The first day of heaven is a wedding feast – God’s people united to Christ forever. We prepare for this wedding by staying pure for Him, and living holy lives – our good actions in Him and with Him become like white garments that we wear on that great day of joy.
But evil must still be defeated. Evil is all that is in the world (and in us) that is curved against God. There comes a great and horrible day when all that is against God rises in unison against Him – and fails. Battle lines are drawn, but there is not much of a battle described. Jesus has all power – and all evil is judged and defeated and destroyed. This is the beginning of the new creation.
In my life now – Jesus is doing battle against the selfishness and wrong thinking that lives in me. Will I surrender to Him now?
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New Living Translation
Songs of Victory in Heaven
1After this, I heard what sounded like a vast crowd in heaven shouting,
“Praise the Lord!a
Salvation and glory and power belong to our God.
2His judgments are true and just.
He has punished the great prostitute
who corrupted the earth with her immorality.
He has avenged the murder of his servants.”
3And again their voices rang out:
“Praise the Lord!
The smoke from that city ascends forever and ever!”
4Then the twenty-four elders and the four living beings fell down and worshiped God, who was sitting on the throne. They cried out, “Amen! Praise the Lord!”
5And from the throne came a voice that said,
“Praise our God,
all his servants,
all who fear him,
from the least to the greatest.”
6Then I heard again what sounded like the shout of a vast crowd or the roar of mighty ocean waves or the crash of loud thunder:
“Praise the Lord!
For the Lord our God,b the Almighty, reigns.
7Let us be glad and rejoice,
and let us give honor to him.
For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb,
and his bride has prepared herself.
8She has been given the finest of pure white linen to wear.”
For the fine linen represents the good deeds of God’s holy people.
9And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb.” And he added, “These are true words that come from God.”
10Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said, “No, don’t worship me. I am a servant of God, just like you and your brothers and sistersc who testify about their faith in Jesus. Worship only God. For the essence of prophecy is to give a clear witness for Jesus.d”
The Rider on the White Horse
11Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. Its rider was named Faithful and True, for he judges fairly and wages a righteous war. 12His eyes were like flames of fire, and on his head were many crowns. A name was written on him that no one understood except himself. 13He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his title was the Word of God. 14The armies of heaven, dressed in the finest of pure white linen, followed him on white horses. 15From his mouth came a sharp sword to strike down the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod. He will release the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty, like juice flowing from a winepress. 16On his robe at his thighe was written this title: King of all kings and Lord of all lords.
17Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, shouting to the vultures flying high in the sky: “Come! Gather together for the great banquet God has prepared. 18Come and eat the flesh of kings, generals, and strong warriors; of horses and their riders; and of all humanity, both free and slave, small and great.”
19Then I saw the beast and the kings of the world and their armies gathered together to fight against the one sitting on the horse and his army. 20And the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who did mighty miracles on behalf of the beast—miracles that deceived all who had accepted the mark of the beast and who worshiped his statue. Both the beast and his false prophet were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. 21Their entire army was killed by the sharp sword that came from the mouth of the one riding the white horse. And the vultures all gorged themselves on the dead bodies.
a 19:1 Greek Hallelujah; also in 19:3, 4, 6. Hallelujah is the transliteration of a Hebrew term that means “Praise the Lord.”
b 19:6 Some manuscripts read the Lord God.
c 19:10a Greek brothers.
d 19:10b Or is the message confirmed by Jesus.
e 19:16 Or On his robe and thigh.