Last Battle and the Vulture Banquet

Read: Revelation 19:11-21

But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? (Mal. 3:2)

Our Warrior-King has his sword in his mouth. His sword is his Word. It is our sword too, to challenge ideologies, persuade skeptics and lovingly draw seekers. Our King also carries a scepter to rule. Armageddon (Rev. 11; 16) is described again from a new angle. Jesus’ final victory is so certain that an angel calls vultures to banquet on enemy corpses. A horrifying metaphor!

The two malevolent beasts get kings to mobilize their armies, those who worship the beasts and embrace their unholy agenda. All attack the Rider on the White Horse and his people. But the second beast, the deceiving prophet, runs clean out of miracles! Our King captures both monsters, throws them into the fiery lake and with a word dooms their followers.

The reality? Why is the vision so revolting? Is God too severe? No, rebel humans are deliberate and cavalier in their attitudes and actions. The Warrior-King comes during the last persecution as the environment and civilizations are crashing, and takes his followers beyond history into a blessed eternity. Why has he delayed his coming so long? He loves all the generations he designed before he made the world. Could it be that some are yet unborn? We must all work in faith until he comes. —Ruth Siemens

As you pray, ask God to give you compassion for those around you, and those generations yet to come.

About the Author

Ruth Siemens was a campus minister with IVCF/IFES, then started Global Opportunities to prepare professionals to work and witness in secular employment abroad.

This entry is part 24 of 30 in the series Revelation