Rev 19:16 "And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING
OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS." As we have previously shown, the Lord's
vesture is a vesture of righteousness and his thigh signifies his strength.
The phrase, KING OF KINGS,
indicates that the Lord is King over other kings. According to Rev. 1:5 "And
from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the
dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and
washed us from our sins in his own blood, 6 And hath made us kings and
priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever.
Amen." The same ones that Jesus washed from their sins, he made kings and
priests. According to the covenant of redemption, this would include all that
God foreknew before the foundation of the world.
Rev. 5:10, "And hast
made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth."
This verse, along with many others indicates that there is a kingdom of God upon
the earth and that there are people reigning as kings in that kingdom. This is
consistent with Rev. 20:4 "And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and
judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for
the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the
beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or
in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years."
People sitting on thrones indicates that they reign as kings and that they reign
with Christ in his kingdom and that he is King over them. Therefore, he is King
The Lord is spoken of as
being Lord of Lords in four other verses:
1. Deu. 10:17 "For the
LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a
terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward."
2. Ps. 136:3 "O give
thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever."
3. 1 Tim. 6:15 "Which in
his times he shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of
kings, and Lord of lords."
4. Rev. 17:14 "These
shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord
of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen,
The term, Lord, means
"master, one who has authority." The Lord has given us in his word our authority
by which we are to govern ourselves, and by which we are to keep the government
and service of the Church. Thus, he has made us masters, yet he has reserved to
himself to be the master of masters.
"And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud
voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather
yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; 18 That ye may eat
the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and
the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men,
both free and bond, both small and great. 19 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. 20 And the beast was taken,
and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he
deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped
his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with
brimstone. 21 And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat
upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were
filled with their flesh."
"And I saw an angel
standing in the sun." The sun is a symbol of God law and the strength of
God's law and the glory of God's law. The angel standing in the sun is the Lord
Jesus Christ. He alone stood under the law of God and fulfilled it to a jot and
a tittle. The sun (God's law) had slain all of man kind. Now there was gathered
together in opposition to the Lord and to his army a great host including the
beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies to make war.
"And he cried with a
loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and
gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; 18 That ye
may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty
men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all
men, both free and bond, both small and great." The fowls are often depicted
in the scriptures as a sign that one army had gained a victory over their enemy:
1. 1 Sam. 17:44 "And the
Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls
of the air, and to the beasts of the field."
2. 1 Sam. 17:46 "This
day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take
thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the
Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the
earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel."
3. Ps. 79:1 "A Psalm of
Asaph. O God, the heathen are come into thine inheritance; thy holy temple have
they defiled; they have laid Jerusalem on heaps. 2 The dead bodies of thy
servants have they given to be meat unto the fowls of the heaven, the flesh of
thy saints unto the beasts of the earth. 3 Their blood have they shed
like water round about Jerusalem; and there was none to bury them."
4. Is. 18:6 "They shall
be left together unto the fowls of the mountains, and to the beasts of the
earth: and the fowls shall summer upon them, and all the beasts of the earth
shall winter upon them."
5. Jere. 7:33 "And the
carcases of this people shall be meat for the fowls of the heaven, and for the
beasts of the earth; and none shall fray them away."
6. Jere. 15:3 "And I
will appoint over them four kinds, saith the LORD: the sword to slay, and the
dogs to tear, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the earth, to
devour and destroy."
7. Jere. 16:4 "They
shall die of grievous deaths; they shall not be lamented; neither shall they be
buried; but they shall be as dung upon the face of the earth: and they shall be
consumed by the sword, and by famine; and their carcases shall be meat for the
fowls of heaven, and for the beasts of the earth."
8. Jere. 19:7 "And I
will make void the counsel of Judah and Jerusalem in this place; and I will
cause them to fall by the sword before their enemies, and by the hands of them
that seek their lives: and their carcases will I give to be meat for the fowls
of the heaven, and for the beasts of the earth."
9. Jere. 34:20 "I will
even give them into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of them that
seek their life: and their dead bodies shall be for meat unto the fowls of the
heaven, and to the beasts of the earth."
10. Ezek. 29:5 "And I
will leave thee thrown into the wilderness, thee and all the fish of thy rivers:
thou shalt fall upon the open fields; thou shalt not be brought together, nor
gathered: I have given thee for meat to the beasts of the field and to the fowls
of the heaven."
Thus, the Lord was showing
the ultimate victory that he and the army that followed him would have. This
manifestation of the ultimate victory continues to be shown into chapter 20.
The army of the Lord (his
faithful disciples and servants) may be victorious in some battles and lose some
battles in this life, yet the ultimate victory is theirs and is given to them by
their captain. It did not matter as to the size of the opposing army or their
status (kings, captains, mighty men, great men, free or bond, both small and
great, ultimately the victory is the Lord's and his army.
"And the beast was
taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with
which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that
worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning
with brimstone." Here we see the beast and the false prophet being cast into
God's eternal judgment against sin. In the 20th chapter of Revelation we will
the Devil and his angels, followed by the non-elect cast into this same lake of
fire. While these enemies may cause us much trouble here in this life,
ultimately "thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord
Fire and brimstone are
signs of God's judgment of sin:
1. Gen. 19:24 "Then the
LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of
2. Ps. 11:6 "Upon the
wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this
shall be the portion of their cup."
3. Is. 30:33 "For Tophet
is ordained of old; yea, for the king it is prepared; he hath made it deep and
large: the pile thereof is fire and much wood; the breath of the LORD, like a
stream of brimstone, doth kindle it."
4. Ezek. 38:22 "And I
will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him,
and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing
rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone."
5. Lk. 17:29 "But the
same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven,
and destroyed them all."
6. Rev. 9:17 "And thus I
saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of
fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the
heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.
18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the
smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths."
7. Rev. 14:10 "The same
shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture
into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and
brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb."
8. Rev. 20:10 "And the
devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the
beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever
9. Rev. 21:8 "But the
fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers,
and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake
which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."
"And the remnant were
slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out
of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh." Once again,
we see the ultimate victory that the Lord has given us over all of our enemies.