I received a message, which read sort of like this – I say sort of because I had to make it legible.
“I told some people that Jesus fights two battles, one by himself, and then Armageddon.” These people responded with, “are you sure.” To which he said, “yes, turn your bible to Isaiah 63:3,4, and then look at Revelation 19:13.”
I am not sure how my acquaintance integrated this point about “The blood on his cloak,” but he added, some say it’s the blood of the saints, while others say it is His blood. To this my friend responds, “not so, it is the blood of His enemies.” To this statement, those people who asked him agreed and left. Apparently, my acquaintance took this last statement to a couple of Pastors at a Calvary Chapel and they agreed.
So let’s look at Isaiah 63:3,4.
Why is Your apparel red, And Your garments like the one who treads in the winepress? “I have trodden the wine trough alone, And from the peoples, there was no man with Me. I also trod them in My anger And trampled them in My wrath; And, their lifeblood is sprinkled on My garments, And I stained all My raiment. (Isaiah 63:2-3 NASB)
An obvious aspect of this passage is that at least the lower half of the garment of the Messiah is soaked in blood. The scriptural narrator asks,
“Why are your garments like the one who treads in the winepress?”
Consider that there was a time that people actually stomped the juice out of grapes. If they were smart, they would lift up any outer garment so that it would not get covered in juice. Perhaps, in the process of making juice, some would splash up onto your clothing, but to merely allow your clothing to become completely inundated with this blood-red juice is preposterous.
What does this victor, coming from a battle, soaked in the enemies blood, say about the description we see in Isaiah 63:2-3?
It says He went into the battle prepared, and that He really did not care about the outcome of His clothing. Perhaps, knowing that He would win, His blood-soaked clothing then becomes a symbol of victory and conquest.
Based upon what the passage says, can we figure out who this is? Absolutely. So, what clues are we given that identify who went into the bloody battle?
Who is this who comes from Edom, With garments of glowing colors from Bozrah, This One who is majestic in His apparel, Marching in the greatness of His strength? “It is I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save.”(Isaiah 63:1 NASB)
- With garments of glowing colors,
- One who is majestic in His apparel,
- Marching in the greatness of His strength.
- It is I who speaks in righteousness,
- Mighty to save.
All of these descriptives, speak of Jesus.
Who is with Him in Isaiah 63:3-4?
Perhaps the question is, does anyone have to be with Him? The answer to that is NO. But for the doubter, I refer you to Exodus 12:12 NASB, where it says,
“For I will go through the land of Egypt on that night and will strike down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments–I am the LORD.”
The verse above, makes it quite clear, that there was NO death angel, it was Jesus, and He slaughtered all who were not covered by the blood.
So the answer to the question, who was with Him, is NO ONE else.
Revelation 19:13 is the other reference given by my acquaintance, but I will add verse 14 for clarity.
He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. (Revelation 19:13-14 NASB)
Though we can’t be sure at this point, it sure sounds like the same blood covered person that we saw in Isaiah 63:3-4.
We must step back a bit to Revelation 16 where we see the end of the final judgments being poured out of the bowls. Because of a vial, which is part of the sixth bowl, the preparations for the Battle of Armageddon are made.
Revelation 16:12-16 NASB (12) The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river, the Euphrates; and its water was dried up so that the way would be prepared for the kings from the east. (13) And I saw coming out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs; (14) for they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them together for the war of the great day of God, the Almighty. (15) (“Behold, I am coming like a thief. Blessed is the one who stays awake and keeps his clothes so that he will not walk about naked and men will not see his shame.”) (16) And they gathered them together to the place which in Hebrew is called Har-Magedon.
In Revelation 16:17-21 The seventh angel poured out his bowl upon the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple from the throne, saying, “It is done.”
While there are still horrendous things happening, the central focus is Babylon, or should I say, the Babylon system. (Keep in mind, that it is the love of money, that is the root of all evil.)
Chapter 17 and 18 of Revelation focus on the downfall of the Babylon system.
There are some very telling facts about this greed and lust.
Revelation 18:3 NASB “For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the passion of her immorality and the kings of the earth have committed acts of immorality with her and the merchants of the earth have become rich by the wealth of her sensuality.”
The system collapses in one hour.
Revelation 18:9-10 NASB (9) “And the kings of the earth, who committed acts of immorality and lived sensuously with her, will weep and lament over her when they see the smoke of her burning, … For in one hour your judgment has come.’
If you have been watching the news, this should sound familiar as the economic system completely collapses. This is notable as the oceanic shipping comes to a complete halt. Revelation 18:11-17 NASB
There is an aspect of this next verse that I find deeply troubling, as it implicates the wealthy of the earth in the death of the innocents.
Revelation 18:24 NASB “And in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints and of all who have been slain on the earth.”
“All who have been slain on the earth.” This should be an eye-opening statement for everybody.
So, as we come into Revelation 19 there are no more judgments to be poured out, merely the termination of the judgments.
Watch what happens.
Revelation 19:1-2 NASB After these things I heard something like a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God; (2) BECAUSE HIS JUDGMENTS ARE TRUE AND RIGHTEOUS; for He has judged the great harlot who was corrupting the earth with her immorality and HE HAS AVENGED THE BLOOD OF HIS BOND-SERVANTS ON HER.”
In Heaven, they are rejoicing. The Babylon system is gone; His judgments have come; And, He has avenged the blood of His bond-servants.
How can it be said, “it is done,” especially since there is one more battle to be waged?
By Heaven’s standards, this mess is done, for God always looks toward the future (Abraham is a good example of that.)
Revelation 19:6-9 NASB Then I heard something like the voice of a great multitude and like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns. (7) “Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.” (8) It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. (9) Then he *said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.'” And he *said to me, “These are true words of God.”
I have heard sermons and sang songs about the marriage of the Lamb since I was a child. Some have conveyed that at the rapture of the church, we get to sit down to a seven-year meal. Sadly, that is not the case, and the meal does not sound so appetizing either. Let me demonstrate.
Revelation 19:11-13 NASB (11) And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness, He judges and wages war. (12) His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems, and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. (13) He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.
Look at that, He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood. Everything about Him is brightness and glory, and His name is the Word of God. Pure majesty. But now watch this. Here, He is not alone.
Revelation 19:14 NASB And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean were following Him on white horses.
I cannot make absolute statements that compare what we see in Isaiah 63 and Revelation 19, and say, they are the same thing. (But there are some strong similarities.)
Watch the descriptions as they unfold.
Revelation 19:15 NASB From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the winepress of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty.
From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations. The saints, clothed in white, otherwise known as the bride, are a part of the army that comes with Him, but we never see them in battle. There might be two adequate explanations for that.
- Since we are in Christ, then we too partake in this battle.
- The most reasonable alternative to a group battle is that sword that proceeds from His mouth.
So, if you have been waiting patiently for the marriage supper of the lamb, then enjoy this visual.
Revelation 19:17-18 NASB (17) Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried out with a loud voice, saying to all the birds which fly in mid heaven, “Come, assemble for the great supper of God, (18) so that you may eat the flesh of kings and the flesh of commanders and the flesh of mighty men and the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them and the flesh of all men, both free men, and slaves, and small and great.“
Meat-eating birds are called to eat the flesh of mighty men, horses of war, those who sit on them, and everyone else – both great and small, that chose to fight against God that day.
I have had this discussion before, how that He only kills the fighters that day. Invariably, the religious come against me with their tradition, and false teachings they have learned.
But here is what the Scripture says,
Revelation 19:19-21 NASB (19) And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies assembled to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. (20) And the beast was seized, and with him, the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone. (21) And the rest were killed with the sword which came from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse and all the birds were filled with their flesh.
So what do we see in Revelation 19:19-21?
- The beast, which is the Antichrist, a Muslim leader.
- The kings of the earth. This can be Muslim kings but may include the Presidents of Venezuela, or the leaders of China and North Korea.
- They are assembled to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army.
- The beast was seized, along with the false prophet, and these two, very specifically, were seized and thrown alive into the lake of fire. The rest – those gathered for war, were killed with the sword that comes out of Jesus’ mouth.