia – receive their just reward. Their praise continues establishing the witness for their deliverance and justice to be rendered rendered on earth.

“And a second time they said, “Halleluyah! Her smoke goes up forever and ever!” The twenty-four elders and the four living beings fell down and worshipped God, sitting on the throne, and said, “Amen! Halleluyah!”

The 24 elders along with the living beings fall down and worship yod hey vav hey. Twenty-four symbolizes the priesthood. King David created 24 divisions of Levites from the clans of Eleazer and Itamar, the sons of Aharon, that determined when each clan would serve at the Temple. Each division had chief or leader making 24 priestly elders. It is at this time that judgment is rendered, the judgment that the four living beings and 24 elders prepared for in Revelation chapter 4.

“A voice went out from the throne, saying, “Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, small and great!”

The Hebrew word for ‘throne’ is kisseh and means ‘seat of honor’ and is used specifically for the throne of Elohim. A ‘voice’ goes out specifically from the throne. This word is kol and is the same word used in Genesis 3:8. However, in Genesis 3:8, it is preceded by the alef tav, the ‘sign’ of Yeshua. The kol in Revelation is a voice that commands praise for Eloheinu preceded by the alef tav. The command is given from yod hey vav hey to praise Yeshua, all his servants whether great or small.

The Hebrew word for ‘servant’ is ebed and is sometimes translated as ‘slave.’ Slaves in Biblical culture were considered more of a hired hand and could be set free every seven years if they desired according to Torah (Exodus 21). Sha’ul referred to himself as a ‘slave’ of Messiah Yeshua which meant he understood himself to be ‘bought with a price’ (Romans 1:1, 1 Corinthians 6:20). He also understood that his ‘bondage’ was for a lifetime commitment to ‘serve’ his Messiah, Savior and King Yeshua.

“You should be aware that the ransom paid to free you from the worthless way of life which your fathers passed on to you did not consist of anything perishable like silver or gold; on the contrary, it was the costly bloody sacrificial death of the Messiah, as of a lamb without defect or spot.It was the costly bloody sacrificial death of the Messiah, as of a lamb without defect or spot” (1 Peter 1:18-19).

“Then I heard what sounded like the roar of a huge crowd, like the sound of rushing waters, like loud peals of thunder, saying, “Halleluyah! Adonai, God of heaven’s armies, has begun his reign!”

What makes ‘rushing water?’ It could be anything from the great many water falls at Iguaçu in Brasil, the pouring of water over the ledges at Niagra Falls, or just a simple stream stumbling over rocks in the Russian River in Alaska. Wherever water runs down hills and rushes over rocks, people stope and listen. Something draws them to the sound and even the sight.

In my home, I wanted a little water fall because I loved the sound of moving water. There is something refreshing about a moving stream in the background of life. And, the Bible compares Yeshua’s voice to the sound of water. Whether the rushing water thunders over cliffs or trickles in a small stream, the moving of water produces a sound that brings a sense of shalom, of quietness, and even power. When one stops and listens to the voice of Yeshua in the moving water, in that moment, it changes the inner man.

Now, the huge army of people sound like rushing waters. It appears that as they have been delivered and glorified, the hope of being like Yeshua has come to pass.

“Dear friends, we are God’s children now; and it has not yet been made clear what we will become. We do know that when he appears, we will be like him; because we will see him as he really is” (1 John 3:2-3).

Hebrew Word Pictures

Water – Mayim or מים

Mem is a picture of ‘water’ and means ‘mighty.’

Yod is a picture of a ‘closed hand’ and means ‘finished work.’

Mem is a picture of ‘water’ and means ‘mighty.’

Mayim means ‘mighty finished work mighty.

“More than the sound of rushing waters or the mighty breakers of the sea, Adonai on high is mighty” (Psalm 93:4).

“There I saw the glory of the God of Isra’el approaching from the east. His voice was like the sound of rushing water, and the earth shone with his glory” (Ezekiel 43:2).

Another sound accompanies the sound of rushing water, the peals of thunder. When Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh came to the top of the mountain to meet with the Israelites, there was lightning and thunder, the sound of His voice. At the sounds of the rushing water, the voice of Yeshua with his army and the peals of thunder, the voice of I AM, Adonai Tzva’ot begins his reign over all the earth.

“God thunders wonderfully with his voice, he does great things beyond our understanding” (Job 37:5).

“The voice of Adonai is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, Adonai over rushing waters, the voice of Adonai in power, the voice of Adonai in splendor” (Psalm 29:3-4).

“Adonai will roar from Tziyon, he will thunder from Yerushalayim, the sky and the earth will shake …” (Joel 4:16).

Wedding of the Bride and the Lamb

“Let us rejoice and be glad! Let us give him the glory! For the time has come for the wedding of the Lamb, and his Bride has prepared herself —fine linen, bright and clean has been given her to wear.” (“Fine linen” means the righteous deeds of God’s people.)”

The Parable of the wedding feast in Matthew 22 is the prophetic vision for the Wedding Feast of the Lamb. Many invitations were sent out, but most who received them had excuses for why they couldn’t come. Some got married, others bought a cow. The king becomes angry and sends his ‘servants’ out to the streets to bring in whoever they could find to respond to the invitation. There is even one ‘guest’ who tries to enter without the correct wedding clothes and is thrown outside into the darkness.

As the armies of Elohim prepare for war, there is a type of intermission, the conclusion of the betrothal ceremony from Yeshua’s Pesach seder. He states in Luke 22:16 that he would not celebrate the Passover again until it was fulfilled in the Kingdom of God. That ‘appointed time’ has come; the King is now reigning on this throne.

In Yahweh’s commands regarding the ‘appointed times’ in Leviticus 23, each one is called a ‘holy convocation.’ These words in Hebrew are mikrah and mean ‘rehearsal.’ In other words, though many were invited to the wedding feast, few have been chosen or few chose to attend. Only the Bride prepared and came to the ‘rehearsal dinners.’ Only the Bride did not make excuses or rationalizations for not attending the mikrot.

The Bride of the Lamb is comprised of the wise virgins who had oil in their lamps, walking in Spirit, the Ruach haKodesh and Truth, using the whole counsel of the Word of Elohim. The Bride encompasses those who willingly purified their hearts, trained themselves in righteousness, lived blameless lives in a wicked, lawless world. Like the Proverbs 31 woman of valor, the Eshet Chayil, the Bride has been faithful, hard working, courageous, maturing in the faith, and learning to live the lifestyle of her Jewish Bridegroom.

The Bride is given fine linen, bright and clean to wear. Her garment is more than just a robe washed in the blood of the lamb, it is symbolic of her righteous deeds and living a victorious, sanctified life. It represents her maturity in Messiah as no one marries a child or adolescent, but a mature woman. The bridal robe is reminiscent of the priests who also wore fine linen, symbolic of purity, to minister in the Temple. The Hebrew word for fine linen is sheshee and means ‘white or bleached.’  Fine linen is made from the fibers of the flax plant and is known for its pure white color (Exodus 9:31).   The process to create a fabric from flax is labor intensive, but when the threads are woven into garments, it is cool and remains fresh in hot weather. 

“As a bridegroom rejoices over the bride, your God will rejoice over you” (Isaiah 62:5).

“In order to present the Messianic Community to himself as a bride to be proud of, without a spot, wrinkle or any such thing, but holy and without defect” (Ephesians 5:27).

The Wedding Guests

“The angel said to me, “Write: ‘How blessed are those who have been invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb!’” Then he added, “These are God’s very words.” I fell at his feet to worship him; but he said, “Don’t do that! I’m only a fellow-servant with you and your brothers who have the testimony of Yeshua. Worship God! For the testimony of Yeshua is the Spirit of prophecy.”

There are those who have been invited to the Wedding Feast of the Lamb. Those on the street corners, the poor, the lame, the good, the bad who came immediately to the wedding feast without excuse. These people are blessed. Sometimes the Hebrew word barak is translated ‘happy’ or ‘rejoice.’ The literal Hebrew word for ‘rejoice’ is gil and means to ‘spin around with emotion.’ In other words, those who have been invited to the Wedding Feast of the Lamb are so excited and blessed, they DANCE!

Yochanan is overcome that ‘these are God’s very words’ that he falls at the angel’s feet to worship. The angel tells him not to worship him because he is nothing more than a ‘servant’ unlike Yochanan’s brothers who have a testimony of Yeshua. He tells Yochanan to ‘Worship the Creator of all things!’

The Spirit of Prophecy

The angel explains that having a ‘testimony of Yeshua is the Spirit of prophecy.’ In the Hebrew, the word nebuah is the noun ‘prophecy.’ It means that the prediction given is spoken or written. The word naba is the verb ‘to prophesy under the influence of the divine Spirit.’ Sometimes prophecy is done with song and dancing.

In the TeNaK, (Torah, Prophets, Writings) prophets foretold the future through divine revelation. Sometimes the revelation came through a vision, orally through an angel, through inspiration of the Spirit, a dream and even once through writing when Elohim gave Moshe the Ten Commandments. Prophets corrected the Kings of Isra’el hoping they would repent and return to Elohim. Prophets spoke the Truth into the hearts of the people which more often than not left them as outcasts in the culture. Even Yeshua said that a prophet is not accepted in his home town (Luke 4:24).

“For never has a prophecy come as a result of human willing — on the contrary, people moved by the Ruach HaKodesh spoke a message from God” (2 Peter 1:21).

Moreover, this statement from the angel suggests that prophets like Moshe, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Micah, Isaiah and Daniel each had a testimony of Yeshua. They knew him in a personal way. I have heard people say over the years that the ‘old testament’ people didn’t know Yeshua. This is not true. The Spirit of prophecy in each of these men proves they knew Yeshua – maybe not as the Word in the flesh, but as the prophetic Word.

This angelic statement also suggests that those who have a testimony of Yeshua have the Spirit of prophecy working in them in some capacity. To testify about the work Yeshua has done in an individual’s life has prophetic ramifications – not in telling the future, but in speaking the Truth to another. Because it comes from the Spirit, each testimony has the ability to not only encourage someone else, but convict of sin and the need for redemption.

In Corinth, Sha’ul taught that the Spirit manifests gifts to followers of Messiah. One of those gifts is the ‘spirit of prophecy.’ In Romans 12, Sha’ul tells each person to use their prophetic spiritual gift according to their individual measure of faith. In Acts 21:8-10, it is recorded that Phillip, who had spoken with the Ethiopian eunuch, had four daughters who each had the gift of prophecy. This means they each had a testimony of Yeshua in their life.

““After this, I will pour out my Spirit on all humanity. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions …” (Joel 3:1)

On the day of Shavuot, the Feast of Weeks, another ‘appointed time’ of Elohim, Kefa (Peter) quoted from the prophet Yoel who prophesied that one day the Spirit of Elohim would be poured out on all men, not just a small group of inspired men. At that time, everyone who had the Ruach haKodesh, from young sons and daughters to old men would dream dreams and experience visions. This is the spirit of prophecy, the testimony of Yeshua.

The War of the King

“Next I saw heaven opened, and there before me was a white horse. Sitting on it was the one called Faithful and True, and it is in righteousness that he passes judgment and goes to battle. His eyes were like a fiery flame, and on his head were many royal crowns. And he had a name written which no one knew but himself. He was wearing a robe that had been soaked in blood, and the name by which he is called is, “THE WORD OF GOD.”

The rider on this white horse is not the same rider from Revelation chapter 6 that went out to conquest the world through earthly judgments. This is the white horse of King Messiah, the one who is called Faithful and True.

Unlike the conqueror of the white horse who wears one crown, Yeshua wears many royal crowns on his head. His eyes are like fiery flames. He wears a robe that had been soaked in blood. This is not the blood of the Lamb, the blood that takes away the sin of the world. This is not the blood from the cross.

The rider on the white horse is the Lion of Y’hudah, the Warrior King Yeshua who returns victorious from battling the enemies of Elohim. The prophet Isaiah vividly describes the battle of Yeshua’s vengeance and day of redemption. He says that the blood on the robe, like someone treading a winepress, is the lifeblood of the nations and not only stained his garments, but was poured out on the earth.

“Who is this, coming from Edom, from Botzrah with clothing stained crimson, so magnificently dressed, so stately in his great strength? “It is I, who speak victoriously, I, well able to save.Why is your apparel red, your clothes like someone treading a winepress? “I have trodden the winepress alone; from the peoples [nations], not one was with me. So I trod them in my anger, trampled them in my fury; so their lifeblood spurted out on my clothing, and I have stained all my garments; for the day of vengeance that was in my heart and my year of redemption have come. I looked, but there was no one to help, and I was appalled that no one upheld me. Therefore my own arm brought me salvation, and my own fury upheld me. In my anger I trod down the peoples, made them drunk with my fury, then poured out their lifeblood on the earth” (Isaiah 63:1-6).

“Then Adonai [Yeshua] will go out and fight against those nations, fighting as on a day of battle” (Zechariah 14:3).

The Armies of Yeshua

The armies of heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. And out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down nations — “He will rule them with a staff of iron.” It is he who treads the winepress from which flows the wine of the furious rage of Adonai, God of heaven’s armies. And on his robe and on his thigh he has a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”

“Listen! A tumult on the mountains — it sounds like a vast multitude! Listen! The uproar of the kingdoms of the nations gathering together! Adonai-Tzva’ot is mustering an army for war” (Isaiah 13:4).

The armies of heaven are dressed in fine linen, pure and white. Just moments before the Bride of Messiah had been given fine linen, bright and clean, so the Bride has transformed into the armies of Warrior King Yeshua and follow him on white horses.

Yeshua is also called the “Word of God,” the Word that is a powerful sword that will bring forth judgment. This sword will strike down nations. The sword of the Word is the whole counsel of the Word from Genesis through Revelation. The sword will judge mankind who have rejected the commandments of Elohim, the Torah, the law of God. The word will judge the world for its lawlessness, its immorality, its unrighteousness. It will judges the works of the nations, the rejection of the holy days of Elohim, the eating of of unclean foods, the anti-semitism against the people of Elohim, and on and on.

Because of the hard hearts of the nations, Yeshua will rule with a staff of iron. The Hebrew word for ‘staff’ is shebet and also means ‘scepter.’ A scepter is held in the hand by a ruling King showing authority or sovereignty. When anyone enters a throne room, how the king receives their presence is determined by the scepter whether they live or die. This is seen in Esther when King Ahasuherus extends his golden scepter allowing her to approach him.

“The scepter will not pass from Y’hudah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his legs, until he comes to whom [obedience] belongs; and it is he whom the peoples will obey” (Genesis 49:10).

King Yeshua’s scepter will be made of iron. The Hebrew word for ‘iron’ is barzel. In Scripture iron may symbolize natural truth, the truth that comes from the human conscience. Sha’ul tells Timothy that hypocritical liars have had their consciences seared as if with a ‘red-hot branding iron’ (1 Timothy 4:2).

In Biblical days, iron was a common element. Job knew that iron was taken out of the earth (Job 28:2). The prophet Isaiah describes how a blacksmith works with iron (Jeremiah 44:12, 54:16). Iron was used for many objects including weapons and armor. Iron symbolizes fortitudeand strength. Yeshua is going to judge the nations of the earth with an iron scepter until he destroys all of his adversaries.

As prophesied by Isaiah, it will be Yeshua who “treads the winepress from which flows the wine of the furious rage of Adonai.” It will be Yeshua, the Commander of Yahweh’s armies who destroys all those who stand against the Creator of the Universe.

A winepress in Biblical times consisted of two containers placed at different elevations. The grapes were put in the higher one where they were stomped on. The resulting juice flowed into the lower container. According to the prophet Isaiah, the containers were cut out of rock (Isaiah 5:2). As the furious rage of Adonai comes upon the earth, nations will be put in the higher part of the press and they will be tred upon until their blood flows down to where it is collected in the bottom container.

On Yeshua’s robe and his thigh a name is written. This is not a tattoo! As a Jewish man, High Priest and now a King, he will continue to uphold the Torah of his Father. He will have tzizit on the four corners of his garment. The tzizit are tied with knots that have two different numerical meanings: The LORD is Echad or the Tettragrammaton, yod hey vav hey. As King Mssiah returns victorious on his white horse, the knotted tziziot will rest on his thigh spelling out King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Hebrew Word Pictures

Fringe, tassel – tzizit – ציצת

Tzade is a picture of a ‘fishhook’ and means ‘to draw near.’

Yod is a picture of a ‘closed hand’ and means ‘finished work.’

Tzade is a picture of a ‘fishhook’ and means ‘to draw near.’

Tav is a picture of ‘crossed sticks’ and means ‘covenant sign.’

Tzizit: ‘to draw near to the finished work, to the sign of the covenant

“Adonai said to Moshe, “Speak to the people of Isra’el, instructing them to make, through all their generations, tzitziyot on the corners of their garments, and to put with the tzitzit on each corner a blue thread” (Numbers 15:37-38).

“Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried out in a loud voice to all the birds that fly about in mid-heaven, “Come, gather together for the great feast God is giving, to eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of generals, the flesh of important men, the flesh of horses and their riders and the flesh of all kinds of people, free and slave, small and great!”

An angel standing in the sun cries out to the birds flying in mid-heaven. Mid-heaven in reference to the sun refers to the highest point from where the sun ascends in the east and descends in the west. Since this prophecy centers around Jerusalem, it would be ‘high noon’ when the birds gather for the feast of flesh.

The angel’s words are fulfillment of the prophecy given to the prophet Ezekiel. It is the final war where all the dead become food and drink for the birds … and wild animals. They will gorge themselves on the flesh of kings, princes, generals, important men, horses and their riders, free and slaves, young and old, heros who are the remnant Nephilim, the heroes of reknown from the days of Noach (Genesis 6:4). They will also drink their blood until they are drunk.

“As for you, human, Adonai Elohim says that you are to speak to all kinds of birds and to every wild animal as follows: ‘Assemble yourselves and come, gather yourselves from all around for the sacrifice I am preparing for you, a great sacrifice on the mountains of Isra’el, where you can eat flesh and drink blood! You will eat the flesh of heroes and drink the blood of the earth’s princes — rams, lambs, goats and bulls, fattened in Bashan, all of them. You will eat fat till you are gorged and drink blood till you are drunk at the sacrifice I have prepared for you” (Ezekiel 37:19-20).

“‘When that day comes, I will give Gog a place there in Isra’el for graves, the Travelers’ Valley, east of the sea; and it will block the travelers’ passage. There they will bury Gog and all his horde, and they will rename it the Valley of Hamon-Gog [horde of Gog]…. As for you, human, Adonai Elohim says that you are to speak to all kinds of birds and to every wild animal as follows: ‘Assemble yourselves and come, gather yourselves from all around for the sacrifice I am preparing for you, a great sacrifice on the mountains of Isra’el, where you can eat flesh and drink blood!” (Ezekiel 39:11, 17).

The place in Isra’el for the graves will be in the Travelers’ Valley. This is an area that was one occupied by Moab east of the Dead Sea and the Jordan River, but was given as inheritance to the Tribe of Gad before crossing into the Promised Land. (Numbers 32:16-19). Leah named the son of her handmaid, Gad, meaning ‘good fortune,’ but Gad has also been thought to mean ‘troops’ or ‘horde.’ It is with the prophecy in Ezekiel that Gog and rebellious nations will meet his end. The latter reference to Gog is symbolic to this rebellion because it will include every nation on earth, not just a few in the Middle East surrounding Isra’el.

“I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to do battle with the rider of the horse and his army. But the beast was taken captive, and with it the false prophet who, in its presence, had done the miracles which he had used to deceive those who had received the mark of the beast and those who had worshipped his image. The beast and the false prophet were both thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur. The rest were killed with the sword that goes out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh.”

Yochanan sees the beast, the anti-messiah, gather together kings of the earth and their armies in order to make war with Yeshua and his glorified army. The beast will be taken captive. Along with the beast, the false prophet who deceived those with the mark of the beast, who worshipped his image through miracles, will be thrown into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur. The rest of the nations will be killed by the Word of God that rides the white horse. Birds will gorge themselves on the flesh of the dead.

In Hebrew, the word for ‘birds’ is ba’ali hakanaf or ‘winged ones.’ These birds that consume the flesh of humans will be the ‘unclean’ birds of prey created to clean up the carcasses of the dead on the earth. Some of these creatures of the air listed in Leviticus 11 are the eagle, the vulture, the osprey, the kite, buzzards, ravens, owls, seagulls, hawks, pelican, stork, heron, hoopoe and bats. Because this is their purpose, they were not created to be food for mankind.

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