Isaiah 49 & Revelation 19

Isaiah 49

    Listen to me, O coastlands,
        and give attention, you peoples from afar.
    The LORD called me from the womb,
        from the body of my mother he named my name.
    He made my mouth like a sharp sword;
        in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
    he made me a polished arrow;
        in his quiver he hid me away.
    And he said to me, “You are my servant,
        Israel, in whom I will be glorified.”
    But I said, “I have labored in vain;
        I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity;
    yet surely my right is with the LORD,
        and my recompense with my God.”
    And now the LORD says,
        he who formed me from the womb to be his servant,
    to bring Jacob back to him;
        and that Israel might be gathered to him—
    for I am honored in the eyes of the LORD,
        and my God has become my strength—
    he says:
    “It is too light a thing that you should be my servant
        to raise up the tribes of Jacob
        and to bring back the preserved of Israel;
    I will make you as a light for the nations,
        that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”
    Thus says the LORD,
        the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One,
    to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nation,
        the servant of rulers:
    “Kings shall see and arise;
        princes, and they shall prostrate themselves;
    because of the LORD, who is faithful,
        the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”
        Thus says the LORD:
    “In a time of favor I have answered you;
        in a day of salvation I have helped you;
    I will keep you and give you
        as a covenant to the people,
    to establish the land,
        to apportion the desolate heritages,
    saying to the prisoners, ‘Come out,’
        to those who are in darkness, ‘Appear.’
    They shall feed along the ways;
        on all bare heights shall be their pasture;
    they shall not hunger or thirst,
        neither scorching wind nor sun shall strike them,
    for he who has pity on them will lead them,
        and by springs of water will guide them.
    And I will make all my mountains a road,
        and my highways shall be raised up.
    Behold, these shall come from afar,
        and behold, these from the north and from the west,
        and these from the land of Syene.”
    Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth;
        break forth, O mountains, into singing!
    For the LORD has comforted his people
        and will have compassion on his afflicted.
    But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me;
        my Lord has forgotten me.”
    “Can a woman forget her nursing child,
        that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb?
    Even these may forget,
        yet I will not forget you.
    Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;
        your walls are continually before me.
    Your builders make haste;
        your destroyers and those who laid you waste go out from you.
    Lift up your eyes around and see;
        they all gather, they come to you.
    As I live, declares the LORD,
        you shall put them all on as an ornament;
        you shall bind them on as a bride does.
    “Surely your waste and your desolate places
        and your devastated land—
    surely now you will be too narrow for your inhabitants,
        and those who swallowed you up will be far away.
    The children of your bereavement
        will yet say in your ears:
    ‘The place is too narrow for me;
        make room for me to dwell in.’
    Then you will say in your heart:
        ‘Who has borne me these?
    I was bereaved and barren,
        exiled and put away,
        but who has brought up these?
    Behold, I was left alone;
        from where have these come?’”
    Thus says the Lord GOD:
    “Behold, I will lift up my hand to the nations,
        and raise my signal to the peoples;
    and they shall bring your sons in their arms,
        and your daughters shall be carried on their shoulders.
    Kings shall be your foster fathers,
        and their queens your nursing mothers.
    With their faces to the ground they shall bow down to you,
        and lick the dust of your feet.
    Then you will know that I am the LORD;
        those who wait for me shall not be put to shame.”
    Can the prey be taken from the mighty,
        or the captives of a tyrant be rescued?
    For thus says the LORD:
    “Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken,
        and the prey of the tyrant be rescued,
    for I will contend with those who contend with you,
        and I will save your children.
    I will make your oppressors eat their own flesh,
        and they shall be drunk with their own blood as with wine.
    Then all flesh shall know
        that I am the LORD your Savior,
        and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.”

(Isaiah 49 ESV)

Revelation 19

    After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, crying out,

    Salvation and glory and power belong to our God,
        for his judgments are true and just;
    for he has judged the great prostitute
        who corrupted the earth with her immorality,
    and has avenged on her the blood of his servants.”
        Once more they cried out,

    The smoke from her goes up forever and ever.”
        And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who was seated on the throne, saying, “Amen. Hallelujah!” And from the throne came a voice saying,

    “Praise our God,
        all you his servants,
    you who fear him,
        small and great.”
        Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,

    For the Lord our God
        the Almighty reigns.
    Let us rejoice and exult
        and give him the glory,
    for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
        and his Bride has made herself ready;
    it was granted her to clothe herself
        with fine linen, bright and pure”—
        for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.

    And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.” Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God.” For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

    Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.

    Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and with a loud voice he called to all the birds that fly directly overhead, “Come, gather for the great supper of God, to eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all men, both free and slave, both small and great.” And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth with their armies gathered to make war against him who was sitting on the horse and against his army. And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in its presence had done the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur. And the rest were slain by the sword that came from the mouth of him who was sitting on the horse, and all the birds were gorged with their flesh.

(Revelation 19 ESV)

Revelation 19: The return of our Lord reveals a picture of Christ far different (yet often alluded to in Scripture) from what we see of Him during His earthly life recorded in the Gospels. Here we see our Lord leading an army and riding upon a white horse with eyes like fire and a rob soaked with blood. He is pictured with a sword in preparation of conquering the nations and a rod of iron by which He will rule over them. There is mystery in His name, and His proper title is King of kings and Lord of lords.

How often do we contemplate the full scope of who Christ really is?

One day He will return as a divine warrior executing judgement and ruling as King over all nations. May we consider the Lord Jesus Christ and all the implications of our obedience and disobedience to all that He has commanded. He has come as the Savior-King of peace but will also come again as the Conquering King of power. May all nations consider themselves warned.