STUDY: PART 60
V. 1, 2 – This is voice number 5. Here again we see the words, “after these things (Greek: meta tauta).” The things meant here are all the things from the first chapter of Revelation to the coming of Jesus the Christ. We have reached the climax of the Tribulation with the coming Of Jesus to earth to take up His Kingship. In chapters five to seven we saw the worship of the saints, the angels and the twenty-four elders being given to God. Now, add the millions of Tribulation saints to this mix and you can’t imagine what a glorious sound of worship will rise up.
Hallelujah is a compound word made of “hallel” for praise and “Jah” for Jahweh, one of the names of God. I say one of the names because if we remember Moses’ encounter with the Lord at the burning bush when Moses asked who he could say had sent him, God answered, “Tell them I Am has sent you” (Exodus 3:14). God’s names are so magnificent but not one can fully describe who He is, therefore, He is the I Am.
It’s interesting to note that the word “hallelujah” does not appear anywhere in the New Testament but Revelation and only in this chapter. It is an Old Testament word which has been reserved for the final victory Jesus will have over sin.
“True and righteous are His judgments…” God has told us many times over in the Scriptures that He will make His judgments and He will have His vengeance. He has spoken the words of destruction to come to Babylon often in the Prophets. For example, this is in Jeremiah 51:6-10, “Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of the LORD's vengeance; he will render unto her a recompence. Babylon hath been a golden cup in the LORD's hand, that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad. Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed. We would have healed Babylon, but she is not healed: forsake her, and let us go every one into his own country: for her judgment reacheth unto heaven, and is lifted up even to the skies. The LORD hath brought forth our righteousness: come, and let us declare in Zion the work of the LORD our God.”
Babylon, Babel, has always been a wicked place, which is why God has destroyed it. It’s going to be the epitome of wickedness in the Tribulation. There will be no good thing to come from her. The Christians that dare enter there will be tortured, tormented, killed and starved to death. The people will have to walk in sin to survive, but that survival will be short-lived, actually 3 ½ years.
When Jesus returns, the heavenly host will praise God for taking their vengeance on Babylon the harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication, which is idolatry. They will sing the praises of God according to Deuteronomy 32:43, “Rejoice, O ye nations, with his people: for he will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will be merciful unto his land, and to his people.”
V. 3, 4 – While the nations of the world are mourning the death of the political/commercial harlot, the population of heaven will celebrate over her burning in one hour. They will watch the smoke of her wickedness rising and shout Hallelujahs to the Lord. The elders and the four living creatures join in this celebration as they fell down before God on the throne and said, “Amen, Hallelujah." Also read I Chronicles 16:36.
STUDY: PART 61
V. 5 – Here is voice number six. This voice is coming right from the throne of God. It’s the voice that shouts as Jesus comes to take control of the earth. Who is it the voice commands to praise God? “…all you His servants (Greek: Doulos [doo-loss] from deo, “to bind.”) and those who fear Him…” These are the 24 elders and the four beasts at the throne of God, the people of the raptured church, and the people from the Tribulation all shouting alleluias to God as one voice.
V. 6 – Chapters 4-18 of Revelation were about the trials of the Tribulation. Now, in chapter 19, the scene is focused on heaven as all who are there begin to shout praises as the sound of rushing waters and mighty thunders because the entire world has finally acknowledged Jesus the Christ is indeed the King. The rejoicing now is no longer about the destruction of Babylon but is now a hail (acclaim somebody or something: to praise or approve a person, action, or accomplishment with enthusiasm) to the King of Kings as He prepares to take His rightful place as Lord of all.
Remember from the last study that Hallelujah is a compound word made of “hallel” for praise and “Jah” for Jahweh, one of the names of God. Alleluia is an Old Testament word that expresses joy in worship. Alleluia appears only four times in the New Testament and all four are in this chapter in verses 1, 3, 4, and 6. If you read this section carefully, you will hear the praise in each of these verses building to a crescendo until the sound is so loud it sounds like thunder! This is the real Hallelujah Chorus!
Why is it being shouted so greatly? It is because, “...the Lord God omnipotent reigns.”
V. 7 – This is what all Christians have been waiting for! We will sup with the Lord. We will be presented to Him as His church without spot or wrinkle. Ephesians 5:25-27, “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” In II Corinthians 11:2, Paul said of the church, “For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused (betrothed) you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.” This verse is the fulfillment of Matthew 25:10 about the ten virgins. “And while they (the five unprepared virgins) went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they (the prepared five virgins) that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.” At that time the people on earth will have no more opportunity to enter heaven. The door will be shut by Jesus. Matthew 25:12 is the response from Jesus to those who knock after He closes the door, “Verily I say unto you, I know you not.” How final, how damning!
V. 8 – What will be our clothing in heaven? It will be clean, bright, fine linen which is our righteous acts done on earth. So many people call themselves Christians who really are not. They act out of selfish desires and do what’s right for self first. If we turn ourselves over to the commandments in the Bible, especially the “greatest one” and the one “like onto it (Matthew 22:37, 39) we will be given clean garments.
Let’s read I Corinthians 3:12-14, “Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.” The works of gold, silver, and precious stones are all the good things Jesus demonstrated to us to do. We must tell the lost they “Must repent and be born again” (disciple the nations). We must feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the sick and those in prison, and give a drink of water to one who is thirsty. Jesus is the “Living Water” we must dispense. All other works are of the flesh and will be burned and not accepted as Cain’s offering was not accepted (Genesis 4:5).
I feel the need here to direct your attention to I Peter 5. I won’t write it all out here, but please do take time this week to read this. There are only 14 short verses in this chapter but it’s filled with wonderful truths for all Christians. It would be good to read this chapter in several different translations so you can get the full gist of what’s being said. Let me give you an example using I Peter 5:6. The King James Version says, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time…” The Amplified Version says, “Therefore humble yourselves [demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you…” Remember, the last shall be first (Matthew 19:30).
Verse 8 is the last shout of praise to God by the 24 elders, the four living creatures, the martyrs, the saints, and the angels. We have seen 14 such outbursts. They can be found in Revelation 4:8, 11; 5:9, 10,12, 13; 7:10, 12; 11:16-18: 15:3, 4, 16:5-7; 19:1-4, 6-8.
V. 9 – The same angel who commanded John to “write” in Revelation 14:13 now tells him once again to write. Let’s see both of these assignments here. In Revelation 14:13, the angel said, “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord (saved) from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.” In Revelation 19:9, the angel says, “And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.”
Note: In Revelation 14:13, we are told that the saved ones will have rest and that their “works” follow them to heaven. These are the righteous acts spoken of in verse 8.
For those who teach that God doesn’t differentiate between those who are saved, this proves otherwise. Jesus has given to Himself His bride, the church. The Israelites and the Gentiles who were saved in the Old Testament are the guests at the marriage supper along with the Christians saved during the Tribulation. This is not to imply the blessings of the four groups are different. It means that each group fulfills part of the salvation plan of God.
Marriage has always been a symbol of how God sees His chosen ones in the Old Testament and the bride of Jesus in the New Testament. Let’s look at some Scriptures that prove this.
Isaiah 54:5-7, “For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called. For the LORD hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God. For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.”
Ezekiel 16:8, “Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over thee, and covered thy nakedness: yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord GOD, and thou becamest mine.”
Sadly, Israel never did “harken” unto the Word of God. That’s why they will not be the bride but the church will be.
Look at how John the Baptist used the metaphor of marriage in John 3:29, “He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.” Some people thought John was the Christ and he set them straight with these words.
We already saw what II Corinthians 11:2 has to say, but let’s look at it again.
II Corinthians 11:2, “For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.”
Herein is another controversy. Some scholars say the marriage supper will take place in heaven, others say on earth. I’m inclined to believe it will take place on earth for this reason. Jesus has called up His bride to meet Him in the air. He takes her to heaven and presents her to His Father. The Father approves His choice. Now, as Jesus returns to earth, His bride will come with Him. The marriage supper will take place at the beginning of the Millennium. Jesus and His bride will celebrate their honeymoon for 1,000 years until the devil is released for a short time before he and his converts are thrown into the lake of fire. After which, all that God meant for the garden of Eden to be will become the reality for everyone left.
So many people have tried to find the location of the Garden of Eden and have failed. I suggest to you here that it’s in heaven waiting for the Tribulation and the Millennium to be concluded. Israel will live in the New Jerusalem and the angels and the saved ones of the Gentiles will inhabit the Garden of Eden. On what do I base my premise? I base it in the fact that there will be no death, no sickness, no tears, and only peace and harmony as was originally intended. The devil and his legions will have been defeated finally and thoroughly, so we will have no temptation ever again.
STUDY: PART 62
V. 9 – “And he said unto me…” Who said? The angel said. What did the angels say? He told John to write a message for us! That message reads, “Blessed are they which are called (invited) unto the marriage supper of the Lamb” (Matthew 22:2; Luke 14:15). How is one invited? Jesus made the point very clear when speaking with Nicodemus. “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3). This means that all who are not His bride but are born again in Christ Jesus are invited to this feast. Remember this: Jesus will marry the bride in heaven, but their marriage supper, or reception, will be held on earth. It will take place at the conclusion of the Tribulation and will usher in the Millennium. Old Testament Jews and Old Testament believers along with New Testament Jews and the Tribulation saints will be invited to feast for the bride and groom which will last for 1,000 years! What a party!
After John had written what the angel spoke, the angel signified the validity of the message by saying, “These are the true sayings of God.” In the vernacular of this day, the angel said, “Honest to God!”
Before we move on, let’s remember the carnage John had witnessed throughout his vision. There was “scarcity on earth”; He saw many killed with the sword and with hunger; he saw the martyrs under the altar in heaven crying for vengeance for their torturous deaths; he saw every form of food struck and killed and the water polluted; he saw the bottomless pit opened, black smoke rising from it that thickened the air with pollution and darkened the sky and from the smoke came giant locusts that attacked the people and tormented them for five months; he saw the angels from the Euphrates spit out fire, smoke, and brimstone by which a third of the earth’s population was killed; he saw the witnesses brutally killed and three days later resurrected. He then saw the real plagues of terrible destruction, loathsome sores, Sea turned to blood, waters turned to blood, men scorched by the sun then frozen by the lack of sun, the Euphrates dried up, the earth utterly shaken by a giant earthquake. Finally, he saw both Babylons destroyed and many people killed.
V. 10 – By this time John was eager for the refreshing of this part of the vision and the angel’s announcement. After the four hallelujahs and the announcement that the wedding was over and the feast about to begin, John was overwhelmed with emotion. Allow me to paraphrase the angel, “Ok, John, Jesus is come, the bride is with Him, and because of His perfection and righteousness, she is adorned in a gown of the finest, cleanest linen.” John is so moved by this, he falls at the angel’s feet to worship him. What does the angel say? “See that you do not that.” Why not? This angel, like John is a servant of God. The angel is making it clear that God in three persons is the only one any of us should ever worship. Also, he wants us to know that when we hear marvelous things coming out of man, we can tend to idolatry or man worship because of his message. The angels is warning John to save his worship for Jesus who is about to show up.
Remember, the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth spoken of in John 16:13, “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” What is the Spirit speaking? He is telling the truth of who Jesus was, is, and will be, and what His ministry is on earth, then and now. Can we see this in Scripture? Yes, look with me in I John 5:12, “He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” The eternal truth is, Jesus is the only way to eternal life.
It’s easy to get caught up in honoring and idolizing leaders of the world, whether they are religious, political, sports, or Hollywood figures. But we are not to give them our worship God alone deserves. We can respect the leaders and love them, but worship is reserved for God. The angel said that Jesus is the “spirit of prophecy.” This means that all prophecy is based on and around Him. Jesus is the purpose of all prophecies. Prophecy is meant to testify of and bring glory to Jesus. Adoration is the highest form of admiration and should be for God alone.
The four hallelujahs and the information provided in the previous 9 verses of Revelation 19 are setting the stage for the return to earth of the Christ. This will be the final battle and the end of the earth as we know it.
To close out tonight’s study let’s read what another author had to say about the marriage supper. As I studied this morning, I found the following information. It is not signed; therefore, I cannot give credit to the author. It is, however, one of the easiest descriptions of the marriage supper to understand that I've ever found. Praise God for this clarification!
THE SPIRITUAL UNDERSTANDING
What does the wedding mean in terms of the Messiah, and what is the personal application to us? Jesus is the groom and the believers in Him are the bride. When Jesus came to the earth almost 2,000 years ago, He came so that whosoever would put their trust and confidence in Him would be wedded to Him forever. This would include both Jews and non-Jews (John 3:16). Because Jesus came as the suffering Messiah during His first coming, He ascended to Heaven to be with God the Father until He returns during His second coming to be the King Messiah. Today, Christ does not physically dwell with those who trust in Him. Therefore, the believers in Jesus are currently spiritually betrothed to Him. We will enter the full marriage and physically dwell with Him during the Messianic age known as the Millennium. However, before we can physically dwell with the Lord during this time on earth, the wedding ceremony when the believers in Christ will be wedded to Him must take place. This will take place at the beginning of the tribulation period.
In the biblical wedding service that God gave, after you are married, you have a honeymoon. The honeymoon lasts a week. Seven days equals a week. In Hebrew, a week means a seven. It can mean seven days or seven years (Daniel 9:24-27, Genesis 29:27). In Joel 2:16, we see the marriage of the bride (the believers in Christ) and the bridegroom (Jesus) where the bridegroom is going forth from the chamber and the bride out of her closet. The word closet is the Hebrew word 'chupah', and the chupah here refers to Heaven where the previously raptured believers in the Messiah have been enjoying a seven-year honeymoon with Him while the earth was experiencing the tribulation. After the seven-year honeymoon, Jesus will be returning with His bride to attend the marriage supper (Revelation 19:7-14). Then we will rule and reign with Him physically during the Messianic age known as the Millennium (Revelation 20:4).
STUDY: PART 63
Today we will see the last demonstration of God’s wrath. It ends here. The beast and dragon, satan and all the wicked people will be taken care of right here. When this battle is over, not one evil or wicked thing will be left on earth. After the Lord’s return, there will be a millennial feast that will last 1,000 years. Before we look into these things, I want to backtrack a bit to explain 19:16 a little deeper.
Anyone who teaches the Bible knows that we must allow Scripture to prove Scripture. To get a better understanding of verse 16, let’s look at a few other verses beginning with Genesis 1:26a, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…” “Our” is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We are not created in the image and likeness of angels making us one step below them. We are created in the image and likeness of God making us one step below Him. The translation of the Old Script that says we are below the angels is in error. The original writing places us beneath Jesus. If we were below the angels, we could not be saved because they can’t be saved.
Our next bit of text is John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” We know from our study that Jesus is the Word of God and He is God. Jesus never became man till He was incarnate of Mary. Before that He was God with God. By this we know that when Jesus is called King of Kings and Lord of Lords, it is addressing Him as God.
Look at Deuteronomy 10:17, “For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God…” and Daniel 2:47, “The king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this secret.” God Jesus has been Lord of Lords and King of Kings since the beginning of time.
V. 17, 18 – Now let’s get into our study for today. We’ll begin with looking at Ezekiel 39:1-4, “Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel: And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand. Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.” Ezekiel prophesied the Battle of Armageddon hundreds of years before Jesus was born. That means he prophesied it thousands of years before the actual event will take place. We know that what Ezekiel spoke was of God for the Word says, in Ezekiel 39:5, “Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.”
The portions served at the feast of the birds are all who come against Jesus the Christ at His second coming. Imagine the audacity of those people to think they can fight Jesus! How do they think they can win, especially in His chosen land against His chosen people? They can’t win. But this battle was foretold in Psalm 2:1, 2, “Why do the heathen rage and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed…” The kings and rulers have called up this war, and it’s during this battle that all the men of the world are reduced to the same level, the footstool of Christ. Kings and slaves will fight side-by-side and be defeated. Even the horses they ride will be devoured by the carnivorous birds.
This feast, the supper of God, is in direct contrast to the lovely Marriage Supper of the Lamb in verse 9. There the faithful rejoiced and were blessed and rewarded. The supper of God is a time of suffering and death. Makes me glad I’m born-again and will see this only as a spectator.
V. 19-21 –John says, “And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.” This tells us it’s an actual event that will soon take place. John “saw” the armies moving in to fight against Jesus. Remember here, the army that came with Jesus didn’t even bother to don their battle fatigues. They knew Jesus would need no help in defeating His enemies. He never did need help.
Joel also was given this vision. Let’s read Joel 3:12-14. “Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about. Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.
Let’s once again let Scripture prove Scripture…” Remember we discussed that when a word is repeated twice it for emphasis? Multitudes is like that, There will be many!
Jude 14 and 15, “And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”
II Thessalonians 1:6-9, “Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power…”
This battle is not yet God’s final judgment against a sin-crazed blasphemous world. That comes at the end of chapter 20. This battle is where God’s enemies are finally destroyed. Their final judgment is when they are cast into hell.
Glory to God, the beast and the antichrist are captured! Do you recall two Old Testament personalities who were translated to heaven without dying? Enoch and Elijah went to heaven as a reward for their faithfulness. This is the opposite of that. The beast and the antichrist are cast into hell even before the dragon, satan, get to go. They will be in hell for the thousand years that satan is bound. Please understand that the beast and the antichrist are people, not systems. They are the ones who misled the people causing them to bow down and worship the beast and take the mark and number of the beast. They will live eternally in their bodies alive in hell.
“And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse.” What rest? It is those that took the number and mark of the beast. It is those who worshipped the beast and blasphemed God. It is those who will eventually be cast into the “lake of fire.”
Is the “sword” a literal cutting, sharp sword like warriors would use against each other? No. We can know this again by letting Scripture prove itself.
Let’s read Isaiah 11:4, “But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.” Ephesians 6:17, “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God…” and Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
How can we trust that Jesus will prevail by His Word? Read Genesis 1:3, “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” 1:6, “And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” 1:9, “And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.” 1:11, “And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.” Have any of these things come to pass? You can read Genesis 1 for yourself this week and count how many times God said, and it was.
When the Word comes forth, it will slay the masses and they will die by the thousands. In verse 17, the angel called all the birds of the air that feast on meat to come and eat the meat and drink the blood so that there will be no rotting flesh on the earth to cause pestilence and disease. Their will be so many bodies and their blood for the birds that they will become drunk on the blood. In other words, they will be so full they will stagger! It will take approximately 7 months for all the bones of the dead to be buried.
I’ve had people ask me who will occupy the earth during the Millennium. It’s the faithful ones who received Christ after the rapture. Many of those saved during the Tribulation will be martyred, but Jesus cut the days short that many will survive. This will be converted Jews and people from nations and tongues.
Do you wonder who will take care of these people during the Tribulation to keep them alive till Jesus returns? Let’s see How Pastor John MacArthur says explains it.
For the criteria by which He identifies His sheep, look at verse 35 of Matthew 25. How do you tell the sheep? 'I was hungry, you gave Me something to eat, I was thirsty, you gave Me drink, I was a stranger you invited Me in, I was naked, you clothed Me. I was sick, you visited Me. I was in prison, you came to Me.' That's how it's going to be during the time of the Tribulation. There are going to be believing people who are not going to have any food. Why? Because they don't have the mark of the beast, right? So they can't buy and sell. And who's going to give them food? And they're going to be thirsty and they can't get anything to drink, who's going to give them drink? And they're going to be strangers and they're not going to have access to a place to stay because they're outcasts, they're going to be...they're going to be hunted. They're going to have to be refugees, they're going to have to hide to save their lives. And they're going to need clothes and they're going to be sick and somebody is going to need to tend to them, and they're going to be incarcerated in prisons by the system of the Antichrist.
Somebody is going to minister to them. Who will it be? I'll tell you who it will be. It will be other believers. Didn't Jesus say in John 13:34, "They will know us by our love." And in 13:35, "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." Jesus is simply saying, the sheep are the ones who have evidenced their regenerated life by the love of the brethren. To paraphrase John in his epistle, "If you say you love God and don't love your brother, you're...what?...you're a liar" (I John 4:20).