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Introduction

\\INTRODUCTION TO REVELATION 19\\

This chapter contains the triumph of the saints over Babylon, and
their thanksgiving to God because of his judgments on her; the
marriage of Christ and his church, and a battle between him and his
and her enemies, with the success of it. The congratulations are
first of a promiscuous multitude in the church, ascribing salvation,
praise, honour, glory, and power to God, because of the
righteousness of his judgments, and because of the perpetuity of
them, \\#Re 19:1-3\\ and then of the four and twenty elders and four
living creatures, who worship God, assent to what had been before
said, and join in praising the Lord, \\#Re 19:4\\ and then another voice
out of the throne is heard, calling upon all the servants of the
Lord, and those that fear him, whether small or great, to praise our
God, \\#Re 19:5\\ after which is heard the voice of a great multitude,
stirring up one another to praise, because of the reign of the Lord
God Almighty, and to rejoice and be glad because the time of the
Lamb's marriage with his bride was come; who is described by her
dress, the righteousness of the saints, comparable to fine linen,
clean and white, \\#Re 19:6-8\\ upon which an angel bids John write
those persons happy who are invited to the marriage supper of the
Lamb, and affirms these to be the true sayings of God; wherefore
John, in a transport of joy, was just going to worship the angel,
had he not been forbidden by him; from which he dissuades him, by
observing that he was his fellow servant, that God only is the
object of worship, and that the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of
prophecy, \\#Re 19:9,10\\ next follows a vision of a battle between
Christ and his enemies; and first he the General is described, by
the horse he sat upon, a white one; by the characters he bears,
faithful and true; by what he did, judging and making war in
righteousness; by his eyes, which were as a flame of fire; by his
having many crowns on his head; by having a name, or names unknown,
and particularly one, which is the Word of God; by his habit, a
vesture dipped in blood; by the armies he was at the head of, riding
on white horses, and clothed in fine linen; by a sharp sword coming
out of his mouth, with which he should utterly destroy the nations;
and by having a name on his vesture and thigh, King of kings, and
Lord of lords, \\#Re 19:11-16\\ upon which an angel is seen standing
in the sun, and calling to all the fowls of the heaven to come to the
supper of the great God, and to eat the flesh of kings, captains,
mighty men, horses and horsemen, of all ranks, and degrees,
\\#Re 19:17,18\\ and next an account is given of the armies of the beast,
and of the kings of the earth, that came to make war with the above
warrior, \\#Re 19:19\\ the issue and success of which follow; the
beast and false prophet are taken, and cast alive into a lake of fire
and brimstone; and the rest are killed by the sword of the above
General, and the fowls have a feast of their flesh, \\#Re 19:20,21\\.